Prof. Guan-Jun Zhang (M’02) was born in Shandong Province, China, in October 1970. He received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU), Xi’an, China, in 1991, 1994 and 2001, respectively.From July 1994, he worked as a Teacher Assistant with the State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment and the School of Electrical Engineering at XJTU, and since June 2004, he has been a full Professor with XJTU. From October 1998 to September 1999, he was a Visiting Researcher with Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, engaged in electroluminescence and discharge phenomena of solid insulating materials. From August 2006 to February 2007, he was a Senior Visiting Fellow with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US, engaged in secondary electron emission characteristic and plasma simulation. From August to October 2008, he was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow with Saitama University, Japan, engaged in flashover physics in vacuum. His current research interests concentrate on high voltage insulation and discharge phenomena, especially dielectric response phenomena and condition maintenance of oil-paper insulation system, surface discharge and flashover across solid insulation, low temperature plasma and biomedical applications.

He has published more than 150 journal articles and conference papers and 12 Chinese patents. He received 2003 China National Top 100 Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2004 China New Century Excellent Talents in University, 2006 China Fok Ying Tong Research Award for University Young Teachers, 2008 IEEE Chatterton Young Investigator Award of 23rd International Symposium on Discharges and Electrical Insulation in Vacuum (ISDEIV), 2011 Distinguished Young Scholar of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and other awards and prizes from Chinese Government.

He has served as the international advisory committee member, program committee member, secretary, section chair/co-chair for IEEE DEIS and other conferences for more than ten times, such as CMD, ISEIM, ICPADM and ACED, etc.

Prof. Ahmed Abu Siada, Curtin University Australia, received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Ain Shams University, Egypt and his PhD degree from Curtin University, Australia, all in Electrical Engineering.

He is a full professor and the head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Curtin University. He has published more than 300 Journal and conference papers and holds several patents on condition monitoring, fault diagnosis and remnant life estimation of high voltage assets. He has delivered several keynote speeches in various IEEE and international conferences and has been a general chair for the IEEE iSPEC 2022, CMD 2018 conferences.

Prof Abu-Siada is the founding editor-in-chief of 2 international journals and an editor for several journals such as IET GTD.

Prof. Udaya Madawala, graduated with a B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) (Hons) degree from The University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 1987, and received his PhD (Power Electronics) from The University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1993 as a Commonwealth Doctoral Scholar.  At the completion of his PhD, he was employed by Fisher & Paykel Ltd, New Zealand, as a Research and Development Engineer to develop new technologies for motor drives.  In 1997 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Auckland and, at present as a Full Professor, he focuses on a number of power electronics projects related to bi-directional wireless EV charging systems for V2X applications.

Udaya is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Power Electronic Society (PELS), and has over 30 years of both industry and research experience in the fields of power electronics and energy. He has served both the IEEE Power Electronics and Industrial Electronics Societies in numerous roles, relating to editorial, advisory, conference, technical committees and chapter activities. Currently, Udaya is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and a member of both the Administrative Committee and Membership Development Committee of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.  He was the General Chair of the 2nd IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC)- 2016, held in New Zealand, and is also the Chair of SPEC Steering Committee. Udaya, who has over 300 journal and conference publications, holds a number of patents related to wireless power transfer (WPT) and power converters, and is a consultant to industry.

Doctor Gilbert Teyssèdre,LAPLACE, Université de Toulouse and CNRS, France. Gilbert Teyssèdre, born in 1966, received his Engineer degree in materials physics and graduated in solid state physics in 1989 at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA), Toulouse, France. Then he joined the Solid State Physics Lab in Toulouse and obtained the Ph.D. degree from Paul Sabatier University in 1993 for work on ferroelectric polymers. He entered the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique -CNRS in 1995 and has been working since then at the Electrical Engineering Lab (now Laplace – Laboratory on Plasma and Energy Conversion), a joint research unit between CNRS and University of Toulouse. His research activities concern the development of luminescence techniques in insulating polymers with focus on chemical and physical structure, degradation phenomena, space charge and transport properties. He is currently Senior Researcher at CNRS. He has been head of the Solid Dielectrics and Reliability group at Laplace from 2004 to 2015. He has held numerous governmental and industrial research grants in the field of electrical insulation and has co-authored over 160 contributions to scientific journals and book chapters and 230 conference proceedings. He is member of the scientific committee of several conference series as CEIDP since 2016, ICD, ICEMPE, and JiCable.

Prof. Eduard Mulyadi, Auburn University, US. Eduard Muljadi received his Engineer degree from the Sepuluh-November Institute of Technology (ITS), Surabaya, M.Sc. and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. His educational background is in electrical engineering. He is on the teaching staff at California State University, Fresno (1988-1992). From 1992-2017, he worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, USA. And, in January 2018, he joined Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, as James J. Danaher Distinguished Professor. His research areas include electrical machinery, power electronics, power systems, and renewable energy. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, IEEE Fellow, and editor of IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion.

Ir. Syarif Hidayat, M.T, Ph.D., Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. Syarif Hidayat received his Engineer degree and Master degree from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Bandung,  a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He is on the teaching staff at Institut Teknologi Bandung. His field insterest is including Lightning Physics and Lightning protection, High Voltage Power Apparatus, Power System Instrumentation and Protection Technology, and Submarine Cable System and Installation.

Syarif Hidayat has 14 patents and 4 copyrights. Currently, his research is about Compact Gas Insulated Switchgear, Non-Conventional Instrument Transformers, Advanced GIS Spacers, Smart Energy Meter, Substation Automation System, and Numerical Relays

Prof. Masahiro Kozako (Member, IEEE) received the B.Eng., M.Eng., and Dr. Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu-shi, Japan, in 1997, 1999, and 2002, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Kyusyu Institute of Technology. He worked with Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, for three years, and the Kagoshima National College of Technology, Kirishima, Japan, for three years, as an Assistant Professor. He was a Visiting Researcher with the LAPLACE, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France, in 2011. His research interests concern the development of new insulating polymer nanocomposite materials and the development of diagnostic techniques for electric power apparatus. Prof. Masahiro is also a member of the Japan Institute of Electronics Packaging (JIEP), the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ), and the Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Electriques or International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE).

Prof. Kawasaki Zenichiro, President of RAIRAN Singapore Pte. Ltd., received the B.Eng., M.Eng., and Dr. Eng. degrees at Osaka University. He is also Emeritus Professor at Osaka University. He has been developing a wide variety of remote sensing systems such as lightning mappers and precipitation radars, and studying mechanism of lightning discharges and their related phenomena with their own developed observation equipments. One of outstanding researches in his career is to develop VHF broadband digital interferometers and observations with the VHF broadband interferometers. He conducted observation campaign in Darwin, Australia, more than a decade and revealed important new information about the leader developments. Furthermore, he proposed a new technique to trigger lightning by means of high energy laser, and succeed in laser triggered lightning in the field experiment for the first time.

He also participated in the development and study of the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) aboard the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) as a principal investigator in Japan and clarified the relationship between lightning discharges and thunderstorm characteristics. Furthermore, he designed his own VHF broadband lightning sensors for space. These sensors were already launched in 2009 and 2012, and they succeeded in recording VHF emissions from lightning discharges in space.

He has played an important role in the International Commission on Atmospheric Electricity (ICAE) and been the president of the ICAE form 2007. He organized two ICAE meetings held in Beijing, China on 2007 and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 2011 as a president. He has devoted to the activities of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) as a chair of the International Commission of Atmospheric Electricity (ICAE). As one of the activities, he organized Atmospheric lightning: physical processes with regional and global impacts session of the Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly 2013 as a symposium lead convener. Additionally, he supervised 23 PhD students, who have been actively engaged in the AGU events.

Dr. M.V. Reddy obtained his Ph. D (2003) in the area of Materials Science and Engineering (with highest distinction) from the University of Bordeaux, France. From July 2003 to May 2019, he worked at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Physics, National University of Singapore (NUS). Singapore. June 2019 to Aug 2021, he worked at the Centre of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage, Hydro-Québec, Canada. Currently working as a Senior Professional Researcher and group leader in Energy Storage Technology at New graphite world (Nouveau Monde Graphite) (NMG), Quebec, Montreal, Canada. Over the past 21 years, he has conducted leading research on Materials for Energy Storage & Conversion, Environmental protection, Materials processing & characterization, Nanotechnology, and the development of in situ techniques for Energy storage renewable technologies. Dr. Reddy has published 220 papers in various international journals. He has obtained an h-index of 72 with over 18500 citations. These have recently placed him within the top 2% highly cited researchers in Energy (world Ranking the 1002nd out of 186500 researchers) and Highly cited Researcher in Materials Science in Canada (National ranking:39) Dr. Reddy is serving as an editorial advisory board member in Materials Research Bulletin and Journal of Energy Storage (Elsevier, Scopus journal), Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry (Springer) as well as several open access journals Awards:
Outstanding Science Mentorship Award (2010- 2018), and Inspiring Research Mentor Award (2011 to 2019),
2021 Battery Materials Electrochemistry award from the Electrochemical Society of India, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India.
Invited life member in ICDD USA and IPS Singapore and Global Materials Network
Invited committee member in various international Research proposals, Ph.D theses examiner (Australia, USA, South Africa, Malaysia, Europe, India) and conference organizations and visiting Professor at various Universities
Given 213 talks (plenary 17, key note 64 , invited 114, oral 18 ) at various international conferences and workshops & FDP related to Materials Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical Engg and Chemistry, Physics, Materials science
Laurent Canale (Large)

Laurent Canale (Senior Member, IEEE) was born in Saint-Martin d’Hères, France, in 1972, research engineer at the CNRS. He obtained the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in high-frequency electronics and optoelectronics from the Department of Science, University of Limoges, Limoges, France, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. In 2010, he joined the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France, and he is with LAPLACE Lab., a research group on light and matter, focused on efficient light sources, such as LED and OLED (SSL) with a particular interest in aging, degradation mechanisms with photometric, electrical and structural characterizations. He is the author or co-author of more than 180 papers dealing with artificial light sources, from the harmonic impact on the electrical network to the perception of the human eye, photosynthesis, light pollution and artificial light applications, including 5G or WiMax antennas built into OLED. Since 2014, he has been President of the Midi-Pyrénées Region at the French Association of Lighting Engineers and since 2023, he has been President of the IEEE Industry Lighting and Display Committee (IEEE IAS ILDC).