First Name Last Name Title Company
Jideofor Agba Commercial Financial Manager Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Industry Sector:Wind Turbine Supplier (OEM) Years in Wind: My career in Wind began four years ago, following five years in the Finance/Investment Management industry. Education: I have a Master of Science in Finance and an MBA from Drexel University in Philadelphia. I also have a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Maryland Your Start in Wind: I started my career in the Investment Management industry, but I was looking for a different challenge. I wanted to work in an industry where my impact would be greater felt in society and the growth of the organization. The renewable energy industry intrigued me due to its rapid growth and its impact on the well-being of our environment. I researched the industry and learned about the important role that Project finance played in facilitating that growth. I knew then that Wind and SGRE (Gamesa Wind at the time) was a perfect match! It has been a great experience for me as the industry continues to meet challenges and grow. I know that I can continue to make an impact, which is very important to me. Original Hometown: Philadelphia (Go Sixers!) Did You Know? I enjoy sports and athletics. In high school I played football and basketball and ran track. Three of my teammates went on to play in the NBA. Career Aspirations: I want to continue to grow in knowledge/skills and use those skills to have greater influence and make a greater impact. If those are aligned, I am ok with wherever that leads. EL Program Expectations: I am very excited to learn about other like-minded future leaders’ growth in the industry, the challenges they’ve faced and their current aspirations. It’s good to have a mentor, but it’s also good to learn from others on the journey as well.
Stephanie Caraway Vestas
Marianna Cobo Mechanical Engineer & MSc. (Eng) Innovation & Business Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Industry Sector: Manufacturing Years in Wind: 5 years Education: I received my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Zulia in Venezuela, before moving to Denmark where I earned a Master of Science degree in Innovation & Business from the University of Southern Denmark. Your Start in Wind: Living in Denmark for a couple of years provided good exposure to the wind industry. When I applied to the Siemens Graduate Program in 2013, I was asked why I wanted to join the Wind division. I answered that growing up in an oil country allowed me to see the pollution and damage to the environment and the effect it had on the population from the perspectives of health and the economic balance of power. I wanted to join Wind to become a part of creating a more sustainable future, both for the planet and its inhabitants. I joined the program in 2014 and five years into my career, I still feel very strongly about this. I’m proud to be a part of the Wind industry. Hometown: I was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela. I later lived in Denmark, then moved to Kansas. I now reside in Florida. Did you know? I’ve always loved reading and 15 years ago I realized that maybe I could write as well. For some reason I decided I wanted to write in English instead of Spanish, my mother tongue. This is why I learned a second language, so that one day I could be published and reach a wider audience. I’m still working on this, but in the meantime, I am told I write very good emails at work.
Carrie Collier-Brown Attorney Locke Lord LLP
Milan Das Environmental Analyst EDP Renewables North America
• Industry Sector: Wind Development, Construction, Operations • Years in Wind: 1 • Education: Environmental Engineering B.S from UC San Diego • Your Start in Wind: Started about a year and a half ago in the Environmental Affairs and Permitting department at EDP Renewables. I work in all phases of project planning (development, construction and operations) and assist our regional managers with project specific work. • Original Hometown: Houston, TX • Did You Know? I've been to all of the continents.
Elizabeth French Business Development Manager AEI Consultants
As a Business Development Manager, Ms. French represents AEI Consultants in the renewable energy siting, compliance, and feasibility space - connecting with her clients to understand the challenges and opportunities they face. Elizabeth’s experience spans the spectrum in site evaluation, surveys, permitting, construction loan monitoring, and environmental services throughout sites in the United States. Elizabeth holds a B.S. in Geology and an M.B.A. from Duke University with emphasis in International Development. Elizabeth's MBA and her background in science allows her to bridge technical and business considerations in her role while helping clients decrease risk during property negotiations.
Doug Fulton Operations Manager Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Years in Wind: 9 years Education: I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, now known as Missouri S&T. Your Start in Wind: In a bad economy, my previous employer announced it was closing the factory where I worked. What seemed like a horrible event became an opportunity for me. I was one of the first two employees hired by Siemens Wind Power for the new Hutchinson, KS nacelle assembly facility in March 2010. As Operations Manager, I started work several months before the factory was built. My new hire orientation took place in a construction trailer on the corner of the lot. My second day on the job, I traveled to Brande, DK for a three-week crash course in nacelle and hub production. Hometown: Maize, KS Did you know? I grew up on a farm in Illinois, I’m a big fan of the Chicago Bears and Cubs and I’m a pretty good cook, especially on the grill. Career Aspirations: In addition to a background in quality and engineering, I have several years of experience in managing production operations. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to see several different perspectives. My career aspiration is to take a step further and advance to a position of manager over an entire manufacturing facility or multiple facilities. Program Expectations: I am always amazed at the rapid evolution of our industry and the complicated connections that exist from supply chain through project execution and everywhere in between. My expectation for myself in this EL program is to become much more knowledgeable of how our company operates from a high-level view and to have the opportunity to network with colleagues who work in the various functions.
Evan Kaufman Principal Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co
Kevin Kern Towers SCM Specialist Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Years in Wind: 2-3 Years Education: I earned a Bachelor of Business Management degree from Strayer University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia College. Your Start in Wind: When I retired from the US Navy, I had to consider my next career. I was intrigued by opportunities available in the Wind Power division of Siemens Energy in Orlando, FL. I started as operations manager on the onshore towers team and soon assumed the additional responsibility for tower suppliers. I look forward to the challenge that each day presents due to the evolving nature of our organization and industry. Hometown: Hanover, PA Did you know? I have a small hobby farm with goats, chickens and turkeys.
Melanie Koenig Student Arizona State University
Jeni Menke Engineer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Years in Wind: I started my career in the wind industry three years ago. Education: I graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering. Your Start in Wind: I wanted to work in an industry that would provide a new challenge. Wind Energy is an exciting industry, and this company has a great reputation for employee engagement and progressive thinking. I’m surrounded by team players, who all want to get behind a good idea and help it mature. I’ve been able to learn different management styles and be a part of huge success stories because of my colleagues. Whenever there is a challenge, they ask, “How can I help?”. I know this is a rare work environment and I don't take that for granted. Did you know? I worked at the Iowa State Swine Farm, managing the farrowing barn, to pay for college. This job taught me more about managing people than any other experience or education could! Career Aspirations: It doesn’t matter what level of the organization I’m at, I always want to be in a position to influence positive change. I enjoy seeing people contribute toward a common goal. When everyone feels like they are working for something greater than themselves, opportunities are endless. I’ve always believed in the power of team synergy, 1+1 is NOT equal to 2. Two minds working together will always accomplish more than two minds acting alone. Whatever the future holds, I will always strive to learn new ways of encouraging people and aligning towards one common goal. What do I hope to learn from or experience as an Emerging Leader? I hope to form friendships with other leaders who will grow and develop into trusted mentors. If I expect to grow, I need a good support system - people I can learn from and who can guide me. The leadership role at any level can be tough, it brings many challenges and adversity. Having other great leaders to lean on in your weaker moments will save you!
Matt Pohl IT ALLETE Clean Energy
• Industry Sector: Energy • Years in Wind: 5 • Education: Electric & Computer Engineering • Your Start in Wind: M&A Technical Integration • Original Hometown: Duluth, MN • Did You Know? The odds of being struck by lightning are about 600,000 to one.
Carina Risse Service Sales Graduate Vestas
Industry Sector: OEM Years in Wind: 1 year + 5 months Education: BA in Tourism Management; MA in International Business & Sustainability Your Start in Wind: Jan 2018 Original Hometown: Warstein, Germany
Pablo Sanchez SQA Engineer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Years: 7 years working in US market. Previously, intermittent work on local projects in Spain. Education: M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vigo University, Galicia, Spain. Your Start: In Spain, I collaborated with engineering companies, working in various phases of wind farm projects. In 2012, I started to work for Gamesa Wind US as SQE. Hometown: I was born in Ferrol, a city of Galicia, Spain. Did you know? I come from a very windy region of Spain that has been a pioneer in wind energy. The first wind farm was installed in 1987 (one of the first in Spain); currently 3423 MWs are installed in a region of 11,419 sq. miles, and 2.7 million population, with an annual average of 8122 GWh. That means around 3MWh annually per capita, or 711Mwh per sq. mile. My hometown is on the coast of Spain, and I was a surfing enthusiast. While living there, the first thing I did each morning was to check wind direction so I could choose the best spot for surfing that day. Career Aspirations: My main expertise as SQE was always blades and composites, but I’ve managed all commodities of a wind turbine, even service/spare parts. In addition to quality expertise, this role gave me a deep understanding of many diverse manufacturing processes, the supply chain and the components involved. I also gained knowledge in design evolution, logistics, service and more. I continue to grow in my current position, and I want to expand my knowledge to other areas and responsibilities. New projects provide a broader perspective of this business, yet they allow me to apply the expertise I acquired through the years and to continue learning and expanding my skills. EL Program Expectations: I hope to enhance my perspective of the wind industry by listening and interacting with diverse people from different roles and companies in this market.
Phillip Taylor Senior Sourcing Specialist Duke Energy Renewables
Phillip Taylor Duke Energy Renewables Two MBA-Southern Methodist University BS- University of Georgia Hunt Consolidated/Sharyland Utilities, Dallas TX Greensboro, North Carolina I'm ambidextrous
Anna-Katharina von Krauland MS/PhD Student at Stanford University
Anna-Katharina von Krauland is a second-year MS/PhD student at Stanford University in the Atmosphere & Energy program within the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She holds a BS degree from Cornell University in Bioenvironmental Engineering and Business and plans to pursue a career where she can continue to solve large-scale climate and energy challenges.
Jay Young S&OP Planner Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Years in Wind: 13 Years Education: I completed three years of a 5-year BS in Software Engineering program at Drexel University, including two six-month co-op periods with a web design and development firm. Outside of formal instruction, I have always enjoyed extensive self-study of a wide variety of topics including science, math, and programming; aviation; finance, economics and investing, behavioral psychology, nutrition and music. Your Start in Wind: In August 2006 I joined Gamesa Wind US in the tower production facility in PA as a purchasing clerk. I advanced to a procurement role responsible for demand planning and purchase of tower production materials. In 2010 I moved to the Central Planning group, responsible for coordination of demand and production planning with our factories and suppliers for all components. In 2013 the group moved to the newly-formed Program Management Office and my role shifted to Project Planner, responsible for managing wind farm projects through the start-up, manufacturing and logistics phases. After the Siemens Gamesa merger my role became Sales & Operations Planning, where I am now responsible for sales planning and forecasting. Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Did you know? - I earned my private pilot’s license 2015. - In less than a year studying nutrition and metabolism as part of a lifestyle change, I’ve lost more than 115 pounds and significantly improved my overall health. Career Aspirations: I want to continue gaining experience in project management. As my career with the company progressed, I’ve been given increased responsibility for execution of our projects. I thrive on the challenges and value the accomplishments that result from managing projects from conception through commissioning. Program Expectations: I would like to come away from the Emerging Leaders program with a broader perspective of the wind industry and new contacts both inside and outside of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
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