Shmuel Oren
IEEE Life Fellow, INFORMS Fellow
Member of the National Academy of Engineering
University of California at Berkeley
Dr. Shmuel S. Oren is Professor of the Graduate School and the Earl J. Isaac Chair Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley. He is also a Co-PI at the Tsinghua Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI). He is a co-founder and the Berkeley site director, of PSERC, a multi-university Power Systems Engineering Research Center. He has also been a member of the California ISO Market Surveillance Committee and a consultant to many private and public organizations in the US and abroad. His Research has focused on nonlinear optimization, mechanism design, energy systems and on the design and analysis of electricity markets. He holds a B.S and M.S in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion, Israel and an M.S and Ph.D in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University. He is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORM).

Guangfu Tang
President of Global Energy Internet Research Institute
President of State Key Laboratory of Advanced Transmission Technology
Dr. Tang received the B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiao Tong University, Shanxi, P.R. China, in 1990, and the M. Eng. degree and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Institute of Plasma Physics, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, China, in 1993 and 1996 respectively. During 1996-1998, he had a postdoctoral position with China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI), Beijing, China. In 1998, he joined the CEPRI, where his research fields focus on power electronics application in power system, and including flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS), high voltage and ultra high voltage in DC (HVDC/UHVDC) transmission system, VSC HVDC transmission system, and DC grid. In 2012, he joined the State Grid Smart Grid Research Institute, and now he is a vice president of Globe Energy Interconnection Research Institute, Beijing, China. Dr. Tang was a regular member before of CIGRE SC B4 committee. He is a member of CIGRESC B4 AG4. And he was the Convenor of CIGRE SC B4 Working Group B4-48. He also was a member of IEC SC22F WG25 and MT22. Now, he sits on a member of the IEEE PES Narain Hingorani FACTS and Custom Power Award Committee. In 2017, he was become a member of Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Saifur Rahman
President, IEEE PES 2018-2019
Joseph Loring President & Director
VT Advanced Research Institute
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.

Hong Rao
Chief Specialist of China Southern Power Grid
President of Electric Power Research Institute of China Southern Power Grid

Prof. Hong Rao is the Chief Specialist of China Southern Power Grid (CSG), the President of Electric Power Research Institute of China Southern Power Grid (SEPRI, CSG). He is also the Chair of the State Key Laboratory of HVDC Transmission Technology, China Regular Member (RM) of CIGRE SC B4 and the Deputy Director of HVDC and Power Electronics Committee of CSEE. 

As the chief designer of the world`s first UHVDC and multi-terminal VSC-HVDC project, Prof. Rao is dedicated to the development and application of advanced HVDC technologies in bulk AC/DC hybrid power system. In recent years, he has also been leading research on high voltage, large capacity VSC-HVDC and hybrid HVDC. He has won a first prize and a second prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award, the prize for Scientific and Technological Progress of HO LEUNG HO LEE FOUNDATION in 2016, IEEE PES UNO Lamn HVDC Awardin 2018 and many other high-level awards for his contribution in the field.

Nikos Hatziargyriou
IEEE Fellow
EIC, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Professor Nik os D. Hatziargyriou is since 1984 a faculty member and since 1995, full professor in Power Systems at the Electrical and Computer Engineering School of the National Technical University of Athens. He is Director of the Energy Systems Laboratory and founder of the “SmartRue” research unit. He is visiting professor at Tsinghua and Hefei Universities in China. Since 2015 he is Chairman of the Hellenic Distribution Network Operator. From February 2007 until September 2012 he was executive Vice-Chair and Deputy CEO of the Public Power Corporation (PPC), responsible for the Transmission and Distribution Divisions. He is Fellow Member of IEEE, past Chair of the Power System Dynamic Performance Committee (PSDPC) and currently Editor in Chief of the IEEE Trans on Power Systems. He is honorary member of CIGRE and past Chair of CIGRE SC C6 “Distribution Systems and Distributed Generation”. He is chair of the EU Technology and Innovation Platform on Smart Networks for Energy Transition. He has participated in more than 60 RD&D projects funded by the EU Commission, electric utilities and manufacturers for both fundamental research and practical applications. He is author of the book “Microgrids: Architectures and Control” and of more than 200 journal publications and 500 conference proceedings papers. He is included in the 2016 and 2017 lists of the top 1% most cited researchers.

Tim Green
IEEE Fellow
The Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow
Imperial College London
Professor Tim Green is Co-Director of the Energy Futures Lab, an Institute that promotes and stimulates multi-disciplinary research, education and translation in energy at Imperial College London. He is a Professor of Electrical Power Engineering and has been at Imperial College since 1994. He holds Ph.D. from Heriot-Watt University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Tim’s research interest is in formulating the future form of energy systems to support low carbon futures. A particular theme is how the flexibility of power electronics and decentralized control systems will be important steps to achieving very high penetrations of renewable energy in the push to deeply de-carbonised energy systems. 
He and his team have worked on many aspects of High Voltage DC technology covering converter optimization and control, DC fault management, and the provision of ancillary services to the host AC network. He holds seven patents in this area jointly with GE Grid Solutions. He is a proponent of power electronics for the management of voltage and power flow in low-voltage networks such as partnering UK Power Networks for trials of ‘soft open points” in London and Brighton. He has also led collaborative projects with universities in China on HVDC, in India on distribution network power electronics and in Korea on microgrids.

Zhiwei Wang
President of GEIRI North America
Zhiwei Wang is President of GEIRI North America, a company registered in California. GEIRI North America, as a R&D branch of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) operating in North America, undertakes the research and development of power technologies, especially in the areas of power system AI, advanced computing, and data analytics, and oversees the technology collaborations in the business area. 
 Prior to this assignment in July 2015, Mr. Wang once served as President of State Grid US Representative Office in New York; President of State Grid Wuxi Electric Power Supply Company in Wuxi prefecture; and Deputy Chief Engineer of State Grid Jiangsu Electric Power Company (JSEPC) in Nanjing. 
With abundant experiences in power system planning and project development, Mr. Wang was one of the chief designers of Jiangsu power system for the periods of the 10th, 11th and 12th Five-Year Plans. He served as Director/Deputy Director in Department of Development and Planning, JSEPC, for over a decade since 2001.
   Mr. Wang obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering from Southeast University in 1988 and 1991, respectively, in Nanjing, China. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and received three IEEE PES GM Best Paper Awards in 2017 and 2019. In June 2019, Mr. Wang led the GEIRINA team to win the Championship in worldwide AI competition “2019 Learning to Run a Power Network (L2RPN)” hosted by RTE France and ChaLearn.