Konstantin Turitsyn
Associate Professor, MIT

Topic: PMU Data Analytics Platform for Load Model and Oscillation Source Identification
Djalma Falcão
Full Professor, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Topic: Smart Grids and Micro Grids
His research interests encompass a broad range of problems related to development of novel mathematical tools for analysis of large-scale nonlinear and stochastic systems. These tools have been applied to problems arising in different domains, most importantly in the fields of statistical physics, optics, fluid mechanics and more recently power systems. His general research interest is in the area of computer methods for power system simulation, optimization, and control, and the application of high performance computing and intelligent systems techniques to power system problems. Prof. Falcão is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Ricardo Prada
Associate Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

Topic: The need for voltage stability analysis in voltage controlled buses by generators and compensators
Glauco Taranto
Professor Titular, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Topic: Application of Synchrophasors in Modern Power Systems
He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering and the M.S. degree in power systems both from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 1975 and 1977, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, U.K., in 1980. He is with Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he is Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering. He has experience in the field of Electrical Engineering, with emphasis on Electric Power Systems, working mainly on the following topics: small-signal stability, voltage stability, transient stability, robust control, optimal power flow, fast time-domain simulation, genetic algorithms, object-oriented modeling, phasor measurements, distributed generation and three-phase power flow.

Leontina Pinto
Director, Engenho

Topic: Electricity and climate change
Gabriel Olguin
Consultant, Power Business Limited

Topic: HVDC Transmission systems
Her experience include around fourty years of services for the electrical sector in Brazil and abroad, ranging from Planning and Operation to Trade and Risk Management, including Reliability, Markets, Tariffs, Strategies, Scenarios, Climate and Geomagnetism. Dr. Olguin has 24 years of professional experience in distribution and transmission of electric power, research and development of power products, teaching, engineering and regulatory consultancy. He is an expert in power electronics application, FACTS and HVDC, in transmission and distribution systems.

Claudio Cañizares
Full Professor, University of Waterloo

Topic: Power systems stability
Diego Gasca
OMICRON electronics Corp. USA

Topic: Testing solutions for power systems protection, measurement and power utility communication
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, and has collaborated with various industry and university researchers in Canada and abroad. He worked as Control and Protection Specialist in Advanced Automation, Siemens and GERS, participating in the development of protection and communication projects IEC61850 that took place in different countries of South and Central America. In 2016 he joined OMICRON as Regional Application Specialist in Protections and Communications of electrical systems.

Pedro David
Technical Consultant, Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (EPE)

Topic: Optimal energy planning of an electrical network
María N. Arboleda
General Manager, XM

Topic: Best operating practices for power electrical systems
His experience covers the design, installation and commissioning of Digital Protection, Supervision and Control Systems, Engineering Software development, Electrical Power Systems planning studies, regulatory analytical studies in Energy Marketing and Generation Energy Planning. He has given courses on Energy Planning; Energy Trading; Risk Management at FGV, IBMEC, CTEE and PUC-Rio. She is the general manager of XM, operator of the Interconnected System and administrator of the Wholesale Energy Market of Colombia. She has experience in planning and operation of power electrical systems, energy planning and wholesale energy market transactions. She also has been Manager of the National Dispatch Center, Director of Market Transactions, Director of Commercial Transactions and Director of Operation Planning at ISA.

Alberto Pigini
Private Consultant Worldwide

Topic: Proposal to improve insulation in transmission lines
Mario Ramos
Member of the Directive Commission of the Argentine Electrotechnical Association

Topic: Better use of existing resources with Live Working
He worked for more than 35 years at CESI Italy, as a researcher, research Manager and finally as Division Director. He has cooperated and coordinated research and consulting activity on external insulation, diagnostics, high voltage techniques and related to the development of the Italian 1000kV Project as described in more than 100 publications. He is Distinguished Member of Cigre and a IEEE Fellow Member. He has worked for 10 years in the position of Manager of Maintenance and Live Working on High Voltage Lines, in charge of the maintenance and operation of the high voltage overhead network and maintenance with medium and high voltage energized installations; in one of the most important Distributors in Argentina, currently occupying the position of Manager of Operations of the Transmission network.

Victor Cioban
Director, Faramax International

Topic: Reactive power management systems
Weisker-Gang Li
ABB China

Topic: High voltage switchgear - synchronized control
Specialized in solutions of flexible reactive power compensation based on magnetically controlled shunt reactors. He is also a director of power transformers plant Faramax Trafo in Spain (formerly ETESA). He had managed equipment manufacturing businesses serving energy sector, including ZTR (Ukraine), a power transformer plant. Before industry, he worked in finance, working in private equity investment sector. He has worked in ABB for 3 years, worked for Siemens for 3.5 years, and has 12.5 years working experiences on High voltage switchgears, such as Engineering, R&D, Electromagnetic simulation, technical support etc. Main areas of responsibility and interest includes digital gas insulated switchgear, GIS on-line monitoring and controlled switching of high voltage switchgear.

Silverio Visacro
Full Professor, Federal University of Minas Gerais

Topic: Improved reliability against atmospheric discharges
Mike Ifland
Area Sales Manager, HIGHVOLT Prüftechnik

Topic: Underground cables
His fields of expertise include electromagnetic modeling, lightning physics, grounding and lightning protection, with a special interest on the lightning performance of transmission lines. In 2001, he founded the Lightning Research Center (LRC), included among the three most advanced international centers dedicated to the investigation of lightning physics and effects. Prof. Visacro is an IEEE Fellow Member. After achieving his doctor’s degree in 2012, Dr.-Ing. Mike Ifland joined Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH, Dept. Power Quality as a Sales Engineer for Indonesia and Middle East. In 2016 he changed to HIGHVOLT Prüftechnik to work as an Area Sales Manager for Spain, Portugal and South America. His fields of expertise are HV testing technologies for factory and on-site use.

Pedro Sánchez
Leader in Energy, World Bank

Topic: Renewable Energies
Mariano Terzi
Owner, TYRCO S.A.

Topic: Latest advances in medium and high voltage electrical equipment
He has more than 20 years of senior management experience in various organizations, including a ministerial position, public services, better qualified government agencies and the private sector. Peruvian Minister of Energy and Mines during the period 2008-2011. He holds a Master's in International Politics and Practice from George Washington University. He graduated as Electronic Engineer at ITBA, and MBA graduated at the University of CEMA. He served for 22 years with the firm LIAT SA, as a Commercial Manager, Technical Manager and Technic & Commercial Director. He is an active member in Argentine Electrotechnical Association (AEA) and the Argentine Committee of the CIER (CACIER), also participating in International Congresses as papers redactor.

Eric Hsia
Manager of Operation Analysis and Compliance, PJM Interconnection

Topic: PJM Integrates Energy Storage
Mario Sandoval

Topic: Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV)
Mr. Hsia is responsible for Operations Support activities for PJM’s efficient and reliable operation and coordination of the bulk power system including the development and implementation of PJM markets and operations enhancements, generation performance analysis, dispatch support, ancillary service market operations, and reliability compliance. He is an expert in risk based management of process safety and reliability in automotive and stationary (residential and commercial) hydrogen generation and fuel cell R&D projects. Led development of U.S., European and international hydrogen and fuel cell standards. He has over 20 years’ experience in innovation, engineering, operations, consulting, and risk, project and business management roles working with global oil and gas, mining, technology and consultancy corporations.

Hermann Koch
Siemens Electrical Energy High Voltage Division

Topic: IEEE Guide for Application and User Guide for Gas-Insulated Transmission Lines
Alexander Apostolov
Principal Engineer, OMICRON

Topic: Power protection, automation, control and communications systems
Since more than 25 years he is in different technical and management positions at Siemens Electrical Energy High Voltage Division with responsibilities for the development of AC and DC gas-insulated technologies of substations and transmission lines including development, design and project applications world-wide. In Standardization he is in leading positions in IEC SC 17C as secretary, IEEE PES Governing Board and Substations member, CENELEC TC 17A/C as secretary , CIGRE SC B3 Substations member and in Germany chairman of DKE K 432 High Voltage Switchgear Devices and Assemblies, including Ultra High Voltage. Dr. Alexander Apostolov has 40+ years’ experience in power systems protection, automation, control and communications. He is IEEE Fellow and Member of the Power Systems Relaying and Control Committee. He is member of IEC TC57 working groups 10, 17, 18 and 19 and Convener of CIGRE WG B5.53 ”Test Strategy for Protection, Automation and Control (PAC) functions in a full digital substation based on IEC 61850 applications” and member of several other CIGRE B5 working groups. He holds four patents and has authored and presented more than 500 technical papers. He is Editor-in-Chief of PAC World.