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Shaffiq Jaffer

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Shaffiq Jaffer holds Chemical Engineering degrees from the University of Alberta (B.Sc.) and McMaster University (Ph.D.). His primary area of study was experimental fluid dynamics and fluid mixing.  He joined TOTAL SA six years ago and previously worked for Koch-Glitsch, Inc. and The Procter and Gamble Company (P&G). A major contribution at P&G was to help design novel processes to enable mass customization of consumer products. He currently is the Vice President of Corporate Science and Technology Projects in North America, with the mission to find novel ideas and technologies across the research community: academia, government including defense research organizations and private research companies, that will lead to breakthroughs in energy (production, conservation, efficiency), materials (PV, Catalysts, biomaterials) and manufacturing processes. A significant part of his effort these last few years has been to help TOTAL SA succeed with its PV investment in SunPower Corporation, to find researchers that would be able to address some of the key challenges facing PV.  In addition, a large effort was placed on the research required to improve the understanding of the shale gas/oil resources to improve the recovery and operation. These efforts have lead to partnerships between TOTAL and MIT in energy storage and shale gas.

Falling Walls Circle has welcomed and inspired a high-profile and multidisciplinary audience from science-focused institutions including AAAS, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, European Research Council, Helmholtz Association, and UNESCO; renowned universities including MIT, NTU Singapore, Oxford and Stanford; global companies including BASF, Robert Bosch, Dow Europe, and X; senior government officials from Germany, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the USA; non-governmental organisations such as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Nobel Foundation, the World Economic Forum and the XPRIZE Foundation; as well as industry pioneers from D-Wave, Element AI and Google DeepMind.

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