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21 August 2013

First Solar expands business development team

First Solar Inc of Tempe, AZ, USA, which makes thin-film photovoltaic modules based on cadmium telluride (CdTe) as well as providing engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) services, has expanded its regional business development capabilities, with the appointment of Dr Raed Bkayrat as VP of business development for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Additionally, Ahmed S. Nada, VP of business development for the Middle East, will also oversee the firm's commercial growth in North Africa. Raed and Ahmed will report to Christopher Burghardt, VP of business development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

"Our decision to expand our business development team is a reflection of the tremendous potential that we see in the region. Both Ahmed and Raed bring extensive experience to their roles and there is no doubt in my mind that, together, they will successfully lead efforts to grow our presence across the Middle East and North Africa," said Burghardt.

With over 15 years of experience, Raed joins First Solar from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where he was responsible for establishing the institution's successful Industry Collaboration Program (KICP). During his four years at KAUST, he also created a demonstration and testing program for solar and other clean energy technologies. Prior to that he was part of the core team behind Direct Drive Systems, a US-based start-up that was acquired by an oil and gas major, and previously spent eight years in various roles at Siemens. Raed holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science (MS) in Electrical Engineering from the Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Jordan.

Ahmed joined First Solar from General Electric in January and was tasked with leading the firm's business development efforts across the Middle East, excluding Saudi Arabia. As VP of business development for the MENA region, he will now also be responsible for a number of fast-growing markets, including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt, in addition to his existing remit.

Tags: First Solar Thin-film photovoltaic CdTe


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