Tested and proven: Welcome, Stefan!

01.12.2020

A test engineer sets up the process to ensure that a product meets the applicable specifications. This is how you can find out about it on Wikipedia. Many put it in an even shorter formula: Without testing there is no quality. And in a company like ours, which serves the security of electricity supply, this applies all the more. It is therefore of crucial importance for TSCNET Services to identify and contain risks at an early stage. Today, we are introducing our new team member Stefan Agovski, who has been working as a test engineer in the Portfolio Management business unit since the beginning of September and is concentrating on test activities related to “AMICA”, our “advanced multisite integral congestion assessment module”, which is used to process almost all data.

25-year-old Stefan comes from the Republic of North Macedonia and graduated with an M.Sc. in Energy Science and Technology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. During his studies he was able to gain a variety of professional insights into the world of electrical engineering. He completed a six-month internship at the Swiss-Swedish company ABB, where he worked in the power grid division in the department for fibre current transformers and carried out extensive research work together with his team. Stefan also gained experience at the interface between business and science and held a teaching assistant position at his university in the course “Case Studies: Energy Systems and Technology” for two semesters. Thanks to the design of the course, his role also included project management, thus enabling him to better understand how academic knowledge can be used effectively in different business scenarios.

Now he wants to put his academic and practical knowledge into practice. TSCNET is a great starting point for his career, he tells us: “I chose TSCNET because it is very close to my interests, both from a business perspective and in terms of corporate values.” At the same time, it allows him to deepen his understanding of the energy and electricity world.

In his private life, Stefan is an avid sportsman and enjoys basketball and hiking in the great outdoors (how well the sport gets along with his love of chocolate is something the new colleagues can tickle out in a confidential conversation with him). He also enjoys visiting art exhibitions. “Everybody can do testing, but only a tester does good testing”, is a popular quote from Melissa Eaden, the author of “30 Things Every New Software Tester Should Learn”. When art appreciation and fitness are added to this, nothing can really go wrong.

Stefan Agovski has started as a Test Engineer in our Business Unit Portfolio Management

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The mother of all comebacks? Markéta is back!

17.11.2020

This may sound strange considering her young age, but today we are announcing the return of a veteran from TSCNET Services: Markéta Irová is back from maternity leave! The Czech native, who enjoys hiking, jogging, cycling, snowboarding or canoeing in her spare time, joined us as a Management Assistant shortly after the start in 2013 and experienced first-hand the big initial steps from TSC TSOs – Joint Office in a more provisional setting to a well-functioning Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) with a wide range of services. At the end of 2015 she went on maternity leave and is now – as the mother of two great kids – resuming her office work.

Markéta received a degree in Nature Conservation from the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague in 2012. As part of her graduate studies she also took part in an exchange programme in the field of Global Change Management with the University for Sustainable Development in Eberswalde, Brandenburg, only about 60 km from bustling Berlin. After graduation, Markéta worked in an assistant position in the Prague office of Unicorn, a software company with which we have been cooperating since our foundation.

Motherhood times two, at least …
Before her maternity leave, Markéta was often referred to as the “office mom” or “good soul of TSCNET” because of her friendly, helpful nature. Her patience and gentleness were probably at least as beneficial to her as a young mom of her very lively boys as they were in the office. But her new role also taught her many new things, from identifying different toy model cars to interpersonal skills and finding the right balance between authority and leniency. With all her new abilities and highly motivated, Markéta is now returning to her old place of work.

“I love to be surrounded by motivated and friendly people who work to make our lives more sustainable and connected. TSCNET is the perfect place for this, also because the Clean Energy Package will shape our work in the future”. She also appreciates the diversity in our company and with her language skills – besides Czech and English, Markéta speaks German and Slovakian – she fits in seamlessly. In her role she will support her colleagues in administrative and organisational matters and ensure that all processes run smoothly. Furthermore, she will continue to listen to all concerns and assist her co-workers. A saying from her home country fits perfectly: “Dobrá rada nad zlato” – “good advice is better than gold”.

Back at TSCNET Services: Markéta Irová

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Knowledge passion – welcome, Adrian!

28.10.2020

The European power grid is the largest synchronous electricity network in the world and ensuring its smooth operation is no easy task. It requires dedication, expertise and of course teamwork. Our latest addition shares this understanding and is highly motivated to contribute his knowledge to TSCNET Services: On October 1, Adrian Mihai Constantin joined the Service Operations Business Unit as Operations Manager. His main objective in his new position is to contribute to the development of the company’s tools and services and to participate in the activities related to the Clean Energy for All Europeans package (CEP), which will have a significant impact on the EU energy sector and thus on our tasks and responsibilities. This makes Adrian the ideal complement, whose passion is as great as his experience in this field, as his academic and professional background shows.

The 30-year-old Romanian graduated from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest with a Master’s degree in Energy Engineering. After graduation, he started his professional career at the Romanian transmission system operator (TSO) Transelectrica, one of our 14 shareholders, where he worked for six years in total. Adrian started his tenure as Power System Engineer in the Operational Planning Department and remained in this position for almost one and a half years. Eager to broaden his knowledge and skills, he then moved to Transelectrica’s National Dispatching Centre, where he spent four and a half years as a dispatcher. During his time there, he had the opportunity to control the installations in real time and to gain a thorough understanding of what it means to be part of “the largest and most complex man-made machine in the world”, the European interconnected network. He now wants to use his skills to take up a new challenge at TSCNET.

When asked about the reasons for his decision to join our company, Adrian replies: “I chose TSCNET because its values and multicultural environment resonate greatly with me, just like the fast-growing service offering and the ambitions of the company. Here I can develop in my area of expertise and learn many new things. It also makes me proud to be able to contribute to what will be ‘the biggest change in the energy sector’ – the CEP implementation.” In Romania there is a strong saying when you courageously enter into a venture: “To take your heart in your teeth”. Usually you don’t have to be so biting in our work, but given the challenges on our way to becoming a Regional Coordination Centre (RCC) according to CEP, it could still be very helpful.

Adrian Mihai Constantin joined TSCNET as Operations Manager

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Great run instead of beer fest fun

19.10.2020

The almost worldwide Corona pandemic has brought great turmoil to all our lives. Even those who were spared from infection or even Covid-19 disease experienced a number of restrictions. But besides home schooling and home office, there were also some positive aspects. For example, many people discovered jogging for themselves – to keep fit and as a balance to computer work. We at TSCNET are happy to support this! As a little replacement for the world-famous Oktoberfest – the world’ s largest festival had to be cancelled this year for the first time since the end of World War II – we invited people to participate in the “Oktoberfest Run” with “VirtualRunners” at the beginning of October.

Our employees could choose to run a 5 or 10 km long course, from any location they wanted. Everyone ran for himself – in true “social distancing” – but in a real competition. The runs were documented together with the time – and a lot came together: Besides runs along the Isar or through the huge English Garden in the city centre, others chose the Olympic Park or the Nymphenburg Palace Park. All in all no real substitute for the “Wiesn”, but either way a good idea. In the next few days, all participants will receive their medal – perhaps this will spur them on for the next run. Good luck, good legs!

Many employees of TSCNET Services took part in a special “Oktoberfest Run 2020”

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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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New Managing Director for TSCNET Services

29.09.2020

The Shareholders’ Meeting of TSCNET Services GmbH has appointed Dieter Weiß as Managing Director of TSCNET at the proposal of the nomination committee. Weiß completes the management team and will manage the company together with Uwe Zimmermann. The primary task is the upcoming further development of the current Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) for the 14 shareholders from among the European power transmission system operators into a European Regional Coordination Centre (RCC); this transformation is prescribed by the 4th European Single Market Package (Clean Energy Package, CEP). Weiß will be responsible for the areas of organisation and administration from 15 October.

Weiß (born in 1972) was Head of Finance & Governance at the Baden-Württemberg transmission system operator TransnetBW until 2016. Most recently, he was a member of the Management Board of the investment fund company YIELCO Investments AG. “Mr. Weiß is a proven financial expert who will contribute his expertise and experience to the further development of the company and shape the transformation process in the interests of the shareholders,” ex-plains Dr. Rainer Pflaum, Chief Financial Officer of TransnetBW, in his function as Chairman of the TSCNET Supervisory Board. Zdeslav Čerina, Chairman of the Shareholders’ Meeting agrees: “Mr. Weiß was able to convince us as shareholders with his professional and personal profile to be the right person for the future orientation of the company.

Weiß succeeds Maik Neubauer, who is leaving the company at the end of September when his contract expires after three successful years of continuous growth.

Dieter Weiß fills the position of one of two Managing Directors of TSCNET Services

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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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