Research

Office of Institute Initiatives

The Office of Institute Initiatives (OII) serves as the interface between industry, government and academia and Masdar Institute’s research and other strategic activities. The office’s scope includes establishment and management of external partnerships, contract development and management, intellectual property management and licensing, and management of research laboratories and centers that are of strategic importance to the Institute. 

Dr. Steven Griffiths 
Executive Director of Institute Initiatives, Professor of Practice, Masdar Institute


Dr. Steven Griffiths is the Executive Director of Institute Initiatives and Professor of Practice at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. At Masdar Institute Dr. Griffiths has responsibility for developing large-scale, collaborative research programs that are typically part of broader strategic relationships with industry, government and academia. He also oversees the Institute’s Research Laboratories and Centers, Research Development, Sponsored Programs and Technology Transfer Offices.

Dr. Griffiths additionally has an active role in multiple industry, research and innovation bodies outside of Masdar Institute, including the Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA) Board of Directors, Abu Dhabi Science, Technology and Innovation R&D Taskforce, and the Zayed Future Energy Prize Selection Committee. Dr. Griffiths is Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Energy Strategy Reviews.

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.

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..


Office of Institute Initiatives Contact:
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Executive Assistant - Institute Initiatives
+971 2 810 9329

 

Office of Sponsored Programs

Promotes and facilitates through administrative management awards of funded grants and contracts, to support research, educational activities, creative activities and public service.

Technology Transfer Office

Manages the Institute’s intellectual property and promotes the effective commercialization of Institute research.

Research Centers

Perform large-scale, multidisciplinary research programs that address the strategic research priorities of Abu Dhabi and the region.

Research Development Office

Develops and enhances the Institute’s research capabilities through development and management of research policy, strategic plans, internal research funding mechanisms, and tracking of the Institute’s research performance.

Research Laboratories

Develops Masdar Institute’s core laboratories into world-class facilities that support high-quality research and attract external interest and engagement.
   

Office of Institute Initiatives Contact:

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Executive Assistant - Institute Initiatives
+971 2 810 9329


Technology Transfer Office contact:
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Director of  TTO and OSP
+971 2 810 9316


Office of Sponsored Programs contact:
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Director of  TTO and OSP
+971 2 810 9316


Industry, Government and Academic Operations  contact:  
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Director of IGAO
+971 2 810 9208


The Research Development Office contact: 
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Research Development Office Officer
+971 2 810 9329


Research Laboratories contact:
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Acting Director of Research Laboratories
+971 2 810 9053


Sponsored Research Center:
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Co-Director of ACE4S and Director of TL-3DSC 
+971 2 810 921


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Director of ReCREMA 
+971 2 810 9124


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Director of SBRC
+971 2 810 9238

 
Institute Centers (iCenters):
Dr. Jens Ejbye Schmidt
 Head of iEnergy
+971 2 810 9439


Dr. Ibrahim Elfadel
Head of iMicro
+971 2 810 9211


Dr. Sgouris Sgouridis
Head of iSmart
+971 2 810 9156


Dr. Taha B.M.J. Ouarda
Head of iWater
+971 2 810 9107

Bruce Walker Ferguson
Head of iInnovation
+971 2 810 9325