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

Young Professionals Programme



James M. Shannon

James M. Shannon - IEC President


Mr James Shannon became IEC President on 1 January 2017, for a three-year term, having served as President-Elect since 1 January 2016. From 2002 to 2014, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Prior to that, Mr Shannon served as Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was a Senior Partner at the law firm of Hale & Dorr in Boston, USA. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1978 and served in the House until 1985. A member of the Ways and Means Committee for six years, he served on the Trade, Health, and Social Security Subcommittees.

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 CB and SMB as well as representing the Netherlands in CENELEC.

Katharine Fraga

Katharine Fraga - IEC Head of Governance and Global Strategy


Ms Katharine Fraga has been working for the IEC since 2004 and was originally involved in the IEC’s conformity assessment activities before moving to the General Secretary’s office in 2008. Currently she is Secretary of the Council, Council Board, Executive Committee, Finance Committee and Auditing Committee. She is responsible for IEC membership and is the manager of the IEC Young Professionals Programme. Katharine has substantial experience in developing and implementing organizational strategy, stakeholder engagement, membership issues and strategic partnerships with other organizations.

Alan Sellers

Alan Sellers – Senior Approvals Engineer, Dyson Technology Limited


Mr Alan Sellers works at Dyson as part of the team that makes sure that Dyson products are never kept off the shelf by global standards and legislation. As part of design teams he is responsible for providing expertise and advice to support product development to satisfy standards and legislation in over 75 countries. He started his career at a small engineering company where he worked for five years. He developed and tested simulator training devices for the aerospace and defence market and stumbled into the world of standards and conformity assessment. Alan moved to a large global industrial process control manufacturer and worked as part of a small team responsible for the global approvals of hazardous area products used in flammable atmospheres. Alan began to contribute to standards development with a particular focus on industrial process control and functional safety. He participates as an expert in IEC TC 72 WG 12 and IEC CAB WG 17. He is a member of national mirror committees for IEC TC 72, IEC TC 61, the mirror committee that is responsible for the management of IEC conformity assessment schemes in the UK and the committee that is specifically responsible for managing the IECEE scheme in the UK.

Dennis Chew

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


Mr 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

Robert McLaren - IEC Young Professionals programme coordinator


Mr Robert McLaren studied International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International
studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He then worked in Marketing for Caterpillar Inc. 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 Vladivostok.

Mark Amos

Mark Amos - IECEx Business Manager


Mr Mark Amos is currently Business Manager for the IEC’s System for Certification to Standards
Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres (IECEx). Prior to this role, Mark worked
as: Director, Energy Infrastructure Policy at the Energy Networks Association (ENA); Technical &
Regulatory Manager at Australian Industry Group (AiG); a range of technical, marketing and
management roles in the plumbing, gas and electrical equipment manufacturing industry sectors
in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. In parallel he represented Australia on the IEC
Standardisation Management Board (SMB) and Chaired a number of Standards Australia
Technical Committees, Sub Committees and Working Groups.

Over the 29 years in industry he has held senior positions across production management,
technical, marketing, R&D and product certification functions where quality management
systems, Standards and conformity assessment principles have always served as foundations
for all aspects of work.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (with First Class Honours) and post graduate
qualifications in general management, marketing, project management, business analysis and

Karen Higginbottom

Karen Higginbottom – Director of Standards Strategy, HP Inc.


Ms Karen Higginbottom is Director of Standards Strategy in HP’s CTO Office where her team
manages HP’s involvement in voluntary standards organizations and consortia. She has been at
Hewlett-Packard Company and HP Inc. since 1994. Karen has just concluded her ninth and final
year as Chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1 – Information Technology. She began her involvement in various
consortia and standards organizations in 1987 and was the Chair of the InterNational Committee
for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) from 1997 until 2008. Karen served four years
as Convenor of ISO/IEC JTC 1’s Special Working Group on accessibility and as a mentor to
organizations such as DMTF, OASIS, Trusted Computing Group and W3C in their role as
ISO/IEC JTC 1 Publicly Available Specification (PAS) Submitters.

Mike Wood

Mike Wood – General Manager, EME Strategy, Governance and Risk
Management, Telstra Operations


Mr Mike Wood is a Distinguished Professional with Telstra and the General Manager for Telstra’s
EME Strategy, Governance and Risk Management programme. Mike has over 30 years’
experience in the strategy and management of mobile network deployment, Electromagnetic
Energy (EME) and community consultation for the wireless industry.

Mike trained with the Australian Defence Department in radio & microwave communications prior
to graduating from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1985.

Mike has worked in standards development for over 20 years and is currently Chair of the IEC
TC 106 which has global responsibility for EME testing standards for mobile phones, devices,
wireless networks and radio communication systems.

The current focus for TC 106 is the 2020 strategic business plan and development of standards
for the assessment of future 5G mobile technologies. Mike is also active in the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU) standards and in Australia chairs the Australian Mobile
Telecommunications Association RF Safety Compliance Programme.

Guilaine Fournet

Guilaine Fournet – IEC Head of Sales & Business Development


Ms Guilaine Fournet joined the IEC in 1998. First in the Information & Marketing Department,
then in 2001 she became the Affiliate Country Programme's coordinator. In 2003, she was
appointed Customer Service Centre Manager and in 2006 Sales Manager. Since 2008 she is
Head of Sales & Business Development. Reporting to the General Secretary she manages and
develops measures aimed at increasing overall sales revenues. She is in contact with IEC
members, standards developing organizations (SDOs), resellers and customers. She is also in
charge of copyright and Intellectual property (IP) matters.

Gunter Idinger

Günter Idinger - VP Standards and Alliances at Eaton Electrical EMEA


Mr Günter Idinger is currently VP Standards and Alliances at Eaton Electrical EMEA and
Managing Director of the Eaton legal entity in Austria. He is responsible for the coordination of
international standardization activities and initiatives as well as regulatory standards and
regulations in Europe. In his career he was in several various leading positions and functions,
such as engineering, operations, marketing and held sales responsibilities for Germany and
Central and East European countries always staying actively involved in standardization matters.
He is member of IEC’s Council Board since 2013 and from 2008-2011 he was board member of
CENELEC CA. Further he sits on the board of the Austrian Electrotechnical Association, OVE
and is member of several various Austrian industry associations.

Mr Idinger is a graduate from the Technical University of Vienna in electrotechnical with a special
degree in energy economics.

Chan-keun Park

Chan-keun Park – Safety Test Engineer, Korea Testing Certification


Mr Chan-keun Park was born and raised in small town in South Korea. After high school he
moved to Seoul and studied electronic engineering in Kwangwoon University where he was
awarded a scholarship for most of his studies. In his senior university year (2005) he joined
Samsung SDS as an electronic engineer and demonstrated talent in software and hardware
development. Since 2008 he has been working at KTC (Korea Testing Certification) as a safety
test engineer based on IEC 60335 (Household and similar electrical appliances) and IEC 60950
(Information technology equipment). He also has an interest in new technology fields such as
Wireless Power Transfer, Internet of Things, Wearable devices, Virtual Reality and others. He is
an expert in IEC TC 61 MT 15 and IEC TC 100 TA 14, TA 15. He is responsible for R&D projects
which include standardization in new fields of technology to encourage industry. He recently
completed a Master’s degree from Ajou University and works consistently to learn and develop

David Hanlon

David Hanlon - IEC CAB Secretary


Mr David Hanlon worked with IEC Technical Committees as a Technical Officer before becoming
the Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) Secretary in 2012. 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..

Pierre Selva

Pierre Selva - Conformity Assessment & Market Surveillance Director, Global
Industry & Government Affairs Strategy, Schneider Electric


Mr Pierre Selva is currently Schneider Electric’s Director for Conformity Assessment and Market
Surveillance subjects. He has always been involved in the fields of standardization, certification
and test laboratory from the beginning of his career in 1988. He worked for several companies,
from large ones like Hewlett Packard and Schneider Electric to self-employed, and was also the
founder and manager of an EMC and safety test Laboratory. He joined Schneider Electric in
2005 and he’s a graduate from the Technological University of Compiègnes (France) and holds a
“specialized masters” in the field of standardization, quality, certification and tests.

Pierre is currently the alternate member for France at the CAB and IECEE levels. He also holds
the position of IECEE Treasurer from 1 January 2016 and he’s involved in several CAB and
IECEE Working Groups.

Vimal Mahendru

Vimal Mahendru – President, Legrand-India


Mr Vimal Mahendru is the President of Legrand-India, a subsidiary of the French multi-national
Legrand. An engineer with 27 years’ experience in manufacturing, supply chain, finance and
international business, he assumed this role in 2010. Mr Mahendru is a prominent member of the
Indian electrical equipment industry and was President of the industry association, IEEMA in
2010-2011. He is on several committees of the Government of India, including of the Bureau of
Indian Standards, where he chairs the committee for standards development and maintenance
for LT and HT fuses. Since January 2015, Mr Mahendru is an elected member of the IEC
Standardization Management Board (SMB) for a period of three years. Simultaneously, he is the
Chair of the IEC Systems Committee Low Voltage Direct Current and Low Voltage Direct Current
for Electricity Access (SyC LVDC).

Mr Mahendru has been appointed IEC Ambassador for a two-year term (2016-2017) to represent
the interests of the IEC in the sector of LVDC and rural electrification.

Polad Zahedi

Polad Zahedi – Process Control Engineer, Ontario Power Generation Inc.


Mr Polad Zahedi is a Process Control Engineer with Ontario Power Generation Inc. His main
areas of expertise are Modelling and Simulation, Process Control Design and Analysis,
Instrumentation and Control Implementation and Software Categorization. He has also held
management, operations and project management roles within the company. Polad obtained his
Bachelor in Computer Engineering from Western University. He was the Gold Medal recipient in
his programme. Polad received his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of
Toronto. Through his experience with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) in his Research
Assistant position as well as his internship in a Design Agency, he got introduced to IEC
International Standards. He is now a Canadian National Committee member and an expert in
IEC SC 65B WG 7. Polad has numerous publications on Power Plant Process Control Analysis
and I&C Design and Implementation and he is hoping to expand his publications into Standardsrelated

Marty Cole

Marty Cole - Manager, Hubbell Harsh & Hazardous Industries


Mr Marty Cole has worked for Hubbell Canada over 35 years and been involved with hazardous
locations for much of that time. He is a member of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) Part I -
Section 18 Subcommittee, Chair of CSA’s Integrated Committee on Hazardous Locations (ICHL)
which deals with all hazardous location standards, a member of CSA’s TC 419 Technical
Committee on the Performance of Lighting Products, and NFPA 820 Standard on Wastewater
Treatment Facilities. He is Chair of the Hazardous Location Products sub-section of Electro
Federation Canada’s (EFC/EEMAC) Wiring Products Section and a member of the Board of
Directors of the CEC Part 4 - Objective Based Industrial Electrical Code (OBIEC) Stakeholder
Advisory Committee.

He is the Canadian Alternate to the IEC Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) and heads the
Standards Council of Canada (SCC) delegation to IEC TC 31, SC 31G, SC 31J and SC 31M
(Standards for Explosive Atmospheres), is a member of several IECEx committees dealing with
equipment conformity and personnel competency certification. He is Convenor of IECEx ExMC
WG1 (Rules Committee). Marty is an IEEE Senior Member, an IAS and IEEE-PCIC standards
committee member and has authored and co-authored numerous papers and articles on the
subject of hazardous locations for the IEEE-PCIC, IEEE-ESW, IEEE-ESTMP, PCIC-Europe,
IEEE-GCC, IEEE-IAS Magazine and other industry publications. In 2014 he was awarded CSA’s
Award of Merit for his work in hazardous location standards.

Ian Forte

Ian Forte – Asia Pacific Regulatory Affairs Manager, Electrolux


Mr Ian Forte has been active in global Standards Development and Conformity Assessment for
more than 30 years. He has been a member of IEC TC 59 WG12 refrigerator performance since
March 2007 and chaired the MT2 team from 2010 to 2015, leading development of IEC
62552:2015 (currently IEC TC 59/SC 59M/WG 4). He is also a Councillor of Standards Australia.

As Asia Pacific Regulatory Affairs Manager for Electrolux Home Products, Mr Forte is
responsible for product conformity. He is acutely aware of the difficulties and costs associated
with diverse and variable performance and safety test standards applied in different regions of
the globe. He is committed to the global standard harmonisation process, particularly in
conformance requirements of household appliances.

Having specialised in product design at Electrolux Home Products, Mr Forte has developed both
a theoretical and practical appreciation of the need to develop effective safety and performance
test standards, and the conformity assessments associated with these standards. An integral
part of the development process has been certification activities for hundreds of components
through the IECEE and IECEX schemes.

Mr Forte works on committees with wide global representations and has been the Australian
member of the IEC Conformity Assessment Board since 2014. He is particularly committed to
promotion of CA activities as Chair of the CAB WG 14 - Promotion, with a current focus on
Young Professionals.

Pierre Sebellin

Pierre Sebellin, IEC Technical Department Manager


Mr Pierre Sebellin joined the IEC Central Office in 2011 where he worked as Technical Officer in
standards development with several IEC Technical Committees. In 2014 he moved into the
newly created position of Systems Technical Officer. In this role, he implemented and promoted
the Systems approach for the standardization work of the IEC. He also acted as Secretary for
several Systems Committees and Systems Evaluation Groups. Since 2016, he is managing the
Technical Department at the IEC Central Office.

Pierre holds an engineer's degree in Mechatronics and Electronics. Prior to joining the IEC,
Pierre’s 25 year career spanned over diverse professional management experience in R&D and
marketing in international SMEs focused on industrial manufacturing, factory automation and

Yun Chao Hu

Yun Chao Hu – Director of Standardization & Industry Development Strategies,
Huawei Technologies


Mr Yun Chao Hu is employed by Huawei Technologies since March 2011 and works for the
Huawei West-European Headquarter (HQ) located in Düsseldorf (Germany). His current function
within Huawei is the Director of the Standardization and Industry Development Strategies within
the European Union (EU) Industry Standards Department. He leads a team of standardization
experts working in the areas of Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Solutions, Network functions
virtualization (NFV), Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), 5G Slicing and Industry 4.0.

He is currently responsible for the corporate NFV standardization strategies and is heading the
Huawei Delegation within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry
Specification Group (ISG) NFV activities. He is elected as the NFV Evolution and Ecosystem
(EVE) WG Chair, who drives the new NFV requirements and features. In addition, he is an active
contributor to several IEC activities, such as SEG 7 - Smart Manufacturing, SEG 8 -
Communication Technologies and Architectures of Electrotechnical Systems, as well as the MSB
White paper projects on Smart IoT 2020 and Edge Intelligence.

Yun Chao is bridging the telecom related standardization with the industry vertical
standardization and actively involved in the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB) projects and IEC
SEG 8 on communication technologies and architectures. Furthermore, he is playing a key role
within Huawei in mapping industry requirements on 5G Slicing, Edge Computing/Intelligence,
and Wireless Network features.

Peter Lanctot

Peter Lanctot – IEC MSB Secretary


Mr Peter Lanctot is the Secretary of IEC’s Market Strategy Board (MSB), which is comprised of
top-level technology officers appointed from industry that identifies the principal technological
trends and market needs in the IEC's fields of activity. He is located in the IEC North American
Regional Center near Boston, Massachusetts.

Peter is also the Technical Officer Group Manager for the IEC, and maintains the Secretary
position for:
• Systems Committee Smart Energy
• IEC Directives Maintenance Team and
• ISO/IEC Joint Directives Maintenance Team

Peter began his IEC career in 2004 as a Technical Officer and has been a contributor to the
Young Professional workshop since its inception in 2010. He has over 25 years of experience in
multinational companies, and holds a MBA in International Business and a Bachelor’s degree in
Electrical Engineering.

Kate Grant

Kate Grant – Business owner, Nine Tiles


Dr Kate Grant studied botany at Cambridge University before working with her husband running
an SME, Nine Tiles, which designs and manufactures networking products for time critical
applications. Nine Tiles’ products were used in applications such as railway signalling and
industrial automation. In the 90s various ATM-based video codecs were designed and deployed
in video conferencing and surveillance systems, and Nine Tiles produced the first networked
camera for digital surveillance systems. Since then the technology has also been applied to
broadcasting systems with the manufacture of an inexpensive ATM switch. More recently Nine
Tiles have been working on protocols for future networks with the Aubergine implementation
platform and development environment and Flexilink which provides a low-latency service for
continuous media as well as conventional IT packet routing. Kate Grant has been active in
standardization through work in IEC TC 100 - Audio, video and multimedia systems and
equipment, ISO/IEC JTC 1 - Information technology and IEC SyC AAL (Active Assisted Living)
and is currently working with various JTC 1 and IEC initiatives relating to IoT (Internet of Things)
and wearables.