Speaker Biographies

(In order of appearance)

Bas Kruimer
Senior Manager, Smart Grid Services

Bas Kruimer is a Senior Manager at Accenture Smart Grid Services and Intelligent Grid Operations Domain in the European Utility Markets. Bas is a graduated Power Engineer from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and has 27 years of international experience in the energy and electrical utility sector in different commercial and marketing roles, in product and business development and general management. He earlier worked at ABB Network Control & Protection, ABB Industrial Automation, KEMA T&D Consulting, KEMA Quality, Utility Service Provider Eneco/Joulz and Quanta Technology in T&D Consulting. Bas is a recognized expert in substation automation, network control/SCADA, protection and IEC 61850. In recent years his focus has been on Situational Awareness and Phasor-Measure-ment Strategy and Applications Road Mapping, while also addressing Asset Management and Big Data Handling, Grid Analytics, Smart Metering Programme Management, System Resilience and (Cyber) Security.

Aurélio Blanquet
Director, Division of Automation and Telecommunications & Chair EE-ISAC
EDP Distribuição

Aurélio Blanquet is graduated in Electronics Engineering and MBA in business administration. Since 2007, he is Director for Automation and Telecommunications in the Portuguese DSO EDP Distribuicao. Mr. Blanquet was also former Project Leader in the InovGrid Project development, the Portuguese Smart Grid's innovation initiative pursuing the upgrade of the Distribution Network to face the new needs and challenges of the electricity market. Actually he is the responsible for the Distribution Automation, Telecommunications and Cyber Security projects within this Program. He is also Board Member at EUTC - European Telecom Utilities Telecom Council, and member at Eurelectric's WG Distribution System Design.

Walter van Boven
Digital Grid Department Manager & Acting CIO

Walter van Boven is the responsible manager of the Digital Grids department within the Alliander. Digital Grids acts as service integrator for the complete data value chain form sensor in the field up to real-time control and analytics systems. Cyber security lies within Walter's responsibility. During his working period at KPMG Walter has been responsible for several IT security audits and assignments.

Kimmo Juntunen
ICT Infrastructure Manager and CISO

Kimmo Juntunen is the ICT Infrastructure Manager and CISO at Caruna Group. Caruna is the largest electricity distribution company in Finland. Kimmo has over 20 years working experience in information technology and information security area. He has worked in several industrial sectors. Current role in Caruna he lead a team which main responsibilities are information security, architecture solutions, system integrations, server and capacity services, end user services and communication services.

Johan Rambi
Corporate Privacy & Security Advisor

Johan Rambi is Corporate Privacy & Security Advisor within the department Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) and he is responsible for the development and monitoring of corporate Privacy & Security policies and guidelines within Alliander. Furthermore Johan supports the organization with Privacy & Security (Impact) assessments, requirements and measures in the role of subject matter expert. As former Privacy & Security officer Johan implemented the controls of the Privacy Audit Proof certification for the Smart Metering processes in the organization. Johan is active in several European expert groups (European Energy Cyber Security Platform, Network and Information Security platform, Data Protection Impact Assessment template) for the European Commission and standardization committees on Privacy and Cyber Security. Johan is a well-known speaker at European and US conferences to disseminate best practices on Privacy, Smart Meter- and Smart Grid Cyber Security and as co-founder Johan has launched the European Energy-ISAC in December 2015 to promote international collaboration and information sharing through PPP. Before Johan joined Alliander, he worked as security architect and consultant at different organizations for the last 18 years.

Paul Smith
Senior Scientist
Austrian Institute of Technology

Dr Paul Smith is a Senior Scientist in the Digital Safety and Security Department of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. Previous to this appointment he was a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK. He received his PhD in September 2003 and graduated in 1999 with an honours degree in Computer Science from Lancaster. Paul's research interests are focused on the security and resilience of critical information infrastructures. Currently, he is the coordinator of the EU-funded SPARKS project, which is considering these aspects for the smart grid. He has participated in a number of international research projects in this area, and has published articles on numerous aspects that relate to his core interests.

David Willacy
Global Head Digital Risk and External UK\EU Engagement
National Grid

David has worked within the energy sector for over thirty years, for more than a decade working to improve the cyber security of both National Grid and the wider energy sector. He has a strong background in engineering, IT and cyber security; which is a rare combination, that has allowed David to add strategic value around protecting the critical cyber assets within the energy sector. David has also worked in a number of roles within HMG to help create strategies that will improve the security of supply. David also holds key roles within the European energy arena.

Carlos Montes Portela
OT Security Officer

Carlos Montes Portela received the M.Sc. degree in Business Process Management and IT (cum laude). His master thesis focused on the design space of the ICT architecture of the Smart Grid taking into account security and privacy issues. Currently, Carlos is an OT Security Officer at the Innovation Department within Asset Management at Enexis B.V., a large Dutch Distribution Grid Operator. As a TOGAF, CISSP and CISM certified OT Security Officer, Carlos contributes to the evolution of Enexis from a DNO into a DSO embedding security into the different stages of OT related initiatives. He has been involved in projects related to Smart Metering, RTU's / Station Automation, Smart Charging of EV's and incentive based Smart Grid Demand / Response scenarios with home consumers.

Marcin Kowalczyk
IT Infrastructure Manager

Marcin is managing IT Infrastructure for the only private DSO in Poland - innogy Stoen Operator - energy distributor in Warsaw, Poland. Marcin's scope of responsibility covers: Data Centers, IP network, Telecommunication, Security, WFM and Desktop solutions. Marcin brings 15 years of experience of IT Infrastructure management, which allows him to implement modern solutions for SCADA, Smart Metering and many other industry specific DSO systems.

Michal Maciejewski
Utilities & Grid Manager

Michal is responsible for IT systems continuity and IT portfolio management and delivery for the only private DSO in Poland - innogy Stoen Operator - energy distributor in Warsaw, Poland. His specific focus includes Smart Metering, Network, Fault and Outage Management Asset Management and Business Process Management. Michal brings almost 20 years of experience in Utilities, Cable TV, Defence and Environmental industries. He has worked in Poland, Germany, UK, Italy, USA, Spain and Denmark.

François Chevalier
Head of Control Centre and Telecommunication

François Chevalier has a master in electricity engineering (1984) from Louvain-la-Neuve University (Belgium) and a master in management from the university of Leuven (1985). Since 1989, he has been working for distribution network operators in Belgium first in wallonia (south of Belgium) and since 1997 for Sibelga (Brussels). He was during the major part of his career responsible of gridoperation but also of long term griddevelopment and head of training center. Since 2014, he is head of the control center and telecommunication department, in charge of several Smartgrid projects. One of these projects consists in the replacement of the Scada system in order to be ready for a more active grid control.

Michael John

Michael John is the Director of Consulting Services at the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS). The mission of ENCS is to improve the resilience of European critical infrastructures. With his work at ENCS, Michael is fully committed to enhancing the Smart Grid and Smart Metering security and privacy landscape. Additionally, Michael is involved in the European Commission's work on privacy, data protection and cyber security with in the Smart Grid environment. He is also engaged in several related work groups at Member State level in Europe. Furthermore, Michael holds the role of the Security Coordinator for The PRIME Alliance, whose goal is the development of a global power-line standard to enable truly flexible and efficient Smart Grid networks. Prior to this role at ENCS, Michael worked at Elster, one of the world's leading Smart Meter manufacturers, where he was responsible for ensuring Elster's Smart Metering applications are secure by design and fully compliant with the latest EU standards. Michael John has a deep telecommunications and information security background. Prior to working in the utilities sector, he was a Network Engineer at Nortel. Michael holds an MSc in Computer Science.

Mickey Schmuel
Business Development Manager

Mickey Shmuel was appointed to his current position as Critical Infrastructure Business Development Manager for Europe and Latin America in 2016. In this role, he familiarizes potential customers and business partners in the utility market (electric power, oil and gas and water), smart city and safe city, and public transportation markets, as well as its mobility solutions for first responders, with RAD's networking and cyber security solutions.

Mickey brings with him over 30 years of experience in the communications industry. He previously served as Sales Director of Viaccess-Orca for Latin America and Iberia and, before that, as Sales Engineering Manager at Cosmocom. Prior to that time he was Director of Advanced Solutions at Comverse Technology, and, also filled a number of sales, engineering and customer support positions in other companies, including Efrat Future Technology (now Verint) and Elisra.

Mickey holds a BSEE degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. www.rad.com

Lhoussain Lhassani
Senior Specialist Asset Management

Dr Lhoussain Lhassani is senior asset manager within Stedin. Stedin is the grid owner in the west and centre of the Netherlands. One of his focuses is the implementation of IP network for the communication for the Electric Power Utilities. Stedin is now implementing the protocols IEC-104 and the IEC-61850, based on TCP/IP and Ethernet in the substations and to communicate with the control centers. One of his challenges is the further optimization through the use of All-IP or Ethernet for the communication in the world of high voltage (telemetry, telecommand and teleprotection). Another interest is the optimization of the IT-technology to support the business requirements.

Nuno Medeiros,
ICT and Smart Grids Security Officer
EDP Distribuição

Nuno Medeiros holds an MSc degree on Electrical and Computers Engineering from the University of Porto and an MSc degree on Master of Science in Information Technology - Information Security (MSIT-IS) from Carnegie Mellon University. Before December 2011, he was responsible for managing and leading projects for the SCADA/DMS infrastructure of the EDP Distribuição. He is currently working as a Cybersecurity and Privacy Officer for SCADA/DMS and Smart Grid projects. He is also an industry representative in several European working groups and projects, and is frequently invited as speaker in European Conferences on the topics of security and privacy.

Bart de Wijs
Head of Cyber Security, Power Grids Division

In this capacity, Bart represent this division in the ABB Group Cyber Security Council which is a cross-disciplinary team staffed with resources from various corporate functions. Additionally, he is a member of the ABB Cyber Security Response Team handling vulnerabilities and incidents. Within the division he leads a team of cyber security specialists dealing with the different aspect of all the security related concerns potentially affecting ABB customers. He is a member of various cyber security expert groups as well as an ABB representative in public private partnerships and information sharing initiatives. Between 2007 and 2010 he was responsible for cyber security in ABB's Power Generation business unit.

Frederic Buchi
Consulting Cyber Security for Energy Automation Systems

Frederic Buchi received an engineer degree in Communication Engineering from ESSTIN (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences et Technologies de l'Ingénieur de Nancy/France) in 2000. Following a first position at Alcatel, his involvement with power utilities started in 2003 as a Technical Project Manager for turn-key communication networks at Alstom. Since 2008 he works at Siemens' HQ in Germany in the areas of product lifecycle management, business development and is currently responsible for Siemens Cyber Security solutions for protection and control system in Digital Grids Systems, where he passionately addresses this dynamic topic, both within Siemens and customers, especially focusing on defining and implementing challenging cyber security measures on the OT side to comply with international and industry standards.

Maurice Snoeren
Head of Section, Cyber-Security

Maurice has an electrical engineering background and graduated from the Eindhoven University of Technology. More than 14 years of experience in electrical engineering of embedded systems and software development. The last six years, responsible for the centralized process automation (OT) for the Benelux for RWE. Developed together with IT, the IT and OT organization and governance to improve IT/OT integration and cyber security. He performed cyber security audits, risk assessments and technical reviews of the OT landscape. Besides his role to coordinate the Benelux cyber security activities, he was responsible for the centralized automation landscape and applications for the Benelux.

Dr. Martin Gilje Jaatun
Senior Scientist

Martin received the Sivilingeniør degree in Telematics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in 1992, and the Dr.Philos. degree from the University of Stavanger in 2015. Previous positions include scientist at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), and Senior Lecturer in information security at the Bodø Graduate School of Business. His research interests include software security, security in cloud computing, and security of critical information infrastructures. He is vice chairman of the Cloud Computing Association (cloudcom.org), President of Cloud Security Alliance Norway, and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Adam Wolman

Adam leads CyberX's sales and partner management in EMEA & APAC. He brings more than 15 years of sales and channel experience. In his role, Adam directs the go-to-market strategy and the end-to-end sales process to successfully penetrate and grow new territories, build and nurture a partners' network and accelerate the company's footprint. Prior to joining CyberX Adam held sales management roles at Windward and Aeronautics. Adam holds a Bsc. in Computer Engineering (Cum Laude) from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Boaz Landsberger
Head of Cyber Security Department
Israel Electric Corporation

Boaz Landsberger has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry, specializing in Cyber Security. Since 2002 Boaz is one of the leaders of Cyber Security at Israel Electric Corporation (IEC). As of now, Boaz is deputy manager of the Cyber Security Department at IEC, specializing in regulation (SOX, PCI and Privacy Protection Law), Risk Management, Data Leakage Prevention and Cyber Initiatives abroad. Boaz is a computer science engineer, graduating from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Boaz served for 20 years in the army in the IT and Cyber Security fields and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Harm van den Brink
IT Architect
ElaadNL & Enexis

Harm van den Brink is an IT Architect at ElaadNL (Dutch knowledge and innovation center on electric mobility) and Dutch DSO Enexis. ElaadNL is known for open standards like OCPP, OCHP, OSCP etc. Van den Brink is a specialist in IT and security and is responsible for the IT architectures of smart grids and electric mobility. The main focus is on requirements for IT security, the implementation of IT security and the development of innovative Smart Charging features within the EV infrastructure, the smart grid and between all parties involved in the smart grid system.

Henrik Kiertzner
Principal Business Solutions Manager

Henrik Kiertzner joined SAS in April 2016 and is responsible for pre-sales and delivery of the SAS Cybersecurity Solution in EMEA. Since leaving the British Army in 2000 after a long career specialising in intelligence, he has been, variously, IT Director of a large multinational engineering consultancy, CISO of a governmental entity and a commercial security and risk consultant worldwide. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has a particular interest and background in security in the utilities and critical national infrastructure sectors.

Andreas Huelsing
Post-Doctoral Researcher
TU Eindhoven for PQCrypto

Andreas is a postdoctoral researcher at TU Eindhoven working with Tanja Lange in the PQCRYPTO project. His research focuses on post-quantum cryptography - cryptography secure against quantum computer-aided attacks. Andreas' goal is to get post-quantum cryptography into practice. To achieve this, he works on developing schemes for which reliable security estimates can be made and that meet practical performance requirements. A lot of his research focused on hash-based signatures leading to a recent IRTF Internet draft on this topic. Before his current position, Andreas was a postdoctoral researcher in the cryptographic implementations group at TU Eindhoven, working with Daniel J. Bernstein. He did his PhD in the cryptography and computer algebra group at TU Darmstadt under the supervision of Johannes Buchmann. Before starting his PhD, he worked as a research fellow at Fraunhofer SIT in Darmstadt. Andreas holds a Diploma in computer science from TU Darmstadt.