Dr. Khurram Afridi
Visiting Associate Professor, MIT
Khurram Afridi is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and holds the Werner-von-Siemens Chair for Power Electronics at LUMS SSE. His research interests are in Power Electronics and its applications to Smart Electric Grids. Khurram received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and his B.S. from Caltech. He has over a decade of entrepreneurial experience including being the Chief Operating Officer of Techlogix, a technology startup he helped grow from infancy to an over 350 person company. Khurram received the BMW Scientific Award in 1999, and is a contributing author of the Power Electronics Handbook.
"It was wonderful to see so many interesting ideas from such a dynamic community. The suggested innovations - once fully developed - will go a big way in generating a sustainable world."
Head of Siemens Building Technologies' "Smart Consumption" program
Thomas Liesenfeld leads the Smart Consumption program at Siemens Building Technologies. He joined Siemens at the beginning of the millennium, after a short excursion into management consulting. His work, supported by a background in computer science and economics, focuses on incrementally aligning, integrating and improving processes which span functions, business and cultures. He is an enthusiastic paraglider and enjoys high altitudes due to the overview they offer.
"First of all I would like to thank the thousands of motivated people around the world which took the time to participate in the Siemens Smart Grid Innovation Contest. The contest has demonstrated the great value a lively community can add to ideas - by refining, argumenting, aggregating, and evaluating them."
Dr. Jan Michael Mrosik
Designated Siemens Chief Executive Officer Divison Smart Grid
Dr. Jan Michael Mrosik studied electrical engineering and economics at RWTH Aachen University, where he earned his doctorate in laser radar sensing technology. Mrosik began his career at Siemens in 1996 in Information and Communication Networks (ICN) in Munich. In 1998, he took over the responsibility for the Siemens Communications business with Vodafone D2. In 2002, Mrosik transferred to Siemens Telecommunications Pty (Ltd) in South Africa. There, he first took over the management of the Information and Communications Mobile Division. In 2005 he assumed the role of the CEO of the company and took over the responsibility for the entire Communications business of Siemens in Southern Africa. Since 2008 Dr. Jan Michael Mrosik has been running the Business Unit Energy Automation within the Energy Sector. Since May 2011 Dr. Jan Michael Mrosik is designated as "Siemens Chief Executive Officer Divison Smart Grid".
"The active participation around the globe shows once more that Smart Grid is a concept that we need to shape together"
Dr. Martin Sonnenschein
Partner and Managing Director Central Europe, A.T. Kearney
Martin Sonnenschein is Managing Director of A.T. Kearney Central Europe and member of the Board of A.T. Kearney. He has a long industry and consulting background with a special focus on global telecommunications- and high tech industries especially in strategy development and innovation management for revenue growth, operational excellence and organizational transformation.
"The creativity and knowledge we saw provide solid confidence in a bright and effective future of smart grids"
Dr. Michael Weinhold
Chief Technology Officer, Energy Sector
As Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Michael Weinhold is heading the Technology and Innovation staff department of the Siemens Energy Sector since February 2008.
He began his professional career at Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution (PTD). In 2004, he was named head of the Technology and Innovation Department at PTD.
In 1997 Mr. Weinhold was named "Siemens Inventor of the Year" and in 2008 Mr. Weinhold was promoted to the status of "Siemens TOP Innovator".
"A big Thank You to the international innovation community for teaming up and developing great ideas for the energy system."