2022 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the policy-making and governing body of SPE. Its board committees oversee many of SPE's administrative and operating responsibilities. The board retains final authority on all SPE matters, including any actions the board committees may take.

2022 SPE Board

Back Row—L to R: Oghogho Effiom, Zachary Evans, Rodolfo Camacho, Ignatiy Volnov, Hisham Zubari
Middle RowL to R: Qasem Al-Kayoumi, Laura Precupanu, Deb Ryan, Karen Olson, Gail Ramdath
Front RowL to R: Mark Rubin, Tom Blasingame, Kamel Ben-Naceur, Med Kamal


Kamel Ben-Naceur 2022 SPE President

Kamel Ben-Naceur
Nomadia Energy
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Kamel Ben-Naceur is the CEO for Nomadia Energy Consulting, based in Abu Dhabi. He was previously the Chief Economist for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Prior to that, he was the Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks at the International Energy Agency. In 2014, he was appointed Tunisia’s Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines. From 1981 to 2013, he held key positions with Schlumberger, including Chief Economist and Technology President. His assignments with Schlumberger included France, USA, UK, Algeria, Venezuela, UAE, Egypt, Russia and Brazil.

He has more than 40 years of experience and knowledge in the energy and industry sectors around the world in both public and private service, and is the (co-)author of 19 books and over 150 publications. He has received several SPE/AIME Awards, including the Distinguished Member, the Distinguished Service, AIME Charles Rand Gold Memorial, and the Sustainability and Stewardship in the Oil and Gas Industry Award, and he was a SPE Distinguished Lecturer.

He is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris).


Med Kamal 2023 SPE President

Med Kamal
Chevron Emeritus
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Medhat (Med) M. Kamal is a Chevron Fellow Emeritus and an Honorary Member of SPE. He had previously worked for Cairo University, Amoco Production Company, Flopetrol Schlumberger, and ARCO Exploration and Production Company. Kamal has over 45 years of industry experience in well testing, reservoir description, and production and reservoir engineering. He is the lead author and editor of SPE Monograph 23 “Transient Well Testing”, and has published more than 35 technical papers in various SPE journals.

He holds B.Sc. degree (with Honors) from Cairo University in Petroleum Engineering and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University in Petroleum Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. He served on the boards of directors of Mid-continent, Gulf Coat, Dallas and Golden gate sections of SPE and chaired the Dallas and Golden Gate Sections. He also served on the SPE International Board of Directors (2007-2009) as the Regional Director of Western North America.

Kamal is a distinguished lecturer for SPE (1997-1998 and 2018-2019) where he presented his lectures more than 80 times in 30 countries. He served as member and chairman of SPE Annual Meeting Well Testing, Text Book and Monograph Committees and as a technical editor, review chairman and executive editor of SPE Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT) and Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal (SPEREE). Kamal chaired the first SPE conference on R&D (San Antonio 2007) and the Western Regional Meeting (2019). He has won several regional and international awards including the Cedric K. Ferguson Medal, the Formation Evaluation Award, SPE Distinguished Service Award, SPE North and East Texas Regional Service Award and the Texas Petroleum Engineer of the Year Award.  


Tom Blasingame 2021 SPE President

Tom Blasingame
Texas A&M University
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Tom Blasingame is a Professor and holder of the Robert L. Whiting Professorship in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station Texas. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M — all in Petroleum Engineering. In teaching and research activities, he focuses on petrophysics, reservoir engineering, analysis/interpretation of well performance, exploitation of unconventional reservoirs, and technical mathematics. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M. He served as Assistant Department Head (Graduate Programs) for the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M from 1997 to 2003, and has been recognized with several teaching and service awards from Texas A&M.

Blasingame is a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (2000) and the recipient of the SPE Distinguished Service Award (2005), the SPE Uren Award (for technology contributions before age 45) (2006), the SPE Lucas Medal (SPE's preeminent technical award) (2012), the SPE DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal (2013), the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty (2014), and SPE Honorary Membership (2015). He has served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2005-2006) and as the SPE Technical Director for Reservoir Description and Dynamics (2015-2018). He has prepared approximately 160 technical articles and has chaired numerous technical committees and technical meetings.  


Mark Rubin Secretary

Mark A. Rubin
SPE CEO and Executive Vice President
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Mark Rubin is responsible for overall management of SPE. He works with the Board of Directors and senior staff to develop strategic and business plans and formulate the organization’s goals, objectives, policies, and programs. He also organizes and directs the global staff organization, which includes offices in Dallas, Houston, Calgary, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, London, and Moscow, to ensure the accomplishment of SPE’s mission.

He was appointed executive director of SPE in August 2001. Prior to this appointment, he served as upstream general manager for the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Washington, D.C. He joined API in 1988 and held a series of positions working on federal regulatory and legislative matters as well as technical standards development.

A member of SPE since 1979, Rubin held petroleum engineering positions for Unocal in Houston and east Texas from 1981 to 1987 and for Buttes Resources in Dallas 1987–88. Rubin is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. He has been a member of the National Petroleum Council, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. He earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Technical Directors

David Reid


David Reid

Sue Staley

Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability

Sue Staley
vPSI Group, LLC

Rodolfo Camacho


Rodolfo Camacho

Karen Olson Completions

Karen Olson
Olson Turner Enterprises

Robert Pearson Production and Facilities

Robert Pearson
Glynn Resources


Silviu Livescu Data Science and Engineering Analytics

Silviu Livescu
University of Texas at Austin

Regional Directors

Ogee Effiom Africa Region

Oghogho Effiom
Shell Nigeria

Henricus Herwin Asia Pacific Region

Henricus Herwin

Neil Kavanagh Asia Pacific Region

Neil Kavanagh
Woodside Energy

Laura Precupanu Europe Region

Laura Precupanu
OMV Petrom

Gail Ramdath Latin America and the Caribbean Region

Gail Ramdath
Tucker Energy Services

Qasem Al-Kayoumi Middle East and North Africa Region

Qasem Al-Kayoumi

Hisham Zubari

Middle East and North Africa Region

Hisham Zubari
Dragon Oil

Simeon Eburi

North America Region

Simeon Eburi

Zachary Evans

North America Region

Zachary Evans

Deb Ryan

North America Region

Deb Ryan
S&P Global Platts

Ignatiy Volnov

Russia and the Caspian Region

Ignatiy Volnov