In order to advance the interests of DWV, a small but highly professional team of experts from the energy industry and public administration works in close consultation with the Board of Directors, and in particular with the Chairman of the Board. The DWV team is distinguished by its many years of experience in the energy industry in general and in the field of renewable energies in particular.

The wide-ranging expertise in the national energy industry as well as international energy policy, especially at the EU level, is complemented by professional experience at the government level – first and foremost Dr. Gerd Harms as a former state minister.

The staff members are in detail:




Dennitsa Nozharova

Senior Consultant

Until 2008, lawyer for national and international law firms specialising in energy, environmental and administrative law.

Since 2017, Dennitsa Nozharova has been working as an external advisor for the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association in the FCH JU-funded project “HyLaw”.



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Dr. Gerd Harms, Landesminster a. D.

Senior Consultant Political Affairs

From 2003, Dr Gerd Harms worked as the Commissioner of the Minister President of the State of Brandenburg for International Affairs.

From 2004 to 2009, Dr Gerd Harms was Plenipotentiary of the State of Brandenburg to the Federation and for European Affairs in the State Chancellery of the State of Brandenburg. In this capacity, he served on the Committee of the Regions (CoR) in the European Union.



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Dr. Benjamin Baur

Assistant to the Chairman of the Board

After his studies, Dr Benjamin Baur worked as a government advisor for the state of Baden-Württemberg.  At the same time, he completed his doctorate on the external energy policy of the European Union at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen.


Philipp Weiss

Communications Manager

Philipp Weiss studied M.A. Global Studies with a focus on alternative futures and environmental sustainability at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

During his studies, Mr. Weiss gained experience in the automotive industry and international development cooperation in the field of mobility and energy management.


Clemens Orlishausen

Project Manager

Clemens Orlishausen studied industrial engineering at the Technical University of Wildau.

During his internship in the automotive industry and within his thesis, Mr Orlishausen dealt intensively with the topics of climate-neutral mobility, hydrogen electrolysis, power-to-X technologies and energy systems of the future.


Christine Gaida


Christine Gaida is a trained wholesale and export merchant and previously worked in a tax office.

She is responsible for the processing of project funding, accounting and the administration of DWV.


Birte Sönnichsen

Working student

Ms. Sönnichsen studied industrial engineering with a focus on energy & environment at the Fachhochschule des Mittelstands near Cologne.

During her studies, she worked in parallel for a renowned electrolysis manufacturer as a project assistant.


Simon Morgeneyer

Working student

Mr. Morgeneyer is studying industrial engineering at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. In his final thesis and at DWV, he is primarily working on the production of hydrogen and its use in steel production.