Conference Zukunft Offshore 2020 – the Speakers

Jochen Flasbarth

Jochen Flasbarth – State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

From 1994 to 2003 he was President of the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), between 2003 and 2009 he was Director-General for Nature Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Flasbarth was President of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) from 2009 to 2013. Subsequently he was State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear Safety from 2013 to 2018; since 2018 he has been State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Dr. Patrick Graichen

Dr. Patrick Graichen – Director Agora Energiewende

Patrick Graichen has been Director of Agora Energiewende since January 2014, after having worked as its Deputy Director in 2012-2013. From 2001 to 2012, he worked at the Federal Ministry for Environment: first in the area of international climate policy, then (from 2004 to 2006) as Personal Assistant to the Secretary of State in the ministry, and from 2007 as Head of the Unit for Energy and Climate Change Policy. During this time, he was in charge of negotiating the design of the economic instruments of the Kyoto Protocol, the Integrated Energy and Climate Programme of the Federal Government (2007), the EU’s Climate and Energy Package (2008), as well as the legislative procedures in the area of the energy law. The Federal Environment Ministry has granted Mr. Graichen leave for his work at Agora Energiewende. He has studied economics and political science, earning a Ph.D. on the topic of municipal energy policy at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics, University of Heidelberg.

Dr. Lukas Köhler

Dr. Lukas Köhler – Spokesman for Climate Policy of the FDP Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag

Dr. Lukas Köhler studied at the Hochschule für Philosophie in Munich, in Manila in the Philippines and completed his Master of Arts at the University of London. He then completed his doctorate at the Hochschule für Philosophie in Munich on the topic “On the Representation of Non-Voice Parties in Democratic States”. In 2011 he joined the Free Democrats (FDP). From 2015 he was Managing Director of the Center for Environmental Ethics and Education until he was elected to the German Bundestag in 2017. He is currently chairman of the Committee for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and spokesman for climate policy of the FDP parliamentary group.

Oliver Krischer

Oliver Krischer – Vice-Chairman of the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen parliamentary group

Oliver Krischer has been a member of the Green Party since 1989 and a member of the German Bundestag since 2009. He studied biology at the RWTH Aachen and was then a member of the staff of Michaele Hustedt, MdB, as well as a research assistant in the Green parliamentary group in NRW. Since 2013, Oliver Krischer has been deputy faction leader and political coordinator of working group 2, which deals with topics such as climate, energy and sustainability.

Dr. Brigitte Knopf

Dr. Brigitte Knopf – Director General of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)

Dr. Brigitte Knopf has been Secretary General of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) since 2015. Her areas of responsibility include the strategic orientation of the MCC, cooperation with stakeholders and German and European energy and climate policy. Previously, she was responsible for the establishment and management of the Energy Strategies Europe and Germany (ESED) working group at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and deputy head of the Sustainable Solution Strategies research area.

Giles Dickson

Giles Dickson – CEO WindEurope

Giles Dickson is the Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope (formerly EWEA), a position he’s held since 2015.  WindEurope is the voice of the European wind industry.  It represents the whole value chain of onshore and offshore wind across Europe and has more than 400 members.  It engages Governments and other stakeholders on policy and regulation.  It organises industry exhibitions, conferences and workshops.  And it coordinates publicly-funded R&D in wind.  Dickson is also Chairman of the Advisory Council of ENTSO-E.  Prior to joining WindEurope he was a UK civil servant for 16 years then ran public affairs at Alstom.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Quaschning

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Quaschning – HTW Berlin & co-founder of Scientists For Future

Volker Quaschning has been a professor at the University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin since 2004 and is spokesman for the course of studies Regenerative Energies. He is co-founder of Scientists For Future. Mr. Quaschning studied electrical engineering at the KIT in Karlsruhe, received his doctorate and habilitation at the TU Berlin and worked for five years at DLR in Spain. Mr. Quaschning is the author of several standard books on renewable energies and climate protection, operates an Internet portal and a YouTube channel, and is a sought-after speaker and interview partner for the media.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Silke Eckardt

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Silke Eckardt – Bremen University of Applied Sciences

Dr.-Ing. Silke Eckardt has been a professor at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences since 2009 and heads the master’s degree programme “Sustainable Energy and Environmental Systems”. Since 2018 she is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Environment. Prior to this, Dr. Ing. Eckardt worked for many years in various positions in the energy and waste management sector. She studied environmental engineering at the TH Lübeck and received her doctorate at the TU Dresden.

Dr. rer. nat. Jennifer Dannheim

Dr. rer. nat.  Jennifer Dannheim – Alfred Wegener Institute

Dr. Jennifer Dannheim studied biological oceanography at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel. She completed her studies with a doctorate at the University of Bremen and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven.

Since 2010, Dr. Dannheim has been a German delegate to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) of the Benthosecological Working Group (BEWG). From 2013-2018 she chaired the working group ‘Marines Benthal and Development of Renewable Energies’ (WGMBRED) at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. She has been a German delegate here since 2019.

Catrin Jung

Catrin Jung – Chief Executive Officer BWO

trin Jung has been Chairman of the Board of the Federal Association of Offshore Wind Power Operators (BWO) since 1st January 2019. She heads the Market Development Offshore division at Vattenfall. Here she is responsible for all offshore wind projects up to approval and subsidy. Prior to this, Catrin Jung held positions in the Investment Strategy and Market Analysis division at Vattenfall.

Olaf Lies

Olaf Lies

Olaf Lies was born on 8 May 1967 in Wilhelmshaven. Since November 2017 he has been Lower Saxony’s Minister for the Environment, Energy, Construction and Climate Protection. Prior to this, Olaf Lies was Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economics, Labour and Transport for five years.

Olaf Lies is married and has two daughters. He still lives with his family in Sande in the district of Friesland, where he grew up. After an apprenticeship as a radio electronics technician at the Naval Arsenal Wilhelmshaven, he completed his basic military service at the Navy and attended the technical college in Wilhelmshaven. He then studied electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Wilhelmshaven and graduated with a degree in engineering. At the beginning of his professional career, Olaf Lies worked as a development engineer at the Institute for Technical Scientific Innovation on projects in the field of hardware and software development. He then worked as a research assistant and later as a lecturer at today’s Jade University in Wilhelmshaven, specialising in electrical engineering, energy technology/regenerative 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, Olaf Lies has been a member of the staff council since 1996 and chairman of the staff council of the entire University of Applied Sciences Oldenburg/Ostfriesland/Wilhelmshaven since 2003.

Norbert Brackmann

Norbert Brackmann – German Federal Government’s Coordinator for the Maritime Industry

After receiving a law degree, Norbert Brackmann worked in various positions at NDR. He has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2009 and has been the Federal Government’s coordinator for the maritime industry since 2018. In this function, Norbert Brackmann coordinates and bundles the activities of the German Federal Government to strengthen the international competitiveness of Germany as a location for business in the fields of shipbuilding, maritime shipping, port management and marine technology, including offshore wind power.

Dr. Kim Detloff

Dr. Kim Detloff – Head of Marine Protection NABU

Dr. Kim Cornelius Detloff is a marine biologist and head of marine conservation at NABU Bundesverband, the German Society for Nature Conservation. After his studies he spent several years at the Institute for Marine Biology on the Italian island of Giglio. From 2006 to 2008 he worked as a campaigner for the International Fund for the Protection of Animals (IFAW). After one year as a political and scientific consultant at the Bonn Convention (CMS), he now works at the Federal Office of NABU in Berlin. There he heads the marine conservation department. For more than ten years he has also been involved in the development of offshore wind power in the North Sea and Baltic Sea.

Stefan Wrage

Stephan Wrage is the founder of SkySails Group GmbH and Chairman of the Management Board.

The graduate industrial engineer worked for several years as a consultant in the IT sector with a focus on factory planning and for TOP Business AG (formerly Philips Academy) as a management trainer before he began working on the development and marketing of SkySails technology in 2000. He was honored with the Outstanding Young Person Award in 2004 for the development of the SkySails-System and was voted Eco Manager of the Year in 2008. In his spare time, Stephan Wrage is an enthusiastic glider and hang-glider pilot.

Bernhard Fries

Bernhard Friess is the acting Director-General, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

Since January 2017, Bernhard Friess has been the Director of the Directorate “Maritime Policy and Blue Economy” of the European Commission’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Directorate-General. He also presently leads the Directorate “Fisheries Policy in the Atlantic, North Sea, Baltic and Outermost Regions”.

Mr Friess studied Law at Munich University. His career with the European Commission included assignments in the areas Internal Market Policy, Competition Policy, Maritime Policy and Fisheries, and Education and Training.

Ole Stobbe

Ole Stobbe – Business Development Manager Northern Europe at Ideol

Ole is a trained mechanical engineer passionate about realizing the transition to renewable energies. Spanning the last 20 years, Ole has worked in several offshore wind engineering and management positions in consultancies, project development companies and EPCI contractors. Since December 2015, Ole supports Ideol in the drive to bring floating offshore wind to commercial realization.


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