The Way Forward Geophysics contributes to and has the long-term potential to advance all 17 [of the United Nations] Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is an urgent need to raise the awareness and importance of the SDGs and the applicability of geophysics to them among geophysical practitioners as well as…
Maria Angela Capello is a renowned leader and author in the energy sector. She is a Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy), the highest civil honor conferred by the President of Italy, “for her outstanding career in the energy and hydrocarbons sectors.” She is an Honorary Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the top individual award of the SPE, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Capello is a physicist from the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), and holds an M.Sc. from the Colorado School of Mines (USA). Her passion is to propel women and young professionals into leadership and sustainability.
Emer Caslin is a geoscientist, specializing in reservoir interpretation, structural and property modeling, and has been employed with Schlumberger since 2004. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology from Queens University Belfast and an M.Sc. in Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering from the IFP School in Paris. Caslin has a keen interest in understanding how geoscientists can help shape and influence sustainability in our evolving energy sector and has taken a leave of absence from Schlumberger to focus on areas such as solutions for the energy transition, risk and social acceptance of the extractive industry and achievement of the SDGs. She recently has been working on committees for professional societies such as SEG, SPE and EAGE incorporating sustainability, energy transition and decarbonization content into their conference programming.
Anna Shaughnessy is the president-elect of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). She has held leadership roles in exploration and advanced technology at Mobil, Saudi Aramco, Texaco and Kerr-McGee. After 30 years in the energy industry, she transitioned to the academic sector as she became the Executive Director of MIT’s Earth Resources Laboratory (ERL). She retired from ERL in 2018 and is currently a consultant. Shaughnessy received her undergraduate from the U. of Gothenburg in Sweden and her M.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her wide work experience has offered her a great appreciation for the role of applied geophysics in industry, academia and society today, and toward a sustainable future.
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