2024 Invited Speakers

Kwok W. Cheung (IEEE Fellow)
GE Digital, USA

Dr. Kwok W. Cheung received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. He joined GE (formerly ESCA) as a power system engineer developing on-line dynamic security assessment and energy management solutions in 1991. From 1995-2008, he held various technical lead and management positions responsible for the design and implementation of many leading energy and transmission markets worldwide including Transpower (New Zealand), Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), ISO New England, PJM, ERCOT and Midcontinent ISO. In 2008, he became the R&D Director of Market Management Systems managing a worldwide engineering group to research, develop and maintain market management products and related smart grid solutions. He is currently the CTO and Director of Global Market Management Solutions (MMS) of GE Vernova responsible for managing the overall worldwide technology and product solutions for MMS. Dr. Cheung has authored and co-authored over 100 technical papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Cheung is a registered Professional Engineer of the State of Washington, a Senior Fellow of GE and a Fellow of the IEEE.


Erwin Franquet
Université Côte d'Azur, France

Prof.-Dr.-Ing. Erwin FRANQUET is a Full Professor with a Ph.D. degree from Université Aix-Marseille (2006) and an habilitation from University of Pau (2016), having also a former background of engineer in the field of energy and thermal engineering. He has managed the MSc programme « Energy in industry » in the ENSGTI engineering school for 8 years, during his 13 years in Pau, before joining the Civil Engineering and Smart Buildings department in Polytech Nice Sophia engineering school, which he is now leading. His domain of research concerns the energy management at the buildings and districts scales, with a focus towards renewable energy and sustainable transition. This obviously involves all the energy technologies (from generation to storage), as well as the consumption’s side, that is to say both supply and demand. In addition to his skills in Physics and Computer Sciences, he followed lectures in Economics and Laws to develop and coordinate several projects with trans-disciplinary approaches, and has also worked with Laws researchers and economists from both academic and industrial world (such as EY, one of the big four). His current researches are focused towards the adaptation to climate change and sustainable development, yet with an holistic viewpoint which aims at fostering multi-disciplinary approaches so as to increase the success of the proposed changes and to avoid technological-only solutions.


Zhuang Xu
University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China

Zhuang Xu received the M.Eng.Sci. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia, in 1999 and 2006, respectively. He was with the Energy System Group, University of New South Wales, from 2001 to 2005. He became an Associate Professor with Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2006, where his research was focused on power electronics and high-performance electrical drives. He is currently an Associate Professor with the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China. Dr. Xu is a Member of the Power and Energy Society 2017. He was the recipient of three Best Paper awards at IECON’04 IEEE ICEMS 2010 and IEEE ECCE-Asia ICPE 2011, respectively. In 2022, he won Ningbo Science and Technology first Prize.


Boyu Qin
Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

Boyu Qin is an Associate Professor and Doctoral Supervisor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2011 and received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2016. His main research interests include power system stability analysis and control, integrated energy systems, power system planning and operation, energy policy and low carbon economy, energy storage technologies and MMC-HVDC transmission systems. He is the author of about 60 journal and conference papers indexed by SCI/EI, holds more than 10 invention patents. Dr. Qin is a recipient of the Second Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Scientific and Technological Research of Shaanxi Universities. He received the Excellent Paper Award 3 times in international academic conferences. He has served as an active reviewer for several IEEE Transactions, IET series, and other international journals. He is an associate editor of Protection and Control of Modern Power Systems.


Daniel Adu
Jiangsu University, China

Prof. Daniel Adu is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Management Science & Engineering, Jiangsu University, China, and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Energy, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani. I had my professional teaching Certificate from Mount Marry College of Education, Somanya in 2007 then Bed (Science), at the University of Education Winneba in 2011, and Teacher Qualification Status (QTS) as a professional teacher in the UK in 2011. He then proceeded to the University of Cape Coast and obtained his master’s Degree in Environmental Science in 2014. In 2019 he completed his first PhD. In Power Engineering and Thermophysics from Jiangsu University and a second PhD. In 2022 in Theology (Leadership and Administration) from Immanuel Bible Institute & Seminary Brooklyn, New York, US. My research interest focuses on Renewable energy technologies, CO2 emission, Environmental Management, Energy Management, small hydropower, and pump as turbine. He has several academically published articles in top SCI and EI Journals. He has also written some book chapters and still writing more. Prof. Adu provides services as a reviewer to several top-class academic journals. He is a renounced conference speaker, Motivational speaker, and social commentator. professional trainer and a volunteer as well.


Iván García Kerdan
Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico

Dr.Iván García Kerdan is an Associate Professor and Head of the School of Engineering and Sciences at Tecnológico de Monterrey Santa Fe Campus. Additionally, he is a visiting researcher from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/i.garcia-kerdan).
Dr. García Kerdan holds a degree in Mechatronic Engineering and a Master's in Energy Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He also obtained a Ph.D. in Energy Engineering from the Energy Institute at University College London (UCL). Dr. García Kerdan spent three years as a Research Associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, funded by the Newton Fund scholarship, where he developed new frameworks for simulating and optimizing energy systems. Part of his research focused on the techno-economic aspects of energy systems in various sectors and their potential impact on achieving national and global decarbonization goals. He was also a postdoctoral researcher at the UNAM Engineering Institute, working on methods involving machine learning and neural networks for energy system design. Before his current position, Dr. García Kerdan was an Associate Professor and leader of the sustainable building design and engineering program at the University of Greenwich in the United Kingdom.