Maria Emilie Danø Hoffmann spent six years at the Danish renewables company where she focused on driving the green energy transition.

Maria Emilie Danø Hoffmann has left her managing director role at Danish energy group Ørsted’s corporate venture capital arm, Ørsted Ventures.

Founded in 2006 as Dong Energy, Ørsted’s products include offshore and onshore windfarms, solar panels, renewable hydrogen and bioenergy.

Copenhagen-based Hoffmann joined Ørsted’s offshore unit as senior business developer of innovation in 2018. She was promoted to lead the department the year after, before shifting to head of innovation in 2020.

In March 2022, Hoffmann became managing director of Ørsted Ventures and Open Innovation. Under her leadership, the CVC unit backed companies including Spoor, a Norwegian startup that built an AI system to monitor birdlife on windfarms, and Amperon, which produces energy forecasts for grid monitoring.

“It has been a privilege to work at the forefront of the energy transition for six fantastic years,” Hoffmann said in a LinkedIn post, without disclosing her next steps.

While it is unclear who will succeed Hoffmann’s duties, Ørsted Ventures’ current members include Christina Cameron, head of US ventures and open innovation, who is joined by her colleague in Boston, managing director Neil Hamel.

David Bould, Edinburgh-based head of ventures and open innovation for the UK and Ireland at Ørsted’s Innovation Hub, and Richard Lichtenberg, venture manager in Copenhagen, are also part of the team.

Stephen Hurford

Stephen Hurford is a junior reporter for Global Venturing.