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The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) is the voice of the global upstream industry. Oil and gas continue to provide a significant proportion of the world’s energy to meet growing demands for heat, light and transport.

Our Members produce more than a third of the world’s oil and gas. They operate in all producing regions: the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Caspian, Asia and Australia.

We serve industry regulators as a global partner for improving safety, environmental and social performance. We also act as a uniquely upstream forum in which our Members identify and share knowledge and good practices to achieve improvements in health, safety, the environment, security and social responsibility.

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Vision, mission, objectives

Vision, mission, objectives


  • To work on behalf of the world’s oil & gas exploration and production (E&P) companies to promote safe, responsible, and sustainable operations.


  • To facilitate continuous improvement in HSE, security, social responsibility, engineering and operations.
  • To undertake special projects and develop industry positions on critical issues affecting the industry.
  • To create alignment between oil & gas E&P companies and with relevant national and international industry associations.
  • To advance the views and positions of oil & gas E&P companies to international regulators, legislative bodies and other relevant stakeholders.
  • To provide a forum for sharing experiences, debating emerging issues and establishing common ground to promote co-operation, consistency and effectiveness.


  • To improve understanding of our industry by being a visible, accessible, reliable and credible source of information.
  • To represent and advocate industry views by developing effective proposals based on professionally established technical arguments in a societal context.
  • To improve the collection, analysis and dissemination of data on HSE and security performance.
  • To develop and disseminate best practice in HSE, security, engineering and operations continually improved by feedback from members, regulators and other stakeholders.
  • To promote awareness and best practice in social responsibility and sustainability.
  • To ensure that the membership is highly representative of our industry.


Some accomplishments

  • We provide guidance, collect data and publish performance indicators on a range of topics – environmental  performance, health management, occupational safety and process safety events. These reports are freely available.
  • Our safety alert system allows organizations to share information on serious incidents, both actual and potential.
  • Our Life-Saving Rules and supporting materials raise awareness among upstream operators of those activities that are most likely to result in fatalities. The Rules also outline the simple actions individuals can take to protect themselves and others.
  • Our report on Shaping safety culture through safety leadership encourages managers at all levels need to act as safety leaders. It is one of our most popular publications, with the highest number of downloads and 2000 hard copies shipped.
  • IOGP manages a number independently-financed joint industry projects.These include: Sound & Marine life; Arctic Oil Spill Response and Offshore Structures.
  • In 2010 we formed the Global Industry Response Project (GIRG) in response to Macondo, Montara and other deep water incidents. The GIRG project required significant financial and human resources and took over a year. Three teams, with over 100 technical experts and senior managers, focused on three key areas – prevention, intervention and response. This project led to the creation of Subsea Well Response and the Oil Spill Response projects.



  • 1974: founded as the E&P Forum, in London, UK.
  • 1986: began to address the internationalization of upstream engineering standards
  • 1987: published our first comprehensive collection on global safety performance indicators, covering the period 1984-1986.
  • 1992: opened Brussels office in August 1992.
  • 1993: became an official observer with the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • 1994: produced Guidelines for the development and application of health, safety and environmental management systems
  • Mid-1990s: joined OSPAR
  • 1997: produced a set of principles for determining the social as well as environmental impact of E&P operations on local communities
  • 1999: became the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP)
  • 2000: published a set of strategic health principles and guidelines to provide a basis for incorporating workforce and community health considerations into project upstream project planning and management
  • 2002: joined forces with IPIECA to produce an 80-page report for the World Summit on Sustainable Development focusing on key questions in managing social issues in oil and gas projects
  • 2005: absorbed the European Petroleum Survey Group or EPSG (1986-2005) into our structure
  • 2012: launched Global Industry Response Group (GIRG) project
  • 2014: celebrated our 40th anniversary


How we are funded

We are funded by our members.

Any upstream company – private, public or state-owned – is welcome to apply for IOGP membership.

Our structure

Our structure

Management Committee

IOGP’s Management Committee is responsible for the Association’s overall strategy and direction. It provides guidance on policy, work plans, finance and communications and it ensures that we keep to our Articles of Association.


Our extensive international membership brings with it a wealth of know-how, data and experience. This provides IOGP with extensive technical expertise, organized in a dynamic network of standing committees, subcommittees and task forces (TF). They all report to the Management Committee.

These committees and task forces manage the exchange and dissemination of good practice through publications and events around the world. This work is primarily done by staff of our member organizations, with support from the secretariat.

Committee contacts

Management Committee:

The Management Committee consists of nine members (including Chair and Vice Chairs). Of these nine members, one represents a major oil industry service company.

  • Chair: Monika Hausenblas, Royal Dutch Shell
  • Vice-Chair: Fawaz Bitar, BP
  • Vice-Chair: Michel Contie, Total
  • Jack Hinton, Baker Hughes
  • Craig May, Chevron Corporation
  • Trond-Erik Johansen, ConocoPhillips
  • J. Hunter Farris, ExxonMobil
  • Flavio Zimermann, Petróleo Brasileiro SA
  • Torstein Hole, Statoil
  • Gordon Ballard, IOGP

Arctic Committee

  • Chair: Robert Blaauw, Shell
  • Committee Coordinator: Carla Pueyo Lloret

Communications Committee

  • Chair: Colin Joyce, Shell
  • Committee Manager: Danny Walsh

Decommissioning Committee

  • Chair: Win Thornton, BP
  • Committee Coordinator: Carla Pueyo Lloret

Environment Committee

  • Co-Chairs: Paula Pedroni, eni and Dina Kuykendall, Baker Hughes
  • Committee Coordinator: Carla Pueyo Lloret

EU Committee

  • Chair: Olav Aamlid Syversen, Statoil
  • Committee contact: Alessandro Torello, Communications Manager

Geomatics Committee

  • Chair: Walter Jardine, BP
  • Committee Manager: Lucyna Kryla-Straszewska

Health Committee

  • Chair: Susanne Schunder-Tatzber, OMV
  • Committee Manager: Mariana Carvalho

Legal Committee

  • Chair: Catherine Marchand Støle, Statoil
  • Committee Coordinator: Carla Pueyo Lloret

Metocean Committee

  • Chair: Eugene Berek, ExxonMobil
  • Committee Manager: Lucyna Kryla-Straszewska

Safety Committee

  • Chair: Taco Franssen, Chevron
  • Committee Manager: Mariana Carvahlo

Security Committee

  • Chair: Steve Jones, Shell
  • Committee Manager: Natalia Staina

Standards Committee

  • Chair: Ian Cummins, BP
  • Committee Manager: Alf Reidar Johansen

Subsea installation Committee

  • Chair: Roald Sirevaag, Statoil
  • Committee Manager: Natalia Staina

Wells Committee

  • Chair: Enrique Garcia, ExxonMobil
  • Committee Manager: Natalia Staina

Secretariat staff

The Secretariat is split between IOGP’s Registered Office in London and Brussels Office. IOGP staff provides management, administrative and technical support to committees and Task Forces.

Secretariat Directors

Gordon Ballard

Executive Director

Prior to joining IOGP, Gordon spent 30 years working with oilfield services company, Schlumberger, on four continents.  He became Schlumberger’s UK Chair in 2005.  He has also served as Chair of the UK’s Oil and Gas Industry Council and of OPITO International, the upstream oil & gas skills organization, and was Co-Chair of industry trade association Oil & Gas UK.

Gordon graduated from the University of Glasgow with a B.SC. Hons in Civil Engineering and holds a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University.

John Campbell

Technical Director

John Campbell is IOGP’s Technical Director and has worked for the Association since 1997.  His portfolio includes environmental and legal disciplines which support his role as IOGP’s representative at a wide range of international organisations including the UN, IMO, IWC and regional seas conventions for the north east Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea and West Africa. He has also worked with Arctic Council working groups, notably PAME, as an invited expert.

Before joining IOGP, John was a senior advisor on marine pollution issues to the UK Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food and represented the UK on a range of international marine pollution committees, chairing the scientific advisory bodies of both the London and Oslo Conventions.

John’s education includes a Ph.D. in nuclear geochemistry from Glasgow University as well as post-doctoral research fellowships at Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Nova Scotia and at Liverpool University in the UK.

Roland Festor

European Union Affairs Director

Roland Festor joined the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers as the new Director for European Union Affairs in June 2013.

A French citizen, Mr. Festor has an engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées in Paris and came to IOGP with 35 years of industry experience.

He began his career as a structural engineer before joining Total’s Exploration and Production division in 1977. He led the company’s operations in the United Kingdom (where Total is one of the biggest oil and gas producers), Indonesia and Angola before completing his time at Total as Senior Adviser within the Africa Division.

A long-time proponent of upstream safety, Mr. Festor served on the board of Oil & Gas UK until 2011 and was part of its “Step Change for Safety” leadership team. He has also held positions in several other national oil and gas associations. Mr. Festor was recently elected as a non-executive director of Oil Spill Response Limited, the cross-industry body set up to quickly respond to spill emergencies.

Chris Hawkes

Safety Director

Chris joined IOGP as Safety Director in February 2016. In addition to facilitating the work of the Safety, Wells Experts and Subsea committees, Chris represents IOGP at international stakeholder meetings, including those with regulators and governments.

Chris has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with both Shell and BP. Chris is a Marine Engineer having spent 13 years at sea rising to the rank of Chief Engineer. Chris has held a variety of roles in Marine, Safety and Operational Risk and Upstream areas of the business, most recently with BP, including VP S&OR Audit, Developments Division, Upstream Safety Director and HSE Manager for BP in Angola.

Chris is a qualified Marine Engineer and holds an MBA from the Curtin Graduate School of Business School in Perth, Western Australia.

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