2023 IEEE Belgrade PowerTech

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SS01 Global Perspectives on Utility of the Future

Monday, 26 June 2023
15:30 - 17:00

A - Pacific


The electric power industry is being transformed and reshaped with renewable, clean, and more resilient energy solutions. Robust decarbonization goals are being set along with more pressure to increase reliability and become more resilient. This is coupled with the challenges of an aging infrastructure and changing workforce. Power utilities are at the center of this challenge; tasked with integrating record levels of new, renewable, energy assets while accommodating dramatically increased multidirectional power flows, and hardening the grid to prepare for increasingly severe weather events exacerbated by climate change. This panel is made up of international industry executives who will present and discuss ideas and initiatives driving Decarbonization, Grid Modernization, Electrification, and the Utility of the Future.


Wayne Bishop Jr., IEEE PES Vice President, Meetings and Conferences, and Vice President Industry Outreach and Strategy at Quanta Technology


Dr. Shay Bahramirad, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Asset Management at LUMA Energy in Puerto Rico and IEEE PES President Elect (incoming President)

Dr. Damir Novosel, Founder and President, Quanta Technology

Dr. Luka Strezoski, Professor and the Head of the Power Engineering and Applied Software Department, University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

Mr. Nikola Obradović, Director for International and Regulatory Affairs at the EMS – the Serbian TSO.


Wayne Bishop Jr. is Vice President of Industry Outreach and Strategy at Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services. He has worked in the electric power industry for over 30 years. Wayne is also IEEE PES Vice President of Meetings and Conferences, a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Governing Board and a member of the IEEE PES Executive Committee. He helped write and implement the Long-Range Strategic Plan for IEEE PES and is a Senior Member of IEEE. In addition, Wayne currently serves as a Senior Advisor to LUMA Energy, the electric utility in Puerto Rico.

Previously, Wayne worked at OMICRON electronics for 13 years where he was the Head of Marketing for North America. Prior to that, Wayne was employed at Doble Engineering Company for nearly 20 years in several senior management positions. In 2007, he was appointed by Doble’s Board of Directors to serve on the Executive Committee to broker the sale of Doble Engineering to ESCO Technologies.

Wayne is a graduate of Merrimack College, Harvard University, and the Executive MBA Program at Suffolk University in Boston, graduating with honors. Wayne speaks regularly at industry conferences and has published several articles and papers in industry publications including IEEE Power and Energy Magazine and T&D World Magazine.

Wayne and his family live in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Shay Bahramirad is the Senior Vice President of Engineering, Asset Management, and Capital Programs at LUMA Energy, the power company responsible for electric service in Puerto Rico.  In this role, she is responsible for the oversight, planning, and execution of plans to modernize the power infrastructure.   This includes a foundation of developing local engineering talent, teams and processes, and the prudent application of new technology.  Her primary goals are the safe, reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective delivery of electricity to the people of Puerto Rico.

Shay has held several positions in the sector including Vice President of Climate and Resilience at Quanta Technology, where she was responsible for assisting cities and utilities with climate change risk assessments for their assets, operations, and services and for developing investment strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid at ComEd, the electric utility serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, where she had led efforts to demonstrate and deploy technologies to ensure that the distribution system meets strategic goals related to reliability, resiliency and sustainability, while developing and implementing a broader community of the future vision including a focus on industry-informed STEM education for underrepresented communities in the industry including girls. She has been an expert witness testifying on several state and federal regulatory proceedings around microgrids, energy storage, investment strategies, and the interconnection of distributed energy resources.

Dr. Bahramirad is a leading figure in the industry. She is the President-elect of IEEE Power and Energy Society, an editorial board member of the Electricity Journal, US CIGRE Executive member, an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a founder of IEEE Women in Power.

She is a contributor to the United Nations SG7, Affordable and Clean Energy.

Shay completed her PhD in electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and has published more than many academic articles, as well as being the recipient of multiple US patents.

Dr. Damir Novosel is president and founder of Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, a Fortune 250 company. He was also president of Quanta Energized Services which achieved a perfect safety record during his tenure. Previously, he was vice president of ABB Automation Products and president of KEMA T&D US. Dr. Novosel is also an adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University. Damir was elected to US National Academy of Engineers in 2014. He served as president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, VP of Technical Activities, and received the Patrick P. Ryan Meritorious Service Award. Damir is a secretary of IEEE PES Executive Advisory Council and member of the IEEE Standards Association Standards Board and chair of Strategic and Emerging Standards Committee. He is a member of the CIGRE US National Committee and received the CIGRE Attwood Associate and the Distinguished Member awards. Damir holds 18 US and international patents, published over 200 articles and reports, and contributed to 7 books. Dr. Novosel served on various boards and is presently member of the Sandia National Laboratories Energy and Homeland Security External Advisory Board and Mississippi State University Industry Advisory Board. Damir, an IEEE Fellow since 2003, holds PhD, MSc, and BSc degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University (where he was a Fulbright scholar), the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and the University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, respectively. Dr. Novosel was selected as Mississippi State University Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2015.
Dr. Luka V. Strezoski received the B.S., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees (with honors) in Power Engineering from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, in 2013, 2014, and 2017 respectively. His Ph.D. research was conducted in a joint supervision between University of Novi Sad, Serbia and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio, USA.
Dr. Strezoski is with the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad since 2014, and currently serves as an Assistant Professor and the Head of the Power Engineering and Applied Software Department, as well as the Director of the Smart Grid Laboratory. Dr. Strezoski is also a Founder and Principal Consultant at DerMag Consulting International where, with his team of experts, he provides consulting and R&D services to worldwide clients in the areas of smart grid applications; renewable generation modeling; integration and active management of high penetration of renewable generation; distribution system modeling and protection; Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) and Distributed Energy Resources Management Systems (DERMS) development and deployment; as well as microgrid modeling, management, and protection.
Dr. Strezoski serves as a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO, USA, regarding NREL’s research projects in the ADMS and DERMS domain, as well as with Case Western Reserve University as an Academic Affiliate.
From 2017 to 2022, Dr. Strezoski was also with Schneider Electric, first as a Business Analyst, then as a Product Manager for ADMS and DERMS, and finally as a Principal Consultant to Solutions Engineering (ADMS and DERMS) and a Member of the Technology Board.
Dr. Strezoski has led or has been involved in numerous academic and industrial projects in the Smart Grids area, including academic projects funded by the EU, National projects funded by the Serbian Government, as well as industrial projects regarding implementation of ADMS and DERMS solutions, worldwide.
Dr. Strezoski serves as an Editor in several international journals, including Guest Editorial positions for IEEE Systems Journal, Elsevier’s International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems and Topic Editor for MDPI’s Electronics journal. Dr. Strezoski was the General Chair of the 2022 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe (IEEE PES ISGT Europe) conference and is a member of IEEE and PES, as well as a member of the Assembly of the Serbian CIRED section.Dr. Strezoski is laureate of the “Dr. Zoran Djindjic Award” for the best scientist and researcher under the age of 35 in Serbia, in December of 2020.

Nikola Obradović

Corporate director for international and regulatory affairs, EMS – Serbian TSO

Nikola Obradović was born in 1963 in Belgrade, Serbia, where he received the B.S., and M.S., degrees from the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, both related to Automatic Generation Control.

His career in electricity sector started in 1990 when he was employed by the Yugoslav Electric Power Company (JUGEL) as a dispatcher. In 1993 he joined Electric Power Industry of Serbia and in 2005 he moved to EMS – Serbian TSO. He is co-convenor of ENTSO-E RG Continental Europe SG System Frequency, convenor of the SMM Block (Serbia, North Macedonia and Montenegro) WG and the chairman of STK C2 CIGRE Serbia. He participated in the UCTE team that implemented Turkey’s connection to the interconnection Continental Europe and ENTSO-E TF for the urgent synchronization of the Ukraine and Moldova power systems to the interconnection Continental Europe. He led the development of a study for TSOs of the Baltic countries with the aim of preparing them for Continental Europe LFC operation and was a member of the ENTSO-E reporting teams following the major disturbances, e.g.  9-11th  January 2019 event, 8th January 2021 and 24th July 2021 events. He is the author of several dozens of professional papers published mostly at CIGRE Serbia conferences as well as in CIGRE Paris conferences, and European Transactions on Electrical Power.



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