Dr. Raed Bkayrat
Technical Director, Clean Energy Business Council
Vice President Business Development Middle East, First Solar
As Vice President for Business Development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Raed Bkayrat is responsible for establishing and overseeing First Solar’s commercial footprint in the country as well as supporting business development efforts in the Middle East region.
With over 15 years of experience, Raed joins First Solar from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where he was a founding member of KAUST and 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 in the US and Germany. Raed holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science (MS) from the Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Jordan, all in Electrical Engineering. Raed holds several patents and has published in various international publications, he is also a regularly invited speaker at events and conferences in the region.