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

Young Professionals Programme



Junji Nomura

Junji Nomura – IEC President


Dr Nomura became IEC President on 1 January 2014, for a three-year term, having served as President-Elect since 1 January 2013. Having been CTO since 2004, Dr Nomura is currently the Corporate Advisor, Energy Solution Business Promotion, at Panasonic Corporation. He was a member of the industrial association LonMark International until 2004 and is currently a member of the industrial technology committee of Nippon Keidanren and of, among others, a study group within the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He is also a Fellow of the Operations Research Society of Japan.

Frans Vreeswijk

Frans Vreeswijk - IEC General Secretary & CEO


Mr Frans Vreeswijk became IEC General Secretary and CEO on 1 October 2012, having served as Deputy General Secretary since 1 March 2012. Prior to joining IEC Central Office, he worked for 30 years for Philips in the Netherlands, Austria and the USA, notably in research, healthcare and consumer electronics areas. Previously he was President of the Dutch National Committee of the IEC (NEC) and has served on the IEC Council Board (CB) and Standardization Management Board (SMB) as well as representing the Netherlands in CENELEC.

Katharine Fraga

Katharine Fraga – IEC Head of Governance and Global Strategy


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, Council Board, Executive Committee and the Finance Committee and is the manager of the Young Professionals programme.

Ethan Biery

Ethan Biery – Design and Development Leader, Lutron Electronics


Ethan Biery graduated with a Bachelors and Masters of Science from Lehigh University. His career at Lutron Electronics started with embedded hardware and software design for commercial lighting control products, including work on various wired and wireless systems protocols. Product design was his initial exposure to the impact that standards can have on the product development process. Over time, Ethan became familiar with LED lighting technology, becoming involved in related standards development projects through Zhaga (an international consortium of lighting manufacturers) and NEMA (the US-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association). As a US National Committee expert for IEC SC 23B, he is helping ensure that globally-developed lighting controls and LED light sources meet customer safety, reliability, and performance requirements.

Dennis Chew

Dennis Chew – IEC Regional Director, Asia-Pacific Regional Centre


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.


Robert McLaren – IEC Young Professionals programme coordinator


Robert McLaren studied International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International studies
in Geneva, Switzerland. He then worked in Marketing for a global company before joining the
IEC in 2012. He is currently working in the Central Office as the IEC Young Professionals
programme coordinator and will be running the workshop in Tokyo.

David Felland

David Felland – Chief Engineer, Milwaukee Public Radio (WUWM)


David Felland has distinguished himself in public broadcasting technology and management with accolades ranging from two Peabody awards for radio technical direction to a 21st Century award from America’s Public Television Stations for a digital tower project.
With over 40 years of professional experience in many facets of advanced technology, Felland brings technical expertise as well as a creative vision to his work. His years of experience in radio and television production at Minnesota Public Radio and Twin Cities Public Television led to upper management positions with Milwaukee Public Television, the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin. He currently serves as Chairman of the International Electrotechnical Commission TC 100 standards-setting activities.

Amaury Santos

Amaury Santos – IEC Latin America Regional Director


Amaury Santos is an Electrical Engineer who has a Bachelor of Civil Law with a Specialization in International Business and Trade. Since 2006 he is responsible for the IEC Latin America (& Caribe) Regional Centre that is located in São Paulo, Brazil. He has over 20 years of professional experience in multinational companies in the commercial areas of business, marketing and technical products and systems for low, medium, high and extra high voltage equipment and systems.

Richard Schomberg

Richard Schomberg – VP Smart Energy Standards, EDF Group


Richard Schomberg is currently Chairman of TC 8 “System aspects for energy delivery”, PC 118 “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.

Keiji Kimura

Keiji Kimura – Executive Alumnus, Former Executive Vice President, Corporate Executive Officer Sony Corporation


Mr. Kimura engaged in the development of computer and multimedia technology after joining
Sony. In the early 90s, he was involved in the development of digital video compression
technology for computer applications. From 1995, he led the launch of the PC start-up business
in the Company and established the IT business. After 2005, he was the corporate officer in
charge of technology strategy, intellectual property and standards activities. His 35 years career
includes experience as the head of business and R&D group, and a leading experience in
technology standard development and its standardization in the industry.

He serves as a member of the IEC Council Board since 2013 nominated by the Japanese
National Committee.

Dimitrios Ladas

Dimitrios Ladas – Technical Leader for EV charging systems, Schneider Electric


Dimitrios Ladas was born in L’Hay-les-Roses, France, in 1980. He received a M. Sc in Electrical
Engineering and Control from the National Engineering School in Electrotechnology, Electronics,
Computer Sciences, Hydraulics and Telecommunications of Toulouse (ENSEEIHT) in 2004. He
received a Ph. D. degree from Polytechnic National Institute of Grenoble (INPG) in 2008. He
started his career in Schneider Electric in 2008 as technical leader on R&D projects aiming to
improve the electrical durability of contactors. From 2010 to 2013, he led the EV Inductive
Charging project, and as an Expert in Electromagnetism and Electrotechnologies, he was
responsible for the design of the air-core transformer. Since 2011, he is a member of TC 69, in
the project team which develops the standard for Wireless Power Transfer for EV charging.
Since the beginning of 2014, he is Technical Leader for EV charging systems development

Adam Murdoch

Adam Murdoch – Manager of Equipment Safety, Energy Safe Victoria


Adam is the Manager of Equipment Safety at Energy Safe Victoria (ESV). ESV is the
independent technical regulator for electricity, gas and pipeline safety in Victoria Australia. After
attending the IEC YP – 2010 workshop in Seattle, Adam started his involvement in various
Technical Committees and maintenance teams and subcommittees as an Australian delegate,
namely: TC 61: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances and; SC 61C: Safety of
refrigeration appliances for household and commercial use and SC 61H: Safety of electricallyoperated
farm appliances; TC 61 MT4: Temperature limits and resistance to heat and fire.

In 2012 Adam has increased his involvement with the IEC by becoming chairmen of SC 61H.

Juan Rosales

Juan Rosales – Regulatory Intelligence Leader, Mabe


Juan is an Industrial Engineer with a Master Degree in Engineering Administration, actively
involved in standardization and conformity assessment for household appliances, representing
one of the major manufacturers in Latin America (mabe) and working as Regulatory Intelligence
Leader. Juan has occupied the positions of Technical Expert for Auditing Labs at the Mexican
Accreditation Entity and President of the Appliances Section for the Mexican Chamber of
Electrical Manufacturers (2011 to 2014). Since 2013 he is chairing the Mexican Standards
Committee for Household Appliances, mirror to IEC TC 61. Regionally Juan is coordinating the
Pan-American Working Group at COPANT in charge of IEC 60335-1 adoption and recently he
was nominated as Chairman of THC 61 of the Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical
Standards of the Nations in the Americas (CANENA). In the IEC arena, Juan has been appointed
as Mexican head delegate for IEC TC 61, contributing to the SMB ahG 47 tasks (Robotic
Appliances) and TC 59/WG 15 (Smart Appliances).

Mandar Sinnarkar

Mandar Sinnarkar – Electronics Engineer, Vishay Components


Mandar Sinnarkar has been an Electronics Engineer with Vishay Components India Pvt.Ltd for
the past twelve years. Before that he worked in an indian factory belonging to Sharp Corporation
for ten years. His field of work of the last twenty-two years is in Quality and Reliability Laboratory,
Customer support and Quality Management Systems.

He started his involvement in standardization work in 2005 through the Indian National
Committee and he is currently the Indian representative for IEC TC 40, IEC TC 91 and IEC TC

He is educating young indians on standardization and quality management systems by delivering
lectures and assessing projects through his company.

James E. Matthews III

James E. Matthews III – IEC Vice-President


Mr Matthews, now serving his second term, began his first term as Chairman of the
Standardization Management Board and IEC Vice-President on 1 January 2011. He has worked
for Corning Incorporated for more than 31 years. At present, he is Director of worldwide
standards engineering activities for multiple business divisions across Corning Incorporated. He
was President of the US National Committee until the end of 2010 and serves on the board of the
American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which holds the US NC Secretariat. In 2011, he
was awarded the Astin-Polk International Standards Medal by ANSI and in 2012 he received the
Leo B. Moore award from the Society for Standards Professionals.

Jack Sheldon

Jack Sheldon – IEC 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. More recently he was responsible for setting up the IEC’s Market Strategy Board,
responsible for medium to long term market and technology overview.

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.

David Hanlon

David Hanlon – IEC CAB Secretary


Before becoming the Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) Secretary in 2012, David Hanlon
worked with IEC technical committees as a Technical Officer. David has a Bachelor in Electrical
Engineering from the UNSW in Sydney Australia and an Executive MBA in Management of
Technology (MoT) from the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. Prior to joining the IEC, David’s 30
years career spanned diverse professional experience in technical, commercial and
management areas across 3 continents mainly in international SMEs focused on industrial
manufacturing including his own 10 year start-up during the 1990s.

Hiromichi Fujisawa

Hiromichi Fujisawa – IEC Vice-President


Dr Fujisawa, now serving his second term, began his first term as Chairman of the Conformity
Assessment Board and IEC Vice-President on 1 January 2009, having been a Member from
2007. He has worked in Hitachi Ltd's Central Research Laboratory since the early 1980s and is
now the Corporate Chief Scientist in the Research & Development Group and Adviser to the
Global Standardization Office. He is also a Fellow of IEEE.

Devin McDaniels

Devin McDaniels – Economic Affairs Officer, WTO


Devin McDaniels has served as Economic Affairs Officer in the Trade and Environment Division
of the World Trade Organization since 2010. He works primarily on issues of standards and
regulation, as well as trade and environment, providing analytical and research support to WTO
Committees and Members. He holds degrees in environmental economics and environmental
policy from the University of British Columbia and the University of Oxford.

Ron S. Collis

Ron S. Collis – Chairman of the IECEE


Ron Collis has some 30 years of experience working in the Electrical and Controls Industry in several countries around the world. He started his working life in the State Electricity Commission of Victoria and he then moved to Carrier Air condition contracting division in the United Kingdom which was subsequently acquired by Haden. He moved with Haden to the United States of America as lead design engineer for several General Motors projects.

He then returned to Australia to join Rockwell Automation as senior software designer. He moved
to China with Rockwell Automation to head up the establishment of the China Beijing office.
From China he moved to Hong Kong to act as Project consultant for the Rockwell portion of the
New Hong Kong Airport. On returning to Australia, he took up the position of Program Director for
Rockwell Automations Global Standards and Trade activities in Asia Pacific region.

He is currently Chairman of the IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for
Electrotechnical Equipment and Components.

Okuda Noritaka

Okuda Noritaka – Image processing technology and optical technology Engineer, Mitsubishi Electric


Okuda works for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, the Japanese manufacturer, as image
processing technology and optical technology engineer. He has been with Mitsubishi since 2001
after completing a master's degree in Osaka City University. His expertise is mainly in image
signal processing. He belongs to the R&D Center of the company and he has been engaged in
developing many video equipments, for example TVs, Projectors, vehicle installation displays,
and so on. His standardization activity is about color management and measurement and
focuses on the creation of a color management system for use in multimedia systems and
equipment. He is an expert of IEC TC 100 TA2 and also a Project Leader of PT 61966-12-2 in

Geoffrey Young

Geoffrey Young – President of the British Electrotechnical Committee


Geoff Young is President of the British Electrotechnical Committee (BEC), the National
Committee responsible for representing the interests of the UK electrotechnical industry in
national, international and European standardization, certification and conformity assessment. In
this capacity he heads the UK delegation to both IEC and CENELEC. He recently completed a
six year term of office as member of the IEC Council Board (CB) and was previously the UK
Member of the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB).

He retired as Chief Executive of GAMBICA, the UK national Trade Association for
Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology, at the end of 2010. During the
25 years in that position he also held a number of external appointments both in the UK and
Europe. He is a Chartered Engineer, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Measurement and
Control and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Rémy Baillif

Rémy Baillif – IEC Technical Department Manager


Rémy Baillif joined the IEC Central Office in 1996 where he worked as Technical Officer in
standards development with several IEC Technical Committees. He currently occupies the
position of Technical Department Manager.
A graduate of the Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich (Switzerland) with a diploma in physics,
Rémy obtained his doctorate from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) with a thesis on
applied superconductivity. He worked for 12 years in a telecommunications company in the
capacity of R&D specialist.