Speaker Profiles

Johan Malmstrom

Cyber Security Manager, PG Grid Integration


I have worked with-in IT and OT since the early 1990-ies, the last ten years focusing on control system for Power system applications like HVDC and AC transmission. I have a bachelor degree in Computer Science. Current position is Cyber Security Manager for the ABB business unit Grid Integration. I also work with-in the IEC TC57 with IEC 61850 and IEC 62351. 

Jeroen Fidder



Jeroen is an advisor and architect in the energy industry. He aims to improve the way energy is delivered today with a keen eye on the challenges of tomorrow. Working with grid operations, asset management, and IT and OT specialists Jeroen has improved safety, delivery performance, and efficiency at DSOs and TSOs. He has a background in energy economics and has >10 years of experience in the energy industry.

Bas Kruimer

Senior Manager


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.

Laurent van Groningen

Lead Architect


Laurent van Groningen and Peter de Koning both are Lead-architect at Alliander IT-Asset, where today’s and tomorrow’s substation automation, SCADA and Geographical Information Systems’ challenges are answered. Laurent van Groningen started his career on supplier side with product management on primary electrical equipment. Next, as product life cycle manager he developed a portfolio of condition monitoring hardware, substation condition monitoring and asset data management solutions as lead in an international solution team. In 2015 he joined Alliander as Lead Architect with focus on digital grid technology like automation and SCADA system with focus on integration and security.

Peter de Koning

Lead Architect


Peter de Koning started as consultant and developer for ERP, mobile workorder and GIS solutions for electric, gas and water utilities. Later he switched to project management and solution architecture roles for distribution management and risk-based asset management processes and projects. In 2014 he joined Alliander and currently works as Lead Architect with focus on especially Geo/GIS architecture and strategy and its relation to outage management, digital grid related solutions and processes.

Abdo Saad

Department Manager

Con Edison

Abdo Saad joined Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. in 1995 and has held the positions of Sr. System Analyst, Systems Specialist, Systems Manager and Department Manager. In his current capacity at System Operation, he leads several teams supporting the main control centres. His areas of responsibility include the Energy Management Systems (EMS) that monitor and control the Bulk Electric and Steam systems; the Operational Management Systems (OMS); cybersecurity; NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Compliance; physical security; Technical Support & Networks; and 24x7 Watch Engineer (support) desk. Abdo has worked in the areas of process control, communications, database management, system management, firewall administration, LAN administration and software development. For most of his career he has supported real-time EMS and SCADA and has managed numerous projects from establishing a control centre to implementing a new EMS. Abdo holds degrees in Electrical Technology, Engineering Sciences, and Electrical Engineering. He is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu (EKN)—the Electrical Engineering Honor Society and he holds several academic and Company awards. In 2002 he was featured on the cover of Gas Utility Manager for winning the Industry Innovator Award.

Andrew Tsonchev

Director of Technology

Darktrace Industrial

Andrew oversees Darktrace’s OT security offerings, providing cyber defense solutions for industrial environments. Andrew has worked extensively across all aspects of Darktrace's technical and commercial operations, and advises Darktrace’s strategic Fortune 500 customers on advanced threat detection, machine learning and autonomous response. Andrew has a technical background in threat analysis and research, and holds a first-class degree in physics from Oxford University and a first-class degree in philosophy from King’s College London.

Thomas Pump

Head of Asset Information Systems

E.ON Climate & Renewables GmbH

Thomas is responsible for the Process IT at E.ON climate & Renewables. He leads a team of 30 highly motivated experts from different disciplines (SCADA, Network security, Network Management, Software developer, Project Manager and Business Analysts, PI Engineers and Administrators) Thomas is also operating a global platform for monitoring and control of wind turbines in the US and Europe - on- and offshore.

Aurelio Blanquet

Director, Division of Automation and Telecommunications & Chair EE-ISAC


Aurélio Blanquet has an MBA in Business Administration and is graduated in Electronics Engineering. Since 1st January is Director of the Networks Digital Platform in EDP Distribuição, the Portuguese DSO, with the responsibility for Mission Critical ICS and SCADA, Digital Grid, Connectivity, OT Cybersecurity and the supervision and operation of Critical Services. Previously, he was Director of Automation and Telecommunications since 2007. He was Chair of the EE-ISAC (European Energy Information Sharing and Analysis Centre from 2015-2017, and is Vice-Chair of EUTC (European Utilities Telecommunications Council), Member of the Assembly Committee of ENCS (European Network for Cyber Security), Member of the Board of Directors of Prime Alliance and member of Eurelectric WG ADSM (Active Distribution System Management).

Paulo Viegas

SCADA Division Product Manager


Paulo Viegas is currently the Product Manager of ScateX# the SCADA/DMS/OMS/ADMS of EFACEC Automation. Until 2016, he was the SCADA R&D manager. He has background in different projects related to Power Energy Systems and Smart Grids. He holds Project Management Training, Master's degree in Computer Science and Degree in Electrical Engineering. Main areas of activity: Power Energy Systems, Smart Grids; Software Product Management; and Software Engineering.

Raido Rosenberg

Head of Network Systems Development


Raido Rosenberg holds a M.Sc in Electrical Power Engineering from Tallinn University of Technology. Raido started in Elektrilevi, Estonia’s largest DSO, with leading the grid automation program within Control Centre before moving on to managing various large scale IT/OT development projects in Elektrilevi. Today Raido is managing the Network Systems Development Department and is responsible for systems related development projects, systems architecture and data analytics within Elektrilevi.

Arjen Jongepier

Innovation & Sustainability


Arjen Jongepier has more than 25 years’ experience in the energy utility industry. He holds an M.Sc. and a Ph.D degree power system engineering, with an emphasis on the technical and financial optimization of the energy chain. This chain is a close cooperation between production from various sources, via robust and safe transmission and balancing systems, to consumers of energy, great and small. As a system innovator, Arjen is very interested in opportunities to improve the optimization by new cooperation schemes with customers and stakeholders, while maintaining the societal KPI’s sustainable, reliable and affordable.

Paraskevi Kasse

Network & Information Security Officer


Paraskevi’s work in ENISA focuses on enhancing the cybersecurity posture of utilities in Energy sector (Electricity, Oil and Gas). Furthermore, she is dealing with security aspects of ICS/SCADA systems and cybersecurity aspects related to energy sector in the European NIS Directive. Paraskevi has been awarded a diploma in computer engineering and informatics, she holds an MSc in Information Science and Technology. Prior to joining ENISA, she worked as a security expert for 7 years at the Hellenic National CERT.

Tony Hearne

Future Networks Manager

ESB Networks

Tony Hearne began working with ESB in 1978 as an apprentice electrician. He worked a variety of disciplines, in the field.  In 1996 having acquired an internal scholarship, he received a degree in Electrical Engineering from University College Dublin. He worked in the areas of Network Operations and Protection.  In 2006 he was appointed Manager, Renewable Planning, where he managed the issue of connection offers for some 3000MW of generation connection, most of which were wind. More recently, he has taken up a more strategic role within ESB Networks and has been made responsible for the development of an Integrated Vision for an Active ESB Distribution Network.

Frederic Wauquiez

Distribution & Smart Grid Senior Product Manager

GE Grid Software Solutions

Frédéric Wauquiez is Senior Product Manager for Distributed Energy Resources within GE Grid Software Solutions. He is in charge of defining the strategy and the roadmap for GE’s DERM solution, designed to help utilities address the challenges of DER disruption. Previously, Frédéric led the operational and financial setup of innovative Smart Grid pilot projects for utilities globally. He led the packaging, marketing and selling of Smart Grid solutions resulting from these projects. Frédéric has over nineteen years of experience in international B2B Business Development, in the Space, Telecom Infrastructure, Energy Efficiency and Power Grid domains. He held various positions in tendering management, marketing, business development, solution management and entrepreneur-ship. A power solution and service line that he co-founded for telecom networks in areas with poor electricity supply received European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Europe prize in 2010. Frédéric graduated as an engineer from SUPAERO, leading French aerospace engineering school, and has a degree in Entrepreneurship from ESCP Europe Business School.

Ksenija Žubrinić-Kostović

Head of Operational Analysis and Business IT Section


Received M.El.En. at Faculty of Electrical Engineering University of Zagreb in 1986. I am with Croatian Power Company from 1986 and from 1998 I work in Croatian Transmission System Operator (HOPS). In HOPS I am responsibal for many project for signal processing in substation and control centers, involved in research work on process information models for supervision and control of electric power system. I was a project leader for implementation of intelligent alarm procesing in HOPS Important on going project in company is unification of process information data for SCADA Systems in Control Centers and Substations where I am Team leader. Participating in the work of a Team for implementation Network and Information Security directive. I am NC CIGRE member in B5 since 2007 and I was author of many papers for high voltage transmission network area. I participated as an active member of the international Cigre B5.12 working group on the "Engineering Guidelines for IEC 61850 Based Digital SAS" brochure. I have published papers at international conferences CIGRE and IEEE Melecon.

Jose Manuel Corera Sanchez

Head of Control Systems


Electrical engineer from Bilbao Superior Engineering School and MSc from Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK. MBA from Euroforum Escorial, Spain. After working in automation firm Robotiker joined Iberdrola in 1989. He is now responsible for the Control Systems Department in Iberdrola Distribution, with the responsibilities for control systems, metering systems and cyber security. He also coordinates the integration activity for control systems in Iberdrola networks (international). He has been responsible for Iberdrola for several R&D collaborative National and European projects, and among others acting as coordinator of FP6 project FENIX. He is involved in CIGRE, CIRED and IEC Conferences win tasks related to network management.

Biren Gandhi

Global Work & Asset Optimisation and Renewable Energy Solutions Leader


Biren Gandhi leads and manages global advisory consulting practice in the Work & Asset Optimization and Renewable Energy domain, practice is comprised of subject matter experts based in the US, Europe and Asia. He advises and works with clients globally in the area of digital transformation (digitization of the energy value chain), Cognitive solutions, work and asset optimization, power generation business processes, OT-IT Integration Strategy, Operations and maintenance Service transformation, setup of cloud based service delivery platforms. He is a regular speaker at the industry conferences and forums on the topic of digital transformation data and analysis, Wind O&M and Internet of things in the energy and utilities industry. He is an Instrumentation Engineer from Mumbai University -1998 and a M.B.A from Stuttgart, Germany -2002.

Alexander Harsch

Head of Cyber Security 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 and 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 and ISO 27001). Alexander is a certified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor and 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.

Fabian Cholewa

Group Security, Head of Human Firewall Campaign


Fabian Cholewa joined RWE/Innogy in 2011 as a communications engineer and has worked over the last 6 years as a specialist for communication within the electronic grid. Fabian is now responsible for the awareness program “Human Firewall” within Innogy. The Human Firewall is a campaign to educate employees in cyber security in their day-to-day working environment. It is rolled out internationally and made available to all of Innogy’s employees. Before joining the Human Firewall campaign, Fabian was responsible for conceptual designs of ICT- and telecommunication Systems, SIEMS and IT-architecture. Fabian is a certified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor.  With more than 6 years of practical work with cyber security for DSOs, he is a subject matter expert within Innogy’s Group Security for cyber security in the grid.

Boaz Landsberger

Information Security

Israel Electric Company

Boaz Landsberger has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry, specializing in Cyber Security. Since 2002 Boaz is one of the leaders of Cyber Security at Israel Electric Corporation (IEC). As of now, Boaz is deputy manager of the Cyber Security Department at IEC, specializing in regulation (SOX, PCI and Privacy Protection Law), Risk Management, Data Leakage Prevention and Cyber Initiatives abroad. Boaz is a computer science engineer, graduating from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Boaz served for 20 years in the army in the IT and Cyber Security fields and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Frank Toorenburg

Account Manager Enterprise

Kaspersky Lab

Frank Toorenburg has over 20 years’ experience in a broad range of IT branches, industry, (I)OT and embedded solutions. Frank is an IT generalist who translates security issues into everyday language that is easily understandable by all business units and people. In 2017 he joined Kaspersky Lab, a global leader in enterprise IT security, to be a trusted advisor in the unique requirements of industrial cybersecurity.

Gediminas Černiauskas

Head of Control Systems Group


Gediminas Cerniauskas, has over 17 years of experience in SCADA-EMS and RTU‘s administration, serving in various roles such as Senior Engineer, Management System Architect of Transmission Network, and his most recent promotion, Head of control system group at LITGRID AB. His main responsibility is to ensure SCADA systems security, stability, availability and recovery time. The most important achievement is IP based solutions integrations in SCADA systems to simplify real time data management, diagnostic and recovery time.

Arūnas Medekša

EMS/SCADA Architect


Arunas is an EMS/SCADA architect at Lithuanian Electricity Transmission System Operator “Litgrid”. He is responsible for implementation of a new EMS/SCADA system provided by GE. The project team of Lithuania is the first globally that has virtualized GE EMS/SCADA production environment. Arunas works at Litgrid for 3 years, but his interest in automation lasts much longer - he has been interested in cars electronic systems since high school - he knows how to start engine with no keys of many cars. In his free time, Arunas likes DIY home automation systems, travelling and photography.

Mark Ossel

Vice President, Board member

Networked Energy Services Corporation, 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 influential 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. Based on his experience, and the contacts with many utilities cross EMEA & APJ, he is frequently invited on many international events as speaker, chairman and forum member on the subjects of energy management; smart metering, smart grid, smart home & smart building. Mark has a Dutch nationality, lives in the Netherlands and is a member of Rotary International, non-executive member of various boards and active in the Unesco World Heritage program.

Sanjay K. Agarwal

Principal Consultant, Product Management

Open Systems International Inc.

Sanjay K. Agarwal is a Principal Consultant in the Product Management department at Open Systems International, Inc. As a product manager for Generation and Market applications, one of his core responsibilities is defining and shaping the Generation Management product and its features to the constantly changing needs of regulated power operations and de-regulated power markets. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from University of Houston, Texas and Master of Electrical Engineering degree in Power/Control Systems from Auburn University in Alabama. Sanjay has more than 30 years of experience in the SCADA/EMS industry, both on the vendor and utility side of the business. His passion continues to be generation and power market operations while bundling the operational rules and protocols in generation products. Sanjay is based out of Open Systems International’s Houston, Texas, USA office.

Nuno Pinho da Silva


R&D Nester

Nuno Pinho da Silva is Researcher at R&D Nester. Prior to joining R&D Nester, Nuno was responsible for Operations Research RD&I activities at Albatroz Engineering. Nuno was full member of the Larsys and visiting researcher at the GaTech GVU centre. He served as principal investigator at the Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon and as professor at the High Institute of Engineering of Lisbon and at the School of Business and Administration of Setúbal. Nuno Pinho da Silva holds a 5-year Degree, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon, with major in Systems, Decision and Control. He holds an Executive Master in Applied Business Analytics from the INDEG-IUL Executive Education and a certificate in the Regulation of Power Sector from the Florence School of Regulation, both with honours. He is senior member of the regulatory and licensing body for the engineering profession in Portugal with the highest degree of qualification.  Nuno is actively engaged with ENTSO-E and ETIP-SNET.

Paul Plessiez

Project Manager and member of EDI WG group ENTSO-E


Paul Plessiez works as an IT project manager at RTE, the French Transmission System Operator. As such, he is involved in various European IT implementation projects related to electricity interconnections. He is also part of ENTSO-E working groups focusing on data exchange standardization and electricity market modelling.

Stefan Straubinger

Electrical Engineer

Salzburg Netz

Stefan Straubinger graduated from Graz University of Technology in 2014 as a Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering. Since 2014 he works at Salzburg Netz GmbH in the department of electrical grids. His work focuses on several network analysis applications within the central control system as well as the GIS system. In this respect he is involved in a Smart Grids Project dealing with Volt-Var-Control. Furthermore, he is responsible for condition assessments on various assets within Salzburg Netz.

Alexander Krauss

Project Manager


Alexander Krauss is Senior Key Expert for Control Center Technology within the organization of the Smart Grid Division, Infrastructure & Cities Sector, Siemens AG. He studied Electrical Engineering at Georg-Simon-Ohm University of Nuremberg. His professional career started as a software developer working on Siemens’ control centre platform. The following two years he moved and worked at Siemens A/S Oslo, Norway being responsible as technical project manager for Scandinavian projects. From 1996 to 2001 he relocated to Siemens Minneapolis, USA executing major projects such as Hydro Quebec as Senior Project Manager. He continued project management for customers world-wide at Siemens Germany from 2001 onward. During the same time providing consulting and training in the area of Power and Control Center technology as well. Since 2012 Alexander Krauss is the responsible Senior Key Expert in the Sales Department of Siemens Smart Grid Division, IC.

Anne Van der Molen

Expert Asset Management, Grid Strategy


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 an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering.

Lhoussain Lhassani

Data Communication and Cyber Security Expertise


Dr Lhoussain Lhassani is senior asset manager within Stedin. Stedin is the grid owner in the west and centre of the Netherlands.

One of his focuses is the implementation of IP network for the communication for the Electric Power Utilities. Stedin is now implementing the protocols IEC-104 and the IEC-61850, based on TCP/IP and Ethernet in the substations and to communicate with the control centres. One of his challenges is the further optimisation through the use of All-IP or Ethernet for the communication in the world of high voltage (telemetry, telecommand and teleprotection).

Another interest is the optimisation of the IT-technology to support the business requirements.

Markus Lenzin

Head of Substation Automation


Markus Lenzin is the head of substation automation technology at Swissgrid AG. Swissgrid is the Transmission System Operator in Switzerland. Markus has over 25 years working experience in information technology, information security and SCADA environment area. He has worked in several ICT functions. In the current role in Swissgrid he leads a team in the department Grid Development which main responsibilities are engineering, projects, information security, architecture solutions, system integration and communication regarding substation automation systems.

Jan Vorrink

Manager National Control Centre, System Operations


Jan Vorrink has a BSc and an MBA from Kingston University. Since 2001, he has been working in the electricity market, as a project-manager and as manager for the Dutch TSO TenneT. He is an active participant in several European associations like ENTSO and the former UCTE. He is responsible for the National Control Centre of the Netherlands for Grid safety calculations and for the (inter)national Balancing of the electricity market.

Dr. Christian Doerr

Assistant Professor Cyber Security

TU Delft

Christian is working in the broad area of network security and critical infrastructure protection. His research focus is designing resilient network systems, localizing and estimating current threats through real-time situational awareness in networks as well as conducting threat intelligence on adversaries. Prior to joining Delft University of Technology, he was at the University of Colorado, USA, where he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. While most of his work focuses on technology, he also integrates sociotechnical aspects of cyber security with this background in his research.

Gert Rietveld

Senior Scientist


Gert Rietveld is chief metrologist of VSL, the national metrology institute of The Netherlands. His research focuses on precision measurements for electricity grids. This covers phasor measurements using PMUs, metering, power quality, instrument transformers, and transformer loss measurements. He is active in several international committees of CIGRE, IEC, IEEE, and the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM).