Alina Zagaytova is an Assistant General Counsel at First Solar. She leads First Solar’s strategic partnerships and investments, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, and distributed generation. She has handled over $10 billion in financing and transactions for renewable energy projects. Zagaytova has led First Solar’s energy access projects in Africa and South America and developed innovative financing solutions specific to those regions. She has provided pro bono legal help to several clean energy start-ups, which have since become successful companies. In Washington, DC, she founded and ran a networking group for young professionals in renewable energy, and she continues to serve as a mentor within her organization. She holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD from Harvard Law School. Zagaytova served on the board of directors of Younicos AG, a pioneer in smart energy and grid solutions based on battery storage that has operations in the United States and Europe.