Manager, Offshore Accounts
Lars Samuelsson is Manager, Offshore Accounts – Global Offshore for ABS in Houston and has been with ABS for more than two decades, having served in positions at both ABS and its wholly owned subsidiary, ABS Group, including management roles in ABS Offshore Engineering Department and in the ABSC Energy Development group. He has been involved in classification services for offshore units and certified verification agent (CVA) reviews for the majority of the floating production platforms and deep water ports installed in US waters since 1997. Lars has also worked on several certification and classification projects of Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations. Lars is the co-convener of IEC/TC88/PT61400-3-2, the working group tasked with developing a technical specification for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines as well as the convener of the AWEA Floating Wind Systems Guideline Working Group. He has an MS in Naval Architecture.
Head of Renewables, Mooring Development
Tom Fulton graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1987. He is a registered Professional Engineer. Mr. Fulton has over thirty (30) years experience in the design and installation of mooring systems, as well as general marine operations. Extensively involved with research, development and implementation of new mooring technology, especially with novel anchor systems, connectors and synthetic rope. Current focus area is Floating Offshore Renewables.
Senior Vice President US Operations
Aker Offshore Wind
Jonah Margulis is the senior vice president of US operations for Aker Offshore Wind responsible for the development of deepwater wind projects and portfolio development in the Americas. Most recently, he served as country manager for Aker Solutions in the North America region. He has over 19 years of experience in the energy industry ranging from nuclear power to subsea oil & gas, and most recently renewables. Currently, Jonah serves as the vice chair of Offshore Wind California (OWC) and sits on the Board of Directors of NOIA.
Will Cooper is a founder and Managing Director of BlackArch. He has 20 years of experience in middle-market mergers and acquisitions transactions, including more than 75 sell-side, buy-side and strategic advisory assignments. Mr. Cooper serves as co-head of the firm’s Energy practice. His diverse industry experience includes Energy, Healthcare Products & Services; Diversified Industrials; Building Products & Infrastructure; Distribution; and Applied Technology. Prior to starting BlackArch, Mr. Cooper was a director with Edgeview Partners, a leading middle-market investment bank based in Charlotte. At Edgeview, Mr. Cooper advised on numerous transactions. Prior to joining Edgeview Partners in 2005, Mr. Cooper was a director in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice of Ernst & Young Corporate Finance LLC (“EYCF”). As part of the Health Sciences industry team at EYCF, Mr. Cooper was responsible for initiating and executing exclusive sale, acquisition and private placement transactions for U.S. healthcare and life sciences companies and coordinating cross-border transactions with Ernst & Young’s European offices. Mr. Cooper earned both a master of science degree in accountancy and a bachelor of science degree in accountancy from Wake Forest University. He holds a master of business administration degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he was named a Fuqua Scholar. Mr. Cooper lives in Charlotte with his wife and three sons.
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Bruno Geschier is the Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of BW Ideol and the Chairman of WFOs Floating Offshore Wind Committee. He is also at the initiative of WindEurope’s 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 chair person 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.
Founder & CEO
Alla Weinstein is an engineer and entrepreneur. She has been in the field of marine renewables for the last 20 years. Prior to founding Trident Winds, an offshore wind project development company for deep water, Alla founded and ran two marine renewables technology companies, and an industry association. Prior to the field of marine renewables, Alla managed multimillion-dollar domestic and international projects in the field of aviation working for, and with, Fortune 100 companies like Honeywell and Boeing. She is currently a Governor Jay Inslee’s Energy Appointee to the Washington State Coastal Marine Advisory Council and US DOE appointed C3E Ambassador to the DOE Women in Clean Technology Initiative. Alla has been ranked 20 in the first Women’s Power List and has been named one of the “Top 100 Power People” in the annual report compiled by the Industry intelligence service, A Word About Wind. Alla is an active member of the American Wind Energy Associations. She is a frequent speaker in the United States and Europe on the development of renewable energy and served as the first President of the European Ocean Energy Association..
Chief Commercial Officer
Deep Wind Offshore
Hans-Petter Øvrevik is currently Chief Commercial Officer and co-founder of the offshore wind developer Deep Wind Offshore. Øvrevik has more than 16 years of experience from offshore industries, including central roles in Aker Solutions and Aker Offshore Wind, and was one of the founders of the Offshore Wind California industry group. Øvrevik holds an MSc in Naval Architecture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and an MBA in international Management from Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California (US).
David joined the Offshore Industry in 1975 with Oceaneering in Finance. In 1982 he transferred to be the General Manager of their North Sea and Africa business. In 1986 he became the Business Development Director for the North Sea and West Africa. After 20 years He left in 1995 to Join Jay Ray McDermott as Business development Manager for UK Europe within their Mcdermott Subsea business. In 1998 he joined the Brown Root Organization as Business Development Manager, responsible then for Rockwater’s and Brown and Root projects in the North Sea. David has been involved in the growth of Subsea 7 from the integration of Rockwater and Subsea Offshore: DSND and lately the Acergy, Subsea 7 merger where he had the role of Corporate Business Development Manager. In 2016 he accepted his position of Corporate Client Relations Director together with similar position for IMCA the Internataional Marine Trade Association.
Vice President, Project Development & Engineering
With 15 years’ experience providing technical advisory in onshore and offshore wind, solar and storage, Cory is more energized than ever in her commitment to lead a diverse and growing team by partnering with developers and utilities engaging in the energy transition. DNV champions the widespread deployment of renewables; Ms. Gessert’s project development and engineering advisory practice leverages unmatched global experience to contextualize technical risks and identify commercial opportunities to champion the just and equitable decarbonization of our global power systems. DNV’s long-term partners and Customers are represented in the world’s largest energy providers who leverage DNV to ensure projects are optimally developed and constructed for long-term success. As Vice President, Project Development & Engineering, Ms. Gessert leads over 70 engineers, permitters, scientists, and analysts in a dynamic, creative, solution-oriented team that leverage the broad diversity in life experience of our team to offer unique approaches to solving the challenges posed by the climate crisis. We permit the most complex offshore wind projects, design cost-efficient solar and storage projects, and are an enthusiastic, creative, and brilliant bunch. Prior to her leadership roles, Ms. Gessert managed wind resource assessment campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, led as IE the closings of over 3 GW of solar and wind transactions, and provided owner’s engineering for over $1B of renewable energy assets during her tenure as a Senior Project Manager. Outside and inside the office, Ms. Gessert has a passion for mentoring and networking with hard-to-reach and marginalized communities and energy stakeholders to ensure equitable energy access.
Jon Halliburton, B.A. Liberal Arts, brings 30 years of Energy Experience including 5 years with ConocoPhillips and the balance in various search recruitment capacities specifically since 2004 as the founder of Ensearch where he has represented clients such as Shell, Siemens, KBR and Aker in the recruitment and hiring of top executive, engineering and project execution talent in the design, fabrication, installation, hook-up and commissioning of subsea hardware, topside facilities and floating structures. He has been an active member of SNAME, ASME, MTS, SUT, SPE and IADC and actively participates in numerous offshore energy related conferences and technical forums. He is also on the Advisory Board for the Floating Wind Solutions conference to be held in Houston, TX in June, 2021.
Head of Floating Offshore Wind Technology
Equinor, New Energy Solutions
Floating wind technology and project execution experience since 2006 as Project Manager for the Hywind Demo (the world first floating offshore wind turbine) and Project Director for the Hywind Scotland project (the world first floating offshore wind farm). Nearly 30 years’ Norwegian and international experience in O&G EPC project management, engineering and construction of various offshore platforms (semi’s, FPSO’s, topsides, jackets) during all project phases incl. studies, FEED, engineering, construction, installation, hook-up and offshore construction management on several operating O&G platforms. Education: Master of Science in Structural Engineering from The Norwegian Institute of Technology, NTH, Trondheim..
Director, Business Development
Henrik joined Hexicon as CEO in 2013 with the assignment to develop and execute the commercial roadmap for multi-turbine wind power foundations. His previous experience includes international shipping and offshore oil & gas within chartering and sales of offshore drilling rigs in North and South America. Henrik has also been leading the development of Swedish innovations in fuel cell technology and internet service provider companies. In 1982 he received an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics.
Floating Offshore Wind Department Manager
Ignacio is responsible for engaging the Floating Offshore Wind sector in order to develop and provide the best floating solution for the projects to come of Iberdrola – ScottishPower Renewable. During almost 25 years of professional experience he has participated in more than 50 projects of industrial and power generation facilities (mainly wind farms and combine cycle power plants), urban planning, hydrology and water quality projects, and environmental modeling projects. Specialties: Project management, engineering management, project program, renewable energy, marine energy, energy engineering, offshore wind, water engineering, environmental engineering
Floating Wind Solutions Director
Maersk Supply Service
As Floating Wind Solutions Director for Maersk Supply Service, Yvan heads the global development and delivery of the Floating Wind business line. He has almost 30 years’ industry experience, having moved from Oil & Gas to Offshore Wind, leading most pilot floating wind installation projects. Yvan holds two Master’s degrees – one in Mechanical Engineering and the other in Automation. Prior to joining Maersk Supply Service, Yvan held various leadership roles within projects, operations and asset management, engineering design and integrity management, for a number of major subsea contractors.
Dr. Amy Robertson
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Dr. Amy Robertson is a senior engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the United States, where she has worked since 2010. She is a member of the offshore wind team and leads IEA Wind Task 30 (OC6), an international research project focused on the verification/validation of offshore wind modeling tools. She also leads the ARPA-E sponsored ATLANTIS FOCAL project, which is advancing floating wind scaled-model testing to enable the validation of controls co-design methods and technologies.
Head of Innovation & Digital
Jacob Edmonds, Snr Director at Ørsted, is Head of Innovation & Digital, which includes commercial responsibility for floating technology. Jacob has been at Ørsted for more than 10 years, the past 7 years within the Offshore Wind sector and has held leadership positions within Cable Installation and Project Development (Both regionally and globally). Before joining the company, Jacob was a management consultant with Denmark’s largest consultancy firm Implement and before this in the shoe manufacturing industry with world-renowned brand Ecco specializing in Lean and TPS. Jacob lives in Denmark with his wife and twin-girls.
Head of Offshore Wind Business Development – West Coast
Tyler Studds has over ten years of experience in public and private sectors accelerating the responsible development of offshore wind in the US. He is currently Head of Offshore Wind Business Development on the west coast for Ocean Winds where he is working with a consortium of partners to develop the proposed Redwood Coast Offshore Wind Project off Eureka, California. In his previous role at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Tyler created and managed strategic initiatives in such areas as transmission and interconnection, baseline wildlife surveys, metocean data collection, supply chain analysis, and workforce development that together played a critical role in establishing the Massachusetts offshore wind market.
Business Development Manager – Renewables
Shadi Awwad is Business Development Manager – Renewables with Oceaneering International. Prior to Oceaneering Shadi joined BP as part of the subsea controls team, and before that he was with Teledyne Marine in various capacities, spanning engineering and technical sales. Shadi graduated from UMASS Dartmouth with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Texas A&M. He has two decades of experience in electrical and fiber optic sensing, subsea controls and subsea distribution.
Vice President Business Development
Marco Wiedijk has assumed the position of Vice President for Business Development role in Principle Power in November 2020. Marco is a Mechanical Engineer, with an MBA Degree and more than 24 years of experience in the Offshore industry. Marco built his experience in offshore industry largely with tier 1 installation company Heerema Marine Contractors where he was involved with installation of bottom fixed and floating offshore structures using jacket, monopile and semi-sub, SPAR and TLP technology. He joined PPI from Seaway 7, the Renewables and Heavy Lifting business unit of Subsea 7 that targets T&I and EPCI services in bottom fixed solutions in offshore wind, where he was responsible for global business development activities related to the installation of offshore structures. His Commercial experience includes global business and market development, tender management, and negotiation of commercial proposals. As Commercial Director he managed sales department and as BD Director in O&G, managed team of Business Development Managers of diverse cultures located in local office and foreign offices of the parent Company Subsea7 in a rapidly changing offshore industry business environment. In his General Management capacity, Marco further developed his commercial, organizational and operational management competencies in complex international environments, namely in Angola and Brazil.
Chief Consultant – Floating Offshore Wind
Denis, Team Lead Floating Wind at Ramboll has been working in the field of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines since 2008. He is involved in engineering consultancy projects at Ramboll as Project Manager and/or Technical Expert. Recent projects include engineering consultancy projects for floating wind demonstrators and pre-commercial wind farms, JIP and R&D projects. He is experienced in a wide range of technical and consultancy areas including floater and mooring systems design, coupled analysis, market and cost studies, risk assessments, standard developments, floating-specific wind turbine technology, control and R&D, including experienced in managing of teams, leadership, coordinating and managing projects and proposals. He has an Academic background in aerospace, aeronautical and offshore wind engineering with a Ph.D. on the dynamic response of floating wind turbines and over 35 scientific publications as author and co-author.
Head of Floating Wind Development
Chris Willow is Head of Floating Wind Development at RWE, the world’s second largest offshore wind developer. Chris is responsible for building RWE’s capability to safely deliver commercial-scale, cost competitive floating projects around the world. This includes working on a portfolio of three demonstration projects, leading a multi-disciplinary knowledge management programme, as well as supporting a global portfolio of projects. He has worked in the offshore wind industry since 2007.
Engineering Manager Offshore Wind Americas
James Hammock is currently Engineering Manager Offshore Wind Americas at RWE Renewables. Hammock has over 17 years of experience from offshore industries, including senior Marine Installation, Operations, Project Management and Engineering roles with Chevron and McDermott. Hammock holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Operations Management from University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Ocean Engineering from University of Rhode Island.
Editor in Chief
Darius Snieckus is Editor in Chief of Recharge, the global energy transition news and intelligence website and magazine, launched in 2009. He also hosts the Recharge Roundtables, a series of thought-leadership panels made up of many of the most influential executives in the wind, hydrogen, solar and wider energy transition industries, along with the annual Recharge Summit. Snieckus has written on energy for some 25 years, before Recharge serving on editorial staffs at leading oil & gas titles including Offshore Engineer, the Oil & Gas Journal and the Petroleum Economist.
Renewable Energy Director
After 25 years of Oil and Gas project management and business development worldwide, including as Sofresid CEO within the SAIPEM group, Jérôme made an enthusiastic move towards Offshore Renewables in 2017. He is now in charge of developing Offshore Wind Farm technology and business for SAIPEM. Part of SAIPEM Offshore Renewables Business Line, located in Paris he benefits from the inexhaustible commitment of this office to promote the Offshore Wind Farm business and foster technical and commercial support among all SAIPEM with a specific focus on Floating Wind. Jérôme was Project Director at Sofresid up to its acquisition by Bouygues Offshore in 1999, when he took position of Engineering Business Vice president for Bouygues Offshore and remains in charge of this business after the merging with Saipem in 2002. He was nominated CEO of Sofresid Engineering in 2003 and remained in charge of this significant subsidiary up to 2007 when he moved to SAIPEM Offshore Business Unit to trigger Offshore Plant Business Development at SAIPEM Singapore. Back from Singapore in 2009 he became Floaters Business Director in charge of developing SAIPEM FPSO-FPU-FLNG business worldwide for any large or unconventional FPSO / FLNG / gas FPU project. Delivery oriented, experienced in complex operating environments, Jérôme led teams by bringing clarity through periods of uncertainty and change, with a focus on collaborative working, inclusive and authentic leadership. He has the resilience, drive and humour to see things through.”
Renewables Product Line Director
Laurent is Renewables Product line director of SBM offshore and is responsible for business development, acquisition and execution of renewables project portfolio. He has 22 years experience in international power plant projects and in the last 10 years has been responsible for building and leading project organization for Wind on-shore and Wind off-shore OEMs to deliver prototype and commercial windfarms. In such role, he supported the business model transformation to find the right balance between project execution and serial production model, which is key subject for the development of floating off-shore wind industry. SBM Offshore have supplied more than 100 floating production and more than 450 offshore mooring systems over almost 60 years for O&G business, and looking at deploying its technology in floating wind projects as these require strong offshore experience and expertise.
Business Development Director
Carl-Petter Halvorsen has more than 40 years of experience from the Oil & Gas Industry. Most of the time has been spent on subsea construction/Installation, IMR and subsea inspection, included here are also new technology development Founded company Consultare Ltd, when moving to UK in 2001. Last 3-4 years heavy involved with renewables and especially floating wind turbines world wide. Now also developing new AUV technology with Japanese partner, Kawasaki Heavy industries, for subsea related activity within Energy sector and mining etc. Ad Hoc Due diligence and M&A activity also on his agenda. He lives in Aberdeen.
Business Development Lead, Offshore Wind Americas
Lydia Lostan is currently Business Development Lead Offshore Wind Americas for Shell Renewables & Energy Solutions transitioning from her previous role as Portfolio Development Manager. Lostan has more than 12 years of experience from offshore and onshore industries, including Project Management, Engineering Management and Project Engineering experience on international assignments at Shell and Total. Lostan holds a BSc and MSc in Microengineering, Robotics, Microsystems, Production and Supply Chain Management from EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique federale de Lausanne).
Chief Development Officer, International
Simply Blue Energy
Kevin is responsible for leading Simply Blue Energy’s international expansion outside of Ireland and the UK. Prior to joining Simply Blue Energy, he spent almost 10 years with Principle Power, the owner of the WindFloat floating wind technology. As a pioneer in the industry, he led the company’s business and project development activities around the world, which included engagement with utilities, developers, government officials, stakeholders and policy makers and resulted in a significant pipeline of projects for the technology. Based in Portland, Oregon, USA, Kevin has a long history of energy project development and has been an appointment in the US on state energy task forces, and today sits on various boards and committees. Kevin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and holds an MSc in Economic Development from the London School of Economics.
Active in the Offshore oil & gas industry since 1988 and, more recently, the offshore floating wind industry, with focus on moorings and foundations, in roles ranging from geotechnical engineer to commercially responsible, in companies such as Fugro, Vryhof and Royal IHC. Experience in design, manufacturing and sales of mooring line components such as Drag embedment anchors, Suction Piles and Torpedo Piles to MODU’s, CALM Buoys and FPSO’s, and now more recently to offshore floating wind projects. Started Strana Offshore LLC in Houston in 2018, representing European and Brazilian companies within our industry. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Amsterdam.
Business Development Manager Global Moorings and Floating Wind
Michael Ellis is currently Business Development Manager Global Moorings and Floating Wind for Subsea 7. Ellis is a proven commercial leader with expertise in managing customer relationships, developing opportunities, and negotiating complex contracts that maximize value. Ellis has over 23 years of experience from offshore industries, including a variety of Engineering, Project Management, Installation and IMR roles. Ellis holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Senior VP Business & Technology Offshore
Jean-Marc Letournel joined TechnipFMC in 2008. He has forty years of experience in the general management of projects, operational units and business units in the upstream onshore and offshore Oil and Gas industry within several major contractor organizations (ETPM now Subsea 7, Entrepose, Bouygues Offshore and Saipem) In his different positions within TechnipFMC, he has largely contributed to TechnipFMC’s leadership position in the FNLG and the gasFPSO market and the Group’s return in the conventional offshore markets. In his current role within Technip Energies Global Business Unit, Jean-Marc has the responsibility to analyze the market of both traditional fixed offshore facilities and floaters in order to formulate the TechnipFMC Offshore global business strategy and to support the ongoing development of TechnipFMC Offshore business in all its Regional Business Units as well as driving TechnipFMC efforts in Offshore R&D. He is actively participating in the definition of the role TechnipFMC wants to play in the Energy Transition and its declination into the Offshore Business. Jean-Marc is a Board Member of Naval Energies, a French Company involved in the Marine Renewable Energy sector and more particularly in the Floating Offshore Wind where it has developed its own floater design for deployment on a pilot project of circa 30MW offshore Brittany. He is as well a member of the Board of Evolen, the Association of the French Entrepreneurs and Professionals of the Energy sector. He holds an Engineer degree – Civil Works (1978) and a Master Degree in Strategic Management (1991), both from French leading institutions (Ecole Centrale de Lyon & ICG).
Floating Technology Lead
Jerica joined TotalEnergies US in the beginning of 2022 as Floating Technical Lead for US projects. She specializes in the naval architecture of floating offshore wind platforms and determining which solution best matches an offshore wind project’s needs. Prior to TotalEnergies, she worked for EnBW North America’s team as Floating Technology Manager focusing on floating offshore wind projects that will provide energy for large regions of the United States and Europe. Before joining EnBW, Jerica worked with Principle Power, a leader in foundation design for offshore wind turbines. Her experience spans from Technical Lead, Senior Naval Architect, Project Manager, and Engineering Management. Throughout her career, Jerica has specialized in load transfer and was entrusted with multiyear international assignments. Jerica graduated with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and a M.S. in Ocean and Resource Engineering from University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
Offshore Wind Business Developer
TotalEnergies Renewables USA
Nick Prokopuk is the Offshore Wind Business Developer for TotalEnergies based in Houston and is responsible for driving the rapid growth of offshore wind in the U.S. Nick joined TotalEnergies in 2021 and works actively across the entire offshore wind value chain to grow renewable energy while reducing carbon emissions. Most recently before joining TotalEnergies, Nick had a 10 year career with DNV in the maritime industry in various leadership and business development roles. At DNV, Nick lead their efforts towards offshore wind growth in the U.S., focused on offshore wind vessels & shipbuilding, infrastructure, regulations, operations & maintenance, and the maritime needs to support the market. Prior to joining DNV, Nick had a 12 year career in the heavy manufacturing sector supporting Oil & Gas, and Petrochemical Industries in engineering and operations roles. A graduate of the University of Houston, Nick holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Nick’s passion for the U.S. offshore wind industry inspired Nick in 2019 to launch a vlog series, #AskNickAboutOffshoreWind, where he discussed topics important to the development of the industry in the United States. Through his vlog series, Nick has become a spokesperson and champion for the U.S. Offshore Wind Industry.
Stephen Rampton is a strategic executive with demonstrated success driving business startups, market share growth and technology solution sales. As Vice President with Vesper marine, Stephen is charged with bringing the Guardian Protect product and service lines to the offshore wind energy, oil and gas, utilities and environmental markets, enhancing asset protection capabilities across industries. Stephen holds decades of domestic and international executive experience spanning operations, business development, and marketing and early stage growth enablement. Most recently as a Consultant Business Advisor for HH Surge Solutions, Ltda, a Portugal based SaaS technology solutions provide where he guided business valuation, technology advisement and business structure to enable growth.
Sr. VP Business Development – Capital Projects
A distinguished career that spans over 40 years, from Field Engineering to Project Management to the Executive Suite. Experience and expertise covers all aspects of the upstream industry including offshore construction; platform fabrication and installation; proposals and estimating; EPC project management; business development and marketing; business-to-business publishing; and management of industry conferences. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University.
Director of Operations (Boston)
Jamie MacDonald is currently Director of Operations (Boston) for Xodus Group. MacDonald has 10 years of experience from offshore industries, including Subsea Engineering, Offshore Installation and Decommissioning assignments. MacDonald holds a Master of Engineering (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering from Robert Gordon University.