President, Energy at Nikola

Organization: Nikola

Profession: President




Carey Mendes is President, Energy of Nikola Corporation, a global leader in zero-emissions transportation and energy supply and infrastructure solutions.

Mendes has deep experience in energy and renewables supply chains. He joined BP’s energy trading division in 2003 and held progressively senior global roles, helping to grow the business materially including CEO of BP’s US energy trading and marketing division for three years, and led the Global Crude Oil Trading and the Global Renewable Energy Trading team.

Additionally, Mendes played a key role in growing BP’s Renewable Energy business — a key growth node for BP’s diversification from fossil fuels. As part of his leadership, Mendes built a portfolio of assets, customers, and renewable commodity flows that underpinned the growth of that business including renewable gas, bioenergy, and energy trading credits. Mendes also served as the Head of Marketing for BP Europe and Africa, Chief Risk Officer for the BP trading division, and Chief of Staff to the BP Group CFO.

Mendes previously served as a director on the Board of BP North America and is currently a director for the Texas Hydrogen Alliance.


Mendes holds a B.A. and MBA in Political Science & History, and is also a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Mendes holds an additional distinction as a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management program


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