Prominent renewable energy expert appointed as Seawind Advisor

Seawind has made an outstanding appointment to its Advisory Board.

Maf Smith has been recruited to support the Seawind Board in building its UK presence.

For over twenty years, Maf has been at the forefront of UK leadership in renewable energy. Previously Deputy Chief Executive at RenewableUK, Maf has spent his career working closely with UK government and leading international energy companies, to drive tangible change and sustainable development across the industry.

As Seawind’s Board Advisor, Maf will be instrumental in helping to secure UK economic opportunities as the company establishes itself and brings forward testing of its new-generation floating wind turbines.

Commenting on his appointment Maf stated: “I’m delighted to be joining Seawind’s Advisory Board. The UK is embracing floating offshore wind, and looking to secure economic opportunities from pursuing this new technology. Seawind is a perfect fit for the UK, and I’m looking forward to supporting the Board in achieving this”.

Seawind’s CEO, Vincent Dewulf, responding to Maf’s appointment said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Maf to Seawind’s Advisory Board. Maf’s unique industry expertise and experience of championing renewable energy within UK government, will be invaluable to Seawind as we continue to drive the growth of our business. I look forward to working together”. 

Seawind hits the headlines – Wind Power Monthly

We are proud to feature our technology in the latest Wind Power Monthly, a thought leading business magazine for the Wind industry. The in-depth technical review provides a detailed insight into our technologies and the benefits they will deliver to our client base.

The feature highlights our plans in Scotland, but we are also looking at the UK, Europe and the USA as a whole to develop our technologies and progress towards full commercial availability.

Seawind’s technology is based on a sound pedigree that started with early design by NASA and United Technologies, included an operating 1.5MW prototype. We have further improved the design and achieved Technology Qualification in December 2019 for our Seawind 6 and Seawind 12 floating turbines.

Many thanks to Eize de Vries and Wind Power Monthly for producing the feature and taking the time to get to know our business. The in-depth review can be found at: or by downloading the document here:

This is a major step to explain how we will achieve the lowest cost green energy!

Vincent Dewulf


Introducing Seawind’s CFO

Seawind is proud to introduce Gert-Jan Ros, our Chief Financial Officer.

Gert-Jan joined Seawind’s Executive Board in 2017, bringing over 30 years’ experience in the Financial Services and Banking industries; gained across Europe and Asia. 

Previously at Rabobank Group, Gert-Jan served as SVP for over 5 years and was responsible for the Group’s global financial audit.

Prior to that, Gert-Jan spent over 15 years as a Partner at Deloitte Audit & Assurance Services. He was responsible for a large portfolio, including some of the company’s major clients in the Energy, Utilities and Asset Management industries. Gert-Jan was also instrumental in developing Deloitte’s risk management and compliance service lines for the Financial Services industry. 

As Seawind’s CFO, Gert-Jan has established robust financial structuring. He uses his expertise in financial reporting, financial structuring and modelling, risk management and due diligence to support Seawind’s strategic direction and growth.

Commenting on Gert-Jan’s contribution to the Executive Team, Seawind’s CEO, Vincent Dewulf, said, “It’s a privilege to work with Gert-Jan. His international experience in some of the world’s leading financial organisations is ensuring Seawind’s growth is achievable and financially robust. I look forward to us working together further to achieve Seawind’s global success.”

Further additions to Seawind’s high-calibre management team

Seawind has made further high-calibre appointments to its lead-team. Experts from the international clean energy and renewable energy industries have joined us in speeding our new-generation floating wind solutions to the emerging global market.

Ian Stout has been welcomed to the Seawind management team as Director of Business Development and Communications. Ian brings with him over twenty years of vast international business development experience; spanning the UK, Europe, US, Asia and the Middle East.

In his new role, Ian is establishing Seawind’s business development vision, strategy and tactics required to compete and sell our new-generation floating wind solutions to the emerging global market.

Ian joins Seawind from Wood Plc where he served as Vice President of Strategy and Development. During his eight years at Wood, Ian was responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Nuclear and Clean Energy businesses, winning over $2.5bn of work and leading high-performing teams across multiple sectors and geographies.

Ian’s appointment comes on the heels of the new Director of Investor Relations, Arnaud van der Gracht. Arnaud has spent decades in Investor Relations working across multiple continents and market sectors, including Banking, Utilities, Engineering and Private Equity, to facilitate corporate growth strategies.

As Seawind’s Director of Investor Relations, Arnaud will use his industry knowledge and extensive international connections to support the global growth of our business.

Commenting on the appointments of Ian and Arnaud, Seawind’s CEO, Vincent Dewulf stated, “It’s a tremendous privilege to welcome Ian and Arnaud into our management team. Their international expertise and experience will ensure Seawind’s goals are not only be met, but exceeded. We’re delighted to make such high-calibre appointments and I look forward to working together in achieving Seawind’s global success.

Seawind’s Board structure

We are delighted to announce Seawind’s new Board structure. Our Board members are industry experts and passionate about steering Seawind to global success.

Founder member and pioneer of the renewable energy sector, Martin Jakubowski, has become Seawind’s Chairman. Martin has a long and prestigious career in renewable energy and floating wind technology – in 2007 Martin was instrumental in delivering the first floating wind turbine off the coat of Italy!

Passionate about Seawind’s new-generation floating wind solutions, Martin will use his wealth of technical expertise, industry knowledge and international connections to oversee the global success of our business.

Vincent Dewulf, previously Seawind’s Director of Business Development, has now become Seawind’s Chief Executive Officer. Vincent is an accomplished business leader in the Oil & Gas and Clean Energy sector. As Seawind’s CEO, Vincent will use his vast experience to steer the development of our new-generation solutions to commercial availability, and maintain strong relations with our key investors.

Commenting on the Board changes, Chairman, Martin Jakubowski stated “Seawind’s new Board structure enforces our commitment to our new-generation solutions and our reach into new and emerging market opportunities and territories. Working with Vincent over the past two years has been a privilege, he has my full support in making our business a global success”.

Seawind Board members, Silvestro Caruso and Eugenio Belgiojoso, remain unchanged in their roles as CTO and Director of IP & Supply Chain respectively. Silvestro continues to use his immense technical knowledge and experience within the renewable energy sector to support the full-prototyping of our exceptional floating-wind solutions. Eugenio will continue to manage Seawind supply chain and ensure that our IP is protected.

Seawind’s new-generation solutions achieve DNV GL qualification

Global quality assurance and risk management organisation DNV GL, has awarded their prestigious technology qualification to Seawind’s floating wind solutions – Seawind 6 and Seawind 12. This fundamental qualification is rapidly propelling our new-generation solutions towards final accreditation and commercialisation.

The industry-leading qualification was awarded following an extensive and challenging testing programme. DNV GL’s rigorous testing confirmed the technical assurance, durability and cost-efficiency of the Seawind 6 solution for small island deployment, and the Seawind 12 solution for major deep-sea deployments. As part of the testing programmes, both solutions were also qualified as deployable for all seas and oceans and, uniquely, including cyclone regions.

The globally-recognised DNV GL technology qualification is the most comprehensive and rigorous qualification that exists today for determining the long-term assurance, reliability and safety of new and innovative technology. Comprising more than 50 standardised test methods the DNV GL qualification is Seawind’s penultimate step in achieving official accreditation for the Seawind 6 and Seawind 12 solutions.

Commenting on DNV GL’s award, Seawind’s CEO, Vincent Dewulf stated, “We are very proud of Seawind’s new-generation solutions, and are thrilled that they’ve now achieved industry recognition for their safety, high-performance and efficiency through DNV GL’s technology qualification. This is pivotal moment for Seawind’s growth and credibility, and we’re delighted we can now rapidly move our solutions rapidly towards final accreditation and commercialisation”.

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