International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies
Tore Trondvold (NEK, Norway): PRESIDENT ELECT

Mr Tore Trondvold (NEK, Norway) - President


Mr Tore Trondvold is a Chartered Engineer who graduated from the Norwegian Institute of Technology. He has held numerous positions within the Siemens system, thereby acquiring extensive experience in a broad spectrum of activities before becoming Managing Director of the NEK – the Norwegian Electrotechnical Committee – from 2003 to 2010. In this capacity, he was the Permanent Delegate of Norway to the CENELEC Technical Board. He is also a Member of the IEC Council Board. Mr Trondvold was elected CENELEC President Elect in June 2011 and started his office as CENELEC President in January 2013.

Bernhard Thies (DKE, Germany): PRESIDENT ELECT

Mr Bernhard Thies (DKE, Germany) - President Elect


Dr Bernhard Thies is Chairman of the Board of Directors of DKE – the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE, German National Committee of IEC and CENELEC. Moreover he is Vice-Chairman of the EEBus Initiative, a network of leading companies, associations and stakeholders in the German and international energy, telecommunications and electrical industry in order to open up the new market of smart connectivity. Dr Thies is Vice-President of the Asian Management Association (China), the international institute engaged in providing professional training and consulting services for the organizations and the individuals in China. Since many years he also gives lectures at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen). Dr Thies studied at the RWTH Aachen where he also obtained his doctorate. His last position in industry (1999) was President of the ABB Traffo BB Gmbh, specialized in power, distribution and transformers. His standardization career in VDE started in 1999. Mr Thies was elected CENELEC President Elect in June 2014.

Wim De Kesel (Legrand Group): VICE PRESIDENT POLICY

Mr Wim De Kesel (Legrand Group) - Vice-President Policy

After eighteen years in senior management positions with Niko and the Group Legrand, Wim De Kesel is since 2010 ‘Group Vice-President Standardization’ of the Group Legrand. He is fully dedicated to national, regional and international standardization activities. Wim De Kesel is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Belgian Electrotechnical Commission. He is Chairman of different Belgian Technical Committees and represents the European Committee of Electrical Installation Equipment Manufacturers (CECAPI) in the CENELEC Technical Board. Wim de Kesel is also active in IEC as secretary of IEC TC 23 – Electrical Accessories, and as convenor in the international Working Group dealing with LVDC. He holds a master degree in Electrical Engineering of the University of Ghent (1989). In 2011 he received the IEC Thomas Edison Award and in 2013 the CENELEC Technical Body Award. Mr Wim De Kesel was elected CENELEC Board Member and Vice-President Policy in June 2014.


Mr Bogdan Topič (SIST, Slovenia) - Vice-President Finance

Bogdan Topič (SIST, Slovenia) is President of the Slovenian Institute for Standardization (SIST), and represents SIST in the framework of CEN,
CENELEC, ETSI, ISO, IEC, and ITU-T. He has a PhD from the Universityof Ljubljana and an MBA from Bled Business School. Dr Topič has
extensive experience of standardization, metrology and accreditation, and also spent many years serving in top management (CEO) positions
in various companies. Mr Topič was elected CENELEC Board Member in June 2012 and Vice-President Finance in June 2013.

Uwe Kampet (BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH): BOARD MEMBER

Mr Uwe Kampet (BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH) - Vice-President Technical

Mr Uwe Kampet works for Bosch and Siemens Household appliances in Berlin, where he is responsible for dealing with various issues relating to technical regulation, standardization (including electromagnetic compatibility) and conformity assessment. He has a Degree in Electrical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from the University of Ilmenau, and experience of taking part in various technical bodies of CENELEC and IEC. Mr Kampet was elected CENELEC Board Member in June 2012 and Vice-President Techincal in June 2013.


Mr Roberto Bacci (CEI, Italy) - Board Member


Dr.– Ing. Roberto Bacci graduated from the ‘Politecnico di Milano’ in 1981 with a degree in electrotechnical engineering. From 1983 to 2006, he worked in AEM Group SpA leading companies belonging to this group. In 2006, he took the position of Managing Director of the Italian Electrotechnical Committee (CEI). He is also a board member of several other institutes and a Council member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Mr Roberto Bacci was elected CENELEC Board Member in June 2013.

Werner Fischer (Siemens AG, Austria): BOARD MEMBER

Mr Werner Fischer (Siemens AG, Austria) - Board Member

Mr Werner Fischer is Head of Standardization and Regulation Management at Siemens AG Austria. He is in an electrotechnical engineer with broad experience in the field of Information and Communication Technology, Standardization and Electrotechnical Regulation within the Siemens company. Mr Fischer is President of the Austrian National Committee of CENELEC and IEC, a Member of the Board of Directors at the OVE - the Austrian Electrotechnical Association - and a Member of the Electrotechnical Advisory Council of the Austrian ministry of economics. Mr Fischer was elected CENELEC Board Member in June 2012.


Asen Georgiev (BDS, Bulgaria): BOARD MEMBER

Mr Asen Georgiev (BDS, Bulgaria) - Board Member

Mr Asen Georgiev is Senior Quality Manager of TESY Ltd, a home comfort appliances company, where he was previously Business Unit Manager for heating appliances. After graduating from the Technical University of Varna, Mr Georgiev worked in various industries in Bulgaria, Austria and Hong Kong. He is a Board Member of the Bulgarian Institute for Standardization (BDS) and has contributed to the work of CENELEC Technical Committees (59X and 61). Mr Asen Georgiev was elected CENELEC Board Member in June 2013.


Michael Howard Graham (BSI, UK): BOARD MEMBER

Mr Michael Howard Graham (BSI, UK) - Board Member

Mr Graham served as Secretary to the British Electrotechnical Committee from1999 to 2012 gaining extensive knowledge of international and European standardization. During this period he was a Permanent Delegate to the CENELEC Technical Board and a member of the IEC Standardization Management Board. He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) and a Member of the Chartered Quality Institute (MCQI CQP). Mr Graham was elected CENELEC Board Member in June 2012.


Priit Kikas (EVS, Estonia): BOARD MEMBER

Mr Priit Kikas (EVS, Estonia) - Board Member


Mr Priit Kikas has been Managing Director of EVS (Estonian Centre for Standardisation) since 2006. His experiences in standardisation date back to 2001, when he was responsible for coordinating quality infrastructure activities in Estonia while working in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication. Mr Kikas holds a degree in Economics from the University of Tartu in Estonia. He serves also as a member of the CEN Board. Mr Kikas was elected Board Member of CENELEC in June 2011 and started in January 2012.

Thierry Lefèbvre (AFNOR, France):  BOARD MEMBER

Mr Thierry Lefèbvre (AFNOR - Système français de normalisation - UTE, France) - Board Member

Mr Thierry Lefebvre is Director Grid Infrastructure in the Research and Development Centre of EDF (Electricité de France). A graduate of the French Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, he has participated in several Working Groups of CENELEC, IEC and CIGRE (Conseil international des grands réseaux électriques). Mr Lefebvre is Chairman of IEC -TC 57 and CLC/TC 57 (Power systems management), and a member of the IEC Advisory Committee for Transmission and Distribution (IEC-ACTAD). Mr Thierry Lefèbvre was elected as CENELEC Board Member in June 2013

René Nielsen (DS, Danemark): BOARD MEMBER

Mr René Nielsen (DS, Danemark) - Board Member


Mr René Nielsen is head of the International Affairs of the Danish Standards Association. He is responsible for a number of IEC and CENELEC Technical Committees. Prior to his career in DS, he was working with R&D at LK A/S, and as Project Manager at the Danish cable company NKT A/S. Mr Nielsen holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in HR and International Trade.
Mr. Nielsen was elected CENELEC Board Member in June 2012.

Maria Sandqvist (SEK Svensk Elstandard,Sweden): BOARD MEMBER

Mrs Maria Sandqvist (Association of Swedish Engineering Industries, Sweden) - Board Member


Mrs Maria Sandqvist, M.Sc, is Director for Product Regulation and Environment at the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries. Before that she held a position at the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise at the department of Energy and Industrial Policy. She is also a member of the board of SEK and the Board of ORGALIME, the European Association of Engineering Industry. Mrs Sandqvist is also a member of the Energy Development Board at the Swedish Energy Agency and the Advisory Council of Swedac (Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment). She is a chemical Engineer with experience both from ministries and organizations. She has managed a broad range of issues such as standardization, internal market for goods, product regulation, energy and environment. She has also represented Sweden in the Council when she worked at the Ministry of Enterprise. Mrs Sandqvist is a CENELEC Board Member since 1 January 2012.

Ewa Zielinska (PKN, Poland): BOARD MEMBER

Mrs Ewa Zielinska (PKN, Poland) - Board Member

Ms Ewa Zielińska was appointed as the Director of the External Relations Department of the Polish Committee for Standardization (PKN) in 2012. She has been working in the secretariat of PKN since 2000, and was appointed as Permanent Delegate to the CENELEC Technical Board in 2010.
Ms Zielińska holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Warsaw University and has also completed postgraduate studies in European Integration. She is a CENELEC Board Member since June 2014.