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The Conference will feature customer presentations with real life product implementation case studies.

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Keynote Speakers

Tony Histon, Managing Director - Smart Grid Services ANZ, Accenture
Tony Histon
Tony Leads Accenture’s Transmission and Distribution Practice in Australia and New Zealand. Over the last 15 years he has helped utility businesses across Asia Pacific with technology and business transformation. Tony develops Accenture’s capability, research and offerings to digitally enable network operations, field work and asset investments. Tony holds an Executive MBA from the AGSM, a Masters in Engineering Science, a Batchelor of Electrical Engineering with Honours and electrical trade certifications. Prior to Accenture, Tony held various leadership roles at Ausgrid where he was a joint winner of an IEAust Engineering Excellence award.
Peter Price, Executive General Manager Asset Safety & Performance, Energy Queensland
Peter Price

Peter began his career in the electricity industry in 1981 after attaining an Honours Bachelor Degree in Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Science at the University of Queensland. He was an Executive General Manager in Energex from March 2006 to November 2016 leading Programming, Procurement and Services, Network Performance and Asset Management business units. His senior management experience has seen him involved in all aspects of the energy industry has led him to become a recognised industry leader. Peter has recently be appointed as Energy Queensland's Asset Safety & Performance Team with a commitment to ensure that Queensland distribution electricity assets perform safely and optimally and deliver exceptional value for our customers over all timeframes.

He has a strong background in Queensland's skills and training sector as Chairperson of Energy Skills Queensland, a member the TAFE Reform Board, the inaugural TAFE Queensland Board and (former) Chairperson of Skills Tech Australia. Peter holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Science and is also a Procurement Professional (MCIPS) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a strong commitment to safety, effective risk management, and disruptive technologies. Peter has recently been appointed Executive General Manager Asset Safety & Performance for Energy Queensland.
John Phillpotts, Director - Future Networks, Energy Networks Australia
John Phillpotts
With a background in strategy formulation, business model transformation and program development, John has diverse experience in the electricity industry across a number of strategic roles. Prior to joining Energy Networks Australia, John worked with CSIRO as Program Manager in development and delivery of the Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap.
Jim Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Software Solutions, GE Grid Solutions
Jim Walsh

Jim Walsh is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Software Solutions at Grid Solutions, a business within GE Energy Connections. In this role, Jim leads a team of talented professionals focused on providing mission-critical information systems that help ensure reliable, efficient and safe delivery of electricity, water and fuels for utilities all over the world. This business serves the electrical Transmission & Distribution, Oil & Gas and Telecommunications segments across 120 countries and is a significant part of GE’s Digital Industrial strategy.

Jim’s career is marked by a long history of software experience and expertise. He joined GE in 2008 as GM, Global Professional Services for GE’s Intelligent Platforms Software and Services business, after spending 19 years with 3M in various software leadership roles. In 2011, Jim’s role was expanded to Global Business Leader overseeing automation, manufacturing and industrial data intelligence software along with global professional services. Jim was promoted to GM, Software and Services in August 2012. In 2014, he assumed the role of GM, Intelligent Platforms with responsibilities for all Global Commercial facets including Sales, Marketing and Services. In early 2015, Jim was promoted to President and General Manager of GE’s Intelligent Platforms Software business, leading Product Management, Technology, Services and Support for the Digital portfolio.

Prior to taking his current role, Jim served as President and CEO of GE’s Automation and Controls business. Jim has played a key role in advancing GE’s software monitoring and analytics capabilities, and transforming the businesses he’s led into profitable and growing entities. Jim attended the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and graduated with a B.S. degree in Finance. He resides in Charlottesville with his wife and two daughters.
Steven Martin, Vice President & Chief Digital Officer, GE
Steven Martin

Steven Martin joined GE in October, 2016, as Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for GE. With the goal of developing end-to-end software and cloud solutions to support GE customers’ digitization efforts, Steven is responsible for leading and advancing the business’s transversal digital industrial strategy. This includes the activation of product, service and solution roadmaps, and designing new customer experiences and business models.

Prior to joining GE, Steven spent fourteen years at Microsoft and was most recently the general manager and chief data scientist for Azure. In this role, Steven was responsible for global operations, customer acquisition and billing, analytics and data science, as well as the underlying data platform for services management. He was responsible for core business growth of over 100% year over year for five consecutive years. He also served as the chief data scientist for the Cloud and Enterprise Division.

Steven previously held several other roles at Microsoft with increasing responsibility, including General Manager of Business Planning and Strategy, Senior Director Business Operations, Server and Tools Division, the director of Product Management for Microsoft’s Platform Middleware, .NET and App Servers where he drove market share growth from 22% to over 70% and over $4 billion in revenue, and group product manager for E-Business.

Prior to Microsoft, Steven held product management and marketing roles with other tech-related businesses. Steven holds a BS in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and is an ongoing student of Behavioral Economics.


Belinda Kinkead, Australian Director, LO3 Energy
Belinda Kinkead
Belinda is the Australian Director of LO3 Energy, an energy and tech company working on innovative new hardware and software products within the emerging distributed energy and computation industry. LO3 Energy pioneered peer-to-peer energy trading in the Brooklyn Microgrid using their blockchain technology, TransActive Grid. Belinda has worked in climate finance and sustainable energy for more than 15 years. Her previous experience includes roles with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and EcoSecurities, working with renewable energy and climate mitigation projects in more than 30 countries, including China, India, Brazil, Senegal, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea and Thailand.
Colette Munro, Chief Digital Officer, AECOM
Colette Munro

Colette has 20 years experience in Industrial Software Solutions for Operations and Maintenance. She has led the development of platforms for the Internet of Things (IoT), Analytics and Mobile. She has defined strategies for Industrial and Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security, Energy Management Software (demand side), IT/OT convergence, Asset Performance Management and Software Innovation.

She led the development of a software product for production accounting and delay analysis predominately used in the Mining Industry. Her background also includes 10 years designing, implementing and commissioning Electrical and Control Systems for large mining and infrastructure projects in Australia, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden and South Africa.

At AECOM, Colette leads the implementation of our Digital by Design Transformation Strategy. Her focus is on delivering innovative digital solutions which solve engineering problems across the design, build, operate and maintain lifecycle of Assets.
Kate O’Carroll, GM Delivery Transformation, GreenSync
Kate O’Carroll

Kate O’Carroll guides project teams implementing hardware and software cleantech solutions across Australia and Asia. Kate consistently ensures for project optimisation and continuous improvement in client service. Kate brings over a decade’s experience to the role, dealing with business and project finance, market strategy as part of the senior leadership team, and ensuring resourcing and governance. Kate is leading GreenSync’s implementation of the AusNet Services Mooroolbark Minigrid Community Microgrid – an Australia leading innovation project. Kate is working at the forefront of peer to peer power sharing and distributed energy exchange.

Prior to GreenSync, Kate delivered major projects in the transmission and distribution sector for a Fortune 500 company, where she managed the design component of augmentation works across a project portfolio of $22 million. Kate is Vice Chair of the Not for Profit organisation ‘Women in Energy’, hosting regular ‘Women in Power’ events focusing on industry topics and networking; Kate’s main motivation within the organisation is member engagement. Kate holds a MEng Architecture and Environmental Design (Hons.) from the University of Nottingham, UK.
Damien Sanford, Executive General Manager - Operations, AEMO
Damien Sanford

Damien Sanford is the Executive General Manager (EGM), Operations, with responsibilities for AEMO’s electricity and gas system operations and engineering teams. Damien has extensive experience honed through a variety of operational and advisory roles in energy markets, energy grid operations, emergency and risk management and the armed forces.

Prior to his current role, Damien led various operational functions within AEMO over the past eight years, including most recently senior management roles in real-time electricity and gas operations.

Damien holds a Bachelor of Business Management, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a former Australian Army Officer where he served in a variety of operational roles over 10 years.
Phil Shepherd, CEO and Owner, Harmonic Analytics
Phil Shepherd

Phil is CEO and owner of Harmonic Analytics, a New Zealand-based data science company.

Prior to establishing Harmonic in 2003, Phil held management roles in technology firms in NZ, the US, the UK, Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand.

Phil is a passionate advocate for analytics. He feels priviledged to work alongside data scientists as they solve complex industry challenges.

For the energy sector, key fields of data science include customer analytics, data quality assessment, machine learning, predictive analytics, alarm log mining, asset resiliency and investment planning.

Harmonic Analytics joined the GE Digital Alliance Programme in April 2017.
Avnaesh Jayantilal, Director, Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS), GE Grid Solutions
Avnaesh Jayantilal
Dr Avnaesh Jayantilal is Product Director in the Distribution and Grid Modernization product line in Grid Software Solutions. He joined GE (then Alstom) in 1999, and prior to his current role he led the Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) and the Market Management Systems (MMS) product lines. He has also held positions in Product Marketing, Business Development, Project Engineering and Software Development. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), in which he chairs the IEEE PES Distribution System Operations and Planning subcommittee.
Mark Sheppard, General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer, GE Digital
Mark Sheppard

Mark is the General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer in the Asia Pacific region of GE Digital - a newly formed business that drives the development and delivery of GE's software strategy across the organisation. GE Digital connects streams of machine data to powerful analytics and people by leveraging Predix, an industrial cloud platform purpose built for the demanding safety and security needs of industrials. GE pairs world-class talent with state-of-the-art software capabilities to drive digital industrial transformation for big gains in productivity, availability and longevity - providing industrial companies with valuable insights to manage assets and operations more efficiently.

Prior to his new role, Mark was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for GE in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the CIO for GE Global Mining. Mark’s vision for cultivating how technology supports the industry has been instrumental to the growth of GE’s Energy, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Healthcare and Financial Services businesses, in one of the company’s largest and fastest growing regions. Before joining GE, Mark lectured in Computer Science in the UK, after having completed his PhD studies in Artificial Intelligence. Mark specialized in the use of neural networks in the analysis of big industrial data and computational linguistics.
Alistair Wells, Regional General Manager - East Asia Pacific, Software Solutions
Alistair Wells

Alistair is responsible for delivering and supporting GE’s control centre IT, telecommunications and Smart Grid solutions to utilities in East Asia Pacific.

Alistair has considerable technical, project management and senior management experience in a number of sectors including infrastructure, heavy industry, telecommunications and energy utilities implementing mission-critical IT and real-time control systems. During his 19 years with Alstom and GE, Alistair has managed the successful delivery of advanced energy management systems to customers in Asia Pacific and has also worked at Alstom’s centre of Excellence in Redmond, USA for two years.

External Speakers

Amirah Abdul Ghani, System Analyst, Utility Solution & Business, ICT Division, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Amirah Abdul Ghani

Amirah Abdul Ghani received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from MARA University of Technology in 2008 and 2011 respectively. She is currently a system analyst in Department of Utility Solution & Business (US), ICT Division, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). She started her career in 2011 as part of GIS implementation where she mainly involved in functional and business requirements gathering for TNB GIS project. Since TNB GIS project was implemented for six (6) divisions, Distribution, Transmission, Generation, ICT, Corporate Affairs & Services and Planning, she is responsible in understanding and delivering all requirements by users from ICT.

In 2014, she joined Application Team where she was involved in system development and maintenance while continuously supporting users from business perspective. She is also responsible for supporting GIS database administration activities liasing with Infra team. Currently she’s responsible in supporting EO for Transmission users and and PNI ICT Telco users in addition bearing the responsibility of Project Manager for another GIS project in TNB.
Stephen Boroczky, Principal Engineer, AEMO
Stephen Boroczky
Stephen is Principal Engineer, Grid Systems at AEMO and has been the technical lead on AEMO’s VAr Dispatch project since its inception in 2013. He has had 30 years’ experience working on advanced power system analytics in the industry along with 17 years’ experience on AEMO’s e-terraplatform. He has lead the implementation and management of many of AEMO’s advanced real time power system analysis applications, such as Dynamic Security Assessment, advanced contingency analysis, constraint automation and now VAr Dispatch.
Mitchell Bradley, Network Operations Shift Manager / DMS Support, Energex
Mitchell Bradley
Mitch commenced his electrical networks career at Energex as an apprentice in 2000 and has since completed Degrees in Engineering (Electrical and Computer) and Business Management. After completion of his apprenticeship Mitch found his passion for Network Operations serving in a variety of roles in both Technical and Management capacities and actively contributes to the development of the DMS. Mitch is the creator and author of Modular Dynamic Switching (MDS) an automated switching schedule preparation program for PowerOn and is currently driving the replacement of the field switching schedule application software (A4S).
John Campbell, General Manager Operations and Risk, Aurora Energy, New Zealand
John Campbell
John is General Manager Operations and Risk, Aurora Energy, New Zealand where he is responsible for network operations and customer services, operation of the network control centres, strategic risk management and network safety for the Aurora Energy network. John has more than 30 years’ experience in the electricity industry having held senior management roles at Central Power and the national grid operator, Transpower. He has broad experience in operations, risk and compliance, contract management, international benchmarking, procurement and strategic project management.
Lisa Chen, Chief Analytics Officer, Harmonic Analytics
Lisa Chen

Dr. Lisa Chen provides analytical thought leadership at Harmonic Analytics. Lisa is a highly qualified and experienced data scientist, with a PhD in Statistics and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Statistics. Lisa has led projects across sectors in agriculture, aviation, energy, government, health, telecommunications, transportation and utilities.

To address business challenges Lisa, and Harmonic’s team of data scientists use a variety of advanced statistical methods, machine learning and operations research (OR). This requires significant experience in handling data-sets of varying quality, including transformer asset data, alarm logs and smart meter data. Lisa is a strong advocate for data science and has an active presence in the analytical community. She has taught energy sector clients how to get the best from R (statistical programming) for insightful data analysis and data visualisation.
Stephen Cosgrove, CTO, GEIS
Steven Cosgrove
Stephen has extensive GIS experience covering the utility and telecommunication sectors. Stephen’s Smallworld experience stretches back 20 years covering a wide range of the Smallworld product suite. Recent focus has been on leveraging the full potential of the underlying GIS data and exposing this across the enterprise and to the wider public. This requires understanding and resolving complex business problems across an enterprise to deliver a tangible solution.
David Crawford, Senior Technical Support Engineer, AusNet Services
David Crawford

David has 17 years of experience in the electricity industry. He worked for GE for several years, and after relocating to Australia from Scotland 10 years ago, worked for Essential Energy and GE Energy before moving to AusNet Services in 2013.

David's experience is primarily with PowerOn Fusion and he is currently the technical lead on the upgrade to PowerOn Fusion v5.3.0.
Matthew Croft, Manager Business Development Sales and Markets, Geomatic Technologies
Matthew Croft

Matthew Croft is a Business Manager for Geomatic Technologies (AusNet Services) with tertiary qualifications (Bachelor and Master Degrees) in Spatial Sciences (Surveying and Geomatics).

Matthew has a strong technical background specializing in identifying and matching client requirements with a range of IT, geospatial and mobile technology solutions to enable businesses to efficiently and cost effectively manage their assets. Matthew has supported a diverse range of industries including Power Utilities, Water, Gas, Telecommunications, Federal and State Government, leading many GT projects that have required technical innovative solutions, two of which have been recognized by the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards as award winning in recent years.
Simon Duggan, Systems Manager, Horizon Power
Simon Duggan
Simon is the Systems Manager at Horizon Power and has been in this role since 2010. His current focus is on asset data and geospatial systems. Simon has been in the utility industry for 24 years with the first 15 years being spent in Information Technology in varied roles such as Programme Manager, Infrastructure Manager and Manger of IT. Simon has a Bachelor of Business majoring in IT and has dedicated most of his career in understanding and translating business requirements into workable processes and technological solutions. With the Systems Manager role residing in the operational side of the business, Simon has been able to effectively build that sometimes large bridge between the business and technology.
G Ehanthalingam, Principal Technical Consultant, Redplanet Solutions
G Ehanthalingam

Ehanth has over 12 years of experience in GIS Consulting and has been associated with Redplanet since 2006. He has worked various Smallworld suite of products available in GE Geospatial systems for different utility clients across US, Canada, Asia and Africa. Ehanth’s experience include SW CST implementation, EO implementation, Smallworld 4.x upgrades, PNI / LNI upgrade and customisation, Smallworld Web products (NVP, NIG, EO Web, GSS, SBI) implementation and customisation. His expertise include integration of GIS with other external systems like SAP, DMS, CRM etc.

As a Principal Technical Consultant for Redplanet Solution Sdn. Bhd Malaysia, Ehanth is currently doing the role of SME for System and Business Process in Tenaga Nasional, from 2015 in which have redefined and implemented business process in EO primarily for Distribution, Transmission, Corporate Affairs & Services divisions. He was instrumental in PNI 430 upgrade for ICT Division in TNB and implementation of business process for the same.
Joery Korobejnik, Partner Manager, Spatial Eye
Joery Korobejnik
Joery is the Partner Manager at Spatial Eye, responsible for developing and managing partner relationships with resellers, vendors and technology partners. Before joining Spatial Eye, Joery was program manager for the asset management department at Enexis, second largest regional network operator in the Netherlands, where he was responsible for several data quality, offshore and business process improvement projects. Joery hold a degree in electrical engineering and is based in Culemborg, in the Netherlands.
P.K Senthil Kumar, CTO, Redplanet Solutions
P.K Senthil Kumar

P.K Senthil kumar holds a Masters Degree in Geomatics from Iowa State Univeristy (USA) and has been working with various GIS systems for 15+ years across 45+ clients worldwide. He started his career as consultant for Red Planet US office and then went on to establish Red Planet’s offshore development center in India. He now holds the position of CTO at Red Planet Malaysia.

In the capacity of the CTO he has been instrumental in establishing and leading the company’s technical vision of becoming the one-stop solution center for all of client’s GIS needs. He has also been working closely with operations and marketing team as an advisor of technologies that has directly lead to improvement in efficiency and effectiveness of various red planet initiatives. In addition he has also established the research division within Red Planet to explore exciting and cutting edge technologies in the field of GIS.
Joseph Lawrence, Director of Industry Partnerships at Monash University
Joseph Lawrence

Key leadership role established in 2014 to foster industry collaboration and partnerships for research, innovation, education and training at Monash University, across all Faculties and Portfolios. Joseph has 15 years of specialist experience in industry-university-government partnership building and was previously the Director of Business Development for Science at Monash University (2012-2014). He was responsible for industry engagement, research development and technology transfer.

He was also a Senior Development Manager at Macquarie University (2011-2012) for the office of Institutional Advancement. Prior to this Joseph was the Director of the Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre), which is New Zealand’s Centre of Excellence for Power Engineering, hosted within the University of Canterbury. The Centre is regarded as an exemplar for industry-university collaboration and Joseph produced the strategic business plan for its establishment in 2002.

Joseph has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and a Technical MBA (Master of Engineering in Management) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is also a PMP certified project management professional.
Fazilah Mat Yatim, Project Manager GIS, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Fazilah Mat Yatim
Fazilah has been working as Electrical Engineer with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) for the past 26 years. She has a degree in Electrical and Electronic from the South West Polytechnic ( now known as Plymouth University), UK and Master of Engineering in Electrical Energy and Power Systems, University of Malaya, Malaysia. She has experienced at Distribution level in Operation & Maintenance, Customer Service, Planning, Construction, District Management, Business Management, Procurement, Meter, Logistic & technical specification. She is a Professional Engineer and also Competent Engineer up to 33kV level.
Nick McDonald, DMS Support Team Leader, Energex
Nick McDonald
Nick McDonald is the DMS Support Team Leader at Energex, the distribution utility for South East Queensland. As part of this role Nick is responsible for all aspects of the Energex DMS implementation & played a key role in its original design. Nick has 17 years experience in the distribution industry & is currently Chair of the Australia and New Zealand PowerOn User Group.
Kevin McKenzie, Program Manager Real Time Systems, CitiPower/Powercor
Kevin McKenzie
Dr Kevin McKenzie has held a number of roles over his 30 years’ experience in electricity transmission, distribution, water and gas distribution businesses, ranging from executive leadership, electrical operations, network controller, corporate strategy, transformational change management, program & project management, Board director and IT leadership roles. Kevin is currently managing the real time system program of work at CitiPower and Powercor, and is directly involved in FDIR implementation as the project manager that built the approved business case and as the project manager delivering the predecessor PowerOn Fusion 5.2.2 Upgrade project.
David Morgan, GIS Team Leader, Asset Applications, Jemena
David Morgan
David has over 30 years experience in the Utilities industry and has worked in related fields of IT, GIS and CAD for companies including Smallworld/GE, CitiPower, United Energy, Ausnet, SECV and Autodesk (reseller). For the past 10 years David has been managing IT support and projects for the expanding GIS systems at Jemena which are used to manage electricity and gas networks across Australia.
Sung-pil Na, Senior Manager, Korea Electric Power Corporation
Sung-pil Na
Bachelor of Electronic and Electric Engineering, Dankook University, 1997. Electric power distribution design, construction and operational experiences for 20 years. Senior manager of KEPCO information systems for power distribution management and GIS. Deep understanding about power distribution management and information systems.
Suresh Nanduru, Smart Grid Analyst, United Energy & Multinet Gas
Suresh Nanduru
Suresh Nanduru has over 12 years of experience in GIS domain covering utility and telecom industry. Suresh has worked on various GIS product suites which covers a wide range of Smallworld products.He contributed to a diverse range of projects which includes asset management , product development and systems implementation. Suresh’s specialises in systems integration , mobility solutions and building effective visualisation tools.
Syarifah Syahidatul Nur'ain, System Analyst, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Syarifah Syahidatul Nur'ain

Syarifah Syahidatul Nurain received B.IT. degrees in Information Technology from University Tenaga Nasional in 2009.

She is currently a system analyst in Department of Utility Solution & Business (US), ICT Division, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). She started her career in 2011 as part of GIS implementation where she mainly involved in Application and Integration activities for TNB GIS project. She was involved from the very beginning of Integration between GIS and External System using GSS in gathering of requirements from business users, presenting the requirements to TNB SOA, finalizing of web services and in deployment of the same in Production servers. She is also involved in the implementation of Enterprise Gateway replacing insync in TNB GIS and also in administration of 3rd party tools like oracle database, Google maps in TNB GIS. Currently she is responsible in supporting EO for Corporate Affairs & Services division and all integration related activities in TNB GIS.
Gregory Oaten, Account Executive, we-do-IT Pty Ltd
Gregory Oaten

Greg Oaten has been involved with GE Smallworld since 2002 when he established Ausgrid’s GIS Maintenance group. He was Manager GIS Maintenance for EnergyAustralia (now Ausgrid) from 2002-2006, being responsible for managing the timely and accurate capture of spatial data relating to the electrical distribution network.

Greg was a Director of the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) Australia & New Zealand from 2005-2009, President in 2009 and CEO in 2010. He spent four years with Infotech Enterprises as General Manager Utility Sales and has been with we-do-IT since late 2014. Greg has a Bachelor of Science (NSW), a Masters in Surveying Science (Melb) and a Graduate Diploma in Management.
Michael Pelley, GIS Business System Manager, Essential Energy
Michael Pelley
Michael Pelley has been with Essential Energy’s GIS Team since 2004. During this time he has been involved in 2 GE Smallworld Upgrades, a Cadastre Shift, 5 regulatory submissions and has managed the team for the past 2 years.
Jan Pinos, System Specialist - GIS, Vector Ltd NZ
Jan Pinos
Jan is a Smallworld GIS developer and administrator with 10 years of experience in the field. After gaining his Master's in 2007, Jan joined a team managing Smallworld GIS for a gas distribution company in the Czech Republic. Jan later moved to New Zealand, where he worked first for a contracting company offering Smallworld solutions to clients and then in 2012 joined New Zealand's biggest electricity and gas distribution company - Vector Ltd - where he manages several Smallworld-based GIS applications. Jan recently started Ph.D. studies at the Department of Geoinformatics at Palacky University Olomouc, where he plans to deepen his GIS knowledge.
Ken Pratt, Director of Operations, PSC
Ken Pratt
Ken Pratt has a long history with the e-terra product suite. He spent 25 years working for the predecessors to GE from the early days of ESCA, through Cegelec, Alstom, Areva, and once again Alstom. During that time, he spent many years developing the Habitat product followed by Project development, integration, and delivery. Later, he leveraged his product knowledge and experience as a sales engineer performing product demonstrations and responding to customer tenders. During his tenure, Ken spent significant time in the Asia Pacific region including 2 years in Sydney working with NEMMCO (now AEMO) and 6 months in Melbourne working with various customers. Since 2010, Ken has been with PSC as a managing consultant and operational director for the North American unit where he manages consultants and projects for EMS and DMS customers.
Nathan Regan, GIS Manager, Water Corporation
Nathan Regan
Nathan Regan is the GIS Manager of Water Corporation and has worked at Water Corporation in various GIS technical roles for the past 9 years. Recent successes include overseeing delivery of a GIS Upgrade for half the cost and half the time of previous estimates, which not only saved money, but instilled a level of confidence in the Business and Technology GIS group which hasn’t been in existence for over a decade.
Tim Slack, Solutions Development Manager, Orion New Zealand Limited
Tim Slack
Tim is a longstanding employee of Orion with particular responsibility for implementing new software solutions and packages. He project managed the implementation of Orion’s original PowerOn system in 2008 and has managed several other PowerOn projects.
Andrew Stamp, Director, Yambay
Andrew Stamp
Andrew Stamp is Yambay’s Director of Enterprise Applications. He has led the partnership with GE on mobilization of advanced distribution management functions which has resulted in implementations across the globe. Andrew is now focused on the next generation of mobile solutions including those focused on collaborative control. He holds a PhD in Fluid Dynamics from the Australian National University.
William Tarlinton, Managing Director, Zeppelin Bend
William Tarlinton
Bill has 25 years’ experience in the energy industry as an engineering professional, manager and entrepreneur. In his early career, he worked as a software engineer on real-time systems. Later, he managed the operation of the electricity distribution network in the ACT, and oversaw the implementation of new business and control systems during a period of industry restructure. In 2001 he founded Opal Software, a software and services solutions company which was instrumental in the successful deployment of many of the PowerOn Fusion ADMS’s in Australia and New Zealand. Opal was acquired by General Electric in 2010. Bill founded a new company in 2014 (Zeppelin Bend) to provide operational technology solutions for the electricity distribution sector. Zeppelin Bend is currently working on the development of analytics solutions, and mechanisms to help integrate the ADMS with Distributed Energy Resources. Bill holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) from UTS.
Phil Yao, Senior Market Analyst, Transpower
Phil Yao
Phil Yao is currently employed by Transpower New Zealand Limited as a senior market analyst, providing analytic support to electricity market operations, and applying his knowledge and expertise to facilitate implementation of market initiatives. Phil Yao graduated from University of Canterbury, New Zealand with a Master degree of Mechanical Engineering in 2008.

GE Speakers

Rui Calheiros, Solutions Architect, GE Digital
Rui Calheiros

Rui is a Solutions Architect with GE Digital, and an experienced technologist leading architecture, evaluation, design, and deployment of enterprise systems for global Industrial clients. His current areas of focus include: Industrial Data Integration, and Analytics, Cloud and Hosted Infrastructure, and Industrial application development. He leads multi-year enterprise analytics solutions design and consulting for major electric utilities in North America and Europe in Smart Grid and DER applications. He focuses on translating technical functionality into business value.

Prior to GE Digital, Rui held senior technical sales role and product management role with other Industrial IoT tech-related businesses. Rui holds a BS in Information Systems from Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He lives in San Francisco were he trains and competes in triathlons and is an ongoing student in the application of Machine Learning and Agile Analytics and Application development for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Gennaro Castelli, Product Manager, EMS Platform Core Proucts
Gennaro Castelli

Previously led the development of the User Interfaces for Network Management Systems (NMS). As product development manager, serves as technical lead for the e-terravision product—a UI product specifically focusing on decision support systems and situational awareness for the NMS control room operator and analysts. The e-terravision product brings together information from multiple systems, such as the current system state, system state due to contingencies, wind forecasts, and lightning strikes. The elements are all brought into one consistent view to aid with system monitoring and issue mitigation and resolution.

Gennaro also led the development the AREVA Energy Trading Office, a strategic initiative to develop a comprehensive integration framework within which a trading organization can develop, manage, and, oversee their overall energy trading activities in the context of a deregulated and competitive energy industry. The suite of products for such a market, are based on distributed architecture (both two tier and three tier) and on current technologies such as web enabled GUIs, RDBMS, and WAN/LAN communication networks and UNIX and NT operating systems.
John Chisum, Utility Product Line Leader, Asset Management, Grid Solutions
John Chisum
John has worked with Smallworld GIS technology since 1997 with leadership roles in many areas of the business including; Sales, Projects/Implementations, Customer Support, and Training.  He has been in the Product Management area since 2011 and is often selected to participate in R&D/exploratory efforts which have recently included; wearable technology, advanced mobility applications, augmented reality, oil & gas refinery geospatial, transportation and cloud solutions.
David Daly, Product Director - Distribution & Grid Modernization, GE Power
David Daly

David (Dave) Daly is a product director in Distribution & Grid Modernization, with global responsibility for GE’s Advanced Distribution Management Solutions.

Dave has over twenty-one years of experience in utility control solutions, focused on distribution management. At GE, Dave has held various leadership roles across product management, engineering, project delivery and customer services. Prior to joining GE, Dave worked at ASCADA & IBM as a software engineer.

Dave holds a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, UK.
Mike DiBlasi, Global Product Manager - Mobility, GE Grid Solutions
Mike DiBlasi
Mike is Global Product Manager for GE Grid Solutions' Mobility products, responsible for product direction and strategy for the Mobile product lines for GE Grid Solutions. He has over 17 years of experience providing mobile workforce solutions to utility and telecommunications companies. Mike completed a Master of Business Administration at University of Phoenix in 2009 and holds a bachelor degree in Science from Syracuse University, New York. Mike is based in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Anthony Faucette
Anthony Faucette

APM, Senior Product Manager

Anthony joined GE in 2006; he is currently the Sr. Staff Digital Product Manager for Asset Performance Management. He has held multiple roles in GE Healthcare, GE Power & Water and GE Energy Services such as Director Product Management Software & eCommerce; Product Line Manager, Digital Catalog; Regional Commercial Manager, and Sales Quotation Manager, Industrial Solutions. He is a graduate of GE’s Junior Officer Leadership Program (JOLP). Prior to joining GE Anthony served 7 years as a Logistics Officer in the US Army and was stationed throughout the US, Korea and served in combat in Ramadi and Baghdad Iraq.

Anthony holds an MBA from Georgia State University, a B.S. in Transportation and Logistics Management from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Professional Certificate in Internet of Things, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Anthony enjoys weightlifting, golf, and cycling. He is married to Nadia Brock Faucette and has two children Kinsley & Aidan.
Nathan Formby, Principle Solution Architect and Digital Transformation Consultant, GE Digital
Nathan Formby

Nathan Formby is a Principle Solution Architect and Digital Transformation Consultant for GE Digital (APAC), this involves working with customers and partners on Industrial Internet applications and solutions to deliver business outcomes, uncovering value from the convergence of operation technology and enterprise data, offering user experiences that enables people to be more effective at performing their duties, and providing intelligent assistance to help users react to changing conditions.

During his tenure with GE he represented GE on the Australian Governments Cyber Security Growth Centres (CSGC) working committees and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute - International Cyber Policy Centre workshops; that both provide industry, academia, and end users with the ability to help formulate policy for Australia that will address the growing need for Cyber expertise and awareness to national interests.

Before joining GE, he worked for a decade in the manufacturing industry working to solve a variety of common operational challenges such as: identifying production limitations and shortfalls from operation data, improve planning and forecasting from actual production and quality data, identify and capture best practices resolutions to common issues, and performing data mining to discover common reasons for water / energy wastage.
Keith Grassi, Segment Leader, Distribution & Smart Grid, GE Grid Solutions
Keith Grassi

Keith is the Segment leader for Distribution & Smart Grid (D&SG) for GE’s Grid Solutions business. In this position, Keith is responsible for leading all aspects related to the business strategy and execution for the D&SG segment. Keith has 23 years of experience as a global technology and business executive spanning multiple industries that include energy, telecommunications, software products and services, and consulting. These companies include Microsoft Corporation, Xcel Energy, Sempra Energy, Scientific Applications and International Corporation (SAIC). Additionally, Keith worked for Vestas Wind Systems in Denmark as Senior Vice President of Plant Products and Technologies.

Keith also served as board member for Obstacle Collision Avoidance Systems, a Vestas owned company that develops specialty radar systems used to prevent aerial collisions while reducing the visual impact of wind power plants and power transmission towers. Keith received his Bachelor of Management Information Systems from the University of Oklahoma and resides in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Dan Mooy, APM - Senior Product Manager, GE
Dan Mooy

Dan is currently the Senior Product Manager for Asset Performance Management in electrical infrastructure applications. Dan has 20+ years of industrial software experience in electrical, gas, telecommunications, and process manufacturing industries. He has served in a variety of Product Management and Commercial roles. Prior to joining GE in 2014, Dan was a Regional Vice President for ABB software in North America.

Dan holds an MBA from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in Biology from Brigham Young University. Dan is married with four children and is a lifelong resident of California. He enjoys all of the natural beauty and culture that California has to offer from the mountains to the beach, and the cities in between.
Trevor Philpot, GE
Trevor Philpot
Trevor is responsible for the ServiceMax business in Asia Pacific. Prior to joining ServiceMax, Trevor managed the Oracle Field Service Cloud business for Asia Pacific having come to Oracle through the acquisition of TOA Technologies. Throughout his 25 year career in technology, Trevor has been part of and seen a number of industry trends that have shaped our lives. Trevor is passionate about helping organisations realise operational efficiency while delivering customer service improvements. Trevor holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Houston and resides in Sydney with his wife and three daughters.
Ali R. Sadjadpour, Energy Management System (EMS) Product Manager
Ali Sadjadpour

Ali has over 30 years of power industry experience ranging from Control Center operations engineer (supporting various decision support tools) at American Electric Power (AEP), to various positions at two major vendors where he has been responsible for full product lifecycle (requirements, development, customer delivery and installations.) He joined GE (Alstom Grid) in 1997 and has held various positions in the product development and operations teams.

As the EMS Product Manager, he has been responsible for monitoring industry trends and directions, defining product direction (aligning roadmap with customers’ business needs and requirements), managing entire product lifecycle, setting up partnership with other entities to complement the product (customer value), driving customer engagement in various GE software Solutions Research and Development (R&D) initiatives.
Cynthia Tucker, Partner Alliances Director, GE Grid Solutions
Cynthia Tucker

Cynthia is Partner Alliances Director with GE Grid Software business responsible for developing and managing relationships with resellers and technology solution providers driving adoption and growth. She has a broad business background with over 20 years in information technology solutions and alliance development in global enterprise, the public sector and mission critical customer environments. Prior to GE, Cynthia held various leadership roles with Cisco, Echologics and Alcatel-Lucent in sales, market development and product management.

Cynthia holds an MBA from the University of Dallas, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma, and a professional certificate in Business Strategy from Southern Methodist University and resides in Dallas, Texas USA.
Paul Westwater, Business Analyst, GE
Paul Westwater
Paul Westwater is responsible for leading a team of Business Analysts & Technical Authors implementing new features into the GE ADMS product lines. He has 20 years’ experience of supporting, designing, implementing and managing both enterprise and SaaS solutions. He graduated with Pg Dip Software Engineering & BSc(Hons) in Applicable Mathematics from Abertay University, Dundee
Douglas Wilson, Chief Scientist WAMS, GE Grid Solutions
Douglas Wilson

Douglas is Chief Scientist with GE Grid Solutions, with technical specialisms in wide area monitoring and control, and in power system dynamics. He has been involved in this area since joining Psymetrix Limited at its startup in 1998, and was Chief Technical Officer up to the company’s acquisition by Alstom Grid in 2011. Douglas was designated a Senior Expert in Alstom Grid, and received awards in the Alstom’s Innovation programmes.

Douglas is involved in strategic innovation project work within GE, and also with several industry partners worldwide. He is technical lead for a number of projects in the areas of wide area monitoring systems and applications, wide area control, network stability, control system tuning for stability, and future substation infrastructure. In recent years, he has worked extensively with the GB transmission system owners and operators to develop collaborative four strategic innovation projects involving National Grid and SP Energy Networks. He also works closely with the Icelandic system operator, Landsnet, to develop the wide area defence system.

Douglas has been involved in various consulting projects with customers, in areas such as power system dynamic performance studies, power system stabiliser tuning, governor tuning, disturbance analysis, and development of roadmaps in wide area monitoring, control and protection. He has also worked on strategic research and development in various fields, including new technology options for Active Network Management in distribution systems.

Douglas graduated with a B.Eng (Hons, 1st class) and PhD from the University of Edinburgh, and an MSc (Distinction) from the University of Manchester. As well as his industrial work, he has been involved in supervising students and in various industry/academia collaborations. Douglas has authored around 50 technical papers, and has contributed to various books and IEC/IEEE working group publications. He is an inventor on seven patents (granted and pending) in the WAMS domain.
Matt Yourek, Cyber Security Solutions & Product Manager, GE Grid Solutions
Matt Yourek
Matt Yourek, Grid Software Solution’s Cyber Security Solutions & Product Manager, owns the business’ holistic market strategy for Cyber and Compliance and is responsible for providing the business with an executable plan that creates competitive advantage and differentiation. Matt has been with GE for 11+ years, and was most recently the Cyber Security Architect for the PowerOn and Smallworld product lines before assuming his current role. Before that, he held various roles in EMS software engineering, support, and project delivery, where he developed his passion for working with customers as they worked side-by-side through the then emerging NERC CIP standards. Matt is based in Melbourne, FL, US.
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