Roadshow: Green H2-PtX Reference Project in Morocco

13 July 2023, 13:00–18:00 (CET), Berlin

Roadshow: Green H2-PtX Reference Project in Morocco

13 July 2023, 13:00–18:00 (CET), Berlin


Dear partners of the Green Hydrogen Business Alliance,

we are delighted to inform you about our network event “Roadshow: Green H2-PtX Reference Project in Morocco” which took place on Thursday, 13 July 2023.

Visit Network Event Page "Potential of Green Ammonia"


Farhanja Wahabzada

Head of the
Green Hydrogen Business Alliance, GIZ

Since 2021, Farhanja Wahabzada leads the Green Hydrogen Business Alliance at GIZ, an initiative by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Its goal is to contribute to a just transition in partner countries. Before, she advised on Germany’s “Bilateral Energy Partnerships”, a programme by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). In her function as Head of the German-Moroccan Energy Partnership she supported the development of the Moroccan Green Hydrogen Strategy and potential sustainable projects. Before joining the GIZ she worked in the field of economic development and led the Country Desks Department at the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Farhanja Wahabzada holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Philipps University in Marburg.

Magdalena Weber

Junior Project Manager of the
Green Hydrogen Business Alliance, GIZ

Magdalena Weber is Junior Project Manager at the Green Hydrogen Business Alliance. After working in Namibia and Portugal, she studied International Relations and Security in Maastricht, Netherlands and Seoul, South Korea.



Benjamin Knödler

Head of Division Private Sector Engagement, Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Benjamin Knödler heads the Division Private Sector Engagement at the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. He has more than 15 years of experience in international development and diplomacy. In previous assignments he served as Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Phnom Penh, as Deputy Spokesperson of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, as Advisor to two consecutive German Development Ministers and as Advisor to the German Executive Director at the World Bank Group. Before joining the Ministry as Desk Officer for Mozambique and Zimbabwe in 2007, he participated in a post-graduate training programme on international development, researching municipal finance in South Africa. Benjamin Knödler holds a Master’s degree in Economics.


Manuel Neumann

Senior Policy Officer, Division Private Sector Engagement, Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Manuel Neumann is Senior Policy Officer at the Division Private Sector Engagement of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). He completed his Ph.D. at Kassel University and was a visiting scholar at Wits University in Johannesburg in 2018 and 2019. Beforehand, he worked at the International Trade Centre in Geneva, the German Development Agency (GIZ) in Kathmandu, and a think tank in Berlin. He holds a Master’s degree in Globalisation and Development from SOAS (University of London).


Dr. Jane Leung

Associate Partner,

Dr. Jane Leung is Associate Partner at Systemiq, a systems-change think- and do-tank dedicated to delivery of the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals by transforming markets, business models and asset classes to becoming truly sustainable. At Systemiq, Jane Leung has co-authored a global report on the chemical industry’s path to net-zero. In the context of green H2 economies in the global south, Jane was part of the team that helped launch the blended finance platform SDG Namibia One and provided advisory support to ALSF through negotiations with the Hyphen project, Namibia’s first multi-billion-dollar green hydrogen project. Jane also led Systemiq’s engagement with GIZ on assessing business cases and offtake in Germany of green hydrogen and ammonia produced in Namibia & South Africa. More broadly, Jane has advised players in the battery space as well as asset managers in sustainable investment opportunities. Prior to Systemiq, Jane was part of the R&D team building the hydrogen and synfuel electrolyser portfolio at Siemens Energy. She also holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge on renewable fuel technologies.


Dr. Angela Kruth

Speaker and Coordinator,

Dr. Angela Kruth is Speaker and Coordinator of the CAMPFIRE alliance founded in 2019 and based in North-East Germany, joining over 70 partners from industry and research institutions for development of technologies for green ammonia as a new energy sector and creation of zero-carbon value chains. Since 2010, she is Head of Green Ammonia Technologies at the Leibniz Institute of Plasma Science and Technology in Greifswald.

She obtained a degree in Materials Chemistry from the University of Greifswald as well as a PhD from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. She researched on materials for high temperature fuel cells and electrolysers and received a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award as well as a Scottish Enterprise Fellowship from Royal Society of Edinburg for a Proof-of-concept of a novel direct methanol fuel cell. She is a Women’s Enterprise Scotland Ambassador and a member of the GlobalScot Business network.  


Dr. Andrea Guati Rojo

Stakeholder Relations Manager,
Ammonia Energy Association

Dr. Andrea Guati Rojo is Stakeholder Relations Manager at the Ammonia Energy Association, responsible for managing AEA’s internal and external affairs and the AEA certification scheme. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Psychology on the topic of Public Perception of Green Ammonia from Cardiff University (UK). Throughout her five years as a researcher, she performed the first-ever empirical study on green ammonia public acceptance, examining the development of ammonia projects in Mexico and the UK.

She also holds a MSc degree in Sustainable Energy and Environment, and a BA in Communication and Government Affairs. Andrea Guati Rojo has worked for different international companies in Mexico, the UK and currently in Spain.


Grzegorz Pawelec

Director Intelligence Unit,
Hydrogen Europe

Grzegorz Pawelec has joined Hydrogen Europe in May 2019 as Research, Innovation and Funding Manager, responsible for the coordination of the Maritime Working Group, focusing on decarbonisation of shipping as well as Finance and Funding Working Group with focus on future IPPP on hydrogen under the Horizon Europe framework and the ETS Innovation Fund. Since January 2022 Grzegorz Pawelec is Director Intelligence  at Hydrogen Europe, overseeing the publication of the Clean Hydrogen Monitor and other market intelligence activities. Prior to joining Hydrogen Europe, Grzegorz  Pawelec has gathered 15 years of professional consulting experience, where he specialized in projects covering natural gas for heat and power generation, renewable energy and alternative fuels markets.


Jak Koseff

Head Regulatory, Policy, Stakeholder and Communication Management, Sasol

Jak Koseff is Head Regulatory, Policy, Stakeholder and Communications Management at Sasol. He gained his expertise in industrial and economic development policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Columbia SIPA University. His education in urban and social policy was followed by the position as a project manager and Smart City Leader at the City of Johannesburg. As an investment acceleration specialist Jak Koseff worked for the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa before he became advisor economic acceleration and economic development at Gauteng Provincial Government in 2019. From 2016 to 2021 Jak Koseff also led the programme management office of its Tsepoh 1 Million youth empowerment initiative.


Lutz-Heiner Otto

Business Development Manager (Hydrogen and Agriculture), Daures Green Hydrogen Village

Lutz-Heiner Otto is completing his PhD at the esteemed University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. He holds an BSc in Agricultural Sciences and an MSc in Agricultural Economics. Before joining the team at the Daures Green Hydrogen Village, Mr. Otto served as a dedicated project manager for a BMBF-funded research endeavor centered around the development of sustainable water and energy solutions for farms in South Africa. This experience has equipped him with invaluable knowledge and insights in the field. Furthermore, Mr. Otto has actively participated in numerous innovative smart agricultural initiatives across different regions. His involvement spans a wide spectrum, ranging from engaging in groundbreaking research within a forage breeding program at CIAT Vietnam to collaborating with a startup focused on promoting sustainable and fair-trade products in Ethiopia. Additionally, he contributed to a pioneering microfinance-based startup that provided training and collateral-free loans to female farmers in Uganda.

At the Daures Green Hydrogen Village, Mr. Otto is channeling his expertise towards the local value-addition of Green Ammonia. This encompasses vital areas such as fertilizer production and the conversion of tractors, with the ultimate goal of fostering sustainable agricultural practices and enhancing the community’s well-being.


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