Sharing the Passion & Shaping the Market’s Growth: MESIA Strategy 2017 and Beyond with Board Members – James Stewart, Karel De Winter & Wim Alen
Today in our Exclusive Coverage of WFES 2017 for SolarPV.TV & WFES TV in partnership with MESIA, we speak to three of their Board Members: James Stewart, MESIA’s VP, and General Manager at ALEC Energy, Karel De Winter, MESIA’s International Development Director and General Manager at Alsa Solar Systems & Wim Alen, MESIA’s Secretary General and Senior Vice President Business Development at ENGIE.
James, Wim and Karel shared with us not only about the MESIA strategy and solar market opportunities in the region, but also explained their motivation of being “voluntary involved” in the activities of this pioneering solar industry organization.
MESIA was born when a group of solar pioneers came together with the aim of giving life to the vast potential for solar in the Middle East. The group was led by Vahid Fotuhi from BP Solar and Prof. Georgeta Vidican from Masdar Institute. After a hugely successful launch event on November 23, 2009, the group established a steering committee made up of the key players in the local solar market.
These players went on to become the Founding Members of MESIA and they included: Enviromena, Alsa Solar Systems, Chadbourne & Parke, Masdar, Standard Chartered Bank, First Solar, Siemens, Power One, SCHOTT Solar and Schneider Electric. Along the way, the group experienced many technical, financial and operational challenges. Such an initiative had never been undertaken in the MENA region and there was resistance on many levels. But the team remained true to their passion for solar and pressed ahead.
Thanks to their hard work and perseverance, the Founding Members successfully laid the roots of what would emerge as the largest and most respected solar association in the MENA region.