Keynote Speakers


Prof. Akshay Kumar Rathore



Akshay Kumar Rathore is an IEEE Fellow and expert in power electronics and control of electrical motor drives. He is currently a Professor and Program leader of Electrical Power Engineering Degree Program jointly offered with Newcastle University, UK. He received the Gold Medal for securing the highest academic standing in his Master’s degree among all electrical engineering specializations at Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi, India. He received his PhD degree in Power Electronics from University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 2008. He had two subsequent postdoctoral research appointments with the University of Wuppertal, Germany, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.  From 2011-2015, he served as an Assistant Professor in Electrical   and   Computer   Engineering, National   University   of Singapore. From 2016-2021, he served as an Associate Professor in Electrical   and   Computer   Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada where he was listed in the Provost Circle of Distinction in 2021. He served as the Graduate Program Director and Chair of Graduate Awards during 2020-21.

Dr. Rathore is a recipient   of   the   2013   IEEE   IAS   Andrew   W.   Smith Outstanding Young Member Achievement Award, 2014 Isao Takahashi Power Electronics Award, 2017 IEEE IES David Irwin Early Career Award, 2019 IES Publications Service Recognition Award, 2020   IEEE   Bimal   Bose   Award   for   Industrial Electronics Applications in Energy Systems, 2021 Nagamori Award, and 2023 Distinguished Alumna Award (Young Achiever Category -IIT BHU Varanasi). He published about 300 research papers in international journals and conferences, including 105 IEEE TRANSACTIONS. 

Dr. Rathore is currently serving as the co-Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee member of IEEE IES Society, member of the IEEE Nikola Tesla Award Committee and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE PELS society. .