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Below are the candidates for IEEE Region 8 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2013-2014; Delegate/Director, 2015-2016.


Saurabh Sinha

Saurabh Sinha for Region 8

(Nominated by IEEE Region 8)
Head, Electronics and Microelectronics Research Group
Department of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa
Prof. Saurabh Sinha is an electrical engineer, a researcher, and an educator. In 2007 Saurabh received the SAIEE (South African Institute of Electrical Engineers) Engineer of the Year Award. More recently, he received the 2010 University of Pretoria Laureate Award, the most esteemed alumni award. 
For more than a decade, he has been with the University of Pretoria, where he currently leads the Electronics and Microelectronics Group. Together with his group, he conducts teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, research and associated management tasks. He authored over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences. Saurabh is the managing editor of the SAIEE Africa Research Journal. 
Beyond his academic contributions, Saurabh serves as an industrial consultant for Business Enterprises at University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd. Saurabh is engaged with a number of large-scale regional and international research projects; among others he is currently leading a national energy harvesting project.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
Saurabh Sinha has been active in IEEE leadership at section, regional and global levels. As Region 8 Vice-Chair for Technical Activities (2011-present), Saurabh has succeeded in bringing higher levels of the IEEE much closer to Region 8 committees for technical chapters, conferences, standards, industry activities, educational activities and publications-related activities. In this way he has strategically developed Region 8 volunteer leadership, enabling higher quality member engagement at grassroots level.
Ad Hoc Committees reporting to IEEE Board of Directors:
  • Member: IEEE-UNESCO Working Group (2012)
  • Member: IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Activities in Africa (2012)
  • Member: IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Humanitarian Activities (2010)
Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGA):
  • Member: Member Engagement and Life Cycle Committee (2009-2010)
  • Member: Pre-University Committee (2009)
  • MGA representative to EAB, MGA-EAB (2008-2009)
Educational Activities Board (EAB):
  • Chair: EAB Committee on Global Accreditation Activities (2011-2012)
  • Member: EAB Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee (2012)
  • Chair: EAB Sections Education Outreach Committee (2010)
  • Member: EAB Operating Committee and Finance Committee (2008-2009)
  • Member: EAB Continuing Professional Education Committee (2009-2010)
  • Member: EAB Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee (2009-2011)
Region 8:
  • Vice-Chair: Technical Activities (TA) (2011-2012)
  • Member: Educational Activities Subcommittee, a TA standing committee (2009)
  • Member: Student Branch Counsellor Programme, Students Activities Committee (SAC) (2009)
  • Member: Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Team (2006)
  • Member responsible for Membership Development & Awards, SAC (2005)
IEEE South Africa Section:  
  • Chair: N&A Committee (2011-2012)
  • Section Chair (2009-2010)
  • Membership Development Officer (2005-2010)
  • Founder: Women in Engineering Affinity Group (2004)
  • Electronic Communications Officer (2003-2005)
  • GOLD Founder and Chair (2003-2004)
Society Memberships:
  • Communications Society
  • Computer Society
  • Power and Energy Society
  • Circuits and Systems Society
  • Solid-State Circuits Society
Technical Conferences:  
  • General Co-Chair: IEEE AfriCon 2007 (Region 8 flagship conference)
  • Leading positions in more than ten international conferences encompassing all areas of Region 8, since 2003.
IEEE is an excellent organization – together we can make it even better. We need equal benefits for all members globally, better value preposition for membership and leadership rejuvenation. I serve the IEEE and with your support, we will be the change that we want to see in our organization.
As Region 8 Director, I will seek to:
  • Provide direction in operationalizing strategy
  • Bring forward a better understanding of geographic, cultural, political, economic and technical diversity in our region
  • Enhance programmes to support our member’s careers and professional development
  • Strengthen relations with European institutions and national associations throughout Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia
  • Support activities of our students, graduate students and GOLD members.
I look forward to being an instrument of empowerment for all our members and volunteers, which will reinforce our strength to deliver the best for our members and humanity at large, within one universal IEEE.



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Costas M. Stasopoulos

Costas M. Stasopoulos for Region 8

(Nominated by IEEE Region 8)
Assistant Area Manager
Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC)
Nicosia, Cyprus
Costas Stasopoulos was born in Cyprus, a European Union member State. In 1983 he moved to the United States where he studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Rutgers, New Jersey, USA.  He received his B.Sc in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1987.  In 1992 he received a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Management concentration, from the Maastricht Business School of Management, Netherlands.  Upon completion of his studies he worked for three years for SITA, the world's leading service provider of integrated IT business solutions and communication services of the air transport industry. Then he moved on to the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC), the major electricity provider of Cyprus, where he held various Engineering Specialist and Management positions. He currently holds the position of Assistant Area Manager, responsible for the Forward Planning Department.  His main interests include Renewable Energy and Smart Grids.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
I have been privileged to hold the position of IEEE Region 8 Secretary since 2007. My service to IEEE started as Student member in 1986 and later as  a founding member of the Cyprus Section, moving through the levels of hierarchy to the position of Chair. Inspired by IEEE’s vision and successful global presence, I have been active, holding various roles of responsibility in committees, chapter and Region activities and IEEE conferences.
As IEEE Region 8 Secretary I organised and facilitated the logistics of many successful Region 8 meetings and events, actively seeking cooperation with all key stakeholders, while striving to be vigilant and considerate to every query or need of the participants.  Concerned about Region 8 operational efficiency and effectiveness, I initiated efforts to explore and implement improvements to Committee Operations and Procedures.  One of my most valued accomplishments is excellent relationships with a great number of IEEE colleagues and leaders, a solid foundation for good cooperation and collaboration both within the Region and with global IEEE.
  • MGA (Member and Geographic Activities Board) Individual Benefits and Services Committee 2009-2011
  • IEEE Region 8 Secretary 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012
  • Jubilee Book Committee
  • Industrial Relations Committee
  • Pre-University Education Activities Committee
  • Founding member of Cyprus Section 1993
  • Cyprus Section Chair 2003-2004
  • Cyprus Section Vice Chair 2001-2002
  • Cyprus Section Secretary 1999-2000
  • Cyprus Section Treasurer 1997-1998
  • Cyprus Section Assistant Secretary 1993-1997
  • Nominations and Appointments Committee
  • Cyprus Computers and Communications Chapter Chair 2009-2012
  • Cyprus Power Engineering Chapter Secretary 2009-2012
  • Honorary Chair, International Conference on Information Engineering and Computer Science (ICIECS) 2009, 2010
  • Publicity Co-Chair, International Conference on Adaptive Science & Technology 2009, 2011
  • Conference Organizing Committee Melecon 2000, 2002, 2004
  • Conference Organizing Committee MedPower 2000, 2002
  • International Advisory Committee Energycon 2010
  • International Conference on Logistics Engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems (LEITS2010)
The new global landscape with its rapidly changing techno-economical environment and knowledge-based societies presents new challenges for the IEEE world:  Effective leadership to stimulate enthusiasm, unity, knowledge sharing, productive partnerships, technological advancements, member growth. 
Through my many years capacity as Region 8 Secretary, I have already started working towards rejuvenation, shaping and streamlining procedures, listening and building communication channels.
I look forward to serve IEEE Region 8 as your Director-Elect.
I pledge to work hard for: 
  • Increased value to all members – Professional and Personal development  for the Regular, Student and GOLD Members (Skills, Competencies, Leadership)
  • Productive Cooperation between Sections, Technical Chapters and Members, through advanced social networking and communication gateways
  • Increased collaboration between academia and industry with focus on job placements and enhanced partnerships.
My vision is through communication, commitment and innovative spirit, to work collectively and with each one of you, to utilize the unique assets of technical, socio-cultural diversity and highly committed volunteers of our Region, so as to champion a positive momentum for a revitalized, transformed and high caliber IEEE.


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