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MESIA president to step down

Vahid Fotuhi to hand over the reins of the solar industry association he founded in 2009.

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Vahid Fotuhi

Vahid Fotuhi is stepping down as president of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) after five years at the helm.

The former BP man plans to shift his attention to his role as Head of Strategic Advisory at Access Power MEA, a company focused on the renewables sector in Africa.

Fotuhi has overseen the steady growth of the association he founded in 2009 to its current membership of 120.

“After 5 long years of dedication, I can proudly step aside and allow a new leadership team to take over and to bring MESIA to new heights,” he announced this week.

“Our organization today is stronger than ever before. We are by far the largest, most inclusive and widely-respected solar association in the MENA region.”

MESIA will elect a new president as well as a new Board of Directors at its Annual General Meeting to be held 26 May.

From 2009 until 2012, Fotuhi was the regional director for BP Solar Middle East, the region’s largest off-grid solar PV systems provider.

Prior to that, he was based in Algeria where he was in charge of Government Affairs for BP’s oil & gas division. He previously held senior level roles with Energy Intelligence, World Economic Forum and Transparency International.

Fotuhi has a Masters degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC and a Bachelors degree in History from McGill University, Canada.

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