Henrik Stiesdal is one of the pioneers of the modern wind industry. He built his first wind turbine in 1976 and in 1978 designed one of the first commercial wind turbines, licensed by Vestas in 1979. Stiesdal worked with Vestas until 1986 and joined Bonus Energy, later Siemens Wind Power in 1987. In 1988 he was
appointed Technical Manager, and in 2000 Chief Technology Officer. He retired at the end of 2014. During his 40 years in the wind industry Stiesdal has worked with all aspects of wind turbine technology, including fundamental research, turbine design, manufacturing, sales, project implementation, service and quality
management. His post-retirement activities include floating wind turbines, energy storage, carbon-negative fuels, Lidars, and avian deterrent technologies. Henrik Stiesdal is an Associate professor at DTU Wind Energy and at the University of Maine, USA.