Christopher Burghardt leads First Solar’s sales operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in coordination with the company’s corporate headquarters in Tempe, Arizona. He oversees a regional team located in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Dubai (UAE), Capetown (South Africa), Casablanca (Morocco), Mainz (Germany) and Brussels (Belgium).
Christopher joined First Solar in September 2009 as Vice President of Public Affairs for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Prior to joining the company he was most recently Vice President for Corporate Affairs Western Europe of Anheuser-Busch InBev and a Vice President for Business Development and Marketing EMEA at Hill & Knowlton.
He is a dual German-Belgian national and earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from the College of Europe and a BA from the University of Sussex and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Aix-en-Provence.