This webpage contains information about the 4th PS² event. The webpage will be updated soon with more information about the 5th PS²
The 4th Power System Protection Summit (PS²) took place virtually on September 19 - 20 2023 and addressed:
Testing Protection System in FAT and SAT
The industry-led initiative is the first MEA-focused power system protection summit. PS² was introduced to provide theMEA region with the latest trends and technologies with a focus on protection applications. This is in a combination of: presentations, panel discussions, case studies and shared experiences.
PS² is free of charge. Certificate of participation if you attend 50% or more of the event.
September 19 - 20 2023
Grid Modernization as well as Testing Protection System in FAT and SAT
MEA & international industry experts
Certificate of participation if you attend 50% or more of the event
John D. McDonald, P.E., is Smart Grid Business Development Leader for GE’s Grid Solutions business. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a Life Fellow of IEEE and received the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee of CIGRE, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and an IEEE Foundation Director. John has published one hundred fifty papers and articles, has co-authored five books and has one US patent.
Eng. Ahmed El-Hamaky has more than 20 years of experience in Electrical Power Systems following attainment of a diploma degree in power system protection in 2005 from Ain Shams University and a B.Sc. of Electrical Engineering from Cairo University in 2000. He has been an IEEE senior member since December 2011 and is also a member of IEEE Power Energy Society (PES).
In 2014, he received a post graduate Certificate in Business Administration from the Open University in the United Kingdom, he is at OMICRON since May 2010, presently acting as Regional Manager for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.
In 2021, Ahmed received Alumni of the Year Achievement Award-Highly Commended from the Open University in the United Kingdom
André F. S. Melo is a Global System Architect at Digital Power Application Center (DPAC) of Schneider Electric. He received the B.E. degree in Computer Engineering from Universidade Potiguar (UnP) in 2017 and the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR) in 2021. He is now pursuing Ph.D. degree in Power Systems at Universidad de Sevilla. His fields of expertise include Protection and Control System, Digital Substations, and IEC 61850. Mr. André is active member in various work groups of CIGRE B5 and IEEE PES PSRC and PSCCC.
An Electrical Engineering Graduate with more than 23 years’ experience in India and Gulf as Lead Protection and Commissioning Engineer in Transmission Utilities and Power plant.
He is working with Oman Electrical Transmission Company –OETC since last 13 years.
At present, he is designated as Technical Expert-Protection.
He is responsible for
After his graduation from Centrale Supélec and the University of Darmstadt, Cédric Harispuru joined Siemens AG in 2006. He is Product Lifecycle Manager and Senior Key Expert for Engineering Tools in the energy automation. He is responsible for SIPROTEC DigitalTwin, SIPROTEC Tools and IEC 61850 engineering.
He is member of IEC TC57 WG10
Christoph Trabold studied electrical engineering in the field of “Energy- and Drive-Technics” at the “Friedrich-Alexander”-University in Erlangen – Nuremberg.
Since 2013 he works for OMICRON in Erlangen in the field of the Protection Testing Library (PTL) and Engineering Services. He currently holds the position of Manager Template and Studies department of Engineering Services at OMICRON Erlangen
Daniel Katongo is currently working as a Principal Engineer – Networks Automation for ZESCO Limited, with over ten years’ experience spanning Substation Automation, Protection and Control Systems integration and Project Management. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Copperbelt University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
He is a Professional Member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) and a Professional Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electrical Engineers (IEEE). He also holds several certifications in Schneider Electric, ABB & NR Electric Automation, Protection and Control Systems. He is currently responsible for running operations and maintenance of Substation Automation Systems (SAS) for the ZESCO Transmission North region comprising six (06) provinces of Zambia in Southern Africa.
Electronic and communications engineer from Colombia. Since 2007, he worked as control and protectin specialist, participating protection and communication IEC61850 projects that took place in different countries of south and north America.
In 2016, he joined OMICRON, currently part of a consultancy team supporting utilities in digital substations projects around the globe.
Eng. Felix Shadrack is an electrical engineer with a passion for renewable energy. He worked in the field of renewable energy industry focusing on various projects including solar and hydroelectric power plants. He is skilled in the design, installation, and maintenance of renewable energy systems. He is also experienced in the use of renewable energy software and tools.
He is keen and confident that he can make a significant contribution to the renewable energy industry. He is eager to use his skills and experience to help the world transition to a clean energy future.
Lina Ellaithy is a Sales Engineer and Business Development Manager at Sahara Group for Engineering and Trading Egypt.
She graduated from faculty of Engineering, Mechatronics department.
During her professional experience as Power Sales Engineer, she started to explore different fields including training and project management where she successfully co-founded Sahara Group Training Center for Omicron Equipment, enhancing customer experience and after sales strategy, and digitalizing CRM workflow inside the company that lead to enhancing all over sales by 30% in the first year.
Matthias Wehinger is engineering services manager for digital substations at OMICRON electronics. He started at OMICRON in 2003 and worked for more than ten years in product development of testing solutions. Since 2014, his focus is substation power utility communication. Together with his team, he provides know-how and consultancy services for customers to support their transition to digital substations.
Eng. Rashad has more than 13 years experience in GCC . He is currently working at alfanar Engineering service as Technical Training Manager. He holds both an MBA and PMP.
He is experienced in testing and commissioning of MV, HV and EHV substations in utilities and Oil & Gas sectors, including Switchgear Components, GIS, Power Transformers and Protection Systems. He also has a vast experience in convening and delivering training courses in a variety of technical subjects as Protection Relays, Switchgear Schemes, Power Transformer Testing and Solar PV System Design.
Muhammad Kashif is an accomplished Electrical Engineer with an extensive career spanning over 19 years, recently working as Deputy General Manager Karachi Electric in the field of distribution network design. Throughout his career, Kashif has been associated with prominent players in the power industry, contributing his expertise to various sectors, including Power Plants, GIS, and AIS high voltage substations with voltage levels reaching up to 380kV in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and 500kV in Pakistan. Notably, he was also actively involved in the commissioning of HVAC & ±660kV HVDC at the Matiari Station.
Nadia Bouslama currently works with OMICRON electronics MEA as the Regional Marketing & Communication Manager for Middle East, Africa and Turkey.
Prior to joining OMICRON, she held the position of Marketing & PR Manager at Bahrain Airport Services from 2017 to 2018. She was also the Marketing & PR Manager at Bin Faqeeh in 2015-2016.
Nadia hold a vast international experience as she worked in France, USA, UAE and Bahrain
Nadia holds an MBA in Marketing as well as BBA in Marketing, Finance and Accounting from Hofstra University, US.
Nadia is a strong advocate of women empowerment in the workplace. She led the previous 2 OEW events and she also spoke at the Women Power Summit 2018 in addition to continuous mentoring of young women in different industries.
Rajesh Ananth. K has completed Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical & Electronics from Anna University during the year 1999. He has experience of over 23 years in the field of Power system protection & automation covering industries, Power Plants & Utilities.
He started his career from a process industry as Graduate Engineer during 1999 with roles & responsibilities in operation & maintenance of transformers, motors & switchgears. Later, he has worked in the field of settings calculation, testing & commissioning of protection relays used for Generators, busbar, transformers & transmission lines. He has conducted various training programs including Application & Protection of Power System courses (APPS) for the customers worldwide. He joined General Electric (Formerly Alstom Grid Middle East) during 2008 and currently leading the Protection Applications team of Middle East, North Africa & Turkey region. He is also passionately working in the Wide Area Monitoring & Digital Substation Solutions.
Dr. Richard Marenbach started working as an electrical engineer in a local utility in Germany in 1990. From 1994 to 1998 he worked as a research assistant at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. For 2 next years he joined the Association of German Utilities. In 2000 he started working with OMICRON. He is responsible for the Engineering Services Process in Business Unit for Secondary Equipment.
Eng. Salim Wanyande is Power Systems Protection Engineer with over 12 years’ experience, currently working with the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company. He has successfully coordinated protection schemes for large scale projects reducing downtime and improving system performance. Eng Salim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Nairobi in Kenya in 2007 and is a registered Professional Engineer (PE).
Notably, he continues to play a key role in fault investigations, analysis and resolution of various network disturbances on the National electricity grid.He is well versed in protection relays for various OEMs including but not limited to protection settings, configurations, IEC 61850, testing, commissioning and Power System Operations and Maintenance.
Sameh Eldmrdash received his bachelor’s degree in the field of electrical engineering from Egypt and then got his master’s degree in the field of protection testing from Germany. Since 2007 he is working for OMICRON Erlangen, Germany as an application engineer in the field of test automation, training, and consulting.
His 22 years of experience gave him the required variety of tools needed for driving and supervising the company’s projects, especially in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.