Total Chairs

Did you know that Total funds around 30 professorial or research chairs around the world?

Through our Chairs programme we aim to build long-term relationships with innovative institutions and thought leaders in the countries where we operate.

Meet some of our Chairs and find out about their work and their areas of interest in this section, or find out more about the Chairs programme here.


Stéphanie Dameron

Meet Stéphanie Dameron, Professor of Strategic Management, and Chair of the Organizational and Strategic Intelligence department at Paris Dauphine University since 2011.   “I see multiple benefits for both sides from my relationship with Total. First of all, we can share ‘real life’ insights, particularly regarding the evolution of energ...

Nimir Elbashir

“My name is Nimir Elbashir, and I am a Professor in the Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering Programs at Texas A&M University at Qatar, a branch of Texas A&M University since 2011. I am also the Director of the Engineering Experiment Station Gas and Fuels Research Center here, and the focus of my research activities is the de...

Sean Sanders

My first contact with Total was through Total E&P Canada in 2005. A few years later, Total became one of the founding sponsors of my Industrial Research Chair in Pipeline Transport Processes at the University of Alberta, which is now in its 9th year of operation! Initially, the relationship was primarily around reducing greenhouse gas emis...

Jamal Chaouki

Jamal Chaouki, Canadian Professor at the Polytechnique de Montréal, has teamed up with Total since 2010 on a quest to make better energy through innovation. This thought leader is world-renowned in the field of Chemical Engineering and one of 30 research Chairs that Total supports around the globe.   A global approach to research   Jama...

Nicolas Berland

Meet Professor Nicolas Berland, co-director of the Chair of Ethics and Governance (jointly sponsored by Total) at Paris Dauphine University in France.  Here’s his account of how this position benefits both industry and academia.   “My first encounter with Total was over twenty years ago. I worked on competitor analysis and how to benchmark To...

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