Dirk Van Hertem

Professor at KU Leuven

Dirk Van Hertem graduated as a M.Eng. in 2001 from the KHK, Geel, Belgium and as a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the KU Leuven, Belgium in 2003. In 2009, he has obtained his PhD, also from the KU Leuven. In 2010, Dirk Van Hertem was a member of EPS group at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), in Stockholm. Since spring 2011 he is back at the University of Leuven where he is an associate professor in the ELECTA group. His special fields of interest are decision support for grid operators, power system operation and control in systems with FACTS and HVDC and building the transmission system of the future, including offshore grids and the supergrid concept.

Dr. Van Hertem is an active member of both IEEE (PES and IAS) and Cigré. He currently chair of the steering committee of the ISGT Europe conference. He was the general chair of the IEEE EnergyCon 2016 conference, held in Leuven and he is the general chair of the IEEE summit on sustainability — vision on 2050, held 24/3/2020.