SPE Asia-Pacific Advisory Council

The SPE Asia Pacific Advisory Council (“Council”) evolved from the SPE Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd. Board of Directors to become an established council in January 2017. It is a council approved by the Board of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is represented by a diverse set of executives across the Asia Pacific region and industry value chain. The council provides critical guidance on regionalisation and localisation of SPE activities, regional technical content needs, and supports related initiatives to further SPE’s mission of technology transfer.



Adif Zulkifli
Executive Vice President & CEO, Upstream


Dr Nasir Haji Darman

Chief Technology Officer


SPE Northern Asia Pacific Regional Director (2018 – 2021


Tapas Kumar Sengupta

Ex. Director (Rtd.), Offshore

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC)

Maria Sferruzza

President, Asia Pacific

Baker Hughes, a GE Company


Jeff Lehrmann

Managing Director

Chevron Asia South Ltd.

David Hendicott


ConocoPhillips Malaysia

Dr. Salis Aprilian


Digital Energy Asia

(2015 – 2017 SPE South Asia and the Pacific Regional Director)

Edward E. Graham

Chairman & President

ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc.

Rao Abdullah

Region Vice President – Asia Pacific

Halliburton EnergyServices (M) Sdn Bhd

Zhiyong Zhao

Vice President, Asia

Hess Exploration and Production Malaysia B.V.


Dharmawan H Samsu

Upstream Director

Chayong Borisuitsawat

Executive Vice President,
Business and Organisation Transformation Group


Dr. Ngo Huu Hai

President & CEO

PetroVietnam ExplorationProduction Corp. (PVEP)

Ignatius Tenny Wibowo

President & General Manager

Ophir Energy - Indonesia


Simon Durkin

Vice President of Upstream Operated Malaysia & Philippines and Managing Director

Sarawak Shell Berhad and Sabah Shell Petroleum Company


Mohsin Al Hadhrami

Vice President & General Manager - South East Asia


Christophe Malaurie

President Asia Pacific, Subsea & Onshore–Offshore


Javier Rielo (Francisco Javier Rielo Ameijide)

Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific

Total E&P Asia Pacific


18 council members from 17 organisations.

Past Chairs & Vice-Chairs

Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib
Executive Vice President & CEO, Upstream

(Founding Chair: January 2017 – September 2018)


Phongsthorn Thavisin
President, Exploration and Production
PTT Exploration & Production Public Co. Ltd.

(Vice Chair: January 2017 – September 2018)