Based in Japan, Charles Annis serves as the Vice President at Solarbuzz. He assisted in launching the solar research business for The NPD Group and developed the Solarbuzz proprietary polysilicon, wafer, and cell manufacturing databases. He conducts in depth research of polysilicon and wafer supply/demand and analyzes his findings in the Solarbuzz Polysilicon and Wafer Supply Chain Quarterly. Annis is also a leading expert in flat panel display research and serves in a dual role as Vice President of Manufacturing Research at DisplaySearch, a sister company of Solarbuzz. At DisplaySearch, he is responsible for analyzing emerging technologies, tracking and forecasting FPD investments, and researching equipment, materials, and process trends. Before joining DisplaySearch, Annis spent six years at leading AMLCD yield management provider, Photon Dynamics (now Orbotech). There, he performed strategic planning and business development in addition to market research and product marketing for automated cell/module inspection tools. Prior to that, he served as the international business manager at SAMCO International, a semiconductor equipment manufacturer in Kyoto, Japan. Annis holds a Master's degree in Business Law from Ryukoku University in Kyoto and a Bachelor's degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California.