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 40% 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.

About us

Committees 2020

An introduction to IOGP’s Committees and their activities

Vision, mission, objectives



How we are funded

Our members

Our structure

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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
  • 2010: launched Global Industry Response Group (GIRG) project
  • 2014: celebrated our 40th anniversary


Diving operations

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 eleven members, one represents a major oil industry service company.

  • Chair: Fawaz Bitar, BP
  • Vice-Chair: Craig May, Chevron Corporation
  • Vice-Chair: Michael Borrell, Total
  • Trond-Erik Johansen, ConocoPhillips
  • Giorgio Guidi, Eni
  • Morten Loktu, Equinor
  • Wayne Warwick, ExxonMobil
  • Mauricio Diniz, Petrobras
  • Firouz Asnan, Petronas
  • Jim Andrews, Schlumberger
  • Graham Henley, Shell
  • Gordon Ballard, IOGP

Decommissioning Committee

  • Chair: Win Thornton, BP
  • Committee Coordinator: Felicite Robertson

Environment Committee

  • Co-Chairs: Charles Wood, Shell; Peter Oliver, Chevron
  • Committee Coordinator: Sureiya Pochee

EU Committee

  • Chair: Olav Aamlid Syversen, Equinor
  • Committee contact: Nareg Terzian , Media and EU Affairs Manager

Geomatics Committee

  • Chair: Frederic Auger, Total
  • Committee Manager: Lucyna Kryla-Straszewska

Health Committee

  • Chair: Hans Berg
  • Committee Manager: Mariana Carvalho

Metocean Committee

  • Chair: James Stear, Chevron
  • Committee Manager: Lucyna Kryla-Straszewska

Safety Committee

  • Chair: David Jenkins, BHP
  • Committee Manager: Mariana Carvahlo

Security Committee

  • Chair: Charlie Weeks, ExxonMobil
  • Committee Manager: Diana Khatun

Standards Committee

  • Chair: Richard Mortimer, BP
  • Committee Manager: Alf Reidar Johansen

Subsea Committee

  • Chair: Roald Sirevaag, Equinor
  • Committee Manager: Diana Khatun

Wells Committee

  • Chair: Jason Gahr, ExxonMobil
  • Committee Manager: Diana Khatun

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. IOGP Executive Director

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.

François-Régis Mouton

François-Régis Mouton

Director EU Affairs

François-Régis joined IOGP’s secretariat with 30 years of international experience in the oil & gas industry. Prior to joining the Association, he was Vice President for Oil & Gas Advocacy with Total. His career took him from reservoir engineering in Europe and Africa, to gas and power business development in the UK and Northern Europe, a senior advisory role in the World Bank’s Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership, and Total’s European Affairs activities in Brussels.

François-Régis holds a Master’s degree in Reservoir Engineering from the French Institute of Petroleum and is also a graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes d’Ingénieur.

Olav Skar

Safety Director

Olav was seconded from Shell to IOGP as our safety director in 2019. He brings some 30 years of experience, mainly focused towards Wells activities in diverse and challenging environments. He has held roles from the purely technical through site, team and broader leadership in countries like The Netherlands, UK, New Zealand, Thailand, Norway, Syria, Algeria, Qatar and now in London.

On safety specifically, he believes that systems and tools designed to manage risks are most effective when complemented with respect, care, inclusion and excellence in the planning and execution of our operational tasks.

Olav is proud to be a Visiting Professor with Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. He has contributed as a Trustee with The International Well Control Forum, served on the advisory panel of The International Association of Drilling Contractors and chaired the Oil and Gas UK Wells Forum. He is a long standing member of the SPE.

Wendy BrownWendy Brown

Environment Director

Wendy has been seconded to IOGP from Total E&P headquarters in Paris, where she was responsible for the Environment Department and its support of Total’s upstream operations around the world.  Previously she had worked for Total in the UK and Canada.

With her 15 years at Total and 12 years as a consultant before that, Wendy brings to IOGP extensive  experience, including defining environmental policies, strategies and management systems as well familiarity with every aspect of the environmental management of the E&P lifecycle.  Her leadership skills and participation in industry and multi-stakeholder groups will be of great benefit to the Association.

A fluent French speaker, Wendy is a graduate of the University of Bristol with a BSc in Biology.

Wafik BeydounWafik Beydoun

Director – Americas

He comes to the Association with more than 30 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas sector. Most recently, he was Total’s General Manager and Country Chair in Kuwait. He also currently serves as Chair of the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. Previously, his career included leadership and technical positions in the US, the UK, France,
Angola and the UAE.

Ritva Westendorf-Lahouse

Communications Director

Ritva was seconded from ExxonMobil to IOGP in November 2019.

She started her career as an Upstream Lawyer, first with BEB (German ExxonMobil / Shell Joint Venture) then ExxonMobil Central Europe before moving to Public and Government Affairs in 2011 where she held various positions in Media and Communications. Ritva is especially passionate about social and digital media. In the 18 years of her career she held several leadership roles with increasing levels of responsibility. From 2017 to 2019 Ritva served as chair of the legal committee of the German Oil and Gas Producers Association (BVEG) with a focus on industry advocacy.

Ritva graduated from the University of Goettingen, Germany, with a doctorate in law (Dr. iur.). She is a proud mum and wife, plays the piano, and enjoys hiking in the wilderness of Finnish Lapland.

Secretariat staff


  • Chloe Boyle: Administration Assistant
  • Christine Glorieux: Office manager, Brussels
  • Dianne James: Finance & Administration & Membership Manager
  • Beatrice Pepe, Receptionist/Administration assistant
  • Selma Yürük : Receptionist/Administrative assistant, Brussels
  • Ed Walsingham: Business and Strategy Manager

Committee management

  • Mariana Carvalho: Committee Manager with responsibility for Health and Safety (occupational and process)
  • Caterina De Matteis: EU Policy Officer
  • Alf Reidar Johansen: Standards Manager
  • Diana Khatun, Committee Manager with responsibility for Security, Subsea & WEC
  • Lucyna Kryla-Straszewska: Geomatics and Metocean Manager
  • Sureiya Pochee: Environment Manager
  • Kamila Piotrowska: EU Affairs Manager
  • Felicite Robertson: Arctic, Decommissioning & Legal Manager
  • Christian Schwarck: Deputy Director, EU Affairs
  • Bernard Vanheule: EU Affairs Manager


  • Arianna Checchi, Global Engagement Manager
  • Marco Gilotto, EU Affairs & Communications Associate
  • Nora Hansen: EU Affairs Associate
  • Nareg Terzian: Media and EU Affairs Manager
  • Danny Walsh: Communications Manager

IT, web and publications

  • Tom Pearce: IT & Facilities Manager
  • Wendy Poore: Data & Web Applications Specialist
  • Alex Segall Technical Editor
  • Nick Tennent: Graphic Designer
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