Message from Africa Regional Director

 

January 2021

Image of Omowumi O. Iledare

Dear Colleagues,
 
I trust you are all well. This is my first newsletter to you for 2021 and I want to start off by wishing you Happy New Year! I am hopeful that 2021 will bring us more rewards and commensurate with our invested resources, than was the case in 2020. Best wishes also to all your family members.

As I said in my December 2020 message, I am optimistically hopeful for 2021—with the emergence of a vaccination for COVID-19 we can begin to see a return to normality—a new type of normalcy. This means we can start looking, perhaps, at organising and attending face-to-face meetings again. Let me, however, commend the regional officers, especially the programme chairs in the region for taking advantage of the virtual platforms to organise fantastic virtual technical meetings for members in the region.

Please note, the deadline to submit the payment form for your annual section rebate is 10 February 2021, kindly return the completed form before that date to enable the staff to process it on time. Also, the submission of abstracts for the Africa Student Paper Contest 2021 opens on 18 January 2021 and closes on 14 April 2021. Go to the Contest page for more information.

My legacy as the Africa Regional Director is to improve and increase the Regional and International Awards nominations, so we have created a Nomination Committee for the awards. If you are looking at nominating a colleague for the awards kindly email Ola Davies, our Regional Staff. He will put you in touch with a member of the committee who will walk you through the process.

The COVID-19 pandemic greatly affected my 2020 travel plans, my plan was to visit the sections and chapters in East Africa i.e. Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania. Please work with me and keep me abreast of your meeting plans to facilitate valedictory visits to your sections.

My legacy as the Africa Regional Director is to improve and increase the Regional and International Awards nominations, so we have created a Nomination Committee for the awards. If you are looking at nominating a colleague for the awards kindly contact Ola Davies, our Regional Staff. He will put you in touch with a member of the committee who will walk you through the process. 

Finally, my term as the Africa Regional Director comes to an end in September 2021 and my plan is to visit some of the sections and chapters I have not been able to visit and possibly revisit some places I have been to.

I will be visiting our sections and chapters in East Africa i.e., Uganda, Kenya, Congo, and Tanzania. Please work with me and keep me abreast of your meeting plans to facilitate valedictory visits to your sections. I may also have time to visit Gabon, Ghana and perhaps Senegal with the hope to visit Chad, all things being equal.

Kind regards,

Omowumi O. Iledare, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus in Petroleum Economics
SPE Africa Regional Director