Workshop Speakers

Dr. Umit Cali
Associate Professor at NTNU
CO-Founder Energyxchain LLC

Dr. Umit Cali has more than 20 years international experience in the fields of energy systems, data science, blockchain technologies, ICT, energy markets and economics as professor, entrepreneur, researcher and CTO. Umit is also co-founder of US (NSF SBIR funded) and Europe based technology startup companies which are active in advanced energy informatics and blockchain. He is working as associate professor of Energy Informatics (AI & Blockchain) in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He is serving as Vice Chair of IEEE Blockchain in Energy Standards WG (P2418.5)and Chair of IEEE TEMS Special Interest Group on Energy DLT. Umit is the leading author of “Digitalization of Power Markets and Systems using Energy Informatics” book.

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Dr. Farrokh Rahimi
Senior Vice President, OATI, USA

Farrokh Rahimi holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), along with over 40 years of experience in the electric power industry. In his current role as Senior Vice President, Market Design and Consulting at Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI), Dr. Rahimi oversees development of market design and consulting activities, and is also a key contributor to OATI’s Smart Grid and Grid Modernization activities. Dr. Rahimi is Life Member of IEEE and a member of a number of Smart Grid and Grid Modernization task forces and committees collaborating with IEEE, NERC, NIST, NAESB, WECC, IRC, and GWAC among others.

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Dr. Claudio Lima
Blockchain Engineering Council, USA

Claudio Lima, Ph.D., is a global executive and thought leader in advanced blockchain, IoT, and AI digital transformation technologies, with expertise in energy (utilities, oil & gas), smart city, and telecom/IT.  He is co-founder of the Blockchain Engineering Council, chair of the IEEE Blockchain Energy Standards WG, and chair of the IEEE Blockchain Transactive Energy Initiative. He headed the Sprint Advanced Technology Labs Digital Media Initiative (DMI) in Sili­con Valley, California, and the IEEE 2030 Smart Grid standards.

Dr. Lima earned a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering at the University of Kent (UKC/UK, 1995).

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