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IEC Young Professionals Programme


Young Professional Leaders

Frank Bakker

Frank Bakker (The Netherlands)


Frank Bakker works for SolarEdge Technologies as a Technical Development & Market Strategy Manager. He has been working in the solar industry for the last 12 years. With a long track record in the innovative photovoltaic (PV) sector, he has gained a lot of experience in product development, new product introduction and product strategy. He got involved in standards four years ago and now holds the position of Chair in his national NEC 82 committee. He is also a member of IEC TC 64 JWG 32 - Electrical safety of PV system installations, which is a collaboration between IEC TC 64 - Electrical installations and protection against electric shock and IEC TC 82 - Solar photovoltaic energy systems. Frank has a degree in electrical engineering and with this background he is now focused on new product development and market strategy, in particular the implementation of virtual power plants (VPPs) and grid services, a cloud-based software which allows the usage of decentralized storage in a specific region to balance the grid.  Born and raised in the Netherlands he has an innovative mindset to boost the energy transition forward with its primary goal: a non-fossil fuel sector. He has a passion for technical innovations in the high-tech sector and is involved in the blockchain/crypto world.

Xun Gong

Xun Gong (China)


Xun Gong is the Environmental Technical Lead of Global Product Standard & Environmental Engineering at Lenovo. She focuses on green manufacturing, product eco-design, life-cycle analysis, product carbon footprint and recycling areas. She has been working in the industry for more than 10 years after receiving her Environmental Engineering Master’s degree. She is an expert in IEC TC 111 - Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems, and in the Chinese committees of SAC/TC297 SC2 - Environmental Design and SC4 - Recycling, where she is actively involved in the IEC, ISO and World Resources Institute (WRI) standards. As the Lenovo technical head, she has led the national green manufacturing project and national eco-design demonstration project. She successfully established Lenovo life cycle assessment (LCA) / Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) calculation system and trained more than 200 suppliers. She collaborated with international Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) companies and academies (including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to design and research on streamlined PCF calculation methods and tools. Besides, she is working to set/achieve the environmental strategy and operational technology of the company and business units, working on sustainability and external communication.

Carrie Schmaus

Carrie Schmaus (United States of America)


Carrie Schmaus is a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow at the Water Power Technologies Office at the United States (US) Department of Energy, where she works as a marine science analyst and interagency coordinator to mature the marine energy industry (wave, tidal, and current). She is actively involved in the US with IEC TC 114, Marine Energy - Wave, tidal and other water current converters, and participates on the US National Committee as a member of the Young Professional Committee. Before joining the Department of Energy, she worked as a research fellow at the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, a Washington, DC-based non-profit that educates about successful public-private partnership models. She graduated with her master’s degree from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, where her thesis work explored the role of public-private partnerships in large-scale renewable energy projects. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, with a bachelor of science in biology and a minor in marine studies.