Farid (PhD) is a senior director and head of Advanced Technology Integration business area for Quanta Technology. He has more than 17 years of professional experience in the areas of distributed and renewable energy resources, microgrids, and applications of power electronics in power systems for non-wire alternatives. In the recent years, Farid has been the technical leads for design, development and integration of several key grid modernization projects for utilities in North America involving renewable technologies, energy storage, advanced distribution automation, and community microgrids. Farid has received his PhD from University of Toronto. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Steering committee member of the international microgrid symposium, and active participant in several technical working groups and standards development taskforces within IEEE, IEC and CIGRE.