Keynote Speakers

Saifur Rahman, FIEEE
IEEE President-Elec 2022
Joseph Loring Professor, Virginia Tech, USA

Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute (www.ari.vt.edu) at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment .

He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner.  He was the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published over 140 journal papers and has made over four hundred conference and invited presentations.  In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, energy internet, blockchain, IoT sensor integration, etc. in over 30 countries.  He is the founder of BEM Controls, LLC, a Virginia (USA)-based software company providing building energy management solutions.  He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency, blockchain and sensor integration projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy and the State of Virginia. He is the 2022 IEEE President-elect.

Jessica Bian
President, IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES)
Vice-President, Grid-X Partners, USA

Dr. Jessica Bian is the President of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES). She is a visionary leader and architect, has spearheaded electric industry’s reliability metrics and grid risk assessment. Currently she is the Vice President of Grid Services at Grid-X Partners.  Before that, she was with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington, DC. Previously, she was the Director of Performance Analysis at North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Under her leadership, a total of 18 industry-wide reliability indicators were established to determine grid reliability, adequacy, and associated risks.  She is widely recognized as a pioneer and trusted world leader in the field.

Shay Bahramirad
IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) President-Elect 2022
Senior Vice President, LUMA Energy, USA

Dr. Shay Bahramirad is the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Asset Management at LUMA Energy, the power company responsible for transforming electric service in Puerto Rico. In this role, she is responsible for the oversight, planning, and execution of plans to transform the power infrastructure.   This includes a foundation of developing local engineering talent, teams and processes, and the prudent application of emerging technologies and standards. Her primary goals are the safe, reliable, resilient, and sustainable delivery of electricity to the people of Puerto Rico.

Shay has held several positions in the sector including Vice President of Climate and Resilience at Quanta Technology, where she was responsible for assisting cities and utilities with climate change risk assessments for their assets, operations, and services and for developing investment strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid at ComEd, the electric utility serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, where she had led efforts to demonstrate and deploy technologies to ensure that the distribution system meets strategic goals related to reliability, resiliency and sustainability, while developing and implementing a broader community of the future vision including a focus on industry-informed STEM education for underrepresented communities in the industry including girls under her leadership, system reliability improved significantly. She has been an expert witness testifying on several state and federal regulatory proceedings around microgrids, energy storage, investment strategies, and the interconnection of distributed energy resources.

Dr. Bahramirad is a leading figure in the industry. She is the President-elect of IEEE Power and Energy Society, an editorial board member of the Electricity Journal, US CIGRE Executive member, an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a founder of IEEE Women in Power. She is a contributor to the United Nations SG7, Affordable and Clean Energy.

Shay completed her PhD in electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and has published more than many academic articles, as well as being the recipient of multiple US patents.

Claudio Cañizares
Fellow of IEEE, Royal Society of Canada, Canada Academy of Engineering
University Professor and Hydro One Endowed Chair
University of Waterloo, Canada
Editor-In-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid

Dr. Claudio Cañizares is a University Professor and the Hydro One Endowed Chair at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (E&CE) Department, and the Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) at the University of Waterloo, where he has held various academic and administrative positions since 1993 and has received multiple recognitions, especially the 2021-2022 Awards of Excellence in Graduate Supervision at both the University and Faculty of Engineering levels.  He obtained the Electrical Engineer degree from the Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN) in Quito-Ecuador in 1984, where he held different academic and administrative positions between 1983 and 1993, and his MSc (1988) and PhD (1991) degrees in Electrical Engineering are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His research activities focus on the study of stability, control, optimization, modeling, simulation, and computational issues in bulk power systems, microgrids, and energy systems in the context of competitive energy markets and smart grids.  In these areas, he has led or been an integral part of many grants and contracts from government agencies and private companies worth millions of dollars, and has collaborated with multiple industry and university researchers in Canada and abroad, supervising/co-supervising over 170 research fellows and graduate students.  He has authored/co-authored more than 350 publications with over 24,000 citations and a 70+ H-index, including journal and conference papers, technical reports, book chapters, disclosures and patents, and has been invited to deliver keynote speeches, seminars, tutorials, and presentations at many institutions and conferences worldwide.

He is the Editor-In-Chief of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (IEEE) Transactions on Smart Grid, the 2022-2023 IEEE Division VII Director of the IEEE and Power & Energy Society (PES) Boards, and a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, where he was the Director of the Applied Science and Engineering Division of the Academy of Science from 2017 to 2020, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.  He is also the recipient of the 2017 IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award, the 2016 IEEE Canada Electric Power Medal, and of multiple IEEE PES Technical Council and Committee awards and recognitions, holding leadership positions in several IEEE-PES Committees, Working Groups, and Task Forces.

Shu Yuen (Ron) Hui
Fellow of the IEEE, Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering, US National Academy of Inventors
MediaTek Endowed Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Y. (Ron) Hui (M’87-SM’94-F’03) received his BSc (Eng) Hons in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Birmingham in 1984 and a D.I.C. and PhD in Electrical Engineering at Imperial College London in 1987. He was previously Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor at the University of Hong Kong. Presently, he holds the MediaTek Endowed Professorship at Nanyang Technological University and a Chair Professorship of Power Electronics at Imperial College London.

He has published over 500 research papers including 300 refereed journal publications. Over 120 of his patents have been adopted by industry worldwide. His research interests include power electronics, wireless power, sustainable lighting, and smart grid. His inventions on wireless charging platform technology underpin key dimensions of Qi, the world’s first wireless power standard, with freedom of positioning and localized charging features for wireless charging of consumer electronics. He also developed the Photo-Electro-Thermal Theory for LED Systems and Electric Spring technology for smart grid. He received the IEEE Rudolf Chope R&D Award and the IET Achievement Medal (The Crompton Medal) in 2010, and IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering, US National Academy of Inventors, and Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K.

Amit K. Gupta
Fellow of IEEE, IET, and IES
Head of Rolls-Royce Electrical at Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd.
Director of the Electrical Programme at Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate lab and Rolls-Royce Director for the Electrical Power System Integration Lab @ NTU (EPSIL@N)

Amit K. Gupta holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Roorkee and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS). During 2000-12, he worked for Bechtel Corporation, Samsung Heavy Industries, Delphi Automotive Systems and Vestas Wind Systems. Since August 2012, he is Head of Rolls-Royce Electrical at Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd.  He is Director of the Electrical Programme at Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate lab and Rolls-Royce Director for the Electrical Power System Integration Lab @ NTU (EPSIL@N).

He holds 50 patents/patent applications and published more than 150 papers in international conferences and journals.  He has been Adjunct Professor with a few universities. He holds a six sigma Green Belt Certificate from Delphi Automotive Systems and trained in six sigma Black Belt techniques through Vestas Wind Systems. He is a recipient of, “2021 – IEEE McMurray Award for Industry Achievements in Power Electronics”, “2019 – The IET Premium Awards”, “2016 – inaugural IEEE R10 Industry-Academia collaboration award for developing world class electrical R&D lab EPSIL@N”, “2005- Prize paper from the IEEE IAS – Industrial Power Converter Committee”. He also received several Rolls-Royce Engineering & Technology (E&T) Awards for Engineering Excellence and Vestas Innovation excellence award 2009 for being top 5 innovators of Vestas Global Research.

He is an IEEE IAS distinguished lecturer for 2022-23. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transitions on Power Electronics and plays an active role in organizing electrical power engineering conferences in Asia. He is Fellow of IEEE – USA, IET – UK, IES – Singapore, and a Chartered Engineer – Engineering Council (UK).

Nando Ochoa
Professor of Smart Grids and Power System
University of Melbourne, Australia

Luis (Nando) Ochoa is Professor of Smart Grids and Power Systems at The University of Melbourne, Australia. He is an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer, an Editorial Board Member of the IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, and an IEEE Senior Member. Previously, from 2011 to 2021, he was full and part-time with The University of Manchester, UK. From 2007 to 2010 he was a Research Fellow in Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh, UK. In 2010, he also undertook an industrial secondment with the Edinburgh-based company Psymetrix Ltd (part of GE). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering received from UNI (Peru), and a Research MSc and a PhD in Electrical Power Engineering, both received from UNESP Ilha Solteira (Brazil).

His research team has produced 200+ research papers in peer-reviewed top-class international journals and conferences, 80+ technical reports, and two patents, one filed by Psymetrix Ltd and one filed by The University of Melbourne.

Thomas Reindl
Deputy CEO, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), National University of Singapore (NUS) Cluster Director, Solar Energy Systems

Thomas Reindl is Deputy CEO of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and Principal Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

He started with photovoltaics (PV) in 1992 at the SIEMENS Corporate R&D Labs. After holding several management positions at SIEMENS and running one of the leading German PV systems integration companies as Chief Operating Officer, he joined SERIS in 2010 and soon became Director of the Solar Energy System cluster. During his time at SERIS, he won public research grants in excess of SGD 20 million, founded 2 spin-off companies and authored strategic scientific papers such as the “PV Roadmap for Singapore”.
Dr. Reindl holds a Master in Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences and an MBA from INSEAD, all awarded with highest honors. His research interest are high-performance PV and embedded systems, techno-economic road-mapping and the reliable integration of renewable energies into power systems.

He is also the Principal Investigator of the “Floating PV testbed” project in Singapore.

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