Irena Pavlova

R&D manager at I-SOFT software SME
Assistant professor at Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Sofia University, with specialty of software/service engineering and QoS technologies

Irena Pavlova is a Research and Development Manager at I-SOFT software SME, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Mrs. Pavlova is responsible for research activities and innovation management, including smooth transfer of new know-how and application of research results into commercial products and services. Mrs. Pavlova leads the initiation, participation and implementation of research projects under different EU and national programs. As a result I-SOFT has been recognized by the European Commission as one of the most active Bulgarian research organizations at EU scale. Mrs. Pavlova works also as an assistant professor at Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Sofia University, with specialty of software/service engineering and QoS technologies.  Mrs. Pavlova is a lecturer on “Software Engineering and Agile methods”, “Requirements Engineering”, “Project Management” and “Component Based and Service Oriented Software Engineering” at "Software engineering" MSs program. 

Philipp Richard

Project Director Energy System & Energy Services at German Energy Agency

Philipp Richard holds a degree in industrial engineering from TU Berlin. Before he startet at dena in 2011 Philipp did planning and profitability calculations of power plants. As project leader at dena he has been working on projects on digitalization and the integration of renewable energies. Philipp has also been responsible for several studies including topics like smart meters, demand side management and german–chinese exchange of expertise. He currently leads the project “analysis and dialogue processes to support digitalization in the areas of energy, energy efficiency and renewable energies”. Furthermore he is responsible for all questions concerning the blockchain.

Willem Strabbing

Managing Director of ESMIG, the European voice of Smart Energy solution providers

In this position Willem Strabbing is responsible for the ESMIG organisation, its strategy and the representation of ESMIG in Brussels. Before joining ESMIG, mr Strabbing was manager of the unit Intelligent Networks and Communication of KEMA Consulting. Mr. Strabbing has more than 25 years experience in advanced computer applications and data communication related to the energy industry.

The development European strategies related to the implementation of Smart Meters and Consumer Energy Management Systems on both political and technical level currently are in the focus of Mr. Strabbing’s work. He is involved in various discussions with stakeholders in Europe regarding these issues

Mr Strabbing represents ESMIG in the steering committees of the Coordination Group for Smart Energy Grids and the Smart Grid Task Force and he is chair of the Coordination Group for Smart Meters of CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.

Alfonso Valdes

Managing Director of Smart Grid Technologies at University of Illinois

Managing Director of Smart Grid Technologies at University of IllinoisAlfonso Valdes is responsible for a portfolio of diverse research activities, including the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Center and the Illinois Center for a Smarter Electric Grid (ICSEG). These projects unite interdisciplinary teams concerned with multiple aspects of security and resiliency in emerging Smart Grid systems, from aspects of demand response to the integrity of grid-scale wide area measurement systems. He was formerly a Senior Computer Scientist in the Computer Sciences Laboratory at SRI International, where he led several projects in information security for such clients as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Advanced Research and Development Activity (ARDA), the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Energy.