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Students showcasing research posters at the 2015 GCEP Symposium

China’s Growing Global Influence: A Solar Energy Perspective

March 3, 2010 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Building 420, Room 40
Free and Open to All

Reyad Fezzani is the Chief Executive Officer, BP Solar. He runs the largest and most established renewable energy business in BP’s Alternative Energy portfolio. He is also Chairman of Tata BP Solar, a 20-year old Indian joint venture.

BP Solar is a global company with around 2200 employees in ten countries. It designs, manufactures and markets solar products for use in the residential, commercial, industrial and utility sectors. With over 35 years of experience, BP Solar is one of the world's leading solar companies. BP Solar has a solar cell and module manufacturing plant in Bangalore, India; casting, wafering and cell manufacturing in Frederick, MD, USA; and module manufacturing in Xi’an, China. BP Solar annually invests millions of dollars in photovoltaic research and development.

Prior to this role, Reyad was the Chief Executive Officer, BP Global Chemicals business Aromatics & Acetyls (A&A) based in Hong Kong.

Reyad was also the Head of the Executive Office of the Group Chief Executive, Lord Browne of Madingley at the time when BP launched its Alternative and Renewables Energy business. He supported all aspects of the Group Chief Executive agenda, internally and externally, and was a member of the management committee of the BP Group.

Since joining BP in 1989, Reyad has held a number of senior operational and commercial roles across the BP Group. These include Senior Vice-President, US Fuels Marketing; Vice-President, Europe Supply & Logistics; Vice-President of Government & Public Affairs in Exploration and Production (E&P); Project Leader, Mergers & Acquisitions for E&P in Europe and on staff of BP Finance.  He has worked for BP in China, Europe, North Africa and the US.

Reyad holds a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology from Imperial College, London. He is a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and the Energy Institute. He also is a Board Director of the Bay Area Council in San Francisco, CA.

He is married with three children.

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