Wind Seminar 2: Offshore wind expansion – Is Finland finally on the move?

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Offshore wind expansion – Is Finland finally on the move?

Opening remarks

Dag Sandås
Senior Board advisor, The Switch (a Yaskawa company)
Board professional and senior advisor, with a long history of working in the global electrical and machine manufacturing industry, i.e. The Switch, Finn-Power, Vacon and Wärtsilä. Today acting as Board member and advisor in several companies and organisations.

Unlocking the further expansion of offshore wind in Finland – what happened in 2022?

Anni Mikkonen
CEO | Finnish Wind Power Association
Mrs Anni Mikkonen is the CEO of the Finnish Wind Power Association. Anni has been with the association over 14 years. During her time, the association as well as the importance of wind power in the Finnish energy sector has increased significantly. Anni, if someone, knows the Finnish wind market, it’s history and current development in detail. Anni holds masters’ degree in Environmental Science and in Economics.

Technology development contributing to risk reduction, cost optimization and lifetime extension of offshore wind in harsh environments: lessons learned from the Belgian offshore wind sector

Pieter Jan Jordaens
Operating Officer | OWI-Lab, Program Manager Energy Transition Industry | Sirris
Pieter Jan Jordaens joined Sirris (the Belgian collective technology center) in 2010 to manage the Offshore Wind Infrastructure (OWI) project. The goal of this project was to set-up state-of-the-art R&D test and monitoring infrastructure in the field of offshore wind energy to support technology developments. Since then he has been responsible to initiate, set-up and roll-out the operations of the (offshore) wind energy RD&I department at Sirris and it’s supporting services in different roles. Currently he takes up the role of program manager Energy Transition which on top of on & offshore wind topics also covers RD&I projects linked to energy storage and green hydrogen.

Offshore wind enabling green growth and green job creation

Matilda Machacek
VP Offshore Development Nordics | RWE Renewables Sweden AB
With nearly 20 years of experience in global Energy & Power sector, Matilda has steadily progressed from various engineering to leadership, managerial and board membership positions. She holds an MSc in International Project Management, a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, and is currently Vice President for RWE Renewables' Offshore Development portfolio in the Nordics. She previously spent 15 years at Equinor, and since 2010, worked in their Renewable Energy Division (UK), focusing on strategy, business development, acquisitions and divestitures as well as being Director of Equinor Wind UK. Some of the key project involvements include: Dogger Bank offshore wind project (amongst the world's largest), Sheringham Shoal (UK), Arkona-Becken (Germany), Hywind (UK) bid preparation projects and country entry in new markets. Matilda Machacek is currently Vice President Offshore Development for RWE Renewables responsible for Offshore Wind development activities in the Nordics since 2021.

Tackling offshore environmental and “social” impacts, lessons learned from the Norwegian offshore wind

Gunnar Birkeland
Chairman Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster and CEO Source Galileo Norway
Gunnar Birkeland is chair for the Norwegian Offshore Wind with 370 member and activities in most of the Offshore Wind areas of the world. He has been working for sustainable utilization of ocean resources for 35 years and in Offshore Wind since 2010. Gunnar is CEO of Source Galileo Norge AS, a developer and owner of renewable energy systems across Europe.

Panel discussion and Q&A


Pohjanmaan Expo Oy

Mikael Lindholm

Sales, Pohjanmaan Expo Oy
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Riikka Perälä

Project Manager
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