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Opening forum


Introductions and welcome

Chair: Lukas Kung, Chairman of the CIRED 2021 Organising Committee



Emmanuel De Jaeger, Chairman of CIRED


State Grid’s action to tackle climate change and serve carbon peak and neutrality pledge

Xiaogang Pang, Executive Vice President, State Grid Corporation of China


Climate Change and Electric Power System Resiliency

Shay Bahramirad, Vice President of Climate and Resilience, Quanta Technology, USA


A European perspective on climate changes and its impact on power distribution systems

Mario Paolone, EPFL, Switzerland




Panel discussion and questions – Climate Change

  • Mario Paolone, EPFL
  • Shay Bahramirad, Quanta Technology
  • Rui Li, Deputy Director, China Electric Power Research Institute


Speaker biographies

Xiaogang Pang

Mr. Pang Xiaogang is the Executive Vice President of State Grid Corporation of China(SGCC) . He has decades of experience in the fields of power company management.

Before the SGCC, Mr. Pang worked at China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd.(CSG) as the President of Kunming Power Supply Bureau, Director General of CSG International Cooperation Department, President of Guangdong Power Grid Company, Board Chairman of Shenzhen Power Supply Bureau Co., Ltd., and Director General of CSG Administration Office(General Office) successively.

Mr. Pang wrote works of Sustainable Management Practices 2.0 of SGCC. He earned his Master Degree in Engineering.

Shay Bahramirad

Shay Bahramirad is the Vice President of Climate and Resilience at Quanta Technology. She is responsible for assisting cities and utilities with climate change risk assessments for their assets, operations, and services and for developing mitigation strategies and investment strategies for adapting to climate change. Her work powers the planet by reducing carbon emissions, creating cleaner air for everyone, and making communities resilient. 

Dr. Bahramirad has held several positions in the Energy Sector, including Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid at ComEd; the electric utility in IL, USA serving 4M customers. In these roles, she has overseen and/or executed “grid of the future” visions, technical roadmaps, analytical frameworks, and investment strategies.

She has also been responsible for system reliability, DER integration, grid strategy and analytics, standards, emerging technologies, STEM programming, and reimagining the power grid to mitigate and adapt to climate change. She has also developed talent strategies, industry engagement plans, and advocacy programs to support business objectives.

Dr. Bahramirad is an editorial board member of the Electricity Journal, an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Executive member of US CIGRE, and the IEEE/PES Vice President of New Initiatives and Outreach, overseeing the organisation’s engagement with policymakers globally and developing strategies for the next generation of frameworks including smart cities.

Mario Paolone

Prof. Dr. Mario Paolone received the M.Sc. (Hons.) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1998 and 2002. In 2005, he was an Assistant Professor in power systems with the University of Bologna, where he was with the Power Systems Laboratory until 2011.

Since 2011, he has been with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, where he is currently a Full Professor and the Chair of the Distributed Electrical Systems Laboratory.

His research interests focus on power systems with particular reference to real-time monitoring and operational aspects, power system protections, dynamics and transients.

Dr. Paolone has authored or co-authored over 300 papers published in mainstream journals and international conferences in the area of energy and power systems that received numerous awards including the IEEE EMC Technical Achievement Award, two IEEE Transactions on EMC best paper awards, the IEEE Power System Dynamic Performance Committee’s prize paper award and the Basil Papadias best paper award at the 2013 IEEE PowerTech.

Dr. Paolone was the founder Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks.

Li Rui

Li Rui, a professor senior engineer, now serves as the deputy director of the Planning division of the Distribution Technology Center in China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI). Ms. Li graduated from China Electric Power Research Institute with a Master's Degree.

Since 2009, she has been working in the Distribution department, CEPRI, mainly engaged in the scientific research of distribution network planning and operation technology, AC-DC hybrid distribution network, distributed power grid connection and key technologies of microgrid.

She has professional experience in the academic research and R&D team in the electric field. As the main participant, she has won several scientific and technological awards. She is member and secretary of CEC DC Power Distribution Standard Committee, CIGRE SC6.31 working Group "DC Power Distribution Feasibility Study".

She mainly undertakes and participates in the international cooperation projects and several SGCC projects. She participates in the formulation of 2 IEC and IEEE standards, 4 national standards, 4 industrial standards and 2 enterprise standards in the field of distribution network planning.

She holds 8 patents and published over 20 scientific papers, as author or co-author. Besides, she contributes to the publication of 2 monographs.