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World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO) is the world’s only organization 100% focused on promoting offshore wind energy on a global scale. WFO is registered as a non-profit organization (e.V.) in Germany, with offices in Hamburg, Tokyo, Taipei and New York. WFO’s international members represent the complete offshore wind value chain including utility companies, manufacturers, service firms as well as other non-profit orga- nizations. WFO’s unique global profile facilitates access to governmental and international forums in order to open new offshore wind markets and to advocate for global offshore wind growth.

Non-profit

organisation founded in 2018

Focus

100% offshore wind

60+ global

member organisations

Global setup

offices in Hamburg and Singapore

Core activities

Information / Events / Advisory

Activities

Information

Weekly newsletters, reports and other publications provide our members and the public with key information on industry developments. Our Information activities also serve as an opportunity for collaboration with members on joint publications.
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Events

WFO organizes events for its members and the public in order to share knowledge on offshore wind, foster expert discussions on key issues in the industry, and provide networking opportunities. Be sure to check out our calendar for information on upcoming webinars, workshops, and other events.
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Advisory

As more and more countries announce their plans for developing offshore wind energy, WFO leverages its unique global profile to help open up new markets and advocate for global offshore wind growth.
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Team

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Martin
Skiba
Chairman
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Richard
Sandford
Board Member (RWE)
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David
Timm
Board Member (Northland Power)
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Gunnar
Herzig
Managing Director
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Bruno
Geschier
Chairman Floating Offshore Wind Committee
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Manfred
Dittmer
Executive Vice President
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Ilya
Karnaukhov
Development Manager
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Louise
Efthimiou
Offshore Wind Analyst
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Tobias
Voigt
Chairman Offshore Dispute Resolution Committee
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Sayuri
Watanabe
Representative Japan
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David
Chiang
Representative Taiwan
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Mike
Matthews
Representative USA
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Christian
Knütel
General Counsel
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Gabriel
Touchard
Representative France
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Elena
Falaleyeva
Representative Spain
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Joseph
Deng
Representative China

Events

28.10.2021
Offshore Wind Market Update: The United States
Members Only
09.11.2021
Offshore Wind Market Update: Japan
Members Only
10.11.2021
Offshore Wind Market Updates
Webinar
15.12.2021
Offshore Wind: Reflections on 2021 and the way forward
Webinar
16.12.2021
Offshore Wind Market Update: Taiwan
Members Only

Committee

Webinar

Workshop

Other

Floating

FOWC

The Floating Offshore Wind Committee (FOWC) is a forum dedicated to identifying the questions and answers required for bringing floating wind technology to commercial scale. Chaired by Bruno Geschier (BW Ideol) and Clément Weber (Green Giraffe), the FOWC holds quarterly meetings in which members can learn and provide input on advancements in the industry.

The FOWC also consists of three Subcommittees focused on three key areas of floating wind: Insurance, Moorings, and Operations & Maintenance. They are chaired respectively by Ralf Skowronnek (Skowronnek & Bechnak), David Timmington (Griffin-Woodhouse Ltd.) and Matti Scheu (PEAK Wind). Within the Subcommittees, experienced technical and commercial experts from the floating offshore wind industry pool personal lessons learned on a monthly basis. These fruitful exchanges help identify hot topics for the industry based on practical experience, feed into existing research & development efforts, and ultimately bring the industry forward.

Education, advocacy and policymaking

Cost reductions and commercial-scale deployment

Promote the highest health and safety standards

Engage with environmental stakeholders and maritime space users

Dispute Resolution

ODRC

The Offshore Dispute Resolution Committee (ODRC) is a forum dedicated to developing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to resolve global offshore wind disputes faster and more cost-effective. Chaired by Tobias Voigt (Carneades) and Christian Knütel (Hogan Lovells), the ODRC holds quarterly meetings during which members discuss and establish WFO’s dispute resolution mechanisms.

To guarantee an effective management of the ODRC, WFO has created its Secretariat for Dispute Resolution Services to manage and support all activities and services initiated by the ODRC. The Secretariat for Dispute Resolution Services is comprised of three roles: Secretary General (Tobias Voigt), Deputy Secretary General (Christian Knütel) and Managing Secretary (Gunnar Herzig, WFO).

The ODRC has started to create a pool of offshore wind experts with proven track records in offshore wind dispute resolution. Interested offshore wind experts are encouraged to download the questionnaire below and to send it together with their CVs to WFO’s Gunnar Herzig.

Expert Proceedings

Adjudication

Mediation

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