Dean Sharafi

Candidate Statement

Dean Sharafi

Dear members of the IEEE PES,

I am honored to present my candidacy for a position on the governing board of the IEEE PES. With over 3 decades of experience in the power and energy industry and a deep understanding of the latest trends and challenges facing our field, I am confident that I can make valuable contributions to the society.

If elected, I will support society’s mission to advance the knowledge and expertise in power and energy sector. Working diligently to strengthen our society’s connections with industry and academic communities, I will promote sustainability, innovation and collaboration, and ensure that the society remains at the forefront of technological advancement. I will also foster diversity, equity, and inclusion and work actively to create a welcoming environment for members from all backgrounds, and to ensure that diverse perspectives are represented in all decision-making processes.

Thank you for considering my candidacy. If elected, I promise to work hard to uphold the values and mission of the IEEE PES and to serve our community with integrity and dedication.


Dean Sharafi is heading up the System Design and Transformation Group of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). Dean holds a degree in Applied Physics, a degree in Electrical Engineering and a degree in Business Management. He has around 30 years of experience in power system engineering including Power System Protection, HV Systems, Asset Management and Power System and Electricity Market Operation.

He is a member of Australian Institute of Management, Cigre, Engineers Australia and a senior member the IEEE. Dean has been also a sessional academic and actively involved with IEEE PES initiatives and Cigre Working Groups over the last decade and has served as a member of the Governing Board of the IEEE PES from 2017 to 2022.

Dean has published many papers on power system protection, condition monitoring, asset management and power system operations.

Dean is also the author of his memoire “The Unwilling Revolutionary.” 


I have contributed to the PES in different roles performing as the Chair of Western Australian Chapter, Chapter Representative for Australia and New Zealand, chair of the Scholarship Plus initiative from 2007 to 2017; and serving on the Governing Board as the Region Representative for Asia Pacific from 2017 to 2022. I have also been the chair of PES Conferences in Region 10, supporting these events and ensuring they are successful and a foundation for membership growth in the region. I have attended most of these events and presented as a Keynote speaker or a panellist and have supported them with setting up international advisory committees and finding speakers from the industry.

Furthermore, I have been active on the technical activities of the PES contributing to white papers and podcasts. I have presented IEEE PES globally leading to important agreements such as signing of corporate membership programs with organisations on behalf of PES. I have contributed to identification and selection of Distinguished Lecturers for the IEEE PES DL program. 

Cooperating and attending the editorial board of PES magazine, I have served as the Guest Editor for Sep/Oct 2021 of Power and Energy magazine bringing the Australian perspective on energy transition and renewable energy integration. I am also a regular contributor to the magazine on different topics related to our industry.