2023 IEEE Belgrade PowerTech

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Keynote Speakers

Monday, 26 June 2023
12:40 - 14:10

A - Pacific

Jelena Matejic, General Manager of EMS - Serbian TSO

Topic: Sustainable energy transition in a modern power system - TSO view.

Biography; Jelena Matejić holds the position of General Manager of Elektromreža Srbije Joint Stock Company Belgrade. She has Master’s degree in Economics, Marketing expert. In addition, she took specialist courses of WIFI institute (Austrian Development Agency) and earned a project manager title. She holds certificates from numerous seminars, courses, trainings dealing with the following subjects: business plan, feasibility study preparation and management skills. She worked with MARK PLAN, marketing research, as an external assistant. Her professional career was then linked to DELTA SPORT d.o.o. where she first worked in Finance department, and finally moving up to the position of a retail development manager and assistant to the acting Chief Investment Officer (CIO). In 2006 she shifted to the position of assistant CIO in DROGA KOLINSKA GROUP; from 2012 she is Director of Investments and Investment Maintenance for Serbia and Macedonia in ATLANTIC GROUP. As of October 2012, she started employment with the Public Enterprise Elektromreža Srbije, on the position of Executive Director for Investment and Strategy, and she was appointed to the position of acting Director on the 29thDecember 2016. She was also appointed the member of Managing Board and member of the Supervisory Board of the Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS), respectively. As of February 2015, she has been performing the public function of a chairperson of the Serbian Equity Fund Council.


Claudia Blanco, Chief Innovation Officer Grid Solutions business, CSTO Office - GE Renewable Energy

Topic: Leading a New Era of Energy with the Grid of the Future Technology

Abstract; The talk will present an overview of the electrification and grid market segments and global investment trends and the drivers for grid transformation and with a focus on how renewables and electrification will change the grid. We will describe 6 new technology priorities for GE Grid solutions responding to our global customers needs: with Elimination of SF6 Greenhouse Gas, Power Electronics for Flexible Power Grid, HVDC Multi-terminal Multi-vendor | InterOPERA, Next Generation Substation Flexibility, Data Access and Asset Performance Management, Zonal Autonomous Control for Enhanced Grid Resilience and OT Comms  Infrastructure Optical & Private LTE. We will then our priorities for co-innovation with customers with grid of the future new functionalities Proof of Concept and we will conclude with our vision of the grid of the future.

Biography; Claudia Blanco is the Chief Innovation Officer of GE’s Grid Solutions, delivering innovative, scalable solutions through customer partnerships and technology incubation. With a focused team she defines and executes product development Proof of Concept (POC) and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) projects to test new approaches aiming at delivering unrivalled customer value and business plans for profitable growth. Claudia has 30 years’ experience in different industries and in key technical and leadership roles in the areas of Manufacturing & Operations, R&D, Product & Business Development. She started her career at Delphi automotive before joining the company in 2010 as the Global Director of Manufacturing Engineering & Industrial Development. She then moved to leading globally the advance and additive manufacturing organization and became Lean Leader before managing Engineering Operations. She has an Executive MBA, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and another in Computer Science. She is also Black Belt, SixSigma and Xshainin certified.

Prof. Vijay Vittal, Regents Professor, Ira A. Fulton Chair Professor, ASU Foundation Professor - Arizona State University, U.S. National Academy of Engineering, IEEE Fellow


Abstract; With the increasing penetration of roof-top PV at the distribution system level, the impact of such high penetration on the transmission system needs to be examined in detail.  In order to examine the impact of reverse flows, accurate modeling of distribution feeders could become a necessity.  This talk will examine the options available to model distribution feeders and examine the impact of this modeling on various steady-state and time-domain analyses.

Biography; Regents Professor Vijay Vittal is the Ira A. Fulton Chair Professor (2005) and ASU Foundation Professor in Electric Power Systems at Arizona State University. Prior to ASU, Vittal was an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor at the Iowa State University, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. In addition, Vittal was a Murray and Ruth Harpole Professor and director of the university’s Electric Power Research Center and site director of the National Science Foundation IUCRC Power System Engineering Research Center. He also served as the program director for power systems for the National Science Foundation Division of Electrical and Communication Systems in Washington, D.C., from 1993 to 1994. He was the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems from 2005 to 2011. Professor Vittal was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2004. In 2018, he received the IEEE Power and Energy Society Prabha. S. Kundur Power System Dynamics and Control Award and the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group Achievement Award. In 2013, he was awarded the IEEE Herman Halperin Transmission and Distribution Technical Field Award. He also received the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award in 2000. He was elected an IEEE Fellow in 1997 and also was awarded the U.S. National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1985.



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