Søren Hermansen, a native of the Danish island of Samsø, has been the driving force behind the transformation of Samsø into a world renewable energy island. Hermansen’s strong leadership is recognized worldwide. He has been awarded Hero of the Environment 2008 by Time Magazine, TheGöteborg award 2009, and the Svend Auken prize 2011 (Auken was a former Danish minister of the environment). Hermansen has participated in numerous conferences and international events giving presentations on how to deploy renewable energy. He is the Director of the Samsø Energy Academy, a former member of the advisory panel to the Energy and Climate Minister (Connie Hedegaard) and an Adjunct Professor at Aalborg University.