Dr. Steven Griffiths / Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Khalifa University

Dr. Steven Griffiths is Vice President for Research at Khalifa University of Science and Technology where he has overall responsibility for research, including large-scale, collaborative research programs and centers, research development, sponsored programs, technology transfer, and research laboratories.

Outside of Masdar Institute, Dr. Griffiths serves as advisor to the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, is a Zayed Future Energy Prize Selection Committee member and is engaged as an evaluator and mentor in additional regional and international research and innovation competitions and programs. He served as a member of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015 and advised the government of Alberta, Canada, on provincial innovation system structuring during 2014. Dr. Griffiths is associate editor and member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Energy Strategy Reviews and author of various works in the energy policy and energy strategy fields.

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 has worked internationally in leading the development and implementation of technical solutions and partnerships across multiple sectors. His interests and expertise span process design, technology development, and technology strategy in information technology, biotechnology, and renewable energy.

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.