Speaker Profiles

Johan Malmstrom

Cyber Security Manager, PG Grid Integration

ABB

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. 

Glenn Janssen

Senior Manager

Accenture

Glenn is a Senior Manager at Accenture Security, with more than 10 years of experience in advising clients on cyber security, implementation of organisational changes and new technologies. He has particular experience in industrial control systems security, advanced cyber security monitoring, evolving security regulations as well as employee behavioural awareness. Glenn focuses on advising clients in the Energy and Utilities industries and has a deep understanding of his clients' business and needs to increase security posture.

Jeroen Fidder

Manager

Accenture

Laurent van Groningen

Lead Architect

Alliander

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

Alliander

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 Managers for winning the Industry Innovator Award.

Aurelio Blanquet

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

EDP

Aurélio Blanquet is graduated in Electronics Engineering and MBA in business administration.

Since 2007, he is Director for Automation and Telecommunications in the Portuguese DSO EDP

Distribuição. Mr. Blanquet was also former Project Leader in the InovGrid Project development, the Portuguese Smart Grid’s innovation initiative pursuing the upgrade of the Distribution Network to face the new needs and challenges of the electricity market. Actually, he is the responsible for the Distribution Automation, Telecommunications and Cyber Security projects within this Program. He is also Board Member at EUTC - European Telecom Utilities Telecom Council, and member at Eurelectric’s WG Distribution System Design.

Raido Rosenberg

Head of Network Systems Development

Elektrilevi

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

Enduris

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

ENISA

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.

Jose Manuel Corera Sanchez

Head of Control Systems

Iberdrola

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

IBM

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

Innogy

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

Innogy

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.

Gediminas Černiauskas

Head of Control Systems Group

LitGrid


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

LitGrid

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.

Nuno Pinho da Silva

Researcher

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.

Jorge Hidalgo López

Centre for Electrical Control and Integration of Renewable Energy

Red Eléctrica de España


Jorge Hidalgo obtained his Expert Degree in Industrial Engineering in 2006 from Deusto University of Bilbao. He has been working since then for the Spanish TSO: Red Eléctrica de España (REE) giving support and supervising the real-time work done in both the Electrical Control Centre (CECOEL) and the Control Centre for Renewable (CECRE). He is nowadays Coordinator of the technical office of the Grid Control Centre (CECORE) and associate professor of Carlos III University. During this time, he has participated in several international events concerning renewable energy integration and in working groups responsible for the development of multilateral agreements and new European regulations.

Paul Plessiez

Project Manager and member of EDI WG group ENTSO-E

RTE

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.

Walter Schaffer

Head of Load Distributor Center

Salzburg Netz

Water Schaffer, Head of Electrical Grids and Smart Grids Program Manager, Salzburg Netz GmbH (Austria) Walter Schaffer is responsible for the electrical distribution grid in Salzburg and the corresponding smart grids projects. The SGMS combines several national and European funded projects and was set up to develop the smart infrastructure of the future. During his time at Salzburg Netz GmbH he worked as an asset manager and network planning engineer and was head of the network operating center. He holds a Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Power Engineering from Graz University of Technology and a Master of Business Engineering (MBE) from Steinbeis University Berlin.

Alexander Krauss

Project Manager

Siemens

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

Stedin

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

Stedin

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

Swissgrid

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

Tennet

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

VSL

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).