SG-ENE Member Bios

Chair

AlbertoTroccoli Alberto Troccoli

Dr. Alberto Troccoli is the co-founder and managing director of the world energy meteorology council (WEMC). With over 25 years of experience in the fields of meteorology and climate, he has more recently been exploring their applications in the energy sector. Alberto holds a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Edinburgh (UK)

Co-chair

TobiasFuchsTobias Fuchs

Mr. Fuchs is a member of the board of directors of the German meteorological service (DWD). He is responsible for DWDs climate services (Operations and Research) – which inter alia comprise the implementation of achievements from national and European research activities on user-oriented climate services for the energy sector. His scientific focus is the application of regional NWP re-analyses and of weather and climate predictions for operational services in support of the German energy transition from carbon-based energy production to renewable energy production.

JhongJinkyu Hong

Dr. Hong is a professor at Yonsei University in South Korea. He has developed power load forecasting models considering impact of climate changes. His current work is in the area of urban climatology and wind power prediction. His work and interest area is Urban climate, climate-energy interaction, land-atmosphere interaction.

HenericaHenerica Tazvinga

Dr. Tazvinga works at the South African Weather Service.   She is the leader of the energy team which is responsible for the solar radiometric network project, which involves monitoring and storing observational and historical data. Before joining the South African Weather Service, she was working for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research of South Africa. She earned her Master's degree in Renewable Energy and she specialized in energy optimization and management in renewable energy-based systems during her Ph.D. She has been involved in many energy, consulting, and innovating projects. . Her research interests are in energy optimization and management of micro-grid systems, meteorology for the energy sector, and water-food-energy nexus.

ChristopherOludheChristopher Oludhe

Dr. Christopher Oludhe is a Meteorologist by profession and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Meteorology, University of Nairobi. He is also an Associate Lecturer at the Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA) of the University of Nairobi. Dr. Oludhe has been engaged in various activities related to climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation studies in close collaboration with the IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) where has been engaged in capacity building activities on seasonal climate prediction and Climate Risk Assessment in the Grea ter Horn of African (GHA) countries. Dr. Oludhe is a former Chair of the Technical Working Group on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to climate change for Kenya and a former member of the Technical Expert Team for WMO-CLIPS on End-User Liaison for RAI; Expert Team on Seasonal Climate Updates as well as in the Commission for Climatology for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Sven-ErikSven-Erik Gryning

Dr. Gryning earned his Ph.D. degree from Risø's Physics department of Danish technical university in 1982. He is currently working in the department of wind energy in DTU and His focus has consistently been on meteorology, especially in the lower parts of the atmosphere. The subject of the studies has changed over the years from aspects of air pollution, basic meteorological issues to wind energy. He has at times worked at laboratories and universities abroad, i.e. Pennsylvania State University in USA, EU Joint Research Center, Ispra, Italy and Defense Research Center, Umeå, Sweden. He is convenor and founder of the session on Energy Meteorology at the Annual meeting of the European Meteorological Society.

ElenaElena Akentyeva

Dr. Akantyeva is a lead researcher in saint-Petersburg department of dynamic meteorology and climatology. Her area of expertise covers assessment of climate change impact on various types of infrastructures including energy facilities, preparation of tailored climate information for industry, and development of climate services for renewable and traditional energy and end-users.

KristianHorvathKristian Horvath

Dr. Horvath is vice Head of the research and development section in Croatia meteorology and hydrology service agency (DHMZ). He is specialized in numerical modeling and meteorology. After his PhD he has worked as an investigator in DTU working on wind energy topics.

Wai KinWai-kin Wong

Wai-kin Wong is Senior Scientific Officer of the Forecast Development Division at the Hong Kong Observatory. He leads a team on operational activities and technique developments on nowcasting of rainstorms, tropical cyclone, and hazardous weather, as well as the Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) for Nowcasting. The team also involves in applications of numerical weather prediction (NWP) models, development of model post-processing methods, use of machine learning in forecasting of high-impact weather, location-specific and urban-scale weather processes from very short-range to medium range for public and supporting various user communities such as power utilities.

SarahOsimaSarah Osima

Dr. Osima earned her Ph.D. in climate modeling, climate variability, and climate change from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is working as the manager of the environment and research section in the Tanzania meteorological agency. Dr. Osima is actively engaged in the climate change and variability research area and collaborates in supporting various activities including project developments related to climate, agriculture, and the environment in Tanzania. Her team has focused on wind data analysis She is also working with FAO, research on climate change and resilience in agriculture and energy in the area of lake Victoria.

DongZhaoDong Zhao

Dr. Zhao holds a Ph.D. in the climate system and global change from Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology. He is now the deputy manager of Beijing Jiutian Meteorological Technology Co. Ltd, a leading corporation in delivering customized weather and climate service to energy & power sectors in China, focusing predominately on impact-based early warning, wind and solar energy utilization, and industrial meteorological service strategy. He also serves as the deputy director at Energy Meteorology Joint Research Center, fostering innovation and increasing productivity through partnerships between research institutions and enterprises, as well as deep fusion of meteorology and energy. In 2019, Zhao won the First Award of National Smart Weather Service Innovation form CMA and Gold Award of Youth Innovation Competition from China State Grid for his innovative work and forward-thinking practice in energy meteorological service.

HanHuangHan Huang

Dr. Han Huang is currently the vice-president of the Economy and Technology Research Institute at the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO). He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a senior member of the Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering (CSEE), a member of Tau Beta Pi, and a special expert of the Corporation of State Grid of China. Dr. Han Huang has more than 25 years of experience in engaging the research and consultancy in energy strategy planning, and power grid planning. His research focuses include energy sector policies, economics for energy and electric power technologies, energy projects development, climate change issues, and environmental issues, as well as market structure and benefits. In the last two years, Han Huang has engaged in global energy interconnection studies covering more than 100 countries and 5 continents, including Asia, South East Asia, North East Asia, Europe, Africa, etc., together with national government and regional unions.

RaphaelRaphael Legrand

Dr. Raphaël Legrand is the Head of the Data Science and Consultancy division at Météo-France (Toulouse). He is working with public and private actors of the French energy sector for several years, in operational and research frameworks. His focus is on the use of probabilistic forecast. He is currently involved in various projects collaborating with different international organizations.

Jose AlbertoJosé Alberto Zúñiga Mora

Jose Alberto is the Head of Coordination of the areas of Hydrology, Topography and Structural survey at the Department of Basic Studies Costa Rican Institute of Electricity. As a Civil Engineer, he has worked for more than 25 years in Hydrology, being in charge of 90% and 45% of the hydrological and meteorological networks of the country, respectively.  In the early stage he was part of the group in charge of field work and later was asked to be in charge of Hydrological Feasibility studies for hydropower projects, design of Early Warning systems for dam sites and survey of sediments in reservoirs.  He has participated in the Regionalization of extreme floods in Costa Rica and several environmental flow assessments. The department he works in delivers forecasts on precipitation, wind and discharge  for hourly and daily energy dispatch purposes. His area of interest is forecast of renewable sources of energy. In 2020 Jose Alberto was appointed as Hydrological Advisor to the president of RA IV.

NatashaSadoffNatasha Saddof

Ms. Sadoff is a Senior Research Scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, United States. She leads a portfolio of programs supporting or improving environmental management, governance, or sustainable development on a national and international scale through the implementation of stakeholder needs assessments, user engagement, training and outreach, and capacity building or development. She brings an interdisciplinary, needs-driven approach to a diverse range of topics such as energy management, climate change adaptation and resilience, air quality, and health. In striving to improve relationships and connections between scientists and decision-makers, Ms. Sadoff also convenes multi-directional stakeholder engagement activities such as advisory groups, information-sharing programs, and communities of practice. She works with US government clients and partners such as NASA, the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of State, and the US Agency for International Development.


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