Jan Rispens holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Enschede in the Netherlands. From 1993 to 2000 he was a campaign coordinator for Greenpeace in Germany, working on climate change, energy efficiency policy and renewable energy. After that he was engaged as a Project Manager for offshore wind at the dena - Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH, in which position he was responsible for coordinating cooperation between the German federal government and the federal states. From 2002 until 2010 he was Managing Director of the WAB - Windenergie-Agentur Bremerhaven/Bremen e.V., a wind energy industry network in Northwest-Germany. Since 2011 he is Managing Director of the Renewable Energy Hamburg cluster, with 180 members from this sector covering all stages of the value chain and offering many specialized services.