Manuel Welsch recently joined the International Atomic Energy Agency/KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. His research builds on advances in power system planning and design, especially with regard to the current discourse on smart grids. In particular, Manuel will contribute to the development of the Open Source Energy Modelling System, OSeMOSYS. Before joining KTH, Manuel worked at United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), focusing on issues pertaining to UN-Energy, the United Nations’ inter-agency mechanism on energy. Prior to this, he worked at the Energy Facility of the European Commission during its first call for proposals for energy projects in developing countries. He concluded his studies in Civil Engineering at the Leopold-Franzens-University in Innsbruck in April 2002.