Maurice Nessim, president of WesternGeco, is a member of the SEG Foundation Board of Directors and Board Member of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC). He has a BSc and an MSc in physics, nuclear physics, and geophysics, and has won several prestigious awards and patents, including the Schlumberger Chairman’s Award.
He has authored and coauthored more than 25 technical papers that have been presented at various international conferences. He has been an SEG active member since 1991, and is a member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Nessim served as 2015–2016 SEG Director at Large and, in 2017, was elected board member of the SEG Foundation and chairman of the IAGC. In 2018, Nessim was appointed as a board member of the Houston-based Technology Collaboration Center, an organization that fosters collaboration across technology sectors — including space, medical, and energy — to address real-world problems.
Nessim has more than 35 years of oil and gas industry experience in various technical and management positions. He joined WesternGeco as a geophysicist in 1981 and has served as area vice president for the Middle East and Asia, area vice president for North and South America, and global vice president of operations. He was vice president of marketing and technology for the Schlumberger Reservoir Management group and president of Schlumberger PetroTechnical Services. He was also a cofounder of the Sea Exploration Association and founder of the Schlumberger Area Geophysicists program to develop petrotechnical expertise. He was named to his current position as WesternGeco president in 2015.
With Schlumberger’s foundation of the Geoscientists without Boarders® (GWB), Nessim has been one of the key drivers over the past decade championing GWB’s mission to support the humanitarian applications of geoscience around the world through promoting the message as well as through funding at both the personal and corporate levels. GWB also supports academia with more than 500 undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students in countries around the world participating in global projects.