International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

IEC Young Professionals Programme



Klaus Wucherer

Klaus Wucherer - IEC President


Dr Wucherer became IEC President on 1 January 2011, for a three-year term. He was President of the German National Committee until 2008 and, having been president of VDE -- the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies -- from 2003 to 2005, remained a member of the supervisory board until 2009. He worked for Siemens for more than 30 years, serving as a member of the executive committee in the later years. At present he is chairman of the board for Infineon Technologies AG, holds a board position at Fraunhofer Institut and is a board member at several other companies.

Frans Vreeswijk

Frans Vreeswijk - IEC General Secretary & CEO


Mr Vreeswijk will become IEC General Secretary on 1 October 2012, having served as Deputy General Secretary since March 2012 and, prior to joining IEC Central Office, he worked for 30 years for Philips. He was President of the IEC Dutch NC (National Committee) and served on the IEC CB (Council Board) and SMB (Standardization Management Board).

Katharine Fraga

Katharine Fraga – Young Professionals Programme Coordinator


Working for the IEC since 2004, Katharine was originally involved in the IEC’s conformity assessment activities before moving to the General Secretary’s office in 2008, holding responsibilities associated with the IEC’s members and with management bodies.


Currently she is Secretary of the Council Board and coordinator of the Young Professionals Programme.

Elaine Clayton

Elaine Clayton – 2011 Young Professional Leader


Elaine is the Business Development & Marketing Manager for Black & White Engineering Solutions, a regulatory compliance consultancy offering ‘cradle to grave’ solutions for consumer products. Degree qualified in communications and an associate member of the Australian Marketing Institute, her role within the company includes both communicating the value of standards to clients and using standards in conformity assessment.


Elaine has been with BWES since 2005 with key areas of expertise including project management, recalls, and conformity assessment of child-care products. An active member of the Australian Industry Group’s Electrical Appliances and Accessories Forum, Elaine was nominated as their representative on Australian Standards Committee CS-106- Consumers Product Management Systems.


Elaine has also actively participated in three working groups relating to IEC TC 61, acting as the secretary and risk assessment facilitator for the most recent meeting.

Peter Lanctot

Peter Lanctot - Technical Officer


Peter Lanctot is located in the IEC North American Regional Center outside of Boston and began his IEC career in 2004 as a Technical Officer, providing guidance and oversight to multiple Technical and Sub Committees.

Peter is now the Secretary of three groups within the Commission:

  • The Market Strategy Board, comprised of top-level technology officers appointed from industry, which sets strategies to improve the Commission's response to the needs of innovative and fast-moving markets;
  • Strategic Group 3 (SG3), Smart Grid, which provides advice and coordination to develop a long term strategic plan for the IEC where future new standards work is in the area of Smart Grid is needed, and
  • Strategic Group 6 (SG6), Electrotechnology for Mobility, which provides recommendations for an IEC strategy encompassing the complete domain of automotive electrotechnics and electromobility


Also a participant in the 2010 and 2011 Young Professionals Workshops, Peter has over 20 years of experience in multinational companies and holds a MBA in International Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

Gabriel Barta

Gabriel Barta - Head of Technical Coordination


Gabriel Barta is Swiss, of Hungarian origin and educated in Britain. A computer scientist for many years, he worked in research and industry and taught at universities in the USA and Denmark. His particular interests in computers were computer language theory, artificial intelligence and telecom applications. As IEC Head of technical coordination since 1997, he has broad responsibilities in technical, management and strategic areas. He is secretary to the Conformity Assessment Board, is responsible in the IEC for ISO/IEC JTC 1 (the major information technology standardization committee), and manages various committees reporting to the Market Strategy Board and the Standardization Management Board.

Juan Rosales

Juan Rosales - 2010 Young Professional Leader


After graduating in Industrial Engineering in 2004, Juan worked for five years at the Mexican national standards body (ANCE) as Chief of Standards for Household and Similar Appliances and was a Technical Secretary of the Mexican national technical committee 61.


Currently Juan is the Regulatory Affairs Intelligence Leader at one of the leading appliances manufacturers in America (MABE/GE). Additionally, Juan is a Technical Expert for the Mexican Accreditation Entity and he is completing a Master Degree in Administrative Engineering.

Richard Schomberg

Richard Schomberg - EDF VP Innovation Sourcing & Transfer EU


Richard Schomberg is currently Chairman of TC8 “System aspects for energy delivery”, PC118 “Smart Grid User Interface”, and chairs the IEC Smart Grid Strategic Group


Recipient of the IEC 2011 Lord Kelvin award, he has designed multimillion dollars complex systems for critical operations. He has been for 6 years Professor of Master degree System Engineering at Ecole Superieure d'Electricite (Paris), and Chair of the Intelligrid Architecture and Strategy Committee (Electric Power Research Institute – recipient of the Chauncey Starr Award 2005). He has been appointed member of the Technology Advisory Board of Southern California Edison Smart Grid and SmartConnect, emeritus member of the US DoE Gridwise Architecture Council. Past Chair of the NIST SGIP T&D Domain Expert Working Group.

Richard Schomberg had the responsibility of EDF R&D activities in North America (strategic innovation partnerships with scientific/industrial players). He has been sourcing and transferring innovations to EDF Group in Europe. He is currently in charge of developing the strategy and coordinating Smart Energy Standardization activities across EDF Group.

Michel Bourassa

Michel Bourassa - former Director Standards, Standards Council of Canada


After graduation as a Technologist (Electrical Power) in 1969, Mike worked 18 years in the Canadian electrical manufacturing industry and held a number of front-line and management positions in product design, testing, production, quality assurance, conformity assessment, and standards (company, national, North American, international).


From 1987 to 2010 he was with the Standards Council of Canada, with the last 6 years as Director of the Standards Branch. In that capacity he oversaw Canada’s involvement at both the governance and technical levels of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and related regional organizations of interest to Canada as well as leading the development of policy pertaining to standards in Canada. At the international level he served as Canada’s alternate to IEC’s Standardization Management Board for 7 years (1997-2005), represented Canada at ISO’s Technical Management Board for 4 years (2006-2010), and was active at the Pacific Area Standards Congress (2004-2010). His previous roles at SCC included: management of standards governance matters, serving Canadian volunteers to IEC and ISO as Senior Program Officer, Secretary of the Canadian National Committee of the IEC, and Secretary of the Advisory Committee on Standards Development.


Now retired, Mike continues his volunteer work to create a certification system for disabled person - assistance animal teams and enjoys the outdoors in all seasons.

Dennis Chew

Dennis Chew - APRC Officer in charge


Dennis Chew has been actively involved in international and regional standardization and related work for more than 15 years. He had served as the Secretary to the Singapore National Committee of the IEC before setting up the IEC Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (IEC-APRC) in 2002.  


As Regional Director of the IEC-APRC, Dennis has been actively promoting the IEC and encouraging the use of IEC international standards and conformity assessment systems to both industry and government bodies across the Asia-Pacific region.  


Dennis has extensive knowledge and experience on standards and conformance infrastructure and developments in APEC and ASEAN, having been involved in the development and implementation of the ASEAN Harmonized Regulatory Regime for Electrical and Electronic Equipment, regional Mutual Recognition Arrangements and the regional harmonization of standards and regulatory requirements.

Amaury Santos

Amaury Santos - LARC Regional Manager


IEC Latin America Regional Manager since 2006. Electrical Engineer, Bachelor of Civil Law, Specialization in International Business and Trade with over 20 years of professional experience in multinational companies in the commercial areas of business and technical products and systems for low, medium, high and extra high voltage equipment and systems.

Jack Sheldon

Jack Sheldon - Standardization Strategy Manager


Jack Sheldon has worked at the IEC since 1983 and initially worked in standards development with responsibility, amongst others, for the creation of IEC/TC 100 (Multimedia systems and equipment). He was influential in the transformation of the IEC from a paper-based to a paperless organization and was instrumental in setting-up TISS, the IEC’s helpline to its community.


He currently occupies the position of Standardization Strategy Manager, which includes the secretariat of the SMB (Standardization Management Board), and is responsible for Strategic Development in the IEC.

Prior to joining the IEC he worked as an electronics engineer in a number of IT and telecommunications companies in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

Born in 1954, Jack Sheldon has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from the Open University.

Jacques Régis

Jacques Régis - IEC Immediate Past President


Mr Régis became Immediate Past President on 1 January 2011, following his three-year term as President from 2008 to 2010. He was a senior executive of Hydro-Québec for more than 12 years, during the last seven of which he was president and CEO of Hydro-Québec TransEnergie, North America’s largest transmission system. He also chaired the Transmission Council of the Canadian Electricity Association, was vice-president of the executive committee of the Northeast Power Coordinating Council and was on the management committee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

Ralph Wigg

Ralph Wigg - Compliance Professional, E-x Solutions International Pty Ltd Adelaide, Australia


Ralph Wigg operates his own company E-x Solutions International Pty Ltd providing services to the Hazardous Area Industries as a Compliance Professional. His background is in Electrical Power Engineering having more than 50 years’ workplace experience with an involvement of more than 35 years in Hazardous Area equipment gives him the ability to speak with authority on this subject.


Currently chair of several Standards Australia Hazardous Areas Committees and past chair of Committee EL014 Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Areas. He was Chair the IEC Technical Committee SC31H for Combustible Dusts and continues to convene this work since it was transferred to a Working Group. His goal is to make standards work for the electrical industry. The commitment to international work sees him as a long term Australian delegate to the TC31 Committee and a member of more than 20 Maintenance Teams & Working Groups of which he convenes four.


In addition Ralph has been active in the IECEx System from its inception and was recently appointed as Chair of the new IECEx ExPCC for the Certificate of Personnel Competence. With qualifications in both ‘Workplace Training and Assessment’ and Quality System auditing, plus his expert knowledge in Hazardous Area requirements, he is well placed to undertake this role.

Ralph was a recipient of the prestigious Standards Australia International “Standards Award” in 1997 and in 2007 had the honour of receiving the IEC “1906 award” which is given ‘to those experts who have made exceptional contributions to IEC work.’

Alan Maislisch

Alan Maislisch - IT Strategy and Planning Manager


Alan Maislisch has been working at the IEC for 17 years, focusing on collaboration tools, document management and database applications. Prior to that he worked with Digital Equipment Corp. on decision support systems and with the UN Conference on Trade and Development on transfer of technology to developing countries.


His main interest is the application of IT tools and technology to facilitate communication and access to information. Within the IEC he has been involved in developing and implementing
IT solutions to help standards developers and end users work more effectively. He is also responsible for IT Strategy and managing IEC's IT Department.


He has a degree in mathematics and computer science from MIT and studied economics and international relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies.

Jonathan Colby

Jonathan Colby – 2011 Young Professionals Leader


Jonathan is a Hydrodynamic Engineer with Verdant Power. He has been with the company since 2006, after completing a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As a member of the company’s Engineering and Resource Assessment Teams, his work includes turbine blade design, hydrodynamic modelling, data processing and analysis, fieldwork, and general turbine operation responsibilities for both US and Canadian projects. He is a U.S. representative on TC114, Marine Renewable Energy, and a subject matter expert developing standards for the assessment of power performance for Tidal Energy Convertors. Jonathan is also actively involved in outreach with organizations and universities in the New York City area.

David Tackie

David Tackie - 2011 Young Professionals Leader


David is an Electrician and Electrical Engineer with a solid technical background and wide experience of Smart Grid R&D projects and electric distribution systems. He is currently working on the development of the future electrical grid, including PV systems, wind turbines, Micro-CHP, EVs and heat pumps. He is also particularly interested in economics, management and marketing. In addition to his job at Danish Energy Association, David is studying a Bachelor in Business Administration, specializing in Marketing Management. He is also a board member at DBS Lys, a supplier of light bulbs, lamps and other electrical materials. David has already been involved in international standardization work as a member of Danish Standards mirror groups of TC8, TC57 and as an expert for TC8X WG 5 on smart grid projects in Europe. He finds the development of standards both exciting and very beneficiary for companies that have a long-term and sustainable business perspective.