Topic: Exploring the Opportunities for Digital Transformation

Date: Tuesday 19 September | Location: Bhiraj Room 1 | Time: 14:00 – 15:30
This Plenary Panel Debate is open to ALL Asia Power Week Conference Delegates

You’ve probably heard about the industrial internet of things, big data, smart appliances, the energy cloud, blockchain technology and remote monitoring, but just how informed are you about the transformative impact that these and other products of the digital age are about to have on the energy industry?

Digitalisation offers a huge opportunity to the power sector to transform its operations and businesses and to develop new customer relationships. It promises to be the enabler for a distributed and smart energy sector. Asia Power Week will thoroughly explore this topic in its plenary panel debate featuring expert speakers from established technology companies, new entrants, software specialists and power producers This is no time for hesitation. Find out now why you should dare to be digital.



Dale Probasco

Managing Director, Global Generation Services, Navigant, United States

Dale Probasco is a Managing Director in the Energy Practice at Navigant.  Mr. Probasco has over 35 years of experience in managerial and consulting positions in the electric utility and construction industries. He joined Navigant in 1989 and has served over 50 clients.  Mr. Probasco is currently leading the Global Generation Services group within Navigant and is responsible for Navigant’s plant operational performance measurement tool, the Generation Knowledge Service (GKS). His professional career includes work with investor-owned utilities (IOUs), independent power producers (IPPs), cooperatives, and public power entities. Mr. Probasco has applied his expertise to a broad range of assignments, from developing corporate and business unit strategy, managing plant construction, developing and implementing generation asset management programs, improving power plant operations for fossil, hydro and nuclear plants, power plant staffing and operational excellence.



Mr. Pete Davies

Department Head, Digital Engineering Solutions, Uniper Technologies Limited, United Kingdom

A highly collaborative and ambitious leader who started his career with a BSc (HONS) Computing Networks (with first class honours), Sheffield Hallam University. During his final year at University, he project managed and was technical lead of a documentum migration at Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, Basingstoke, UK where he responsible moving over 2 million invoices off an optical disk array to Centera (specialist storage hardware)  which involved a budget of £150k across 2 countries for implementation  He then joined the E.ON Graduate Scheme in 2008 where we escalated very quickly and covered a number of roles including project manager, production planner, PMO and Business Analyst and System Analyst. Thereafter, he became the IT Development Manager where he led and co-ordinated IT strategy requirements for E.ON Generation Fleet, E.ON Climate & Renewables and E.ON New Build & Technology across eight countries. In 2011 he became the Head of Requirements Manager for ETG UK and in 2012 he became the Head of Generation IT for E.ON Business Services.


Dr Somgiat Dekrajangpetch

Senior Vice President Asset Optimization, Glow Company Limited, Thailand

Somgiat Dekrajangpetch received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and M.S. in Economics, at Iowa State University, U.S.A. His area of research was about electricity market deregulation and trading including third party access.  He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. He is currently Asset Optimization Senior Vice President at Glow Group Thailand.

Before he joined Glow Group, he was working with power utility in U.S. He had also served as part-time adjunct instructor of MBA program in various universities.  He has more than fifteen years experience working in power plant portfolio optimization and machine performance optimization including developing software automation and computer modelling for use with power plant operation and economic decision under risk/uncertainties.


Hee Jip Kim

Chief Consultant, EnerIdeas, South Korea

Mr. Kim worked for Accenture, a global consulting firm, for 26 years specializing in Business Strategy mainly in the Energy industry, 10 years of which were in the New York City office, followed by 16 years in Seoul. Mr Kim served as Accenture’s Asia-Pacific Energy Industry Lead and as the Country Managing Director of Accenture Korea.

ŸCurrently working as the co-chairman of the New Energy Industry Committee of Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), Mr. Kim is also currently teaching national energy policy at Seoul National University Engineering School as a visiting professor.

Now working as the Chief Consultant for EnerIdeas, a boutique energy strategy consulting firm, Mr. Kim is also currently a member of several Korean Government committees, including the Electricity Policy Committee of MOTIE, and is Chairman of the Energy/New Material Committee on Deregulation of the Prime Minister's Office. Mr. Kim holds an MBA from University of Texas at Austin, as well as a B.A. in Business Administration from Seoul National University.


Susan Peterson-Sturm

Digital Business Unit Lead, ABB Industrial Automation – Power Generation, United States

Susan Peterson-Sturm was recently (May 2017) appointed digital lead of BU Power Generation & Water within the Industrial Automation division. She is an industrial control leader with 15 years’ experience working with energy companies to securely and efficiently scale digital solutions for industrial enterprise. 

Prior to joining ABB, Susan spent 10 years in various roles at GE developing, launching and operating software and security solution product lines. Susan began her career working for both regulated and independent power generation companies in the US, Europe and Latin America in finance, operations and trading capacities. She is an active member of industrial control regulatory and standards development work groups.


Dr. Yucheng Tang

Manager Power Digitalization, Siemens, China

Dr. Yucheng Tang has been working in the innovation in the field of power generation for over 7 years. He has been involved in various fields of innovation of gas turbine in the past. Currently, he focuses on the digitalization innovation for power generation industry in China.


Liher Urbizu Sierra

Managing Director, SAP IndoChina, Thailand

Liher Urbizu is Managing Director, SAP Indochina. Based in Thailand, Liher is responsible for business strategy development and operations for SAP in Indochina. The Indochina region comprises Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.

Liher has more than 14 years of industry experience in the IT sector. Prior to joining SAP, Liher was the Chief Operations Officer at Atos IT Solutions and Services Thailand. In that role, he was responsible for the Atos Thailand system integration business, with a strong focus on sales and operational performance.

Liher was also the SAP Practice Leader at Atos for Asia Pacific. He led a team of more than 400 SAP consultants in engagements throughout the region. Liher has a proven track record in selling and delivering SAP software, projects and application management services. This includes landmark SAP implementations and maintenance contracts in Thailand and Asia Pacific, as well as complex, cross country SAP rollouts and offshoring engagements for multinationals around the world. He has been involved with SAP since 2000 in multiple functions, from consulting to sales to general management.