Vincent Schächter is an energy executive with one foot in M&A and the other in hard science (computer science, biotech, cleantech). After joining Total in 2009 to start biotechnology within the supermajor, he was appointed Vice-President R&D of Total New Energies. As such he built and manages medium to long-term R&D in photovoltaics and storage for Sunpower/Total. He also built Total's network of solar and biotech partnerships, including Sunpower and Amyris. Prior to that, Vincent Schachter was appointed VP Bioinformatics of the French National Sequencing Center (Centre National de Séquençage) in 2007, after creating and managing computational systems biology lab at CEA (2002-2007). He graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) and holds a PhD in computer science. In the late 90es he was one of the founders of biotech startup Hybrigenics, a spin-off from Institut Pasteur.