Terry Boston, P.E., National Infrastructure Advisory Council, USA

Keynote: SGSMA After serving as president and CEO of PJM since 2008, Mr. Boston retired January 2016 and received a 2017 Presidential appointment to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. Mr. Boston is past president of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and past president of GO 15, the association of the world’s largest power grid operators which serves 3.4 billion people. He was U.S. VP of CIGRE, the International Council of Large Electric Systems and received the CIGRE 2016 Attwood Award.

Mr. Boston was a founder and the first chair of the North American Transmission Forum, dedicated to excellence in performance and sharing industry best practices. He was one of the eight industry experts selected to direct the North American Electric Reliability Corporation investigation of the August 14, 2003 Northeast/Midwest blackout.

In 2014 Mr. Boston was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer.  Mr. Boston was honored with the 2011 “Leadership in Power” award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He led PJM to win Platts Global Energy  Awards in Industry Leadership 2010, Excellence in Electricity in 2012 and in December 2015 he was unanimously selected the winner of the Global Energy Life Time Achievement Award.

Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Boston was the executive vice president, Power System Operations (PSO), at the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public power provider. He led PSO to an all-time record of 6.3 million safe work hours without a lost-time injury and PSO benchmarked best in class in the U.S. for safety of electrical workers. In his 35 years at TVA, Mr. Boston directed divisions in transmission and power operations, pricing & contracts and electric system reliability.

He is chair of the Electric Infrastructure Security Council E-PRO executive committee and served three years as chairman of the Southeastern Electric Reliability Council Board. He served on the board of Electric Power Research Institute, is currently on the Boards of GridLiance GP LLC, Grid Protection Alliance, Dewberry Engineering, NAPEC and the National Academy’s Board on Energy and Environmental Systems.  He chaired the DHS/DOE Electric Subsector Coordination Council’s R&D committee, previously served on the NERC Stakeholders Board and was elected to the NERC Members Representative Committee.

Mr. Boston holds a BS in engineering, Tennessee Technological University and a MS in engineering administration, University of Tennessee.

Invited Speaker

Jay Giri, Ph.D., University of Washington, USA

Invited Speaker : SGSMAJay Giri is a former Director of Power Systems Technology and Strategic Initiatives at GE Grid Software Solutions in Redmond, Washington where he managed a team of power system engineers who delivered generation control, market applications and synchrophasor/phasor measurement unit (PMU) applications to utility control centers. He is an independent part-time consultant today. He is also an affiliate faculty at the University of Washington. He retired from GE in 2017.

In 1978, Jay and 11 other engineers co-founded Energy System Computer Applications (ESCA) in Bellevue, WA. Over time, ESCA became Alstom Grid in 2010 and GE Grid Solutions in 2015.

Jay designed and implemented the original software for the ESCA automatic generation control (AGC) and dispatcher training simulator (DTS) power system simulation functions. Today this AGC controls over 50% of North American generation as well as generation in many other countries, and the DTS is one of the predominant simulators used by control centers worldwide.

B.Tech – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras (Siemens gold medalist). PhD – Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. IEEE Fellow 2002: “for contributions to the design and implementation of power system control centers.” Member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Governing Board 2011-2016 – Member at Large for Industry Outreach. Alstom Grid Senior Fellow 2012. Member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences 2015.  Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 2017: “for contributions to utility control center technologies to enhance grid situational awareness and reliability.”

Mahesh Sudhakaran, IBM, USA

Invited Speaker : SGSMAMahesh Sudhakaran is the Chief Digital Officer for IBM’s Energy, Environment and Utilities Industry. In this role, he leads strategy, product development and solutions for IBM’s Energy Business. He leads 3 global teams – Energy Operations, Customer Experience and Asset Management. He works with the world’s top city governments and utilities to solve their biggest challenges with AI, IoT and Blockchain.

Prior to this role, he was the Chief of Staff to IBM’s Cognitive Systems and Analytics businesses and played a key role in transforming the portfolio – to focus on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics, and launching the next-generation Power Systems Servers with POWER9 processors.

Mahesh has over 16 years of international experience with IBM and Schneider Electric. He has led – client teams in both emerging and developed markets, product management in IoT and advanced analytics, strategy for IBM Research, and industry professional services teams. He is a recognized thought leader in 3 Industries – Energy and Utilities, Industrial and Public Sector. In addition, he is a graduate of IBM’s prestigious General Management Leadership Development Program (GMLDP).

Mahesh has a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, First Class with Distinction, from the National Institute of Technology, India and an MBA, Director’s List, from the University of Cambridge. He is a global shaper and has lived in 7 countries and loves the milieu of technology, culture and business.

Žarko Sumić, Ph.D., Gartner, USA

Invited Speaker : SGSMAŽarko Sumić, Ph.D., is a Vice President and Distinguished Analyst in Gartner, where he provides innovative strategic and operational advice to Gartner utility clients using his extensive IT leadership and business experience. With more than 40 years of IT experience in academia, the energy utility industry and technology providers, Dr. Sumic is an established leader in applying IT and OT in the utility sector. His coverage areas include new energy provisioning business models and digital transformation of the utility sector, the impact of IoT on technology convergence in the utility sector, and consequent implications on utility IT organizations and application portfolios. Dr. Sumić leads Gartner Smart Grid research, covering technologies and business processes with implications on utility infrastructure modernization, customer engagements and back-end processes, such as meter-to-cash.

Dr. Sumić joined Gartner in April 2005 with the acquisition of Meta Group. Before Meta Group, where he had worked since March 2001, Mr. Sumić was a Chief Technology Officer of ConneXt, an unregulated subsidiary of Puget Sound Energy. As a founding member of the ConneXt executive team, he held various senior management positions, including General Manager of the CIS business unit. As Vice President of technology and product development, he was managing and directing the development of three company product lines (CIS, OMS/GIS and C&I EBPP consolidation platform). Prior to ConneXt, Mr. Sumić was a Vice President of technology and product development with Tellus, responsible for development process and architecting suite of software applications, which support planning, operation, engineering and mapping needs of an electric utility, using GIS technology. Before co-founding Tellus during his tenure as a university professor, his research interest included power system control, EMS and artificial intelligence application in utility networks design.

• Ph.D., University of Washington (UW), Seattle
• Executive training in Technology Product Development, Caltech
• Executive training for Financial Management, UW
• M.S., University of Zagreb, Croatia
• B.S. (dipl. eng. degree), University of Split, Croatia