Cristina L. Archer is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences and in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware. Dr. Archer is the Director of the Center for Research in Wind (CReW), which focuses on wind energy, in particular offshore, and its integration in the electric grid. Dr. Archer has been conducting research on wind energy since 2003 and has written over 50 peer-reviewed articles on wind turbine wakes, wind resource assessment, climate consequences of large deployment of wind turbines, grid integration of offshore wind, computational fluid dynamics for wind energy. She has been a supporter of airborne wind energy since 2009, when she organized the very first airborne wind energy conference in Chico, California, although at that time it was called “high-altiture wind power” or HAWP.



Sarah Barber, originally an aerodynamicist, is Head of the Wind Energy Innovation Division and Lecturer at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences. She is founder and president of the Swiss Wind Energy R&D Network, and Co-Operating Agent of IEA Wind Task 43 (Digitalisation). As well as this, Sarah is passionate about diversity and inclusion, and chairs the Diversity Committee at the European Academy of Wind Energy. As a qualified Business Coach, she runs leadership workshops for engineers in her spare time.



Giles Dickson is the Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope, a position he’s held since 2015.  WindEurope is the voice of the European wind industry.  It represents the whole value chain of onshore and offshore wind across Europe and has more than 500 members.  It engages Governments and other stakeholders on policy and regulation.  It organises industry exhibitions, conferences and workshops.  And it coordinates publicly-funded R&D in wind. Dickson is also Chairman of the independent Advisory Council of ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity. From 1992 to 2008 he was a civil servant in the UK Government, working mostly on European affairs. From 2008 to 2015 he worked for the French engineering company Alstom where he was Vice-President for Global Public Affairs.



Fernando A.C.C. Fontes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto. Dr. Fontes' research interests are optimization and control theory, specifically in nonlinear and constrained problems, optimal control, model predictive control, and applying these methodologies to Airborne Wind Energy. He coordinates the research group “UP WIND – The University of Porto Airborne Wind Energy Project,” which started in 2015.



David Lecoque is the CEO of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the global business association for distributed renewables in emerging markets, and has led the organization to new heights. ARE provides unparalleled business development, public relations, marketing, and training services to over 200 energy corporations and investors in 50+ markets across Africa, Asia-Pacific, and LAC. The association also conceptualizes and implements impact-oriented cooperation programs with governments, leading international institutions, and philanthropic actors, focusing on delivering universal clean electrification and driving the energy transition. Before joining ARE, David worked as an energy and environment lawyer at top-tier international law firms.



Regarding careers in Airborne Wind Energy, Reinhart Paelinck has had a diverse one. After studying Product Development at the University of Antwerp with a thesis in Airborne Wind Energy, he continued working with Moritz Diehl on conceptual multi-kite systems at KU Leuven (and co-organizing AWEC 2011). After that, he became a kite designer at Flysurfer Kiteboarding, best known for developing depowerable single-skin kites. Then he founded Kiteswarms to develop collaborative multi-kite technology to solve scaling problems of rigid wings, and he continues to work on this at Fuchszeug. Fifteen years of experience working with and visiting different teams, many lessons learned.



Teresa Riesgo is the General Secretary of Innovation of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of Spain and President of Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) since January 2020. She holds Master and PhD Degrees in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid, where she was Full Professor of Electronics since 2003. During her academic career she has participated in more than 60 research projects, many of them international and in cooperation with industry, and published more than 200 scientific papers. After more than 25 years of academic activities, she took the responsibility as DG at the Ministry where she is now in charge of the promotion of innovation and the planning and follow-up of the Spanish strategies of science and innovation.



Paul Veers is a National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Senior Research Fellow and the NREL’s National Wind Technology Center Chief Engineer. He has worked in wind energy technology since 1980 and authored over 100 journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and reports. For twelve years, he was the Chief Editor for Wind Energy, an international journal for progress and applications in wind power. Paul is the North American Wind Energy Academy’s Executive Director and a Chief Editor of the journal Wind Energy Science.