Cultural engagement and Affiliate development in IEC – Let´s talk about reinvention


Inter-cultural communication is an integral part in the course of consensus based international standardization. Different ways of working and perceptions of relevant contents could always affect the progresses in a committee or even create unnecessary obstacles apart from disparities in technical details. At the beginning of this session, we will look into this “soft” part of standards development through a real case study and brainstorming on potential means to improve cross-cultural understanding, in support of future technical work in the IEC community.

The IEC Affiliate Program is offering a valuable opportunity for countries who are not IEC members to experience the benefits of common international standards. Yet, economic and technical developments in these countries have nudged many of them toward collaboration with the international community in a boarder scope. How would IEC support them in taking a step closer to the community? And are there any new mechanisms on the horizon that could be availed to tackle these evolving needs? Continue in this session, we will engage IEC Affiliate countries in a symmetric discussion on the way forward.


Peter Fischer

R&D Project Manager

Peter Fischer received his diploma in Electrical engineering (Bachelor of Science) from Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Winterthur in 2001. He joined AESA SA in August 2014 as R&D Project Manager after formerly working 6 years in the radio frequency lab, part of the development support department, at Reichle & De-Massari AG in Wetzikon, Switzerland.
Peter is member of IEC TC46, TC48 and CENELEC TC46X standardisation committees and its working groups, focused on data cables and test methods such as balunless testing. He holds a patent on balunless adaptation for data cables.
In 2016, he received a MBA from both the University of Applied Science Zurich (HWZ) and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in International Business.

Honoré Demenou Tapamo

President of National Electrotechnical Committee – Cameroon
ANOR - Agence des Normes et de la Qualité

Honoré Demenou Tapamo is the Deputy General Manager of the Electricity Sector Regulatory Agency. He holds a Master of Science as an engineer in Electromechanics which he obtained in 1982 at the Energy Institute of Moscow, followed by his Master in Energy Economics at the IEPF in Grenoble, France, in 1989. Later, in 2005, he achieved his Master of Business Administration at the University of Quebec, Montreal.

Dr. Bernhard Thies

President of CENELEC – European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization

Dr. Bernhard Thies is Chairman of the Board of Directors of DKE – the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE, German National Committee of IEC and CENELEC. Moreover he is Vice-Chairman of the EEBus Initiative, a network of leading companies, associations and stakeholders in the German and international energy, telecommunications and electrical industry in order to open up the new market of smart connectivity. Dr Thies is Vice-President of the Asian Management Association (China), the international institute engaged in providing professional training and consulting services for the organizations and the individuals in China. Since many years he also gives lectures at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen). Dr Thies studied at the RWTH Aachen where he also obtained his doctorate. His last position in industry (1999) was President of the ABB Traffo BB Gmbh, specialized in power, distribution and transformers. His standardization career in VDE started in 1999. Dr Thies was elected CENELEC President Elect in June 2014 and runs since January 2016 the CENELEC Presidency.

Corinna Egerer

Presenter & Moderator

Corinna Egerer moderates business events with confidence, poise, charm and professionalism. Equally comfortable in both German and English, her extensive experience in the communication departments of several companies has given her the skills to successfully bring together the most diverse formats and target groups.

Location: Kap Europa

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