SEMINAR SPEAKERS

S01 - 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.

Lina Bertling

Professor at KTH – The Royal Institute of Technology

S02 - 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.

Glauco Taranto

Professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

S03 - 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.

Jennifer Mejía

Project Manager at Enel Green Power Chile and Andean Countries

S04 - 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.

Hugo F. Perez

Manager of North American Relations at NERC

S04 - 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.

Ryan D. Quint

Senior Manager of BPS Security and Grid Transformation at NERC

S05 - 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.

Rik de Buyserie

CEO ENGIE Energía Perú / Country Manager ENGIE Peru

S06 - 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).

Luis Ochoa

Professor at University of Melbourne and University of Manchester

S07 - 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.

Jairo Quirós

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

S08 - 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.

Alexander Apostolov

Principal Engineer for OMICRON electronics