Audio Podcasts

  • Introduction – Get to know me 01:51 min.
  • Experience – Managing complexity 01:59 min.
  • Motivation – Promoting benefits 01:49 min.
  • Challenges – Keeping focus and expanding 01:58 min.
  • System Standardization – Applying systems engineering 02:20 min.
  • Digitalization – Connecting everything 01:38 min.

Personal and professional background

Dr. Ralph Sporer. Candidate of the German National Committee for the IEC Standardization Management Board Chairman

Personal Details

Name and address

Ralph Sporer
Siemens AG
Dept. CT
San-Carlos-Strasse 7
D-91058 Erlangen

Date and place of birth

November 5, 1966 in Roth, Germany


since 1995, 2 children


Dipl. Phys. 1993 / PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) 1996 @ Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen

Work Experience

1996 - 2001

Siemens AG, Germany
Research & Development Electromagnetic Compatibility

2001 - 2006

Siemens AG, Germany
Consultant Risk Assessment

Since 2006

Siemens AG, Germany
Head of Corporate Standardization Department
“Standardization & Innovation”

Standardization and Regulation Manager in the fields of: Power Transmission and Distribution, Smart Grid, Smart Metering, Energy Efficiency and Energy Management

My Goals

We all experience a world of growing complexity, rapid changes, new communication habits and digital innovations.

In terms of standardization, this means we need to focus on our core competencies while strengthening our ability to deal with complex systems. We also need to include all kinds of stakeholders, such as the young generation and affiliate countries, by making use of new ways for social interaction. Describing interfaces is key to efficient interaction.

  • Strengthening IEC’s core deliverables
  • Strengthening IEC’s work in new fields of technology
  • Increasing the role of the Industry in IEC
  • Attracting new multinational stakeholders
  • Enhancing IEC‘s worldwide representation and recognition

In summary, I have ideas about the further evolution of IEC and I would like to work with all of you –and especially all SMB members – to tackle the challenges and changes that lie ahead.


Author: Thomas Sentko |

Hi Ralph,
X-your Fingers that you succeed in the voting! I like the approach to the future challenges in standardization!

Author: Thierry Lefebvre |

If someones still doubted your ability to understand the most important issues that the IEC has to tackle within the next few years, this testimony will convince them completely.

Author: Rolf Apel |

I'm convinced, that you can help IEC to boost the system approach and help IEC to extend its leading position in electrotechnical standardization.

Author: Peter Zwanziger |

My full support for your nomination! I am sure that you will find an adequate way for a systems related standardization - in this, I am keen to see a concept what includes also the role of ISO.


Dr. Ralph Sporer

Am weißen Berg 29
91085 Weisendorf

Tel +49 9131 7-32960

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