New SPE Asia Pacific Advisory Council Holds First Meeting

The SPE Asia Pacific Advisory Council held its inaugural meeting on 25 March in Bangkok, Thailand, discussing how SPE can further benefit members and the wider oil and gas industry in the region.

Participants discussed the variety of programs and benefits provided to the region, including events, the Energy4Me education initiative, the PetroWiki knowledge resource, as well as dues waivers and event open access days for members affected by the industry downturn. In addition, council members exchanged ideas on how SPE could expand its program scope to include other industry sectors such as the logistics/supply chain and the finance and investment community; how it could provide more content surrounding the industry’s digital transformation; and how to support areas such as gas advocacy and regulatory dynamics with fact-driven content and events.

The SPE Asia Pacific Advisory Council was formed in January 2017, having evolved from the SPE Asia Pacific Regional Board, and is represented by senior executives from across the Asia Pacific region and industry value chain. The council is chaired by Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib, executive vice president and chief executive officer (CEO), upstream, Petronas; and is co-vice-chaired by Phongsthorn Thavisin, SPE Northern Asia Pacific regional director and chief operating officer, production asset and operations support group, PTTEP; and Salis Aprilian, South Asia and Pacific regional director and CEO, PT Badak NGL. Currently, the council comprises 20 executives from 20 companies and eight countries. Its objective is to provide guidance on regionalization and localization of SPE activities, identify regional technical content needs, and support initiatives to further SPE’s mission of technology transfer.

Following the meeting, the council met with the SPE Board of Directors in Bangkok, providing feedback and insights into the opportunities and challenges faced by industry, and how SPE can continue to engage and foster volunteerism among its current and potential members.

The Asia Pacific region is home to more than 30,000 SPE members spread across 34 countries.

Among the attendees at the meeting between the advisory council and the SPE Board of Directors were front row, left to right: Nathan Meehan, 2016 SPE president; Salis Aprilian, SPE South Asia and the Pacific director, co-vice-chair of SPE Asia Pacific Advisory Council and chief executive officer (CEO), PT Badak NGL; Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib, chairman of the SPE Asia Pacific Advisory Council and executive vice president and CEO, upstream Petronas; Phongsthorn Thavisin, SPE Northern Asia Pacific regional director, co-vice-chair of SPE Asia Pacific Advisory Council, and chief operating officer, production asset and operations support group, PTTEP; Janeen Judah, 2017 SPE president. Second row, from left: Darcy Spady, 2018 SPE president; Rao Abdullah, council member and region vice president–Asia Pacific, Halliburton; Do Van Khanh, council member and chairman of the board of directors, PV Drilling; See Kok Yew, council member and chairman and president, ExxonMobil E&P Malaysia; Tammi Morytko, council member and vice president, Asia Pacific Operations, Baker Hughes; Visal Leng, council member and CEO, Asia Pacific, GE Oil & Gas. Third row, from left: Christophe Malaurie, council representative and senior vice president, onshore-offshore, Asia Pacific, TechnipFMC; Mark Rubin, SPE CEO; Bill Bullock, council member and president, Asia Pacific and Middle East, ConocoPhillips; Javier Rielo, council member and senior vice president, Total E&P Asia Pacific; Roland Moreau, SPE vice president–finance. Fourth row, from left: Stephen Graham, SPE chief operating officer; Datuk Iain Lo, council member and chairman, Malaysia, Shell; Zhao Zhiyong, council member and vice president, Asia, Hess; TK Sengupta, council member and director, offshore, ONGC; and Maen Razouqi, council member and vice president, South East Asia, Schlumberger.


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