Council elects future IEC President

Dr Yinbiao Shu will take over presidency in 2020

IEC Council elected Yinbiao Shu of China as IEC President for a three-year term of office, starting 1 January 2020.

Yinbiao Shu, elected as IEC President from January 2020, during IEC GM in Busan, Korea

A first for China

In March 2018, IEC members were asked to nominate candidates for the position of IEC President in the run-up to the October election. Council members endorsed Shu’s candidacy and he was elected as IEC President on 26 October during the Council Statutory Session in Busan, Republic of Korea. His election is a milestone for China, Shu being the first Chinese President of the IEC.

Shu will become IEC President-Elect on 1 January 2019. Already familiar with the IEC and its activities, he will provide support to IEC President James M. Shannon during this first year. On 1 January 2020, he will take over as President and Shannon will become IEC Immediate Past President.

In his own words

In his acceptance speech, Shu cited Lord Kelvin the first IEC President: “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it”. He went on to say that “IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment provide the baseline and guiding principles for global trade, eliminating technical barriers and accelerating technological advancement. IEC plays a fundamental role in promoting globalization and makes the world a community more closely-connected than ever before. Globalization not only promotes trade and economic prosperity, but also conduces to productivity improvement and technological innovation. Currently, we are still faced with many challenges such as energy shortage, environmental pollution and climate change with one billion of the world’s population still without access to electricity. We have every reason to work harder for the well-being of all.”

“We are embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Shu. “As was the case during the First Industrial Revolution, standardization is also of great significance to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and will play an even more critical role. We will not shrink from all these challenges, nor fail to seize the emerging opportunities. Instead, IEC will encourage bilateral and multilateral cooperation to promote globalization and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Everyone in IEC is expected to make his or her own contributions to maintain the strong leadership of IEC in the field of standardization, make IEC more transparent and strengthen its role as a globally recognized authoritative standardization organization. IEC will make joint efforts with all sides to address challenges, promote reforms and meet the growing demand for standardization worldwide. We are confident that IEC will become stronger and help the world to create a safer and more efficient future.”

A solid and diverse background

A senior engineer in power systems and automation, Shu has a PhD from Wuhan University, China. He currently holds the position of Chairman of the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the largest electric utility company in the world, with more than 1,6 million employees, which provides power to more than 1,1 billion people. Altogether SGCC’s transmission lines, of 110 (66) kV and above, cover close to one million kilometers. In 2018, SGCC ranks second for the third consecutive year on the Fortune Global 500 list.

Shu is also a senior member of IEEE and Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Society of Electrical Engineering.

He has been extensively involved in the technical research and management of power grid planning, engineering, dispatch and operation. Shu has contributed to the development and application of power grid planning technology, UHV power transmission technology, and complex power grid operation and control. He has also focused on the integration of wind power, solar power and other renewable energy sources into grid technology and smart grid standardization.

Longstanding contribution to IEC work

Since 2008, Shu has had the opportunity to become well acquainted with IEC activities. He served as Secretary of IEC TC 115: High voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission for DC voltages above 100 kV; he was a member of the Standardization Management Board (SMB) Strategic Group (SG) 2 on ultra high voltage (UHV) technologies; and a member of the Market Strategy Board (MSB).

Appointed Convenor of the MSB at the June 2012 MSB meeting, Shu became one of three IEC Vice-Presidents in January 2013 for a three-year term, a position he will relinquish at the end of 2018, after completion of his second term of office.

As Vice-President of the IEC and MSB Convenor, Shu was charged with the dual responsibilities of leading the MSB membership renewal and its technology-watch effort. The MSB identifies the principal technological trends and market needs in the fields that IEC is active in. It sets strategies to maximize input from primary markets and points to priorities for IEC technical and conformity assessment work, improving the Commission's response to the needs of innovative and fast-moving markets.

As the third pillar of IEC management structure, the MSB works closely with the SMB and the Conformity Assessment Board (CAB), which all report to the Council Board (CB).

MSB publications

Since 2010, the MSB has published 13 White Papers on topics as diverse as the energy challenge and electrical energy storage, microgrids for disaster preparedness and recovery, infrastructure for sustainable smart cities, wireless sensor networks and the internet of things (IoT), the factory of the future, edge intelligence, artificial intelligence (AI) and more.

The MSB has also produced a Technology Report on nanotechnology in the sectors of solar energy and energy storage.

The IEC community wishes Shu every success in this challenging and important role.