Advisory Board

Lars Samuelsson
Manager, Offshore Accounts – Global Offshore

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.

Tom Fulton
Head of Renewables & Mooring Development
Acteon Group

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.

Knut Vassbotn
Head Business Development, Offshore Wind
Aker Offshore Wind

Knut is an internationally experienced business development professional. Heading up the development of renewable energy solutions to supply sustainable energy to new geographical markets. Specialties: business and project development; utilities, government, regulatory affairs for energy related ventures.

William Cooper
Managing Director

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 sellside, buyside 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 two sons.

Alla Weinstein
Founder & CEO
Castle Wind

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.

Henrik Baltscheffsky

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.

Ignacio Pantojo
Floating Offshore Wind Department Manager
Iberdrola Renovables

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

Bruno G. Geschier
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Ideol Offshore

Bruno Geschier is the Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of 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 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.

Yvan Leyni
Floating Wind Solutions Director
Maersk Supply Services

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.

Denis Matha
Chief Consultant – Floating Offshore Wind Team Lead
Ramboll 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.

Kevin Banister
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.

Thomas Agnevall
Consultant European FWE Companies
Strana Offshore
Steve Rampton
Vice President
Vesper Marine
Chris Barton
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.

Von Thompson
Vice President Gulf of Mexico
Xodus Group

Von Thompson is vice president for Xodus Group’s Gulf of Mexico business operation. Xodus is a global energy service provider with offices of operation in Aberdeen, London, Perth and Houston.
Currently Thompson is responsible for the Gulf of Mexico operations. Xodus provides engineering and advisory services to clients in the oil and gas, LNG, renewables and utilities industries worldwide.