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Keynote Speakers

Monday 19th June, Opening CeremonyClick here for time and room


Dr Damir Novosel, FIEEE, Member of USA Academy of Engineering

President, Quanta Technology, President of IEEE PES, USA

Short biography

Damir Novosel is president of Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, a Fortune 500 company.  Previously, he was vice president of ABB Automation Products and president of KEMA T&D US. He has led development and implementation of pioneering concepts, methods, and products that improved reliability and efficiency of power grids.

Damir is elected to National Academy of Engineering in 2014. Dr. Novosel, an IEEE Fellow, serves as IEEE Power and Energy Society President. Damir is also member of the CIGRE US National Committee and received the CIGRE Attwood Associate award.

Damir holds 17 US and international patents and published over 100 articles in Transactions, Journals and Proceedings, receiving IEEE PES 2011 and 2013 Prize Paper Awards. He has led or participated in numerous IEEE standards, publications and other initiatives.

Dr. Novosel has been continuing contributor to education, including an adjunct professorship of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University, sponsorship of college scholarship programs, and support to industry courses and tutorials.

He holds PhD and MSc, BSc degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University (where he was a Fulbright scholar) and the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Dr. Novosel was selected Mississippi State University Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2015.

Monday 19th June, Plenary Session 1Click here for time and room


Prof Dame Nancy J. Rothwell, DBE, DL, FRS, FMedSci, FBPhS

President & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, President of the British Science Association, co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, UK

Short biography

Professor Rothwell took up the post of President & Vice-Chancellor of the University in July 2010. She is the first woman to lead The University of Manchester or either of its two predecessor institutions. She is also Professor of Physiology, and has previously held an MRC Research Chair, as well as holding University positions as Vice-President for Research and as Deputy President & Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Rothwell’s research in the field of neuroscience has contributed towards major advances in the understanding and treatment of brain damage in stroke and head injury. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2004 and made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2005, in recognition of her services to science. She was the founding President of the Royal Society of Biology, and is currently co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, President of the British Science Association, a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester, Chair of Corridor Manchester Board and a member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board.

Professor Rothwell takes a strong and active interest in public communication of science and regularly gives talks to schools and the public and contributes to television, radio and press, particular on sensitive issues in science.

Prof Nikos Hatziargyriou, FIEEE

Member of the Athens Academy of Science, Chairman of the Board and CEO Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator, Chair of the European Technology Platform on SmartGrids, Professor at National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Short biography

Nikos D. Hatziargyriou is Chairman and CEO of the Hellenic Distribution Network Operator. Since 1984 he is with the Power Division of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens and since 1995 he is full professor in Power Systems. From February 2007 to September 2012, he was Deputy CEO of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) of Greece, responsible for Transmission and Distribution Networks, island DNO and the Center of Testing, Research and Prototyping. He is Fellow Member of IEEE, past Chair of the Power System Dynamic Performance Committee, Honorary member of CIGRE and past Chair of CIGRE SC C6 “Distribution Systems and Distributed Generation”. He is co-chair of the EU Technology and Innovation Platform on Smart Networks for Energy Transition. He is member of the Energy Committee of the Athens Academy of Science. He has participated in more than 60 R&DD Projects funded by the EC and the industry, and has coordinated among others, the EU “CARE”, “MORE CARE”, “MERGE”, “Microgrids” and “More Microgrids” projects. He is Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and member of the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Development and the IEEE Power and Energy magazine. He is author of the book “Microgrids: Architectures and Control” and of more than 200 journal publications and 500 conference proceedings papers. He is included in the 2016 Thomson Reuters’ list of the top 1% most cited researchers in any field and discipline.

Dr Bruno Meyer, FIEEE

Business Development Manager at RTE, Member of the Board of French Society of Electrical Engineers (SEE), Member of the Governing Board of the IEEE PES and Division VII (PES) Director-Elect, France

Short biography

Bruno Meyer is Business Development Manager at RTE. He was CEO of ARTERIA (2011-2016), the telecommunications subsidiary of RTE. He joined EDF in 1985. He was responsible for EDF’s R&D on Transmission & Distribution after being director of several departments, covering power systems dynamics, economics, design, and technology fields. He published over 40 scientific papers including a book on Power System Simulation. IEEE Fellow, he is member of the Governing Board of the Power & Engineering Society and Division VII (PES) Director-Elect. Ph.D. Edinburgh, M.Sc. Sao Paulo, B.Sc. Unicamp.

Tuesday 20th June, Plenary Session 2Click here for time and room


Ms Wanda Reder, FIEEE

Chief Strategy Officer at S&C Electric Company in Chicago, Illinois, USA, Past IEEE PES President

Short biography

Reder is the Chief Strategy Officer at S&C Electric Company based in Chicago. After joining S&C Electric in 2004 as Vice President of Power Systems Services, she grew the service business, expanding field service and project-related work globally. Her pioneering work to reliably integrate wind, solar energy and utility-scale battery storage into traditional utility systems led her team to develop new compact S&C interconnection approaches, significantly reducing interconnection equipment cost for utility-scale wind and solar farms. As a result, over 15 operational battery storage systems were connected to the grid in the U.S., battery storage was utilized for the first time for wind and solar farms, and the stage was set for some of the largest battery energy storage projects in North America.

Sonya Twohig

Head of System Operations, ENTSO-E, Belgium

Short biography

Sonya leads System Operations in ENTSO-E including implementation programs through which the European TSOs establish common rules and policies, develop operational tools such as the Common Grid Model and improve regional operational coordination, in co-operation with European Commission, European regulator, distribution system operators and stakeholders. Most recent publication is Options for the Future of System Operation Regional Coordination in which the evolution of the regional security coordinator model is assessed.

Previously Sonya held senior positions in the TSO in Ireland and Northern Ireland from 2002-2016 leading large teams across two TSOs from Market Operations, System Operations and System Development. Sonya has led significant change across the principle business areas key among them is the implementation of the 3rd Directive which established a new market design on the island of Ireland and have led innovation in the integration of high levels of RE on the power system. In recent years, Sonya delivered new initiatives aimed at increasing public acceptance of transmission infrastructure and understands the benefits and challenges of system development and the wider industry.

Prof Vladimiro Miranda, FIEEE

President of INESC P&D Brasil, Director/Member of the Board of INESC TEC Porto, Member of the Board of OCEANUS, Professor at University of Porto, Portugal

Short biography

Vladimiro Miranda was born in Porto, Portugal. He graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1977 and received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from FEUP, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal, in 1982. He currently holds the following positions: Full Professor (Professor Catedrático) at FEUP, Director/Member of the Board of INESC TEC, an R&D private non-profit institution in Portugal, Director-President of INESC P&D Brasil, an R&D private non-profit organization with headquarters in São Paulo, Brazil, Member of the Board of OCEANUS – marine research and innovation, University of Porto, Portugal.

He is also International Academic Advisor of the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, Member of the Scientific Council of IRESEN, Ministry of Energy, Morocco, member of the Scientific Council of the Chemical and Biologic Defense Laboratory of the Portuguese Army and Honorary Visiting Professor of the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, as well as member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the research institutes IIT – Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica, Madrid, Spain, and IEE – Instituto de Energía Eléctrica, San Juan, Argentina.

He began his professional career in 1981, when he joined FEUP as a lecturer. In 1985, he also joined INESC, a top R&D institute in Portugal where he came to be coordinator of the area of Power Systems during the 90’s. In 1996 and 1997 he stayed as Visiting Full Professor in the University of Macau, China. At the same time, he was appointed President of the Board of INESC Macau, a joint Portuguese-Chinese R&D institute. Upon returning to Portugal, he became President of the Scientific Council of INESC Porto in 1998 and Director/Member of the Board of INESC Porto, since 2000 to the present day. In 2005 he was again Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Brazil.

Prof. Miranda has been serving in the Administration Board of spin-off companies created within the INESC system. He has also been serving as research project evaluator for the governmental science organizations of Portugal, Norway, Croatia, Morocco, South Africa, Chile and Argentina. For the Government of this latter country, he acted as external auditor in the process of evaluation of research institutions.

He has been responsible for many research projects at international level, in the European Union, United States and Brazil, and many of his innovations have been incorporated in products in use in the power industry. He has authored or co-authored many publications, especially in areas related with the application of Computational Intelligence to Power Systems.

Prof. Miranda is an IEEE Fellow. He was the recipient in 2013 of the IEEE PES Rumakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award. He was also winner of the OPF competition set by an IEEE PES working group in 2014.

Wednesday 21st June, Plenary Session 3Click here for time and room


Prof Mladen Kezunovic, FIEEE

Director, Smart Grid Center; Site Director, NSF Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSerc) at Texas A&M University, President and CEO of XpertPowerTM Associates, Regents Professor and Eugene E. Webb endowed Professor at Texas A&M University, USA

Short biography

Dr. Mladen Kezunovic is Regents Professor and Eugene E. Webb endowed Professor at Texas A&M University. He worked at the university since 1986 and currently serves several leading roles: Director, Smart Grid Center; Site Director, NSF Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSerc), and Director, Power Systems Control and Protection Lab. He also acts as the Principal Consultant, as well as President and CEO of XpertPowerTM Associates, which has been providing consulting services for utility industry for over 25 years. He worked for Westinghouse Electric in the U.S.A. as a Systems Engineer on developing the first all-digital substation design during 1979-1980 and for Energoinvest Company in Europe as the Technical Lead for substation automation development during 1980-86. He was a consultant for EdF’s Research Centre in Clamart, France in 1999-2000, a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong in fall of 2009, and an Eminent Scholar at the Texas A&M University in Qatar in spring 2016. He also acted as a consultant to over 50 utilities and vendors worldwide, and served three terms (2009-2013) as a Director on the Board of Directors of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) representing research organizations and universities.

Dr. Kezunovic was a Principal Investigator on over 100 R&D projects, published more than 500 papers and gave over 100 invited lectures, short courses and seminars around the world. He is an IEEE Life Fellow and Distinguished Speaker, CIGRE Fellow and Honorary Member, and registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He is the recipient of the Inaugural 2011 IEEE Educational Activities Board Standards Education Award “for educating students and engineers about the importance and benefits of interoperability standards” and CIGRE Technical Committee Award for “remarkable technical contribution to the study committee B5, protection and automation” in 2013.

Mr Mark F. McGranaghan, FIEEE

Vice President of Power Delivery and Utilization for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA

Prof Ronnie Belmans, FIEEE, FIET

Co-founder and CEO of EnergyVille; Honorary chairman of the Board of Directors of ELIA, Vice president of the KU Leuven Energy Institute; Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium

Short biography

Ronnie Belmans received his MSc degree in electrical engineering in 1979 and a PhD degree in 1984, both from KU Leuven, Belgium. In 1989 he added a Special Doctorate from the KULeuven and in 1993 a ‘Habilitierung’, from the RWTH, Aachen, Germany. Currently, Ronnie Belmans is full professor at KU Leuven, teaching techno-economical aspects of power systems, electrical energy and regulatory affairs, among others. His research interests include smart grids, security of energy supply and the techno-economic aspects of the liberalization of the electricity market.

Within Belgium, Prof. Dr. Ir. Ronnie Belmans is vice president of the KU Leuven Energy Institute as well as cofounder and CEO of EnergyVille, a research collaboration in Genk specializing in energy in smart cities and buildings, in cooperation with VITO and imec.

On a global scale he is executive director of the Global Smart Grids Federation (GSGF).

Since 2017 he is chairman of the board of directors of the VREG, the Flemisch regulator for electricity & gas markets.

Ronnie Belmans is also honorary chairman of the board of directors of ELIA, the Belgian transmission system operator.