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

IEC Young Professionals Programme


Young Professional Leaders

Craig Carlson

Fatima Ahmed Khalil Alkhoori (United Arab Emirates)


Fatima Alkhoori was born on 2 December 1992, which coincides with the United Arab Emirates’ national day. She graduated from high school with an average of 95.1%, and completed her Bachelor in Transportation Engineering with honorable distinction from the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi city. Alkhoori started her career in the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council in the field of standardization. Her immersion into the standards world enriched her experience as she learned how standards are developed and about standards’ terminologies. She also was able to get involved by participating in and managing working groups and Technical Committees in various fields such as: integrated transportation planning and network technologies; transportation mobility management systems; monitoring and control management systems with detection and auto recognition of solutions and systems. Alkhoori has also been managing working groups in other fields such as waste management, food, and agriculture. She has developed learning resource materials to introduce new comers to the standards world. This material covers quality infrastructure elements from the standards perspective.


Thahirah Jalal

Roberto Fernandez (United Kingdom)


Roberto Fernandez was born in Marbella, Malaga, Spain, where he grew up and went to an international English-speaking school. After finishing his pre-university studies, he moved to the United Kingdom and obtained a First Class Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester. During his studies at Manchester, Fernandez was sponsored by National Grid and was offered internships every summer. After graduating, he was offered a place on the graduate scheme in the company. During this 18-month graduate scheme he gained experience in asset management, power system operation and financial analysis. He currently works in the Asset Integrity department of the company, and his work has a particular focus on instrument transformers and high voltage bushings. His main responsibilities are to provide technical support to operational site staff and to develop asset management strategies to ensure the continued reliability of the electricity transmission system in the UK.

Leo Ohtsuka

Ricardo Luis Nava Garibay (Mexico)


Ricardo Nava was born in Mexico City in 1989. In 2010 he studied renewable energies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. After graduating in Mechatronics Engineering in 2011 he completed a Certificate Diploma in Industrial Manufacturing Processes at the Universidad Anahuac in Mexico. He started his conformity assessment and standardization career in 2011 as a Test Engineer Intern at ANCE (Asociacion de Normalizacion y Certificacion) and continued as Head of Strategic Purchasing at Grupo Arteche where he completed commercial agreements with High Voltage capacitors and fuses suppliers. Later in 2013 he started working as a Design and Release Engineer at Ford Motor Company, performing design with standardized development processes on Body Interior Systems. While working in the automobile industry as a Computer-aided design (CAD) team leader, Nava co-founded two companies: TMDM and Coletech. The second company is focused on the installation of Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) systems within both residential and commercial sectors, aiming to penetrate large scale industry by 2017, and Nava is now Chief Development Officer there. He is looking forward to support and collaborate with the Smart Grid industry, since its combination with Renewable Energy will drive the transition to a sustainable and environmentally responsible energy consumption for the years to come.