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Award to inspire the next generation of HSE leaders

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3rd September 2019. Nominations are now open for the ‘2020 IOGP Outstanding Young Professional Award’, hosted by the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) in association with the biennial SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability.

“Our industry needs competent and confident leaders for decades to come,” said Gordon Ballard, Executive Director of IOGP. “This award aims to inspire the next generation. We want to recognize their efforts to promote safe, responsible and sustainable Exploration and Production operations.”

Now in its 3rd year, the award celebrates the achievements of an individual with fewer than 10 years of professional E&P experience. The winner must demonstrate professional accomplishments and evidence of outstanding talent, dedication and leadership working in at least one aspect of health, safety, security, the environment sustainability and/or social responsibility.

IOGP is looking to senior members of the industry to nominate young professionals who meet the award criteria.  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.

A special awards committee will announce the winner 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 International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability.
  • 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 in the SPE HSENow webzine

For more information, and to nominate a young professional, visit


Editors’ note:

Nomination criteria

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 SPE members, other prominent industry figures 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 winner will be notified towards the end of January 2020.

About IOGP

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.

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Nareg Terzian
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