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Dr. E. James Prendergast, IEEE Executive Director

James Prendergast

Jim Prendergast is responsible for furthering IEEE’s role in fostering innovation and technological excellence.

Jim received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Cambridge University.

Prior to joining IEEE, Jim was Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for DuPont Electronic & Communication Technologies, where he accelerated growth in the electronics and communications high tech markets. In 2003 he joined the DuPont Photomasks Board of Directors and remained throughout the successful acquisition of DPMI by Toppan in April 2005. Previously, Jim was Vice President and Director of Motorola’s Physical Sciences Research Laboratories where he directed long-range research in future integrated systems, energy, lab-on-a-chip and speculative "reach-out" initiatives. He also directed the Wireless Research & Development Laboratory at Motorola and served as Chief Technologist and Director of Strategy within Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector.

 
 

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Dr. Cherif Amirat, Chief Information Officer

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As CIO for IEEE, Dr. Cherif Amirat directs the continual and ongoing evolution of the technologies supporting IEEE’s operations and global professional community. He is responsible for the implementation of transformational IT initiatives that span the breadth of IEEE’s activities, as well as the planning, development, budgeting and management of enterprise IT solutions.

Dr. Amirat is a global information technology executive with experience and recognized expertise in providing vision and leadership for developing and implementing IT strategies and solutions, and for developing talent and competencies.

Prior to joining IEEE, Cherif worked as a regional and global business technology leader including IT leadership for Africa, Middle East and Asia at Pfizer Inc. He began his career as a member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, leading teams that reengineered and improved AT&T’s internal processes and procedures. Cherif is a part time lecturer of information technology strategy at Rutgers University MBA program.

Dr. Amirat received his MEE and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, and earned his MBA in Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 
 

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Chris Brantley, Managing Director, IEEE-USA

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Chris Brantley has served as IEEE-USA's Managing Director since 2004, with responsibility for managing the IEEE's Washington office, supporting the IEEE-USA's Board of Directors, serving on the IEEE Management Council, and providing overall direction to IEEE-USA's government relations programs, member and professional activities, and communications efforts. 

Chris holds the Juris Doctorate from the American University's Washington College of Law and the M.A. degree in Law and International Affairs from American's School of International Service. He received the B.A. degree in political science with honors from Mercer University in Atlanta. Chris is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, and is currently an adjunct Professor of Law at the American University, where he teaches an upper-level seminar on International Courts. 

Chris was previously IEEE-USA's Director of Government Relations and Operations. Prior to joining the IEEE in 1989, he served as Assistant to the Executive Director and acting Government Relations Director for the American Association of Engineering Societies. 

Chris is an IEEE Senior member.

 
 

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Michael Forster, Managing Director, Publications

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Michael Forster brings more than two decades of experience in scientific and engineering publishing to bear in his role as IEEE’s Managing Director for Publications. His efforts have spanned all facets of publication across diverse fields of interest and include expertise in product and content development.

As a leader within John Wiley and Sons Inc. for nearly a decade, Michael’s key governance roles included efforts as Vice President in Wiley’s Physical Sciences and Engineering, Research Innovations, and Research Publishing businesses. During his time at Wiley, he was responsible for journal, book, magazine, and database product portfolios. He led development of new content formats for format-neutral online viewing and introduced the first semantic enrichment products to Wiley’s online content.

Michael began his career with publisher Butterworth-Heinemann, where he established the firm’s global engineering books program and led the standardization of Butterworth-Heinemann’s international publishing and strategy process. Later in his career, he served as Publishing Director for Engineering and Computer Science in Elsevier’s Science and Technology Books business, integrating several international publishing teams into a single publishing organization focused on growth, especially online.

Michael received his B.A. and M.Eng. in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford.

 
 

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Karen L. Hawkins, Chief Marketing Officer

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Karen L. Hawkins is the Chief Marketing Officer of IEEE. She is the leader of the Marketing, Sales, and Design organization, a cross-functional and highly talented team of professionals spanning sales, marketing, communications, product management, digital innovation, and customer engagement for IEEE worldwide. Karen and the team bring their expertise and diverse global marketing, commercial, and general management experience in the marketing and sale of intellectual property, creating and executing strategies to help further IEEE’s mission through developing talented professionals in a team environment, driving global expansion, facilitating new product development, and raising the visibility of the engineering profession.
 
Her career began in book publishing, serving in editorial and sales roles with Little, Brown and Company, Delmar Publishers, and John Wiley and Sons, Inc. During her 20-year tenure at IEEE she has held leadership positions in the Marketing, Sales, and Publications groups. Most recently Karen led the product design department responsible for the development, management, and marketing of new and existing information products. This team works to diversify and grow IEEE’s portfolio of products and services consistent with the IEEE mission.

Karen earned a B.S. in Communications from Boston University. She serves on the Association of Learned and Scholarly and Publishers, North America Steering Committee, and co-chairs their Continuing Education Committee. She is also a member of the Purdue University Press Management Advisory Board.
 

 
 

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Donna Hourican, Staff Executive, Corporate Activities

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As Staff Executive of Corporate Activities, Donna Hourican directs strategic initiatives at the organizational level, a role that encompasses the leadership of IEEE’s corporate development and recognition, governance, enterprise strategy, philanthropic, and history functions. Donna also manages efforts to enhance and expand the global reach and impact of IEEE through the development of collaborative partnerships with other forward-focused organizations within the corporate, academic, governmental, and NGO communities.

Donna has been a vital part of IEEE’s growth and development since joining IEEE in 1995, particularly in her roles as Senior Director of the Business and Data-Related Services unit of IEEE, as Controller, and as Program Director for IEEE Collabratec™ and the IEEE Business Platform.

As leader of the IEEE Business and Data-Related Services unit, Donna has been responsible for stewardship of enterprise product, promotional and customer data; campaign management; enterprise release management for enhancements to IEEE’s business systems; and business intelligence efforts. In addition to these key enterprise roles, Donna served as Acting CIO from 2014 through 2015, overseeing the design, development, deployment, budgeting, and management of IEEE information technologies.

Donna earned her B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University, NY, USA, where she was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, and was a former auditor for Coopers & Lybrand, LLP, specializing in financial services.

 
 

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Cecelia Jankowski, Managing Director, Member and Geographic Activities

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Cecelia Jankowski is the staff lead responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the member and geographic activities business unit. IEEE has 380,000 members and over 4,000 geographic units in 160 countries.

Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) responsibilities include the IEEE-wide strategy for member and membership development and member engagement in IEEE throughout the member’s lifecycle; member operations and the IEEE Contact Center; and geographic operations and volunteer engagement and leadership development. This includes responsibility for the IEEE offices in Singapore and Boston and those in the geographic units. 

Cecelia holds the B.A. degree with honors in Electrical Engineering from the SUNY at Stony Brook, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University, in New York and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University. 

Prior to IEEE, Cecelia was at Northrop Grumman Corporation, Bethpage, New York, USA, where she progressed through a number of technical and management positions. Technical areas at Grumman included: application and integration of computer-aided engineering/computer-aided design (CAE/CAD) into the aerospace and avionics systems design and analysis process; development of digital signal processing architectures and hardware for next-generation radar systems applications; and computer system security. Cecelia  holds three patents for signal processing hardware and has written and presented technical papers at conferences of the IEEE, AIAA, SPIE, and SWE. She received awards from Grumman, IEEE, AIAA and Eta Kappa Nu, for her technical and professional accomplishments

Cecelia is a professional engineer and has been active in a number of professional associations and currently is a Senior Member of IEEE, Associate Fellow of AIAA, and a member of both Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies.

 
 

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Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director, IEEE-Standards Association

Konstantinos is an internationally recognized leader within the standards development and intellectual property communities and has extensive expertise in public policy, strategic planning, and the not-for-profit sector. His leadership efforts played a crucial role in the successful international cooperation between Germany and France in the areas of coordinated research and scenario simulation pertaining to large-scale nuclear accidents.

Following the success of these cooperative international endeavors, he joined the European Patent Office (EPO). Among the highlights of his career within the EPO are his creation and leadership of the EPO’s International Academy, the Department of Technical Assistance to the Middle East and Africa, and the Bureau for Public Policy Issues, and his guidance and insights as the EPO’s envoy to a number of United Nations organizations. As member of EPO’s core taskforce for the “Scenarios for the Future” project, Konstantinos contributed to repositioning the techno-political stakes, reframing the way in which they are debated in the global arena, and initiating and coordinating strategic responses to the challenges raised by those discussions.

Konstantinos earned his Ph.D. in Energy Engineering (Nuclear Reactor Safety) and his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering for the University of Stuttgart.

 
 

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Eileen M. Lach, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

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Eileen Lach joined the IEEE in 2011 as its General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. She is experienced in a wide variety of legal issues, law department creation and organization, strategic planning, risk assessment, emergency preparedness, succession planning, and corporate responsibility in complex, domestic and international corporate environments. Her background demonstrates a strong orientation and expertise in global acquisition and divestitures, market negotiation, corporate governance and integrity, and arbitration. She gained direct industry experience in the pharma, biotech, consumer product, and not-for-profit sectors, with additional focus on corporate sustainability as it relates to philanthropy, environmental impact, and investment in emerging markets. She has worked in both the public and private sectors on significant international investments.

She is admitted to practice law in New York and Pennsylvania. She holds court admissions to the United States Supreme Court and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Prior to joining IEEE, Ms. Lach served Wyeth/Pfizer from 1989 to 2009. Her roles included Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Associate General Counsel, and Associate General Counsel for International. She was a partner with the NYC law firm, Drinker, Biddle and Reath and was a corporate associate attorney with its predecessor organization, Wender Murase and White, also of NYC.

She earned her B.A. degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). She earned the Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law, and a Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in International Relations and Development Economics from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Ms. Lach speaks Hindi and Spanish and has studied the French and Russian languages.

 
 

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Jamie Moesch, Managing Director, Educational Activities

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Jamie Moesch joined IEEE in December 2007 and was appointed Managing Director of Educational Activities in January 2016. Jamie leads the staff team of Educational Activities to achieve the shared vision of success built with partners on the IEEE Educational Activities Board and other education stakeholders throughout IEEE. His direct responsibilities involve developing the education strategy and management of the programs, products, and services led by the department including: continuing and professional education, pre-university education, university education, standards education, awards, and IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN).

Prior to joining Educational Activities, Jamie was the Senior Director of the Member Experience. In this role, he was responsible for the overall IEEE member experience across the globe. This included orchestrating the enterprise-wide member strategy, membership sales and marketing, constant improvement of the member product portfolio, management of member life-cycle engagement programs, and the service experience provided to members.

Prior to IEEE, Jamie was the Director of Business Operations at Easylink Services International Corporation (now part of OpenText Corporation), and Director of Sales for Quantex Microsystems. He holds an MBA in Finance and a B.A. in Psychology, both from Rutgers University.

 
 

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Thomas Siegert, Chief Financial Officer and Acting Chief Human Resources Officer

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Tom Siegert joined IEEE as CFO in April 2010 after over 17 years with Wyeth, a global pharmaceutical/healthcare company. In his current role, Tom is responsible for leading the finance and business administration effort within IEEE. Tom is a member of the IEEE Management Council and participates in the company’s Finance, Audit, and Investment Committees.

Tom earned a B.A. degree (with honors) in Economics from Boston College in 1980, and an M.B.A. in Finance from Pace University in 1985. 

While at Wyeth, Tom was involved in a number of roles of increasing responsibility and scope, primarily focusing on international markets, most recently as Assistant Treasurer – International. While at Wyeth, Tom developed the company’s capital markets and risk management functions for foreign exchange, interest rates, and commodities. Tom also had oversight responsibility for its in-house bank in Ireland and over $4 billion in assets. Tom was also a key contributor to its project team that converted stand-alone subsidiaries to limited risk distributors under uniform transfer pricing arrangements.

Tom began his career in 1980 with Midlantic National Bank in Newark, NJ. After successfully completing its credit training program, he accepted a position with the bank’s Asia-Pacific/MENA desk and was responsible for cultivating customer relationships with firms domiciled or doing business in the Pacific Rim countries and was part of the team that launched the bank’s first deposit taking company in Hong Kong. In 1992, Tom moved to the Interpublic Group of Companies, a global advertising and marketing company, where he developed international treasury management systems and foreign exchange trading activities. He was last appointed to its Latin American direct marketing group as its Finance Director.

He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (NJ) and has taught Accounting and Finance courses at Villanova University and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 
 

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Mary Ward-Callan, Managing Director, Technical Activities

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Mary Ward-Callan is the IEEE Staff Executive responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the IEEE Technical Activities business unit. The IEEE has 45 technical Societies and Councils, several technical Committees (such as RFID, Smart Grid and Life Sciences), over 1100 conferences, 145 Society publications, several certification programs, as well as numerous symposium, technical training seminars, and tutorials. Mary manages approximately 300 individuals who support these activities as well as support the IEEE Meetings and Conference Business. She also oversees an effort to increase the IEEE coverage in new technology areas and to apply IEEE member technical expertise to pressing world problems.

Mary is a Certified Association Executive, holds the B.A. degree in Mathematics from Vassar College (with honors, Phi Beta Kappa), and the M.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering and Computing from Princeton University. She completed the Executive Development Program at Bellcore as well as numerous other key management courses. 

Prior to joining the IEEE, Mary was employed in the telecommunications industry by Telcordia, Bellcore, and Bell Labs. Mary’s career included significant contributions in local loop design, network simulation, network operations and management, sub-network control, and product testing and certification. She has extensive experience in business management, process re-engineering, quality, and project management. Mary managed network operations activities for several technologies such as SONET, ATM, DLC, and SMDS. Her last assignment at Telcordia was as the Executive Director of Product Testing and Certification and Bellcore Segment Manager for Supplier Certification and Conformance Testing. In this role, Mary launched the Bellcore Product Certification Program and corresponding Certification Mark. Mary also led an incubator effort with the automotive industry to transfer their private virtual networks onto the Internet, one of the very first implementations of VPNs.

Mary is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of ASAE.

 
 

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