IOGP Outstanding Young Professional Award – 2020

For 40 years, IOGP has promoted safe, responsible and sustainable Exploration & Production operations.  To maintain this momentum, the upstream industry will have to rely on future generations of leaders. In recognition of this fact – and to inspire the next generation – IOGP runs the Outstanding Young Professional Award, enabled by SPE, and in association with the biennial SPE Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability Conference.

The Outstanding Young Professional Award recognizes the achievements of an individual with fewer than 10 years of professional E&P experience. The recipient must have demonstrated professional accomplishments and evidence of outstanding talent, dedication and leadership in at least one aspect of health, safety, security, sustainability, the environment or social responsibility.

IOGP is looking to senior members of the industry to nominate Young Professionals who meet the award criteria.

A global awards committee will choose five finalists and the final winner will be announced and presented with the award at the SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability in Bogotá, Colombia, March 17-19 2020.

The winner will receive:

  • Outstanding Young Professional Award certificate and trophy
  • Complimentary registration to the 2020 SPE Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability Conference
  • Two-year membership to SPE
  • An invitation to join the Award & YP Committees for the 2022 Conference
  • Recognition on the IOGP website and newsletter
  • Recognition on the SPE Conference website

Eligibility and award criteria

The Outstanding Young Professional Award is open to all individuals who have fewer than 10 years of professional E&P experience.

Nominees must:

  • Be well-respected and in good standing within the community.
  • Serve as a role model for other young professionals.
  • Demonstrate noteworthy professional and personal achievement.
  • Demonstrate commitment to excellence and proven leadership.
  • Exhibit expertise, passion and the ability to inspire others.

Nominators’ criteria

Nominations open on 3 September 2019.

Those nominating young professionals for this award must have more than 10 years of E&P experience in the industry. Nominations for the 2020 IOGP Outstanding Young Professional Award must be submitted using the official application form, by Friday, November 22, 2019. The nominee’s CV must also be included with the nomination form. Please email with any questions.

Award selection process

The Award Committee, consisting of industry figures, SPE members and IOGP officials, will select final candidates in December 2019.

These candidates will then be asked to prepare a short video presentation in time for a final round of judging in January 2020. The award winner will be notified towards the end of January 2020.

In the office

Let us know if you’d like a copy of our promotion pack to share in the office and we’ll put some in the post for you.

Download the OYPA 2020 brochure to share with colleagues (PDF)

Download the OYPA 2020 flyer to share with colleagues (PDF)

Ask your PR/marketing teams to include award information on any internal/external communications such as company newsletters, intranets or marketing emails.

On your social media networks

Please contact Danny Walsh, IOGP Communications Manager, at for any communications queries.

Download a brochure

to share with your colleagues

Ignite the spark and nominate today

Do you have an outstanding young professional in your team? Recognize their talent and help launch their leadership career.

“I’m truly honoured to receive the award, which is testimony to the years of support I’ve received from colleagues, managers and mentors throughout my career, as well as being a great motivator to take and apply my learnings further.” 
– Marcin Nazaruk, 2018 winner

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