IEC’s Lord Kelvin Award to Wim De Kesel, CENELEC’s Vice President Policy 

Wim De Kesel, Vice President Policy CENELEC, was awarded on 24 October the 2018 edition of the prestigious Lord Kelvin Award at the 82nd International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) General Meeting in Busan, South Korea. The Lord Kelvin Award is the highest honour bestowed by IEC, and is attributed to individuals who have had an exceptional contribution to the world of international electrotechnical standardization.

The Lord Kelvin Award, which takes its name from the first IEC’s President, the Rt. Hon. Lord Kelvin, is granted maximum once per year “in recognition of exceptional and dedicated contributions by individuals who, for a period of five years at least, have helped the technical work evolve or who have helped develop and promote the conformity assessment systems”.

The honour recognises Mr De Kesel’s outstanding work at the centre of the European and international standardization ecosystem. A Belgian citizen, Mr De Kesel has been involved throughout his career in standardization in the electrotechnical field: after two decades in senior management positions first at Niko and then at Group Legrand, Wim De Kesel has been, since 2010, ‘Group Vice-President Standardization’ of Legrand, a multinational company specialised in electrical and digital building infrastructures.

At the same time, thanks to his expertise in the field, he has also been very active in CENELEC and IEC, bringing forward the perspective of the European industry in international fora. Among his roles, he represents the European Committee of Electrical Installation Equipment Manufacturers (CECAPI) on the CENELEC Technical Board and is active in IEC as secretary of IEC TC 23 – Electrical Accessories. Mr De Kesel has been a CENELEC Board Member and Vice-President Policy CENELEC since June 2014.

In acknowledging the reception of the award, Mr De Kesel stressed the importance of fostering the collaboration between the European and the international standardization organisations: “One of the priorities of our standardization work is to ensure the smooth cooperation between CENELEC and IEC. To bring forward the perspectives of the European industry in international fora is fundamental, as it ensures competitiveness in the global economy”.

Looking back at his career, Mr De Kesel also took some time to look to the future, by sharing some advice to young generations: “Standardization is an exciting field: it means contributing to innovation, and joining forces to write the rules that will drive our future”.

The Lord Kelvin Award is not the first time Wim De Kesel’s work has been celebrated by the standardization community: in 2011 he received the IEC Thomas Edison Award and in 2013, the CENELEC Technical Body Award

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