Karel De Winter is currently the General Manager of Alsa Solar Systems Limited a 1st mover local Solar System integrator based in Abu Dhabi & Dubai, UAE.
Part of an active group of young professionals active in the regional solar industry he has acquired >8 years of hands on field experience in ‘making solar happen” in the UAE. Graduated in Brussels, Belgium with a Bachelor in Commercial & Financial Sciences, and with a Master in Marketing from the renowned Vlerick School for Management he also carries a Master in International Politics from the University of Antwerp.
After a long international career with Philips Consumer Electronics with positions in Purchasing, Project Management, Business Development & Operations management he came to the region in 2007.
As a world citizen, able to speak 5 languages, he has worked on 5 continents and he takes a keen interest in building bridges through connecting people. Over his professional career he has built up an extensive expertise in what it takes to initiate & run business start-ups, create performing teams and how to manage the tricky but lucrative activity of outsourcing.
With 2 regional solar start-ups under his belt he is considered a solar pioneer with a passion for renewable energy. Alsa Solar has been instrumental in contributing to the emerging solar industry through various Off-grid as well as the 1st pilots in On-grid projects in the UAE and has executed projects in Egypt, Kenya and Afghanistan.
Further success was achieved through bringing innovative solutions to the region as Solar pumping and Solar Hybrid systems for which the company has been accredited with awards on Solar innovation, MEP company of the year 2013 and Solar project of the year 2016..
He is also a regular participant in UAE trade missions and is well travelled in & outside the region for solar projects (Jordan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Oman, KSA, Jordan, Morocco, Fiji, … .
As founding member of (M)ESIA, Karel executed the function of Membership Director in its start-up years 2008-9 and was successful in bringing the membership base to an approx. initial 60 members during this period.
He is married to Ms Gabriela Melendrez Tarin, has a 7 year young son Andres and currently lives in sunny Dubai.