Duffell’s international background and multiple economic development roles have shaped his forward-thinking and problem-solving approach regarding the development of South Florida’s economy using technology as a catalyst.
Since becoming president & CEO of the Research Park at FAU in 2011 the Research Park’s contribution to the region’s economy has surged, largely due to the repositioning efforts Duffell has implemented. The Research Park has been re-branded to become highly visible, re-engaged in the business and higher education community and its relationships with leaders throughout the region have been strengthened and as a result, the Research Park is perceived as a valuable asset in the region’s economic development efforts.
Duffell’s personal achievements include being named a 2015 Palm Beach Ultimate CEO by the South Florida Business Journal and being recognized in January 2015 as a “40 Under 40 Rising Star in Economic Development” by Development Counsellors International (DCI) at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Leadership Summit.
Currently Duffell serves on the boards of directors for the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and the Children’s Home Society – Palm Beach Division, as well as other advisory boards related to economic development.
In 2000 he was conferred the degree of Master of Arts (Hons) in European Studies by the University of Aberdeen and in 2015 earned a master of business administration (MBA) from Florida Atlantic University