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2017 Energy Management Awards Selection Committee

Energy Management Experts from around the world are nominated and invited to serve on the Award Selection Committee. Experts are chosen for their extensive knowledge and experience with the ISO 50001 energy management standard. Together, the Selection Committee will evaluate the case study submissions and identify the Award of Excellence in Energy Management winners. Learn about the experts that will serve on the 2017 selection committee. The bios of those who have confirmed to date are listed below.


Albert Dessi


Albert Dessi chairs the EN001 Energy Auditing standards committee, the Australian mirror committee to ISO TC242 Energy Management, since 2013. As part of this role he was also the lead drafter of the series of joint Australia-New Zealand energy auditing standards, AS/NZS3598, published in October 2014. In representing Australia at seven TC242 meetings, Mr. Dessi has contributed to developing the ISO50002, ISO50006, ISO50015 and ISO50004 standards, and is the nominated national representative for the review of ISO50001.

Mr. Dessi works at the Australian Department of the Environment on emissions reduction policies and energy efficiency calculation methods for the industrial and transport sectors. Prior to this he served as the lead technical advisor for the former Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program, a legislated energy assessment and energy management program for large companies. This role involved close contact with industry, including reviewing energy assessment plans and energy management systems, with a particular focus on power generation. Prior to this he worked in industry policy and economic research roles in government and university sectors.

In his previous role at the Department of Industry, Mr. Dessi also represented Australia on the Measurement and Verification task group of the Energy Management Working Group, part of the Global Superior Energy Performance partnership under the CEM. He has an honours degree in Mechanical and Materials Systems Engineering, and a degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from the Australian National University, and has recently become a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional.


Michael DeWit

headshotMr. DeWit is a Technical Director with over 31 years of project experience. He leads ICF’s management and audit / assessment systems practice locally and across ICF’s global offices. Mr. DeWit's work has included projects in over 30 industry sectors (e.g. property management, finance, transportation, food, chemicals, metals, waste, mining, etc.) and typically works as a part of an organization's management team on multiyear environmental, sustainability and energy management efforts. 

He is a Certified Practitioner in Industrial Energy Management Systems (CP-EnMS – Industrial), and has been working in auditing and assessments for over 25 years. He is the Vice Chair of Canada’s ISO TC 301 Mirror Committee for Energy Management and Saving and is the Chair of Canada’s ISO TC 207 SC2 Mirror Committee on Environmental auditing and related environmental investigations. He is member of the Standards Council of Canada’s Mirror Committee on Conformity Assessment – working on numerous ISO standards related to ensuring conformance with requirements.

Through  his standards development work, he is engaged in and tracks the development of international standards and engages national and international experts in environmental reporting, conservation, environmental data collection, life cycle assessment, auditing and is currently engaged in developing and improving standards in energy management (including the new upcoming version of ISO 50001), sector specific standards development and the ongoing improvement of the entire set of over 20 ISO 14000 series of standards as well as sustainability. He is a direct contributor to the development of the several energy management standards including, ISO 17741, ISO 17747, ISO 50001, ISO 50002, ISO 50003, ISO 50004 and others. 

His ISO committee work has also included audit and certification program development work since 1999 including work on ISO 19011:2002 and ISO 19011:2011, ISO 17021 and ISO 17011 and ISO 14016. He has been working on general management systems including Energy management with number utilities in Canada and the US, in power plants, in light industry, pharmaceuticals and EMS’s including Energy management numerous commercial and institutional settings.

Bei Wang


Bei Wang received her Ph.D. degree from University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering and she is a Registered P. Eng. in Ontario.  She has 10 years of quality assurance experience working in the sectors of Bio-Tech, Analytical Laboratory and Medical Devices in Canada prior to joining SCC, all augmented by experience in supply chain management, quality management, products design and regulatory compliance.  She is active on a number of technical working groups and mirror committees including Nanotechnology (TC229), Energy Management (TC301), Forestry Management (SFM TC) and Green House Gases (GHG) (TC207). Given her rich background, her technical expertise lends well to multiple accreditation programs for the Branch.

Currently, Ms. Wang works at Standards Council of Canada as a program manager in the Accreditation Branch and has been TC 242 member since 2007. She is a Certified Lead Assessor in EnMS 50001 and has been intensively involved in GSEP Global scheme development for the ISO 50001 Lead Auditor personnel certification programs. She has participated variety programs with NRCan and DOE promoting ISO 50001 and ISO 50003 in Canada and USA.


Michel de Laire

headshotMichel de Laire is an Industrial Engineer, Electrical Engineer, MBA and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with over thirteen years of experience in energy projects. He worked from 2002 to 2006 for ABB in maintenance of power substations. From 2006 to 2011 he served as a consultant developing projects in mining sector, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Since 2008 participates in the international committee ISO TC 242 Energy Management, responsible for developing the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems' standard and other complementary standards. From April 2011 to July 2014 he served in the Chilean Energy Efficiency Agency as Head of the Industry and Mining, where he had to start the process of implementing the ISO 50001 standard in Chile, develop a program for funding and support the technical assistance in the industry and generate a training program for professionals in the industry. He currently serves as a consultant for energy efficiency and renewable energy, working for companies, governments and international organizations.


Li Pengcheng

HeadshotDr. Li Pengcheng is an Associate Researcher for the China National Institute of Standardization. Li Pengcheng works in Resource and Environment Branch of China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) since 2007. He developed the first national standard for measurement and verification of energy savings. He now leads the group in CNIS for developing China national standards in the field of energy fundamental and energy management. He serves as the Chair of APEC Expert Group of Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EGEE&C) and co-secretary of ISO/TC 301 Energy management and energy savings.



Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen

headshotMs. Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen works as a Counsellor for the Finnish Energy Authority. She specializes in energy efficiency and energy management and has almost 20 years of energy and environmental policy experience in the industrial, NGO and government sectors. In her current job she is a Member State representative of EU’s Eco-design Committee and is also responsible for energy management, including standardization. 
Ms. Koskinen is a chair of Finland’s IEC TC 111 Mirror Committee for Environmental Issues and is a nominated national representative in ISO TC 301 for Energy Management since 2010. She is also a member of CEM EMWG Steering Group and a Finnish technical lead for the CEM’s Energy Management campaign. 

Prior to her current role, Ms. Koskinen worked for the environmental NGO Greenpeace and for the telecommunication company Nokia. She received a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Oulu (Finland). She is also a Qualified Specialist in both Management and in Sustainability and Environmental Technology.


Christoph Graser

GraserChristoph Graser is holding a degree as electrical engineer. He had been working for over 17 years in various places in the German electricity utility sector. His professional activities have covered all aspects of electrical energy supply, i.e. conventional power generation, electricity transmission and distribution systems, renewable energy technologies and embedded generation.

In 2006, Mr. Graser joined the Power Generation business group of Siemens AG, in Muelheim/Ruhr (Germany). He took the lead of the Standardization and Regulation Management Group within the Steam Turbine Engineering business segment. As manager of the group, he was responsible for the overall coordination of standardization and regulatory affairs of the global steam turbine engineering network. Currently, Mr. Graser is globally responsible key expert for product safety, product related environmental protection and regulatory compliance in the field of large gas turbines and generators. In these areas, he is also providing extensive support to the Siemens Wind Power division.

Mr. Graser has a long track of experience in international standardization on subjects like environmental management or system aspects of electrical energy supply, as well as in national and European safety and environmental legislation. He is actively involved in energy management system standardization in international and European bodies and has been chairman of the German mirror committee to ISO/TC 301 energy management and energy savings since 2007. 

He co-authored a much-noticed book on energy management and ISO 50001, has chaired several workshops and seminars and held numerous presentations on energy management and energy efficiency.


Suhas Lohokare

headshotSuhas R. Lohokare has over 42 years of experience in the Chemical Industry and is presently the Managing Director of National Peroxide Limited (NPL) - a pioneer in the manufacture of Hydrogen Peroxide in India.  

Mr. Lohokare played a key role in turning around National Peroxide which has now grown by 3 times in capacity during his tenure. The company has received several awards in the area of Energy Conservation, Safety, Chemical Plant Design and Engineering during his tenure.

Mr. Lohokare is involved in several energy management activities including Chairman of Bureau of Indian Standards Sectional Committee (National Mirror Committee) of Mechanical Engineering Department (MED-39) on energy management, Expert in development of international standards on energy management, namely, ISO 50001, 50004, 17747 and 17743, Convener of ISO 17747 which is the standard on Determination of energy savings in organizations, and head of Indian delegation to several meetings of ISO Technical Committees 242 and 257. He has also served as Chairman of Technology and Energy Expert Committee with the Indian Chemical Council (ICC) since 2009.

Mr. Lohokare holds a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay, has a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Management and Master of Financial Management from Bombay University. 

Throughout his career, he has received many distinctions including the 2008 Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (IIChE) Award, from ICI India Limited, for Excellence in Process or Product Development, and the 2012 Indian Chemical Council (ICC) – D. M. Trivedi Lifetime Achievement Award (Management of Industry).


Aris Ika Nugrahanto

headshotAris Ika Nugrahanto has over 14 years experiences in the Environmental, Energy and Business Sustainability area which 6 years spent with GIZ (German Development Cooperation) on the environment and climate change topics. Four (4) years was spent with Panasonic as Quality and Environmental Management Representative, and the last 4 years spent as National Project Coordinator of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for Industrial Energy Efficiency Project in Indonesia ( 

He is a certified energy manager based on the Indonesian National Personnel Competence Standard (SKKNI) and a certified energy assessor from the national personnel accreditation body (BNSP). During the last 4 years, he has been managed a UNIDO and Government of Indonesia Project which successfully support 19 EnMS ISO 50001pilot implementations. The pilot covered the Textile, Food and Beverages, Chemical, and Pulp and Paper industries in Indonesia, in which 6 of the pilots have been successfully certified to ISO 50001 and saved 8% average energy saving in their 1st year implementation. He is the founder of Indonesian Energy Institute ( , a group of EnMS and system optimization national experts established in 2014. He is currently a member of national accreditation body technical committee (KAN) on ISO 50001.


Liam McLaughlin

headshotLiam McLaughlin is a Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer of Gen Europe, an international energy management system consultancy with offices in Spain and Ireland. Liam has worked as an energy efficiency consultant for over 20 years. Coming from an engineering background Liam is also a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and has many years of experience as a manager in large multinational organsiations. He is currently interested in merging best practice in both energy engineering and management using the structures and ideas of ISO 50001, energy management systems. This new approach is having very significant impact on the energy performance of many organsiations.

Liam is a member of ISO Technical Committee 301 which wrote the international standard ISO 50001 and is currently working on other supporting standards. He is a Lead International Energy Efficiency Expert with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) on their capacity building programmes in energy management. He has developed training material for UNIDO on energy management systems which is the basis of their capacity building program in close to 20 countries. Liam has lead the delivery of these programs in South Africa, Moldova, Malaysia, Iran, Ukraine and Russia. 

He is also a trainer with the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) in the promotion and development of energy management. He has spoken for ISO in Oman, Thailand, Colombia, Malaysia, Croatia, Senegal, Armenia, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Jordan, Uzbekistan, India, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Lituania, Barbados and Vietnam. He has lead the devleopment of a training program on energy management for SMEs on behalf of GIZ in Mexico. He has delivered training to representatives of 15 countries in the Caribbean region on ISO 50001.

He has authored several books on energy management and ISO 50001 including the UNIDO Practical Guide on energy management systems and the ISO/ITC Checklist on implementing ISO 50001 for SMEs. He has received national and international awards in energy efficiency and has managed a number of projects for the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland related to industrial energy efficiency and energy management.


Emanuele Cosenza

CosenzaEmanuele Cosenza graduated in Politics of European Union – Faculty of Political Science at Padua University in Italy, with a special degree in European Energy policies and national liberalization of the electricity energy market. After the graduation he continued his training with two internship experience. In the first one he was involved in the definition of the Inventory Baseline Emission and of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan of Rubano Municipality and in the second one as member of the technical committee for the Renewable Energy Plan of the Veneto Region. In march of 2012 Emanuele started his work experience in SOGESCA – consultancy and engineering company active since 1986 specialized in environmental, work safety, energy efficiency, energy planning, European Funds and Management System development and implementation. From 2012 he worked on the development and implementation of 6 European Project financed by the EASME through the Intelligent Energy Europe Program (now Horizon 2020) supporting more than 40 Municipalities in the development and implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans, establishing data collection tools and methodologies, launching data sharing platform for data consumption exchange between LGs and Distribution System Operators at national and European level. He was trained by the British Standard Institution Group on Energy Management System development and implementation and he supported several Municipalities in ISO 50001 certification process such as Maranello (2013), Montecchio Maggiore (2016), Marostica (2017), Pordenone (2017), Federation of Camposampierese Municipalities (2017), Sovizzo (2017).


Akira Ishihara

headshotAkira Ishihara is the Special Advisor of the International Cooperation Division at the Energy Conservation Center (ECCJ). In this role, he promotes international cooperation to help developing countries establish energy conservation laws, train energy managers, and manage international partnership programs. He has served as a senior general manager for Japanese energy management system auditor registration and as a member of the examination committee for national qualification of energy managers. He has also led technical implementation and management for energy efficiency and conservation. He was appointed by METI to the national energy efficiency judgment standard sub-committee, he serves as a Japanese expert for ISO50001 and related standards (2007-present) including co-convenor of WG4 (energy audit), and he is a TC242 member from Japan for ISO strategic advisory group for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Prior to ECCJ, Mr. Ishihara worked in the iron and steel industry. At Nippon Steel Corporation he led technical research and development for rolling quality, productivity and energy efficiency, design and construction of rolling mill. At Yawata, he was the representative of quality management system throughout the production process and technology development from steel to final products. He also served as the national qualified manager for environment (air pollution).

Mr. Ishihara has authored books in Japanese on Energy Management and ISO 50001 Implementation. He received a Bachelor of Science (1973) and a Master’s Degree of Engineering (1975) from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Fuyuhiko Noda

headshotFuyuhiko Noda is a researcher and a consultant for Energy Management Activity on Industrial Sector. He has more than 20 years experience in the Japanese Energy Management Activities. He joined as a Senior Researcher, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) in 2011. In this role, he has been examining the energy efficiency policies and laws around the world including in the developing countries. He is also one of the Working Group members in the Japanese National Committee for ISO/TC301 (Energy Management and Energy Savings). 

Prior to IEEJ, Mr. Noda was a Guest Research Fellow at Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) and an External Specialist at the Energy Conservation Center, Japan (ECCJ) as to conduct Energy Conservation Survey of Designated Energy Management Factories and Energy Audit & Consultation of Factories, Buildings, Stores, etc, and lecture on comprehensive energy management and laws/regulations for qualification course of qualified person for energy management by Energy Conservation Law.

Mr. Noda has Associate of Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Master of Arts and Sciences. He is a Certified Professional Energy Auditor by ECCJ, a Qualified Person for Energy Management and a CEMSAR Energy Management System Provisional Auditor.


Bernardo Lazcano Moreno

headshotBernardo studied Energy Engineering at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, with a special degree in Thermodynamics. He continued his training in the USA where he gets involved in the Monsanto Co. Training Program for Energy Managers, the Exxon Energy Saving Program, as well as the Carborundum Co. Energy Saving Program. At Industrias Resistol S.A. (a Monsanto Company Mexican joint venture), he successfully led the Coorporate Energy Program for 6 years. As an independent consultant, he carried out up to 300 energy audits in different chemical, pharmaceutical, plastic, food, textile, mining and petrochemical industries. 

In 2009 he co-founded Soluciones Integrales para Ahorro de Energía, a Mexican EMS (Energy Management Systems) consulting company, which he leads as General Manager since its first days. 

He is a Georgia Tech Research Corporation CPEnMS (Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems) and currently cooperates as co-trainer for the North American Energy Management Pilot Program, an international (Canada, USA & Mexico) Cooperation Program. 

In addition, he works as a consultant for the Deutsche Gessellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German International Cooperation Agency), the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (German Metrology Institute) and the Project Support Facility for the Mexican-Danish Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Programme. 

Mr. Lazcano is a well-known specialist with over 30 years of experience in the Latin American energy sector.

South Africa

Wendy da Cruz

headshotShe has been involved in management system consulting, training and auditing since the early 1990-ies, with a specific energy management systems focus commencing during 2010. Wendy is one of the first successful graduates of the UNIDO EnMS Expert programme.

Her EnMS exposure has included various industrial sectors, e.g. chemical, beverage, automotive, IT, aviation, and sanitation. In April 2014, Wendy was invited to the UNIDO Energy General Meeting, Vienna, as the South African conformity assessment representative. She has also held SAATCA lead auditor registration status since 1999.

Wendy has provided successful assistance to more than 50 organizations in their achievement of management system certification and accreditation, in environmental, energy and quality and energy case studies of her clients reflect millions of kWh and rand savings.

Her EnMS training and facilitation experience includes more than 20 courses covering EnMS introduction and expert level as well as Lead Auditor training since 2012.

Wendy has B. Sc. Chemistry and B Sc. Honours Biochemistry, with M.Sc. Certificate – Industrial Engineering – University of Stellenbosch.

United Kingdom

Kit Oung

headshotKit is an award winning energy savings strategist and Director at Energy Efficien:ology. He has 18 years of hands-on energy management experience in a range of commercial and industrial companies across four continents. Kit enjoys working with businesses to maximise their energy savings, engage top management, and disarm barriers for improvement. A shortlist of companies he provided services includes:

Industry: GlaxoSmithKline (8 sites), Petronas (11 operating units), China Petroleum Development Corporation (4 operating units), Heineken (2 sites), Moorfield Pharmaceuticals, SC Johnson, 
Building: University of Malaya, GlaxoSmithKline (4 R&D sites, and 4 building portfolios), British Broadcasting Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre, etc.
Government, NGOs, and Associations: Ministry of Environment (Singapore), Ministry of Health (Malaysia), British Standards Institution (UK), Energy Institute (UK), Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK), Energy Managers’ Association (UK), etc.

Working with Energy Manager’s Association and Institution of Chemical Engineers, Kit has trained approximately 20% of UK’s ESOS Lead Assessors. He has also delivered ISO 50001 introductory courses at the Energy Institute.

Kit chaired the development of energy audit standards for Europe (EN 16247_3) and International Standards (ISO 50002). He was the technical author for UK’s ESOS lead assessor competency (PAS 51215). Kit was also UK’s principal expert for ISO 50001 at British Standards Institute where he acted as the head of UK delegation to International Standards meetings.

Kit is a recognised energy management and energy audit expert in Department of Energy and Climate Change (UK), United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Directorate for Energy (EU), and International Energy Agency (IEA).

United States

Joe Almaguer

AlmaguerJoe is an expert on Energy Management Systems, including ISO-50001 and Superior Energy Performance (SEP). He served as a key member on the development committees for both. He is recently retired as the Global Energy Efficiency and Conservation Leader for the Dow Chemical Co.  where he oversaw the ongoing development and implementation of Dow’s Corporate Energy Management System.  He is currently principal at Almaguer Energy Management Consulting.

Joe is a graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He has over 37 years of working experience in the petrochemicals industry.  He has extensive experience in plant operations and improvement, project development, management and execution in the US and internationally.  The majority of Joe’s experience is in the area of industrial energy management and management systems.

Joe served as an Industry Expert member on the US Mirror Committee to TC 242 – during the development of ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard, and in leadership positions guiding the development of the Superior Energy Performance program. He is an active advisory board member and expert advisor on several industry, government, NGO and international energy collaborative efforts and initiatives.


Bettina Schreck

headshotMs. Schreck joined UNIDO in 2009, where her main tasks are developing and implementing industrial energy efficiency (IEE) projects in China and selected Latin American countries. She focuses on the development of government led policy programs to adopt low emission technologies. Her work covers the policy, financial and technical dimensions of technical assistance. 

Prior to joining UNIDO, she held positions in the Irish National Utility International operations, ESBI, as a Renewable Energy & CDM business developer in South East Asia; in British Maritime Technologies (BMT), a UK engineering and risk management consultancies, were she worked on projects involving environmental and technical due diligence and UK domestic climate compliance; and in Repsol YPF, a Spanish integrated oil and gas firm with global operations, introducing the CDM to non-annex I country operations and previously as an environmental corporate auditor. 

She received degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (Argentina), in Environmental Management for the Austral University (Argentina) and in Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge (UK).