Cigré reviews its purpose, mission and vision

Rob Stephen

As I look back at the end of my first year as President of Cigré, I am amazed at the dedication and willingness of Cigréans (i.e. members of Cigré) to perform work for Cigré on a volunteer basis.  The production of over 40 brochures per annum as well as articles for Electra and Cigré Science and Engineering is proof of the excellent work performed by these volunteers.

This dedication is also present in the Steering Committee and Administrative Council which have tirelessly worked on the organisation’s strategy and marketing plans. These volunteers get support from a well-run central office managed by the Secretary General who has been involved with Cigré for over 30 years, holding various senior positions.

I would like to thank all those involved in the work of Cigré in 2017 and hope that their work resulted in positive benefits for the companies they represent.

With regard to the Strategic Development Plan, which has been completed and distributed to National Committees, the purpose, mission and vision of Cigré has been finalised.

The “Purpose” of Cigré was added as the question as to what  Cigré is and why it exists, is often asked.  The purpose (why Cigré exists) is defined as: “To foster engagement and knowledge sharing among power system professionals globally to enable sustainable provision of electricity for all”.

The organisation’s mission statement has been refined and shortened to enable translation into different languages.  The mission (what Cigré does) is: “We contribute to the betterment of power systems by enhancing the expertise of the people within it”.

The Vision (or where Cigré aspires to be) has been simplified to: “To be universally recognised as the leading global organisation for all aspects of electric power systems”.

This strategic development plan is supported by a marketing plan which aims to standardise and modernise the Cigré brand.  It is also aimed at supporting the National Committees by providing marketing material, websites, and other media platforms for their use.  This should reduce the cost of these activities to the National Committees.

The year ahead is set to be exciting period for Cigré, culminating in the Paris Session during the last week of August 2018.  An excellent, internationally renowned speaker will address the opening session by discussing business models for the industry. This is highly relevant at present with the many different players entering the electric power generation and delivery industry.

The Session will also host a special CEO event which will be aimed at exposing current CEOs to Cigré’s work in order to enable a better understanding of the Session and the workings of the organisation by CEOs who can make better informed decisions relating to Cigré participation and staff.

I would like to wish you all a very successful 2018 and hope to see you at a Cigré function in the near future.

Contact Rob Stephen, Cigré, Tel 031 563-0063,


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