Under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates.

The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) 13 - 16 Nov 2017 ADNEC Abu Dhabi, UAE

SPE ADIPEC University Programme

Programme Dates: Sunday, 12 November 2017 to Tuesday 14 November 2017



Since its inception in 2005, the Young Members Activities series has grown rapidly in size, global representation and importance, offering a business platform for experts, researchers and leaders of the oil and gas industry to network, recruit and share technical and industrial information with high school and university students. SPE continues to play an important role in spreading the word and educating students on the latest technologies and give extraordinary examples from major companies within the Oil & Gas industry.

Target Participants

Top engineering and geoscience degree programmes students in their senior years of study from qualified institutions across the Middle East and North Africa Region. 

Get Involved!

Are you a university student from the MENA Region interested in applying or are you a young professional interested in mentoring or volunteering? If so, please contact Jackie Hoffmann for more information.

Student Nomination Process

Each University/Student Chapter will be asked to nominate a team of students. This team will work together in the months leading up to ADIPEC University Programme on the assigned project. 

A Faculty Advisor will be asked to nominate a team of 4 students. The final teams will be selected by the Steering Committee.



Nomination deadline is Monday, 18 September. Contact Jackie Hoffmann for full nomination forms required.

Student Nomination Criteria

All nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Current SPE student member.
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate programme focused on geosciences and engineering.
  • Attending a qualified institution from within the Middle East and North Africa Region. Please visit the http://www.spe.org for more information.
  • Must not have participated in previous SPE University Programmes/Education Weeks.
  • Please also make sure students are aware of current sanction laws which may not allow them to participate in this event. 

What is the SPE ADIPEC University Programme?

This programme is for the benefit of the top undergraduate geosciences and engineering students from across the Middle East and North Africa Region. It is anticipated that some 50-60 students will be selected to attend the SPE ADIPEC University Programme. The purpose of this programme is to give the students a clear insight of the industry that they are about to join; to allow them to return to their universities and colleges with a positive message to relate to their fellow students; and to provide opportunities for students to form new friendships while working together on joint activities. At the same time, the students will be interacting with a number of major industry employers across the region onsite at ADIPEC.

Programme Overview

This is a 3-day programme that will take place alongside ADIPEC. During these three (3) days, students will participate in an engaging programme led by young professionals including:

  • Technical and professional skills sessions
  • Networking with companies in the industry, young professionals and other students
  • Team building, group work and presentations
  • Field trips to local companies and a visit to ADIPEC

The Student Project

The SPE ADIPEC University Programme Steering Committee will select an energy related theme that students will base their projects and final presentations around. Each group will be connected virtually with a Young Professional (YP) Mentor working in the industry to mentor the group prior to the event dates.

After the event, participating students are encouraged to share their final presentations with their peers and faculty while sharing their experience and learnings from the ADIPEC Conference and University Challenge.

Steering Committee

Ahmed Al Hameli

Mouza Al Houqani

Ahmed Al Shoaibi
Khalifa University of Science and Technology

Ali Asgher Zakir

Alvin Chia

Charla Tekun

Ghaleb Ali Al Hadrami Al Breiki
UAE University

Hekmat Hamza Bani Hashem

Jeremy Riou
Baker Hughes, a GE company

Mahmood Alkarbi

Martin Jagger

Navaid Khan

Saiff Ezeldin
Packers Plus Energy Services

Steve Griffiths
Khalifa University of Science and Technology