Advisory board

The Advisory Board is an additional multidisciplinary quality control body, responsible for unbiased peer reviewing scientific results, extra quality control of the deliverables and suggestions to the Project Coordinator and Work Package Leaders on how to improve the quality of the results and deliverables and ensure their maximum impact. We foresee that the whole Advisory board consists of 5 to 6 members from the fields of expertise in smart grids, renewable energy sources, communication networks, security and economics/business, either from academia or industry.


Franko Nemac, Director, Project Manager and Energy Policy Expert, Energy Restructuring Agency ApE, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Franko Nemac, B.Sc. E.E., director of ApE, graduated in 1973 the Faculty for Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. He was co-founder of the agency ApE in 1991. He has 34 years of professional experience in designing and engineering of the overhead electric lines, switchyards, thermal and nuclear power plants, preparation and evaluation of tender documents and QA activities for electrical and I&C systems, experience as top-level expert in the field of energy policy, power generation and transmission and other energy sector related issues, for example: energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, pricing, tariff metering, feasibility studies, etc.

Mr. Nemac has participated as project manager in many energy sectors and energy policy related projects. He possesses extensive international and European Union working knowledge and experience in project managing and team leading. He performed numerous lectures and publications on energy policy, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Mr. Nemac is excellent connoisseur of situation in Slovenian energy sector and possess extensive working knowledge with Slovenian governmental institutions and ministries. He is a member of the Slovenian Electrotechnical Association, of the Slovenian Committee of the World Energy Council-WEC, Slovenian representative in the International WEC Committee on Renewables, coordinator of the Slovenian PV Platform and member of the European Technological Platform for Photovoltaics.

Hans-Peter Schwefel, Scientific Director, Research Centre for Telecommunications, Vienna, Austria
Before joining FTW in 2007, Hans has been full-time Associate Professor for IP-based wireless networks at Aalborg University, Denmark, and prior to that Project Manager for Research Cooperations at Siemens Mobile Networks. Hans is currently overall coordinator of the FP7 Strep SmartC2Net and has been overall coordinator of the FP6 STREP Highly-dependable IP-based Networks and Services – HIDENETS.

In addition, he has had a leading role in several FP6 and FP7 projects. He is Associate Editor of IEEE Communications Letters. Hans obtained his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in the area of communication network performance IP traffic modelling from the Technical University in Munich in 2000.

Rafael Wisniewski. Professor in control engineering, Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University, Denmark. He is involved in several smart grid projects (Smart & Cool, SmartC2Net) and is currently the project coordinator of the FP7 research project EDGE. His professional webpage is here:

Nermin Suljanović. Associate Professor, Department of Communications, University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. His research encompasses: Communication channel modelling, Power-line communications, Smart grids. His web page is at: