40 and Under: the Region's Most Influential Young Business Leaders
Tue 30 Oct 2018 06:25 AM
Reda El Chaar

Industry: Energy

Company: Access Power

Designation: Founder and Executive Chairman

Country: Lebanon

Age: 34

Reda El Chaar is force behind Access Power, a leading developer, owner and operator of wind and solar power plants in Africa and Asia. Access Power has a portfolio of renewable energy projects with a total capacity over 1,800 MW spanning across 27 countries. Before establishing Access Power, El Chaar pioneered and led the renewable energy initiative at ACWA Power which went on to become one of the largest private power producers in the Middle East and Africa region.

El Chaar is passionate about developing infrastructure projects with a long-term vision into unsaturated markets where infrastructure and innovation is not in the forefront. He leads an international team stationed across over half a dozen offices in two continents. El Chaar is widely viewed as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in emerging markets, delivering much-needed infrastructure to consumers in frontier markets. He was awarded Entrepreneur of The Year in 2017 and featured in last year’s Arabian Business 40 under 40.

Through Access Foundation, The Access Leadership Programme and the Access Co-Development Facility, El Chaar actively promotes and supports local entrepreneurs, socio-economic development, and human capacity building in several emerging markets.