Mr. Burkhard Holder possesses more than 35 years of strategy and leadership experience in the solar industry through positions in the photovoltaic industry, applied research area, and energy policy initiatives. He is currently the Managing Director of VDE Renewables, a globally active subsidiary of the VDE Association which provides quality assurance, risk mitigation and international certification for renewable energy products and systems.
Previously, he was the Head of Division Energies and Power Electronics at the VDE Testing and Certification Institute in Germany. From 1986 to 2011, he held different management positions at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).
In parallel, from 1996 to 2004, he was an appointed expert for renewable energy policies and industry development for the German government, which included various speaking engagements in United Nations conferences around the world. He was also the Advisor/Executive Liaison Officer to the President at the European Renewable Energy Centers Agency in Brussels.