Keynote Speakers

Damir Novosel

Quanta Technology (USA)

« Sustainable Electrical Energy Delivery Solutions »

Damir Novosel is president and founder of Quanta Technology. Previously, he was ABB VP of Automation Products and KEMA T&D U.S. president. Damir serves on the Sandia National Laboratories Energy and Homeland Security and Mississippi State University Industry Advisory boards.

He is the CIGRE US National Committee VP of Nominations and received the CIGRE Philip Sporn and Attwood Associate awards. Damir, a member of the US National Academy of Engineers, served as the IEEE PES president and received the Meritorious Service and Leadership in Power awards. He holds 18 US and international patents, published over 200 articles and reports, and contributed to 7 books.

Dr. Novosel holds PhD degree in EE from Mississippi State University and was selected University Distinguished Engineering Fellow and received the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Mark Lauby

North American Electric Reliability Corporation (USA)

« Planning and Operational Challenges on the Path to a Cleaner Future »

Mark G. Lauby serves as Senior VP & Chief Engineer at NERC. Since joining in 2007, he’s held key roles including VP/Director of Standards and VP/Director of Reliability Assessments.

Lauby’s contributions extend beyond NERC; he was elected to the North American Energy Standards Board in 2012 and appointed to DOE’s Electric Advisory Committee in 2014. With leadership roles in various industry bodies like the International Electricity Research Exchange and IEEE working groups, Lauby has garnered accolades such as IEEE Fellow (2011) and the IEEE PES Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award (2014).

Before NERC, he spent 20 years at EPRI, contributing over 100 technical papers to the field. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and has completed executive programs at the London Business School and Harvard Business School.

Michael Pesin

US Department of Energy (USA)

Michael Pesin is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Grid Systems and Components Division at DOE’s Office of Electricity. His organization is responsible for the development and management of projects for next-generation electricity delivery technologies and supporting activities to accelerate their introduction to the marketplace.

Mr. Pesin has over 35 years of experience in the electric utility industry directing development and execution of advanced technology programs at the electric utilities.

Prior to joining DOE, Mr. Pesin was also the founder and president of a consulting company working with electric utilities, technology companies, and investors and served as a board member at a number of technology organizations.