Keynote Speakers

Kamel Ben-Naceur

CEO Nomadia Energy Consulting

Fmr Tunisian Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines

Talk Title: Options for Tunisia’s Energy Transition

Abstract: The evolution of world’s primary energy supply over the last decade is presented, along with the outlooks and scenarios for the upcoming one. Tunisia’s energy supply and demand perspectives are then discussed: Over the last decade, the country has seen a major decline in its own primary energy supply, combined with an increase demand, leading therefore to a widening deficit in the commercial balance, along with a major draw on the national budget. After an analysis of the causes of the current situation, the options for the country’s energy policies are presented, along with its impact on the carbon emission profiles. Finally, recommendations on energy technologies’ development in the country are given.

Biography: Kamel Ben-Naceur is the Chief Executive Officer for Nomadia Energy Consulting, based in Abu Dhabi. He was previously the Chief Economist for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Prior to that, he was the Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks at the International Energy Agency. In 2014, he was appointed Tunisia’s Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines, where he launched several initiatives to transform the sectors, including a long- term strategy, the reform of energy subsidies, and a new law for renewable energy. From 1981 to 2013, he held key positions in the world’s largest oilfield service company (Schlumberger), including Chief Economist and Technology President. He has more than 38 years of experience and knowledge in the energy and industry sectors around the world in both public and private service, and is the (co-)author of 19 books and over 130 publications. He is a graduate from the French Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Normale Superieure.

Bruno Meyer

Former member of IEEE Board of Directors and Division VII Director, IEEE Fellow, Senior Executive RTE, France

Talk Title: From eco-design to optimized use of the power grid: Presentation of key innovation

Abstract: RTE is the French Transmission System Operator. It owns, develops, maintains and operates the power grid serving load of 460 TWh, with 100.000 km of lines and cables, 2 700 substations ranging from 63 kV, 90 kV, 225 kV and 400 kV.
It plays a major role in order to enable a successful energy transition, with more intermittence, more renewables, smart or micro grids. It has to make the most existing assets and to increase the sustainable development concept in the design of the new components to be installed on its grid. R&D and innovation, new technology, telecommunications and computation are part of the package to reach this target.
This presentation falls into two classes. In first, we present new developments made in order to make the most of the existing assets, and to increase the use of the grid by boosting its potential power flow, keeping in mind the necessity of system security at all times respecting N-1 criteria. For this, part of the answer comes from the idea of getting near the real maximum circuit ampacity by monitoring weather conditions (Dynamic Line Rating, or DLR) for Overhead Lines (OHL) as well as conductor temperature for underground power cables, in this case using optical fibers. In this last case, a design of cable with embedded optical fibers is presented. Likewise, the digital underground link will permit to limit the number of cable outages. Another way to increase power flow is to use adaptive and flexible electronics devices (Smartmodules). A last example in this category is the use of battery at subtransmission level in order to compensate for potential local congestion, in particular due to local renewable generation.
In the second we illustrate the company’s strategic objective to be at the forefront of eco-design. The eco-design approach is fundamental, and goes across all the company’s activities. Eco-design aims at reducing the company’s global footprint. The development of new technology can help to make the most of existing assets, and thus limit the unnecessary development of new infrastructure. It contributes globally to energy savings. In this paper, we present a particular topic concerning SF6 emission. The development and installation of an SF6-free substation is detailed. This opens the way for a strong decrease in the usage of a gas listed amongst the worst in terms of Global Warming Potential (GWP).

Biography: Bruno Meyer is a senior advisor at RTE, the French electric Transmission System Operator. From 2011 until 2016, he was CEO of ARTERIA, the telecommunications subsidiary of RTE. He joined EDF, one the world’s major utilities in 1985. Before joining RTE in 2009, he has been VP for EDF’s R&D on Transmission & Distribution, after being director of departments covering the fields of power systems and power grid technology.

He has published more than 50 scientific and conference papers including a book on power system simulation. Member of the Boards of the French Society of Electrical Engineers (SEE) and of the French CIGRE National Committee. He was awarded CIGRE’s Technical Committee Award and SEE’s Ampère medal.

He is an IEEE Fellow (2008). Meyer was a member of IEEE Board of Directors (2018-2019), IEEE Technical activities Board (2018-2019) and IEEE Power & Energy Society Governing Board (2005-2008 and 2017-2019).

He holds a Ph.D. from Edinburgh University, an M.Sc. University of Sao Paulo (USP) and B.Sc. from Universidade de Campinas (Unicamp).

Puneet R. Kundal

Ambassador of India to Tunisia

Talk Title: International Solar Alliance: a forum for fighting climate change together

Abstract: The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an alliance of 121 countries which lie either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Efforts are presently underway to get countries that do not fall within the Tropics to also join the alliance. Most of the countries that fall between the tropics are developing countries with agrarian economies and support over 40% of the world’s population. The primary objective of the alliance is to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. The alliance aims at raising one trillion dollars needed to develop 1 Tera Watt (TW) of solar energy capacity by 2030 and contribute to the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. India is leading the path to a low carbon economy, and is among the top-five clean-energy producers globally and we are now eyeing production of 225 GW from renewables by 2022. Out of this, over 150 GW of renewable energy is installed or in the pipeline as of January 2020. The ISA can play a major role in harnessing solar energy for the growth and development of all partner countries.

Biography: Puneet R. Kundal is the Ambassador of India to Tunisia since August 2019. A career diplomat with over 24 years of experience in the field, he joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1996. He has handled various responsibilities in India and in Indian missions abroad. He worked as Minister (Commerce) in Washington, Consul General of India to Cape Town (South Africa), Counselor in Kathmandu, First Secretary in Brussels, First Secretary in Muscat and Second Secretary in Embassy of India in Cairo. In Delhi he has handled India’s relations with Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan in various capacities. He has also worked as Director in the office of the Minister of State for External Affairs.

Kamal Al-Haddad

École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Montreal, Canada, IEEE Fellow

Talk Title: Power Electronics New Topologies to Help Reducing the Integration Impact of Massive Active Energy Devices on the Distribution Network

Abstract: The multiplication of new energy devices (electric vehicles, energy storage, active loads, etc.) connected to the distribution network along with the ever proliferation of renewable energy intermittent sources constitute a network instability threat; mainly because of the reactive power exchange between those active devices. Moreover, uncontrolled circulating harmonics between time and frequency varying reactive impedances devices causing therefore important voltage distortions, and power quality disturbances to the distribution network.

For the last several years, researchers have been working on developing remedial power electronics devices and control strategies to reduce those impacts. New topologies of multilevel type of power electronics converters, which can help attenuate the problem have been introduced and the lots of research effort in this direction is taking place around the world.

The presentation will focus on latest development of new technologies while highlighting the challenges facing the growth of interconnecting renewable sources through power electronics converters to the grid as well as the latest development on reduced filters power electronics devices.

Biography: Kamal Al-Haddad (S’82-M’88-SM’92-F’07, LF’20) received the B.Sc.A. and M.Sc.A. degrees from the University of Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the Institute National Polytechnique, Toulouse, France, in 1988. Since June 1990, he has been a professor with the Electrical Engineering Department, École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Montreal, QC, where he has been the holder of the senior Canada Research Chair in Electric Energy Conversion and Power Electronics since 2002. He has supervised more than 170 Ph.D. and M.Sc.A. students working in the field of power electronics. He is a consultant and has established very solid link with many Canadian industries working in the field of power electronics, electric transportation, aeronautics, and telecommunications. He has coauthored more than 600 transactions and conference papers. His fields of interest are in highly efficient static power converters, harmonics and reactive power control using hybrid filters, and multilevel converters including the modeling, intelligent control, and development of prototypes for various industrial applications in electric traction, renewable energy, power supplies for drives, electrification and transportation, etc.

Jovica V. Milanovic

The University of Manchester, United Kingdom, IEEE Fellow

Talk Title: The need for and consequences of improved flexibility of future power systems

Abstract: The future power/energy systems will be characterised by blurred boundaries between transmission and distribution system, by mix of wide range of electricity generating technologies (conventional hydro, thermal, nuclear and power electronic interfaced stochastic and intermittent renewable generation), responsive and highly flexible, typically power electronics interfaced, demand and storage with significant temporal and spatial uncertainty, proliferation of power electronics (HVDC, FACTS devices and new types of load devices) and significantly higher reliance on the use of measurement data including global (Wide Area Monitoring) signals for system identification, characterization and control and Information and Communication Technology embedded within the power system network and its components.
The key characteristic of such a complex system, if it is only one to be picked, would certainly be prolifereation of power electronic devices in different shapes and forms and for different purposes. This will increase controllability and observability of the system but may as a trade off result in different/unexpected dynamic behaviour of the system and possibly, under some circumstances, deterioration of some aspects of its performance. This presentation identifies some of the challenges associated with operation and control of power systems with significant pentetration of power electronics interfaced generation and loads and approaches to identify, model and overcome them.

Biography: Jovica V Milanovic received Dipl.Ing. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Ph.D. degree from the University of Newcastle, Australia, and D.Sc. degree from The University of Manchester, UK. Prior to joining The University of Manchester, UK, in 1998, he worked with “Energoproject”, Engineering and Consulting Co. and the University of Belgrade in Yugoslavia, and the Universities of Newcastle and Tasmania in Australia.

Currently, he is a Professor of Electrical Power Engineering and Deputy Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester, UK, and Visiting Professor at the University of Novi Sad and the University of Belgrade, Serbia. He was chairman of 4 international conferences, editor or member of editorial/technical boards of 70+ international journals and conferences, research project assessor or panel member for numerous international government research funding councils, member of 9 (convenor of 3) past or current IEEE/CIGRE/CIRED WG and consultant or member of advisory boards for several international companies. Professor Milanovic published over 550 research papers and reports, gave about 30 key-note speeches at international conferences and presented about 150 courses/tutorials and lectures to industry and academia around the world.

Professor Milanovic is a Chartered Engineer in the UK, Foreign member of the Serbian Academy of Engineering Sciences, Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the IEEE, Distinguished IEEE PES Lecturer, member of the IEEE PES Governing Board as Regional Representative for Europe, Middle east and Africa, Chair of the IEEE Herman Halperin Transmission and Distribution Award Committee and a member of the Customer Engagement Group ( an independent customer group helping to shape Electricity North West’s (one of six DNO in the UK) business plans to ensure that they address the needs and preferences of their current and future customers and stakeholders.

Josep M. Guerrero

Aalborg University, Denmark

Talk Title: Living Microgrids – Energy flowing from inside out

Abstract: This talk is about the microgrid concept, so how can we produce, store and consume energy locally and the relationship with our life philosophies concern that to change outside world, we need to change from inside out. The talk give some examples of how these technologies are impacting our daily lives with solar PV in our rooftops, electrical vehicles in our garages and home energy storage systems. The way we are also conceiving energy generation outside, in the big grid, is now taking many ideas from the microgrid concept, and more than ever, grid forming concepts are starting to be proposed in large PV and windfarms – some examples of projects will be explained. The same way, many examples and technologies for smart homes will be shown, integrating the microgrid technology in our daily lives all together IoT electronic devices, wearables and e-health systems, including smart devices to practice mindfulness.

Biography: Josep M. Guerrero (S’01-M’04-SM’08-FM’15) received the B.S. degree in telecommunications engineering, the M.S. degree in electronics engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in power electronics from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, in 1997, 2000 and 2003, respectively. Since 2011, he has been a Full Professor with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark, where he is responsible for the Microgrid Research Program. From 2014 he is chair Professor in Shandong University; from 2015 he is a distinguished guest Professor in Hunan University; and from 2016 he is a visiting professor fellow at Aston University, UK, and a guest Professor at the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications. From 2019, he became a Villum Investigator by The Villum Fonden, which supports the Center for Research on Microgrids (CROM) at Aalborg University, being Prof. Guerrero the founder and Director of the same centre ( ).

His research interests is oriented to different microgrid aspects, including power electronics, distributed energy-storage systems, hierarchical and cooperative control, energy management systems, smart metering and the internet of things for AC/DC microgrid clusters and islanded minigrids. Specially focused on microgrid technologies applied to offshore wind and maritime microgrids for electrical ships, vessels, ferries and seaports. Prof. Guerrero is an Associate Editor for a number of IEEE TRANSACTIONS. He has published more than 500 journal papers in the fields of microgrids and renewable energy systems, which are cited more than 50,000 times. He received the best paper award of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion for the period 2014-2015, and the best paper prize of IEEE-PES in 2015. As well, he received the best paper award of the Journal of Power Electronics in 2016. During six consecutive years, from 2014 to 2019, he was awarded by Clarivate Analytics (former Thomson Reuters) as Highly Cited Researcher. In 2015 he was elevated as IEEE Fellow for his contributions on “distributed power systems and microgrids.”

Marco Liserre

Chair of Power Electronics, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

Talk Title: The Smart Transformer: Impact on the Electric Grid and Technology Challenges

Abstract: The increasing connection of renewables and new loads is challenging the distribution grids. The Smart Transformer (a power electronics-based transformer with control and communication functionalities), can provide ancillary services to the distribution grids to support the grid management, in addition to the voltage adaptation.

The Smart Transformer is a natural connection point for hybrid (AC and DC) grids both at MV and LV levels and offer an optimal possibility to integrate storage and electric vehicles charging stations.

The keynote will define the concept of Smart Transformer presenting the topologies and controllers and highlighting how the ST can be modelled. New services enabled with the Smart Transformer technology, for instance load sensitivity evaluation in LV grids and voltage and frequency regulation in MV/HV grids, are explained, showing the laboratory validation through HIL and PHIL.

The technological challenges of the DC/DC converter with examples from porotypes built in the Power Electronics Laboratory at the University of Kiel are described.

Finally the design of the Smart Transformer as a grid-tailored Solid-State-Transformer will be presented.

Biography: Marco Liserre (S’00-M’02-SM’07-F’13) received the MSc and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Bari Polytechnic, respectively in 1998 and 2002. He has been Associate Professor at Bari Polytechnic and from 2012 Professor in reliable power electronics at Aalborg University (Denmark). From 2013 he is Full Professor and he holds the Chair of Power Electronics at Kiel University (Germany). He has published 400 technical papers (more than 1/3 of them in international peer-reviewed journals) and a book. These works have received more than 28000 citations. Marco Liserre is listed in ISI Thomson report “The world’s most influential scientific minds” from 2014.

He has been awarded with an ERC Consolidator Grant for the project “The Highly Efficient And Reliable smart Transformer (HEART), a new Heart for the Electric Distribution System”.

He is member of IAS, PELS, PES and IES. He has been serving all these societies in different capacities. He has received the IES 2009 Early Career Award, the IES 2011 Anthony J. Hornfeck Service Award, the 2014 Dr. Bimal Bose Energy Systems Award, the 2011 Industrial Electronics Magazine best paper award and the Third Prize paper award by the Industrial Power Converter Committee at ECCE 2012, 2012, 2017 IEEE PELS Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award and the 2018 IEEE-IES Mittelmann Achievement Award.

Saifur Rahman

2018-2019 IEEE Power and Energy Society President

Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute Director

Talk Title: Energy Efficiency in Smart Buildings Through IoT Sensor Integration

Abstract: Internet of Things (IoT) deployments offer a much higher value proposition if these can function in the context of smart buildings. Such advanced information and communication technology (ICT) applications in commercial buildings, schools, libraries, shopping centers, etc. offer low cost but highly effective monitoring and control opportunities. Sensors deployed in key locations can monitor the building environment in real-time, collect information for intelligent decision making, and facilitate various services. An IoT sensor platform has been developed that provides a unified communication platform which can integrate information from disparate sources and provide one control hierarchy. It is a powerful, low-cost, open-architecture software platform that can monitor and control major electrical loads (e.g., HVAC, lighting and plug loads), as well as solar PV systems, energy storage units and other IoT sensors in commercial buildings. The platform can provide new or legacy buildings with a building automation system (BAS) or connect with existing BAS systems in large and small commercial buildings. This platform leverages machine learning algorithms to draw insights from a deployed building’s historical operating data and occupant preferences to save energy (kWh) while increasing occupant comfort. This also allows buildings to reduce peak demand (kW) through direct communication with utilities using demand response protocols such as openADR.

Biography: Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute ( at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment ( He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He is the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published over 140 journal papers and has made over four hundred conference and invited presentations. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, energy internet, blockchain, IoT sensor integration, etc. in over 30 countries. He is the founder of BEM Controls, LLC, a Virginia (USA)-based software company providing building energy management solutions. He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency, blockchain and sensor integration projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy and the State of Virginia.

Luis Ivan Ruiz Flores

Power and Energy Director, ETAP Latin America

Talk Title: Grid Code: Decoding Mysticism in Latin America

Abstract: Energy systems can have a different degree of complexity depending on where they “occupy within the set of facilities; in the room houses for example, there are components, such as: lamps, contacts and switchers, etc. On the other hand, in more complex installations the components can be industrial, such as: distribution boards or electrical networks that must analyze their behavior and optimal condition in their operation. The conference will showcase the fundamental concepts of an analysis and the technology used today to safeguard the facilities and the lives of the staff operating them. In addition, the fashion theme of the implementation of ADMS solutions or Advanced Distribution Management System and the relationship of how the commercial sector and industry seek to fulfill what is being immersed in Latin American countries that is the ” Grid Code”. The result of such solutions will allow to share how companies are aimed at monitoring in real time the energy expenditure with studies carried out on-line using specialized software for continuous improvement and implement a combined planning and operation solution to manage, control, visualize and optimize the electricity distribution grid.

Biography: Luis Ivan Ruiz Flores was born in Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico on March 28, 1977. I received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Orizaba 1999. He completed a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos in 2004. From 1999 to 2016 he collaborated as A Technological Development Researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas (IIE) today called INEEL. During the IIE he collaborated on projects related to the analysis and design of industrial electrical systems and the technical specifications for the design of computer systems of electrical equipment and electrical systems for state-owned enterprises. Currently, he is Power and Energy Director at the company ETAP® in Latin America.

Author and co-author of more than 80 international publications.

International speaker in more than 350 conferences.

He has taught more than 3,000 engineers in more than 13 countries, assisted with the analysis of electrical power systems with software.

To date, it has 16 copyrights in the categories of software and literary work.

He received the “Achievement Award 2011″ awarded by IEEE MGA for his contribution to the awareness of Latin American countries and the “Distinguished Engineer 2013 of the IEEE Bolivia Section” for his contribution to the promotion of research and technological development in this country for five years.

19 years of research interest include modeling electrical power systems, simulation and new designs in industrial electrical systems especially petrochemicals.

He has been an IEEE member since 1995 and identified as IEEE Senior Member, and belongs to the Technology Vehicular Society to the Industrial Applications Society (IAS) and the Power & Energy Society (PES) of the IEEE.

Luis Ivan is currently the founder of PCIC Mexico, the world’s leading professional company in the petrochemical industry; also Power and Energy Director for ETAP Latin America since July 2016.