With a background in law and economics, Manfred started his business carrier as a Consultant for Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. He has worked in the Renewable Energy business for more than 15 years now and has held various leadership positions in stock listed companies.
From 2011 until 2018 Manfred was heading the Public & Regulatory Affairs department of DONG Energy A/S in Germany, today Orsted Germany. Orsted is one of the leading energy producers in northern Europe and the world market leader in deploying offshore wind. During his more than six years at Orsted Manfred was heavily engaged in the establishment and growth of their German offshore wind organization. He was supporting portfolio acquisition, Final Investment Decision as well as the construction and operation of a fleet of offshore wind farms. Between 2011 and 2018 Orsted acquired a portfolio of 8 offshore wind farms in German waters and took Final Investment Decisions on 3 German offshore wind projects with a total CAPEXVolume of more than 6 Bln €. Additional 3 German offshore wind farms successfully participated in the first German auction round.
As the company’s representative in Germany Manfred represented Orsted towards key stakeholders, such as politicians, senior civil servants as well as towards key authorities, Regulators, TSO’s and in Industrial Associations. He has established an extensive and active high-level network within the offshore industry. Since August 2019, Manfred is the Country Manager Germany for the Belgium offshore wind project developer and operator Parkwind N.V. Beside this role, he serves the World-Forum-Offshore-Wind as its Executive Vice President.