About CENELEC

The European Electrotechnical Committee for Standardization is one of three European Standardization Organizations (together with CEN and ETSI) that have been officially recognized by the European Union and by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as being responsible for developing and defining voluntary standards at European level.

Dany Sturtewagen, CENELEC President

Mr Dany Sturtewagen works for the Belgian family owned company Niko, first as Strategy Director and now as Director Corporate Affairs. At Niko he is also the chairman of the Works Council. Before that, he held several responsibilities within General Electric as Product Manager, Export Manager, later Marketing Manager, Commercial Director and eventually as Pricing Director Europe. He started his career at the Belgian Building Research Institute as Advisor and contributed in several publications in professional industrial magazines on building site organisation and cost-efficiency on building sites. He has been since 2007 member of the board and is now President of the Belgian Electrotechnical Committee (CEB-BEC). Furthermore, he is board member of Cecapi (European Committee of Electrical Installation Manufacturers) and is President since 2015. Within Agoria (the Association of the Belgian Technology Industry) he is member of the Building Technology Committee, the Smart Building Committee and is President of the Business Group Home Automation & Electrical Equipment. From 2006 until 2016, he was appointed Judge in the Labour Court of Ghent (Belgium). Mr Dany Sturtewagen has a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering Technology. He has started his mandate as CENELEC's President in January 2019.

Wolfgang Niedziella, CENELEC President-Elect

A trained Engineer, Mr Wolfgang Niedziella has been Head of Digital Safety Centre of Competence at VDE, the German Association for Electrical Electronic & Information Technologies since its establishment in 2019 and Chair of IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE) since 2016. Mr Niedziella began his career in 1987 at the VDE Testing and Certification Institute GmbH in Offenbach. From 1991 to 2001, he was a manager for standardization projects in the field of electrical components at the DKE and from 2001 to 2003 at Commerzbank AG as a change manager in the transaction banking division. In 2003 he returned to the VDE Testing and Certification Institute as head of the Components, Household, Trade and Industry Department. From 2011 to 2019 he was Managing Director of VDE Testing and Certification Institute and from 2012 to 2015 he also took over in parallel the management of the subsidiary VDE Global Services GmbH with its eight Asian companies. He was also the Chair of IECEE/CTL (IECEE Committee of Testing Laboratories) from 2010 to 2015. In June 2020, Mr Niedziella was elected as the next President of CENELEC (2022-2024). His mandate as President-Elect is starting in January 2021.

Frédéric Vaillant, Vice-President Technical

Mr Frédéric Vaillant is Vice-President for Energy Management Standardization at Schneider Electric. In this position for 6 years, he has been actively involved in national, European and international electrotechnical standardization. He also manages a standardization team involved in various positions in IEC, CENELEC and several national standardization bodies, himself being engaged on electrical installation rules. Over the course of his career, Mr Vaillant has built a strong experience in the management of engineering, technical, upstream marketing and innovation teams first at Saint Gobain, Merlin Gering and then at Schneider Electric. He was also a member of the board of the Physics Department at the Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble and chaired the strategic orientation council of the Carnot Institute “Energy of the Future”, a lab association gathering 1400 public researchers. To his managerial career Mr Vaillant adds his multiannual activity as a part-time teacher at the continuing education centre for adults, at the Grenoble electronic engineering school and at the Grenoble university. Mr Vaillant holds a degree from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and a PhD in Physics from the Grenoble University. Mr Vaillant was elected CENELEC’s Vice-President Technical for a mandate beginning in January 2021.

Geraldine Larkin, Vice-President Policy

Mrs Geraldine Larkin is CENELEC’s Vice-President Policy since January 2021. She has been Chief Executive at NSAI, the National Standards Authority of Ireland, since March 2017. Before being appointed at the head of NSAI, Geraldine was the Irish regulator in diverse industries, including the private security sector. As the first regulator of the private security industry, Mrs Larkin drew heavily on Irish and European standards including in the areas of security guarding, electronic security and cash conveyancing in order to regulate the developing industry. She subsequently oversaw the development of further mandatory standards for specialist aspects of private security services. Previously, as a career civil servant she held a diverse portfolio of policy responsibilities including in the areas of policing, crime, anti-drug trafficking, criminal law, human rights and European law. She represented Ireland in various EU and international committees in these subject matter areas. Mrs Larking holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA – Technology Management) from the Open University. Mrs Larkin served as a member of the CENELEC Administrative Board since November 2017.

Ivano Visintainer, Vice-President Finance

Mr Ivano Visintainer is the Technical Director of CEI, the Italian Electrotechnical Committee, since 2018. He is member of CENELEC's WG Policy since 2018, and represents Italy at IEC as a member of its SMB (Standardization Management Committee) and FINCOM (Finance Committee). Mr Visintainer has an extensive career in the electrotechnical sector: before his current role, he was General Manager in an electrical utility company for energy distribution and covered various positions of responsibility in IMQ (the Italian Institute of Quality Marking) from 2000 to 2008. Previously to this, he worked for CESI, the Italian Experimental Electrotechnical Centre, from 1991 to 1998. He has also been the President of the National Institute for the Qualification of Electrical Installation Enterprises, and acting as Chairman for a variety of CEI Technical Committees. Mr Visintainer is a Member of CENELEC's Administrative Board since March 2019. He was elected as Vice-President Finance for a mandate starting in January 2021.

David Bell, United Kingdom

Mr David Bell has been the Director of Standards Policy at the British Standards Institution (BSI) since 2015. An economist by training, Mr Bell has been at BSI for over 20 years, overseeing a number of European and International standards issues and took over BSI's policy team in 2009. An advisor on technical assistance projects around the world, he has been a member of the Council of ISO since 2017. At European level, Mr Bell has been a member of CENELEC's Policy Working Group and CEN and CENELEC's finance committees since 2012. He chaired the CEN Certification Board between 2010 and 2014 and the CEN/CENELEC SME Working Group Task Force on Communications. Furthermore, Mr Bell was a member of CEN's Administrative Board from 2006 to 2013 and its Policy Committee from 2006 to 2010. He was elected as a CENELEC Board Member in June 2018 and took up his role in January 2019.

Ivelin Burov, Bulgaria

Mr Ivelin Burov has an extensive experience in standardization. An engineer by training, with 40 years of professional experience, he has worked for 23 years at BDS, the Bulgarian Standardization Body.
He has been Chairman of BDS’s Governing Board since 2006. Previous to that, he was BDS’ President from 2002 to 2006. He was Vice-President of the Committee for Standardization and Metrology (CSM) and State Agency for Standardization and Metrology (SASM), the Bulgarian standardization organisations before BDS, between 1997 and 2001 and President of SASM from 2001 to 2002. He also served for 6 years as member of the National Accreditation Council to the Bulgarian Accreditation Body – Executive Agency “Bulgarian Accreditation Service (BAS)” and was the Bulgarian representative in international (ISO/IEC) and European (CEN/CENELEC) standardization management bodies. Mr Burov is also Chairman of TÜV Rheinland Bulgaria’s Committees of impartiality to the Product Certification Body and Management Systems Certification Body. He was elected as CENELEC Board Member for a two-year mandate beginning in January 2021.

Iuliana Chilea, Romania

Mrs Iuliana Chilea has been the Director General of ASRO, the Romanian Standards Association, since 2017. Before that, she was the Director of ASRO’s standardization division from 2010 to 2017. In this role she oversaw the management of national standardization activities and represented ASRO in the CEN and CENELEC’s Technical Boards and in the European Commission’s Committee on Standards.
A lawyer by training, Mrs Chilea started her career in standardization in 2003 as Copyright Administrator and Legal Adviser at ASRO, before becoming Head of Production. She further developed her knowledge on copyright and intellectual property by working from 2006 to 2010 as an IPR attorney for a private consulting company and through post-graduate studies on EU Law and executive trainings provided by ISO, the OECD and the WTO. Mrs Chilea was elected as a CENELEC Board Member in June 2019 and took up her role in January 2020.

Pambos Kammas, Cyprus

Mr Pambos Kammas has been the Director of Standardization for the Cyprus Organisation for Standardization (CYS) since 2006. In this position, he has represented CYS in the CEN and CENELEC General Assembly since 2007. He is also the Director of CYS Vocational Training Center. Before this, from 2004 to 2006 Mr Kammas was Director for Certification at the Cyprus Certification Company, where he started working after more than a decade at OEB, the "Cyprus Employers' and Industrialists' Federation".
At the European level, he has covered a series of roles: among others, Mr Kammas was an elected member of CEN's Administrative Council (CA) for 2 consequent 2-year terms(2014-2017), and Chair of CEN's Certification Board from 2015 to 2017 and member of CENELEC's CA on 2011-12. Furthermore, he was a member of the CENELEC Technical Board (BT) from 2006 and 2008 and of CEN BT from 2007 to 2014. Mr Kammas holds a BBA in Management from Cyprus College, in Nicosia, and an MBA in Marketing from the University of New Haven in the USA. He was elected for a 2-year term as CENELEC's Board Member in June 2018 and has officially started in this capacity in January 2019.

Wojciech Konecki, Poland

Born in 1967, Mr Wojciech Konecki graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics in 1991 with a master's degree in economics. He has worked in the household appliance manufacturing industry sector for the past 20 years. He has held both managerial and executive level positions in international companies, Whirlpool and Electrolux. Since 2004 he has been the Director General, Member of the Board of the Association of Employers, APPLiA Polska, which represents the industry's interests towards the government, parliament and media, as well as market research and economic analysis activities. Since 2005, he has been working as Councillor and Vice-Chairman of the Polish National Chamber of Commerce (KIG). He is also a chairman of the Committee of Electrical Consumer Goods in the Polish Committee for Standardization (PKN) and holds the chairmanship of the supervisory board of the waste producer EEE collection system ElektroEko SA. Mr Wojciech Konecki has published many articles on the subjects of Circular Economy, EEE recycling, energy efficiency and market trends. As well as his mother language of Polish, he is fluent in English. He is married and has two daughters. Mr Wojciech Konecki was elected to the CENELEC Administrative Board in November 2017.

Kristin Helen Lind, Norway

Mrs Kristin H. Lind has been the Executive Director Energy Norway AS, a subsidiary company of the Norwegian association for Energy companies, working with R&D, education, standardisation and politics in these areas. As from 1st of January 2018 she is also Director of the Department for Distribution Grid Companies in Energy Norway, the association for Energy companies in Norway. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Norwegian Electrotechnical Committee since January 2017, and has been a member of the technical committee (NK8) in Norwegian Electrotechnical Committee (NEK). NK8 prepares for necessary standards framework and coordinate the development of NEK standards needed to facilitate the functioning of electricity supply systems in open markets, and corresponds to IEC TC 8 og CENELEC TC 8X. Mrs Kristin Helen Lind was elected as a member of the CENELEC Administrative Board in November 2017.

Karl-Heinz Mayer, Austria

Mr Karl-Heinz Mayer is Director Innovation, Codes and Standards & Program Management in Eaton’s Industries EMEA Power Distribution Division (PDD) and member of the extended Management Board. In this position since 2009, he has been actively involved in national, European and international electrotechnical standardization. He also manages the standardization team of PDD which contributes to various national and international technical standardization committees. Over the course of his career, Mr Mayer has built a strong experience in the management of Research & Development, Innovation, Program Management, Quality and Standardization teams starting at Felten & Guilleaume AG, continuing at Moeller Gebäudeautomation GmbH and followed then by Eaton Industries (Austria) GmbH. He is board member of the private foundation ESF. Mr Mayer holds a degree in industrial engineering and is certified as manager for quality. He was elected as CENELEC Board Member for a two-year mandate beginning in January 2021.

Ingars Pilmanis, Latvia

Mr Ingars Pilmanis has been the Head of Latvian Standard (LVS) since 2008, first as Director and now Board Member. Mr Ingars Pilmanis holds a Master degree in Business Administration and Information Systems from the University of Latvia, and has given lectures for a number of years in the Riga Technical University on quality infrastructure and assurance. Before moving to LVS, he held numerous responsibilities in the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia. At different times, as Director of the Department he was in charge of policy in the field of standardization, accreditation metrology as well as construction worked with approximation of national legislation with the EU in field of free movement of goods. He was also the President of the Latvian Quality Association. He was elected as CENELEC Board Member for a two-year mandate beginning in January 2021.

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