Key speakers & tutorials




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Marcus Haeusler (M.Sc.), SIEMENS



HVDC technology trends and latest applications in Europe


Marcus Haeusler holds a degree as Dipl.-Ing. (equiv. to M.Sc.) on High Voltage systems engineering from Technical University of Karlsruhe. In 1992 he joined Siemens AG as HVDC system engineer for system studies as main circuit parameters, ac & dc filter designs, reactive power compensation, fundamental frequency overvoltages, dc resonances and insulation coordination. He was responsible for the system design of various HVDC projects.

From 2006 to 2012 he was director for system design and equipment engineering for HVDC and FACTS. During 2006 to 2007 he was nominated R&D project director for Ultra High Voltage DC systems at Siemens AG. The technology was successfully implemented in the world’s first 800 kV HVDC project in Yunnan-Guangdong, China. Marcus Haeusler is currently working in the transmission systems product portfolio management as principle expert and lead engineer for HVDC systems.


Since 2015 he is Chairman of IEC Technical Committee 115, High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission for DC voltages above 100 kV and also active in IEC SC 22F, Power electronics for electrical transmission and distribution systems, and IEC TC 99, Insulation co-ordination and system engineering of high voltage electrical power installations.


He is member of the IEC Advisory Committee on Transmission and Distribution, ACTAD.

Michal Andrejcak (Eng), ABB


Station Automation Systems Cyber Security Care

Michal Andrejcak has been in ABB since 1993 in various positions dealing with station control and automation systems.


Currently is leading cyber security team which deals with supply and operation of security measures for individual customers within the Czech Republic.


Michal was also appointed as a Cyber security coordinator for Central Europe HBU of ABB PGGA unit.

Daniel Marginean (Eng), GOPA-INTEC




Experience with the mechanical performance of non-conventional conductors 


This tutorial is based on the work of CIGRE Working Group B2.48, and CIGRE technical brochure No.695 titled: – Experience with the mechanical performance of non-conventional conductors

Daniel Marginean is a Romanian electrical engineer and consultant with over 25 years’ experience in Overhead Lines engineering. He held different technical and managing positions in international consultancy companies, currently being member of GOPA-Intec Group.


In CIGRE, he is active in Study Committee B2, contributing to the following work groups:

-·WG B2.48 Experience with the mechanical performance of non-conventional conductors

- WG B2.66 Safe handling and installation guide for HTLS conductors


He holds an engineer diploma (Dipl.-Eng.) in Electro-Energetics Engineering from the „Politechnica” University from Bucharest.



Augmented Intelligence for Utility Asset Managers

Engineering consultant, Cosmo Tech (2018)

Research Engineer, Cosmo Tech (2016-2018)

Research Engineer , NEXYAD SA (2015 -2016)

PhD in Physics (CNRS / Solvay Laboratory)


Volker Gsaenger(Eng.), SIEMENS



Managing the Transition to Digital Substations

Volker Gsaenger is System and Vertical Manager within the Industrial Communication and Identification Business Segment of the Siemens Process Industries and Drives Division. He is responsible for the Vertical Management of the Electric Power Industry and the System Management of the RUGGEDCOM product line. Volker Gsaenger received his Dipl.-Ing. (FH) in Electrical Engineering specialized in Automation Engineering at the Georg-Simon-Ohm University of Applied Sciences in Nuremberg. In 1994 he started his career with Siemens and was involved in the development of Engineering Software for several Protection and Substation Automation systems. Since 2016 he works in the field of Industrial Communications.

Ciprian DIACONU, (Ph.D.), CNTEE Transelectrica



Technical risks and solutions from periodic, large surpluses or deficits of available renewable generation


This tutorial is based on the work of CIGRE Working Group C1. 30  and CIGRE Technical Brochure No. 666 titled Technical risks and solutions from periodic, large surpluses or deficits of available renewable generation

Chairman of Romanian NC CIGRE, Director- Electricity measurement operator on the wholesale market and Measurement Division - CNTEE Transelectrica


In more than 30 years of experience in the High Voltage Networks, Mr.  Ciprian Diaconu achieved considerable knowledge in development, operation and maintenance, project management and others. Mr. Ciprian Diaconu graduated the Technical University of Bucharest in 1986 and in 2009 he obtained the PhD degree from Technical university of Timisoara in Asset Management. During his activity in network utilities Mr. Ciprian Diaconu hold different managerial positions as Director, Deputy General Director, member of Directorate and member of the Supervisory Board within Romanian Transmission and System Operator - Transelectrica. Main responsibilities where: system development and grid connection, asset management and maintenance, development and rehabilitation projects.

Within CIGRE, he started his activity in early 2000 as one of the founders of Romanian National Committee. From 2010 Mr. Ciprian Diaconu holds the Chairman position of the Romania National Committee of CIGRE and also he was a member of the CIGRE Administrative Council. He was a member of the Study Committee B3 " Substations" from 2006 to 2014, member of the Study Committee C1 "System development and Economics" from 2014 till today and was also a member in several WG's within B5, B3 and C1.


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