A man on a mission – welcome, Chidera!

30.09.2020

“Where there is data smoke, there is also a business fire,” noted Thomas Redman, internationally renowned as the “Data Doc”. We at TSCNET take his words to heart and strive to provide secure data of excellent quality to ensure that our business processes run smoothly and there is no smoke. To achieve this, we rely on a team of knowledgeable and well-trained experts. Now we have been able to expand this team a little: We are pleased to welcome Chidera Abonyi as a new Data Quality working student in the Service Operations business unit. He shares our understanding of the immense importance of high-quality data and adds a new chapter to his inspiring journey through the world of data and energy.

Chidera already holds a M.Sc. in Energy Engineering from the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Science (PAUWES) at the University of Tlemcen in Algeria and is currently completing his second postgraduate course in Power Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). In addition to his academic knowledge of energy-related topics, the 28-year-old Nigerian has already gained valuable practical experience across the globe.

Chidera worked with the Photovoltaic Research Laboratory (PVRL) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on solar cell design, completed a research internship at the TUM on short-term electricity forecasting and also supported the German Agency for International Cooperation in the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP). In addition, Chidera, whose main motivation in the energy world stems from his vision of a sustainable future, also has extensive experience in volunteer work throughout Africa.

The joy of supporting others
Most recently, Chidera worked with the Tanzania Development Trust, where he worked with volunteers in the East African country to create better maps for the country’s citizens. Since July 2018, he has also been volunteering for the Switch Energy Alliance (SEA) as an assistant to the African Outreach Campaign. Prior to that, he worked as a research assistant for Power for All in his home country Nigeria, where he collected and analysed data, focusing on Nigeria’s renewable energy sector. “Working as a volunteer gives me the opportunity to connect with various communities and to turn my passions into real and immediate positive impact at grassroots level,” he explains.

At TSCNET, Chidera’s work focuses on one platform project in the field of visualisation and another on the optimisation of grid data and its analysis. In his spare time, he enjoys going on long-distance runs in nature, listening to great music and exploring the world. Munich offers great opportunities in this respect. We are delighted to have a knowledgeable and committed young colleague with a great deal of heart, and we look forward to having him at our side in our work for a more sustainable future.

TSCNET Services welcomes Chidera Abonyi, the new working student in our BU Service Operations 

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Corona made us wait so long – welcome, Abel!

13.08.2020

The coronavirus has led to severe disruptions worldwide. Fortunately, our team and our work have only been indirectly affected until now, but even this can be quite serious in individual cases. This also applies to our latest hire: Abel Belliard Soto, the new Information Security Analyst in the IT Infrastructure Services team in our Corporate Services unit. Instead of leaving his home country at the end of February as planned due to the pandemic, the 27-year-old from the Dominican Republic was only now able to start his new position at TSCNET Services after a delay of more than five months. And this in a particularly sensitive area of work: In the energy sector, it is no wonder that effective and reliable protection of information is regarded as the backbone of good risk management and the basis for a secure supply. But finally, the wait is over – for Abel, and for us!

Last year, Abel earned a master’s degree in information security at the Royal Holloway University of London, one of the few fully-certified MSc courses by the Government Communication Headquarters of the U.K. In addition to his academic education, Abel has gained important practical knowledge in a wide range of companies of all sizes, working in a variety of industries from security systems to finance to telecommunications. In recent years he has worked as an IT and electronic security systems analyst, support engineer and most recently as an information security analyst. In his previous positions, his responsibilities focused on infrastructure security, vulnerability and security management, and database security. “Thanks to these experiences, information security has proven to be my true passion,” says Abel.

Accuracy and a big pinch of adventurousness
In his new role, Abel will apply his academic and practical knowledge to ensure that information is processed efficiently and, most importantly, is always well secured. “He will mainly take care of all security aspects of our IT activities,” said Mark Beregi, Lead IT Infrastructure Services. “But he will also be involved in security operations in support of ISO activities.” As Abel puts it, he is keen to start exciting projects in the new working environment. “I know from experience that a medium-sized, diverse company with an open culture where everyone can contribute their ideas for the benefit of the company is a great place to work,” he says. Aside from work, Abel is excited to be in the heart of Europe and close to the Alps, as it allows him to explore the continent better and try new things, such as skiing – preferably with his new colleagues.

In Abel’s home country there is a saying “Al que a buen árbol se arrima, buena sombra lo cobija”. This could be translated as “The one who leans on a good tree will get the good shade”. We have made inquiries, and the saying can evidently be applied to good friends as well as good work. Therefore, this is the right expression for us to thank him once again for his great patience and to wish him all the more a great start with us!

Abel Belliard Soto has joined TSCNET Services as Information Security Analyst in the Corporate Services business unit

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Swapping numbers for people – the story of Mihály Kapás

09.07.2020

At the turn of the millennium Phil Collins sang his famous song “Son of Man” for Disney’s animated film “Tarzan”. There is a much-quoted verse in it: “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn. You’ll find your place beside the ones you love.” Although the world has changed considerably since this text was written, its message seems timeless: teaching and learning not only brings people together and promotes team spirit, but also creates an environment in which great ideas can be born and flourish. For Mihály Kapás, the new Senior Training & Licensing Manager in our Service Operations business unit, these lines are a constant inspiration and a kind of motto for his career.

The 37-year-old comes from Hungary, where he earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. After graduating, Mihály joined the Hungarian power transmission system operator (TSO) MAVIR and became a specialist in planning network operations. He stayed with the company for 14 years and gained important insights into the different departments and tasks of a TSO. Over time, Mihály realized that his true vocation in the energy world is not in numbers, but in working more closely with the people who form the backbone of the security of the European power grid. He decided to follow his passion and opened the door to the world of training, mentoring and coaching by completing an internationally recognized coaching programme and taking responsibility for internal training. Through his work he made contact with many colleagues from the energy world, including employees of TSCNET Services. Mihály states that this experience gave him the inspiration to move to our company from Budapest to Munich, as he felt that TSCNET and its employees were very much in line with his vision.

In his new role, Mihály will use the knowledge he has acquired over the years to support the different business units through customized training. “For me, TSCNET is a hub of people, ideas, and information,” states our most recent newcomer. “Whatever happens here, might have an effect on the whole system.” As someone who grew up in a multicultural family and already speaks English, Spanish and Russian apart from Hungarian, he is also looking forward to learning German in addition to his daily work tasks and to applying his diverse experience to his work with us. Since Mihály, like many of his new colleagues, loves motorcycling and likes to be in nature, this should be an exciting mixture. There are two popular quotes from Phil Collins that come to mind: “Deep inside us we’re not that different at all”, or, also from the “Tarzan” soundtrack, “Put your faith in what you most believe in”. Either way: Welcome to the team!

Mihály Kapás is the new Senior Training & Licensing Manager in our Service Operations business unit

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Difficult to procure – welcome, Marcela!

02.07.2020

“Procurement is not only about negotiating prices – it is about creating long-term partnerships beneficial for all involved parties,” says Marcela Ostafie, the new Procurement and Contract Manager in the Portfolio Management unit at TSCNET Services. Marcela, who chose the company because of its “fresh, international, young environment”, is looking forward to supporting all needs relating to all major purchasing processes and contractual arrangements and ensuring that business partnerships continue to flourish.

The 46-year old Romanian holds a diploma in business administration from the Munich University of Applied Sciences and has gained professional experience in a variety of areas during tenures with companies such as Airbus Group, Huawei Technologies and the Deutsche Bahn AG. In her functions as Category Manager and Strategic Buyer, Marcela contributed and expanded her knowledge on supply chains, project management as well as successful procurement. Thanks to her detailed insights into these important business operations, she comes to TSCNET equipped with great ideas and driven to make a lasting positive impact.

In her new position, Marcela will focus on implementing robust procurement processes and improving them together with her co-workers from Portfolio Management. Apart from her work responsibilities, Marcela is also taking care of her two lovely cats Luna and Lucky, who have been with her for three years. “Find out what your business partner loves and put your claws into it”, says the advice of financial market expert Clem Chambers in his article “Five Things Businesses Can Learn From Cats” in “Forbes”. We’re pretty sure that Marcela has some negotiating skills, but you don’t have to take this claw thing too literally. “Meow!”

Marcela Ostafie has joined TSCNET Services as the new Procurement and Contract Manager in the Portfolio Management unit

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A journey through the energy world – welcome, Abror!

01.07.2020

Maintaining the operational security of the European electricity system requires the highest level of expertise, ability to make the right decisions in stressful situations, and dedication – especially in our Service Operations business unit. Abror Shamsiev, our new Junior Operations Manager, should be well qualified for this and has already gained experience in ensuring that electricity processes run smoothly and efficiently.

The 29-year-old Abror comes from Uzbekistan, where he completed his basic studies in Electrical Engineering at the Tashkent State Technical University and also started his professional career. His journey in the energy sector began in 2010, the last year of his undergraduate studies, when Abror joined the Coordinating Dispatch Centre “Energy” in Tashkent, which acts as Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) similar to TSCNET in Central Asia. He worked there for a total of five years. During this time, he was also involved in a fellowship programme in Brussels at the Energy Charter Secretariat, which focused on electricity transit pricing in transition countries. Inspired by his time in Brussels, he decided to pursue a European graduate education and in March 2019 obtained a Master’s degree from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern in Rhineland-Palatinate in western Germany. Thanks to his experience both in Central Asia and in the EU, Abror has gained valuable insights into the field of energy security and has been able to build up an impressive range of skills.

Abror will now use his rich experience and qualifications to help further improve our services to our customers. He is particularly excited about the opportunity to focus more on energy security issues in Europe at the highest level. Doing this with equally ambitious colleagues “is the cherry on top”, says Abror. The team spirit at TSCNET embodies a working culture that can be described very well with an Uzbek proverb: One head is good, two are better. Fortunately, with Abror we have gained what appears to be a rather clever additional head.

TSCNET welcomes Abror Shamsiev, new Junior Operations Manager in the Service Operations unit

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Chilean with electrifying mission – welcome, Claudio!

30.06.2020

The European power transmission grid supplies an entire continent with energy and ensures that its citizens have constant access to energy. As it is the largest synchronous network in the world, it is of the utmost importance to correctly simulate electricity movements so that secure transmission can be guaranteed now and in the future. It is this fascinating task that Claudio López, the newest member of our Service Development Unit, has brought to us. Claudio has recently joined TSCNET Services as a Business Analyst and wants to contribute all the knowledge the 35-year-old Chilean has already acquired in his career.

Claudio holds an M.Sc. degree in Energy Technology from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Southwest Germany and the Uppsala University in Sweden. Before joining TSCNET, Claudio worked as Research Assistant in the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (Fraunhofer IEE) in Kassel and did research as part of his PhD program at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. There he was part of the Intelligent Electrical Power Grids group for four years. He was dedicated to the search for a method to accelerate the communication between geographically distributed dynamic energy system simulators. The basic idea of this project was to integrate models from different places without exchanging them. At each new location, Claudio was able to gain detailed insights into the continent’s complex power system and understand its many facets. A Chilean proverb fits this perfectly: “The dog that doesn’t walk doesn’t find a bone.”

At TSCNET, Claudio’s focus will be assisting the Service Development team in their work on the Common Grid Model Specification Standard. We are sure that the sometimes bumpy road ahead will be no barrier for Claudio, who has been a mountain biker since his youth and knows exactly how to overcome obstacles to reach his goal successfully. And if the challenges in his job are not big enough for him, 53 mountain peaks of more than 2000 metres height are waiting for him and his bike in the administrative district of Upper Bavaria in the south of Munich alone, and that’s only where the Alps begin …

Claudio López has joined TSCNET Services as the new Business Analyst in the Service Development Unit 

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A globetrotter worth the circus – welcome, Gen!

26.06.2020

At TSCNET Services we support Europe’s transmission system operators (TSOs) as both service providers and groundbreakers on a partnership basis. To master this tough task, we need experts from very different fields to work hand in hand. The Human Resources department plays a key role in identifying the right people with the right skills for our growing company and bringing them together to form a powerful team. US expert Trisha McFarlane once said that HR is “fun, risky, mesmerizing, captivating, and unique – the closest comparison I could make is that it is like a circus”. So, the ideal candidate would have to be someone with years of circus experience, especially at one of the best and best known circuses in the world. Well, here she is: Geneviève Retzlaff, called Gen, the new HR & Development Manager in our Corporate Services business unit.

Gen is originally from the French-speaking part of Canada and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Human Resources from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. She gained professional experience as a Head of HR at a visual effects studio, worked for seven years for the world famous Cirque du Soleil as HR business partner and recently started to work as a coach and HR consultant. Many pieces of a mosaic, which together create optimal conditions to form a team of individuals from different cultural backgrounds and contribute to maximizing the efficiency of all HR-related processes.

Gen’s experiences and expertise will also play a decisive role at TSCNET to master the challenges of the future with talented and motivated employees. During her time with Cirque du Soleil she travelled no less than 42 countries and worked in 182 cities. Always on the road with a huge cast of very different people and tons of luggage, constantly faced with new adversities, and yet the perfect show must be put on night after night. In power supply, the safety net and protective measures are more important than the breathtaking jump from the trapeze, but we are still looking forward to the one or other successful feat with Gen. “Bienvenue chez TSCNET!”

TSCNET Services welcomes Geneviève Retzlaff, called Gen, the new HR & Development Manager

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A polyglot with communicative power

28.04.2020

“You’ll never find one like that – you’ll have to bake one yourself first,” one of the team members interjected when we talked about the ideal candidate for the position of a working student for corporate communications and PR at TSCNET Services. And today? We seem to have found him! Marcos Moschovidis has been on board with us for a few weeks now and is demonstrating his potential in external and internal communications in a pretty impressive way.

Primarily, the 26-year-old is currently completing his master’s degree in politics and technology at the Technical University of Munich. So, the first special feature: While most people in the PR industry prefer lifestyle topics and are at best open to technical issues, our newcomer really understands them. Number two: He fits in one-to-one with the diversity in our company and the European spirit: Marcos grew up in Germany as the son of a Greek father – which is why the “s” in his first name is not pronounced – and a Croatian mother and has a deep personal passion for Europe.

Around the globe…
Let us take a look at a few details from Marcos’ CV. As part of his studies, he was a visiting researcher at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and participated in an exchange programme with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for several months. He also completed a traineeship with a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels and worked for the non-profit consulting firm Bavarian Research Alliance in the Department of Environment, Energy, and Bioeconomy in Munich. During this time, he gained valuable experience in informing the public on a variety of EU-related topics via on- and offline tools. This explains why besides classical communication tools he also is skilled in social media. For instance, he very successfully launched his own information project “EU FOR YOU” on Instagram to encourage young citizens to participate in the European elections. Within three months, the project reached millions of people and was mentioned in various media such as the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” or the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation.

At TSCNET, Marcos will be active in all areas of communication from corporate design and presentations to website and social media channels. He is already very keen, Marcos says, “to persuade the audience of the importance of cooperation and coordination to maintain the world’s largest synchronous power grid”. He will not lack the energy and courage to do so. If so, his Croatian relatives might have the right proverb for him: “A person is worth as much as the number of languages he speaks”. And from Greece, too, there is an appropriate saying: “Here is Rhodes, jump here!” – now prove what you can do. No matter what Marcos will listen to: His new colleagues and the company’s so-called dialogue groups can already look forward to discovering even more special features of this multi-talented man.

Marcos Moschovidis has joined TSCNET Services as a working student for communications and PR

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Putting together Europe’s power puzzle

16.04.2020

“Electricity is really just organised lightning,” said George Carlin, the Grammy award winning American comedian. But this organising thing is bloody complex. To provide exceptional service in the electricity business, one needs to understand the many important pieces of this exciting industry, which form a powerful puzzle together. Ivana Duraković has recently joined TSCNET Services as an Operations Manager in the Business Unit Service Operations and is well experienced in looking at such details. She looks forward to contributing her knowledge to the company’s success together with her new colleagues.

Ivana is 35 years old and originally from Croatia, where she obtained her Master of Engineering degree at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Osijek, the economic and cultural centre of Croatia’s Slavonia region. Upon completion of her studies, she felt drawn to the capital city Zagreb and joined Croatia’s transmission system operator (TSO) HOPS. Ivana started her eleven-year long tenure with the company by working in various subsidiaries, for example one specialised in metering devices. After having acquired a wide understanding of the basics, equipment and coordination, she broadened her horizon by taking on new duties as a power system dispatcher. In her new role, she gained insights into the fascinating world of power flows, power system stability, and electricity grid processes. Before joining TSCNET, Ivana held the position of Head of Power System Control Centre at HOPS.

The energy doesn’t stop after work
Looking at Ivana’s passion for electricity, it only makes sense that she is very energetic in her free time, too. She is a climber, snowboarder, and lindy hop dancer, who knows how to perform lindy hop aerials, an acrobatic technique developed in the 30s. As a frequent traveller, she also enjoys learning new languages and even speaks basic Chinese.

At TSCNET, she will use her expertise and power to boost the operations quality and support the team in its daily business. Along the way, she will also have many opportunities to pick up new words in one of the many languages represented in our so diverse staff. She can then tell her former fellow workers about it, after all HOPS is one of the customers and, at worst, just a phone call away.

TSCNET Services hired Ivana Duraković as Operations Manager in the Business Unit Service Operations 

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Skills with a good dose of laugh

07.04.2020

“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” is a well-known proverb from Pakistan. That should not be a problem for Adam Ali, the new Junior Project Management Officer, who has joined the Business Unit Portfolio Management at TSCNET Services.

Adam is originally from Pakistan and is excited about the amazing challenges in the energy industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in the second largest city in Pakistan, and subsequently completed an MBA degree in International Management in Pforzheim, in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. He has more than three years of experience in project management and has a strong affinity for IT systems and software. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he worked in Lahore University of Management Sciences as part of the programme management team, taking care of finances, project coordination and process alignment.

Quite a lot of practice already
His experience also extends to the corporate world: Adam not only interned in project management at Allianz Technology SE, but also wrote his MBA thesis on agile and hybrid methodologies in cooperation with the company. In addition, he joined the NBHX Trim Group as a working student in the programme management department and helped to digitise cross-departmental communication strategies to optimise internal information exchange.

At TSCNET Services, Adam will use his skills to help the multinational team ensure smooth operations. His enthusiasm for the energy industry will help to achieve this. With his knowledge of project management in agile and international environments, he will support the new colleagues primarily in process optimisation and standardisation.

Apart from the business side of things, Adam is an avid traveller and hiker who loves to entertain people with his sense of humour. Again, there is a saying in Pakistan that suits this: “Do good and throw it in the river.” With Adam, it’s quite possible that the Bavarian Isar River feels almost like the legendary Indus, thanks to a smile amongst coworkers.

Adam Ali has been hired as Junior Project Management Officer

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