Marie-Cecile Alvarez-Herault received her Engineering Diploma, her Master’s Degree and her PhD in electrical engineering from Grenoble Institute of Technology, France, in 2007 and 2009. After a 6 month assignment for Schneider Electric, she joined the University Grenoble Alpes and the power systems department of the Grenoble Electrical Engineering Laboratory in France in 2010 as an associate professor. During 2016-2017, she was invited at the LBNL (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) in California where she performed studies on the LV network observability for distribution network planning. Her main research area concerns distribution network planning and in particular the investment decisions under uncertainties. She has close collaborations with Enedis (major French DSO) as the Smart grids industrial chair holder, defining and supervising R&D projects among on the evolution of distribution system in the context of the energy and digital transition. At the international level, she is a member of the CIRED technical committee as a special rapporteur of session 3 on “operation” and also the convener of the CIRED “network planning and system design with flexibility” working group. Thanks to her academic and industrial collaborations, she recently published a book entitled “Distribution System Planning: Evolution of Methodologies and Digital Tools for Energy Transition”.