Dr Steven Griffiths
Dr Steven Griffiths
Executive Director of Institute Initiatives, Professor of Practice, Chemical Engineering
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Dr. Steven Griffiths is the Executive Director of Institute Initiatives and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a private, not-for-profit, independent, graduate-research institute located in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
At Masdar Institute Dr. Griffiths has responsibility for developing strategic relationships with industry, government and academia and oversees the Institute’s Office of Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer Office, and Research Centers. His overarching role is to establish and nurture external research collaborations with an emphasis on accelerating the development of a knowledge-based economy in Abu Dhabi and bringing sustainable technologies to the market.
Prior to his role at Masdar Institute, Dr. Griffiths was the Executive Director of the MIT Technology and Development Program’s MIT/Abu Dhabi Program and the founding Executive Vice President of Light Pharma Inc. In these roles he worked in the United States, India and the Middle East leading the development and implementation of technical and strategic relationships. His interests and expertise are process design, technology strategy and financial analysis in the areas of information technology, biotechnology, and advanced energy technologies.
Notable recent appointments include the steering committee of the Emirates Solar Industry Association and the Selection Committee of the Zayed Future Energy Prize.
Dr. Griffiths holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.