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Ajay Mehta

Vice President - Engineering Technology and R&D Shell

BIO

Ajay Mehta serves as the Vice President Engineering Technology and Chief Engineer R&D for the Shell Group. He is currently based in Bangalore where he also heads up Shell’s Technology Center. Ajay leads a global team of scientists and engineers who provide subject matter expertise and innovative engineering solutions across the energy value chain in Upstream, Downstream, Integrated Gas and New Energies.

Over his 26 years career at Shell, Ajay has assumed a broad range of technical and leadership roles in Deepwater Exploration & Production, Operations, CO2 Mitigation, Project Engineering, and Technology Management.  He is a subject matter expert in natural gas hydrates and has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). 

Prior to his current role, he led Shell’s New Energies Research & Technology group and built foundational capabilities in hydrogen, offshore wind, carbon management, green fuels, energy storage, and e-Mobility.   

He serves on several boards globally, including the MIT Sustainability Initiative, The Energy Institute at the University of Texas, Austin, Research Center for Greenhouse Gas Innovation at University of Sao Paolo, and the Asian American Academy of Science and Engineering.   

Ajay holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.