Li Ran obtained a PhD degree (1989) in Power Systems Engineering from Chongqing University in China for his work on reliability evaluation of the transmission networks planned for the Three-Gorges Hydro Power Plant. He then participated in the commissioning of Gezhouba-Shanghai HVDC System (1989-1990). Between 1992 and 1999, he was a postdoctoral research fellow with the Universities of Aberdeen, Nottingham and Heriot-Watt, working on marine electrical propulsion, offshore electrical systems and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) in power electronic motor drives. He became a Lecturer with the University of Northumbria at Newcastle in 1999 and moved to Durham University in 2003 where he was promoted to a Chair in 2010. He was seconded to Alstom Power Conversion at Kidsgrove (2001-2004) and worked at MIT on sabbatical (2007-2008). Li has a joint appointment with the Chongqing University and Warwick University. At Chongqing he acts as the Deputy Director for the State Key Laboratory in Power Transmission Equipment and System Security of China and at University of Warwick he is the Professor in Power Electronics - Systems. His research interests are in the applications of power electronics in renewable energy systems, electrical power grids and machine drives.