From the President
Our purpose in the region is to enable our Africa based membership access AAPG programs and services with greater ease for the advancement of their career and the development of the petroleum industry in Africa, and to help our Africa based members have a stronger voice and greater participation in the affairs of the AAPG. Our commitment to our goals over the years has seen the growth of our membership base from under 500 in 1999 to over 3,000 members presently, and we are forging ahead to further develop our regional presence.
The 2013 – 2014 calendar year for the region has been activity packed, with the successful establishment of our regional office in Lagos & the hiring of our new Programs Manager who operates out of the regional office. The year also witnessed the inauguration of our Angola Chapter, the hosting of Dr. Henry W. Posamentier to a Distinguished Lectureship Program in Lagos, Nigeria, and a joint SPE-AAPG distinguished lecture with Prof. John G. Kaldi in Tunis. Students and YPs in the region have benefited from several networking and mentoring events, some of which were held in collaboration with our affiliates. The Africa region hosted her second local student chapter leadership summit (L-SCLS) during the annual convention of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, NAPE. The summit was one of value creation, vision building and the development of leadership virtues for AAPG student chapter leaders to ensure growth and continuity of our student chapters.
in 2013, Our young professionals in Egypt led by Ola Adly – our Egypt and North Africa YP lead, organized an Imperial Barrel simulation event for the technical and professional development of postgraduate students in Egypt, while our Angola Chapter held her maiden field trip to Mussulo Bay, Angola.
2014 has seen AAPGs participation in the 2nd Africa Geoscience Student Conference, AGSC, the participation of our student chapters in the events of sister societies including SPE, and the start-up of quarterly technical sessions by our Angola Chapter.
Over the years, the AAPG Africa leadership has worked hard to see increased participation of African Universities in the Imperial Barrel Award competition. The 2014 IBA competition for the Africa Region saw the University of Western Cape, South Africa taking first position. They represented the Africa region at the global IBA finals in Houston, USA in April 2014.
Our activities and accomplishments show our commitment to achieving our goals and we shall continue to put in tireless efforts in this regard. Thanks go to members of the region’s leadership, programs coordinators, affiliated societies and volunteers for their support in various capacities, and to all our sponsors for their financial and technical contributions. We look forward to greater levels of partnership and collaboration.
AAPG’s success as a professional society is highly dependent on the relevance and value of our programs and services and as such, we shall be hosting technical events which shall be enriching to our members in terms of technical content and relevance. We shall also improve student chapter events and activities, foster cooperation with our affiliates and continue to work towards closing gaps in regional communication through our e-newsletter.