Capella Festa is the Chief Operating Officer of Genvia, based in Paris. Genvia is a ground-breaking hydrogen technology business developing thermally charged electrolysers to accelerate the decarbonization of heavy industry. Prior to the founding of Genvia Capella was Vice President Hydrogen for SLB New Energy.
Capella joined SLB in 1993, initially developing software in the Research and Engineering Centre in Paris before completing her training as Rig Engineer offshore in the North Sea. She has held a variety of operational, commercial and management roles in Europe and Asia in technical and software services. She joined the board of the Schlumberger Foundation in 2015 fresh from a three-year secondment at the International Energy Agency where she had been immersed in the study of future energy scenarios in particular a study of the Energy Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa and was struck by the degree to which development goals, particularly involving energy access and climate change, are often hampered by a lack of technical and scientific experts.
Capella holds a MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge in the UK and a master’s degree in economics and business management from the Institute Français du Pétrole in Paris.
Capella is a firm believer in the work of the Schlumberger Foundation in elevating academically able women from developing countries in science and engineering. The potential that the fellows and alumni of the Faculty for the Future program have to accelerate sustainable development in their countries while tacking climate change is immeasurable.