Nigeria: Profile Of PowerAfrica Conference Speakers


With barely a week for the West African country, Nigeria, to host this year’s PowerAfrica Conference in Abuja, brings you the profile of some of the speakers billed for the four days’ conference.

This year’s Power Africa Conference, which is the 6th edition, is expected to bring together academics, professionals and other stakeholders to review the state of power and energy challenges in Africa and proffer sustainable solutions.

The theme for the conference is: ‘Power Economics and Energy Innovations in Africa’.

Sreekumar Nhalur Sree is keen to use his professional skills towards making Energy a catalyst for sustainable development. He joined Prayas (Energy Group) in 2000 after working in the industry for 14 years in ‘IT applications to power’.

He works to improve electricity service to the poor and democratize sector governance. This is through policy analysis, regulatory interventions and capacity building of civil society groups.

He also devotes some time to the Hyderabad section of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers; Knowledge In Civil Society, a trust involved in strengthening knowledge commons in Science & Technology and Ananda Bharathi, a school for under-privileged girls.

Education: Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT- Bombay, 1984 Masters Degree in Power Systems Engineering from IIT-Kharagpur, 1988

James R. (Jim) White (Moderator) James R. (Jim) White has been the training director of Shermco Industries, Inc., in Irving, Texas since 2001. He is a certified electrical safety compliance professional (CESCP) through the NFPA and one of approximately 130 Level IV senior certified technicians through NETA.

A principal member for Shermco Industries on the NFPA Technical Committee “Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance” (NFPA 70B), he represents the National Electrical Testing Association (NETA) and is also an alternate member of NFPA Technical Committee “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace” (NFPA 70E), a principal representative of NEC Code Making Panel CMP-13, and principal representative of ASTM F18 Committee “Electrical Protective Equipment For Workers.”

White is a senior member of IEEE and past chairman (2008) of the IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop. In 2011, he received the IEEE/PCIC “Electrical Safety Excellence” award, and in 2013 he was honored with NETA’s “Outstanding Achievement Award.”

John Nelson John Nelson, Founder and Senior Consultant, started NEI in 1982 and continues to dedicate his life to the company he created. John has an extensive engineering background and possesses a wealth of instrumental knowledge. He is an IEEE Life Fellow, the highest honor bestowed upon an engineer.

Also, John has authored dozens of technical papers on topics such as protection, arc-flash, grounding, and safety. To this day, John spends a majority of his time on-site and in the field rather than at his desk.

This gives him knowledge and perspective on power systems that is unparalleled in the industry. John received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1975

Daleep C. Mohla Daleep C. Mohla’s dedication to developing safer equipment and promoting safety standards has helped reduce the number of electrical-related accidents in the workplace over the past 25 years.

With experience designing and constructing the electrical infrastructure of petrochemical facilities while with Union Carbide from 1976 to 2001, Mohla employed his “safety by design” concepts, examining each infrastructure design aspect to maximize safety, resulting in many innovations. To spread his safety concepts, Mohla became very involved in the standards field, assisting in creating new standards and modifying existing ones.

During the 1990s, Mohla served as chair of the Electrical Functional Team of the Process Industry Practices group, convincing industrial entities to share electrical safety designs.

Mohla continues to contribute his expertise to the standards process today, serving multiple IEEE Standards Association Working Groups related to petrochemical industry safety and arc flash hazard analysis and recommended practices to improve electrical safety.

An IEEE Fellow, Mohla is currently a principal consultant with DCM Electrical Consulting Services, Inc. in Missouri City, Texas.







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