SEM_001 - Lina Bertling

Dr. Lina Bertling Tjernberg is a Professor in Power Grid Technology at KTH the Royal Institute of Technology. She is the Director of the Energy platform and is the Coordinator of Life long learning at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She was previously Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, 2009-2013, and with the National grid 2007-2009. She completed her Ph.D. in Electric Power Systems at KTH in 2002. Her research and teaching are focused on developments of the future sustainable electric power grid with special interest in reliability analysis, predictive maintenance and asset management. She is actively involved as advisor and expert in various professional organizations. Current appointments include: the Program Committee of the World Energy Council, the National Strategic Council for Wind Power, the ISGAN Academy of Smart Grid, the National Committee of CIRED, and she is part of the expert pool for the EU commission. Dr. Bertling Tjernberg is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE PES and she is a candidate for the Governing Board of PES President Elect for 2022. She has served in the Governing Board of PES as Secretary (2014-2016), Treasurer in (2012-2014), and she has been the Chair of the IEEE Swedish PE/PEL Chapter (2009-2019). She has been an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid Technologies and chaired the first IEEE ISGT Europe Conference.

Topic: “Power Grid Technologies as enabler for the Transition Towards a Sustainable Society”
Date: 15 September 2021, 12:15 – 12:45 hrs  GMT-5

Lina Bertling

Professor at KTH – The Royal Institute of Technology

SEM_002 - Glauco Taranto

Glauco Taranto is Professor of Power System Dynamics, Protection and Control at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, COPPE/UFRJ, Brazil. His research interests range from simulation tools development, synchronized phasor measurement applications, distributed energy resources, power system stability, protection and control. He is the chair of the IEEE PES Power System Stability Subcommittee under the Power System Dynamic Performance (PSDP) Committee. He is also the chair of the ongoing PSDP Task Force on “Integrating Relay Models in RMS Dynamic Simulation”. Prof. Taranto is member of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Smart Grid Synchronized Measurements and Analytics Conference and member of the Technical Program Committee of the Power System Computation Conference (PSCC). He was the chairman of four Workshops on PMU Applications held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 2013 to 2016. Prof. Taranto has been Principal Investigator of various research projects and consulting for Brazilian utilities for the last 20 years. He received B.Sc degree in 1988 from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, M.Sc. degree in 1991 from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and Ph.D. degree in 1994 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA, all in Electrical Engineering with emphasis on Power Systems. In 2006, he was a visiting fellow at CESI (Centro Elettrotecnico Sperimentale Italiano), Milan, Italy. Prof. Taranto has supervised 15 Ph.D. Theses and 54 M.Sc. Dissertations. He has been an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, and he is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Topic: “How renewables and HVDC transmission is evolving in the Brazilian Interconnected Power System – The challenges ahead”
Date: 15 September 2021, 12:45 – 13:15 hrs  GMT-5

Glauco Taranto

Professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

SEM_003 - Jennifer Mejía

Colombian electrical engineer, with experience in international power system project coordination, solid knowledge in analysis of Electrical Systems, Transmission Lines & Generation systems. Currently she is project Manager of the largest PV and Wind farms in Peru and Chile. She has also implemented the Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) for mining, power and distribution systems. With her team have designed the implementation and operation of RTU ( Remote Terminal Units) and we also have designed power lines and substation protection and control Systems. She has worked in control and automation systems in Indra Colombia (installation, automation and configuration of equipment in the operations control center for tunnels and highways) and worked as commissioning manager in international large-scale power transmission projects in Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Spain, Chile, Germany, Russia and Argelia.
She is also IEEE Senior member, is a senior researcher recognized by Concytec and have worked in researching Dynamics and Operation of Power Systems & I have pertained to Transmission networks group, accredited by COLCIENCIAS, from January 2006 to July 2010.

Topic: “PV Plants & Fundamentals of Smart Grids”
Date: 15 September 2021, 13:45 – 14:15 hrs  GMT-5

Jennifer Mejía

Project Manager at Enel Green Power Chile and Andean Countries

SEM_004 - Hugo F. Perez

Hugo F. Perez is a Reliability professional with 20 years of experience in regulatory matters and Bulk Electric System maintenance, planning and operations. Hugo has in depth knowledge of the electric regulatory compliance construct in North America, with a background that includes direct involvement in regulatory processes with entities across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Currently, he is the Manager for North American Relations at NERC, acting as a key liaison between this organization and non-U.S. reliability stakeholders, including interaction with international government entities in this sector in several countries. Hugo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Colombia and a Certificate in Power Systems from The Georgia Institute of Technology. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in the state of Georgia and is a NERC Certified System Operator.

Topic: “Security Perspectives for the North American Bulk Power System – Emerging Focus Areas”
Date: 15 September 2021, 16:00 – 16:30 hrs  GMT-5

Hugo F. Perez

Manager of North American Relations at NERC

SEM_004 - Ryan D. Quint

Ryan Quint is the Senior Manager of BPS Security and Grid Transformation at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation where he supports the electric utility industry tackle emerging reliability and security risks, and grid transformation topics for the bulk power system. Ryan leads a number of industry efforts focused on integrating inverter-based resources to the bulk power system, ensuring reliability with increasing amounts of distributed energy resources, and incorporating cybersecurity into traditional system planning, operations, and design practices. Ryan received his PhD from Virginia Tech, is a licensed professional engineer, and has worked at the Bonneville Power Administration and Dominion Virginia Power prior to joining NERC in 2015.

Topic: “Security Perspectives for the North American Bulk Power System – Emerging Focus Areas”
Date: 15 September 2021, 16:00 – 16:30 hrs  GMT-5

Ryan D. Quint

Senior Manager of BPS Security and Grid Transformation at NERC

SEM_005 - Rik de Buyserie

Master in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Prior to his current position, Rik was Deputy EVP Human Resources at ENGIE Corporate. Prior to this Rik was the EVP, Human Resources for the International Energy Branche, having taken up the position following the combination with International Power Ltd in February 2011. Board member of ENGIE Energía Chile.

Topic: “Energy Transition and Smart Grids”
Date: 15 September 2021, 16:30 – 17:00 hrs  GMT-5

Rik de Buyserie

CEO ENGIE Energía Perú / Country Manager ENGIE Peru

SEM_006 - Luis Ochoa

Luis(Nando) Ochoa is Professor of Smart Grids and Power Systems at The University of Melbourne, Australia and part-time Professor of Smart Grids at The University of Manchester, UK. His expertise in network integration of distributed energy resources (DER) and smart grids as well as his extensive portfolio of industrial and academic projects have led to 180+ research papers, 70+ technical reports, and two patents, one filed by Psymetrix Ltd (now part of GE) and one filed by The University of Melbourne. Prof Ochoa is an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer and is also Editorial Board Member of the IEEE Power and Energy Magazine. Prof Ochoa is an IEEE Senior Member since 2012. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from UNI (Peru), and a Research MSc and a PhD in Electrical Power Engineering, both from UNESP Ilha Solteira (Brazil).

Topic: “Smart Meter-Driven Approaches for PV-Rich Low Voltage Network Modelling, Operation and Planning”
Date: 15 September 2021, 17:00 – 17:30 hrs  GMT-5

Luis Ochoa

Professor at University of Melbourne and University of Manchester

SEM_007 - Jairo Quirós

Dr. Jairo Quirós Tortós is the Director of the Energy Systems Department at the School of Electrical Engineering, and the Coordinator of the Electric Power & Energy Research Laboratory of the University of Costa Rica. Dr. Quirós obtained his PhD from the University of Manchester, England. Dr. Quirós is an expert in modelling and simulation of energy systems. Since 2017, he supports the Directorate of Climate Change (DCC) of the Ministry of Environment and Energy in Costa Rica by leading the modeling efforts towards the decarbonization process. Funded by the IADB and the World Bank Group, he has led the development of the long-term energy modeling tool for the energy and transport sectors, and the long-term planning tool to study the climate-land-energy-water (CLEW) nexus in Costa Rica. He led the cost-benefit assessment of decarbonizing the transport and energy sector in Costa Rica which used Decision-Making under Deep Uncertainty (DMDU) techniques to cater for uncertainties. Currently, he leads the assessment of the fiscal impacts of decarbonizing the transport sector and the investigation of options to manage it in Costa Rica, and the study of costs and benefits of the long-term strategy in Perú, both projects using DMDU techniques.

Topic: “The Benefits and Costs of Decarbonizing the Energy Sector in developing countries: The case of Costa Rica and Perú”
Date: 16 September 2021, 12:15 – 12:45 hrs  GMT-5

Jairo Quirós

Director of the Energy Systems Department at the School of Electrical Engineering of the University of Costa Rica

SEM_008 - Alexander Apostolov

Dr. Alexander Apostolov received MS degree in Electrical Engineering, MS in Applied Mathematics and Ph.D. from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has 45 years’ experience in power systems protection, automation, control and communications. He is presently Principal Engineer for OMICRON electronics in Los Angeles, CA. He is IEEE Fellow and Member of the IEEE PES Power Systems Relaying and Control (PSRC) Committee and the Power System Communications and Cybersecurity (PSCC) Committee. He is past Chairman of the Relay Communications Subcommittee and serves on many IEEE PES Working groups. He is IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is member of IEC TC57 working groups 10, 17, 18 and 19. He is Convener of CIGRE WG B5.69 ”Experience gained and Recommendations for Implementation of Process Bus in Protection, Automation and Control Systems (PACS)” and member of several other CIGRE B5 working groups. He is Distinguished Member of CIGRE. He holds four patents and has authored and presented more than 500 technical papers. He is Editor-in-Chief of PAC World.

Topic: “Digitizing the Smart Grid”
Date: 16 September 2021, 12:45 – 13:15 hrs  GMT-5

Alexander Apostolov

Principal Engineer for OMICRON electronics

SEM_009 - David Caceres

Mr. Caceres, Executive Consultant at ESTA International, has spent over 40 years providing consulting services on automation of electric utilities in thirty countries (almost all countries of Latin America & Caribbean Islands, USA, Canada, Spain, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam). His projects include Energy Control Centers, Smart Grids, Distribution & Substation Automation, Hydro Plant Control Systems, and Telecom. His services encompass Design, Specification, Bid Evaluation, Work Statement, Project Management, Training, Documentation Review and Factory and Site Acceptance Testing.
Mr. Caceres has worked for the following companies throughout his extensive career:

  • July 2018 to date: ESTA International (Philadelphia, USA)
  • July 1995 – June 2018: Macro Corporation / KEMA / DNV GL (Philadelphia, USA)
  • Oct 1980 – July 1995: Consulting companies for Itaipu Hydro Powerplant: International Engineering Company (IECO – S. Francisco, USA) in Brazil / Paraguay
  • Oct 1974 – Oct 1980: ELECTROPERU – INIE (Lima, Peru).

Mr. Caceres graduated as BSEE in Aug 1974 from UNI, in Lima, Peru. Mr. Caceres speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish (native), has attended many international specialization courses on SCADA/EMS/DMS/Smart Grids/Cyber Security and presented over 40 publications at international conferences.
Mr. Caceres is an IEEE Senior Member and served on the DistribuTECH Brazil Advisory Board. He worked as an assistant professor at Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, in Lima.

Topic:Next Generation Advanced Energy and Distribution Management Systems (EMS/ADMS)
Date: 16 September 2021, 13:45 – 14:15 hrs  GMT-5

David Caceres

Executive Consultant at ESTA International

SEM_010 - Ramon Leon

Ramon Leon-Candela works for the business planning unit for energy transmission at Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. ( ISA ) in Medellin, Colombia. He has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning of energy systems, management of research and development projects, and the structuring of corporate entrepreneurship projects based on innovation.
Mr. Leon is an Electrical Engineer from Universidad Tecnologica de Bolívar and has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University. He is currently the Chair of the Colombian IEEE PES Chapter.

Topic: “The Role of Electric Transmission in the Energy Transition”
Date: 16 September 2021, 18:00 – 18:30 hrs  GMT-5

Ramon Leon

Program Manager of the Intelligent Energy Management initiative at Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. (ISA)

SEM_011 - Christopher Blauvelt

Chris brings more than 10 years of cybersecurity and critical infrastructure experience working in the renewable energy industry. He was directly involved in the development, construction, and operations of wind and solar power plants and their high voltage systems. His work within the energy and utility industry has also afforded him experience in the development and maintenance of substation protection, automation, and control systems. Chris has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson University with thesis work in substation protection, automation, and control involving the IEC61850 family of protocols. When he is not working, Chris enjoys hobby electronics and spending time in the outdoors.

Topic: “NERC-CIP and Advancing Cyber-Security Maturity”
Date: 17 September 2021, 12:15 – 12:45 hrs  GMT-5

Christopher Blauvelt

Global Enablement Engineer – Operational Technology at Fortinet

SEM_012 - Eduardo Morales

Electrical Civil Engineer & MBA (U. de Chile) and Postgraduate in Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense – U. de Chile and Specialization in Digital Transformation – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Currently OT Cybersecurity Consultant in the Electricity Sector and Head of Product Development of Cybersecurity Corp of the VP Corporations at Entel S.A., responsible for the Strategic Positioning and New Industrial Cybersecurity Portfolio of ENTEL for Critical Infrastructures.
More than 20 years of experience, in recent years, he has developed and led multiple products, expanding the portfolio of services and businesses of the VP Corporaciones at Entel S.A. and he is one of the creators of the Entel CyberSecure Unit. He was called to collaborate in 2016 in the Cyber Defense Policy Workshops led by the National Academy of Public and Strategic Studies (ANEPE) dependent on the Ministry of Defense of Chile. He is the Chilean Representative of the Study Committee (SC D2) Information Systems and Telecommunication in the International Council of Large Electric Networks (CIGRE) and leader of the Technical Group of Cybersecurity CIGRE Chile where this year he delivers a Sectorial Master Plan of Cybersecurity 2021 – 2023 and forms a new Working Group in the 2020 on Safe Smart Grid for the Electricity Sector. ITIL 4 Certificate. Affiliated with the American Cybernetic Society (ASC).

Topic: “Future Smart Grid in Chile: Study and Analysis”
Date: 17 September 2021, 12:45 – 13:15 hrs  GMT-5

Eduardo Morales

Head of Product Development of Cybersecurity Corp of the VP Corporations at Entel S.A.

SEM_013 - Cristina Tavares

Maria Cristina Tavares (Senior Member, IEEE) received the B. Sc. and M. Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1984 and 1991, respectively, and the D.Sc. degree from University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil, in 1998.
She has provided consultation for engineering firms and she is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Campinas, where she has been since 2002. Her research interests include electromagnetic transients in power systems, arc modeling, very long distance transmission systems, and computer applications for transient analysis in power systems.
Up to now delivered 14 PhD, 29 MSc and concluded 20 undergraduate researches. Currently she has under her supervision 02 post-doctor researchers, is Advisor of 08 PhD, 03 MSc and 01 undergraduate research. Published 62 papers in technical journals and 197 in conference proceedings. Participated in 40 international conferences and 30 in Brazil; actuated as member in more than 90 graduate examination boards in Brazil and abroad, specifically for Canada (remote) and Argentina.
Dr. Tavares is an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery and an Advisory Editorial Board member of International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems.

Topic: “Single-Phase Auto-Reclosing Algorithm”
Date: 17 September 2021, 13:45 – 14:15 hrs  GMT-5

Cristina Tavares

Associate Professor at the University of Campinas

SEM_014 - Mazana Amstrong

Mažana Armstrong is the Principal Engineer and Senior Manager of the High Power Lab at Powertech Labs, a subsidiary of BC Hydro. She has 25 years of professional experience in operations, maintenance, design and testing of high voltage electric power systems, specifically electrical aspects of 69 kV to 500 kV transmission systems. At Powertech, Mazana leads the High Power Lab specialized in evaluation, verification and certification testing of medium and high voltage equipment to support manufacturers, power utilities and other industrial users of electrical equipment, as well as providing R&D and consulting services to the utility industry.
Prior to coming to Powertech, Mažana was a Specialist Engineer for Overhead Transmission Lines at BC Hydro, specializing in electrical aspects of transmission line design, operation and maintenance including electrical coordination and joint use of transmission right of ways. Mažana holds an M.Sc., and a Ph.D., in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Mazana is actively involved in leadership roles with IEEE Power and Energy Society and she is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.

Topic: “Role of Sensors in Condition Based Asset Management and Wildfire Mitigation”
Date: 17 September 2021, 18:00 – 18:30 hrs  GMT-5

Mazana Amstrong

Principal Engineer and Senior Manager of the High Power Lab at Powertech Labs

SEM_014 - Vidya Vankayala

Dr. Vidya Vankayala is the Director of Grid Modernization at Powertech. With more than 25 years of experience in the utility and hi-tech sectors, Dr. Vankayala has helped several utilities in grid modernization, distribution automation, smart energy program management and cyber/physical system security. He has extensive experience in management consulting for electric utility transmission and distribution and also worked for two large technology vendors that provide grid modernization technologies to the global utility sector.
Dr. Vankayala has led a number of technology programs at various utilities as a Chief Architect, Solution Director and Industry Specialist. Dr. Vankayala is a member of IEEE and a contributor to several smart grid and smart city standards. He has over 20 publications in operations, planning, cyber security and technology enablement of smart infrastructures for industry, community and home.

Topic: “Role of Sensors in Condition Based Asset Management and Wildfire Mitigation”
Date: 17 September 2021, 18:00 – 18:30 hrs  GMT-5

Vidya Vankayala

Director of Grid Modernization at Powertech Labs

SEM_00A - Carlos Gil

Carlos Alberto Gil Nava is a Computer Engineer with Real Time Systems Specialization with over 25 years of experience in IT-OT related systems across Electric Utilities and Technology Vendors. Responsible for regional sales of SIEMENS software portfolio. Laser focused on renewable energy, value driven innovation and making this planet a better way to live.
Actually, he works as a Regional Software Sales Portfolio Lead – Grid Edge / Grid Simulation for SIEMENS.

Topic: “Grid Edge Technologies, new brains for the world biggest machine”
Date: 15 September 2021, 17:30 – 18:00 hrs  GMT-5

Carlos Gil

Regional Software Portfolio Lead – Smart Infrastructure at SIEMENS

SEM_00B - Shay Bahramirad

Shay Bahramirad is the Vice President of Climate and Resilience at Quanta Technology. She is responsible for assisting cities and utilities with climate change risk assessments for their assets, operations, and services and for developing mitigation strategies and investment strategies for adapting to climate change. Dr. Bahramirad has held several positions in the Energy Sector, including Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid at ComEd: the electric utility in Illinois. In these roles, she has overseen and/or executed “grid of the future” visions, technical roadmaps, analytical frameworks, and investment strategies of distribution system and communication network; Fiber. She has also been responsible for system reliability, DER integration, grid strategy and analytics, standards, maintenance inspection, emerging technologies, STEM programming, and reimagining the power grid to mitigate and adapt to climate change. She has also developed talent strategies, industry engagement plans, and advocacy programs to support business objectives. She has been the expert witness and testified on several state and federal regulatory proceedings around microgrids, energy storage, investment strategies, and Distributed generation interconnection; 1547. Dr. Bahramirad is an editorial board member of the Electricity Journal, US CIGRE Executive member, an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the IEEE/PES Vice President of New Initiatives and Outreach, overseeing the organization’s engagement with policymakers globally around technical issues, investment strategies, emerging technologies, and developing plans for the next generation of frameworks including smart cities, and clean energy and running the philanthropy activities of IEEE/PES; Smart Village. She is the contributor to the United Nations SG7, Affordable and Clean Energy.

Topic: “Climate Change and Electric Power System Resilience Planning”
Date: 15 September 2021, 18:00 – 18:30 hrs  GMT-5

Shay Bahramirad

Vice President of Climate and Resilience at Quanta Technology