We are proud to announce the 2nd edition Power System Protection Summit (PS²) taking place virtually on 13 - 15 September 2021. This initiative has been implemented to provide the Middle East and Africa Region with the latest trends and technologies with a focus on protection applications.
PS² is a unique opportunity to learn from industry experts and renowned regional and international speakers in a combination of: presentations, panel discussions, case studies and shared experiences.
13 - 15 September 2021
Latest trends and technologies with a focus on protection applications
Learn from industry experts
Certificate of participation if you attend 50% or more of the event
OMICRON Energizing Women (OEW) is an initiative by OMICRON MEA with the objective to "Energize" women electrical engineers and help them pave their path to success.
We aim to share experiences, inspirational stories and lessons learned. This year, based on last year conversation, we’re inviting men engineers to have a constructive discussion between men and women about women work experiences and finding solutions to empower women engineers in the workplace.
This year’s OEW is open to both men and women.
Dr. Apostolov received his MS Degree in Electrical Engineering, MS degree in Applied Mathematics and Ph.D. from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has over 40+ experience in power systems protection, automation, control and communications.
He is presently Principal Engineer for OMICRON electronics in Los Angeles, CA. He is IEEE Fellow and Member of the Power Systems Relaying and Control Committee. He is past Chairman of the Relay Communications Subcommittee, serves on many IEEE PES Working Groups and is Chairman of Working Groups C2 'Role of Protective Relaying in Smart Grid'.
HE is a member if IEC TC57 working groups 10, 17, 18 and 19 and Convenor of CIGRE WG B5.53 'Test Strategy for Protection, Automation and Control (PAC) functions in a full digital substation based on IEC 61850 applications' and member of several other CIGRE B5 working groups. He is a Distinguished Member of CIGRE.
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. Ahmed El-Hamaky has worked at OMICRON since May 2010, presently as Regional Manager for the MEA region.
He 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.
Eng. Alaa Rahma is currently the Head of Protection, Control and Telecommunication at GCC Interconnection Authority, Khobar. In his role, he is in charge of electrical protection system, substation digital control system, telecommunication system at GCC Interconnection Authority 400kV Electricity supergrid Grid interconnecting the 6 GCC states as well as development of the Telecommunication and Data Center business for the GCCIA and many other projects.
Prior to joinning GCCIA, he worked at the Ministry of Electricity in Bahrain from 1993 to 2007 with his last post as Head of Protection System.
Alexander has over thirty years of experience in protective relay, meter testing and high voltage plant testing.
He received his practical training at Eskom Distribution in Brackenfell before joining OMICRON electronics GmbH in Austria as a Sales and Application Engineer.
Since 1997 he is managing Alectrix, which is the exclusive distributor for OMICRON equipment in South Africa.
Alex has delivered dozens of papers at local and international conferences and symposiums on subjects such as protective relay testing, maintenance and diagnosis of power transformers, current transformers and other substation assets, as well as aspects of power system simulation.
Eng. Ali Abuzinjal is an Emirati engineer and entrepreneur with 18+ years of experience in Telecom, Smart cities, research, data privacy and technology business development.
He holds a master degree of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering for Khalifa University, recently joined Sharjah research, Technology and innovation park, a Government research institute established to promote future technologies and create social-economical impact throw the commercialization of research project initiated at universities.
Through his career, he participated and launched many personal and public major projects such as the first smart city in Abu Dhabi (Al Reem island), the first Wireless internet and broadband network in UAE, played a leading role on the launch of Etisalat Nigeria, and least but not last the first IOT platform for the fire alarm system in UAE.
Christopher Pritchard was born in Dortmund / Germany. He started his career in power as an electrical energy technician. Christopher received a diploma in Electrical Engineering at the University of Applied Science in Dortmund in 2006. He joined OMICRON electronics in 2006 where he worked in application software development and as the responsible Product Manager for system-based testing solutions, before he was appointed to his current position as head of product management in the field of testing solutions for protection and measurement systems.
Francisco M. Gonzalez-Longatt is currently a full professor in electrical power engineering and Founder and leader of the DIgEnSys-Lab (Digital Energy Systems Laboratory) at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Cybernetics, University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway; and Vice-President of Venezuelan Wind Energy Association. He is a former associate professor on Electrical and Chair of the Engineering Department of UNEFA, Venezuela (1995-2009). He was formerly with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester as PDRA. His main area of interest is the integration of intermittent renewable energy resources into future power system and smart grids.
Fred Steinhauser studied Electrical Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology. In 1998 he joined OMICRON, first working on testing power system protection, but soon focusing on IEC 61850. Since 2014 he is entirely dedicated to Power Utility Communication, serving as IEC 61860 and Digital Substation expert.
At IEC, Fred Steinhauser is a member of TC57 WG10 contributing to IEC 61850, and of TC95. He is one of the main authors of the UCA Implementation Guideline for Sampled Values (9-2LE). In CIGRE, he is active within SC D2 and SC B5. He also contributed to the synchrophasor standard IEEE C37.118.
Fidel just finished the course work for BSc Electrical and Electronics Engineering in Kenyatta University and he awaits graduation on July 2021 summa cum laude, class of 2021. Fidel is the founder and CEO of AFECS LTD, a technology company. Fidel is also an IEEE Photonics Society volunteer. He is the immediate former chairperson of IEEE Kenyatta University Students’ Branch and the student representative at IEEE Kenya Section. He is the lead Inventor of Tibavent ventilator and the team leader of the KUCUBE nano nanosatellite project (a satellite that will be used in the prediction and mitigation of agricultural disasters). Fidel is also the team leader of Electrical team for the digital learning device team (team by ministry of ICT Kenya, to develop tablets for learning in primary schools).
Fidel was awarded the 2020 United Nations person of the year- principal innovator award and the UBORA 2020 project of the year
Fidel has been awarded the Head of State Commendation by HE the president of Kenya in 12th December 2020.
Eng. Hameed Kheli is a highly experienced and technically adept Electrical Engineering professional specialized in the field of Power System Protection with successful career spanning 23 years in various power network projects, network protection and system studies, commissioning, preventive & corrective maintenance testing of protective relays, instrumentation systems and energy metering systems in EHV/HV substations. Currently associated with Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority-GCCIA, at Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as a Protection & Control Engineer sinceDec 2008
He holds a B.E. (Electrical Engineering) from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Sindh, Pakistan, 1998.
Hany Kamel is the Editor in chief of EEEB-egy website, EEEB YouTube Channel, EEEB Facebook Group, EEEB LinkedIn Group as EEEB have a target to transfer knowledge and Experience to electrical engineers worldwide.
He is currently working as Testing and Commissioning Engineer at Alfanar in Saudia Arabia for substation power components like Power transformers, cables, OHTL, capacitor bank, High voltage testing for switch gear. Formerly, he was the Senior Transformer Design Engineer at Elsewedy Transformer and prior to that the Tendering Engineer at ESTEC for substation components.
He graduated from Cairo University 2009 with BSC degree in Electrical Engineering.
Eng. Jassim Al Hamad graduated with BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Bahrain in 1996 and MBA from University of Strathclyde in 2009. Started at ABB Automation as Systems Engineer in 1996 then moved to Emerson as a Project Manager in year 2000. Jassim has been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories since 2004 as Regional Sales Manager for Middle East and since 2012 as Regional Sales and Services Director for India, Middle East, and Africa.
Josef Schmidbauer studied electronics and telecommunication at HTL Braunau and computer science at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (B.Eng., MSc.). He works as research assistant at the University and as development engineer at GCS GmbH. Since 2012, he has been working as a developer for ADRESYS, a subsidiary of OMICRON electronics in Salzburg, and took over product management for COMPANO 100 in 2018.
Dr Merahi Reda has dedicated more than 13 years working in SPE (SONELGAZ Algerian Power Company) as Expert in electricity generation, he has received a Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering in 2018 from the university of Constantine 01. His area of expertise includes: Electricity generation, Renewable energy, Electrical protection relay, Energetic transition…Etc. he has published many papers; he has participated in several conferences, and he has conducted several training courses in different topics.
Mercy Chelangat K. is an electrical engineer with unending interest in renewable energies, with a focus on sustainable community development and emerging trends such as Electric Vehicles and E-Mobility. Mercy possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Moi University, Kenya. She specializes in Solar engineering and humanitarian development. Mercy has been an ardent volunteer at the IEEE Kenya Section and the Power Energy Society (PES) Kenya Chapter. Mercy serves as the IEEE Smart Village Ambassador, and PES Women in Power Rep. Region 8. She works in partnership with the IEEE Foundation to craft business and fund development strategies for IEEE Smart Village energy entrepreneurs. This is with a focus on productive uses of energy.
She has overseen the piloting of the NwB PES Renewable Energy for Kids Program and WiE Student Teacher and Research Engineer/Scientist program which aim to boost one on one interaction between students and professionals in engineering.
Mercy is currently overseeing the IEEE Smart Village initiative in partnership with the Maa Trust involving the construction of a solar powered IT Training Hub. She is undertaking electrical needs assessments for the Maa Empowerment Hub, which includes the Vocational Training Centre. Mercy also works with prospective entrepreneurs who are working to propose humanitarian solutions for their community challenges all over Africa. Mercy is also researching on the power requirements of new social enterprises that are currently in development in partnership with IEEE, including Maa e-Safari, to involve the use of electric tuk tuks and trucks in transportation of passengers and goods in rural communities. Mercy believes the future is electric.
Eng. Mohamed is an Electrical Engineer graduated from University of Bahrain with six months of experience in ASRY as a Maintenance Technician and two years with OMICRON as Application Engineer/Technical Support and Sales Development Representative.
Eng. Mohammad Dafer. AlShahrani received a B.S in electrical engineering from King Saud University, KSA in 2003. He is a Senior Protection Expert at Distribution & Customer Services – South, Saudi Electricity Company with around 16 Years of experience in electrical Distribution systems, specifically in distribution Protection, Maintenance and site testing &commissioning works.
He is also a Senior Protection Specialist, responsible for protection engineering of distribution substations &networks. He has 17 years experience in protection field and site testing and commissioning works.
Eng. Mohammed Surrati received his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering in 2002 from Umm Alqura University, Saudi Arabia. From 2003 to 2004, he worked as instrument trainer in SEC –WR training center in Jeddah. In 2004, he transferred to transmission sector in SEC-WR and from 2004 to 2011 he worked as protection engineer in maintenance asset department in makkah.
From 2012 up to now, he works as Shoaiba protection section head. Mr. Mohammed participated with a technical paper in CIGRE–GCC 2012 conference in MUSCAT. The paper title was “The effect of SVC on power system reliability level". He participated in OMICRON IPTS on October 13-15, 2015 in feldkirch, Austria. The paper was “Testing and Validation of out of step in interconnected areas”.
Eng. Mohamed Nabil Ali is holder of B.Sc. degree in Electrical Power and Machines Engineering from Faculty of Engineering - Helwan University - Egypt (2007).
He has almost 14 years’ experience in power system protection in different aspects as he worked in protection design, testing and commissioning for HE and EHV substations and recently he is a sales manager for SEL products at Saudi Arabia.
At 2007 He joined Electric Power System Engineering Company (EPS) as an Electrical Power Design Engineer (control & protection), then he Joined ALFANAR as a lead testing and commissioning engineer for the protection and control system in HV and EHV systems for almost 5 years. At 2013 he joined Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) as a senior Protection Application Engineer and he is a SEL University Certified Instructor.
He has more than 10 years experience around 08 years in GCC , Now He is working for alfanar Construction since Jan 2011 and provides technical training as well as technical support on power plants and substation testing and commissioning. He is conducting theoretical and practical training courses for Switchgear with all voltage levels from low to extra high voltage, protection relays using different test kits, Power Transformers and in renewable energy as “PV Solar System Design”. He is a very experienced Engineer in the industry as he has already been working in various companies for various clients in Egypt and now in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Alfanar. He finished his BSC degree in Electrical Engineering in 2009.
Eng. Mostafa Ayman Abou-Ismail have attended the university of Bahrain, obtaining a Bachelors in Electronics/Electrical Engineering. He graduated in 2018 and and joined OMICRON as an intern where he focused on power system protection testing both primary and secondary Testing.
Currently, he is working at Capital Energy, a company focused on Lighting control systems, Automation and solar panel projects.
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.
Eng. Osama Abdel Aziz graduate from the Faculty of Engineering, Assiut University, in 2011. He is currently working as a Testing and commissioning engineer in the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company "EETC" since 2015.
Mr. Shaikh Sahid Hossain received his Bachelor's degree in Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering from B.P.U.T, Odisha in 2004 and Master's degree in Business Administration from Preston University, USA in 2008, followed by Post Graduate Program in General Management from Indian Institute of Ahmedabad in 2009. Currently he serves with ETAP as Sr. Vice President & Global Director for Product and Strategy. Before joining ETAP, he worked as a Development Consultant at L&T. His projects involved implementation for Power Management System, Process Automation, Distribution Automation, and Consulting Services. He was also involved in establishing the power automation business in MENA region.
Eng. Shameer is a highly experienced Electrical engineer in Transmission & Distribution network protection and Substation Auxiliaries. During his long career, he has worked with EWA-Bahrain and KAHRAMAA-Qatar, and has executed various projects in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Currently, he is working as Head of Protection and Auxiliaries at EWA-Bahrain.
He holds a B.Tech. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Calicut in 1998.
Uduak Akpanedet is a Consultant Electrical Engineer within the Technology Team at ITPEnergised. Holds a Master's degree in Electrical Power Systems Engineering and B.Eng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET), IEEE, Women in Engineering, Women in power etc.
Professionally, Uduak has worked with Transmission and Distribution companies of Nigeria as a System Operator, Graduate Asset Validator, and Energy Management Strategist with years of innovative experience in electrical power system control, power systems protection and maintenance, project management and safety regulation.
She is the 2019 IEEE Power and energy society African Student awardee, 2020 and 2021 IEEE PES Ambassador and IEEE WIE Ambassador United Kingdom and Ireland Section.
She has an interest in STEM, grids connection, protection and control, Renewable energy, Engineering and Technology.
With more than 9 years of experience in Engineering and Business in the field of Engineering, Robotics, and Innovation. Eng. Al Enazi helps companies and organizations to find the best technology solutions for their business.
Eng. Al Enazi joined 01 Government origination in 2021 and recently focused on new field related to GOV-Tech and innovation related to digital transformation happening in MENA region Governments.
Prior to that, she worked with two tech companies ( DGWorld and Raban Al Safina). Her experience with multinational companies like Siemens and KUKA has added to her knowledge and expertise in digital transformation.
In 2018, she was chosen for “The best 100 faces representing Emirati women” by the Emirates Women's Union and Al Bayan newspaper. She is also a member of “Society of Engineers-UAE”.
Eng. Al Enazi has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Technology and continues to develop her skills, as she received certificates in “Future of Government Innovation” from Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Innovation, “Introduction to AI” from IBM, “ISO 9001 Foundation – Quality Certification” from Chiltern TMC Consultant, and “Risk Management” from Brentwood Open Learning College, to name a few.