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IEC Young Professionals Programme


Young Professional Leaders

Craig Carlson

Craig Carlson (South Africa)


Craig Carlson was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1987. He received his M.Sc. Engineering (Electrical) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2012. Following this he started his career with Eskom Holdings Limited, after receiving a bursary for his studies from them. Some of his responsibilities include being the lead integration engineer for the Ankerlig transmission to Koeberg second supply project; business process owner for the Manage Technical Risk process; as well as convenor of the Eskom steering committee of technology workgroups for the Technology Type List and the Technology Metadata Standard guidelines. His exposure at Eskom has given him a strong skill set including the development and integration of engineering solutions; project planning; team management and leadership. His interests lie within the field of Smart Grids, and as such he is currently pursuing active involvement in the South African National Committee with aspirations to be nominated to IEC TC 8 as an expert in his field.


Thahirah Jalal

Thahirah Jalal (New Zealand)


Thahirah graduated with Honours in Engineering Science from Oxford University, United Kingdom. She then completed a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has a vast experience in research and development through an early career in the academic world, in multiple fields of engineering. Now, she is co-leading the Asset Intelligence team in Unison Networks Limited, New Zealand. With Unison’s implementation of its Smart Grid Initiative since 2009, big data is quickly becoming an important field in Unison. The Asset Intelligence team develops algorithms that automatically convert smart grid data into meaningful information that is useful for network operation, management and development. Thahirah’s current technical interest is in developing intelligence for transformers. She is actively involved in the development work as well as collaborating with various research partners such as universities, research agencies, innovation companies and New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. 

Leo Ohtsuka

Leo Ohtsuka (Japan)


Leo works for JQA (Japan Quality Assurance Organization) as a factory inspector. He conducts factory inspections based on many certification schemes, CSA, CCC, PSE and so on. Before entering the organization, he graduated from Kansai University with a Bachelor in electronics engineering. At university he engaged in creating a music retrieval system of Artificial Intelligence using FFNN (Feedforward Neural Network). He started his career in JQA as a testing engineer of household appliances based on IEC 60335 and PSE law since 2003. After five years’ experience as a testing engineer, he transferred to the factory inspection division. Currently he goes on many business trips as an inspector not only in domestic but also in south-east Asian countries. He used to participate in ANF (Asia Network Forum) to create new certification schemes in the Asia region.  He is personally interested in the so called “hard problem of consciousness” – “Qualia” for instance – and therefore reads related books in his free time.