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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

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

Project Manager
Haben joined in May 2017 to help guide the creation and maintenance of GWO training standards. She liaises with our Training Committee and Working Groups, to ensure a frictionless and collaborative working environment for all stakeholders.

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.

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.

Liz Carroll

Office Assistant
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.

Alex Booker

Training 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.