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Javier Santiago Perez, an Energy and CO2 Efficiency Consultant

"I wanted to know more about the company, because Shell has actively studied the world’s energy system and has constructed visions of its plausible future development."

We asked recent hire Javier Santiago Perez, an Energy and CO2 Efficiency Consultant at Shell Energy CO2 Efficiency, located in Rijswijk, what his expectations of working at Shell were like before joining, and how his first few months have been.

We asked recent hire Javier Santiago Perez, an Energy and CO2 Efficiency Consultant at Shell Energy CO2 Efficiency, located in Rijswijk, what his expectations of working at Shell were like before joining, and how his first few months have been.

Javier studied Mechanical Engineering at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico City, but like many other young university graduates who join Shell, Javier decided to continue his studies abroad. “I was fortunate enough to be eligible for a scholarship from the German government”, he explains. He opted for Stuttgart, not only because the institute in Mexico enjoys close ties with the German university, but because Stuttgart University is also a world-class institute.

“I had various offers to study abroad, including in Asia and the US,” says Javier, “but Stuttgart matched well with my degree course in Mexico where I had studied mechanical engineering and had an extensive variety of energy related courses.”

Different atmosphere

Javier remembers boarding the plane for Germany very well, as it was the first time he had ever visited Europe. “I spent a year at Stuttgart University,” he says. “The atmosphere there is very international. I met many foreign students there. What I particularly noticed is how things are so well organised in Germany. It is quite different from what I was used to in Mexico. The Latin-American culture is more relaxed than that of north Western Europe.”

The Netherlands

After Germany, Javier returned to Mexico where he spent six months on a work placement at the Mexican stated-owned oil company Pemex. He then moved to Switzerland and interned with the French utilities company Alstom Power, where he completed his thesis for his Bachelor’s degree. After a year’s study in Baden in Switzerland he was awarded a scholarship, and he looked to where he could move next. “I was interested in the Netherlands because it has excellent technical universities, which are well respected internationally,” says Javier.

“In the end I went to Eindhoven where I did my Master’s in Sustainable Energy Technology.” Then, in 2011, he was invited for a job interview at Shell in Amsterdam. “I was offered the unique opportunity to come and work in the Energy Futures department,” he says. Despite having to finish his degree in Eindhoven at the same time, he jumped at the chance.

Ambition

When asked whether he is ambitious, Javier smiles. “Yes,” he says, “if you’re not ambitious then you shouldn’t work for a company like Shell.” But it’s not only his ambition, but his desire to secure our energy future that enamour him to Shell. “I really want to work on sustainable new developments,” he says.

“Even during my studies I was already fascinated by the question of what the next 50 years will bring. What will the world’s energy supply be? Ultimately, the oil and gas will run out, but what will replace them? That’s why I studied sustainable energy technology.”

Sustainability

It was this interest in sustainability that first brought Javier to Shell. “I wanted to know more about the company, because Shell has actively studied the world’s energy system and has constructed visions of its plausible future development,” he says.

“It is actively involved in the future integration of new energy sources and developing new technologies to cope with the growing global demand. You can see that the Shell portfolio is gradually shifting from oil towards gas. Ultimately, the end game is to develop a sustainable energy system. How to achieve that is fascinating. And something I want to be involved in.”

‘I really want to work on sustainable new developments’