GO15 is governed by the Steering Board represented by top level executives of the participating PGOs and headed by the GO15 president. In 2018, the GO15 presidency is held by Thava Govender, Group Executive – Generation and Acting Risk & Sustainability at Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.

Thava Govender, 2018 President 

Thava Govender is the Group Executive responsible for the Generation and Acting Risk & Sustainability of Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.  Thava is a member of the Eskom Executive Committee (EXCO), as well as various sub-committees of EXCO.  He serves on the Social, Ethics and Sustainability Committee of the Eskom Board of Directors.  He is a Director of the Eskom Enterprises SOC Ltd Group and a member of the Board of the Rotek and Roshcon Group (an Eskom Enterprises subsidiary) and Chairman of the Council of the Eskom Academy of Learning.  He was a Governor on the Board of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Atlanta Centre. He was appointed as a Board member of the USA-based Board of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in March 2015.  He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). He is the Executive Sponsor for the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists.

Fedor Opadchiy, Vice President (Incoming 2019 President)

Fedor Opadchiy is Vice Chairman of the Management Board of SO UPS.

Education: Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, course ‘Automatics and Electronics’, qualification ‘Engineering Physicist’, graduated in 1997
Professional training: Academy of National Economy, course ‘Management’ & Financial Academy, course ‘Financial Management’.

  •  2002: Entered the industry as appointed Head of Simulation & Analysis Department of NPO Trade System Administrator
  • 2004: Appointed Director on Markets Support & Development of SO UPS
  • 2011: Elected to the Management Board of SO UPS
  • 2012: Appointed Vice Chairman of the Management Board of SO UPS

Responsibility: Electricity/Capacity/AS/DR Markets, IT
Industry Rewards: Certificate of Honour awarded by RAO UESR, Merit Letter awarded by the Federal Ministry of Energy, Title of Honour ‘Distinguished Team Member’ awarded by SO UPS.

Fedor Opadchy speaks on peculiarities of the Russian power system and its operation dispatch control, its history and future, as well as on major challenges they face


Audrey Zibelman, Vice President (2017 President)

Audrey joined AEMO as Chief Executive Officer on 20 March 2017. Audrey has extensive international experience in the public, private and not-for profit energy sectors, most recently having held the position of Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC), where she was responsible for overseeing the regulation and safety of New York’s electricity, gas, telephone, cable, water and steam utilities.

Prior to joining NYPSC, Ms Zibelman was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of GO15 member organisation, PJM, a system operator organisation responsible for operating the power grid and wholesale power market which serves 14 states across the eastern United States. Ms Zibelman is also a Founder and past President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridity Energy, Inc., which she formed after more than 25 years of electricity utility industry leadership experience in both the public and private sectors.

Alain P. Steven, Secretary General

Alain Steven graduated from the University of Liege, Belgium as an engineer physicist. Mr. Steven served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of PJM Interconnection and President of PJM Technologies, Inc. He held executive level positions in several corporations serving the electricity industry for nineteen years.

Mr. Steven was the President and CEO of ESCA Corporation, a leading supplier of market management and grid management systems. He held senior management positions at both ABB and Combustion Engineering where he founded the Power Automation Simulation Division and served as Vice President and General Manager. Mr. Steven headed ABB’s worldwide simulation business specialized in the manufacturing of power plant training simulators. Mr. Steven is former Chairman of the University of Washington’s Electric Energy Industrial Consortium (EEIC) and former Vice President of the Pacific Northwest French American Chamber of Commerce. He also held positions on the Board of the Washington Software Alliance and the Gridwise Alliance. Mr. Steven serves as Secretary General of GO15 since 2008.

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