Global Conference 2010
Director, LightWorks, Arizona State University
Gary Dirks is Director of LightWorks, an Arizona State University initiative that capitalizes on ASU's strengths in solar energy and other light-inspired research. He is also the Julie Wrigley Chair of Sustainable Practices, a professor of practice in the School of Sustainability and a member of the Global Institute of Sustainability board of trustees. Previously, Dirks was president of BP Asia-Pacific and president of BP China. In China, he grew BP from an operation with fewer than 30 employees and no revenue to one with more than 1,300 employees and revenue of about $4 billion in 2008. Dirks received China's Friendship Award in 2003 and received an honorary CMG (Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George) from the United Kingdom in 2005. In 2008 People's Daily recognized him as one of the 10 most influential multinational company leaders of the past 30 years of China's economic development.