The former Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany (1998 – 2005) led the “Grünen” into their first participation in government both at the state level (Hesse) and at the federal level. Joschka Fischer held a visiting professorship at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University (USA) from 2006 to 2007. Joschka Fischer is a founding partner of Joschka Fischer and Company.
His most recent publications are: “Der Abstieg des Westens. Europe in the New World Order of the 21st Century” (2018) and “Welcome to the 21st Century. Europe’s Awakening and German Responsibility” (2020).
Since 2017, he is Lower Saxony’s Minister for the Environment, Energy, Construction and Climate Protection. Prior to this, Olaf Lies was Lower Saxony’s Minister for Economics, Labour and Transport for five years. Lies lives with his wife and his two daughters in Sande. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Wilhelmshaven.
Stations of his political career:
|Since 11/2017||Minister for the Environment, Energy, Construction and Climate Protection|
|2013 – 2017||Minister for Economics, Labour and Transport|
|Since 2012||Vice chairman of the SPD Lower Saxony|
|2010 – 2012||Chairman of the SPD Lower Saxony|
|2010 – 02/2013||Deputy chairman of the SPD in the federal state parliament Lower Saxony|
|Since 2008||Member of the federal state parliament of Lower Saxony|
|Since 2006||Member of the district assembly Friesland|
|2006 – 2011||Vice district administrator of Friesland|
|2005 – 2011||Member of the SPD regional executive board of Weser-Ems|
|2005 – 2013||Chairman of the SPD subdistrict Friesland|
|Since 2002||Member of the district council Sande|
|2002 – 2008||Chairman of the SPD local association Sande|
|January 2002||Accession to the SPD|
|September 2001||Independent candidate for the SPD Sande|
Dr. Marc Becker
Marc Becker was appointed CEO of the Offshore Business Unit and a member of the global Executive Committee at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy on 1 February 2021. Dr. Becker, who started his career as a management consultant, holds a Ph.D. in International Management as well as a commercial diploma degree, has a wealth of experience within the renewable energy sector. He was the Head of Sales & Project Management for the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit from 2017 – 2020. He joined the former Siemens Wind Power in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for 10 factories in Denmark, USA, Canada, & China. Prior to that, he served as Head of Siemens Offshore Grid Access Solutions from 2011 – 2014. His career at Siemens AG began in 2005. Marc Becker is dedicated to safety across the entire wind industry, regardless of where or for whom people work. One of his core values is to only make decisions and accept actions which are safe for everyone involved. Marc makes safety his choice – the only choice – every day, and expects that all others do the same.
David Rooney is SVP Head of Offshore Sales NCE at Vestas. He has over 20 years of experience in the power generation sector. He has been in renewables since 2005, working at Airtricity, later SSE, in various project/portfolio manager roles covering development and construction of onshore windfarms. In 2011, he joined the offshore sales team at Siemens Wind Power, where his last role was VP Hub Head Sales Offshore UK & IRL. He is passionate about renewable energy and its contribution to the energy transition for a more sustainable world.
David Rooney has a degree in Electrical Engineering from UCD and an MBA from the Smurfit School of Business UCD.
Liz Burdock is the CEO & President of the Business Network for Offshore Wind, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to building the US offshore wind supply chain. Ms. Burdock has extensive experience running public/private partnerships. Prior to joining the Network, she managed Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing, a White House initiative, and the Chesapeake Crescent, a regional initiative aimed at growing a green economy in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Her career is focused on convening and coordinating diverse stakeholders, including businesses, academics, government agencies, policy makers, community leaders, workforce organizations and strategic investors to develop sound solutions that facilitate the implementation of clean energy in the US.
Ms. Burdock is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Maryland, and was named to Windpower Monthly’s 2018 list of Influential and Interesting leaders in the Offshore Wind Industry.
Dr. Florian Knobloch
Dr. Florian Knobloch is deputy head of the division “Climate and energy cooperation with industrialized countries, hydrogen initiatives” at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). Amongst others, he is responsible for the bilateral energy and climate cooperation with North America, including the newly established US-German Climate and Energy Partnership. He studied economics and environmental policy in Berlin, Budapest and Cambridge (UK) and holds a PhD degree in environmental science of Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Till Schwarzlose assumed the role of Senior Vice President (SVP) Offshore Development Germany at RWE Renewables in June 2022, after having led the floating & hydrogen business from June 2021 to May 2022 as SVP Offshore Development Floating & Hydrogen, preceded by heading all fixed-bottom and floating Offshore development activities outside Europe from July 2020 to June 2021 as SVP Offshore Development Americas & APAC.
Having joined RWE Renewables (formerly E.ON Climate & Renewables) at its inception in 2007, he held a number of management positions in Finance, Partnering/M&A and Business Development. Prior to that, he had gained more than ten years’ experience in consulting and finance across the green and environmental industries.
Till Schwarzlose holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany.
Holger is with Aker Offshore Wind (AOW) since 2021. Focusing on Business Development of Offshore Wind projects in Germany and Continental Europe, Holger is also supporting the wider Aker group in Hydrogen, Green Steel, Large Battery Storage and other initiatives.
Before joining Aker, He has been working in the Oil/Gas Sector in Germany, Libya, Netherlands and Russia for Wintershall. Since 2012 he is working in the renewables business and more specifically in Offshore Wind. He has been responsible for development and construction projects and had been the Project Director for the Arkona Offshore Windfarm for E.ON Climate & Renewables and Head of Development Offshore Wind for Scandinavia, Poland and the Baltics States for RWE Renewables
Holger studied in Aachen, Paris and Bremen.. Holger is married, has 2 very nice children and lives in Hamburg.
Dr. Hannah König
Hannah König leads EnBW’s procurement department for Central Power Generation, including construction and O&M for Offshore Wind. Hannah looks back on more than ten years in Renewable Energies. After several years in management positions in technical consulting, she joined EnBW as Head of Offshore Wind Engineering in 2017 and held this position for four years.
With experience in both engineering and procurement, she has a holistic view on the global Offshore Wind supply chain.
Karina is a senior management executive and offshore wind enthusiast with a passion for connecting people and driving innovation. Being in the renewables industry since 2007 and in Offshore Wind since 2010, she can rely upon a widespread and well-established network in business, authorities and R&D. Before joining the Offshore Wind Energy Foundation in Summer 2021 as a Managing Director, she gathered indepth experience (from 2017 – 2021) in offshore wind operations as General Manager of NordSee Ost, an Offshore Windfarm located some miles off the coast of Heligoland. From 2010 – 2016, she led various senior management positions in RWE Innogy’s offshore Wind construction division, being responsible for an international and miltidisciplinary team focused on risk & insurance management, project controls and project planning & scheduling. Her academic background is in economics & finance as well as in political science.
Mr. Dyrholm is Group Senior Global Vice President at Vestas Wind Systems with extensive experience from the wind industry around the globe and a leading expert in sustainable energy policy and regulation. For the last +10 years, he has played a growing role at Vestas – originally in China and then globally – in government and public affairs and business development, helping Vestas expand into new markets and supporting the development of effective wind and renewable energy policy in countries around the globe.
Currently based in Denmark, Mr. Dyrholm is the head of Vestas’ Global MarCom, Sustainability and Public Affairs function, as well as Chairman of the Global Wind Energy Council, Vice-Chairman of the Danish Wind Association, Vice-Chairman of the Danish Chinese Business Forum and Board Member of WindEurope. Morten has worked and studied in Denmark and China and holds a Master degree in Political Science and Chinese Politics
Mr. Dyrholms role at Vestas includes understanding and helping Vestas respond to and profit from the challenges and opportunities facing the renewable energy sector. As demand for renewables increases, driven by climate change commitments, the decarbonisation of the electrical and other sectors, the energy sector is transitioning away from subsidies and other support schemes and towards a highly-competitive environment with customers who demand more flexible and integrated power generation within a more responsive and decentralized energy system.
BREn is responsible for the entire portfolio of renewable power at BASF. That means we make sure the demand of electricity at every BASF location all over Europe is met at all times – and that the energy will be obtained from renewable sources. BREn represents the procurement and trading of Renewable Energy and set the pace and create new ideas for BASF on its way to net zero emissions. That implies building and expanding our own renewable power assets and overseeing the acquisition of Renewable Energy with long-term supply agreements.
2019 – 2020 BASF SE, Global Director Renewable Energies
2014 – 2019 BASF Intertrade AG, Zug, Switzerland, Director Global Business Development & Strategy
2012 – 2014 BASF South East Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore, Director Marketing Acrylics for Asia
2005 – 2012 BASF SE, Director Global Procurement Utilities and Energy and Emissions Trading
2001 – 2005 Heidelberger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsbetriebe, Germany, Bereichsleiter „Sales & Trading“
1999 – 2001 EHA Energie-Handels-Gesellschaft Hamburg, Germany, Head of Energy Trading
(Joint Venture Vattenfall and REWE Germany)
Teaera R. Strum
Teaera Strum is the Chief Executive Officer of Strum Contracting Company Inc. (SCC). She oversees the company’s operations and is responsible for driving the organization’s sustainable growth, market diversification and revenue.
As a socially responsible company, SCC is also focused on enriching the local community with skills development and upskilling opportunities. Ms. Strum is very active in the local Baltimore community as she serves on the national board for the Jane Addams Resource Corporation and currently serves as President of the JARC Baltimore industry advisory council. The organization provides workforce development training in the areas of welding and CNC manufacturing. In 2021, Ms. Strum was appointed to the Maryland Governor’s Workforce Development Board, and the Business Network for Offshore Wind international board.
As an advocate for small business Ms. Strum recently testified in front of the US House of Representatives, Committee on Natural Resources, to ensure small businesses were included in the offshore wind growing supply chain. She has also served as a panelist for the 50th Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference: Transportation Braintrust.
In her busy schedule she finds time to serve as a volunteer at Catholic Charities’ Our Daily Bread Employment Center, where she donates time to giving back to the local community.
Prior to joining her family-owned Baltimore based company, Ms. Strum served in various roles, at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), in Student Athlete Affairs and in the Office of Evaluation. Prior to her experiences at the NCAA she served as the business specialist for IM Sports Services a Sports Agency and worked on special projects with the National Football League, National Basketball League as well as other collegiate and professional sports programs.
Ms. Strum holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communication from Trinity University in Washington, DC and a Masters of Business Administration with concentration in New Business Development from Anderson University, Anderson Indiana.
Morten Hultberg Buchgreitz
Morten Hultberg Buchgreitz serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer Customer Solutions of the Company. He has previously been Executive Vice President Distribution & Customer Solutions since 2013. He was previously Executive Vice President Energy Markets at the Company during 2013. He joined the Company’s group management on March 1, 2013. He was previously Senior Vice President of Group Treasury and Risk Management at the Company (2002-2012). He also served as Acting Deputy CEO of Wind Power at the Company from March 2012 until 2013. He was Partner at KPMG Consulting, Financial Services (1999-2002), Consultant at KPMG Consulting (1995-1999) and held various positions in Intl. Division and in Treasury at Unibank / Privatbanken (1987-1995).
He is Board Member of Dansk Energi. He holds cand.merc.-dat from Copenhagen Business School (1992).
Bruno Geschier is the Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of BW IDEOL and the Chairman of WFO’s Floating Offshore Wind Committee. He is also at the initiative of WindEuros Floating Offshore Wind Work Group which he chaired for 3 years.
Beyond promoting BW IDEOL’s internationally recognized and patented floating wind technology, Bruno spends most of his time advocating floating offshore wind to policy makers, financial institutions, asset developers and utilities across the globe. He is a regular speaker and chairperson at offshore wind events in the US, Asia and Europe and co-organizes the world’s largest annual event solely dedicated to floating offshore wind (FOWT) for which he also serves as Chairman of its Scientific and Technical / Programming committee.