Keynote Speaker 1

Hussain Shareef   

Dr. Hussain Shareef is currently a professor at the Department of Electrical and Communication Engineering, United Arab Emirates University, and the head of the Green Mobility Research Team at the Emirates Center for Mobility Research. His research domains are related to power system planning, the integration of renewable power sources, the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques in power systems, energy management, power quality and electric vehicle grid integration. Dr. Hussain Shareef appeared as the world’s top 2% scientist at Stanford University from 2020 to 2022. Among his many awards, Dr. Hussain Shareef is a 2019-2020 recipient of the United Arab Emirates University Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Chancellor Innovation Award 2020-2021. He received his PhD degree from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 2007 and he has published more than 400 peer-reviewed journal papers in various fields related to power and energy systems. He has more than 5500 citations with an h-index of 37. Dr. Hussain Shareef is a member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academy of Scientists and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Keynote Title : Planning of Fast Charging Stations (CS) for Electric Vehicles (EV) with Multi Level Charging Strategy

With the growing concerns on energy depletion and CO2 emissions, electric vehicles (EVs) have marked a new paradigm in the transport sector. Installation of publicly accessible charging infrastructure, namely fast charging stations (CS) is crucial for the large-scale deployment of EVs. However random positioning of charging stations may create traffic congestion, charging dissatisfaction for EV owners and inefficient charging station operation. Moreover, it affects the performance of electrical distribution networks in terms of grid overloading, increase in power loss and voltage instability due to the simultaneous charging of EVs. These impacts on the electric grid are more significant in the case of fast-charging strategies. This talk presents a coordinated fast CS planning model that considers the efficiency of CS, the impact on the power grid and the benefits of EV users. A multi-level charging station concept that supports different charging power levels in the future reduces the charging waiting time and improves the station's efficiency. This planning model will be beneficial for sustaining the fast-growing demand for EVs in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and helps to prepare a plan to locate and size the CSs that benefit all stakeholders.

Keynote Speaker 2

Sansubari Che Mud

Mr. Sansubari Che Mud is the Head (Customer & Market) for Distribution Network, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). Prior to that, he was Chief Engineer (Asset Strategy & Policy) and General Manager for Sustainable Energy Development for TNB. A strong advocate for sustainable energy development, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. His professional interest focus on sustainable energy development in Malaysia and his current project include Smart Utility 2025 and Smart Energy Management Infrastructure.

Mr. Sansubari earned his Bachelor’s Degree from University of Warwick, England in Electrical Power and Master’s Degree in Power System from University of Malaya and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)/Melbourne Business School. He was two times Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Energy Manager’s Award recipient for his effort on energy efficiency in Malaysia. His involvement in sustainable energy development started as one of the pioneer team members under Malaysia Special Committee on Renewable Energy (SCORE) which was promoting for renewable energy development and introduced the first commercial grid connected renewable energy power plant project in Malaysia.

Keynote Title : Sustainability and Power Utility of The Future

The energy landscape is changing rapidly with far-reaching implications not just for global energy industries but also local power industries. Main challenges facing power utility in the world and domestic are how they manage and fit-in into energy transition. Energy transition refers to the change of the energy system from fossil fuel-based sources to renewable energy sources. For that matter, power utilities have been working to advance the idea of smart utility or utility of the future, which are beyond traditional eco-system into more flexible and robust network. Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is embarking on modernizing the national grid into the grid of the future, smart networks which are resilient and flexible yet reliable in meeting the country’s need for energy transition. The keynote also present TNB’s energy transition journey while balancing power industry trilemma and facilitate new energy landscape via smart utility project.