Our Executive and Engineering Team
Our Edinburgh based Executive and Engineering Team is world class with diverse specialties and expertise.
Chief Economist & Head of Government Affairs
A strong background in economics and public policy, with senior experience at the highest levels of industry and government. A former Chief Economist of a peak employer body and Senior Economic and policy Adviser to an Australian Premier. In 2014, he was selected by the US Ambassador to the prestigious invitation-only US State Department's International Visiting Leaders Program.
DEREK BOYD, bSc eee, mba, msc, d.univ
Director of Marketing UK/EU
Having previously been the Chief Executive of TechWorks (formerly NMI) since 2001, Derek joined the management team in Faraday Grid in Oct-2017.
Derek graduated in from Paisley College of Technology in 1984 with a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and completed a Master of Business Administration from Strathclyde Graduate Business School in 1994 and an MSc in Management Practice (Leadership Communication) from The Edinburgh Institute in 2015. Derek is also Doctor of the University of Glasgow having been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2010.
Luca Mezossy-Dona, ma (hons)
Events & Communications Co-ordinator
Luca graduated with a first-class Honours Psychology degree and Dean’s List award from the University of St Andrews.
In addition to English, Luca is fluent in Hungarian, her mother tongue, and speaks French.
patryk pociask Beng (Hons)
Patryk attended Edinburgh Napier University, where he received his BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering. His final year Project, ‘Living Environment Advanced Control System’ based on PLC, SCADA and Webpages, included the design and development of an intelligent home control system using PLC technology and IEC1131-3 suit of languages, as well as a user interface for HMI and user-defined webpage to remotely monitor and control the system.
Rod buchanan, m eng
HEAD of R&D UK/EU
Rod is an aerospace engineer and technical manager with over 17 years of experience in agile research & development of software & control system concepts for aircraft, driven by emergent business and customer needs.
Between 2011 and 2016, Rod was the lead engineer on the first flight of a large, remotely piloted aircraft through UK airspace and has since been granted a number of related patents.
elizabeth macharia, BENG MSC MIET
Elizabeth acquired her MSc in Electrical Power Systems at the University of Bath, with distinction on her dissertation, titled "The Graphical Display of Big Data in a Modern Electrical Power System); and received her B.Eng. (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Brighton.
Elizabeth is passionate about developing sustainable energy solutions for developing regions.
jagadeesh GUNDA, phd power systems (final yr)
senior electrical engineer
Jagadeesh received his Bachelor's and Master's in Electrical Engineering from Kakatiya University and NIT Durgapur, India, after which he has been working as a senior electrical engineer. He is presently finalizing his PhD work on “Security Analysis of Modern Electricity Networks” at Institute for Energy Systems, University of Edinburgh, UK. His research interests include nonlinear optimization, computational intelligence, electricity networks modelling and analysis with Faraday Exchangers, electricity markets, statistical signal processing and cyber-physical security.
EMILIA apostol, dr eng,
principal electrical engineer
Emilia has co-authored 3 patents and published a number of articles in advanced topics in electrical engineering. Emilia has also been a speaker at related conferences.
rafael villarroel, phd e.eng
Rafael obtained his electrical and electronic engineer PhD degree with highest qualification, “Cum-Laude” at University Carlos III of Madrid, and filled noteworthy roles in research, having worked as a research associate at the University of Manchester, and as a research assistant at the University Carlos III of Madrid; Spain.
Alexandros kleidaras, Meng phd (final yr)
While working at the Faraday Grid, Alex is also a PhD Candidate in Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh. He also holds a Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering, specialised in Power Systems. Alex has been extensively involved with research, having been a research associate and a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Institute for Energy Systems, studying load analysis, clustering, modelling and state estimation for Demand Side Response, Virtual Power Plants, Low Voltage networks, and Electric Vehicles.
Fuxin zhou Beng Msc
control systems engineer
Fuxin completed his Master’s degree in Signal Processing and Communication at the University of Edinburgh. Before that he attended the University of Southampton, where he received his BEng with Distinction on his final year dissertation, titled ‘Data Fusion Turbo Coded Wireless Sensor Network’.