Today, at Wind Europe Annual Event 2022 in Bilbao, BalticWind.EU is proud to announce the first Baltic Offshore Wind Awards 2021 winners. The list contains 20 names that have been selected based on an extensive list of nominations submitted by BalticWind.EU readers. This award will be given annually as a recognition of those who are enabling, supporting and navigating the growth and innovation in the Offshore Wind Industry in a given year.

At BalticWind.EU we believe it is important to recognise those who drive the industry forward. The Baltic Offshore Wind Awards recognise exceptional people who focus on innovation and out-of-the-box solutions in their business. Those who are constantly looking for new opportunities for development, inspiring others to act and who consistently build their personal brand and lead projects supporting the development of regional cooperation in the offshore wind energy industry in the Baltic Sea region. This list shows our region’s enormous potential and richness in leaders, without whom progress and a successful energy transition would not be possible.

Leaders of the year 2021 are Malgosia Bartosik (Deputy CEO of WindEurope), Helene Biström (Head of Business Area Wind at Vattenfall), Hanne Storm Edlefsen (Vice President for Energy Islands at Energinet), Ditlev Engel (CEO of Business Area Energy Systems at DNV), Anu Eslas (Head of Offshore Wind at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for Estonia), Janusz Gajowiecki (CEO of Polish Wind Energy Association), Daiva Garbaliauskaitė (Deputy Minister of Energy of Lithuania), Rytis Kėvelaitis (Former Vice Minister of Energy of Lithuania, CEO of Energy Unlimited), Teemu Loikkanen (Regional Manager Finland and the Baltics at OX2), Joyce Von Marschall (Project Manager Development Offshore Wind at RWE Renewables), Holger Matthiesen (Head of Continental Europe Region, at Aker Offshore Wind), Anni Mikkonen (CEO of Finnish Wind Association), Morten Petersen (Member of European Parliament, Vice-Chair Committee on Industry, Research and Energy), Eva Philipp (Director Environment & Sustainability Business Area Wind at Vattenfall), Kadri Simson (European Commissioner for Energy), Paul Stormoen (CEO of OX2), Andris Vanags (Managing Director of Latvian Wind Energy Association), Valerie Wagner (Head of Marketing & Communications at Anker Foundations), Mariusz Witoński (CEO of Polish Offshore Wind Energy Society), Ireneusz Zyska (Deputy Minister of Climate and Environment of Republic of Poland).

The list of all winners and justifications can be viewed here.

I invite you to look at the list and join me in congratulating and thanking all the leaders who contribute to the development of the industry and projects in the region.