Advisory Board

Advisory Board
Smart Energy International’s Advisory Board helps to shape our magazine content. The board comprises key figures from industry associations and consultancies, energy companies as well as equipment, software and services providers. Want to join our advisory board? Contact us to find out how
Nandita Singhal
Chief – Brand Officer
I have been actively working in Secure from 2006 but have been involved with the company, at a distance, through its 27 years.

This allows me a bird’s eye view of the group; essential for my role as a communicator for both its internal and external needs.

The Secure brand was strong when I started work but the group was expanding. We needed to give it a strategic direction and to ensure that the brand embodied our core values. This is what I, with a team of 4, am involved in for now.

A part of my work is to drive projects we run in our community. Our focus is to influence education in Udaipur. The other area I work in is through my involvement with teams in the company that conduct sporting and cultural activities, I try to instil a spirit of togetherness to help Secure achieve its business objectives. All the activities are a reflection of the values we believe in and live.

John Peters
Co-founder and the Managing Director of Engage Consulting Limited
John has 30 years’ experience in the energy industry and an in-depth knowledge and understanding of regulatory structures, commercial frameworks, Government policy and global smart developments.

John was a significant contributor in setting up and operating the UK’s metering, settlements and trading arrangements. John has performed operational, strategic and advisory roles to key utilities companies, market operators, agents and regulators. John produced a business case and cost benefit model for the implementation of smart metering throughout Jersey. John has provided support to major energy suppliers. At Npower John was Project Manager on change of agent, which involved managing risks and issues. John provided advice to Edf to help them formulate and refine their Smart Metering programme. He also helped form Edf’s responses to Ofgem and delivered several workshops for staff to establish strategy going forwards.

Prior to founding Engage Consulting, John was a significant contributor in setting up and operating the UK’s metering, settlements and trading arrangements. His knowledge and expertise has positioned him well to advise enterprises and industry bodies worldwide.

Dr Philip E. Lewis
CEO and Founder, VaasaETT
Dr Lewis is a World leading expert in customer behaviour, psychology & value, and related smart energy, marketing, service and competition issues in the energy utilities (electricity and gas) market globally.
During 17 years in the liberalized utilities industry Dr Lewis has conducted research and strategic support in over 60 countries in five continents for a diverse array of over 500 organizations (utilities, governments, regulators and other stakeholders). As its CEO and founder, Dr Lewis has also led VaasaETT to become a world leading source of expertise, data and analysis on a range of smart energy reated issues.
Mary Morgan McAuliffe
Director of Global Marketing
Mary Morgan McAuliffe is the Worldwide Marketing Communications Manager for the Smart Grid Solutions business at Texas Instruments (TI), based in Dallas, Texas

She has supported TI’s global smart meter /smart grid marketing programs for over seven years, with broader communications responsibilities across many of TI’s Industrial Solutions portfolios.

Texas Instruments is a global semiconductor giant that has shipped millions of energy meter ICs over the past decade as a leading systems provider for innovative, economical and future-proof solutions for the international energy grid.

Philip Gruner
President / Chief Executive Officer, KG Technologies, Inc.
Philipp Gruner has worked for KG Technologies, Inc. since 1996 in part time operations and joined KG Technologies full time in 2003 as a Product Engineer and managing IT
Philipp Gruner has worked for KG Technologies, Inc. since 1996 in part time operations and joined KG Technologies full time in 2003 as a Product Engineer and managing IT
Patrick Spreitzer
Vice-President at Gruner AG
Patrick joined Gruner AG in 2000. After he has finished his degree in Business Administration he became responsible for the Product Management of Latching Relays in 2005.
Today he is the Vice-President and shareholder of the company and responsible for the Business Units Relays and Solenoids. Gruner AG is a global market leader of Latching Relays. The company was founded in 1953 and has successfully tapped into new technologies and constantly developed them further. Today at our headquarters in Wehingen, Germany – and at our assembly plants in Serbia, Tunisia and India – we have a workforce of around 900 people. Our range of products and solutions covers the most diverse applications, in everything related to modern-day switching and actuating.
James McClelland
Sr. Global Director: Utilities & Energy SAP
James McClelland is the Senior Global Director of SAP Utilities & Energy Industry Marketing,
He was previously Regional CRM Sales Manager of North American Strategic Accounts at Oracle Corporation, and Senior Director of Solution Selling at Siebel Systems before it was acquired.
Prior to 2000, James held management and executive positions with SAP Utilities in Asia Pacific and the Americas. Mr. McClelland has over 25 years experience creating business strategy for utilities deregulation.
Mr. McClelland is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Canada, holds a degree in Business & Commerce, and currently resides in Dallas, Texas.
Michael Lowe
Associate General Manager for Salt River Project
Michael Lowe is the Associate General Manager for Salt River Project, the 3rd largest public power agency in the nation, which serves 1 million electric customers in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona.

His responsibilities include power distribution, water delivery, customer service, billing, and supporting information and operational technologies. He oversees a staff of 2,000 employees.

A 36-year veteran of SRP with former roles in pricing, finance, and information systems, Michael has delivered a host of services leading to enhanced customer satisfaction and loyalty. These include the largest program for prepaid electric service in North America; a territory-wide network of utility-owned automated payment kiosks processing over 10 million payments per year; and one of the largest time-of-use pricing programs in the United States. SRP has deployed smart meters territory wide, leading to enhanced services for customers and lower operating costs. In no small measure to the contributions of Michael and his team, SRP has earned 24 awards for customer satisfaction from JD Power and Associates. In 2010, Michael was selected as the Intelligent Utility Customer Service Leader of the Year by IntelligentUtility Magazine, based on demonstrated industry leadership in delivering excellent customer service and offering unique services to SRP’s customer base.

Thibaut Vos
Programma Manager of SecureLink Belgium
In 2003 Thibaut graduated as Master in ICT en he is currently the Programma Manager of SecureLink Belgium, a company in Antwerp, Belgium specialized in implementing and securing computer networks
Over the past 12 years Thibaut has been working across different technological companies such as Cisco and Ferranti.
In his spare time Thibaut is active as voluntary paramedic and Red Cross disaster response team member in Belgium.
Nadya Bartol
UTC’s Vice President of Industry Affairs and Cybersecurity Strategist
Nadya is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader focused in the energy and utilities space.
She leads UTC cybersecurity initiatives world-wide and provides strategic cybersecurity advice to utilities cybersecurity leaders. Throughout her career Nadya focused on a number of difficult cybersecurity challenges including security measurement and cyber supply chain risk management. A leader in cybersecurity standardization, she was one of the primary forces behind the initiation, justification, development, and completion of the first global standard addressing security risks associated with supplier relationships, ISO/IEC 27036.