Total Uganda’s David Ochanda wins 2020 award

Total Uganda’s Biodiversity Coordinator, Mr David Ochanda displays an accolade. (Courtesy photo).

Total Uganda’s Biodiversity Coordinator, Mr David Ochanda, has been presented the 2020 Outstanding Young Professional Award (OYPA) by the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP).

The award is in recognition for his endeavours in raising awareness of biodiversity and ecological standards when exploring and producing oil and gas in highly sensitive areas.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the virtual SPE HSES conference, IOGP Chair, Mr Fawaz Bitar said that “David’s commitment is a prime example for leadership, innovation and impact. His work takes our industry’s environmental awareness to the next level. It’s a well-deserved win.”

In his response, Mr Ochandi was grateful for being chosen the winner of the award.

“I am earnestly grateful and profoundly honoured for receiving such an important award, the IOP OYPA 2020. This demonstrates the remarkable inspiration, empowerment and respect I have always received from my seniors and colleagues, not forgetting the great teamwork. The award gives me more strength to challenge myself and perform even better,” he said.

This year’s announcement of the OYPA winner was scheduled to take place at the SPE HSES conference in Bogota, Colombia in March, but due to the Covid-19 constraints, it was delayed in line with the postponement of the conference.

More than 20 organisations from all over the world made submissions to the IOGP.

The Awards Committee composed of executives from the world’s leading upstream and contractor companies categorised the nominees based on their leadership, innovation and impact with seven finalists were shortlisted.


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