Andrew Duffell, MBA


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-positioned to become highly visible and engaged in the business and higher education community throughout South Florida, and Duffell has forged links between Research Park companies and the student and faculty body at FAU that have resulted in new research projects, commercialization of intellectual property and employment of FAU graduates by Research Park companies. As a result, the Research Park is recognized as a valuable asset in the region’s economic development efforts.

Duffell’s personal achievements include being named the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year in 2017 and being honored as a South Florida Business Journal Ultimate CEO, as well as 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 Florida Economic Development Council, Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and the Children’s Home Society of Florida, 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.