Speaker Biographies

(in order of appearance)

Andreas Breuer

Vice President of New Technologies and Projects & Chairman of EUTC
Innogy & EUTC

Dr. Andreas Breuer has been the Vice President of New Technologies / Projects at innogy S.E. in Essen since September 2009.  His responsibilities include operational research and development work on distribution grids for the RWE Group (e.g. future energy grids, super-conducting cables, broadband cable networks), group-wide pooling of activities related to Smart Grids, metering services (e.g. Smart Metering), application technology (technology assessment, micro-CHP, virtual power plant), system assessments, and decentral energy solutions. Andreas Breuer’s division identifies and evaluates technology trends, and he is in charge of development activities, and ensures implementation and/or introduction of new technologies. innogy S.E’s position on the subject of the energy transition and how it is to be designed is represented by Andreas Breuer’s division in numerous national and international bodies and associations. In addition, system assessments are performed with a view to strategic questions, in particular for the European electricity transmission system. Before joining the RWE Group in 2003, Dr. Breuer was a product manager in the Consulting division of ABB AG with a focus on maintenance strategies. Subsequently, he was the Managing Director of Süwag Erneuerbare Energien GmbH and Head of Concession Contract Management at Süwag Energie AG, a regional company of the RWE Group based in Frankfurt/Main.

Alberto Sendin

Telecommunications Projector Manager

Dr Alberto Sendin received his M. Sc. in Telecommunication in 1996 and his Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of the Basque Country, Spain. He holds a M.A. (2001) in Management for Business Competitiveness (GECEM) from the same university. Since 1998 he has been working for Iberdrola transforming its telecommunication network, and he is now Head of Telecommunications in Iberdrola Spain. Dr Sendin recently authored, together with other colleagues at Iberdrola, the book “Telecommunication Networks for the Smart Grid” published by Artech House, now a best seller.

Jürgen Tusch

Head of Telecoms
innogy SE

Dr. Jürgen Tusch is Head of Telecommunication at innogy SE, the asset owner of Germany’s largest DSO. In this function he is responsible for the development and implementation of telecommunication services to control and manage the distribution grid. Jürgen joined RWE in 2002 and since then he held various management positions in the field of IT infrastructure and telecommunications. Since 2011 he has been working for RWE Deutschland AG initially as a senior project manager playing an active role in smart grid projects including Smart Operator, ADVANCED and EDeMa. Jürgen holds a Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University.

Wolfgang Zeitler


Bayernwerk is a Distribution System Operator in the south of Germany and a subsidiary of E.ON. E.ON is serving 6 Million Customers in Germany with Electricity and Gas. Wolfgang is working since 1993 for the energy industry in different roles. He was studying telecommunication technologies in Regensburg. Currently he is responsible for the implementation and standardization of the Broadband Powerline Networks in Germany.  Moreover he is representing E.ON in different national and international committees.

Indrek Künnapuu

Chief Telecommunications Specialist
Elektrilevi OÜ

Indrek Künnapuu has a background in Estonian Defence Forces and seven years of experience in information technology and cybersecurity, with in-depth knowledge in implementing and maintaining communication infrastructure in critical services. He is currently the Chief Telecommunication Specialist in Elektrilevi. Elektrilevi is the most significant distribution network operator in Estonia. He is also a technical advisor on cybersecurity matters involving large-scale IT projects and daily operations. Indrek holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences and Business Administration from Estonian Business School. Currently, he is obtaining a Master’s degree in Cybersecurity from a joint program between Tallinn Technical University and the University of Tartu.

Stephen Colgan

Global Business Development Leader
Vodafone Global Enterprise

Stephen has a passion and capability for Sales & Technology which has taken him on a journey from beginning his career as a Sales Representative at Bass, to Telecoms with Eircom, to leading the Sales operation for Cable&Wireless in Ireland and part of Europe and now to closing £100m+ contracts for Vodafone Global Enterprise. He has run Multi country P&L businesses, providing turnaround transformations and significant pipeline growth. Stephen is enthusiastic about people and the insights they can provide to how we organise, sell and respond to the radical changes that are underway in our world. At Vodafone, he leads a large team that provides services into a global Utility since 2014, across our complete portfolio including mobile, fixed, WAN, outsourcing, unified communications and our new solutions in agile working, workforce mobility management and cloud and hosting. Stephen now works in an environment where, as a problem solver and challenger, he gets to engage with some of the smartest people in telecoms. Stephen is married with three young children, which keeps him very busy! His spare time is spent with the kids, coaching GAA sports and going to the gym!

Cormac Long

IP Technical Lead, Telecom Services
ESB Networks 

Cormac Long is an IP technical consultant with over 25 years’ experience and is the author of three books on IP Technology. He has provided design, implementation, strategic analysis and support services to numerous private and state organizations in Europe and the United States. He has also acted as a security consultant to a number of European aviation authorities. His main specialties include IP/MPLS and cybersecurity. He is Europe’s representative on the EUTC Packet Network Working Group. Currently he is technical lead for the design and implementation of an IP/MPLS network for ESB Ireland. He holds a B.E. in Electronic Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications.

Lhoussain Lhassani

Senior Specialist Asset Management

Lhoussain Lhassani received his Ph.D. degree from the Sorbonne University – Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris in Energy Engineering & Technology. He is currently Information Security Officer within Stedin, that is the grid operator in the west and centre of the Netherlands. His main focus lies in communications, networking and cybersecurity in Critical Infrastructures such as Utilities, Oil and Gas. He is interested in development and deployment of secure networks and security architecture for industrial automation, Smart Grids and Industial IoT. One of his challenges is the further optimization using a secure All-IP for the communication in the world of Critical Infrastructures (telemetry, telecommand and teleprotection). Another interest is an optimal deployment of the IT/OT-technology to support the business requirements. He has contributed to Cigré D2 Study Committee on different aspects of operational telecoms and cybersecurity in electrical power utilities and has been recipient of the Cigré Technical Committee award. He is chair of the Cigré Advisory Group ADG2.01: “Core Business Information Systems and Services”.

Erik Moll

Telecom Policy Advisor
Utility Connect

Erik Moll is telecom policy advisor with wireless M2M operator Utility Connect in the Netherlands. Utility Connect is a subsidiary of Dutch Energy Grid operators Stedin and Alliander. As Telecom Policy Advisor Erik provides guidance on the relevant strategic, regulatory and policy developments. Previously Erik worked for the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs where he was responsible for the development of telecommunication policies and the related regulations. Utility Connect is a member of the 450 MHz Alliance. The 450 MHz Alliance is an industry association representing the interests of 450 MHz spectrum stakeholders. It’s members include wireless industry companies such as wireless carriers and equipment manufacturers, as well as companies representing various vertical markets for machine-to-machine communication.

Frank Visser

Telecommunications Architect

Frank received his MSc in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Telecommunications in 2007 from the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. After graduation he joined Liandon as Technical Consultant in the field of telecommunication for substation automation and protection. In 2013 He joined Alliander Telecom as Telecommunication Architect. Frank is responsible for the architecture of the fixed network and the wireless telecommunication services of Alliander. Alliander Telecom is part of Alliander, which is the largest distribution systems operator of the Netherlands.

Zarko Veličković

Telecommunication Network Management System Unit Manager
Elektromreža Srbije

Žarko Veličković received a M.S. degree in Electronic and Telecommunication at the Faculty of  Electronic Engineering in 1998. In career he has been working in EPS – Electric Power Industry of Serbia as an OAM engineer for telecommunication transmission systems. After the unbundling and setting up EMS – Serbian TSO in 2005, he joined the company as Head of telecommunication OAM unit and from 2008 working as a Head of TNMS unit. From 2015. he is working as a Telecommunication Department Manager. Member of Serbian Chamber of Engineers (License for responsible designer of telecommunicationsnetworks and systems) and Study Committee No. D2 – Information technology and telecommunication, Serbian National Committee CIGRE. From 2006. have CCNA certificate.

Luis Matias

Associate Director, Digital Grid, Networks’ Digital Platform
EDP Distribuição

Luís Matias holds a Licenciatura, pre-Bologna 5 years degree (2001), and a pre-Bologna Master degree (2008) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Technical University of Lisbon. He is now contributing for the development of the Digital Grid, the new paradigm, at EDP Distribuição, the main DSO in Portugal. Just before he was part of the task force defining InovGrid, the Smart Grid project, the one brought him into the energy industry, and to EDP Group, in 2013. His previous professional experience, 2000-2013, spans across different geographies, companies and sectors (Education, Consulting, Telecommunications, Microelectronics and Semiconductors), while encompassing a broad range of functions from the technical domain till the business counterpart (Junior Assistant Professor, Systems Engineer, Field Application Engineer, Business Analyst, Business Developer).

Steven Blair

Research Fellow
University of Strathclyde

Steven Blair is a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He received the MEng degree in Computer and Electronic Systems in 2008, and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 2013, both from the University of Strathclyde. His research interests include power system protection, communications, power quality, phasor measurement units, and real-time simulation. He is a member of IEC Technical Committee 57 Working Group 10 and CIGRE Working Group B5.64.

Daniel Schollhorn

TUV Rheinland & ENERGISE

Daniel is currently responsible for project management and consulting for both the public and private sectors. His responsibilities include analysis of synergies and dependencies between energy and telecommunication networks, consultation for smart grid deployment, EU project management: EU research project for synergy potential Smart Grid Infrastructure-ENERGISE, coordinating working groups within the department such as 5G and energy infrastructure (IoT networks, e-mobility charging infrastructure).

Prof. Antonello Monti

Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems
E.ON Energy Research Centre

Antonello Monti received his M.Sc degree (summa cum laude) and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy in 1989 and 1994 respectively.  He started his career in Ansaldo Industria and then moved in 1995 to Politecnico di Milano as Assistant Professor.  In 2000 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of South Carolina (USA) as Associate and then Full Professor.  Since 2008 he is the director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power System within the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University. Dr. Monti is author or co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers published in international Journals and in the proceedings of International conferences. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Associate Editor of the IEEE System Journal, Associate Editor of IEEE Electrification Magazine, Member of the Editorial Board of the Elsevier Journal SEGAN and member of the founding board of the Springer Journal “Energy Informatics”. Dr. Monti is the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award.

Sérgio Ramos Pinto

Assistant Director, Networks Digital Platform
EDP Distribuição

Sérgio Pinto holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Porto and an Executive-MBA from INDEG-ISCTE. He began his professional activity in EDP planning and deploying Radio and PLC networks for SCADA connectivity, he then joined the management team that founded a new Telecom Operator (ONI), where he developed a great technical team, building and operating nationwide telco infrastructures, leading in wireless access, IP-MPLS, VOIP and convergence for enterprise and carrier markets, implementing and certifying E2E managed solutions, developing cross-functional managerial experience by holding directive positions in Engineering, Operations and Customer Care, leading to is latter position as the company’s CTO. Now in EDP Distribuição’s team since 2014, he is actively involved in the transformation of the digital platform for mission critical services, focused on evolution strategy, procurement, implementation and to establish an Assurance framework for service and security.

Jurgen Michielsen

Chief Product Officer, OTN Systems
OTN Systems

Jurgen Michielsen has been active in the telecommunication market for critical infrastructure for more than 20 years. He has gained experience via various roles from technical to business development within different organizations. The last 10 years he has been following the power utility market with a focus on implementing packet solutions. He is responsible within OTN Systems for the product strategy.

Marc Vandeputte

CTO – Arcadiz

Marc cofounded Arcadiz almost 20 years ago where he holds the position of CTO. Over the past 25 years of his career, he has built strong credentials in the design of versatile, cost-effective and energy-efficient optical networks. After finishing his masters degree in applied engineering and business administration, Marc started his career working in systems engineering and sales positions for Motorola and ADC.

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