Mr Alvin Seo
Global Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) Lead,
Maxeon Solar Technologies
Seo Jia Han Alvin is currently Global Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Lead at Maxeon Solar Technologies. Alvin joined Maxeon as the first sustainability hire in the recent spinoff from US-based SunPower now headquartered in Singapore. Maxeon has recently joined the United Nations Global Compact as a Signatory and committed to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Headquartered in Singapore, Maxeon designs, manufactures and sells SunPower® brand solar panels in more than 100 countries, operating the SunPower brand worldwide except the United States. The company is a leader in solar innovation with access to over 1,000 patents and two best-in-class solar panel product lines. With operations in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe and Mexico, Maxeon products span the global rooftop and solar power plant markets through a network of more than 1,100 trusted partners and distributors. A pioneer in sustainable solar manufacturing, Maxeon leverages a 35-year history in the solar industry and numerous awards for its technology.
Alvin joins Maxeon after more than five years in Singtel where he was Group Sustainability Manager and was previously the Environmental Manager at Optus, Singtel’s fully-owned subsidiary in Australia during his international assignment. In Australia, he was also a working group member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organization and in the committee of Mobile Muster, an industry mobile phone recycling programme in Australia. He also worked with the sustainability teams of its regional Associates in the Philippines (Globe), Thailand (AIS), Indonesia (Telkomsel) and India (Airtel). At Singtel, Alvin was recognised as one of ten United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers in 2019 in championing sustainability and mobilising companies to be a force for good.
Outside of work, Alvin, together with six other National University of Singapore, Master of Science, Environmental Management (MEM) alumni, started the MEM Cares project last year. This initiative encouraged sustainable practices amid the COVID-19 Circuit Breaker and environmental awareness through findings from a survey on the use of disposable cutlery and utensils while purchasing food takeaway and deliveries in Singapore with findings featured in local and international media. He also supported the inaugural online Advisory Mentorship Programme last year during the pandemic as a mentor and panel speaker, a fully youth-led nonprofit dedicated to empowering young Singaporeans to make informed career and further education choice in his area of expertise – corporate sustainability. Alvin was also invited to participate in recent dialogue sessions focused on sustainability such as the Emerging Stronger Conversation last September with the theme "Emerging Stronger: Realising Our Vision for a Sustainable Singapore” and The East Coast Beach (Action) Plan last August.