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Jakob Lau Holst

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

Jakob Bjørn Nielsen

Chief Operating Officer
Jakob Bjørn is part of the GWO senior management team with responsibility for projects, operations, compliance, governance and risk. He previously held training leadership roles at both MHI Vestas and Siemens Windpower before joining GWO in 2017.

Søren Sejer Gøtzsche

Head of Operations & Compliance
Søren has worked with GWO since 2014 and is responsible for management of the organisation's Audit & Compliance secretariat functions and his team. He is also GWO's lead on WINDA, the global training certification and verification database.

Ralph Savage

Director, Global Development & Stakeholder Relations
Ralph joined GWO in 2018, initially as Head of Communication. As part of the GWO senior management team he is responsible for developing and implementing strategy to encourage the adoption of GWO training standards across the global wind power industry.

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.

Andrea Scassola

Business Analytics Manager
Andrea specialises in creating relevant business intelligence and establishing visibility for corporate KPIs to facilitate data-driven decision-making. His market forecasts, analyses and reports feed into GWO’s strategy. Before joining in 2022, he was a Senior Market Analyst at Wood Mackenzie and Universal Robots.

Dan Ortega

North America Representative
Dan joined Global Wind Organisation in July 2021 following a fifteen year career with Vestas. Dan is responsible for growing our training provider network in the USA & Canada, and representing members across the region.

Dorrit Haunstrup Bregner

Quality Manager
Dorrit joined GWO in March 202 as Quality Manager. She has a background as Quality Manager at Siemens Gamesa, having worked in the wind industry since 2013, and a long career elsewhere in quality management, audits and regulatory requirements across industries.

Jan Christensen

Finance Manager
Jan has worked with GWO as an external accountant since 2014, but joined the team on a full time basis in 2022. Jan has had a long career in accounting and finances in various companies.

Thomas Grønlund

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

Julie Brown

Head of Training Development
Julie manages GWO's training standard reviews and development projects. A specialist in  stakeholder management and pedagogical tools, she previously worked in the USA and Middle East before becoming a course manager for fire inspector and management courses.

Mihaela Popa

PMO Manager
Mihaela is responsible for the GWO Project Management Office function, ensuring standardised processes and tools are available across the Secretariat. She specialises in learning design, facilitation, agile project management, and community building.

Ian Buckland

Communication Manager
Ian joined GWO in 2021 and is responsible for creating and implementing GWO communication strategy. His background is in corporate social responsibility and he has worked as a sustainability consultant with many multinationals in different industries.

Nanna Falker Becker

IT Manager
Nanna joined in 2022 and her role at GWO is IT Manager. She is the product owner of WINDA, responsible for IT projects, IT Strategy and roadmap. She has a background in IT Security and Critical Infrastructure.

Fabrizia Samarelli

Senior Coordinator
Fabrizia joined GWO in February 2019. She supports all stakeholders in matters relating to GWO training and certification as part of the operations and compliance function.

Jannie Bram

Senior Coordinator
Jannie joined in 2021 to support the secretariat’s operations and compliance function. She has been working in wind since 2018 with Vestas. Her background is in business administration both in the private and public sectors.

Anna Margrét Eggertsdóttir

Anna joined GWO in January 2022 to support the Secretariat’s operations and compliance function. Her background is in public administration and academic research.

Jocelyn Bruckart

Jocelyn joined GWO in February 2020, to support the team in planning and execution of selected projects, operations and compliance, plus stakeholder relations.

Dana Cooksey

Associate Training Project Manager
Dana joined GWO in 2022 as an Associate Project Manager. She has a MEd from the University of Colorado Boulder in Curriculum Instruction and Design. She has ten years teaching experience and worked on a co-design team at CU Boulder to create an online Master’s program, Compassion and Dignity for Educators . Most recently she attended UC Syd International Teacher Education program to focus on didactics and pedagogy.

Michelle Johnsen Jensen

Michelle joined GWO in May 2022 to support the Secretariat’s operations and compliance function. She has worked in the Wind Industry since 2011, and also has experience in public administration and the construction industry.

Rasmus Andersson

IT Administrator
Rasmus joined GWO in 2022 as IT administrator to support WINDA's operation and offer general IT support to the secretariat. His background is in software solutions with a focus on Security and Infrastructure.

Christopher Furlan

Training Project Manager
Christopher managers GWO standard review and development. Prior to joining GWO in 2022, Christopher has been developing training standards and digital learning solutions within general aviation and healthcare. His key focus area is the development of learning cultures.

Virginia Catena

Communications Associate
Virginia joined GWO in 2022 to support Social media and Communication tasks. She has an MA in Cultural Studies & Communications from Roskilde university. She has previously worked in communications within sustainable food systems.

Ema Fančovičová

Ema studies Business, Language, and Culture at the Copenhagen Business School. She speaks four languages and she is also learning Danish. Ema joined GWO in 2021 and supports the operations and compliance function of the secretariat.

Tian Xie

Tian studies International Business at Copenhagen Business School. Recently she also has an AP degree in Marketing Management in Roskilde. Tian joined in 2020 and supports the operations and compliance function of the secretariat.

Arooj Chaudhry

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 and supports operations, compliance and IT functions.

Maria Lefkothea Drosou

Maria studies an MSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen. She joined GWO in 2022 to support  operations, compliance and training standards development functions as a student assistant.