Ajay Mehta has worked at Shell for 21 years mainly in its exploration and production division. He leads a global group of engineers, scientists and researchers dedicated to developing more and cleaner energy solutions for the future. Ajay holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, India, a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum-Refining from the Colorado School of Mines, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.
He spent his first decade at Shell working on Deepwater projects worldwide, first as a Research Scientist, then as a R&D Team Leader and finally, as a Research Manager. In recognition of his subject matter expertise in gas hydrates, he served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Ajay subsequently assumed assignments in production operations, project engineering and general management, including postings in Malaysia and New Orleans. Prior to his current role, he was an Engineering Manager in Shell’s Deepwater Projects division and his group was accountable for de-risking subsea technologies. In 2016, he returned to R&D to assume the role of General Manager - Long Range Research and New Energy Technologies.