Prof. Steivan Defilla
Visiting Professor of school of architecture, Tianjin University
Steivan Defilla, Swiss national, visiting Professor of school of architecture, Tianjin University; President Assistant of APEC Sustainable Energy Center since 2018. Lead author of the “APEC Sustainable Urban Development Report - From Models to Results”. He is the former (2010 - 2016) Director of the Energy Charter, an intergovernmental energy organization with 50 Member states headquartered in Brussels. He managed the expansion of the Energy Charter to include 30 new observer states, among them China. He also supervised or co-authored 26 studies and analyses and 2 books on energy-related subjects. As Senior Energy Advisor to the Swiss Economics Minister (1999 - 2010) he contributed to the reform of the Swiss electricity sector, the Swiss infrastructure strategy and the Swiss foreign energy policy. He wrote a book prefaced by the Swiss Energy Minister and co-authored 13 articles in English, German, French and Russian languages. He also attended Governing Board meetings of the IEA and co-chaired multilateral negotiations at the Energy Charter.
Steivan holds a Master degree in Statistics and a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He also holds a Postgraduate degree on Energy from the Federal Polytechnic Institute Lausanne. Steivan is winner of a United World Colleges scholarship and is fluent in eight languages.
Assoc. Prof. Sohrab Mirsaeidi
School of Electrical Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University
Control and Protection of Large-Scale Hybrid AC/DC Grids and Microgrids, Power System Stability, and Application of Power Electronics in Power Systems.
Sohrab Mirsaeidi received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia in 2016. Subsequently, he furthered his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China from 2016 to 2019. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU), China. Sohrab Mirsaeidi has published 50+ papers and 2 books in the field of Microgrids and Large-Scale Power Systems. He is a Member of the National Technical Committee of Measuring Relays and Protection Equipment Standardization of China and has been involved in several national research projects in China. He is an Editorial Board Member for several international journals and a Regular Reviewer for IEEE Transactions journals. He has also served as Keynote Speaker, Session Chair, and Technical Committee Member in 30+ international conferences. His main research interests include Control and Protection of Large-Scale Hybrid AC/DC Grids and Microgrids, Power System Stability, and Application of Power Electronics in Power Systems. He is a Member of IEEE, IET, CIGRE, and Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering (CSEE).
Speech Title: Improvement of Capacitor-Commutated-Converter-Based and Fault-Current-Limiting-Based Commutation Failure Prevention Approaches in HVDC Transmission Networks
Assoc. Prof. Xiaofei SUN
School of Mechanical Engineering,Xi'an Jiaotong University
Advanced technologies for energy storage and conversion
Functional micro-nano materials and novel energy devices
Laser processing and intelligent manufacturing of energy materials and devices
Dr. Xiaofei Sun is currently an associate professor at School of Mechanical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University (China). He obtained his B.E. and B.M in 2005, M.E. in 2008 and PhD in 2013 from Xi’an Jiaotong University, and worked there since then. He was a visiting student in professor Gerbrand Ceder’s group at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2008-2009. His research interest is focused on understanding, designing and manufacturing of advanced materials and devices for high-efficiency energy storage and conversion, particularly of rechargeable lithium/sodium batteries. He has published around 60 papers (including papers in Advanced Energy Materials, Energy and Environmental Materials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Journal of Power Sources, etc.) and 3 book chapters (Chinese), and has delivered over 20 academic speeches. He has also applied more than 25 Chinese patents including 10 authorized ones. His work has been recognized by several academic awards including the Science and Technology Award (Second Class) of Shaanxi Province (China), the Science and Technology Award (First Class) of Colleges in Shaanxi (China), the VEBLEO Scientist Award, and the best poster award of 7th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT2013). He also contributed one powder diffraction pattern to the International Center for Diffraction Data (ICDD) in 2016.
Speech Title: Rational design and advanced manufacturing of high-performance lithium/sodium batteries for high-efficiency energy storage
Dr. Thanikaivelan Palanisamy
CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute, India
Development of new and advanced materials in the field of Nano, Bio and Composite Materials
Environmental science and technology and Biotechnological applications relevant to leather and allied industries
Clean technologies and solid waste management