Head of Market Development & Government Relations for North America
Christopher O'Brien is Head of Market Development for Oerlikon Solar, a leading supplier of advanced turnkey manufacturing lines for low-cost thin film solar PV modules. Chris joined Oerlikon Solar in March 2008. Previously, Chris was Vice President for Strategy & Government Relations for Sharp Electronics Corporation, Solar Energy Solutions Group (Sharp Solar), the worlds leading producer of solar photovoltaic equipment. Chris served for the last 5 years as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). He is also a member of the Board of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and an Advisory Board member for the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV).
Chris has held senior management positions with leading solar PV companies since 1995. He has previous career experience in the energy efficiency industry, the independent power industry, and in grass roots energy efficiency development in Africa. Chris holds two engineering degrees from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University. He lives in Washington, DC