4th EAGE Workshop on Rock Physics
Honorary Speaker Address
Dr Ibraheem Assa’adan - Vice President, Exploration, Saudi Aramco
Ibraheem graduated in 1981 with a BSc in Geology from King Saud University, Riyadh, and joined Saudi Aramco as a development geologist. By 1991 he was Chief Geologist in Exploration, and subsequently served several diverse positions including the Assistant to Vice President, Exploration, and Technical Advisor to HE the Minister of Petroleum & Minerals Resources, Riyadh on a Special Studies Team, followed by a special assignment to spearhead the formation of Energy and Industrialization Company (TAQA). Ibraheem then returned to Saudi Aramco as Chief Geologist of Gas Fields Characterization. In 1999, he moved to Al Khafji to set up Aramco Gulf Operations Company (AGOC) and Al Khafji Joint Operations. He returned to Dhahran in 2002 as Manager of Reservoir Characterization Department. In 2004 he was appointed Manager of Upstream Ventures Department. He became General Manager in Drilling and Workover, in 2009 then to Prospect Portfolio and Development in Exploration in 2012, before being appointed as Vice President, Exploration.
On a personal note, Ibraheem is married with five children, three boys and two girls.
Drs Michel Kemper
Director, Research & Innovation
A petroleum engineer with 31 years' experience in Geophysics, Petrophysics and Reservoir Engineering. The first 13 years were spent with Shell International in The Hague, Nigeria and London, during which time Michael made contributions to the interface between Petrophysics and Geophysics.
In May 1999 he became team leader Petrophysics/Petroacoustics at Ikoda Limited, working on a wide variety of projects. It is during this time that RokDoc - now one of Ikon Science's main products - was started. One of the co-founders of Ikon Science, he is now responsible for the incorporation of latest techniques and developments in the area of rock physics, seismic inversion and (numerical) earth modelling in the Ikon Science software portfolio in his position of Research Director.
Prof. Dr Tapan Mukerji
Associate Professor (Research) of Energy Resources Engineering and of Geophysics
Tapan Mukerji is an Associate Professor (Research) in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering and the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University. He co-directs the Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting (SCRF), and is associated with the Stanford Rock Physics and Borehole Geophysics (SRB) and Stanford Basin and Petroleum System Modeling (BPSM) research groups. Tapan obtained his Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford University, in 1995, and M.S. (Geophysics) and B.S. (Physics) degrees from Banaras Hindu University, India. His research interests include rock physics, geostatistics, wave propagation, stochastic methods for quantitative reservoir characterization, time-lapse reservoir monitoring, and geomodeling applications. He was awarded the Karcher Award in 2000 by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. He is a co-author of "The Rock Physics Handbook", "Quantitative Seismic Interpretation", and "The Value of Information in the Earth Sciences" all published by Cambridge University Press. In 2014 Tapan was awarded the ENI award - the so called "Energy Nobel Prize" - for pioneering innovations in theoretical and practical rock physics for seismic reservoir characterization.
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