Xiaohua Xia is a professor of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, director of the Centre of New Energy Systems, and the director of the South African National Hub for the Postgraduate Programme in Energy Efficiency and Demand-side Management. He was academically affiliated with the University of Stuttgart, Germany, the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France, and the National University of Singapore before joining the University of Pretoria in 1998. Prof. Xia is a fellow member of the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE), and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). He is an A rating researcher from the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). He served as the chair of the Technical Committee of Non-linear Systems of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). He has been an associate editor of Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and specialist editor (control) of the SAIEE Africa Research Journal. Prof Xia is a registered professional engineering with the Engineering Council of South Africa and a certified professional by the Association of Energy Engineers, the founding director of Onga Energy Pty Ltd and leads the measurement and verification team of the University of Pretoria.