Speakers of the Future Offshore 2019

Our speakers at ZukunftOffshore 2020
11 April 2019
Member of the DGB federal executive committee

Stefan Körzell was born in January 1963 and began his professional career with an apprenticeship as a machine fitter at Rotenburger Metallwerke (RMW) in Rotenburg / Fulda.

In 1980, at the age of 17, he joined IG Metall and successfully fought as a youth representative for the acceptance of all trainees at Rotenburger Metallwerke. During the dispute about the introduction of the 35-hour week, Körzell was a member of the company and local strike leadership. Körzell worked at the metal works until 1990, most recently as a shift supervisor. During this time, he already performed several voluntary activities for the DGB and IG Metall.

In 1990 he became DGB organization secretary in Fulda and in 1991 in the Hersfeld-Rotenburg district. In 1997 he was elected chairman of the DGB district Bad Hersfeld-Eschwege.

On February 2, 2002, Stefan Körzell was elected DGB State Chairman Hesse and Chairman of the DGB District Hesse-Thuringia. In 2006 and 2010 he was re-elected with a large majority. As district chairman, Körzell has also been a member of the DGB federal executive committee since 2002.

On May 12, 2014, the delegates of the 20th Ordinary DGB Federal Congress elected Stefan Körzell to the Executive Board of the DGB. In 2018 he was confirmed in this office at the 21st Ordinary Federal Congress

Minister for the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection of Lower Saxony

Olaf Lies was born on May 8, 1967 in Wilhelmshaven. Since November 2017 he has been Lower Saxony's Minister for the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection. Before that, Olaf Lies was Lower Saxony's Minister of Economics, Labor and Transport for five years.

Olaf Lies is married and has two daughters. To this day he lives with his family in Sande in the Friesland district, where he grew up. After an apprenticeship as a radio electronics technician at the Wilhelmshaven naval arsenal, he did his basic military service in the navy and attended the technical college in Wilhelmshaven. He then studied electrical engineering at the Wilhelmshaven University of Applied Sciences and graduated with a degree in engineering. At the beginning of his professional activity, Olaf Lies worked as a development engineer at the Institute for Technical and Scientific Innovation on projects in the field of hardware and software development. He then worked initially as a research assistant and later as a lecturer at today's Jadehochschule in Wilhelmshaven with a focus on electrical engineering, energy technology / renewable energies and computer science. At the same time, he worked on a number of development projects, particularly in the automotive industry, and developed and supervised various photovoltaic drinking water projects in Africa and Cameroon. In addition, since 1996 Olaf Lies has been a member of the staff council and since 2003 chairman of the staff council of the entire Oldenburg / Ostfriesland / Wilhelmshaven University of Applied Sciences.

Director for Sustainability, Technology and Perspectives (STO) of the International Energy Agency (iea)

Mechthild Wörsdörfer has been Director Sustainability, Technology and Perspectives (STO) since October 1, 2018. Ms. Wörsdörfer plans and coordinates the IEA's work on energy sustainability, including energy technology policy and climate change policy.

She oversees several of the IEA's key analytical reports, including long-term scenarios and technology roadmaps. Ms. Wörsdörfer was an active participant in the Board of Directors of the IEA, which represented the European Union, as well as the EU contact at the Clean Energy Ministerial Conference (CEM) and the Mission Innovation (MI). Over the years she has served as Director of Renewable Energy, Research and Innovation and Energy Efficiency and Director of Energy Policy at the European Commission.

Ms. Wörsdörfer led the adoption of the Energy Roadmap 2050, the Framework for Energy and Climate Policy 2030 and the Clean Energy Package. She has served in Commissioner Erk ki Liikanen's cabinet on issues relating to competitiveness, the digital economy and international relations. Ms. Wörsdörfer, a German citizen, holds a master's degree in economic policy and management from the University of Brussels, a bachelor's degree in economics (finance) from the University of Montpellier and a bachelor's degree in applied economics, French and Spanish from Ruprecht - Karls University Heidelberg .

Research coordinator for energy and climate policy
Energy & climate protection at the Öko-Institut

Graduate engineer, Dr. rer. pole. born May 13, 1962 in Berlin

1981-1985 studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Leipzig

1985 University degree as a graduate engineer

1986-1989 activity in industry

1990-1997 research assistant at the Öko-Institut, including setting up the Berlin office

1993 study visit to the USA as a fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States

1997-2008 coordinator of the energy and climate protection department at the Öko-Institut

1996-1997 Part-time studies at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science at the Free University of Berlin

1999 doctorate in political science (Dr. rer. Pol., “Summa cum laude”) at the Free University of Berlin

2000-2002 Expert member of the study commission “Sustainable Energy Supply under the Conditions of Globalization and Liberalization” of the 14th German Bundestag

2002-2004 Deputy Managing Director of the Öko-Institut

2007 & 2008 visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change), Cambridge, MA (USA)

since 2009 research coordinator for energy and climate policy at the Öko-Institut

2011 Member of the advisory group for the Energy Directorate General of the European Commission on the "Energy Roadmap 2050"

Member of the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council since 2016

2018-2019 member of the “Growth, Structural Change and Employment” commission (Coal Commission) of the German government

Numerous research papers and publications on German and international energy, environment and climate policy, focus of work in recent years.

Member of the Society for Energy Science and Energy Policy (German section of the International Association for Energy Economics), the German Association for Political Science (DVPW), the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE)

Member of the Advisory Board of the State Government of Baden-Württemberg for Sustainable Development and the Steering Group of the Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change (TPEC) at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Group leader of the Greens in the Bundestag


1991 - 1997 studied biology at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich

1998 - 2003 dissertation in botany

2003-2006 work as an independent postdoc at the Institute for Systematic Botany


since 1986 member of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen

1996 - 2006 spokesman for the Munich-Land district association

1998 - 2003 employee of Susanna Tausendfreund (MdL)

2001 - 2006 Speaker of the LAK Ecology

2002 - 2005 local council in Sauerlach

2002 - 2013 District Councilor in the Munich District Assembly

2003 - 2005 employee of Dr. Christian Magerl (MdL)

since 2005 member of the German Bundestag

2011 - 2013 Chairman of the Committee for Transport, Building and Urban Development

Chairman of the parliamentary group since 2013


1997 - 2001 several study visits to biodiversity in South America


1994 - 2003 supervision of various courses at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich

Ministerial Director in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Berthold Goeke, b. 1959 in Hamm / Westphalia, studied law at the University of Münster from 1980 and received a scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung during his studies. After his legal clerkship in Hagen, Arnsberg, Hamm and Bonn, he joined the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in 1989 as deputy press spokesman for Federal Minister Prof. Töpfer.

From February to July 1993 he worked as a consultant for the environment and energy in the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the OECD / IEA in Paris.

Back in Germany, he became a referee for waste prevention and recycling at the BMU. In July 1996, he moved to the Federal Chancellery to work as a speaker for the environment, nature conservation and reactor safety as well as sustainable development. In 2001 he was appointed head of the department.

In July 2010, Mr. Goeke returned to the BMU and took over the management of the renewable energies sub-department. After restructuring the climate and energy tasks in the BMU, he has headed the Climate Protection Policy sub-department since October 2012.

He has been a member of the supervisory board of the German Biomass Research Center since 2010 and a member of the supervisory board of Forschungszentrum Jülich since 2013.


For him, photography is painting with light. His specialty is industrial photo & film - the focus is on offshore use, including with drones. At a young age he came across the Baldak-Box and the MINOX B to analog black-and-white and later color photography. In the 90s Ulrich Wirrwa switched to digital recording and processing technology.

With the video and time-lapse options of the DSLR and GoPro ActionCam as well as the remote-controlled drone flight, fantastic new possibilities in the area of ​​moving images have emerged.

Professor of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Aalborg University and Head of the Offshore Foundation

Professor Lars Bo Ibsen received his PhD from Aalborg University, where he is now Professor of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering. He is one of the driving forces behind the Mono Bucket and was a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Universal Foundation A / S until 2018.

He is head of the Offshore Foundation, an international research group that deals with innovative foundation solutions for offshore wind turbines. He has a strong background in experimental and numerical modeling of engineering structures. He has been associated with the offshore wind industry since 2000, where he is involved in the development of a new innovative foundation concept for offshore wind turbines. This work was carried out in close cooperation with industrial partners such as Universal Foundation, Ørsted, Vestas, Siemens / Gamesa. Bladt Industries, Equinor and Statkraft.

Chairman of the main management of the BDEW

Stefan Kapferer was born on November 6th, 1965 in Karlsruhe. After graduating from high school and doing military service, Mr. Kapferer studied administrative sciences at the University of Konstanz. After graduating at the end of 1992, he worked on a research project as a scholarship holder from the Treuhandanstalt Berlin.

From September 1993 to the end of 1998, Mr. Kapferer worked for the Lower Saxony FDP regional association in Hanover. From January 1999 he worked in the FDP parliamentary group for its chairman Dr. Wolfgang Gerhardt, who appointed him head of the strategy and campaigns department in the federal office in August 1999.

In August 2003, Mr. Kapferer moved to the Lower Saxony State Chancellery as head of department. As head of the agency of the State of Lower Saxony at the federal level, he accompanied the legislative work in the Federal Council. In October 2008 the Lower Saxony Minister for Economics, Labor and Transport, Walter Hirche, appointed Mr. Kapferer to be his State Secretary in Hanover. In addition to his work in the ministry, Mr. Kapferer was chairman of the supervisory board of N-Bank, the development bank of the State of Lower Saxony and the Jade-Weserport-Realisierungsgesellschaft during this time.

In 2009 Mr. Kapferer was appointed State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health. As the only civil servant State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health, he had overall political and organizational responsibility.

With the appointment of Dr. Philipp Rösler moved to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in June 2011. One of his main tasks was the coordination of legislation with the Federal Chancellery as State Secretary of the Vice Chancellor. He also regularly represented the ministry in European councils such as the Council of Energy Ministers. With the move from State Secretary Jochen Homann to the Federal Network Agency, responsibility for the energy department was added. Mr. Kapferer also took over the chairmanship of the supervisory board of the German Energy Agency. After the federal election in 2013, Mr. Kapferer remained State Secretary to Federal Minister Sigmar Gabriel in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

From October 2014 to April 2016, Mr. Kapferer was Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. There he was responsible for the organization's work in the areas of “Science, Technology and Industry” and “Employment, Labor, Social Security” and the “Center for Entrepreneurship”.

Since May 1.5.2016st, XNUMX, Mr. Kapferer has been Chairman of the Executive Board of BDEW. Mr. Kapferer is married and has two school-age children. His residence is Berlin.

Managing Director, EWE Renewable Energies

Since the end of 2018, Dr. Jörg Buddenberg Honorary Professor of the TU Clausthal for Energy and Economics. He is also the managing director of EWE Vertrieb GmbH. It also holds board mandates in the Offshore Windenergie eV (AGOW) and the Offshore Wind Energy Foundation. Jörg Buddenberg studied mining in Clausthal; He then worked for four years at the TU Institute for Mining Science and Mining Economics as a research assistant for Professor Walter Knissel. In 1991, the Duisburg-born doctor received his doctorate in "Basic research on the layout and profitability of oil mines" as a Dr.-Ing.

After various positions at the oil producer Deminex and VEBA Oil and Gas, Buddenberg worked as managing director of the Lower Saxony Energy Agency in Hanover. The 2004-year-old has been with the Oldenburg EWE Group since 59. As head of the energy and environmental technology department at EWE Energie AG, he was responsible for electricity production and the expansion of renewable energies. As managing director, Buddenberg has been concentrating on the field of regenerative generation since 2012. Today his focus at EWE Erneuerbare Energien GmbH is on the development and operation of wind farms.

In addition to his job and his scientific commitment, Jörg Buddenberg brings his experience to numerous associations and clubs. Until 2017, Buddenberg was also a member of the supervisory board of the Clausthal Environmental Technology Institute.

Manager Haliade-X, GE

Morten has been the product line leader for GE Renewable Energy in the offshore wind business since November 2015. He is responsible for product development and the introduction of the Haliade X platform in order to ensure cross-functional and integrated product development.
Morten has been in the wind industry since 1996 and held senior positions in new product development at NEG Micon, Vestas, Nordex, Samsung and Alstom before joining GE.
Morten graduated from Aalborg University with an M.Sc. Mechanical engineering.

Managing Director VDMA Power Systems

Managing Director VDMA Power Systems and Managing Director Forum Climate & Energy. Matthias Zelinger has been managing director of the VDMA Power Systems trade association since March 2015. The trade association represents the power plant construction industry - this includes manufacturers of engine systems, thermal turbines and power plants, hydropower and wind energy systems as well as storage and sector coupling technologies. Zelinger is also the managing director of the Climate & Energy Forum, which brings together the climate and energy policy activities of the VDMA and bundles the industry's know-how on the subject of climate and energy.
In addition, Zelinger has been Deputy Managing Director of the Research Association for Combustion Engines (FVV) since January 2016 and a member of the Board of WindEurope, the European association of the wind energy industry, since June 2016.
Zelinger has been with the VDMA since 2002 and previously held a responsible position in special machine construction. In the VDMA he was initially responsible for the area of ​​process gas compressors and compressed air technology. Since 2007 he has been responsible for the area of ​​thermal turbines and power plants in the VDMA, and until mid-2014 he was Secretary General of the European industry association EUTurbines.
Matthias Zelinger holds a degree in mechanical engineering and was born in 1968.

Former member of the TenneT management

Lex Hartman, born in 1956, was a member of the TenneT management team from April 2010 to December 2018. Prior to that, Lex Hartman held various management positions at TenneT, headed the NorNed Presidium and was a member of the BritNed management team. Prior to this position, Lex Hartman worked as a lawyer.

Deputy head of the Handelsblatt parliamentary editorial office

Klaus Stratmann is deputy head of the Handelsblatt parliamentary editorial team. The subject of energy policy is one of his main focuses. He started at Handelsblatt in 2000, initially as a page 1 editor at the Handelsblatt headquarters in Düsseldorf. Since 2005 he has been working in the parliamentary editorial office. Stratmann, born in 1964, is a trained lawyer and trained banker. He learned the journalistic trade as part of a traineeship at the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) in Essen, where he then worked for a few years as a political editor.

Manager, Esteyco Project Elisa
Manager for communication at the Polish Wind Energy Association (PWEA)

Irena Gajewska is the communications manager at the Polish Wind Energy Association (PWEA). There she is involved in formulating the association's positions on regulatory issues influencing the development of the wind industry in Poland.

Executive Vice President Hydrogen Solutions, Siemens AG

Gabriele Schmiedel is CEO of the Siemens Hydrogen Solutions division. The business department develops, produces and sells hydrogen electrolysers for a wide range of applications in the fields of energy, industry and mobility.

Previously, Gabriele worked at Siemens in various functions in the areas of service, sales, strategy, product management, project management and R&D in various industries such as telecommunications (mobile communications, private, fixed network), transport, semiconductors and various types of business such as product, solution and service business. She has gained intercultural experience in the USA, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, for example as head of the Middle East Africa sales region for the charging and billing business within the Siemens mobile communications business.

In the Siemens corporate strategy, she was responsible for company-wide transformation projects in the areas of service, energy storage and other areas.

She has a master’s degree in computer science and lives in Erlangen and Munich.

Executive Director, Renewables UK

Emma Pinchbeck is the Executive Vice President and a member of the RenewableUK Board of Directors. She is an expert on decarbonization and a lively commentator on topics related to climate change and renewable energies. Emma supports efforts to improve diversity in the energy sector. She has held several advisory roles, including at Imperial College and Innovate-UK.

Before that, Emma was head of the Climate Change Team at WWF-UK and worked in private consulting. She has an MA from the University of Oxford.

Outside of work, she ran her first marathon in 2018 to raise money for the WWF's climate protection work, is otherwise a passionate rower and loves sustainable living - even her wedding dress came from Oxfam.

Head of Offshore Wind Operations at E.ON

Thomas Michel took over the management of Offshore Wind Operations at E.ON at the beginning of 2018. He is responsible for E.ON's portfolio of offshore wind farms. Before that, he held various positions in E.ON's offshore wind business. Before joining E.ON in 2010, he was involved in the construction of alpha ventus for Vattenfall. Before that, he worked as a research assistant in the field of mobile communications at the Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin. He received his doctorate in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.




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