Speaker Biographies

(in order of appearance)

Pablo Humeres Flores

Head of the Digital Supervision and Substation Automation Sector
Eletrosul Brazil

Pablo is an Electrical Engineer graduated from the Federal University of Santa Catarina – UFSC, where he also graduated in Master of Power Systems. MBA with specialization in Electric Energy Market, at the University of Vale do Itajai – UNIVALI. Pablo has been an Engineer at Eletrobras Eletrosul since 1987, in Florianópolis, Brazil. Since 1996 acting in the areas of design, maintenance, operation and development of digital systems for supervision and control of substations and telecontrol centers. Author of several papers in the area published in national and international seminars and magazines. Active participant in CIGRE working groups, events and publications. Pablo is now head of management, maintenance and commissioning of supervision and control systems and automation infrastructure of HV transmission substations, Telecontrol Centers and Remote Access of Eletrosul.

David MacDonald

System Monitoring Lead Engineer

David works for Iberdrola Distrubucion, a leading distribution network operator in Spain and early adopter of substation automation systems. His role is to provide technical and asset management support to the Protection team, where he specializes in disturbance analysis and is also involved in the standardization of IEC 61850 across the business. He received his MEng degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Strathclyde, before joining Scottish Power in 2009 and consequently Iberdrola Distribucion in 2012.

Nargis Shabbir Hurzuk


Nargis graduated in Electrical Engineering from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University – India in 2004. Prior to joining Statnett, she was working with Siemens AS Norway as a Protection and Control System Engineer in the Power Transmission and Distribution division. Since 2010 Nargis has been with Statnett, earlier work experiences in Statnett includes tendering to commissioning phases of the control system based on IEC 61850 design for station bus. Currently she is working as a project engineer for multivendor R&D pilot project – Digital Substation. Her main responsibility in this project is to investigate the maturity of the process bus technology and what benefits this technique offers for the future substation design in the TSO.

Alvar Suun

Chief Specialist, Network Technology Development

Alvar Suun holds a M.Sc in Electrical Drives and Power Electronics from Tallinn University of Technology. With a background of Substation system and secondary engineering, Alvar has been involved in many International projects around the world including Finland, Russia and Kenya. He Currently holds the position of Chief specialist of relay protection and automation in Estonias largest DSO, Elektrilevi. Alvar has strongly been involved in working out the technical principles for grid automation and his main focuses include developing relay protection and automation principles, secondary equipment approval procedures and technical requirements.

Paulo Santos

Substation Automation Expert
EDP Distribuição

Paulo Santos holds a MSc in Electric and Computer Science Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, Lisbon). He joined EDP Distribuição in 2011 and has been participating and managing projects related with design, requirements specification, qualification and deployment of primary substation automation systems. Currently, he is working on innovative projects of grid digitalization at the Automation and IoT Unit.

Michael Rotzinger

SAS Project Manager Substation Automation Technology

Michael Rotzinger graduated as an electrical engineer in Germany. He started his career at ABB Switzerland Ltd. in 1993. For 16 years, he has worked in a variety of specialized positions such as substation engineer, substation commissioning engineer worldwide and as a course manager at the local ABB University. In addition, he completed during this time his post graduate diploma in Business at the Private School of business (PHW) in Bern. Michael Rotzinger joined Swissgrid, the Swiss TSO, in 2009. In his role as service manager, he was initially responsible for the power grid applications. Today he is employed as a technical SAS-Project Manager. He is responsible for the implementation of the Swissgrid standards on substations and for their further development. Standardization and harmonization are the keywords for the future integration of SAS systems. He is also a member of the Swiss TK57.

Mohseen Mohemmed

Protection & Control Engineering Manager
Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks

Mohseen Mohemmed is a Engineering Manager working for SHE Transmission plc in Glasgow, UK. Delivering Design Authority and Technical Authority responsibilities for Protection & Control aspects for delivery and innovation projects within Transmission. He took his career in Transmission sector after graduating from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 2002. He gained various experiences within the industry by working on contracts with wide range of utilities for over a decade. During this period of work with Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, he worked on all transmission voltage levels. He is involved with innovation team looking at the prospects of using emerging technologies for current and future projects of SHE Transmission plc. Contributed in the first commissioned fully interoperable IEC61850 station bus substation in SHE Transmission which is only the first of kind for UK. Now reviewing the task of simplify top-down approach for IEC61850 implementation.

Ernst Wierenga

Technologist Protection, Control and Telecommunication

Ernst E.F. Wierenga received his M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, in 1996. In 1996 he started at KEMA (DNV-GL) at the consulting department and joined two services companies using energy management systems. In 2001 he joined TenneT TSO as a specialist protection for the last ten years. In his current position within TenneT he is a specialist in the Asset Management Department Offshore. In this function he is involved in protection- and control technology on platforms connecting windfarms. Next to that he started his own company KnowWatt, the main focus is teaching on the university of applied science.

Joost van Gemeren

Head of Engineering Department

From the technical specialization High Voltage Electrical Engineering I have interest developed in social factors within organizations such as attention to the workplace and production processes, the structure and management of organizations and paying attention to the institutional environment of organizations and employment. This all in combination with the main force within organizations, namely human beings. www.linkedin.com

René Troost

AM Grid Strategist

René Troost, graduated as an Electrical Engineer, and started his career in Telecommunications. He has an extended experience of over ten years in the modern Substation Automation business. In 2014 René joined Stedin, the DSO in the Rotterdam / The Hague / Utrecht area of The Netherlands. René oversees the Substation Automation policy at Stedin and is an active member of the Dutch mirror committee of the IEC TC57 (NEC57) and the TC57 WG10 dealing with power system IED communication and associated data models. He is an expert in the domains of Protection, Automation, Control and Telecommunication and fulfills several roles.

Henry Adams

Senior Cyber Security Manager
Darktrace Industrial

Henry Adams has a wealth of experience working with blue chip clients across EMEA with a particular focus on those in the energy, utilities and transport sectors. His expertise lies in topics ranging from: Immune System Technologies and the future of Artificial Intelligence, to securing industrial networks.

Mika Loukkalahti

System Manager, Electric Power Systems
Helen Electricity Networks

Mika studied Electrical Engineering at Tampere University of Technology with Electric Power Systems as a major subject. He received his Master of Science degree in 1996. He joined Helsinki Energy in 1997 as a Protection Engineer. In addition to protection systems, substation automation, power quality, network calculation and various expert tasks with network automation and R&D have been his expert and responsible areas. Since 2001 he had lead a group, which is now mainly responsible of previous mentioned tasks. In 2006 Helen Electricity Networks Ltd was founded, this subsidiary company of Helsinki Energy is responsible of electricity distribution in Helsinki City area. He has been Finnish Study Committee Member of CIGRE B5 (Protection and Automation) Committee from 2006 to 2012. He has been an active member of several CIGRE B5 working groups in Substation Automation area. He has also made several presentations in various courses and seminars on protection and automation area. He is married and has two childre

Anders Johnsson

Power System Specialist
Vattenfall Distribution Nordic

Anders Johnsson has more than 20 years of experience in substation automation, with focus on IEC 61850 communication. He is the Swedish representative in Cigré study committee B5 Protection and Automation and also active member of IEC standardisation groups in IEC TC57 and was earlier also convenor of TC88/TC57 working group 25 that develops IEC 61850-based standards for wind power. Since 2015 he has, as Power System Specialist at Vattenfall Eldistribution, a coordinating role in the roll-out of a tool based process based on IEC 61850, and he was recently appointed manager for Vattenfall R&D program on Digital Substation. Anders Johnsson has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Dirk Costrop

Head of Measurement and Communication Technology

Dirk Costrop graduated as Master in electromechanical engineering at the KULeuven in 1985. During his complete career, he has always been involved with new developments and engineering of high tech systems, where several technologies interacted with each other. At Agfa, Xeikon and Punch Graphix, this were mainly scanning and printing systems. He started at Eandis in 2010 as a project manager where he was responsible for the development of the Smart Meter solutions at Eandis. His experience in applying and bringing together new technologies allowed the development of new and improved Smart Metering concepts together with the standardization of communication protocols. Since he became the Manager of the MCT-team at Eandis, his responsibility is widened: it now includes the technology of Smart Grid Components with the special focus on substation automation.

Carlos Cândido

Distribution Automation Expert
EDP Distribuição

Carlos Cândido holds a MSc in Electric and Computer Science Engineering from Nova University of Lisbon. He joined EDP Distribuição in 2011 and has been participating and managing projects related with design, requirements specification, qualification and deployment of distribution automation systems. Currently, he is working on innovative projects of grid digitalization at the Automation and IoT Unit.

Mark Ossel

Vice President, Networked Energy Services Corporation and Board member OSGP Alliance
OSGP Alliance

Mark B.M. Ossel (1955), Vice President NES, is focussed on developing the Energy and Utility market for Networked Energy Services. He is involved in AMR since 2001, when Echelon started with Enel (It) the world largest AMR project, and has been involved in most large-scale deployments in Europe. He was selected in 2015 as one of top 40 most influencial people in Europe by metering International. Mark is also member of the board of OSGP Alliance, the international industry & utility user group publishing OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol), and involved in international standardization efforts. Active member in ETSI, various IEC and CEN /CENELEC Technical committees (TC13,TC57), ESMIG and member European Commission Coordination Group – Smart Electricity Grid (SEG-CG) and actively involved in mandates M441 and M490. Mark has a background of more than 20 years in various management functions in the Information & Communication Technology market (Burroughs/Unisys), before he became involved in energy management, smart metering and Smart Grids in 2001. Mark has a degree in marketing and economics, and attended additional courses in The Netherlands, UK and USA; he has a special interest in applying new technology.

Jürgen Resch

Industry Manager Energy

Ing. Jürgen Resch (1974) graduated from the HTBLA [Higher Technical School of Engineering] Saalfelden, Electrical Engineering Department. He started his career at the ÖBB [Austrian Federal Railways] in the Power Plants Division, where he was responsible for the execution of power plant automation projects. After this, he worked for FREQUENTIS GmbH as a Product Manager for telecommunication equipment for railroads. Since 2003, Mr. Resch has been employed by Ing. Punzenberger COPA-DATA GmbH and occupies the role of Industry Manager Energy there. He manages a team that is responsible for product expansion in the energy sector in an international context. Mr. Resch is a member of the Technical Subcommittee MR 57 of the OVE [Austrian Electrotechnical Association] and a lecturer at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

Bastian Fischer


Bastian has held over the past 20 years a number of executive management positions in Europe, USA and Asia with leading IT-, grid and customer management vendors. He is currently CEO of Locamation, the leading provider of digital substation platform products for utilities. Prior to Locamation, Bastian was Vice President and General Manager of ORACLE Utilities responsible for establishing the Utility industry business unit in Europe, Middle East and Africa. During that time, he conducted the post-merger integration of two companies and supported the acquisition of a Utility Big-Data company. Previously Bastian was seconded to the USA and Japan to conduct the expansion and internationalization of SAP Utilities in the Americas and Asia. Bastian earned a BS degree of Applied computer science and post-graduation in Business Administration in Germany.

David Dolezilek

International Technical Director


David Dolezilek is the international technical director at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. and has three decades of experience in electric power protection, automation, communication, and control. He leads a team that develops and implements innovative solutions to intricate power system challenges and teaches numerous topics as adjunct faculty. David is a patented inventor, has authored dozens of technical papers, and continues to research first principles of mission-critical technologies. Through his work, he has created methods to specify, design, and measure service level specifications for digital communication of signals, including class, source, destination, bandwidth, speed, latency, jitter, and acceptable loss. As a result, he helped coin the term operational technology (OT) to explain the difference in performance and security requirements of Ethernet for mission-critical applications versus IT applications. David is a founding member of the DNP3 Technical Committee (IEEE 1815), a founding member of UCA2, and a founding member of both IEC 61850 Technical Committee 57 and IEC 62351 for security. He is a member of the IEEE, the IEEE Reliability Society, and several CIGRE working groups.

Rakesh Bali

Senior Consultant

Rakesh is a Consultant in DNV GL and has been in the Smart Grid domain for over 14 years having worked on both sides of the end to end system from the Utility Control Room SCADA Network Management System to Substation Automation Systems.  He has been involved in TC57 WG10 for developments in IEC 61850, WG15 for IEC62351 and WG17 as well as contributing to UCA IEC 61850 Conformance Test Procedures.  Combining the experience of working for both a vendor and utility, Rakesh works within DNV GL to provide the much-needed advisory, investigation and compliance required in the efforts leading to a successful and secure Digital Substation Deployment.  Rakesh promotes a people focus to ensure a successful Digital Substation.  It is not only a focus on the digital technology deployed in the Digital Substation that’s required, but a focus on getting people embracing this exciting and new way of working.

Rogério Paulo

Head of Protection, Automation and Control Division

Rogério Paulo is currently heading the Protection, Automation and Control Products Division within Efacec. Has a background on Strategic Marketing, Global Product Management and R&D in different projects related to Power Systems Automation and Smart Grids. Holds Advanced Management Training, MsC on Industrial Informatics and BsC on Industrial Electronics. Has authored more than 40 peer reviewed papers, articles and reports and received honours from REN (Portuguese TSO) and Minho University. Is involved in standardization activities, being currently an active member of IEC TC57 WG 10 and CIGRE B5. Main areas of activity: Power Utility Automation and Smart Grids; Communication Networks; Industrial Informatics; Software Engineering.

Bernd Schneider

Technical Operations Manager

Bernd Schneider offers 12+ years of industrial control and cybersecurity expertise.  By working closely with users in the field and technical experts, he has a unique perspective on the challenges, realities, and solutions to address the issues of improving cybersecurity within industrial environments.  Bernd was educated at Johannes Gutenberg University and serves as the Technical Operations Manager DACH for Nozomi Networks.

Rui Dias Jorge

Head of Product Management Department

Rui Dias Jorge is with Efacec for more than 18 years and is currently the head of the Product Management Department at PAC Division. With extensive background in R&D, he participated throughout his professional career in several R&D projects related to Power System Protection and Control applications. He has also previous experience as product manager for protection relays. He holds a BsC in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (1997) by Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon and an MsC in Applied Artificial Intelligence (2005) by Nova University of Lisbon. He is a member of CIGRÉ B5 and authored several technical papers.

Beatrice Barresi

Applications Engineer, Downstream Business Applications Department
European Space Agency

Beatrice is working at the European Space Agency (ESA) since almost 10 years. Her background is mainly in remote sensing and in the Agency she works in the downstream business applications department, aiming to build economic sustainable services which use also satellite data  for the needs of European citizens and society at large. She has been involved as project manager in the development of more than 50 services dealing with precision farming, security & safety and energy. She is Italian but lived several years between the UK and the Netherlands.

Jeroen Fidder

Smart Grid Management Consultant

Jeroen Fidder leads the Dutch Intelligent Grid Operations group within Accenture Smart Grid Services. Jeroen is a graduated Economist from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands and has 10 years of international experience in the electricity, gas, and downstream oil sector in different advisory and project delivery roles. Jeroen wants to help society gain a sustainable supply of power and heat. He has helped improve core TSO and DSO operational processes such as gas- and electricity transmission and distribution, incident management, and maintenance planning and execution. In recent years his focus has been on improving operational performance at European TSOs, where he supports the identification and implementation of processes and solutions that make operations safer, more effective, and efficient. Key enablers for these improvements were ADMS, simulation, and advanced analytics solutions.

Cédric Harispuru      

Product Manager

Cédric Harispuru graduated as an electrical engineer at Supélec (France) and TU Darmstadt (Germany).  He joined Siemens AG in 2006. After experiences as substation engineer in TSO projects, as technical consultant for substation systems worldwide and then for IEC 61850 products, he is now working as Product Manager for IEC 61850. For the Digital Grid product portfolio, he is responsible for the communication functionalities as well as for the engineering of IEDs.  He is member of several international standardization activities (IEC TC57 WG10 and UCA testing committee) and actively participated in interoperability testing events.

Sebastien Michelin

Solution Architect
Schneider Electric

Sebastien’s activities in Substation Automation engineering are mainly focusing on all possibilities given by IEC61850 standard in terms of substation integration and lifetime management, from design to de-commissioning; and on correlated functions such as digitization, communication networks, cyber-security, condition monitoring.  He joined the Protection & Control team in Lattes (Montpellier area in South of France) factory late 1999, and worked 4 years as customer project engineer, in charge of factory (design, configuration, testing) and site (commissioning) activities for Electrical Utilities SAS projects in ALSTOM T&D. He then worked in the back office for 8 years, successively doing technical training and technical support for P&C in-house engineers in ALSTOM T&D then AREVA T&D; application Engineering and worldwide sensitive customer projects execution support in AREVA T&D then Schneider Electric. During these periods he could participate in many T&D Utilities projects worldwide in Brazil, Middle East, Europe and South East Asia. He joined the marketing team in 2011 and took a position of Substation Automation T&D Solutions architect in Schneider Electric with a focus on Digital Substation Automation Systems.

Stefan Meier

Product Manager

Stefan is working with ABB Switzerland since more than 15 years, where he held several positions, from commissioning of substation automation systems, through technical support and project management. Today he is a global product manager for digital substation solutions at ABB’s Grid Automation Systems unit. Stefan studied electrical science at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, and holds a master degree in business administration from Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.

Andrew West

Regional Technical Director

Andrew West is an electrical engineer who has worked with SCADA system software for over 35 years, primarily in electricity sector. His employers have included utilities, SCADA product vendors and system integrators. In recent years he has provided SCADA training and consulting and has performed control system cyber security assessments. He has been actively involved in the development of SCADA and power grid automation standards since 1996, including Chairing the DNP Technical Committee. He currently holds the position of Technical Director at SUBNET Solutions, a software company dedicated to making power grids intelligent, secure and reliable.

Elisa Costante

Head of Research
SecurityMatters, BV

Elisa Costante joined SecurityMatters B.V. in 2015, where she became Head of Research in 2016. She leads key internal and external research activities, including international projects.  Her main research topics include ICS security, network behavioural modelling and cyber-attacks mitigation. She received her PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science in 2015 from the Eindhoven University of Technology.  Her thesis entitled ‘Privacy throughout the Data Cycle’ focuses on data leakage protection and privacy evaluation techniques. She is co-author of several international scientific journals.

Alexander Harsch

Head of Cyber Seucrity Resilience

Alexander Harsch is the Head of Cyber Resilience department within innogy. The Cyber Resilience department supports TSO/DSO with the implementation of  an ISMS according to the requirements of the German IT Security Law, which include compliance according to the Standards DIN ISO/IEC 27001 und ISO/IEC TR 27019. Before his time with innogy, Alexander worked for more than 10 years as a business consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the field of „Cyber & Forensics“ and IT-Compliance (e.g. CObIT, ITIL und ISO 27001). Alexander is a certified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor und is certified according to the German “DVGW-Zertifizierung für ISMS-Auditoren nach IT-Sicherheitskatalog”. Alexander has 10+ years experience as a project manager for large projects and worked in that time in IT-organisations in several industries.

Oliver Jung

Senior Scientist
Austrian Institute of Technology

Oliver Jung is a Scientist at the AIT, Austrian Institute of Technology. His research interests are on network security mechanisms, and security and robustness for smart grids. He studied electrical engineering with a major in telecommunications at the University of Siegen, Germany, where he received his Ph.D. in 2003. Before joining AIT in 2016 he was with the Telecommunications Research Center Vienna (FTW) as a senior researcher and project leader in the field of telecommunications security. He was involved in several national and international research projects on network and smart grid security.

Guido Gluschke

Institute of Security & Safety

 Guido Gluschke is one of the directors of the Institute for Security and Safety (ISS) at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, where he teaches in the field of cyber and nuclear security. Serving also as the university’s program manager on international cyber security, he is responsible for joint projects with international organisations. Mr. Gluschke’s main areas of expertise are IT and cyber security, especially in the energy context. He holds a Master of Science degree in Security Management from the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences and a diploma in Computer Science from the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences. Mr. Gluschke is an expert in cyber security in the nuclear context and a member of the Energy Expert Cyber Security Platform – Expert Group of the European Commission Directorate Generale Energy.


Gian Luigi Pugni    

Cyber-Security OT Engineer, Global ICT

Currently active in project within the area of IoT, Blockchain, PKI Systems, advanced DPI Probe development and deployment and IEC 62351 protocols field deployment. Active member of the following national and international bodies including IEC/TC57/WG15 – Data and communication security, IEC/TC57/WG10 – Power system IED communication and associated data models, IEC SyC/WG3 “Cyber Security Guidelines in SyC”, National Observatory for Cyber Security, Resiliency and Business Continuity of Electrical Systems.  Editor of the IEC 62351-7 standard (Network and system management-NSM data object), This standard has been published on July 2017.

Prof Antonello Monti

Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems
E.ON Energy Research Centre, RWTH Aachen University

Antonello Monti started his career in Industry and then held academic positions in Italy and USA.  Since 2008 he is the director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power System within the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University. During his tenure at RWTH, Prof. Monti has been involved in several EU Projects at the boarder between ICT and Energy. Currently he serves as coordinator of the H2020 FTI project ADMS and as Technical Manager of the two projects H2020 success and H2020 RE-SERVE..Dr. Monti is author or co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers published in international Journals and in the proceedings of International conferences. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Associate Editor of the IEEE System Journal and Associate Editor of IEEE Electrification Magazine. Dr. Monti is the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award.

Luca Barba      

 Product Marketing Manager      
Security Matters

Luca Barba is the Head of Product Marketing for SecurityMatters BV, an international company that develops and brings to the market cutting-edge network monitoring, intelligence and protection technology specifically designed to protect industrial control networks and processes. He joined SecurityMatters  after a long business experience in Leonardo SpA (former Finmeccanica Group) where, in particular, he was Head of Strategic Marketing for Cyber Security & Intelligence. During his career, Luca gained an extensive experience in  creating business plans & strategic partnerships, capability planning, marketing & presales activities to increase the opportunities in the Cyber Security & Intelligence markets and he developed a special focus on the added value proposition from a customer perspective. On the technical side, he gained an extensive experience as Software Architect & Project Manager for military and special projects in the fields of Information Security, Network Management, Operations Planning and Aerospace. He received a MSc in Telecommunication Engineering.

Bas Kruimer  

Senior Manager, Smart Grid Services

Bas Kruimer works for Accenture in the Cyber Security Team in Europe focusing on OT Operational Technology Security in Resources Industry and Utilities Process Control, Smart Grids and Grid Operations. Bas is participating in and contributing to Cyber Security and Grid Control & Operations, IT/OT Integration, Smart Metering and related SCADA and telecoms programs for Electricity, Gas and Water/Waste Water operators and Oil & Gas Companies in Europe. Bas brings many years of international experience in energy/electrical utilities. He holds a Master of Science degree in Power Engineering from Delft University of Technology and has been working in the Electricity Transmission & Distribution market since 1990 in different roles and companies.

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