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Wind Finland Offshore 2024
14.5.2024 – Pikku-Finlandia, Helsinki
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A full day of Finnish Wind Power

On May 14th 2024 Wind Finland Offshore brings together specialists of the wind power industry in Helsinki. 

The seminar will gather over 300 guests in Pikku-Finlandia to share new ideas and learn from our twelve top speakers about the latest winds in offshore development. Cocktails and a networking dinner follow the seminar day making it a full day of wind power within the industry.

Come and discuss with the top speakers about offshore development in Finland, share your experiences, and network with colleagues and service providers of the offshore industry.



  • 8:30 Doors open & breakfast
  • 9:30 1st Session

    • OpeningAnna Häger, Ilmatar Offshore
    • Key noteKai Mykkänen, Minister of Climate and the Environment
    • How to connect large offshore wind farms to the electricity grid in FinlandLaura Ihamäki, Fingrid Oyj
    • Finnish offshore outlookAnni Mikkonen & Veera Villikari, Finnish Wind Power Association
  • 10:50 Break
  • 11:30 2nd Session – Sustainability

    • Sustainable Offshore windfarms – what does it mean and how to get there Eva Julius-Philipp, Vattenfall Europe Windkraft GmBH
    • Marine biodiversity, climate change mitigation and green transition Anna Klemelä, Baltic Sea Action Group
    • The ongoing expansion of offshore wind: opportunities for multi-use and marine conservation Tim Wilms, Vattenfall
  • 12:50 Networking lunch
  • 14:00 3rd Session – Panel discussion: Finnish ports – the capacity to grow with offshore wind

    • Wake up callKeld Kristensen, Vestas Northern Europe
    • Discussion
      • Seppo Ihalainen – Pori Offshore Wind Hub
      • Enrika Uusitalo – Sarens
      • Keld Kristensen – Vestas Northern Europe
      • Erik Bertholet – Groningen Seaports / Eemshaven
  • 14:50 Coffee break
  • 15:45 4th Session – Projects & contracts

    • Contract Practice in Finnish Marine ConstructionMatias Forss, Kalliolaw Attorneys Ltd
    • Bankability requirements of offshore projects – main challengesSonja Hornung, KfW IPEX-Bank
    • Navigating offshore green hydrogen production in the AmpHytrite projectGertjan Jobse, Pondera Consult
  • 17:15 Cocktails – 18:15 Dinner / Evening event – 22:00 Doors close

Announced speakers

Anna Häger

Regional manager, Head of team – Ilmatar Offshore


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Anna is Regional Manager at the Nordic energy company Ilmatar Energy. Founded in 2011, Ilmatar focuses solely on renewable energy in business areas including project development, construction, maintenance, independent power production, and long-term ownership of production facilities. As Regional Manager, Anna Häger leads the company´s development of offshore wind power in the Gulf of Bothnia.

 Prior to this, she was the Head of Citizen & Stakeholder Engagement and the second employee at energy innovation and project development company Flexens Oy Ab, where she developed and implemented the energy demo platform Smart Energy Åland, a testbed to pilot and demonstrated a full renewable energy system. Häger holds an MSc in Sustainable Development specialising in Energy and Water Management, and her thesis focused on investigating the municipal governance leadership’s role in the energy transition in island landscapes.

Häger is an appreciated public speaker and panelist, political advisor, member of the World Energy Council net work Future NEegry Leaders in Finland,  and a proud EU Climate Pact Ambassador. She is passionate about stakeholder engagement and facilitating the future energy system transition towards renewable energy sources with clear communication and engagement between multilevel stakeholders in a bottom-up and top-down perspective.

Kai Mykkänen

Minister of Climate and the Environment – The Government of Finland

Key Note

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Kai is the Minister of Climate and the Environment of Finland since June 2023. Prior to this, he was the Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of the National Coalition Party. Mykkänen has worked as the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development 2016-2018 and as the Minister of Interior 2018-2019. He was also in response of the National Coalition’s energy policy under the previous government. Mykkänen has also worked for instance at Sampo Bank in Russia, at the East Office of Finnish Industries in St. Petersburg and at the Confederation of Finnish Industries in Helsinki.

Mykkänen describes himself as a pro-market, pro-environment reformer. Finland has decided to ban the use of coal by 2030. Mykkänen took the initiative, and he was also in response of National Coalitions’ energy and climate issues.

Anni Mikkonen

CEO – Finnish Wind Power Association

Finnish offshore outlook

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Anni is the CEO of the Finnish Wind Power Association since 2009. During her time the association and the importance of wind power in the Finnish energy sector have increased significantly. Anni is leading wind power experts in Finland. She holds a master’s decrees in Environmental Sciences (MSc) and in Corporate Environmental Management (M. Econ).

Laura Ihamäki

Expert – Fingrid Oyj

How to connect large offshore wind farms to the electricity grid in Finland

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Laura works as expert in Fingrid’s Grid Services unit, where she is responsible for offshore wind power. Laura acts as a customer representative for offshore wind projects connected to the Finnish electricity system. Laura has an extensive background in various areas in the grid company and is known as active developer.

Eva Julius-Philipp

Head of Environment & Sustainability Unit – Vattenfall Europe Windkraft GmBH

Sustainable Offshore windfarms – what does it mean and how to get there

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Eva is the director of the Environment & Sustainability Unit of the Business Area Wind in Vattenfall. Her team supports BA Wind in Environment & Sustainability operational and strategic questions within Offshore, Onshore, Solar and Battery projects in Northern & Western Europe. Eva Julius-Philipp is a biologist and worked > 10 years in science before joining Vattenfall Wind in 2012. Her theoretical & practical experience covers a wide range of Environment & Sustainability topics on biodiversity, GHG emissions, circularity and social sustainability in renewable energy throughout the full lifecycle of assets.

Veera Villikari

Advocacy Manager – Finnish Wind Power Association

Finnish offshore outlook

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Veera works as the Advocacy Manager for the Finnish Wind Power Association. Her primary focus is on advocacy issues of offshore wind power and grid connections.  

Veera is a passionate advocate for green transition and renewable energies. She is dedicated to bringing positive change in the energy industry through lobbying, policy engagement, and strategic cooperation. Her goal is to connect and collaborate towards a greener, more sustainable future.

Anna Klemelä

Project manager, marine biodiversity – Baltic Sea Action Group

Marine biodiversity, climate change mitigation and green transition

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Anna works at the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG) as a project manager specializing in underwater marine biodiversity.  Her job focuses on protecting biodiversity in the Baltic Sea, and she works in close collaboration with private landowners and Finnish environmental management organizations. BSAG is a Finnish non-profit organization whose goal is to save the Baltic Sea, mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity.

Tim Wilms

Bioscience Expert – Vattenfall

The ongoing expansion of offshore wind: opportunities for multi-use and marine conservation

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Tim is a marine ecologist by education with a PhD in marine habitat restoration and monitoring. In his current role, he is involved in a variety of offshore wind projects where he contributes to tenders on ecology topics, EIAs, R&D projects including pilot studies on multi-use, and marine monitoring with a special focus on fish and benthic communities.

Keld Kristensen

Head of Operations Logistics Offshore – Vestas Northern Europe

Panel discussion: Finnish ports – the capacity to grow with offshore wind

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Keld has been working with offshore wind logistics for more than a decade and is heading up a team of specialists dealing with CTV, C/SOVs, helicopter and Port operations supporting from the early sales phases and into the operational construction and maintenance phase. He is keen to make sure new offshore markets will ready with the right infrastructure to support the ambitious build out plans.

Enrika Uusitalo

Country Manager – Sarens

Panel discussion: Finnish ports – the capacity to grow with offshore wind

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Enrika is the Country Manager of Sarens in Finland. Among onshore maintenance projects, Sarens works in the offshore wind sector, with specialized expertise in logistics, port marshalling and installation operations. Enrikas’ work circles around solving the complex logistical challenges of offshore wind farms, ensuring efficient development and maintenance processes.

Recognizing the important role of communication between developers and port authorities, Enrika facilitate discussions that lead to improved infrastructure and preparation for wind farm projects. Her advocacy for international collaboration is driven by the need to overcome Finland’s limitations in heavy lift and transport, aiming to bring global expertise to improve our domestic capabilities.

At the core of Enrikas’ professional ethos is a commitment to advancing the offshore wind industry in Finland through strategic planning, collaboration, and a deep understanding of the operational challenges unique to this sector.

Seppo Ihalainen

Head of Pori Offshore Wind Hub

Panel discussion: Finnish ports – the capacity to grow with offshore wind

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Seppo is an accomplished CEO and founder, currently working as Head of Pori Offshore Wind Hub project, leading Firma-Rise Ltd and having previously founded Ficolo Ltd, one of the most successful data centers in the Nordics. With a wealth of experience spanning both Nordics and South-East and Middle-East Asian countries, Seppo has honed his skills in leading cross-functional teams and driving success across diverse industries. Renowned for his dynamic and results-driven leadership, Seppo specializes in developing and implementing strategic plans that optimize business processes and drive revenue growth. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences worldwide, particularly in the areas of digital infrastructure, sustainability, and the integration of green and digital transformation, offering invaluable insights from a global perspective.

Erik Bertholet

Business manager, Offshore wind – Groningen Seaports / Eemshaven

Panel discussion: Finnish ports – the capacity to grow with offshore wind

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Erik is Business Manager offshore wind in Eemshaven. Eemshaven breathes offshore wind and has become one of the leading ports in the offshore wind industry around the North Sea. Since 2009 this northern Netherlands port plays an important role regarding assembly and shipping activities of wind turbines.

Eemshaven is within close nautical distance to the wind farms in the German Bight (North Sea). Already 19 windfarms were partly launched from Eemshaven and 4 windfarms have their O&M activities organized from the port. At the moment Eemshaven serves as base port for the Gode Wind 3, Borkum Riffgrund 3 and He Dreiht offshore wind farms. Eemshaven offers both public and private quays, public and private jetties and there is still land which can be leased available.

Before joining the port in 2005 Erik was dealing with logistics in containers, terminals and rail.

Matias Forss

Counsel – Kalliolaw Attorneys Ltd

Contract Practice in Finnish Marine Construction

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Matias is a Finnish attorney who has considerable experience in advising industrial and construction companies and institutional investors in construction, real estate and environmental law.

Sonja Hornung

Director, Origination Energy – KfW IPEX-Bank

Bankability requirements of offshore projects- main challenges

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Sonja has 25 years of bank experience, mainly in project finance. At KfW IPEX-Bank since 2001, she has been structuring and arranging project finance and corporate transactions in the renewable sector inter alia onshore wind deals in the Nordics, offshore wind deals in Germany and corporate deals for turbine manufacturers. Prior to KfW IPEX-Bank, Sonja worked as a project manager at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein with a focus on project finance in oil and gas in Central and Eastern Europe. Sonja holds an Economics degree (including a degree in Russian literature and Geography) from University of Tübingen.

Gertjan Jobse

Renewable Energy Consultant & Business Developer – Pondera Consult

Navigating offshore green hydrogen production in the AmpHytrite project

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Gertjan is a driven consultant and project manager with Pondera. Gertjan is actively involved in advancing sustainable energy generation, particularly offshore wind in Finland and the Baltic Region. At Pondera, a trusted consultancy in the renewable energy sector, our dedicated team pioneers new frontiers in sustainable energy generation, transport, conversion, and storage. Gertjan lives and works in Finland.

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