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About

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

100+ global

member organisations

Global setup

offices in Hamburg, Tokyo, Taipei, and New York

Core activities

Information / Events / Advisory

Events

Committee

Webinar

Workshop

Co-Hosting

External

Networking Event

WFO Conference/Forum

WFO Booth

Other

Nov 29
, 2022
Offshore Wind Market Update: Taiwan
Workshop
Dec 6
, 2022
Offshore Wind: Reflections on 2022 and the way forward
Webinar
Jan 17
, 2023
Offshore Wind Market Update: USA
Workshop
Jan 30
 - 1
, 2023
Floating Wind Solutions, Houston
Co-hosting
Feb 16
, 2023
Offshore wind in Australia: Regulatory updates and moving the way forward
Workshop
Feb 22
, 2023
Current and Future Challenges for Floating Offshore Wind
Webinar
Feb 22
, 2023
Offshore Wind Market Update: Japan
Workshop
Mar 9
 - 10
, 2023
Floating Offshore Wind Asia, Tokyo
Co-hosting
Apr 18
, 2023
Offshore Wind Market Update: USA
Workshop
Apr 19
, 2023
Offshore Wind Technology Updates
Webinar
Apr 25
 - 27
, 2023
WindEurope, Copenhagen
External
May 9
 - 12
, 2023
Floating Offshore Wind Turbines
External
May 24
, 2023
Offshore Wind Market Update: Japan
Workshop
May 29
 - 1
, 2023
World Forum Offshore Wind Asia Pacific Summit, Taipei
WFO Conference/Forum
Jun 14
 - 15
, 2023
Global Offshore Wind, London
External
Jun 21
, 2023
Offshore Wind Development Challenges
Webinar
Oct 18
, 2023
Offshore Wind Market Updates
Webinar

Committee

Webinar

Workshop

Co-Hosting

External

Networking Event

WFO Conference/Forum

WFO Booth

Other

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

Richard-Sandford-min
Richard
Sandford
Chairman
Martin-Skiba
Martin
Skiba
Vice-Chairman
Danielle Jarski
Danielle
Jarski
Board Member
Nathalie Oosterlinck
Nathalie
Oosterlinck
Board Member
David-Timm-min
David
Timm
Board Member
Gunnar-Herzig
Gunnar
Herzig
Managing Director
Ilya-Karnaukhov2
Ilya
Karnaukhov
Senior Development Manager
Louise-Efthimiou-1-min
Louise
Efthimiou
Floating Offshore Wind Analyst
Bruno-Geschier
Bruno
Geschier
Chairman Floating Offshore Wind Committee
Manfred-Dittmer-min
Manfred
Dittmer
Executive Vice President
Sayuri-Watanabe-min
Sayuri
Watanabe
Representative Japan
David-Chiang-min
David
Chiang
Representative Taiwan
Mike-Matthews-2-min
Mike
Matthews
Representative USA
Tobias-Voigt-min
Tobias
Voigt
Chairman Offshore Dispute Resolution Committee
Christian-Knütel
Christian
Knütel
General Counsel
Johannes-Dimas-min
Johannes
Dimas
Representative Brazil
Gabriel-Touchard-min
Gabriel
Touchard
Representative France
Elena-Falaleyeva-min
Elena
Falaleyeva
Representative Spain
Joseph-Deng
Joseph
Deng
Representative China

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 four Subcommittees focused on four key areas of floating wind: Insurance, Moorings, Operations & Maintenance and Cables & Floating Substations. They are chaired respectively by Ralf Skowronnek (Skowronnek & Bechnak), David Timmington (Griffin-Woodhouse Ltd.), Ilmas Bayati (PEAK Wind) and Hayden Marcollo (Moorsure). 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

Membership

Membership Benefits

Participate

in WFO’s Floating Offshore Wind Committee and Offshore Dispute Resolution Committee

Speak

at global offshore wind events

Create

industry publications together with WFO

Receive

support from WFO for special international initiatives

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