Young Professional Panel Session

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Date & location

25 May 2018, 03.30 pm – 05.00 pm

A Panel Discussion on:

“The Untold Secrets to Pursuing and Winning Research Funding: Learn from the Stories of the International Experts”

Have you ever wondered how to look for funding opportunities?

Have you ever wondered how universities select candidate for masters/ PhD/postdoc research funding?

Have you ever wondered what should be the positive and realistic approach to winning research grants?

Are you really faded up with being rejected in getting funding?

Come to this unique session which is first time being organized in ISGT Conference. International experts will share untold secrets in this 1.5 hours session. You will get an opportunity to ask any burning question which you are holding since long and you will be amazed with your take home from this session.

Believe us, missing this session you will lose a lifetime opportunity!!

Organizer and Panel Moderator

Mr. Piyush Verma

Senior Energy Market Analyst,
International Energy Research Centre,




Mr. Piyush Verma currently works as Senior Energy Market Analyst at the International Energy Research Centre, and based in Cork, Ireland. He is an energy policy professional focused on the development of energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change policies through an integrated approach. He has more than 10 years of experience in technology related policy and has developed and implemented several projects and policies at the national, as well as, international level. He has worked in India, Vanuatu, and New Zealand on energy efficiency and renewable energy policies. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and has received numerous national/international level awards. He has recently been selected as Future Energy Leader 2018 by the World Energy Council, London and will be representing Ireland in global energy dialogues.

Piyush is an Electrical Engineer, has a postgraduate in Power System Engineering and a PhD in Energy Efficiency Technology and Policy from The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is also a Certified Energy Manager of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Government of India.

Speakers For Young Professional Session

    • Professor Alan Brent , Chair, Sustainable Energy Systems, Victoria University of Wellington.
    • Professor Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen, MSO, Centerleder, Center for Energy Informatics; University of Southern Denmark
    • Associate Professor Ashwin M Khambadkone; National University of Singapore
    • Dr. Thai Vo, Postdoctoral Researcher, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
    • Assistant Professor Yan Xu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Professor Alan Brent

Sustainable Energy Systems, Victoria
University of Wellington, New Zealand.




Professor Alan Brent is the inaugural holder of the Chair in Sustainable Energy Systems in the Faculty of Engineering at Victoria University of Wellington. He holds bachelor degrees in engineering (chemical) and philosophy (sustainable development); master degrees in science (environmental engineering), engineering (technology management), and philosophy (sustainable development); and a PhD in engineering management. Since 1995 he consulted to a variety of industry and public sectors in a number of countries in the fields of environmental engineering and management. His research focus now revolves around sustainable technology management, with an emphasis on the energy sector. Before joining Victoria he was a Professor of Engineering Management and Sustainable Systems in the Department of Industrial Engineering, and the Associate Director of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. From 2017 he is appointed as an Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University. Until 2017 he was also appointed as a part-time Professor of Sustainable Life Cycle Management in the Graduate School of Technology Management, at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.


Professor Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen

Professor MSO, Centerleder,
Center for Energy Informatics,
University of Southern Denmark.




Professor Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen is founder and head of Center for Energy Informatics at the University of Southern Denmark. Center for Energy Informatics is an interdisciplinary research center focusing on innovative solutions for facilitating the transition towards a smart sustainable energy system. The center’s research is conducted in close collaboration with industrial partners, public bodies, and government agencies. As head of center, Dr. Jørgensen represent University of Denmark at national and international events, in advisory boards and government reference committees. He is appointed member of the Danish Academy of Technical Science. Dr. Jørgensen research focuses on integration and management of demand-side flexibility with supply-side fluctuations, from the business and technological perspectives. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern Denmark, a M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in Computer System Engineering from Odense University, Denmark.


Associate Professor Ashwin M Khambadkone

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
National University of Singapore





A/Prof Ashwin M Khambadkone is from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering. Ashwin is passionate about education. For him, education is about creating learning environments that draws out the best from the learner. Ashwin has a graduate certificate in education and has worked on methods of assessment and its effects on learning. He has published his findings at International Conference for Engineering Education. As a teacher he is always exploring ways to create learning environments where the learner will be able to manage their own learning. He has been teaching both at Undergraduate and Graduate level and has focused on classroom activities that focus on thinking and learning activities in classroom. Ashwin is actively engaged in all aspects of tertiary education: curriculum design, teaching methodologies, assessment method, quality assurance and accreditation. He has been the member of the curriculum task force of his department since its inception in 1999 and has co-chaired the accreditation task force for his department for two accreditation exercises. He has designed criterion based continuous assessment for his department’s Final year Project module and has used innovative teaching methods such as Problem assisted learning in large classes. He has published his results of action research in education at International Conference on Engineering and IEEE workshop on Education. He has contributed articles to CDTLink and Ideas on Teaching. He has been on teaching honors list and commendation list for many years and has received the Engineering Educator Award for 2006/2007 and the Outstanding Educator Award for 2008. He has received 3 paper prizes and 3 best presentation prizes from Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE.

Dr. Thai Vo

Postdoctoral Researcher,
Eindhoven University of Technology,




Dr. Thai Vo received the BSc degree in electrical engineering from Hanoi University of Sciences and Technologies, Hanoi, Vietnam in 2006 and his MSc and PhD degrees from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 2012 and 2016 respectively. He was an Electrical Engineer at the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam (2006-2011), at NAVARI, Sydney, Australia (2015) and at WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, Australia (2016). Currently he is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Electrical Energy Systems Department, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. His research interests include design and implementation of control systems for power electronics (AC/DC, DC/DC converters), renewable energies and storages integration to power systems the applications of ICT in smart energy systems.

Assistant Professor Yan Xu

Nanyang Technological University,



Dr Yan Xu obtained his B.E. and M.E. degrees from South China University of Technology, China, and PhD degree from University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2008, 2011, and 2013, respectively. After his PhD graduation, he conducted postdoctoral research at University of Newcastle, and later at University of Sydney with the University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (only 10 awarded internationally for all areas per year). In 2016, he joined Nanyang Technological University with the Nanyang Assistant Professorship (only 10 awarded internationally for all areas per year). His research areas include power system stability, control and optimization, microgrid, and data-analytics for smart grid applications. He has published 70 international SCI journal papers (including 42 in IEEE Transactions and 16 in IET Proceedings). He has also authored over 30 international conference papers and 2 book chapters. He has received 6 awards from IEEE and IET paper contest and best paper awards.