About GWO

The GWO Secretariat

Jakob Lau Holst

CEO
Jakob became Chief Executive of GWO in 2016. He is responsible for maintaining the association's governance structure, supporting our membership of windpower companies and driving the industry's adoption of standardised training across the globe.

Søren Sejer Gøtzsche

Operations Manager
Søren has worked with GWO since 2015 and is responsible for the association's Audit & Compliance secretariat functions. He is also GWO's lead on WINDA, the global training certification and verification database.

Haben Zekarias

Business Process Manager
Haben joined GWO in 2017. She supports all committees and GWO leadership with process alignment, quality assurance, strategy implementation and project management.

Jakob Bjørn Nielsen

Head of Standards Development
Jakob Bjørn manages and develops the GWO training standards portfolio. He previously held training leadership roles at both MHI Vestas and Siemens Windpower before joining GWO in 2017.

Ralph Savage

Head of Communication
Ralph joined in 2018 to support GWO's promotion of safety training standards in the wind energy sector. He is experienced in strategic communications having worked with various global corporates as a consultant following a career in journalism.

Liz Carroll

Business Supporter
Liz joined GWO in February 2019 to support GWO’s operations, training development and stakeholder management functions. She has a strong background in business administration having held a variety of roles in government relations industry.

Fabrizia Samarelli

PA to the CEO (on maternity leave)
Fabrizia joined GWO in February 2019, to support the CEO in planning and execution of selected projects, communication and stakeholder relations.

Alex Booker

Project Manager
Alex has worked in wind energy since 2006 and is an experienced engineer and training instructor. His career began in the airline industry, after which he carried out roles in operations management, installation and latterly training, with Vestas. He is responsible for development and review of training standards.

José Jimenez

Governance & Risk Manager
Jose has worked in wind since 2003 in a variety of HSE leadership roles with GE Renewable Energy. He joined GWO in 2019 and is responsible for internal and external governance, operational risk and business continuity.

Agnes Karlsson

Student Assistant
Agnes joined GWO in September 2019 to support general operations at the Secretariat. A Swedish national, Agnes also speaks French, Spanish, English and Danish.

Ilaria Gabella

Student Assistant - Communication & Marketing
Ilaria joined GWO in November 2019, to provide general communication and marketing support. Ilaria was previously employed via internship at the International Air Transport Association

Jocelyn Bruckart

Office assistant
Jocelyn joined GWO in February 2020, to support the team in planning and execution of selected projects, communication and stakeholder relations. Originally from the United States of America, she moved to Copenhagen in 2019.