Ph.D. Jairo Quirós
Associated Professor, University of Costa Rica

Topic: Modeling and simulation of electrical distribution systems
Eng. Álvaro Portillo
Consultant, WEG

Topic: Transformer design fundamentals
He is Associated Professor at the University of Costa Rica, the Director of the Electric Power System group, and the coordinator of the Electric Power & Energy Research Laboratory at the School of Electrical Engineering at the same institution. He worked as postdoctoral research associate at The University of Manchester in the integration of electric vehicles to the distribution networks. His current research interests include network integration of distributed energy resources and future low-carbon distribution networks. (IEEE Member 1984 – IEEE Senior Member 2001) He has an extensive experience in transformers, for almost 40 years. He works also as consultant of electric utilities in the elaboration of technical specifications and design review of power transformers. He is member of many CIGRE and IEC working groups. He is a professor at the Uruguayan Republic University since 1977, now responsible for post-graduation courses about transformers.

Ph.D. Marcos Rider
Assistant Professor, UNICAMP

Topic: Optimization techniques and the mathematical tools for decision-making in energy systems
Ph.D. Kalyan Sen
Chief Technology Officer, Sen Engineering Solutions, Inc.

Topic: Recent development in electric power transmission technology
Researcher 1D of CNPq and IEEE Senior member. Participated as investigator in more than 10 R&D projects for Brazilian utilities and govern agencies. He has published 2 books chapters, over 110 full papers in scientific events, and over 60 journal papers in scientific journals. His interests include the development of methodologies for the operation, planning, and control of electrical power systems, and applications of artificial intelligence in power systems. CTO of Sen Engineering Solutions, Inc. that specializes in developing SMART power flow controllers based and cost-effective solution. He spent more than 30 years in academia and industry. He contributed in all aspects (conception, simulation, design, and commissioning) of FACTS projects at Westinghouse. He is the co-inventor of Sen Transformer. Kalyan is also an IEEE Senior Member and an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer since 2002.

Ph.D. Luis (Nando) Ochoa
Professor, University of Melbourne

Topic: Smart Distribution Networks: Modelling and Implementation
Ph.D. David Elizondo
Senior Director/International Business/Executive Advisor, Quanta Technology

Topic: Energy storage applications
He is Professor of Smart Grids and Power Systems at The University of Melbourne, Australia and part-time Professor of Smart Grids at The University of Manchester, UK. His expertise in network integration of low carbon technologies and his extensive portfolio of industrial and academic projects have led to 140+ publications, 50+ technical reports, and one patent filed by Psymetrix Ltd. Prof Ochoa is an IEEE Senior Member and IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. Mr. Elizondo has a broad range of experience in electric power transmission and distribution which includes more than 19 years of extensive experience in power system analysis, simulations, and application of new technologies for electric power systems. Areas of expertise: Long range transmission plans for large renewable generation integration an application studies for battery based energy storage in electric power systems, Application and visualization of synchrophasor technology for wide area monitoring in energy control centerss and Power System planning and operations.

Hans J. Candia
Senior Director Energized Services, Quanta Technology

Dr. Anurag K. Srivastava
Associate Professor, Washington State University

Topic: Measuring and Enabling Grid resiliency against weather or cyber events
He has led and managed engineering groups and commissioning for transmission projects in North America and International. He has specialized in the execution of large EPC Substation and Transmission projects in the United States and in Latin America. He has held technical and management positions in leading international companies in transmission technologies. He has taught Master Level courses in the areas of Power System and Protection & Control courses. His research interest includes data-driven algorithms for power system operation and control including resiliency analysis. Dr. Srivastava is a senior member of the IEEE, an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Power System, IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution and Elsevier Sustainable Computing. He is an IEEE distinguished lecturer and delivered more than 50 keynote/plenary or tutorial in 20 countries, and authored more than 250 technical publications.