Society of Petroleum Engineers - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Section (SPE-KSA)

Who We Are

Society of Petroleum Engineers – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Section (SPE-KSA)

SPE is the largest individual member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry.

Chairman’s Message

The Society of Petroleum Engineers, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Section, welcomes you to our new term and presents the 2017-2018 Executive Board.

Our team will continue to build on the distinction of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Section with events that prepare SPE members for the current and future industry challenges.

Our section is the preeminent platform for advancing our technical knowledge and skills, influencing the future of the energy industry, and providing a global perspective for budding young professionals.

Our community will continue to benefit from our section social responsibility, outreach, and service. Extending our hand to local communities, young and old, will attract unanticipated support and talent to our industry and national goals.

Our term goals are our challenges. Achieving these goals is our commitment. Join us for the journey and ensure our ongoing success.

SPE History, Mission, & Vision




In 1957, the organization was officially founded as SPE, a constituent society of AIME. SPE became a separately incorporated organization in 1985.

Our history begins within the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME). AIME was founded in 1871 in Pennsylvania, USA, to advance the production of metals, minerals, and energy resources through the application of engineering. In 1913, a standing committee on oil and gas was created within AIME and proved to be the genesis of SPE. The Oil and Gas Committee of AIME soon evolved into the Petroleum Division of AIME as membership grew and as interest among the members was more clearly delineated among the mining, metallurgical, and petroleum specializations.


The petroleum membership of AIME grew significantly, leading to restructuring decisions that would shape the future of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


The new society developed products and services to address the technical interests of its growing membership.


Membership grew rapidly, doubling by the end of the decade. The first Long Range Plan was implemented, and helped the Society map out its future for the decade to come.


The industry suffered a downturn and roughly half of all jobs were lost. However, SPE membership remained stable, even experiencing growth, throughout the decade.


SPE became more culturally diverse as the growth rate of international sections increased. SPE also became more technologically far-reaching with the introduction of international Forums and the launch of SPE.org.


SPE reached its highest number of members in its history, partly due to the high growth rate in the number of student members and chapters. Today SPE continues its constant search for new ways to meet member needs in all phases of their careers in all parts of the world


To collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.

Enable the global oil and gas E&P industry to share technical knowledge needed to meet the world’s energy needs in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Board Members

Our Board of Directors continue to invest their time and expertise in the stewardship of our section

Dr. Mohammed Qahtani

Mr. Nasir Al Naimi

Dr. Nabeel AlAfaleg

Mr. Khaled Al Buraik

Mr. Abdul Hameed Al Rushaid

Mr. Dawood Al-Dawood

Dr. Abdulaziz Al Kaabi

Mr. Nick Nawfal

Mr. Sid Whyte

Mr. Jim Hollingsworth

Mr. Ziad Jeha

Mr. Fahad Al-Fassam

Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors










History of SPE-KSA Section’s Chairman position from 1967-2016

2017-2018            Dr. Zeid Al-Ghareeb

2016-2017            Mr. Fahad S. Al-Fassam

2015-2016            Mr. Fahad Al-Mutairi

2014-2015            Mr. Bandar Al-Khamies

2013-2014            Mr. Yousif Tahan

2012-2013            Mr. Abdullatif A. Al-Omair

2011-2012            Dr. Ghaitan Muntasheri

2010-2011            Mr. Abdulaziz A. Ajaji

2009-2010            Dr. Ashraf Tahini

2008-2009            Mrs. Hiba Dialdin

2007-2008            Dr. Sami A. Al-Neaim

2006-2007            Dr. Jamal A. Alkhonaifer

2005-2006            Dr. Nabeel I. Al-Afaleg

2003                       Mr. Salam P. Salamy

2002                       Mr. David G. Kersey

2001                       Mr. Hussein A. Al-Ali

2000                       Mr. Robert N. Dennis

1999                       Mr. Ali N. Al-Shabeeb

1998                       Mr. Gordon P. Tobert

1997                       Mr. Ali H. Al-Hasan

1996                       Mr. Abdulaziz A. Alabdulkarim

1995                       Mr. Hussain A. Al-Faddagh

1994                       Mr. Khalid A. Zainalabedin

1993                       Mr. James P. Sizer

1992                       Mr. Abdulla I. Al-Kubaisy

1991                       Mr. Saad A. Turaiki

1990                       Mr. Mohammed H. Al-Khatib

1989                       Mr. Christopher Neale

1988                       Mr. Kendall C. Reynolds

1987                       Mr. Nadeem Parvez

1986                       Mr. Michael A. Kasnick

1985                       Mr. Michael C. Crowley

1984                       Mr. Jerry R. Helbling

1983                       Mr. Haider H. Al-Awami

1981                       Mr. Donald G. Hatch

1980                       Mr. Grant E. Robertson

1979                       Mr. Robert F. Boggus

1978                       Mr. James R. Mcintosh

1977                       Mr. Abdul Karim Hedjazi

1976                       Mr. Anthony B. Germani

1975                       Mr. Albert K. Csaszar

1974                       Mr. Bert H. Golding

1968                       Mr. D. M. Brown



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