Regional Director's Blog

June 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Fareed AbdullaI trust that you and your loved ones had a fulfilling Ramadan and Blessed Eid. May the coming year bring even greater joy and prosperity to everyone.

In this blog, I would like to briefly share an overview of the recent SPE Strategic Plan that will guide the evolution of our Society in the next 3–5 years. This plan was the outcome of member surveys, interviews with stakeholders, discussions with staff leadership, and sessions with our Board of Directors. The four key strategic goals identified in the plan are:

1. Life-long Learning—SPE will provide a robust selection of cross-disciplinary learning opportunities through expanded programmes to include key industry topics such as IR4.0 and other non-traditional technical topics that can bring innovation to our industry. We will also pursue additional strategic collaborations with academia and other appropriate external professional societies, commercial firms, and industries.

2. Knowledge Transfer—Access to SPE resources and our professional community must be seamlessly linked online and include mobile solutions.  Alternative delivery platforms for training and content will be explored and greater use of video to capture Distinguished Lecturer presentations, conference sessions, and technical material will be used. Members with the most expertise will be incentivised make the SPE Connect discussions more valuable.

3. Membership Growth—To access the necessary expertise, talent, and energy required to take SPE to the next level, we will reach out to recruit new members in digital science and other non-traditional technical or engineering professions that may previously had limited interactions with our industry. We will seek out companies that can add value to our exhibitions, workshops, and conferences. We also urge members to be more actively involved in student chapters and activities to ensure those students become contributing members in the workforce.

4. Professional Pride—Our members must fully understand and be inspired by the value that the oil and gas industry brings to society and the global economy. In order to better promote our industry in a positive manner to the public, resources will be made available to assist members in presenting our accomplishments as world leaders in safety, social responsibility, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. Delivering a message of pride in our achievements will aid in attracting, and retaining, the best and brightest talents to ensure a bright future for the SPE and our industry.

In closing, I encourage everyone to take a moment to read the full text at SPE Strategic Plan to gain additional insight and I look forward to your successes in the future as proud members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Khalid A. Zainalabedin
SPE Regional Director
Middle East and North Africa