Speakers

Professor Ghanim Putrus, Northumbria University

Ghanim Putrusis Professor of Electrical Power Engineering at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (Emeritus Professor from January 2023). He has over 30 years of research experience with over 220 publications, including one patent and four book chapters. He has given several invited keynotes, plenary addresses and talks at national and international events. He has led several research projects (funded by EU, EPSRC, Innovate UK and industry) and has often provided consultancy for industry.

Professor Putrus is Associate Editor for Elsevier Renewable Energy journal and serves on the editorial board for the World Electric Vehicle Journal. He has been actively involved in the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET), Chairman of the IET Northumbria Network (2004/2005) and served on the executive committee of the Power Trading and Control Professional Network (2001-2010).

Main research interests are application of power electronics in power systems, power quality, grid integration of electric vehicles and renewable energy sources (smart grids).


Jon Knapper, Allied Insulators Ltd.

Chartered Electrical Engineer with extensive career in the electricity transmission & distribution industry. Presently Managing Director of Allied Insulators with overall responsibility for the research and technical development program.  Jon is a member of the IET and presently Chairman of the British Standard’s committee for electrical insulators. 


Dr Istebreq Saeedi, University of Southampton

Dr Istebreq Saeedi is currently a lecturer at the University of Southampton. From 2015 until 2019, she held a prestigious scholarship by the Schlumberger to pursue a PhD in Electrical Engineering. Dr Saeedi received her MSc in Energy and Sustainability with Electrical Power Engineering and her PhD in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, both degrees from the University of Southampton. Prior to joining the University of Southampton as a Lecturer in Electrical Power Engineering in 2021, She worked as operations project leader at the Welding Institute (TWI) in Cambridge, where she spent two years working as operations project leader. She specialised in leading projects on developing innovative polymeric materials for applications in energy, oil & gas and automotive industries. Dr Saeedi is the Chair of the IEEE DEIS UK and Ireland chapter, a member of the Schlumberger foundation faculty for the future and a member of the IEEE Women’s Engineering Society Wie. Her research interests are focused on green dielectric materials, electrical insulations, and smart polymeric materials.


Dr. Qiang Liu, University of Manchester

Dr. Qiang Liu is a Reader in power system plant and the Head of High Voltage Research Group in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester. Qiang obtained a PhD degree in electrical power engineering from the University of Manchester in 2011. He is the Chairperson of CIGRE D1.01 Advisory Group on “Dielectric liquids and liquid impregnated insulation systems” and a member of several CIGRE A2/D1 working groups. Qiang is also a senior member of IEEE, a member of IEEE DEIS AdCom, and an associate editor of IET High Voltage Journal. His research focuses on dielectric liquids and their applications in high voltage equipment (power transformers, subsea cable joints) and future electric transportation (EV batteries, power electronic devices). His research topics include characterisation of advanced dielectric liquids (esters, gas-to-liquids, biodegradable hydrocarbons), discharge and breakdown mechanisms of dielectric liquids, ageing assessment of liquid-solid insulation systems, immersion cooling and thermal modelling, digital twining and asset management. He has contributed to 2 CIGRE technical brochures and published 150 research papers.


Dr. Sneha Satish Hegde, Ecole Centrale of Lyon

Sneha Satish Hegde, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral researcher with Ecole Centrale of Lyon and a company named KAPTEOS. She completed her Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Electronics and Communication from VTU University in India and went on to earn her Master of Engineering (M.E.) in Embedded Systems and Instrumentation from Manipal University in India and Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Controls and Embedded Instrumentation from ESIGELEC in France. She recently obtained her doctorate degree in Electronics from the University of Montpellier in France.

Sneha has been active in volunteer services since her college days. She served on the Board of Directors (BOD) of the Red Cross and National Service Scheme (NSS) club, was BOD and treasurer of the Rotaract club, and was joint secretary of the Indian Society of Technical Education (ISTE) at her university in India. She was also elected as the representative of the doctoral students of the Electronics, Mechanical, Civil & Architecture specialization at the University of Montpellier in France. She has been a part of the IEEE and DEIS since 2019. In September 2022, she was recently appointed as the Europe representative for DEIS-YP.