Speaker Biographies

Christoph Brunner

President of it4power & Convenor
IEC TC 57 WG10

Christoph Brunner graduated as an electrical engineer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1983. He is a Utility Industry professional with over 25 years of industry experience with both knowledge across several areas within the Utility Industry and of technologies from the Automation Industry. He is president of it4power in Switzerland, a consulting company to the power industry. He has worked as a project manager at ABB Switzerland Ltd in the business area Power Technology Products in Zurich / Switzerland where he was responsible for the process close communication architecture of the substation automation system. He is convenor of the working group (WG) 10 of the IEC TC57 and member of WG 17, 18 and 19 of IEC TC57. He is IEEE Fellow, member of IEEE-PES and IEEE-SA. He is active in several working groups of the IEEE-PSRC (Power Engineering Society – Relay Committee) and member of the PSRC main committee and the subcommittee H. He is international advisor to the board of the UCA international users group.

Grégory Huon

Head of Engineering Governance

Grégory Huon received degrees of Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering, Institut Supérieur Industriel de Mons, Belgium – 2000) and Master of Science (IT and Management, Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, Belgium – 2003). Grégory began his career in the Transmission field in 2000.  After an experience as Project Leader (2001-2006) and Team Leader (2006-2008) in infrastructure projects, Gregory was between 2008 and 2012 head of Secondary Systems department (technical governance & expertise level) within Elia TSO in Belgium.   In 2013 Grégory took on responsibility for the infrastructure replacement projects – primary and secondary systems – for the Elia network in Belgium.  In 2015, Grégory took on responsibility for the Engineering Governance department.  Grégory is specialised in infrastructure project management, asset management and secondary systems expertise. Since 2012 Grégory has been leading the ENTSO-E WG on IEC 61850 standard and the Cigré Working Group B5.50 “IEC 61850 Based Substation Automation Systems – Users Expectations and Stakeholders Interactions”.  Grégory is also active within IEC TC57 WG10 as liaison D for ENTSO-E and he convenes the Belgian mirror committee of IEC TC57.  In 2017, Grégory took on the leadership of the Task 7.1 Interoperability of the European Commission funded project “Osmose”.

Alex Apostolov

Principal Engineer at OMICRON & Editor-in-Chief – PAC World Magazine
OMICRON & PAC World Magazine

Alexander Apostolov received MS degree in Electrical Engineering, MS in Applied Mathematics and Ph.D. from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has more than 35 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 Power Systems Relaying Committee and Substations C0 Subcommittee. He is the past Chairman of the Relay Communications Subcommittee, serves on many IEEE PES and CIGRE B5 Working Groups. He is member of IEC TC57 and Convener of CIGRE WG B5.27 ”Implications and Benefits of Standardised Protection Schemes”. He holds four patents and has authored and presented more than 400 technical papers. He is IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is Editor-in-Chief of PAC World.

Rannveig Loken

Project Manager

Rannveig Loeken’s special field of interest is protection and control for the transmission system. She is currently the project manager in Statnett for an R&D project related to Digital substation. She has many years’ experience from her position as Head of the Control and Protection section in Statnett. Since 2012 Rannveig has been the secretary of CIGRÉ Study Commitee B5. In addition, the work in CIGRÉ Working groups is of great interest, she is currently a member of WG B5.53. In addition, she is in the Advisory board of PAC world, Committee member of DPSP, and Member of International Advisory Committee APA.

Mohd Iqbal Ridwan

Principal Researcher (System Automation)
TNB Research Sdn Bhd

Mr. Mohd Iqbal bin Ridwan is currently Principal Researcher (System Automation) in TNB Research Sdn Bhd. He received his Bsc. Degree from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan in 2005 and MBA from University Tenaga Nasional in 2018. He has been with Tenaga Nasional Berhad for 13 years. His research interests include; IEC 61850 based Substation Protection, Automation and Control; Smart Grid; Reliability Engineering. He is involved as corresponding member in the following international technical committees; CIGRE WG B5.59 “Requirements for Near-Process Intelligent Electronic Devices”; CIGRE WG B5.53 “Test Strategy for Protection, Automation and Control (PAC) functions in a full digital substation based on IEC 61850 applications”; North America IEC 61850 Process Bus User Task Force. He received the Best Promising Researcher award by TNB Research Sdn Bhd in 2013. He also has authored and presented more than 25 technical papers and journals throughout his career

Byung Tae Jang

Principal Researcher

Byungtae Jang received his B.S degree in electrical engineering from Busan National University, Korea in 1990. His research interests are protective relaying, Substation Automation System. He has been working in KEPCO since 1990. He is currently a Principal researcher at KEPCO research institute. He is in charge of development of testing tools for IEC 61850 system and substation restoration

Peter Rümenapp

Team Leader, Control and Automation Technology
Amprion GmbH

Mr. Rümenapp studied electrical engineering with specialization in automation at the University of Applied Sciences Hagen. He has more than 35 years’ professional experience in power generation and transportation. Mr. Rümenapp is an employee of the secondary technology department at Amprion GmbH. Within the department, he is team leader for the field of control and automation technology. He is also Information Security Manager for the area of secondary technology. Mr. Rümenapp has been involved in information security for more than 10 years as part of his work. Amprion has been operating an ISMS in accordance with ISO / IEC 27000 since March 2010. One of the many rules outlined is, that all new technologies of secondary systems that are integrated into the process network must be audited according to BDEW white papers. In this respect, Amprion has formulated a separate chapter “IT Security” for the tendering of a new substation automation system based on IEC 61850 in 2014

David MacDonald

System Monitoring Lead Engineer

David works for Iberdrola Distribution, 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 Distribution in 2012


Priyanka Mohapatra

Senior Project Manager
SP Energy Networks

Priyanka Mohapatra is currently working as RIIO T2 Innovation Lead at SP Energy Networks. She previously led, and was involved in, the conceptualisation of several innovation projects enhancing grid observability, controllability and standardisation of digital technologies. Prior to joining SPEN, Priyanka was working with Siemens AG for 8 years. She started at Siemens Ltd., India as an electrical engineer before moving to Siemens AG Global R&D, Germany working as a software developer and project manager for SCADA, EMS, DMS systems. She then worked with Siemens Protection Devices Ltd., UK as a product owner and senior engineer designing and developing protection devices. Priyanka holds a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering and an MSc. in Renewable Energy Systems Technology.

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 fulfils several roles.

Nikolay Ignatovski

Engineer in Automation – Substation Automation System

Nikolay Ignatovski received his MS degree in Electrical Engineering and Automatics from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the maintenance and testing of operation, control and protection equipment in power distribution and transmission substations in Bulgaria. In 2001, he started to work as Relay protection and Automation engineer and later he joined the Distribution network operating regimes analysis group at the Sofia city DSO Company. In 2007, he became a member of the “Electrical Power Substations Operation & Maintenance” department at the Bulgarian TSO company “ESO” EAD where he worked as a Power transmission engineer. From 2012, he works as an engineer in Automation – substation automation systems in the TSO’s National Dispatching Center.

Anne van der Molen

Technology Officer

Anne van der Molen is grid strategist for the Dutch DSO Stedin He joined Stedin in 2011 to help develop Stedin’s emergence as digital DSO. In the past five years, he has been involved in strategy planning and asset management, distribution automation programs and programs around digital asset lifecycle management, analytics and digital grid operations. Anne has represented Stedin in several national task forces and is member of EDSO’s technology committee. Previously, Anne worked as solution manager and strategic product manager for a major telecoms equipment and services company.  He holds a Msc degree in Electrical Engineering.

Nicholas Etherden

Senior R&D Engineer

Nicholas Etherden works at Vattenfall in Stockholm, Sweden as senior R&D engineer. He is a specialist in power utility automation and renewable energy generation. He has an MSc in Engineering Physics from Uppsala University, 2001 and a PhD in Electric Power Engineering from Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, 2014. He has 15 years’ experience as relay application engineer at ABB and consultant at ABB subsidy STRI. Nicholas is also convener of the IEC Technical Committee 88 working group 25 that maintains the variant of IEC 61850 used in the wind domain.

Anders Johnsson

Power System Specialist
Vattenfall Eldistribution

Anders Johnsson has more than 20 years’ experience in substation automation, with a focus on IEC 61850 communication. He is the Swedish representative in Cigré study committee B5 Protection and Automation as well as in IEC TC57 and earlier also as convenor of TC88/TC57 joint 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. Anders Johnsson has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.”

Abhinav Sadu

Research Associate
E.ON Energy Research Centre

Abhinav Sadu received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering and information technology from RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany in 2014, where he is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree with the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems, E.ON Energy Research Center. Abhinav is currently employed as Research Associate at E.ON Energy Research Centre, RWTH  Aachen. His current research interests include design of monitoring and automation systems for active distribution grids, IEC 61850 based automation, grid resiliency studies and modelling of complex power systems.

Sander Jansen

Data Architect

At the Alliander IT department, Sander takes a role as data architect and is involved in the use of IEC CIM and IEC 61850. Sander had multiple positions within Alliander on the edge of electrical technology and IT/OT. Being a strong open source believer, Sander consults in the use of open source within the energy world. He is convinced that open source can help to make the energy grid more reliable, innovative, secure, flexible and sustainable, all resulting in a lower cost for society.

Roberto Zangrandi

Secretary General
EDSO for Smart Grids 

Roberto Zangrandi has joined EDSO for Smart Grids as a Special Adviser on secondment from Enel Group of Italy in 2014 and has been appointed as Secretary General in March 2017. He has been running the European Public Affairs office in Brussels for Enel between 2007 and 2014. Previously with Enel he had been Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Identity and Image, Corporate Communication Plans. In his background 12 years with Fiat (Director of External Relations in Frankfurt and Head of International Media Relations) and 15 years an economic and financial journalist (last position, chief editor with Il Mondo, in Italy) are to be found. In addition, he worked as organisational communication expert for a prime consulting company over some years. He studied Political Science and Sociology and held the postgraduate chair of Public Relations at Udine University, the first one teaching the practice in Italy.

Sebastien Krause

Senior Consultant and Head of Security Audits
GAI NetConsult GmbH

Sebastian Krause, worked for more than 20 years for different consulting companies in the areas of information security and IT forensics after his study of communications engineering. Since 2010, Mr. Krause is working with GAI NetConsult GmbH as senior consultant and head of security audits. In this role, he is responsible for technical security audits with a major focus on process control and automation technologies as well as consulting services in terms of information security managements systems based on ISO/IEC 27001. Mr. Krause has conducted security audits of substation automation systems (IEC 60870-5-104 and IEC 61850) as well as SCADA systems of all major vendors in the D-A-CH market based on the BDEW Whitepaper and ISO/IEC 27019.

Gerardo Rebollar

Executive Business Development
GE Energy 

Gerardo Rebollar is currently Executive Business Development Leader within Grid Automation, having completed a seven-year cycle as Substation Automation general manager from 2010. He was leading the operation & development of innovative products, concepts and architectures in the domain of protection and control systems for Digital Substation solutions. Gerardo has 30 years’ experience in both electrical and industrial automation industries. He graduated as Electronic and Communications Engineer and joined Telemecanique in 1988 in the field of power electronics and motor controls. He moved to France in 1992 leading the road map of speed drive controllers. In 2005 he obtained his Executive MBA. In 2007 he was appointed Innovation Vice President in Schneider Toshiba Joint Venture, last position before moving to Areva T&D by 2009 as Gas Insulated Substations marketing and project director. Gerardo is married with two kids and likes aircrafts, sport flying and automotive car design.  He enjoys also playing theater, travel in natural open spaces and visiting historical cities.

Leandro Monaco

Global Product Manager Electrical Control Systems
ABB Industrial Automation – Control Technologies

Leandro Monaco is graduated in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on Automation and Control and holds a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He is also post-graduated in Business Management and Marketing by the Administration Institute Foundation, in São Paulo, Brazil. Leandro has more than 10 years’ experience in Process Automation, and since 2009 he has been focused on Electrical Control Systems (ECS) applied to industrial plants, with special attention in the IEC 61850 standard. Having worked as Process Control Engineer at the start of his career and thereafter to Electrical Control Engineer, he led and commissioned more than 25 ECS projects since then, in Oil & Gas and Mining plants. He was Engineering Manager for ECS in ABB Brazil and also was globally responsible for the IEC61850 Center of Excellence for Mining projects in ABB. His experience of both Process and Electrical Control allows him to perfectly understand the needs of an industrial plant regarding electrical systems. In 2014, he joined ABB Sweden to act as Global Product Manager for Electrical Control Systems in the Industrial Automation division. Leandro has published several articles in the area of Electrical Control Systems and IEC 61850 standard.

Fred Steinhauser

IEC 61850 and Digital Substation Expert

Fred Steinhauser studied Electrical Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology, where he obtained his diploma in 1986 and received a Dr. of Technical Sciences in 1991. In 1998 he joined OMICRON, where he worked on several aspects of testing power system protection. Since 2000 he worked as a product manager with a focus on power utility communication. Since 2014 he has been responsible for the Power Utility Communication business of OMICRON. Fred Steinhauser is a member of WG10 in the TC57 of the IEC and contributes the standard IEC 61850. He is one of the main authors of the UCA Implementation Guideline for Sampled Values (9-2LE). As a member of CIGRÉ he is active within the scope of SC D2 and SC B5. He also contributed to the synchrophasor standards IEEE C37.118.1 and IEEE C37.118.2.

Joe Stevens

Marketing Manager
Triangle MicroWorks

Joe Stevens leads the product management and marketing at Triangle MicroWorks which includes software for implementing and testing standard communication protocols. Joe helps utilities, manufacturers, and integrators find the right solutions for IEC 61850, IEC 60870-5, DNP3, ICCP/TASE.2, Modbus, and OPC communications. Prior to Triangle MicroWorks, Joe worked on demand response and metering solutions at Siemens and designed communication hardware at IBM. Joe graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology and Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.

Bas Mulder

Senior Consultant

Mr Mulder is working as an International Business Developer, Consultant and Project Manager in the field of IEC 61850 Substation Automation together with other IEC standards like IEC 60870-5 for substation to control centre communication and CIM (IEC 61968, 61970) for control centre applications.  Mr Mulder has gained expert knowledge of IEC 61850 by developing conformance test tools and performing conformance tests for many numerous suppliers of substation automation equipment. Next to conformance testing Mr Mulder performed several international training sessions for utilities and technology providers.

Jürgen Resch

Industry Manager Energy

Jürgen Resch  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 COPA-DATA and occupies the role of Industry Manager Energy there. He manages a team that is responsible for product expansion and international sales in the energy sector. Mr. Resch is a member of the Technical Subcommittee MR 57 of the OVE [Austrian Electrotechnical Association] and a lector at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.