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Many thanks to our esteemed panel of energy management experts who served on the 2020 selection committee.


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Andrea Afranchi

Andrea has a Chemical Engineer degree from Mar del Plata University. She has over 20 years of experience in industry sector. Start her professional career at YPF (Argentinian national O&G Company), as utilities process engineer. She has large experience on energy efficiency and energy management systems (implementation and audit), working on the private sector as independent consultant. She is author of several papers and publications about energy efficiency, energy management and climate change. 


She has the certification from IRCA (International Register of Certificated Auditors) as Leader Auditor in ISO 50001 (Energy Management Systems). Since 2014 she takes part in IRAM (Argentinian Standardization and Certification Institute), national committee from Argentina participating member of the international committee ISO TC 301. She engages in the international committee ISO TC 301 Energy management and energy savings through the Project Sponsorship Programme for experts of TC 301/WG. 


Currently, Andrea participates in Energy Management System learning networks as technical expert, specifically she carries out GAP analysis and brings assistance in the implementation and development of EnMS to participating companies. 


In addition, she continues serving as an independent consultant for energy efficiency and energy management system, working for companies, governments and international organizations.


Andrea Heins

Andrea is a senior energy professional, with 20 years of experience in corporate, public policy, consulting and academic activities.


From December 2015 to July 2018, she was the Undersecretary of Energy Efficiency and Savings at the Ministry of Energy and Mining of Argentina. In this position, she was the focal point at the National Cabinet of Climate Change, coordinator of the National Energy and Climate Action Plan, vice-chair of the G20 Energy Transitions Working Group under Argentina G20 Presidency (2018), and co-chair at the Executive Committee of IPEEC (International Partnership on Energy Efficiency Cooperation). One of the goals of her administration was to promote the implementation of Energy Management Systems in the industry sector based on different initiatives, one of them was to implement the National Award of the Energy Management Leadership Award.


Currently, she works as a consultant in energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development, for companies, public sector and international organizations.


She has a Chemical Engineering degree (University of Buenos Aires), a Petroleum Specialization (Institute of Petroleum and Gas at University of Buenos Aires) and several specific trainings. She has the certification from IRCA (International Register of Certificated Auditors) as Leader Auditor in ISO 50.001 (Energy Management Systems).


She actively participates in different organizations like the Argentine Network of Municipalities against Climate Change (RAMCC); the Argentine Committee of the World Energy Council (CACME), where she is the Chair of the Executive Community of Energy Leaders; the Global Women´s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET); and the Argentine Institute of Petroleum and Gas (IAPG), where she is the chair of the Energy Efficiency Committee. Since 2017 she has participated as an expert in the Awards Selection Committee for the “Energy Management Leadership Awards,” organized by the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).


She is author of several papers and publications about process optimization, energy efficiency and energy management, and teaches in different postgraduate programs linked to the topics of her specialty.



Albert Dessi

Albert Dessi chairs the EN001 Energy Auditing standards committee, the Australian mirror committee to ISO TC301 Energy Management and Energy Savings, 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 ten TC301 meetings, Mr. Dessi has contributed to developing the ISO50001:2018, ISO 50002, ISO50006, ISO50015 and ISO50004 standards.


Mr. Dessi works at the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy 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 is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional.



Michael DeWit

Mr. DeWit is a Technical Director with 35 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 30 years. 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 (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, ISO 50005, ISO 50006 and others. He is the vice chair of Canada's TC 301 Mirror Committee. 

His ISO committee work has also included audit and certification program development work since 1999 including work on ISO 19011 and ISO 17021. He has been working on general management systems including Energy management with number utilities in Canada and the US, in power plants, in renewable energy energy management in numerous commercial and institutional settings.


Bei Wang

Bei Wang received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering and she is a Registered P. Eng. in Ontario. She has been working at Standards Council of Canada as a Lead Specialist in the Accreditation Branch since 2014. 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 and TC113), 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 Accreditation Services Branch.


Bei is a Certified Lead Assessor in EnMS 50001 and has been intensively involved in the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Global scheme development for the ISO 50001 Lead Auditor personnel certification programs since 2014. Canada is the founding countries of the collaborative group. In the development of an internationally-relevant certification scheme for ISO 50001 Auditor and Lead Auditor that meets the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024, she was invited to participate the Job Task Analysis (JTA) collaborative group in Washington DC. She has also participated variety programs through NRCan and Department of Energy (DOE) promoting ISO 50001 and ISO 50003 in Canada.



Michel de Laire

Michel de Laire is an Industrial Engineer, Electrical Engineer, MBA and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with over nineteen 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, he has participated in the international committee ISO TC 301 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 ISO 50001 implementation in Chile, develop a program for funding the technical assistance in the industry and generate a training program for professionals in the industry.


He currently serves as a Head of Sustainable Energy in WSP, working in projects related to energy efficiency, energy management, renewable energy, asset management and business continuity for companies, governments and international organizations.


Juan Pablo Payero

Juan Pablo Payero is a Civil Environmental Engineer and also a Civil Industrial Engineer, and he has an MBA. In his 11 years of professional experience, he has worked in several areas of engineering, such as energization, maintenance, and energy efficiency projects, as well as a professor teaching technicians and engineers.


Juan Pablo has over 1 MW of installed power, leading solar bombing projects, over 800 kW of distributed generation (solar) running the largest demand aggregation projects in Chile, and has managed energy savings for more than 600 GWh a year. In addition to that, he was responsible for the design and implementation of the only Energy Efficiency Consultants Register, and led the reformulation process of financial guarantees for ESCO projects in this country, being in charge of two GEF projects.


As the manager of the Industry and Mining Area at the Energy Efficiency Chilean Agency, Juan Pablo took part in the design team of the main public policy on energy management: The Energy Efficiency Seal. Additionally, he has run for over two years the Promotion Program for Energy Management Systems in Chile, and is responsible for the implementation of four combined heat and power projects in the Chilean industrial sector based on Internal Combustion Engines, totaling over 1MW of power in these pilot projects.


Juan Pablo has also been an energy professor for over five years, teaching over 2,500 students of technical and engineering majors in over 4,500 class hours in different education organizations. He is also a professor in the European Energy Manager (EUREM) and the Master of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability of the Metropolitan University of Technology in Santiago, Chile. In addition to that, he has given several lectures to many audiences and has co-edited the Energy Management System based on ISO 50001:2011 Norm paper.


Juan Pablo has the CEM and CRU Certifications, is an ISO 50001 Lead Auditor with international IRCA Certification, and is a member of the ISO/TC 301 committee.



Qing Ding

Ms. Qing Ding works for Resource and Environment Branch, China National Institute of standardization as the associate professor. She serves as the secretary support team of ISO/TC301 Energy management and energy savings, the registered expert of ISO/TC301/WG1 Energy management, and the committee member of China’s national mirror committee to ISO/TC301 from 2016. 


She does research on policies and standardization in the field of energy efficiency of end-using products and appliance, energy saving monitoring, energy management, green finance, etc. 


Ms. Qing Ding participated in nearly 10 items of national key S&T special projects and the international cooperation projects. 


She was responsible for or involved in more than 10 items of national standards development and review works, such as the National Standard “Energy management system requirements” (GB/T 23331), Minimum allowable values of energy efficiency and energy efficiency grades of LED products for indoor lighting (GB 30255-2019).



Christoph Graser

Christoph 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), where he took the lead of the Standardization and Regulation Management Group within the Steam Turbine Engineering business segment. Mr. Graser is now working for Siemens Energy as Senior Key Expert for product safety, technical regulation and standards, with a special responsibility for energy management and energy transition related standardization. 


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 product 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. In addition, he was appointed as co-chair of the CEN/CENELEC Sector Forum Energy Management and Energy Transition in 2017.


He co-authored several publications on energy management and ISO 50001, chaired several workshops and seminars and held numerous presentations on energy management and energy efficiency.



Aris Ika Nugrahanto

Overall, Aris has 15 years experience in Energy and Sustainability topic, in which 6 years spent as National Project Coordinator for UNIDO-GEF4 Industrial Energy Efficiency Project in Indonesia. Through this project over 65 million USD energy saving has been achieved by the participating industries and adequate numbers of trained local experts are available in the Indonesia market.

Aris has been served as the chairman of the national technical committee on energy management system in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources for the last 4 years and also the chairman of the National Accreditation Body (KAN) technical committee on EnMS. Since 2016 Aris was selected as one of the committee member to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) energy management system leadership award. Aris is a certified energy manager, a certified energy assessor and also a certified IRCA Lead Auditor of ISO 50001. Aris is the co-founder of Energy Conservation Sustainable Solutions, a service provider on EnMS and Energy Audit in Indonesia.

In the last 3 years, the company provided trainings on EnMS ISO 50001, ISO 50006 and ISO 15015 and also life cycle cost of energy for some companies in Indonesia.


Recently Aris was involved in the study on energy efficiency policies, including incentive and financing scheme to promote EE in Indonesia. The study was promoted by GIZ.


He also co-wrote a guidebook on energy efficiency financing written for the OJK, Indonesia financial authority board and MEMR.



Liam McLaughlin

Liam McLaughlin is the Chief Technical Officer with GEN Europe, an independent energy efficiency and energy management systems consultancy with offices in Ireland and Spain. He has worked in energy efficiency for the past 25 years, initially as an energy manager in industry and since 2001 as an independent consultant. He works with large energy using clients in industry, commerce and the public sector internationally.


His background is in energy engineering but has specialised in energy management systems and ISO 50001 in recent years. He is a member of the ISO committee that wrote ISO 50001. He is the lead international expert with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) on energy management systems. He also works on training and development with ISO on ISO 50001. He has published 2 guide books on energy management system implementation, one with UNIDO and the other for ISO/ITC/UNIDO.


He has spoken on the topics of energy management and energy performance measurement at a number of international conferences, including in over 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America.



Emanuele Cosenza

Graduated in European Union Policies at the University of Padua Faculty of Political Sciences with an experimental thesis on the energy policies of the European Union, Emanuele has been a consultant to Confindustria Veneto and member of the technical committee for the drafting of the Energy Plan of the Veneto region. Since 2012, he has been working for SOGESCA - consultancy and engineering company active since 1986. He has developed and implemented 8 European Projects funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe, Horizon 2020 and LIFE programs supporting over 70 Municipalities in the implementation of the Sustainable Energy Action Plans (Covenant of Mayor EU initiative). He is an Energy Management Systems Expert trained by the British Standard Institution in the development and implementation of Energy Management Systems (ISO 50001:2011 and ISO 50001:2018). He has supported 8 Italian municipalities in the ISO 50001 certification. Since 2016, he has collaborated with the University of Padua as an external teacher of the Master "European integration: European policies and planning."



Akira Ishihara

Akira Ishihara is the Special Adviser 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.



Bernardo Lazcano

Bernardo 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 Corporate 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

Wendy da Cruz has been involved in management system consulting, training and auditing since the early 1990s, 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.


Alfred Hartzenburg

Alf Hartzenburg, National Project Manager of the South African Industrial Energy Efficiency Project, has been part of the project since joining the NCPC-SA in 2011, following a 35 year career in industry.


He studied Civil Engineering and Project Management at the University of Cape Town, is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP) with the Association of Energy Engineers. He holds qualifications in Business Administration (Damelin), Financial Management (Boston Management School) and Textiles Technology (Cape University of Technology).


Alf is also a Eurem and UNIDO expert and lead trainer in Energy Management Systems, Energy Performance Management and Indicators, Steam, Fan, Compressed Air and Electric-Motor Systems Optimisation. He co-authored the Resource Efficient Cleaner Production and reviewed the Chiller and Refrigeration training material for the NCPC-SA.


He regularly conducts energy system optimisation assessments and facilitates energy management system implementation in industrial plants and has done to in South Africa, Ghana and Myanmar since 2011. Alf has been facilitating ISO 50001 certification audits in industrial plants since 2013.


He served on the IEA’s Digital Energy Management Systems Experts Panel and as a Special Advisor to the South African Government’s Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy (PCE). Alf also serves on the Climate Change Response Forum of the Western Cape Government and in 2016 he received the Energy Efficiency Patron award from the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency for his contribution to energy efficiency in South Africa.


United Kingdom

Kit Oung

Kit has wide experience in design, operations, management, consulting, policy design, and executive education in both commercial and industrial companies across five continents. Currently, he is a Principal Consultant at ECA Business Energy and Planet First, as well as serving as IChemE Congressman, IChemE Energy Centre board member, and convenor of European and International Standards on energy and water assessments.


Kit is able to understand technical and managerial challenges, work with different stakeholders, manage multi-disciplinary projects, and coach. His work helps managers maximise their energy and resource efficiency; identify the minimum investment cost pathways; reduce the often complex and technical messages in to a clear, meaningful and simple-to-understand business case; enable them to engage with senior executives, disarm barriers for performance improvement, and bring about its implementation in a safe and healthy manner.


With 22 years of experience, Kit has also carried out interesting assignments. These assignments include: (1) Leading an EU-India mission to develop energy management capability in India; (2) Capacity development of Zambia national standards body in ISO 50001 accreditation and certification; (3) Developed Health and Safety awareness course that was later rolled out as a national programme in an Emirate; (4) Authored several papers and standards which were incorporated into UK policy designs; (5) Convened several European and International Standards committees; and (6) Researcher for a UK peer on "Impact on energy consumption and climate change adaptation."


Kit also trains new and aspiring professionals in ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 50001, and integrated management systems at British Standards Institution (BSI).


United States

Steven Schultz

Steve is the president of International Energy Consultants, LLC, a company which Steve formed to further the implementation of Energy Management Systems throughout industry.  Steve’s previous experience includes twenty-three years leading the global energy program for 3M, a multi-national Fortune 100 corporation.  Steve developed and managed the 3M energy program with responsibility for controlling energy use and costs at over 275 locations in 70 countries.  During Steve’s leadership, 3M reduced costs and improved efficiency by over 50% between 2000 and 2019.  Steve developed and led training for internal staff, presented to multiple levels of executive management and has presented at numerous external events globally.  Steve represented 3M with government and non-government agencies and achieved global and national recognition for the company energy program. 


Steve led the effort for 3M to become certified at the Enterprise level to the Management System for Energy ISO 50001, and has championed the effort for numerous global 3M locations to achieve ISO 500001 and Superior Energy Performance certification. 


Steve coordinated 3M's participation in various voluntary programs such as the EPA ENERGY STAR™ program, which has awarded 3M the Sustained Excellence award for Energy Management a record ten consecutive years, and the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings program. 


Additional background includes eight years of experience in factory operations and eight years of experience in a corporate engineering group.


Paul Sheaffer

Paul Sheaffer is a Program Manager in the Building and Industrial Systems Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) with more than 20 years of experience in commercial and industrial energy efficiency. Mr. Sheaffer is an engineer and program manager with a broad background in industrial and building sector energy use; end-use technologies and markets; motor-driven, steam, and process heating systems; distributed generation; energy management systems; and standards development. Paul worked as an energy consultant for more than 20 years before joining LBNL, and managed numerous large projects in industrial and building sector energy efficiency.


Mr. Sheaffer’s experience covers cross-cutting technologies including motors, drives, pump, compressed air, fan, steam, and process heating systems. Paul also has experience with sector-specific systems and technologies, as well as energy management systems. He developed numerous tools, technical publications, training, standards, projects, certification programs, and efficiency assessments related to industrial and building systems efficiency, energy management systems, and distributed generation. Mr. Sheaffer is currently managing a USDOE-funded project analyzing the installed base and efficiency opportunities of motor-driven systems in the US. He is also supporting Superior Energy Performance and 50001 Ready, programs to certify or recognize industrial plants and commercial buildings for energy efficiency and energy management systems.



Bettina Schreck

Ms. 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).

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