About Earth Wind & Power​

The Earth Wind & Power team benefits from some of the most experienced professionals with backgrounds in energy, data centre industry, finance, governance, and security. Our senior management team has an impressive track record of value creation within oil and gas and in pioneering wind and solar power projects.

The Board

Tobias Hobbach
Chairman of the Board
15+ years of experience as Chief Financial Officer, Manufacturing Excecutive and Renewable Energy Entrepreneur. Founder and Managing Director of Sustain Power and Sustain Solar in South Africa. The journey as energy entrepreneur in Africa has taken him across numerous countries applying various technologies including biogas, waste to energy, solar PV and battery storage.
Olav Skalmeraas
Board Member & Co-Founder
30 years of experience in the oil & gas and aluminum industries, mainly commercial negotiations, sales & trading activities, business development, M&A, and mining and refinery operations from Equinor, Hydro and Saga Petroleum. MSc in Marine Engineering and postgraduate studies in economics.
Michael Wurmser
Board Member
Background as a Currency Trader at Citibank Zurich. He was involved in the late 90s covering the new booming IT, successfully listing several companies on the AIM Stock-Market; London & Canada. Achieved himself a reputation as a Deal Maker and was mandated by governments in Europe and Asia on the creditor and debtor side, delivering successful debt-settlement deals. Michael is fluent spoken in 6 languages, holds 2 degrees, and is Dept. CEO and Founder of Norge Mining plc.
Lars Helge Helvig
Board Member
Lars Helge Helvig is Founder and Chairman of Norsk Vind Energi (est. 1996) and Valinor (est. 1997). He founded Valinor as holding company for Norsk Vind Energi, and under his leadership Norsk Vind Energi has grown into Norway`s largest private wind power developer. He serves as Chairman of the board in the renewable energy companies Norsk Vind Energi and Norsk Solar. He also serves on the board of infrastructure companies like Zaptec, CealTech and Halodi Robotics. In addition, he serves on the board of the technology innovation cluster Norwegian Energy Solutions (NES).
Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde
Board member & Co-Founder.
Former Minister of National Public Security with overall responsibility for the Directorate for Public Safety and Emergency Planning, the Civil Protection Act and cyber security. She was also Minister of Svalbard and the Norwegian polar regions. Prior to this position, she served as Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Energy. In her portfolio she had exploration policy, development and operations, and exploration activity. She was also responsible following the Ministry’s contact with other petroleum producing countries, in addition to the government’s national climate policy and international environmental issues. She has held several managerial positions in both public and private sectors. In her early days, she worked as a professional climber and instructor for the Norwegian Military Academy, educating officers of the Norwegian Army within leadership, rescue techniques, and safety.

Executive Advisors

Christina-Anne Kyosti
Executive advisor & strategic partner
Christina-Anne is the Chair of ViaTalenta Group Ltd and an active purpose-led investor. Born in Denmark to a French-Italian family and educated in England and the United States, Christina-Anne trained as a physician and a strategist before assuming the leadership of the family offices. A proponent of impact investments as an alternative to traditional family investment and philanthropic strategies, she oversees four of the Group’s value chain portfolios in Energy & Environment; Health Care & Wellness; Education and Technology & Security with a focus on renewable energies, carbon and food security.  She co-invests with other female leaders into minority led companies and initiative.
Georgio Pauen
Executive advisor & strategic partner
Georgio is the CEO of ViaTalenta Group Ltd, the family’s holding company for investment and incubation.  He drives innovation, sustainability and impact across Energy & Environment, Education, ImpactArt and Media & Entertainment portfolio companies.  His investment focus is on critical resource management and accelerating the energy transition in Europe. A theatre director and producer by trade, he directs the Group’s programmes on the future of education, leadership and chairs its public engagements.  He personally leads ViaTalenta Academy and Q Unlimited – the Group’s education and media entities.
 

Management Team

Øyvind L. Vesterdal
Chief Executive Officer
Øyvind L. Vesterdal is a prominent leader in the renewable energy industry. As the former CEO of Norsk Solar, an Independent Solar Power Producer and Developer, which later became Norsk Renewables, he was instrumental in evolving the company from its initial stages in 2017 to a successful IPO in 2021. His strategic leadership was critical in securing project development and project finance for global projects, securing strategic partnerships with renowned international finance institutions, while building a robust international organization. In 2021, Øyvind’s leadership skills were recognized when he was awarded 2nd place in the “E24 Ledertalentene” competition in the sustainability category. In 2023, Øyvind transitioned to Valinor, the majority shareholder of Norsk Solar, championing Valinor’s digital infrastructure investment initiatives.
Kai Michaelsen
Chief Finance Officer
Kai has been working 24 years as manager and partner for KPMG in Hamburg, New York, Oslo and Stavanger primarily for clients from the Oil and Gas service and manufacturing industry before joining Norsk Vind AS as CFO in 2016. The main responsibilities of Kai are to ensure compliance with accounting, taxation and corporation regulations in addition to budgeting, cash management and reporting to board, shareholders, and international investors. Kai is holding master degrees in Business administration (University, Hamburg) and in Accounting & Auditing (Handelshøyskolen BI, Oslo). Furthermore, he is qualified as State Authorized Accountant (Norway) and Certified Public Accounting (US). He is native German and has been living in Norway since 1999.
Marie Andrea Stenfeldt
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with 15+ years experience as Managing Director in both corporate and private sectors, with a track record of building and operating over 150MW of HPC data centre capacity in Europe and Central Asia. Marie has worked internationally in the Shipping Industry and served amongst others as a CEO and Board member for A.P. Moller Maersk, positioned in the Middle East and South East Asia where she was involved in the planning and execution of multiple heavy construction projects such as Sea Ports, Container Depots and large Warehousing and Distribution facilities. Marie has also fulfilled her lifetime dream of driving a motorcycle around the world for two years.
Maryann Løcka
Vice President & Business Development
Maryann started to work in the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in 1997, bringing over 25 years of experience in policy making and regulation in the energy sector. She has led the office responsible for oil field development, operation and decommissioning on the Norwegian shelf, where environmental and climate considerations have been an integral part of the policy. She was appointed assistant director general in 2002 and has worked with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), offshore wind, economic analyses and development and internationalisation of the Norwegian supply and services industry in the Ministry. Maryann worked as Energy Counselor at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington D.C. and Ottawa from 2012-2015. Maryann is an Economist from the University of Oslo.
Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde
Co-Founder, Board member, Executive Director
Strategy & External Relations
Former Minister of National Public Security with overall responsibility for the Directorate for Public Safety and Emergency Planning, the Civil Protection Act and cyber security. She was also Minister of Svalbard and the Norwegian polar regions. Prior to this position, she served as Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Energy. In her portfolio she had exploration policy, development and operations, and exploration activity. She was also responsible following the Ministry’s contact with other petroleum producing countries, in addition to the government’s national climate policy and international environmental issues. She has held several managerial positions in both public and private sectors. In her early days, she worked as a professional climber and instructor for the Norwegian Military Academy, educating officers of the Norwegian Army within leadership, rescue techniques, and safety.
Gerhard Ludvigsen
Co-founder & Executive Advisor
Founded Hemla Energy AS (with AGR as co-founder with focus on oil and gas development. Co-founded D&H Solution AS with DSME of S Korea with mission on gas and LNG development with major IOC´s in Middle East / Africa. Established PetroNor E&P, listed on Oslo Stock Exchange, with Petromal, subsidiary off National Holding og Abu Dhabi that holds oil production in West Africa with focus on IOR development. Have been director and major shareholder of FileFlow, developed by Fast Search & Transfer and have held several board positions in start-up companies and advisor for major security house in Norway. Board member of a charity foundation, Power to Educate supporting education in emerging countries.
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