2020 IEEE PES General Meeting Plenary Session at a Glance
Dr. Jessica Bian - Session Moderator
President Elect IEEE Power & Energy Society
Dr. Jessica Bian is the President-Elect of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES). She is a visionary leader and architect, has spearheaded electric industry's reliability metrics and grid risk assessment. Currently she is the Vice President of Grid Services at Grid-X Partners. Before that, she was with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington, DC. Previously, she was the Director of Performance Analysis at North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Under her leadership, a total of 18 industry-wide reliability indicators were established to determine grid reliability, adequacy, and associated risks. She is widely recognized as a pioneer and trusted world leader in the field.
Before joining NERC, Dr. Bian was with PJM, ERCOT and Westinghouse Electric. She earned her Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the Taiyuan University of Technology, China; Master of Science from the Electric Power Research Institute, Beijing, China; and Ph.D. from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She was the PES Secretary from 2016 to 2019.
David Murray - Keynote Speaker
Chief Innovation Officer of Hydro-Québec and President of Hydro-Québec Production
David Murray was appointed Chief Innovation Officer of Hydro-Québec and President of Hydro-Québec Production in June 2020. As Chief Innovation Officer, he is responsible for developing an overall innovation vision and strategy to develop the full potential of the company’s technologies for the benefit of Québec’s energy future, while also overseeing the company’s R&D efforts and the activities of Hydro-Québec IndusTech’s subsidiaries, including Hilo, Dana TM4 and the Electric Circuit. In addition, he is in charge of initiatives in the areas of battery materials and energy storage, as well as the operation and evolution of the company’s information and communications technologies (ICT). As President of Hydro-Québec Production, he manages the operations, development and maintenance of the company’s generating facilities, whose total installed capacity exceeds 37,000 megawatts, as well as electricity sales and energy trading on wholesale markets.
Mr. Murray joined Hydro-Québec in 2015 as Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies. He served as President of Hydro-Québec Distribution from 2016 to 2018 and as Chief Operating Officer of Hydro-Québec and President of Hydro-Québec Production from 2018 to 2020. As Chief Operating Officer, he coordinated operational activities and oversaw company-wide functions such as continuous improvement, occupational health and safety, environmental management, and ICT.
Mr. Murray has over 25 years’ experience in large corporations. Before joining Hydro-Québec, he held a number of strategic management positions at Bombardier Aéronautique, where he contributed to the launch of Bombardier Avions d’affaires and served as Vice President and General Manager responsible for the Learjet 70/75 programs and the Learjet plant in Wichita, Kansas. Previously, he worked for Flextronics, Nortel Networks and Rolls Royce.
David Murray holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from HEC Montréal. He is a governor of the Mouvement québécois de la qualité, honorary co-chair of the Canadian Red Cross Campaign – Emergency Support When You Need It under way in Québec and a member of the board of Centraide du Grand Montréal.
President and COO, National Grid, Wholesale Networks and US Capital Delivery
At National Grid, Rudolph Wynter oversees businesses with an asset base of $4.5billion,including one of the largest electric transmission networks in the northeast, generation plants, and the development and construction of complex capital projects in the company. Heis leading the transformation of the company’s transmission network into a highly intelligent, resilient system that will meet customers’ long-term needs and enable the clean energy future.
Mr. Wynter oversees the company’s regulated energy storage assets and opportunities, including the development, construction and operation of New England’s first large-scale battery energy storage system on the island of Nantucket.
Mr. Wynter is also responsible for the company’s 4000 MW generation fleet on Long Island,oversees National Grid’s energy procurement activities, including natural gas and power supply agreements and the company’s Capital Delivery group in the U.S., where he oversees the development, permitting and construction of major capital projects for the electric and gas businesses within National Grid.
In his more than 25-year tenure at National Grid and its legacy companies, Mr. Wynter has served as senior vice president of US Shared Services and has held positions of responsibility in Customer Operations, Strategic Planning, Engineering, and Operations.
He is a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers,the American Gas Association, and the Edison Electric Institute. He also on the board of the Brooklyn Historical Society.
He earned his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Pratt Institute, an MBA from Fordham University,and has completed an executive development program at Harvard University.
President, GEIRI North America
Zhiwei Wang is President of GEIRI North America, a company registered in California. GEIRI North America, as a R&D branch of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) operating in North America, undertakes the research and development of power technologies, especially in the areas of power system AI, advanced computing, and data analytics, and oversees the technology collaborations in the business area.
Prior to this assignment in July 2015, Mr. Wang once served as President of State Grid US Representative Office in New York; President of State Grid Wuxi Electric Power Supply Company in Wuxi prefecture; and Deputy Chief Engineer of State Grid Jiangsu Electric Power Company (JSEPC) in Nanjing.
With abundant experiences in power system planning and project development, Mr. Wang was one of the chief designers of Jiangsu power system for the periods of the 10th, 11th and 12th Five-Year Plans. He served as Director/Deputy Director in Department of Development and Planning, JSEPC, for over a decade since 2001.
Mr. Wang obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering from Southeast University in 1988 and 1991, respectively, in Nanjing, China. He is a Fellow of IET and a Senior Member of IEEE. He received five IEEE PES GM Best Paper Awards in 2017, 2019 and 2020. In June 2019, Mr. Wang led the GEIRINA team to win the Championship in worldwide AI competition “2019 Learning to Run a Power Network (L2RPN)” hosted by RTE France and ChaLearn.