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Meet Emma Frank Roat

Meet our Student Assistant, Project Development Italy, Emma Frank Roat

“I do not necessarily know if I think it is healthy to have your whole life revolve around your work, but with the friendships, learning opportunities and joy that my work gives me, I understand that sometimes it become bigger than just a job.”
Emma Frank Roat, Student Assistant, Offshore Wind, European Energy

Q&As with Emma

Who are you?
I’m 25 years old, studying my master at Copenhagen Business School and I’m taller than most of the Danish population. 

How would you describe yourself?
An extroverted introvert with a big portion of sarcasm and always up for an adventure.

What do you do at European Energy?
I’m working in Project Development Italy at HQ. Primarily, my everyday life is ever-changing, but at the moment I’m mainly looking at AgriPV, AgriVoltaics and PtX solutions that could be relevant.

How do you try to be a creative enabler of the green transition?
I’m trying to become more conscious in my everyday life. I’m not perfect, and I’m not trying to be, but since I started in European Energy I have become much more conscious in my general consuming habits.
My friend group consists of different very supporting individuals with different backgrounds and since I started at European Energy, they have been burdened with me talking about green energy with them for many hours. Luckily, I think they have found it very interesting and become more conscious of the green transition as well. It is a small step for humanity, but I can guarantee that they now know a lot of the different aspects in the green transition – and that is huge for me.

What is the best things about working at European Energy?
The development opportunities. I am very much in favour of European Energy’s approach to doing business. They are quite agile and it’s pretty much only your own head that can set the limitations of what’s possible. In addition, I experience a willingness to always help from all sides. Most Danish companies use ‘flat work structure’ as a buzz word to describe the work culture, but I see a real interest from European Energy in sticking to the core values and the ability for everyone to talk to everyone. I think that’s liberating.

Why is it important for you that European Energy is a driving force in the green transition?
It is important for me to be able to look myself in the mirror and be as true to myself as possible. Everybody has bad habits and are not always making the best decisions, but I have a feeling that my work is making a difference, whereas that is the important thing compared to everything else. European Energy are helping me to understand that there are much bigger and more important things, than just me and my own life and I’m grateful for getting the reality check.

What are the best things about your colleagues?
It’s impossible to emphasise just one thing, but my colleagues at European Energy have an open and knowledge-sharing approach. People have different approaches to the tasks, and I find that enlightening. Again, this brings me back to the development opportunities. Everyone is always ready to help and guide you, which I appreciate. I have found that my colleagues at European Energy are open and curious about my life and work, which makes my everyday life comfortable and enjoyable. In addition, I also enjoy the trust that my colleagues have in me. As a young woman in a male-dominated profession, you can sometimes be worried about whether you will be taken seriously, but I have the impression that I am understood and respected by my colleagues.

European Energy has six core values. In it together, Excitement, Inclusion, Agility, Trust & Courage, and Ambition. What are the most important values for you and why?
Agility and Ambition. I really enjoy being a part of a company which is growing rapidly. Everything is moving at a fast pace which makes you much more adaptable and “quick on the feet”. This is also in harmony with the company’s ambition. I, personally, always strive to be better, and I feel that European Energy’s ambitions are matching that energy.

What has been your best experience so far at European Energy?
I was privileged enough to join our wonderful offshore department, which contributed greatly to my interest in renewable energy, to then do an internship in our Italian branch in Milan, before coming back to HQ and working in the Italian department there. This has given me the opportunity to explore more markets, technologies, people and cultures. I appreciate this immensely. I do not necessarily know if I think it is healthy to have your whole life revolve around your work, but with the friendships, learning opportunities and joy that my work gives me, I understand that sometimes it become bigger than just a job.

What do you like to do outside work?
I like to hang out with my friends. I don’t think that my life outside of work is different from others, but I am fortunate enough to have a friend group that are very spontaneous, which often results in me doing a lot of different things outside work. I enjoy to just “seize the day”. I’m quite competitive, so I really enjoy playing games, sport activities and other activities in my free time.

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