Current Position: Chairman, Viridian Group PLC
| Speaking in: Third Week, Michaelmas 2006 |
Speaking on: The Strategic Implications of Nuclear Power
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Dipesh Shah was appointed as Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in November 2003. Born in India in 1953, and brought up in Uganda, he studied economics at Warwick University, going on to gain an MSc with distinction at London University, and later to attend the Programme for Management Development at Harvard Business School.
He joined Shell-Mex in 1974, moved to BP Oil in 1976, and pursued a varied career with BP throughout the 1980s. In 1991, he became Managing Director and CEO of BP Solar International, refocused BP’s renewables portfolio and turned the business round from a difficult financial position to create the first large scale renewables company worldwide. In 1997 he became CEO for the Forties Pipeline System, responsible for the transport and processing of 40% of the UK’s oil production, and General Manager of BP’s Grangemouth petrochemicals complex. Between 2000 and 2002, he was Vice President and General Manager for global acquisitions and divestments for BP plc.
As CEO of UKAEA, he has responsibility for decommissioning four nuclear sites, and the management of the national fusion research programme. Under his leadership, UKAEA announced radical new plans, which substantially reduced the timescale for decommissioning sites and cut costs to the tax-payer by £1.5 billion.
Dipesh is also Chairman of Viridian Group plc, and a Non-Executive Director of Babcock International Group plc and of Oxfordshire Economic Partnership Limited. He has served as a member of DTI’s Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (1994 – 2002) and has on four occasions been Chairman of the European Photovoltaics (Solar) Industry Association. He was Chairman of IT Power Ltd (2002-2005) and a Non-Executive Director of Naps Systems Oy (2003-2005).
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