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Integrating Energy Companies and the Communities Where They Operate

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

The energy industry is global, with a culturally- and ethnically diverse workforce located internationally. The social responsibility of the energy companies depends on the characteristics of the communities where they operate, especially concerning the support provided to the local population and the diversity and inclusion practices in place. In this session, an esteemed group of panelists will share examples of innovative actions taken by energy companies to support the communities where they operate, aiming for integration and a more inclusive and sustainable society for all. All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Patricia E. Carreras , Ignatiy Volnov , Alejandro Arbelaez and Laura Precupanu and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Patricia E. Carreras , Ignatiy Volnov , Alejandro Arbelaez and Laura Precupanu.

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Alejandro ArbelaezAlejandro Arbelaez is the Performance, Framework and Standards Team Manager of Chevron’s Technical Center.

He moved to Houston late last year and since then, he and his team have been providing support to all the Chevron subsurface practitioners around the globe, ensuring proper implementation of subsurface standards, practices, manuals, and best practices to guarantee resources maturation and exploitation.

During his 25+ years’ experience in the industry, Alejandro has led several subsurface teams in both onshore and offshore heavy oil assets. He is a Reservoir Management Senior Practitioner. Winner of internal and external Reservoir Management awards and key leadership member inside the Chevron Technology Group. Active member of the SPE community and senior mentor for young professionals and students. He and his family have lived in 8 different countries, worked in 13 different locations & are fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

He enjoys playing tennis, golf and continue his education as an amateur racing car driver.
Ignatiy VolnovIgnatiy Volnov has been working for LUKOIL since 2010. He is the Geology and Reservoir Deputy Director for LUKOIL Irak Operations. He is a petroleum engineer, scientist and expert in the development and modeling of carbonate reservoirs in various regions (Republic of Udmurtia, Western Siberia, Kuznetsk Basin, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iraq, USA) with more than 15 years of experience. He is the Vice Chair of the UNECE committee on Sustainable Energy in Geneva.

He is an active SPE volunteer that joined the organization in 2004. He has been the Regional Director of the SPE Russia and Caspian Region since 2020. He was the chairman of the SPE section in Almaty, Atyrau (Kazakhstan) during 2018-2019. Ignatiy was the initiator of the opening of the SPE section in Uzbekistan. He was the program director of the section during 2014-2018.

He is the author of more than 50 scientific and technical articles, project documents, patents and a textbook "Intensification of oil production".

He is a PhD. graduate of the Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after I.M. Gubkin.
Laura-loana PrecupanuLaura Precupanu is a senior expert in OMV Petrom's Capability Development Value Center in Romania.

Prior to her current position, she worked as a production technologist for 11 years, focusing on matrix stimulation and fracturing technologies. Laura has nearly 15 years of industry experience, including work in production and operations, as well as chemical engineering, numerical simulation, and smart field technologies.

She is the SPE Regional Director for Europe, with a tenure of 3 years. Between 2017–2020 she served as SPE Romanian Section officer. She was also the young professionals program officer and a member of the SPEI Completions Advisory Committee, with responsibility for online education, since 2018. Laura co-authored 3 SPE papers on formation damage and fracturing.

She has a strong believe in the sustainable future and development of the oil & gas industry through new technologies, knowledge sharing and multi-disciplinary collaboration.

Laura holds a bachelor’s degree with honors and a master’s degree, both in chemical engineering from Politehnica University of Bucharest.
Patricia E. CarrerasModeratorPatricia E. Carreras is the general director of the energy consulting company Blue Moon Strategies. She
has more than 25 years of international experience leading and advising majors and independent energy
companies on field development planning leveraging reservoir simulation. Additionally, she is a public
speaker, mentor, and coach on topics of sustainable development, leadership, diversity and inclusion,
and cross-cultural effectiveness. Carreras has worked based in the USA, Mexico, and Argentina.

She is an active member of SPE, currently serving as 2022–2023 chair for the Diversity and Inclusion
(D&I) Committee. She is a past member of the SPE Business Management and Leadership Committee
(BMLC). Carreras is one of the authors of the first-ever D&I survey launched by the BMLC in May 2020.
She is the chair of the SPE Gulf Coast Section (GCS) Continuing Education Committee, which received the
2021–2022 SPE GCS Outstanding Committee award under her tenure. Carreras received the 2020–2021
SPE GCS Exemplary Volunteer award.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Buenos Aires and a
master’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. She successfully completed the
Business Sustainability Management training from the University of Cambridge Institute for
Sustainability Leadership (CISL) in 2022.