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Get to know your community: 20 questions to Alex Piper

Contributor: Alex Piper
Posted: 08/25/2011
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Each week, Oil & Gas IQ introduces you to a new member of our rapidly-growing global community. We set out to reveal what makes them tick, and what it is that makes them stand out through their work and life experiences.

This week's respondent is Alex Piper, Producer of Oil & Gas iQ's
online event New Contract Risk Management Strategies for a Post-Macondo Landscape

Q: Who is your hero and why?

A: Not big on heroes to be honest! As a child, though, I'd say Brian Clough – he took Nottingham Forest from a Midlands backwater to consecutive European titles.

Q: Who do you admire in the business world and why?

A: Steve Jobs – has created a business that doesn’t follow the trends but that captures the zeitgeist.

Q: What has been your greatest achievement?

A: Making it this far.

Q: What is your greatest regret?

A: None up to this point, but I'm working on it!

Q: What is your favorite word?

A: I have no idea, it isn’t something I really think about.

Q: What is your least favorite word?

A: I don’t think I have a least favourite word.

Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

A: Professional yachtsman

Q: What profession other than yours would you not want to attempt?

A: Mortician.

Q: Can you describe yourself in 3 words?

A: No, not really.

Q: If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?

A: It would have to be Da Vinci – well you could talk painting, sculpture, anatomy, engineering, music, maths, architecture....

Q: What is your favourite book?

A: The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas.

Q: What is your favourite film?

A: The Usual Suspects.

Q: What is your most memorable quotation?

A: "Crime in multi-storey car parks…. wrong on so many different levels."

Q: If your job requires a lot of travelling - what is your favourite journey?

A: The journey home.

Q: What is your favourite dish?

A: Anything cooked at home with friends and a couple of bottles.

Q: What food can you not stand?

A: Natto – fermented soya bean (Japanese traditional breakfast) – slice of toast anyday!

Q: What is the quality you most like in a leader?

A: Integrity.

Q: What is the quality you most like in an employee?

A: Loyalty.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

A: Still trying to complete these questions!

Q: If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?

A: Enjoy it more – and appreciate how quickly it goes.

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