As Vice President for Business Development for the Middle East, Dr. Raed Bkayrat is responsible for driving the expansion of First Solar’s commercial footprint across the region.
With over 15 years of experience, Raed joined First Solar from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where he was responsible for creating the institution’s successful Industry Collaboration Program (KICP). During his four year stint 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.