Vahid Fotuhi is Vice President for Business Development, Middle East and Africa at Zero Mass Water. His mandate is to secure partnerships with government and corporate entities in the fast-growing sector of sustainable water infrastructure.
Before joining Zero Mass Water, he was Managing Director at Access Power, a leading developer, owner and operator of energy infrastructure assets in Africa and Central Asia. During his six years at Access he originated, developed and helped secure financing for solar and wind power projects in 12 countries, delivering over $600m worth of clean energy projects to tens of millions of people.
From 2009 until 2012, Vahid was the Regional Director for BP Solar Middle East, the region’s largest off-grid solar systems provider. Prior to that, he worked in North Africa where he oversaw Government Affairs for BP’s $2.4bn Algeria division.
Vahid is the Founder of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), the largest and most active solar trade organization in the Middle East, established in Dubai in 2009. He also held senior-level roles with Energy Intelligence, World Economic Forum and Transparency International.
He is a regular commentator on renewable energy, having been quoted in The New York Times, BBC News, Bloomberg, CNBC, FOX News and many other international media outlets. In 2018, Vahid published his first book African Perspectives, a photographic journal from his travels across 25 African nations.
He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University.