SEG to hold elections for Board of Directors and District Representatives

SEG Board of Directors Election Results

The following Active Members have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors:

President-Elect

Joseph (Joe) M. Reilly

Joseph (Joe) M. Reilly

Joseph M. Reilly started his exploration career with Mobil and has many years of experience in addressing key geoscience-based challenges around the world. Early in his career, he sat wells both as a geologist and geophysicist in regions stretching from the offshore U.S. East Coast to Morocco and from the North Sea to Equatorial Guinea.

He has been directly involved in seismic campaigns throughout the world and has been fortunate to participate in numerous exploration successes, as well as some disappointments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in geology/geophysics from Virginia Tech.

Reilly has authored/coauthored hundreds of papers and presentations on a wide range of geophysical applications. While at Mobil, then ExxonMobil, he held technical and management positions in research and applied research, eventually becoming ExxonMobil’s chief research geoscientist.

He is a long-time member of the Geophysical Society of Houston, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and SEG and is a licensed geophysicist in the state of Texas. In 2011, SEG honored him with Life Membership. He represented SEG on the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Technical Committee from 2006–2012, serving as OTC general technical chair in 2012. He also served as SEG representative on the International Petroleum Technology Conference Board from 2010–2021, including board chairman from 2017–2019. More recently, he was vice president on the SEG Board of Directors from 2021–2022. Reilly currently represents the Geophysical Society of Houston on the SEG Council, is a member of the IMAGE ’24 Steering Committee, and is a mentor in the SEG EVOLVE program. In addition, he is an SEG Foundation Trustee Associate.

Position statement 

It has been clear for some time that SEG must increase membership and provide more value to members while remaining fiscally responsible. As simple as it sounds, it will take the creativity and commitment of our entire community to identify and create new programs, expand the member base, and secure new revenue sources. It also necessitates a formal planning process to allow new programs to be accommodated within our finite resources.

If elected, I will focus on expanding our global footprint through the attraction of new members and increased sponsorship and collaboration with society partners. I will also ensure that we develop a specific strategy to grow in the areas of near surface, mining, fiber-optics sensing, and new energy sectors without detracting from our core strengths.

To maintain the quality of our publications, we need new ways to deliver and provide additional resources to our members. For example, although IMAGE provides value for attendees, most of our members have limited access to the presentations. I am therefore currently leading an effort to make some of the IMAGE presentations available online and will work to develop this initiative into a major new offering to members.

I am excited to work on these ideas but am also committed to active listening to ensure an open and inclusive environment. I will therefore seek to continuously engage the Board, the Council, SEG staff, and the membership at large. I look forward to serving our Society and contributing to its continuing success in the 21st Century.

Second Vice President

Aria Abubakar

Aria Abubakar

Aria Abubakar has been a member of SEG since 1998. He has volunteered for various SEG committees, such as the Distinguished Lecture (2014–present), Publications (2021–2023), and Research (member from 2015–present; chair from 2021–2023) committees. He has also been a director of SEAM since 2018 (chair in 2024) and an associate editor for GEOPHYSICS from 2011–2023. He was vice chair of the IMAGE Technical Program Committee (TPC) in 2021 and TPC chair of IMAGE in 2022 and 2023. For his professional service, he was recognized by SEG with the 2022 Honorary Membership Award.

Abubakar is active in sharing his technical knowledge and experience. He has served as the 2014 SEG North America Honorary Lecturer and 2020 SEG/American Association of Petroleum Geologists Distinguish Lecturer. He has authored/coauthored eight books/chapters, 120 journal papers, 240 conference papers, 60 conference abstracts, and 50 patent/patent applications. For his technical contribution to geoscience, he was given the 2022 Conrad Schlumberger Award by the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers.

Abubakar has spent more than 20 years in academia and the energy industry as a research and development manager, scientist, and engineer. He is currently the head of geophysics technology and scientific advisor for SLB worldwide. At SLB, he has had a variety of assignments in research, hardware, and software organization. He helped SLB established the data science organization in 2017 and served as the head of the organization until early 2024. As a technical contributor in 2011, he has been recognized as scientific advisor for geophysical imaging by SLB. A common thread through most of his career is his leadership in key geoscience topics such as electromagnetics, seismic full-waveform inversion, multiphysics inversion, and machine learning.

Abubakar holds a PhD in computational science (2000) and a master’s degree in electrical engineering (1997) from Technische Universiteit Delft in The Netherlands.

Position statement

SEG is the leading organization in applied geophysics. I feel honored to be nominated for second vice president and am grateful for the trust.

Over the past few years, the field of applied geophysics has undergone significant changes due to conditions in oil and gas, along with effects from the pandemic. In addition to the oil and gas sector, applied geophysics can also play a major role in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS); geothermal; and energy alternative such as wind farms and solar.

If I am elected, I would like to focus on geophysics technology adoption and evolution for these evolving areas. Our work in the oil and gas sector is directly applicable (or with some small adjustments) to CCUS and wind-farm site characterization and monitoring, as well as geothermal. I would like to support SEG initiatives in this respect and strengthen this message, especially for students and young professionals. This should be done not only with workshops and meetings, but also by utilizing the wealth of knowledge in SEG technical communities.

Other areas of my focus will be to support SEG efforts to make IMAGE the geoscience event of the year, help promote SEG journals to continue to be the most desirable vehicle to publish recent work in applied geophysics, and to improve collaboration between SEG and other societies for extending technical breath and geography reach.

Treasurer

Xiaojun Huang

Xiaojun Huang

Xiaojun Huang has been an active member of SEG since the late 1990s. She has dedicated her time and expertise in various capacities. She has served on technical committees, acted as a reviewer, chaired sessions, mentored numerous young geophysics students and professionals, and contributed to a task force. Furthermore, since 2020, Huang has been serving on the SEG Foundation Board of Directors.

With more than 21 years of diverse experience in the energy industry at ExxonMobil, Huang has held key leadership positions across critical domains. From 2014 to 2017, she led one of the largest industry geophysics research programs, encompassing full-waveform inversion, seismic imaging and acquisition, seismic interpretation and inversion, reservoir characterization, petrophysics, electromagnetics, and microseismic. Her impact extends beyond research, as she led geophysics applications across the upstream. In 2017, she assumed the role of subsurface digital executive, leading the transformation of subsurface work processes and the technical ecosystem. She played a pivotal role in cofounding the Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU) with industry partners and the Open Group in 2018. The OSDU is the first large-scale industry collaboration in standards and tools for data sharing and integration. Huang’s contributions have garnered recognition, including the IBM Global Top 40 Women Leaders in AI Award in 2019.

Currently, she holds the inaugural role of chief engineer for modeling, optimization, and data science at ExxonMobil. In this capacity, she provides strategic direction in computational technology, operations research, data science, and artificial intelligence across upstream, downstream, low-carbon solutions, and corporate functions. Her team spans across the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, India, Malaysia, and Thailand.

Throughout her career, Huang has been instrumental in driving strategic shifts, technology development, and value delivery. Her vision extends beyond traditional boundaries, embracing the future of geophysics and its intersection with cutting-edge technologies. Huang’s unique background blends academic rigor with extensive international industry experience. This fusion fosters a global perspective and commitment to advancing applied geophysics through strategic collaborations and talent development. Beyond her industry roles, she also serves as a visiting committee member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Corporation. Huang holds a PhD in geophysics from MIT and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Nanjing University in China. 

Position statement

As a longstanding SEG member since my student days, I am deeply honored to be nominated to run for the position of treasurer. My more than 21-year career at ExxonMobil has equipped me with financial acumen, strategic vision, and the power of collaboration.

If elected, I am committed to collaborating closely with members of the SEG Board, SEG Foundation Board, and SEG leadership. My primary goal will be to ensure SEG’s financial stability while proactively identifying growth opportunities. This is crucial to fulfilling SEG’s mission. I will focus on the following key areas:

  • Diversifying revenue sources: I believe in diversifying SEG’s revenue beyond traditional channels. By exploring innovative funding streams, we can enhance SEG’s financial resilience.
  • Global membership: Our diverse global membership is at the heart of SEG. I firmly believe that SEG’s vitality hinges on strategic investments in initiatives that directly address our members’ evolving needs. This commitment ensures that SEG remains both relevant and supportive.
  • Core mission and beyond: While maintaining SEG’s core mission, I am passionate about pioneering the value of applied geophysics beyond traditional oil and gas exploration and production. This includes exploring applications for low-carbon solutions and new industries.
  • Integration with transformative technologies: The world is rapidly changing and so is the field of geophysics. I will strategically integrate SEG with transformative technologies, including artificial intelligence and data science, to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Professional development and partnerships: SEG’s commitment to professional development and strategic partnerships is vital. I will work hard to strengthen these aspects, ensuring SEG’s continued growth and impact.

Together, we can propel SEG toward a vibrant and sustainable future. Thank you for your trust and support.

Director-at-Large

Joseph O. Ebeniro

Joseph O. Ebeniro

Joseph O. Ebeniro has been a continuous member of SEG since 1979, when he joined as a student. Following graduation with a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986, he joined the faculty at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. There, Ebeniro and his colleagues developed, for the first time, a master’s program in the department of physics. After three years, he was appointed as a research fellow at ARCO Oil and Gas Company in Plano, Texas, where he participated in large offset data analysis and multiple suppression research for two years. He later returned to the University of Port Harcourt and rose to the rank of full professor in 1995, where he continues to mentor geoscientists and supervise students at master’s and PhD levels. These graduates are now leaders in the industry and professors in universities. In 2015, Ebeniro was appointed as the first substantive director of the newly created Centre of Excellence in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Benin in Nigeria. There, he graduated students who were ready for the oil and gas industry. They have obtained positions in the industry without much further initial training and are doing well. Ebeniro recently retired as a university professor and is living a comfortable life doing other things of interest, especially mentoring professionals and giving invited lectures in geophysics.

Position statement

The nomination to serve SEG as a director at large is a great honor for me. I have served on the Membership Committee for more than eight years, and as a District 9 representative on the SEG Council for the last two years. I have thus been conversant on what it takes to serve the Society. Although the oil and gas industry is facing energy-transition challenges, fossil-fuel exploitation will be here for a very long time. SEG still has a lot of activities with fossil-fuel development, as well as transitioning to other needed areas of energy activities. All we need now is to diversify our base operations to focus more on environmental and near-surface geophysics to capture solid mineral exploitation, which has always been relegated to the background. Africa is going to be the major player in these new areas, especially with the exploitation of solid minerals, which abound in the continent. SEG should be in the forefront of the development of near-surface geophysics in Africa. Our students’ teaming population should be refocused and advised that exploration geophysics is a long-term subject that continues to serve humanity.

Director-at-Large

Sandeep Kumar Chandola

Sandeep Kumar Chandola

Sandeep Kumar Chandola is currently the chief geophysicist at PETRONAS Exploration. He leads a diverse team of more than 120 bright geophysicists who deliver value-adding solutions to core exploration and production and new energy businesses. He has more than 39 years of experience in the petroleum industry in various technical and leadership roles within PETRONAS and ONGC. His key contributions include championing new technologies at both companies to address exploration- and development-related challenges. He brought new momentum to the capability development initiative for young talents in PETRONAS, through the world-class Geoscience Capability Development program, which has benefited more than 4000 participants. Earlier this year, he led his team to launch the first fully cloud-based green geophysical computing platform in Malaysia, boasting a two-times-fold increase in PETRONAS’ geophysical computing capacity.

Chandola is a member of the board of the International Petroleum Technology Conference. He is an active member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers; Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists; Society of Petroleum Geophysicists, India; Board of Geologists Malaysia; and SEG. He has served SEG in various capacities and is currently cochair of the Asia Pacific Advisory Committee. He was SEG’s Honorary Lecturer in 2014. Chandola has more than 70 international publications and is the recipient of the prestigious National Petroleum Management Award conferred by the government of India in 2005. He was nominated last year as a candidate to serve as an SEG director at large.

Chandola received a master’s degree in physics in 1984, followed by a specialized diploma in petroleum geophysics from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in 1985. He greatly enjoys fitness and works actively to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion on platforms such as the Women’s Global Leadership Conference and POD mentoring program at PETRONAS. He strongly believes that everyone should dream, as dreams do come true.

Position statement

It is an honor to be nominated for the position of director at large. During my three-decade association with SEG, I have served as a catalyst for expansion and engagement across several regions, particularly for establishing an SEG office and regional advisory committee for the Asia Pacific region. SEG is going through a transformation and has a pivotal role in future proofing our geoscientists through the challenges posed by the energy transition. These challenges have raised concerns among geoscience students and professionals about their future. As representatives of professional societies, industry, and academia, we need to collaborate and support our geoscientists in upskilling and reskilling themselves through knowledge sharing and adaptive learning to prepare for the new tomorrow.

Given the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors, I will work closely with my fellow members on the following priorities:

  • Further enhance diversity and inclusion in SEG, particularly through representation for young professionals, as they are our change agents for the cultural transformation
  • Foster regional collaboration within SEG and other professional societies to increase our collective reach and impact
  • Rejuvenate student chapters by working closely with stakeholders and future proofing our students and early-career professionals against the winds of change

Completing the slate of Directors for the 2023-24 term is incoming President John Eastwood; Marianne Rauch as First Vice President; Kyle Spikes as Vice President, Publications; Arthur Cheng as Past President; Ge Jin as Chair of the Council; and Sergio Chávez-Pérez, Catherine Truffert, Lillian Flakes, and Constantine Tsingas as Directors at Large. The new Board will take office following the final function of IMAGE 2024. 

Council District Election Results

The following SEG members have been elected to serve as District Representatives. Their term begins 1 August 2024 and ends 31 July 2026.

District 1

Sharon Teebenny

Sharon Teebenny

Sharon Teebenny is a business development manager driving the digital transformation of seismic processing at SLB. She has held many positions in geophysics focused on integration for more than 20 years, ranging from product champion to operations integrity. She has a BSc in physics from the University of the West Indies. She has a wide range of experience integrating seismic with nonseismic measurements to reduce uncertainty in the subsurface and its derivative products. This has allowed her to collaborate and work with clients from Australia to the Middle East and the Gulf of Mexico. Teebenny is also involved in technology development of new solutions to enable efficiency and high-quality subsurface volumes. She has been a member of SEG since 2006, is currently chair of the Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (HSSE) Committee, and is a member of the Latin America Regional Advisory Committee. She was a coauthor of the 2013 Best Paper in The Leading Edge to highlight one of her main achievements.

Position statement

As the industry transforms digitally and transitions toward new energy solutions, it is important to emphasize the role that geophysics plays in this change. My goal is to help the upcoming generation understand and embrace these changes. I want to be able to

  • Empower members to be a part of this change by leading educational activities
  • Strengthen the environmental arm of the HSSE committee as we go through this transition
  • Enable alignment of digital and sustainability goals to enhance the future of SEG
  • Lead inclusivity and equality at all levels of the industry

District 2

Kristie White

Kristie White

Kristie White completed a bachelor’s degree in geophysics from Texas Tech University (1997) before receiving a master’s degree in geophysics from the University of Oklahoma (2000). She started her career with Fugro Seismic Imaging Inc. (2001) in Houston as a seismic processing geophysicist until that company’s merger with CGG (2013). She continued her career as a senior processing geophysicist at TGS (2014). She is currently a senior software support geophysicist at Shearwater GeoServices (2022) for the Reveal seismic processing software.

For the early part of her career, she primarily processed 2D and 3D high-resolution marine seismic surveys that were required by companies prior to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico for both the United States and Mexico. She eventually started working on large-scale 3D marine exploration surveys, both narrow and wide azimuth. She has had the opportunity to work on projects in the Gulf of Mexico (United States and Mexico), California, Alaska, Canada, Benin, Tanzania, Trinidad, Venezuela, and Colombia. She currently is applying her years of experience in the industry to provide support, training, and testing with the Reveal software.

White has been a member of SEG since 1998, attending many of the conferences throughout the years as well as many talks and courses. She was an abstract reviewer for Seismic Processing: Emerging Technologies session for the 2018 and 2019 SEG Annual Meeting.  She is also a member of the Geophysical Society of Houston.

Position statement

I am extremely honored to be nominated to run for District 2 Representative for the great state of Texas. Our industry is experiencing a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies at a rapid rate, but fossil fuels are still an important part of this industry. Even with this transition, we need to continue to understand what is below the surface — whether this is for carbon capture and storage, underground storage of other waste materials, geothermal systems, mining, or wind farm foundations. As a District Representative, I hope that I can help strengthen our scope, including upcoming off-planet missions to the moon and Mars, while continuing to honor our connections to the energy industry. And we need to foster our passion about understanding what is beneath our feet to the younger generation. I would also like to see our membership be more beneficial than just publications and conferences that would encourage more technical development.

District 3

Janel Andersen

Janel Andersen

Janel Andersen is a senior geophysicist with Chevron, working the Permian Basin. Prior to Chevron, she was with PDC Energy and Anadarko in Denver, working exploration and development across the Rockies and the Permian. Before moving to Denver, Andersen worked for ExxonMobil in Houston and Midland on plays and assets around the world, primarily specializing in quantitative interpretation of unconventional plays, including shales, tight sands, and carbonates. She received a BS in geophysics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and a MS in geoscience from the University of Alabama where she worked on the glacial history of Ross Sea, Antarctica. Andersen has been a member of SEG since 1999, served on the IMAGE 2020 committee as the Applied Science Education Program chair, and has been a session chair at past meetings. She has been a member of the Denver Geophysical Society since moving to Denver and has served on that society’s board as secretary. She has also devoted much of her time and energy to volunteering with the Reservoir Characterization Project at Colorado School of Mines.

Position statement 

Geophysics’ role in the world is ever evolving, and SEG needs to respond to this. We also have a future supply shortage, with students choosing to either not major in the field or work in it after graduation. My goals as a District Representative would be:

  • To promote geophysics to students at all levels and encourage involvement in SEG
  • To make SEG membership more than just publications and yearly meetings
  • To support the transition into renewables, including carbon capture, utilization, and storage; hydrogen; geothermal; etc., while keeping in mind the importance of petroleum (both for energy and petrochemicals) to our past and foreseeable future

District 4

Steve Sloan

Steve Sloan

Steve Sloan is a senior research geophysicist at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He specializes in near-surface seismic methods with research focused on defense and civil works problems, including void detection, counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) applications, and geophysical characterization of the shallow subsurface in austere environments around the world.

Sloan received a BS from Millsaps College, and an MS and PhD from The University of Kansas (KU) under Don Steeples. He has authored or coauthored more than 130 technical publications related to near-surface geophysics, and he actively supports undergraduate and graduate students through research positions at Millsaps and KU. He has served as the chair of the SEG Near Surface Technical Section and as a member of The Leading Edge editorial board, Field Camps Committee, Committee for University and Student Programs, and as the Near Surface representative on the SEG Council from 2015-2018. He is also a licensed professional geoscientist.

Position statement

District 4 covers a wide range, both geographically and technically, from Alaska to Florida and covering many different aspects of geophysics from oil and gas to mining to engineering and environmental applications, and everything in between. No one person can fully understand the challenges spanning that diverse of a membership cross section, but I hope to serve as a conduit for District 4 members to share their concerns, bring attention to them, and represent their interests to the best of my ability within the SEG Council and its leadership.

District 5

Carmen C. Dumitrescu

Carmen C. Dumitrescu

Carmen C. Dumitrescu is the owner and founder of Terra-IQ Ltd., an independent consulting company specialized in providing oil companies with expertise in leading-edge geophysical technologies for subsurface characterization and seismic data interpretation. Dumitrescu has a degree in geology, geophysics, and engineering from the University of Bucharest and a PhD in geophysics from the University of Calgary. Dumitrescu has been involved in a variety of projects for subsurface characterization for oil and gas and for alternative energies. She has presented and published numerous papers at the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG), European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), and SEG annual meetings. As an Active member of SEG, she has been chair of the SEG Earth Forum Committee (2014–2016) and chair of the SEG Meetings Review and Planning Committee (2016–2020). She is also a member of CSEG, EAGE, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Position Statement

It was an honor to represent District 5 as a Special Advisor over the last two years. I look forward to helping SEG better serve its members around the globe if elected as District 5 Representative

District 6

Itzamna Gonzalez

Itzamna Gonzalez

Itzamna Gonzalez completed a bachelor’s degree in geophysical engineering at National Autonomous University of Mexico in 2006. In 2007, she joined the oil and gas industry with SLB in exploration and production projects in Mexico and Latin America. Her experience includes consulting characterization projects with Pemex in Gulf of Mexico basins such as as South, Veracruz, Tampico-Misantla, Chiapas, and Burgos basins. She has worked on carbonates and sandstones sequences from Mesozoic and Tertiary reservoirs. In 2018, she shifted to unconventional resources projects in the Vaca Muerta Basin in Argentina where she was responsible for geological and geophysical modeling of different assets. In 2022, she moved to field development planning projects with Pemex to identify workover candidates and new well drilling locations and to update field development plans. Gonzalez has been a member of SEG’s Latin America Regional Advisory Committee since 2018.

Position statement

It is a great honor to be a part of SEG and to be nominated to serve as a District Representative. I would like to contribute to promoting SEG membership and to extend communication with not only the oil and gas industry but with a more diverse community worldwide.

District 7

Phil Mollicone

Phil Mollicone

Phil Mollicone is an independent oil and gas geophysicist. He has recently been working on the emerging Zechstein oil play of the UK Mid-North Sea High and brown-field opportunities in the UK Southern and Central North Sea. He was head of geophysics for Sterling Resources. Before that, Mollicone was Aberdeen head and then global head of geophysics for the consulting firm Senergy, and he was principal geophysicist at RML, Senergy’s predecessor. He was a consulting geophysicist with Martin Moffatt in Cambridge, UK. He has also held interpreting geophysicist roles for Occidental in London, Cities Service International and Van Dyke in Houston, and Amoco in Denver. He has worked on projects across the UK and Dutch North Sea, North Africa, on/offshore Romania, in-shore Angola, Eastern Med, Qatar, Kurdistan, the South China Sea, and U.S. Frontiers. Mollicone has a BA in geology from the University of Colorado. He is a member of SEG, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the Geoscience Energy Society of Great Britain, the Geological Society of London, the Scottish Geology Trust, and the European Geosciences Union.

Position statement

Geophysics practice in northwest Europe is adapting to a challenging environment where companies are downsizing, merging, and moving away from exploration and production. Student populations and course offerings are also declining. I want to help SEG help its members move forward in this time of transition. My hope is to fairly represent the views and concerns of the inclusive Northern European geophysics community to the SEG Board. To that aim, I invite participation, ideas, and discussion from geology and geophysics professionals, academia, students, vendors, and related interests to help identify and address the issues we face.

District 8

Panos Doulgeris

Panos Doulgeris

Panos Doulgeris is an accomplished geoscientist and entrepreneur who is deeply enthusiastic about leveraging cutting-edge technology for exploration. He earned an engineering diploma from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, and completed his PhD in geophysics at TU Delft in the Netherlands. He is one of the founders of Delft Inversion and presently holds the position of managing director, with a focus on overseeing the organization’s overall performance and global operations.

Doulgeris is a firm believer in the power of technology and geosciences to promote a more sustainable energy future. His involvement in developing reservoir characterization projects across the globe has given him the opportunity to collaborate with professionals from various scientific and ethnic backgrounds, leading to valuable insights into the significance of diversity and shared values within the community. He takes pride in being a father of two wonderful boys, and he currently resides in Greece. 

Position statement

The evolving energy landscape presents us with an opportunity for transformation and growth as we tackle new challenges with a combination of our existing skill set, innovation, and creative thinking. This is a pivotal moment for our industry, particularly in Europe, and we all have a vital role to play in making it a success. Let’s embrace this change with positivity and enthusiasm, knowing that together we can create a brighter future for ourselves and for generations to come.

District 9

Charles Ofoegbu, the district 9 representative for SEG's Board of Directors

Charles Ononuju Ofoegbu

Charles Ofoegbu, the district 9 representative for SEG's Board of Directors

Charles Ononuju Ofoegbu

Charles Ononuju Ofoegbu obtained a BS degree from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a PhD from University of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom in 1982, supervised by Martin Bott. After an initial stint with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation as a geophysicist, he moved into the university system, rising to become a full professor more than 30 years ago. As the leader of the Geophysics Research Group working with Joseph Ebeniro, he pioneered the postgraduate program in applied geophysics at Port-Harcourt.

Ofoegbu’s experience spans government, university, and industry. He was special advisor on mineral resources and environmental protection, Abia State; head, exploration research, NNPC (research and development); director-general/CEO, Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute; chairman, National Think Tank on Solid Minerals; project director/vice chancellor Catholic University of Nigeria (VERITAS University); and visiting professor, National Universities Commission. He is the chairman, Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO), member Presidential Committee on Earth Tremors, Chairman, Technical Committee, Oil and Gas Development, Anambra State. He was an Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow in 1988.

Ofoegbu has been a member/fellow of several professional bodies. He joined SEG as a student member in the 1970s and is now a Life Member. He has mentored and produced several MSc and PhD graduates, many of whom have held key positions in the extractive industry and risen to be full professors in different universities. He also served as the Nigerian chapter chairman of SEG. As an executive director of A-Z Petroleum, he over saw the acquisition and operation of oil blocks in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Senegal, and Ghana. He is presently the chairman, Anambra State Petroleum and Energy Resources Company Ltd. and managing director/CEO, Anambra State Solid Minerals Development Company Ltd. He is a recipient of several awards and honors. He has authored or coauthored more than 140 scientific publications and books. He is married with children.

Position statement

I consider my nomination to serve on the SEG Council as a Representative of District 9 an honor and a call to professional service.

The global dependence on fossil fuel in recent times is facing a downward trend. The economies of most developing countries like Nigeria are more than 80% dependent on oil and gas. Increasingly, emphasis is shifting to the solid mineral sector as a source of foreign exchange earnings and renewables as a source of energy for domestic and industrial use. Exploration and exploitation of solid minerals and renewable energy sources should be a major thrust for SEG moving forward. Ever-rising cases of natural and man- made disasters and attendant consequences, especially in developing countries, now calls for a more active involvement of geophysicists in engineering design of structure and planning. The state of training of geophysicists in developing countries, especially within District 9, leaves much to be desired. As a deliberate policy, SEG should support the education and training of geophysicists working with the universities, institutes, and centres of excellence within the District.

District 10

Ibrahim Attia

Ibrahim Attia

Ibrahim Attia holds a bachelor’s degree in geophysics from Ain Shams University. He pursued a master’s degree and PhD in geophysics at the same institution. After completing his studies, Attia embarked on a successful career in the oil and gas industry. He began his employment as a geophysicist with GANOPE Holding Company where he conducted exploration activities focusing on hydrocarbons. He then joined Esh El Mallaha Petroleum Company and Offshore Shukeir Oil Company Company. Attia worked as a Gulf of Suez technical lead for EUG — Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. Currently, Attia works for Enap Sipetrol as a senior geoscientist.

Attia is an active SEG member, serving on the Justic, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee since 2021 and as SEG Council Special Advisor since 2023. He is also a member of the board of directors at Egyptian Geophysical Society since 2023. Attia is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geological Society of America, and is a member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. Throughout his professional career, Attia has published several papers and presented his work at international conferences in Egypt, Kenya, Switzerland, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia.

Position statement

As a district representative, I will dedicate my efforts and represent SEG’s best interests, ensuring the organization is well-positioned to extend its reach in the geologic and geophysical exploration fields. Furthermore, I will strive to enhance SEG’s reputation and position it as the leading platform for science and science education in our district. My primary goals are to:

  • Develop activities to serve and open new ventures in areas that require higher focus in our district
  • Develop the capabilities of geophysicists in the district through collaboration with SEG’s global branches
  • Focus on development of younger generations and support them in the field, mainly by encouraging participation with their communities
  • Enhance the expansion and distribution of SEG and its services in our district to serve the community in general and the geophysics community in particular

District 11

Jingjing Zong

Jingjing Zong

Jingjing Zong is an associate professor in geophysics at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. She earned her MSc and PhD degrees in geophysics from the University of Houston in 2014 and 2019, respectively. Prior to her graduate studies, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in applied geophysics from China University of Petroleum (East China). Following her doctoral studies, Zong pursued postdoctoral research at the National University of Singapore from 2019 to 2020. Her research focuses on the application of borehole seismology (particularly vertical seismic profiling) in applied geophysics and laboratory-based rock physics studies.

Zong actively serves SEG on the Research Committee, the Distinguished Instructor Short Course subcommittee, and as a session chair for rock physics sessions at the SEG Annual Meeting (2015–2018) and IMAGE (2023). Additionally, she has been a part of the technical committees for SEG workshops, including the 2nd SEG Borehole Geophysics Workshop in 2020 and the upcoming 2024 SEG Workshop on Fiber Optics Sensing for Energy Applications. Zong also serves as an associate editor for Geophysics and was a mentor for SEG’s EVOLVE program.

Position statement

As our community continues to face the challenges of energy transition, membership evolution, diversifying career paths, and the broadening spectrum of communication and learning methods, I propose the following priorities as the representative for District 11:

  • Encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and contributions between academia, industry, and professional organizations within and beyond the community of applied geophysics
  • Enhance networking and research opportunities for young professionals, while motivating our experienced members to continue sharing their wisdom and steadfast commitment amid the ever-changing global economic climate
  • Promote student engagement in initiatives that build skills applicable to career prospects both within and outside the domain of applied geophysics
  • Improve the experiences of our online offerings, meetings, and lectures

District 12

Rob Ross

Rob Ross

Rob Ross is director geosciences and principal geophysicist at Model Geosciences and has been a geophysicist for more than 35 years in minerals and oil and gas. Ross graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BSc in geophysics and undertook postgraduate remote sensing studies at the University of New South Wales. He was a pioneering seismologist in oil exploration in Oman with Seismograph Service (SSL) for PDO and Shell. In Australia, he was a geophysicist for GSI on Esso’s Bass Strait projects and consulted to Alcoa R&D and Hamersley Iron. In conjunction with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Ross implemented the first Australian commercial satellite image processing system to locate prospective mineral exploration areas together with gravity, magnetic, and orebody modeling systems. He worked in oil exploration for BP before joining QatarEnergy to lead geophysics, geotechnical, research, GIS and geology projects in Qatar. Recently, Ross was research consultant geophysicist with Curtin University’s Exploration Geophysics Department.

Ross is currently vice president of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Western Australia (ASEG WA) branch and was a member of the inaugural SEG Middle East Advisory Committee (2012–2014). An Active SEG member since 2006 and platinum member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, he has authored several papers and was SEG cochair for IPTC 2014.

Position statement 

  • Together with fellow ASEG WA branch committee members, I will continue to promote geophysics to the next generation by fostering student and early-career professional participation through educational booths at public career exhibitions and high school career-information sessions. In addition, I will continue to support student geoscience outreach and early career mentoring programs.
  • I will promote stronger links between SEG and ASEG regional branches and ensure ASEG is the first choice to host SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course and Honorary and Distinguished Lecturer events.
  • I will promote geophysics research within SEG District 12 in the exploration for critical minerals; in carbon capture, storage, and monitoring; and in the use of artificial intelligence and digital twins.
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