Advancing Sustainability with a Local, Regional, and Global Impact

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2022, the SEG Women’s Network and Sustainability committees are hosting a live panel — with women in leading roles in several organizations — to share how they are advancing sustainability with a local, regional, and global impact. The focus of this conversation will be on what matters the most in sustainability and the opportunities for women in this area.


  • Nikki Martin, EnerGeo President
  • Johana Dunlop, IOGP Membership Engagement Manager and SPE-Gaia Founder
  • Ulrike Schopp, IPIECA Chief of Staff


  • Maria Angela Capello, Red Tree Consulting Managing Director
  • Elaine Mattos, Senior Vice President Marketing & Geosciences, Fairfield Geotechnologies, and SEG Women’s Network Committee Chair

Speaker Bios

Nikki Martin

Nikki C. Martin is the president of the EnerGeo Alliance. As president, she is responsible for the EnerGeo Alliance’s global organization and execution of its mission and priorities to optimize the business and regulatory climate and enhance public understanding to support a strong, viable energy geoscience industry. Nikki is an attorney and government affairs professional with years of experience engaging government regulators globally.

Nikki joined the EnerGeo Alliance in 2013 as the vice president for Government and Legal Affairs, and she was responsible for monitoring and coordinating EnerGeo Alliance’s review and response to government regulations, directives, and initiatives.

Before joining the EnerGeo Alliance, Nikki worked as the regulatory and legal affairs manager at the Alaska Oil & Gas Association (AOGA) and practiced law in Anchorage, Alaska. Nikki’s prior legislative experience includes serving as staff to U.S. Senate President Pro Tempore Ted Stevens and as legislative aide to the Alaska State Senate President and Alaska State House Majority Leader.

Nikki currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Western Resources Legal Center and is a member of the Alaska Bar Association. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.

Johana Dunlop

Johana Dunlop, SPE, was appointed membership engagement manager at International Association of Oil & Gas Producers. Dunlop joined the oil and gas industry in 1992 as risk manager for several of the Schlumberger businesses. Over the next 20 years, she held many management positions, including executive director of the Schlumberger Foundation and global director of Sustainability Integration. In 2017, she created her consultancy Blue Walrus Sustainability Strategies. Dunlap served on the SPE Board as the technical director of SPE’s Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability discipline from 2017 to 2020. During her tenure she founded the Safety Leadership Academy and the Gaia Sustainability Program.

Ulrike Schopp

Ulrike joined Ipieca in December 2019 as a secondee from ExxonMobil. She has more than 16 years of experience working in various roles within the ExxonMobil organization, with a career spanning communications, public & government affairs and sustainability. For the last two years, Ulrike has been heavily involved in Ipieca’s programm areas of the Sustainable Development Goals, climate and energy, Reporting, social responsibility, and human rights as senior project Manager. Ulrike has an educational background in economics.

Maria Angela Capello

Cav. Maria Angela Capello is executive vice-president of RESI and managing director of Red Tree Consulting. A renowned leader in the energy sector, she is an expert in sustainability, corporate resilience, and diversity and inclusion. Maria Angela is raising the awareness about the pivotal role of geosciences in advancing the SDGs, leading the creation of the Geosciences Sustainable Development Atlas, an initiative endorsed by UNESCO.

Maria Angela is a Cavaliere, a Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy, the highest civil honor conferred by the President of Italy, Honorary Member of SPE, Life Member of SEG, president of the Green House Gas Society, director of the SEG Foundation, and has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the AAPG, SEG, and SPE. She is the author of three books and has published more than 73 articles in peer reviewed journals. She is a physicist from the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), M.Sc. of the Colorado School of Mines (USA) and is certified in Circular Economy and Sustainability by the University of Cambridge (UK).

Elaine Mattos

Elaine Mattos is the senior vice president of Geoscience and Marketing at Fairfield Geotechnologies.
Prior to Fairfield, Elaine worked for Schlumberger for 19 years, where she held a variety of leadership positions in seismic operations, marketing, and technology. She has extensive international business experience having held positions in Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and the United States.

Elaine holds a Master of Science in Management of the Oil and Gas Industry from Heriot-Watt University, the UK, and a Bachelor of Science in Geophysics from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is passionate about the role geosciences play towards humanitarian causes and is an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Oil & Gas industry. Elaine is the chair of the SEG Women’s Network (2021-22) and a committee member of the SEG GWB (Geoscientists without Borders). Elaine also serves as the vice-chair for the Americas Committee at the EnerGeo Alliance.