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Mathias Verkest

CEO
SeaMade

Professional career
  • Position until 2009: lawyer at Baker&McKenzie and Allen&Overy
  • Position until 2013: member of the executive committee / chief legal officer at C-Power (Belgium’s first offshore wind farm in the North Sea) 
  • Current position:
    • CEO of SeaMade NV, a consortium between Otary, Engie-Electrabel and Eneco, and North Sea Wave NV, a SPV set-up for examining the feasibility to develop a wave energy project in the Belgian North Sea
    • Co-CEO of Otary RS NV, a consortium which has developed directly and through its partners 1707 MW in Belgium
  • Member of the executive committee of the Belgian Offshore Platform (federation of investors in electricity producing companies in the North Sea) 
Educational background  Graduated from Ghent University law school (2004)  Master in Law degree (LL.M.) from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (2005)  Executive MBA, Ghent/Brussels/Leuven, Vlerick Business School (2014) 

Summary 

Mathias Verkest has been involved as part of the management team in various offshore wind projects since 2009. Having practiced law previously at Allen & Overy, Mathias stepped into the offshore wind business in 2009 as CLO at C-Power, Belgium’s first offshore wind development, which reached financial close for its Thorntonbank project (295 MW) in 2010. He was also involved in the set-up and management of Otary (2011-2012) and its projects, of which Rentel reached financial close in 2016 (309 MW).
 
Currently, Mathias is is acting as CEO of SeaMade NV (a joint venture between Otary / Engie-Electrabel and Eneco) which reached financial close for its 487 MW offshore wind farm in December 2018 and North Sea Wave NV (a SPV set-up for examining the feasibility to develop a wave energy project in the Belgian North Sea) as well as co-CEO of Otary RS NV (a consortium which has developed directly and through its partners 1707 MW in Belgium). 

Mathias graduated from Ghent University law school in 2004, obtained a Master in Law degree (LL.M.) from the Georgetown University law school in Washington, D.C. in 2005 and an executive MBA from Vlerick Business School in 2014, and is a member of the executive committee of the Belgian Offshore Platform, the federation of (investors in) electricity producing companies in the North Sea. 

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