GO15 is governed by the Steering Board represented by top level executives of the participating PGOs and headed by the GO15 president. In 2017, the GO15 presidency is held by Karen Olesnicky, Executive General Manager at AEMO.

Karen Olesnicky, 2017 President

Ms. Karen Olesnicky is the interim Executive General Manager (EGM) of Technology at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). Prior to her current role, Karen led AEMO as the Acting Chief Executive Officer after the sudden passing of former Chief Executive Officer Matt Zema in July 2016. Karen has also served in various other senior executive roles including as Chief Financial Officer/Corporate Services in the first five years of AEMO’s operations, as Chief Information Officer, EGM of People & Culture and the Stakeholders & Information Department. Before AEMO, Karen worked at VENCorp (Victorian Energy Networks Corporation) as the Executive General Manager of Corporate, where she was responsible for CFO/Company Secretary, Legal, Compliance, Human Resources, Communications, Risk Management, Legal and Administrative Services.

Thava Govender, Vice President (Incoming 2018 President)

Thava Govender is the Group Executive responsible for the Transmission and Sustainability Divisions of Eskom Holdings SOC.  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

Liangyou Wang, Vice President (2016 President)

Liangyou Wang, Vice President of China Southern Power Grid, is responsible for the scientific and technological innovation, international cooperation and overseas investment business, etc. He is a senior engineer.

Prior to this, Mr. Liangyou Wang had served as President of Yunnan Power Corporation from 2005 to 2007. Before that he served as Director of Personnel Department of CSG since 2003. From 2001 to 2003, he headed Guizhou Tianshengqiao Hydropower General Plant and President of Guizhou Tianshengqiao Hydropower Development Company. Prior to this role, he worked for State Power South Company as President. Mr. Liangyou Wang has authored and published dozens of papers on power system operation, power market and power system automation and etc. Mr. Liangyou Wang received his B.A degree and master degree in electric power system automation from Qsinghua University, China. He holds a PHD degree from North China Electric Power University, China.

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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