First Solar appoints VP for Saudi Arabia
Raed Bkayrat has been named the new VP of business development for KSA
First Solar announced the appointment of Raed Bkayrat as vice president 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 company’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).
“First Solar’s growing footprint translates into a winning combination of local insights and global expertise, which is driving our efforts to enable the region’s solar energy goals,” Christopher Burghardt said. “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.”
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 year stint at KAUST, he also created a demonstration and testing programme for solar and other clean energy technologies.
“First Solar has an excellent track record in combining innovation and technology to remain at the leading edge of the solar energy industry,” Raed Bkayrat said. “I look forward to contributing towards its efforts to enable the growth and development of a viable solar market in Saudi Arabia.”
“As a company, First Solar is focused on partnering with the region to develop solar power into a sustainable, viable and affordable energy resource,” Ahmed S Nada said. “With rapid growth expected in North Africa, we are keen to leverage our expertise and experience in order to help the region progress its solar ambitions.”