EUR ING ALAN HIPPMAN, CEng, FIMechE, IntPE (UK), SPE, is a resident of Colombia, having lived in Venezuela, UK, USA, Congo, Canada, Trinidad, Botswana, Singapore, and Germany and worked in many other countries. Following a mining engineering contract in Botswana, he started in the oil and gas industry in the North Sea in 1975 gaining service company experience globally with Hunting Oilfield Services. In 1981 Alan joined Dome Petroleum in Canada and gained experience in the Beaufort Sea, East Coast, and in Western Canada onshore. In 1988 Dome Petroleum merged into Amoco and Alan worked in a global role from Houston, and in country-based roles in Congo, USA/China, and UK/Norway/Netherlands. In 1999, Amoco merged into BP Amoco (later BP) and Alan had several roles ranging from Algeria Wells Manager to Head of Drilling and Completions to Wells Director. Alan retired from BP at the end of 2009, and has been working as a Consultant and Instructor, as well as taking time for travel, both associated with consulting/instructing assignments worldwide, and on major overland trips to South America and Africa. Mr. Hippman has a degree in Managerial Studies in the Global Enterprise Program from the Thunderbird Graduate School in International Management in Phoenix, Arizona, USA; and an Associateship in Mechanical Engineering and an Industrial Administration A&B degree both from Robert Gordon University, Scotland.