Our Team

Natalia Westhäuser, MBA

CEO & Partner

Natalia Westhäuser is a passionate transformation leader with over 25 years of experience in new technology commercialization, business scaling and digital transformation in the energy and ICT industries.

She is also an Operating Partner of FiveT Hydrogen, the 360° financial partner of the hydrogen industry and, together with Ardian in the joint venture Hy24, the owner of the world’s first and largest infrastructure fund focused exclusively on “clean hydrogen”.

Natalia held leading positions at Siemens AG and Siemens Energy in the areas of sales, strategy, procurement, and in-house consulting, including four years in the hydrogen industry a. o. as VP and Head of Projects New Energy Business responsible for the worldwide project business with hydrogen electrolysis systems and over two years as head of the Shared Service Center and a start-up for digital services in the Czech Republic with units in Brazil and India.

Natalia holds an MBA in Finance und Leadership from the Friedrich Alexander University in Nuremberg. Prior to that, she earned a Magister Artium (M.A.) degree in German Studies from the University of Augsburg and later graduated in Business Administration from the Academy of Business and Public Sector Management (VWA) in Munich.

Her consulting focus is on business positioning, business development and sales with the topics of strategy, go-to-market, project evaluation, risk management, and process optimization.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Armin Schnettler

Managing Director

Armin Schnettler is an internationally positioned engineering personality, most recently CEO of the New Energy Business Unit at Siemens Energy, who ideally combines operational business responsibility and academic innovation and research. For more than 20 years, he has actively accompanied and stimulated the energy turnaround in Germany and throughout Europe and has been able to make trend-setting decisions himself or to stimulate them as a highly respected neutral advisor.

He has a proven track record in the strategic and operational development of a future hydrogen economy that ensures a sustainable orientation of future energy supply, mobility, and industrial processes through sector coupling. In addition, he has broad experience in the field of future-oriented technologies such as power-to-X, e-fuels, and fuel cells. Furthermore, he is Operating Partner of FiveT Hydrogen, the 360° financial partner of the hydrogen industry, developing an investment fund family focused exclusively on clean hydrogen – including the world’s first and largest infrastructure fund already launched together with Ardian in the Hy24 joint venture.

Armin Schnettler is the Vice President of the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE) and a member of the supervisory and advisory boards of various companies in Germany and Europe. Prior to that, he was head of the Siemens group research activities in the field of energy and electronics and was full professor and director of the Institute for High Voltage Technology of the RWTH Aachen University for many years, board member of the Research Association for Electrical Systems and Power Industry FGH e.V., Mannheim, and co-founder of various successful consulting companies, e. g. Umlaut Energy (today part of Accenture).

Armin Schnettler holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund, where he also earned his doctorate in 1992.

His consulting focus is on technology and innovation strategy, the technical and economic evaluation of renewable energy projects and companies as well as sector coupling and international positioning.

Project Development Support

we support international project developers in the field of sustainable hydrogen, Power-to-X and system integration.

Investment Advisory

we advise investors such as funds, pension funds and family offices on the identification and structuring of company investments.

Growth Advisory

we help to review and adapt the growth strategy, including technology consulting for national and international players.