From the President
Our purpose in the region is to enable our Africa based membership access AAPG programs and activities 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.
2013 has been an activity packed year for the Africa Region. The year saw the successful establishment of our regional office in Lagos, and the hiring of our new Programs Manager who operates out of the regional office. The year also witnessed the inauguration of our Angola Chapter, and the hosting of Dr. Henry W. Posamentier to a Distinguished Lectureship Program. Students and YPs in the region benefited from several networking and mentoring events, some of which were held in collaboration with our affiliates. The Africa region also 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.
Still on the events of this year, 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.
Over the years, the AAPG Africa leadership has worked hard to see increased participation of African Universities in the Imperial Barrel Award competition, and 2013 saw geoscience students from nineteen universities across Africa participate in the event, with Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria, emerging winner in the regional final and representing the Africa region in the finals of the competition at Pittsburgh, USA in May 2013.
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 even greater levels of partnership and collaboration in 2014.
AAPG’s success as a professional society is highly dependent on the relevance and value of our programs and services and so we will host 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.