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Many thanks to our esteemed panel of energy management experts who served on the 2018 selection committee. View the 2018 award winners and their case studies.


Andrea Heins

Andrea has a Chemical Engineer degree from Buenos Aires University. She has 20 years of experience in industry sector. Developed her professional career at YPF (Argentinian national O&G Company) in the Technology and Engineering Divisions. She has substantial experience on energy efficiency, process optimization and energy management systems implementation, working on the private sector, as independent consultant and on public sector.


Currently, she is the Under Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Savings at the Ministry of Energy and Mining of Argentina. One of the goals of her administration is to promote the implementation of Energy Management Systems in the industry sector.


She is the vice-chair of the Energy Transitions Working Group under Argentina G20 Presidency 2018. She is also co-chair at the IPEEC ExCo (International Partnership on Energy Efficiency Cooperation Executive Committee), chair at the Energy Efficiency Committee in the Argentinian Oil and Gas Institute (IAPG) and active member of different technical groups related with energy management and energy efficiency.


She has the certification from IRCA (International Register of Certificated Auditors) as Leader Auditor in ISO 50.001 (Energy Management Systems).


She is author of several papers and publications about process optimization, energy efficiency and energy management.


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 nine TC301 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 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 30 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. 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, 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. 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, 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, Energy Management, Forestry Management and Green House Gases (GHG). 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 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 Auditor and ISO 50001 Lead Auditor personnel certification programs. She has participated variety programs with NRCan and DEO promoting ISO 50001 and ISO 50003 in Canada and USA.


Michel de Laire

Michel 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.


Juan Pablo Payero

Juan Pablo Payero is a Civil Environmental Engineer and also a Civil Industrial Engineer, and he has an MBA. In his 9 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 500 kW of installed power, leading solar bombing projects, over 100 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 2017. Additionally, he has run for over two years the Promotion Program for Energy Management Systems in Chile, and is responsible for the implementation of three 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 1,000 students of technical and engineering majors in over 2,500 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, and is a ISO 50001 Lead Auditor with international IRCA Certification, and is a member of the ISO/TC 301 committee.


Li Pengcheng

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

Ms. 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.


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

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). 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.


Aris Ika Nugrahanto

Overall Aris has 15 years experience in Energy and Sustainability topic, in which the last 5 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 the national technical committee on energy management system in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources for the last 3 years and also a member of the National Accreditation Body (KAN) technical committee. 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 founder of Indonesia Energy Institute a pool of EnMS Expert and Energy Conservation Sustainable Solutions, a services provider on EnMS and Energy Audit in Indonesia.


In the last 2 years he provided trainings on EnMS ISO 50001, ISO 50006 and ISO 150015 and also life cycle cost of energy for some companies in Indonesia. He is now the main trainer and experts on Energy Manager for Indonesia Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.


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

Emanuele 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

Akira Ishihara is the Director General 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

Fuyuhiko Noda is a researcher and a consultant for Energy Management Activities on mainly 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 related legislation and regulations around the world including in the developing countries. He is also a member of the Working Group under the Japanese mirror committee to 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 under the Energy Conservation Law (ECL) and Energy Audit & Consultation of Factories, Commercial Buildings, Stores, etc, and lecture on comprehensive energy management and laws/regulations for qualification course of qualified person for energy management under ECL.


Working with the Japanese Federation of Qualified Person for Energy Management (JFQPA) and the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), Mr. Noda has recently delivered seminars to introductory energy performance evaluation (ISO 50006) at JFQPA.


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 under ECL and an Energy Management System Provisional Auditor by the Center of Energy Management System Auditors Registration (CEMSAR).


Hong Souk Shim

Hong Souk Shim received his Master’s Degree from Ajou University in energy economics. He has been working in the industrial energy management sector at the Korea Energy Agency. He was project manager for the national energy consumption survey and participated in establishing the national greenhouse gas reduction roadmap.


Currently, Mr. Shim is in charge of the national EnMS program and is also a member of CEM EMWG.


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 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

Wendy da Cruz 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

Kit is an award winning energy savings strategist and Director at Energy: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

Joe 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.


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.

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