Impressive Line-Up at Offshore WIND Conference 2017

Are you ready to tackle the challenges both short and long term? Secure your seat now for the Offshore WIND Conference where we will delve deeper into the opportunities and challenges the offshore wind industry is facing now and will face up to 2050.

We are proud to announce our full speaker line-up and program for the Offshore WIND Conference 2017.

Program day 1:

Chairman Bent Thambo Jensen, COO, Ziton

Opening: Can electricity market cannibalisation be cured?

A renewable generation is on the rise. Market demand is met as the wind will always continue to blow. Yet, with market prices falling is the offshore wind industry set to get caught in cannibalising its own investment? A kick-off to show the bigger picture within the industry.


Pieter van Oord, CEO, Van Oord

Bent Christensen, Vice President, Siemens Gamesa

The road ahead

How can the industry prepare for the long-term? Which steps will need to be taken to ensure future demand, regulations and energy agreements?


Lars Kristensen, Senior Vice President Wind & Renewable Energy, Bladt Industries

Jasper Vis, Country Manager, DONG Energy Netherlands

Peter Robert, Business Development Manager Offshore Wind, Damen

Michel Kurstjens, CCO, SIF Group

Nienke Homan, Representative, Northern Province Groningen of the Netherlands

Human Capital

In the road ahead a new breed of offshore wind personnel will be required. Speakers will discuss the opportunities and challenges in human capital.


David Molenaar, Country Manager, Siemens Gamesa

Paul Boumans, Commercial Director, Falck Netherlands

Trial and triumph in bidding systems

Tenders and bidding are hot topics in the industry. The Netherlands have presented a solid case and many countries stand to follow suit. Where lie the challenges? Can cost reduction be met by taking important technological steps. What works in other countries? Questions to be answered in an interesting panel discussion.


Dr. Thor Ugelvig Petersen, Head of Department for Ports and Offshore Technology, DHI Group

Michael van der Heijden, Founder, Amsterdam Capital Partners

Christoph Mertens, Executive Counsel pan-EU Renewable Energy Business Developments, Sumitomo Deutschland

Frank Coenen, Owner and Member board of directors, InControl

Upcoming talent

A well-functioning industry requires not only experienced personnel, but also new, young blood – full of challenging ideas and innovations. Short pitches will be held by students.

Pitches by:

Max de Feber, Student Offshore & Dredging Engineering, Delft Technical University

Rene Bos, Graduate Delft University of Technology / Starter, Eneco

Program day 2:

Chairman Mike Blanch, Associate Director, BVG Associates

Future forecast: reading the map

What is the road up to 2050 and beyond? Can the industry turn agreements into reality? Leading players from the industry offer their forecasts.


Daiva Matoniene, Rapporteur on revised renewable energy directive and the internal electricity market, European Committee of the Regions

Simon Dilks, Head of Nuclear and Renewables Innovation Department, Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), United Kingdom

Leo de Vrees, Senior Advisor, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

Oil, gas and wind: friend or foe

What will change in the cooperation between oil, gas and offshore wind in this new energy paradigm. More importantly, what’s in it for wind?


Rene Peters, Director Gas Technology, TNO Energy

Ernst van Zuilen, Director, Grow

Arnold Groot, General Manager, Circular Energy

Space meets wind

Space technology meets offshore wind: how can these two industries work together to improve future offshore wind farms and applications?


Davide Coppola, Downstream Business Applications Department, European Space Agency

Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference

Purchasing a ticket for Offshore WIND Conference means you gain access to the exhibition floor of Offshore Energy 2017 – the leading European event for the whole offshore energy mix. There you will meet 650+ exhibitors and over 12,000 visitors.

The Offshore WIND Conference is part of the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference, held annually in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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