The Geophysical Sustainability Atlas

Geophysics has the potential to add value to society, economic systems, and the environment. One way to position and better communicate geophysics and geophysicists as value creators is to map geophysical applications and practices to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations. This webinar will illustrate how this mapping process resulted in the formulation of the “Geophysical Sustainability Atlas,” developed to illustrate how geophysics contributes to each of the SDGs and to provide examples of specific applications and collaboration strategies. Geophysicists are frontline contributors in the pursuit of the SDGs, and this value proposition can inspire new generations of scientists to pursue careers in geophysics and motivate current geophysicists to expand their activities and utilize their skills in ways that could enable their long-term employability or entrepreneurship.

Speaker Bio

Maria Angela Capello

Maria Angela Capello is a renowned leader and author in the energy sector with a gift for motivating individuals, teams, and organizations into achieving complex and strategic goals. She is an expert in sustainability, corporate resilience, diversity and inclusion, and an advocate of resilience, digital transformation, and talent development. She is currently consulting for organizations in Latin America and the United States to envision and propel their corporate sustainability strategies. In addition, Maria Angela is currently raising the awareness about the pivotal role of geosciences in advancing the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by leading the application of the Geophysical Sustainable Development Atlas, an initiative she spearheaded, to a global outreach.

She is co-chair of the United Nations UNECE Committee for Women in Resource Management. She is the lead author of two books: Learned in the Trenches: Insights into Leadership and Resilience (2018) and Mentoring and Sponsoring: Keys to Success (2020). Maria Angela was the first woman to supervise seismic crews in the jungles of Venezuela, to advance a global career with leading roles in Kuwait Oil Company, Halliburton, and PDVSA. She has lectured and delivered more than 87 webinars online and in person in Africa, Asia, Europe, Asia, the United States, and Latin America. Her integrative leadership and acute vision for innovation propelled step-changes in strategic business outlooks in every single organization she has worked or consulted for.

Maria Angela Capello is a Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy), the highest civil honor conferred by the President of Italy, “for her outstanding career in the energy and hydrocarbons sectors.” She is an Honorary Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), which is the top individual award of the SPE, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). She is a Physicist from the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), and a M.Sc. of the Colorado School of Mines (USA). Her passion is to propel women and young professionals into leadership and sustainability. She is also a pianist, specialized in the baroque period.