Jarek Pole has spent 14 years working in the wind energy sector including for energy giants EDP and Siemens on some of Europe’s most ambitious onshore and offshore wind energy projects.
He moved to New Zealand in 2015 and is currently the Senior Development Advisor APAC for BlueFloat Energy, a leading global developer of offshore wind projects. In this role Jarek oversees BlueFloat’s interests in Australia and in New Zealand where, along with Elemental Group, the partnership has recently announced plans to develop up to 5 GW of offshore wind in Aotearoa.
Jarek has gained governance experience as President of the Polish Wind Energy Association (2012) and more recently as a Board Director for SEIAPA (Sustainable Energy Industry Association of the Pacific Islands). He is a qualified engineer who started his career in the automotive industry working for Nissan and GM. He holds a Masters in International Business from Oxford Brookes University (UK) and a Diploma in Sustainable Business from the University of Otago.
Jarek is passionate about the opportunity to develop a collaborative offshore wind industry in New Zealand that benefits the whole country and will use his extensive international experience to bring best practice to New Zealand. As a technical expert he promotes technology and innovation as a means to growing the sector as it gains momentum in Aotearoa.