Dr. Steffen Knodt is the Head of the Fraunhofer Centre for Sustainable Subsea Solutions at the Ocean Technology Campus in Rostock. With its background and PhD in engineering from RWTH Aachen, Steffen worked over his career in various senior management roles in applied research and industry at Hilti, Aker Solutions / MHWirth, Maersk and Wärtsilä. In his recent role as Director Digital Ventures at Wärtsilä, Steffen is focussed impact entrepreneurship as a venture client, since that time supporting the SEADEVCON as a co-organiser and moderator. Steffen as well serves in various boards and as a mentor for startups. Currently, he serves in the German Committee for the UN Ocean Decade of Science for Sustainable Development – as well he serves a member of the board in the German Association for Marine Technology GMT.