Message from Africa Regional Director

Image of Omowumi O. Iledare

December 2022

Dear colleagues,

Hope you’re keeping safe. I hope you have achieved most of the goals you set at the start of the year. Goal setting is the first step to success. Whether you meet all your targets or not, I believe the process is valuable and provides many insights you can use to develop yourself. 

This is my last newsletter for the year, so I will be sharing some highlights from the last quarter and a look ahead for 2023:

In September, the Board paid a courtesy visit to the Exxon Mobil Campus in Houston just before the start of the ATCE conference. We were warmly welcomed by the SVP of Upstream Portfolio Development, Mr. Bart Cahir and his team who offered us the opportunity to discuss areas of shared vision in the future of the industry.

In October, we had the ATCE Conference proper where it was heartening to have so many in-person participants after the last two years of lockdowns and face masks! The Regional Members Meeting took place with a solid attendance by many from the Africa Region. I have taken note of all the feedback and working tirelessly to provide a framework to implement as many as possible. Watch this space! 
There are a few pictures from ATCE in the second page. 

Other highlights from this year: We had the establishment of the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology Student Chapter, the Mbarara University of Science and Technology Student Chapter as well as the University of Nairobi Student Chapter. This is an exciting time to be in the Africa Region where we are poised for growth! Let’s all support these new chapters in as many ways as possible. 

Overall, we have had so many exciting events taking place in the Africa Region, including amazing events in Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Uganda, Nairobi, N’Djamena and many more. I am SO PROUD of the impact these events have had on our members and I salute the incredible effort that the board members and volunteers put to ensure our presence is felt for good in our communities. Kudos to you all!

Lastly, I must say that being a member of the SPE board has shaped my leadership journey and, I daresay, my life in many positive ways. A lot of hard work goes into being a board member, as I am sure many volunteers would appreciate. I welcome you to get to know the dedicated, passionate, and committed people serving as SPEI board members through these short videos:

We Are SPE

Why We Serve

The Value of SPE

All the Best!

Oghogho Effiom
SPE Regional Director—Africa

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