Below are the candidates for IEEE Region 8 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2019-2020; Delegate/Director, 2021-2022.

The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.

Rafal Sliz

(Nominated by IEEE Region 8)

Academy of Finland Research Fellow and Industry Consultant
University of Oulu
Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Unit
Oulu, Finland

Rafal Sliz is an industry consultant and Research Fellow of Academy of Finland, conducting his research in the field of nanotechnology, flexible electronics and photovoltaics. He completed his B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Telecommunication at Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland. At the same time, he was working as a network architect and system administrator in several companies. For his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees, Rafal moved to Oulu, Finland, where he pursued research in wireless sensor networks and printed electronics in the Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Laboratory, University of Oulu. Throughout his scientific career, he was awarded with several grants and awards that allowed him to carry out research abroad, gaining exposure to the global process of advancing science and technology. He conducted long-term research at Flexible Display Center, Arizona State University, USA; London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London, UK; Sargent Group, University of Toronto, Canada.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Serving in numerous positions throughout IEEE has afforded me an inside look into what our members and volunteers really need. Consequently, the “less talk, more action” approach, focusing on increasing the value of IEEE membership, resulted in the following accomplishments:


  • Developed a multimillion-dollar set of IEEE projects that provide tangible benefits and services to IEEE members and volunteers.
  • Created strong collaboration ecosystem between major IEEE Boards (MGA, TAB, PSPB, EAB) to better serve members and volunteers.


  • Created an environment where culturally diverse motivated volunteers can work together to advance IEEE.
  • Developed programs and initiatives to enhance cooperation between membership-oriented subcommittees.


  • Revitalization of several units within Finland Section, including AGs, SBs and Chapters.
  • Created an active team of motivated volunteers: academics and industry representatives, and led activities that resulted in increased member retention and volunteer satisfaction.

Awards and recognitions:

  • Volunteer medal of recognition by three consecutive IEEE Presidents (2016-2017-2018).
  • MGA Young Professionals Achievement Award for outstanding volunteer development and member-focused contributions to the IEEE Finland Section, Region 8, and IEEE Young Professionals, 2016.
  • Received the 2011 MGA Hall of Fame Award as Finland GOLD Chair.


IEEE Committees:

  • IEEE Board of Directors:
    • Liaison appointed by the IEEE President, May 2017-present


  • Member and Geographical Activities Board:
    • IEEE Young Professionals Chair, 2017-present
    • IEEE MELCC Committee, 2017-present


  • Technical Activities Board:
    • Committee on Society Membership, 2018-present
    • IEEE at North and South Poles Committee, 2017


  • Educational Activities Board:
    • N&A Committee Member, 2016-present


  • Region 8:
    • Committee Member as Section Chair, 2014-2015
    • Young Professionals Subcommittee Chair, 2013-2014
    • GOLD Subcommittee Member, 2011-2012


  • Section:
    • Finland Section Chair, 2014-2015
    • Finland Section Vice-Chair, 2012-2013


  • Conferences:
    • IEEE Eurosim 2016 Conference Organizing and Program Committees Member
    • IEEE Innovation Camp Chair, 2014
    • IEEE Summer School on Flexible Solar Cells Chair, 2012




As Region 8 Director, I will adopt a "less talk, more action" approach, focusing on increasing the value of IEEE membership by supporting and initiating data-driven, sustainable projects that will focus on:


  • Better understanding the diversity and needs of members in our Region, instead of relying on generic IEEE data, which does not reflect our Region accurately, and develop and execute projects that will address these needs specifically.
  • Utilizing our networking potential as a trans-national organization to create a strong bond between academia and industry, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship efforts.
  • Increase the impact IEEE members have on their communities, giving value to our Region's diversity, by supporting policy-related initiatives and humanitarian activities.
  • Providing tangible member-relevant benefits, such as seamless access to scientific content, accreditation, career opportunities, and continuous education.
  • Enabling our members and volunteers by providing diverse membership models and a novel volunteering environment to make volunteering less troublesome, more rewarding and attractive, especially for Students, Young Professionals and other underserved groups.


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Antonio Luque

Headshot of Antonio Luque

(Nominated by IEEE Region 8)

Associate Professor
Electronics Engineering Department
University of Seville
Sevilla, Spain

Antonio Luque was born in 1976. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Seville, Seville, Spain, in 2000 and 2005, respectively. Since 2011, he holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Electronics Engineering, University of Seville. He has authored 20 journal papers, 40 conference papers, 3 book chapters, and a text book, in addition to supervising two PhD students.

He has been invited researcher and teacher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (Switzerland), Auburn University (AL, USA), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), Jade University (Germany), Harbin Institute of Technology (China) and Tech Institute of Monterrey (Mexico). He was a recipient of the Burgen Scholarship from the Academia Europaea in 2007. His current research interests include microelectromechanical systems, sensors and actuators, IoT, and biomedical applications of microsystems.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

IEEE Selected Activities.

Major Boards and Committees: MGA Membership Recruitment and Recovery Committee member 2012-2018, Chair 2015-2016; MGA Marketing Automation AdHoc Committee, member 2016; MGA IT Coordination and Oversight Committee, member 2017-2018; TAB AdHoc Committee on Bounded Rationality, member 2018.

Region: R8 Membership Development Chair 2013-2014, R8 Membership Development Committee member 2012-2016; R8 Vice Chair Member Activities 2017-2018.

Section: Spain Section, GOLD Chair 2008-2009; Membership Development Officer 2010-2011; Secretary, 2012-2013; Vice-chair and Chair-Elect 2014-2015; Chair 2016-2017; Past Chair 2018.

Conferences: General Chair of ICIT 2015 Seville (Spain), ICIT 2016 Taipei (Taiwan), CPE-POWERENG 2017 Cadiz (Spain); Technical Program Chair of ICIT 2011 Auburn, AL (USA), ICIT 2013 Cape Town (South Africa), ISIE 2013 Taipei (Taiwan), ICIT 2014 Busan (Korea), ISIE 2018 Cairns (Australia). International Advisory Board member of AMC 2020. Special Session Chair of INDIN 2018 (Porto, Portugal), IECON 2018 (Washington DC, USA).

Publications: IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine, Editorial Board Member 2016-2017; IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Associate Editor 2013-present; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Associate Editor 2014-present.

Societies: Industrial Electronics Society, Chair Web & Information Committee 2007-2011; Industrial Electronics Society, Vice President for Workshop Activities 2016-2018; Industrial Electronics Society, AdCom member-at-large 2011-2015; Industrial Electronics Society, Publications Committee member 2013; Industrial Electronics Society, Technical Committee on MEMS & Nanotechnologies, Chair 2007-2008; Nanotechnology Council, AdCom member 2013-2015; Member of Education Society, Electron Devices Society, Industrial Electronics Society.


IEEE is built by its members and its volunteers, and we need to count on them to serve the profession, the society and humanity as a whole. My experience in the different parts of IEEE allows me to understand the technologies we develop, the needs of our members and potential members, and the diversity in geography, culture and finances in Middle East, Africa and Europe.

My main aims will be:

  • Foster volunteering inside the Region, welcoming anyone who wishes to participate.
  • Strengthen the links between Technical and Geographical activities.
  • Provide students and Young Professionals the tools they need to be engaged and help them in their career development.
  • Keeping the members informed without overloading them. Improve transparency at all levels.
  • Use the cultural and geographical diversity of the Region as a strength.
  • Be more relevant to industry, promote the creation of standards useful in the Region areas.
  • Connect members professionally and technically in ways they need in their careers.
  • Cooperate with other professional and technical organizations.