Global Advisory Board

Richard M. Swanson


Richard Swanson received his BSEE and MSEE from Ohio State University in 1969 and the PhD in Electrical Engineering from Sanford University in 1975. After completing his PhD, he joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at Stanford. His research investigated the semiconductor properties of silicon relevant for better understanding the operation of silicon solar cells. These studies have helped pave the way for steady improvement in silicon solar cell performance. In 1991 Dr. Swanson resigned from his faculty position to devote full time to SunPower Corporation, a company he founded to develop and commercialize cost-effective photovoltaic power systems. SunPower produces the highest performance photovoltaic panels available, and is listed on NASDAQ as SPWR.  He retired from SunPower in 2012.

Dr. Swanson has received widespread recognition for his work. In 2002, he was awarded the William R. Cherry award by the IEEE for outstanding contributions to the photovoltaic field, and in 2006 the Becquerel Prize in Photovoltaics from the European Communities. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2008 and a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2009. He received the 2009 Economist Magazine Energy Innovator Award. In 2010 he was awarded the IEEE Jin-ichi Nishizawa Medal for the conception and commercialization of high-efficiency point-contact solar cell technology, and in 2011 the Karl Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit Award.

Professor Eicke R. Weber

Professor Eicke R. Weber is Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Professor for Physics / Solar Energy at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and at the Faculty of Engineering of the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany. With a total staff of more than 1300 and annual budget exceeding Euro 75 M the ISE is one of the world-leading research institutes in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The focus of Prof. Weber’s own research is the analysis of lattice defects in Si and compound semiconductors. Recently he studied specifically how good solar cells can be produced out of upgraded metallurgical (“dirty”) silicon with high impurity content.

Prof. Weber studied Physics at the University of Cologne, Germany where he obtained his doctorate in 1976. After postdoctoral research stays at SUNY, Albany, NY, and at Lund University in Sweden he received his habilitation from Cologne Univeristy in 1983. That year he accepted the appointment to the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked till 2006, since 1991 as Professor of Materials Science. In 1990 he was appointed visiting professor at Tohoku University in Sendai and in 2000 at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan. In 1994 he received the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award. From 2004-2006 he served as Chair of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Group in Berkeley. He was president of the Alexander von Humboldt Association of America (AvHAA) from 2001-2003 and in 2003 he was elected founding president of the German Scholars Organization (GSO). In 2006 he received the Award of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande) of the German President. He is fellow of the American Physical Society.

In July 2008 Prof. Weber was appointed Director to the SEMI International Board of Directors. He received the Electronics and Photonics Division Award of the Electrochemical Society ECS in June 2009. In October 2009 he was elected Honorary Member of the Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. Since 2010 Prof. Weber is Member of acatech – the German Academy of Science and Engineering, Berlin. In 2012 Prof. Weber was appointed Managing Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy (ZEE) of the University of Freiburg. He was elected founding president of the German Energy Storage Association (BVES), Berlin in September 2012. In June 2013 Prof. Weber was honoured with the Einstein Award of SolarWorld.

Professor Weber serves on several Boards and Technical Advisory Boards of companies working in the field of Green Energy.

Stephen O'Rourke

Stephen O’Rourke is presently Managing Director of Asia Pacific Land and its subsidiary APL Renewables, a privately held, global real estate and renewable energy investment, development, and asset management company. Mr. O’Rourke spent 2015 in Manila on sabbatical, having departed SunEdison where he was Senior Vice President during its integration with MEMC Electronics and transformation to a global renewable energy company. Previously, Mr. O’Rourke served as Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Securities where he was responsible for the company’s clean energy and semiconductor capital-equipment equity research practice. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he held management and leadership positions with Piper Jaffray, Robertson Stephens, Everdream Corporation, and Applied Materials, Inc. Mr. O’Rourke holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and did graduate work in Nuclear Engineering with the Naval Nuclear Power School.

Professor Ki-Bum Kim

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University

Ki-Bum Kim has been a professor of materials science and engineering at Seoul National University since 1992. He has an MS degree in metallurgical engineering from Seoul National University and a PhD degree in materials science and engineering from Stanford University. He has been a research scientist at Philips Research Laboratory and Applied Materials Inc. He has coauthored over 100 journal publications.

The major research area of Prof. Kim is to investigate the structure and property relationship in thin film materials. In particular, he is actively working on the development of metallization processes for the next generation Integrated Circuits (ICs) including the development of silicides, diffusion barriers, and interconnect materials and processes. He is also working on other applications of thin films such as polycrystalline Si thin film transistor, electrode for the dielectrics, and diamond field electron emitters.

Reyad Fezzani

Chairman and CEO, Regenerate Power

Mr. Fezzani has 25 years of experience in energy and finance. He currently serves as the Chairman and Managing Partner of Energy Finance Company LLC, a financier owner and operator of distributed generation solar assets, and Chairman and CEO of Regenerate Power, a developer, owner and operator of utility-scale renewable energy projects.

Prior to co-founding Regenerate Power, Mr. Fezzani was CEO of BP Solar and Chairman of Tata-BP Solar. He previously served as President of BP’s Global Wind and Solar business. With more than 3,000 employees, the business operated solar manufacturing plants in the U.S., Spain, India, China and Australia, and developed, constructed, and operated solar and wind farms in the U.S., Europe, India and China.

During his tenure, the wind business unit completed U.S. utility-scale project financing, construction and operation of 1 GW of operating assets and maintained a pipeline in excess of 20 GW. The solar business unit completed utility-scale and distributed generation solar project financing, construction and operation of 300 MW of assets, including a 32 MW solar farm in Long Island financed and co-owned by MetLife.

Before leading the wind and solar units, Mr. Fezzani was CEO of BP’s Global Chemicals business (annual sales of $10 billion) and previously was the Executive Assistant to the BP Group Chief Executive, Lord Browne, at the time when BP launched its Alternative and Renewable Energy business. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Strategy & Planning for BP’s global refining, manufacturing and marketing business. Mr. Fezzani joined BP in 1989, and early in his career held a variety of commercial and operational posts in finance, exploration and production, refining and marketing, and supply and trading.

Mr. Fezzani holds an ME 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 Energy Institute and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

David Dutton

Interim CEO Silvaco

David L. Dutton has served as an advisory board director of Sunpreme since March of 2013. Mr. Dutton is managing principal of SemiEnergy a consulting company and a principal of CEO to CEO an executive management consulting firm. Mr. Dutton served as President, CEO and director of Mattson Technology, NASDAQ: MTSN, from 2002 to February of 2013. Mr. Dutton joined Mattson Technology in 1994 as a product group Vice President and general manager until 1997 and then served as chief operating officer. Mr. Dutton led Mattson to new markets in the Semiconductor and Cleantech capital equipment markets. Prior to joining Mattson, Mr. Dutton served in management and engineering positions at Intel and Maxim Integrated Products from 1984 to1993. Mr. Dutton is an advisory board member of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and a member of the CEO Alliance. Mr. Dutton holds a B.S. Geology from San Jose State.

Professor Tatsuo Saga

Osaka University

Tatsuo Saga received his BS and MS degrees from the Faculty of Engineering, Nagoya University. He joined SHARP Corporation in 1974, where he worked on the development of photovoltaic cells for space use. Since 1999, he had been general manager of the engineering and production departments for terrestrial- and space-use photovoltaic cells and modules. He became a division deputy general manager of the Solar Systems Division in Solar Systems Group in 2003 and a group deputy general manager for photovoltaic technology research and development in the Solar Systems Group in 2006. After retiring from SHARP Corporation, he joined the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University in 2011. He is now a professor for photovoltaic technology in Osaka University. His recent work focuses on chemical surface technologies for passivation and texturing of the crystalline silicon cell surface. Since 2013, he also manages his own technical consulting company for the photovoltaic industries.