Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Thies, born on 22.11.1951, studied Power Engineering at RWTH Aachen, followed by his doctorate at Institut für Allgemeine Elektrotechnik und Hochspannungstechnik. In 1999 Dr. Thies started as Deputy Managing Director of he DKE (German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE), followed with the nomination as Chairman of the Board of Directors in May 2007. In his capacity as Secretary of the German National committee of IEC and CENELEC Dr. Thies also represented German interests in various Management Committees until end of 2015. In March 2014 he was elected as Chairman for the External Relations Committee of CEN, CENELEC and ETSI. In december 2014 Dr. Thies has been nominated as Vice-President of IRIEA – International Robotics and Intelligent Equipment Industry Alliance (former AMA), China. This international institute is engaged in providing professional training and
consulting services for the organizations and the individuals in China. Since many years he holds lectures at the RWTH Aachen “Protective Measures and Equipment in Power Supply Systems and Electrical Installations” (Master-Studies Electrical Power Engineering). Dr Thies 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. In Januar 2015 Dr. Thies started his duties as the incoming CENELEC President; his CENELEC presidency will last from 2016 until 2018.