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Jakob Lau Holst

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

Head of Operations
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.

Jakob Bjørn Nielsen

Director, Training and Operations
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

Director, Global Development & Stakeholder Relations
Ralph joined GWO in 2018, initially as Head of Communication. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategic programmes to encourage the adoption of GWO training standards across the global wind power industry.

Nina Kirk

Global Communication Lead
Nina Kirk joined GWO in 2021 as Global Communication Lead. Nina has a background in working with strategic communication and marketing for a variety of global clients.

Haben Zekarias

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

Fabrizia Samarelli

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

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.

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

Business Supporter
Jocelyn joined GWO in February 2020, to support the team in planning and execution of selected projects, communication and stakeholder relations.

Tian Xie

Project assistant
Tian studies International Business at the Copenhagen Business School. Recently she also completed an AP degree in Marketing Management in Roskilde, DK. Tian joined GWO in 2020 and will support the operations of the secretariat.

Arooj Chaudhry

Project assistant
Arooj studies General Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). She previously studied IT for two years in Finland. She is also learning Danish. Arooj joined GWO in 2020 to work as a project assistant.

Thomas Grønlund

Training Project Manager
Thomas manages GWO training standard reviews and development projects. Thomas had a long career in the Royal Danish Navy, Training and Education branch, before joining GWO in August 2020. His key focus areas are pedagogical and didactic development.

Christian Munck Jørgensen

Training Project Manager
Christian manages GWO training standard reviews and development projects. Christian graduated from Aarhus University in 2019 and worked as training specialist for Siemens Gamesa before joining GWO in 2020.

Kamile Pajarskaite

IT Project Manager
Kamile joined GWO in 2020 to support WINDA’s operation and development as IT Project Manager. Her background is in systems analysis and ERP project implementation, across industries such as shipping and manufacturing

Emilie Nørgaard Haslund

Student Assistant
Emilie studies International Business in Asia at the Copenhagen Business School. Emilie joined GWO in 2021 and will support the operations of the secretariat and the training standards development.

Jannie Bram

Business Supporter
Jannie joined GWO in 2021 to support the secretariat’s operations and functions. She has been working in wind since 2018 with Vestas. Her background is in business administration both in the private and public sectors.

Mihaela Popa

Training Project Manager
Mihaela is specialized in Learning & Development and manages GWO training standard reviews and development projects. Before joining GWO in 2021, she was a Leadership Development Consultant at Nordea. Her key areas include learning design, facilitation, agile project management, and community building.