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Documentaries are used both to educate and tell stories that their makers believe should be heard. That applies to documentaries about the inner workings of various industries such as oil and gas. To many outside the petroleum industry, those inner workings are a black box: Money and engineering goes in, gasoline and petrochemical products come out. It is also full of stories, making it an industry ripe for documentarians. The following reviews consider a small handful of the documentaries covering the petroleum industry and what might be learned from them beyond their immediate message.
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JJ De Paep is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the director of strategy and marketing at Astra Innovations, a company focused on delivering next-generation remote collaboration and data analytics tools for upstream oil and gas. Before joining Astra Innovations, he spent 9 years with National Oilwell Varco, and subsequently made a pivot to the technology industry managing software development before a passion for innovation and collaborative tools prompted a return to the energy industry.
It's no secret how we engage and communicate in our personal and professional lives has changed dramatically since the introduction and adoption of mobile technologies that began in the 1990s. It could be said that in the years since, this topic has been played out--maybe even overblown. Yet this reality remains: The growing amount of data available will lead to the continued emergence of new technologies, inevitably impacting the ways we live and work. A quick Google search dredges up a trove of opinions about the respective merits and dangers of the digital revolution and what it has meant for our lives. In fact, it can be difficult to ignore the apocalyptic potential of technology we see portrayed in popular culture, but is it possible there's an outcome that doesn't result in artificial intelligence taking over?
Philip Kwasi Banini is a co-founder of iWatch Africa, a non-governmental organization and a policy think-tank aimed at shaping the national and regional discourse, deepening transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in the governance process in Africa. He previously worked with a number of public and private organizations, including as contract manager at Moville Realities and Logistics, the project administrator of the Strategic Partnership for Higher Education Innovation and Reform Project, and business development manager at Potters Hollow Company. Banini is a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative, African Change-makers Fellowship, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Global Startup Lab. He was the University of Ghana SPE student chapter president in 2015 and currently the secretary of the technical and Distinguished Lecture committee of the SPE Ghana Section. Banini holds a MS in petroleum geoscience and BS in earth sciences from the University of Ghana, Legon.
Introspective questions such as whether to engage in a specialized career path or diversify or move into academia are pertinent throughout one's career. Although tough decisions, career paths in the oil and gas industry are more flexible than perceived. TWA reached out to four distinguished professionals who have built exemplary careers, successfully navigating through various twists and turns along the way. We have captured their career progressions and share their journeys through unique lenses. Humfrey is an energy professional and leader at Shell with more than 20 years in the industry --across chemicals, downstream, gas value chains, and new energies.
SPE TWA received numerous high-quality nominations from different parts of the world. An exhaustive, three-step evaluation framework developed by the TWA committee was used. The nominees were evaluated on various scales such as academic and technical credentials; quality of work experience; awards; positions of responsibility; volunteering; and academic, industrial, and social impact. The result was the selection of 17 TWA Energy Influencers whose candidature had the intrinsic qualities of going above and beyond.