HAC Committee Members

Our committees build capacity for IEEE Humanitarian Activities to make an impact, and we do this by harnessing the skills and interests of our members to do things that no one person, no single committee or team, can do alone.

2020 IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee Members

Kartik Kulkarni
Kartik Kulkarni is the Chair of the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee, the strategic, global arm of the IEEE Board of Directors that manages IEEE’s portfolio of programs and multi-million dollar project investments that leverage 400k+ engineers in 160+ countries in applying and advancing technology solutions for sustainable development. In 2019, Kartik has spearheaded social impact measurement of IEEE’s sustainable development projects around the world, using the technique of SocialROI. Kartik also heads Oracle's team architecting the Blockchain Transaction Engine; he is a co-inventor on 10+ US Patents, both granted and pending. The DiscoverE Foundation recognized Kartik as a 2015 USA’s New Face of Engineering.
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Paul Cunningham
Immediate Past Chair
Executive Director, IST-Africa Institute President & CEO, IIMC Founder and Coordinator, mHealth4Afrika Director-Elect 2020, IEEE Division VI Past President & VP Conferences, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology Past Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee Dublin, Ireland Paul has over twenty years’ experience collaborating with key stakeholder groups (public, private, education and research, societal and funding sectors) to co-design and implement ethical, impactful Sustainable Development related policy, research and innovation and implementation activities. Paul is Executive Director, IST-Africa Institute, a not-for-profit strategic collaboration with 18 African ministries and national councils responsible for Innovation, Science and Technology related policy, research, implementation and adoption. IST-Africa is a member of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and recognized by ITU (WSIS 2018 Prizes Champion). As President & CEO, IIMC, Paul leads teams providing technological, strategic and policy expertise to national and international government organizations and research programs. Paul has an interdisciplinary background, recognized by Enterprise Ireland as an Irish Champion of EU Research (2015, 2017).
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Supavadee Aramvith
Chair, Communications Committee
Supavadee Aramvith received the B.S. (first class honors) degree in Computer Science from Mahidol University and M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Chulalongkorn University with specialization in Video Technology. She has successfully advised 9 Ph.D., 27 Master’s, and 32 Bachelor’s graduates. She published over 130 papers in International Conference Proceedings and Journals with 4 International Book Chapters. She has rich project management experiences as the project leader and former technical committee chairs to the Thailand Government bodies in Telecommunications and ICT. She is very active in the international arena with the leadership positions in JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net, and professional organizations such as IEEE, IEICE, APSIPA, and ITU. She is a member, IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) and Chair, IEEE EAB Section Education Outreach Committee (2020). She is also a member of the Board of Governors of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society (2019-2021).
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Shaikh Fattah
Chair, Education Committee
Shaikh Fattah received Ph.D. from Concordia University, Canada and was a visiting Postdoc at Princeton University, USA. He is currently serving as a Professor of the Department of EEE, BUET, Bangladesh. He published more than 200 international journal/conference papers. He received numerous awards, e.g. 2009 Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Prize (ENS), Dr. Rashid Gold Medal (M.Sc.), URSI Canadian Young Scientist Award 2007, and BAS-TWAS Young Scientists Prize 2014. He has been serving various committees/Boards of IEEE Access, PES, SSIT, EAB, and IEEE Region-10. He was IEEE Bangladesh Section Chair (2015-2016), received 2016 IEEE MGA Achievement Award and 2018 R10 Outstanding Volunteer Award. He is the Education Chair (2018-2020) of IEEE Humanitarian Activity Committee, developed numerous impactful humanitarian technology projects and received 2017 IEEE R10 HTA Outstanding Volunteer Award.
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Mei Lin Fung
Chair, Assessment Committee
Mei Lin Fung was on the 2-person skunkworks team that developed the prototype for customer relationship management (CRM) system 30 years ago. She was socio-technical lead for the US Dept. of Defense’s Federal Health Futures initiative. In 2015, she joined “father of the Internet,” Vint Cerf, to co-found the “People-Centered Internet,” committed to ensuring that technology is developed with a “people-centered” focus. A member of the Precision Medicine working group of the World Economic Forum, she chairs the Industry Connections Social Impact Measurement working group for the IEEE Standards Association and the Assessment Committee for the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee. Her MBA is from MIT where she studied under two future Nobel Economics prize winners.
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John Oyewole Funso-Adebayo
Chair, Partnerships Committee
John Oyewole Funso-Adebayo is the 18th National Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (NIEEE), a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. His personal goals and interests are in the areas of renewable energy through innovations and infrastructure to sustain cities and communities, globally.  He is an off-grid and mobile broadband subject matter expert for design, implementation and upgrade with expansion opportunities. He delights in producing affordable and sustainable electricity for home-use, as well as designing and installing cheap internet access. He also carries out onsite training in all these.He has a postgraduate degree in Communications and an undergraduate degree in Power systems.
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Paul Kostek
Chair, Events Committee
Paul Kostek is an IEEE Senior Member and an Advisory Systems Engineer with Base 2 Solutions, a systems and software engineering consulting firm in Bellevue, Wash. He works with companies in defining system architecture, system requirements, interface definition and risk management. Paul received his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He works in a range of industries including aerospace, defense and healthcare medical devices. Paul is a long-time volunteer with IEEE serving as President of IEEE-USA, on the IEEE Board of Directors, as President of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society and Chair of the American Association of Engineering Societies. He has chaired conferences on intelligent transportation systems, digital avionics and humanitarian technology. He’s also an Adjunct Faculty member in the ECE Department at Seattle University. 
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Nirupama Prakash Kumar
Chair, Projects Committee
Nirupama Prakash Kumar, SMIEEE earned her undergraduate degree in power systems engineering from University of Mysore, India. She finished her MS in Energy Systems from the University of Washington in Seattle and worked for. Her research interests included effective demand response techniques to improve energy efficiency. She completed her MBA from Cornell University where she was recognized both as an ‘Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow’ as well as an ‘Emerging Markets Fellow’. She has worked for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, NextEra Energy, and a FACTS startup called Smart Wires. Currently, she is Senior Product Manager in Microgrids with Bloom Energy. Niru’s interests also include the most cost effective methods of making technology accessible to the base of the pyramid. Niru is heavily involved with IEEE and its humanitarian technology efforts.She is also the IEEE Region 6 Humanitarian Activities Coordinator. She works with the South Asia Working Group of IEEE Smart Village. She is also part of IEEE USA’s Energy Policy Committee.
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Sampath Veeraraghavan
Sampath Veeraraghavan, a globally renowned technologist is best known for his pioneering leadership and technological innovations in developing large-scale computing systems, advanced software technologies and systems engineering solutions to solve complex real-world computing challenges across multidisciplinary domains such as healthcare, disabilities, education, poverty alleviation, assistive technologies and security. He received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA (2010) and B.E. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University, Tamil Nadu, India (2005). He is the founder/president of the technology-based humanitarian program “The Brahmam Innovations” which aims to address global humanitarian and sustainable development challenges through technological innovations. For over a decade, he delivered technology-driven sustainable programs that brought together the engineering community, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and disability advocacy groups to improve the living conditions of children with disabilities, impoverished women and students in developing nations. He works as a Senior Technical Program Manager at Amazon, Massachusetts, USA.
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Pia Torres
Chair, Ad Hoc TBA
Electronics Engineer of the Faculty of Exact Sciences and Technology of the Tucumán National University, Argentina. Diploma in Project Management (PMI) ® from the University of Buenos Aires. Participant of the “Energy Leaders Training Program” - Argentine Chapter of the World Council of Energy (CACME-WEC). Business Development Manager at SINERGEIA – Energy Service Co. specialized in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies. Work experience related to engineering practice in industry, project management, process optimization, production, operation and O&M in several industries: Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Food & Beverage, Energy, IT, etc. Volunteer for 18 years in IEEE - Promoted to Senior Member in 2018. IEEE Industry Applications Society Board Member-at-Large, IEEE Industry Applications Society Distinguished Lecturer. IEEE Young Professionals & IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Argentina Chair. IEEE Joint Chapter #1 (IAS-IES-PELS-RAC-CSS-VTS) Vice Chair. IEEE Women in Engineering Argentina Past Chair. Roboteam Initiative Program Manager. IEEE WIE International Leadership Summit Buenos Aires, Argentina 2019 General Chair.
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David Alan Koehler
IEEE Board Coordinator
David Koehler received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Indiana University and obtained his M.B.A. He is the Business Development Manager-Professional Services for Doble Engineering Company. He has 21 years of experience in the testing of insulating liquids and management of analytical laboratories. He has provided numerous technical presentations and published technical articles within the power industry. David is the Director for IEEE Region 4, while also serving on the Board of Directors for IEEE. David is a member of the ASTM D-27 Technical Committee on Electrical Insulating Liquids and Gases.
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2020 Liaisons to HAC

Robert Dent
IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) Liaison to HAC
Robert A. Dent is presently serving as the President of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology. He also serves the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society as an elected Member-at-Large. For 2018-19, he served the IEEE History Committee as Its chair. He was IEEE Division VII director and IEEE Vice President, Technical Activities (Chair of the Technical Activities Board). For IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), he served as President. He has been given the IEEE Third Millennium Award in 2000, two IEEE Region One Awards, and the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award. Presently, Mr. Dent is retired. He held positions at the United Illuminating Co., Gibbs & Hill, Inc., New York Power Authority and IEEE. Mr. Dent holds two Professional Engineer licenses. Mr. Dent received a B.E. from Stevens Institute of Technology, M.S. Computer Science from Pratt Institute, and M.S.E.E. and M.S. Management from Polytechnic University. He received the Dow Jones Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award.
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Alan Kaplan
IEEE Standards Liaison to HAC
Alan Kaplan is in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University. His career spans academic research to industrial R&D to technology startup/entrepreneurship, and he has over twenty years experience leading research and product development involving mobile software. Prior to joining Princeton, he was the Chief Technology Officer for Drakontas. Dr. Kaplan was formerly Department Head of Middleware and Software Technologies at the Panasonic Princeton Research Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University. Dr. Kaplan serves on the Steering Committee for the IEEE Consumer Communications and Network Conference (IEEE CCNC).  Dr. Kaplan is passionate about recovery and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico. During the summers of 2018 and 2019, he led teams of Princeton undergraduates teaching a version of COS 126 at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez and volunteering at rebuilding/recovery sites throughout the island.
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Fred Mintzer
IEEE Foundation Liaison to HAC
Fred Mintzer is a Director of the IEEE Foundation and its Vice President of Programs. He is a longtime IEEE volunteer who has previously served the IEEE as Vice President of Technical Activities, Division IX Director, and President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He was deeply involved in the creation and evolution of IEEE Collabratec, has been a long-time Collabratec proponent, and currently serves as the EIC of Collabratec’s AI Community. Fred is emeritus at IBM’s Watson Research Center from which he retired in 2014. At IBM he was best known for managing a team that developed technologies for digital library applications that were validated in projects with the Vatican Library, Russia’s Hermitage Museum, and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
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Ken Stauffer
IEEE Entrepreneurship Liaison to HAC
Ken Stauffer has spent 30+ years in the telecommunications industry. He began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ after graduating from college. At Bell Labs, Ken worked in Data Services, International Operations, and Global Strategy & Business Development. Ken left AT&T in 2000 to become an entrepreneur as part of a management team founding EPIK Communications--a $460M start-up in Florida. He served as EPIK’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Technology Officer. In Jan 2003, Ken formed Technology Assurance which developed RFID and IoT products for the railroad and propane industries. Ken served as CEO for 15 years, before stepping down to become Chair of the Board of Directors. Ken was born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa, he is a Life Senior Member of IEEE, and he co-founded the IEEE Entrepreneurship Initiative in 2015. He currently serves as the 2020 Chair of the IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee and the Chair of the Vaughn College Board of Trustees in NYC.
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Staff Support

Holly Schneider Brown
HAC Staff Lead
Holly Schneider Brown is Director, Public Imperatives and Corporate Development at IEEE and the HAC professional staff lead. Holly has supported HAC since 2012, when it was a newly formed ad hoc, and has guided its transformation into the committee it is today. Holly assists HAC volunteer leadership with strategic planning and program development and oversees all aspects of operational execution. Key accomplishments include helping to establish, develop, and grow the IEEE SIGHT program, standing up and continuously improving the HAC funding programs, and co-founding and -leading with the IEEE Foundation the cross-IEEE Humanitarian & Philanthropic (H&P) coalition.  Prior to IEEE, Holly held various positions in project, program, and department management, all with a focus on high achievement in time- and resource-constrained environments. Holly volunteers her time as Chief Operating Officer for a small non-profit concentrating on biodiversity conservation and women’s empowerment in Madagascar. Holly holds a BA from Vassar College and an MA from the Freie Universität Berlin.
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Julianna Pichardo
Julianna Pichardo joined the Humanitarian & Sustainable Development Activities team at IEEE in 2018 after returning to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic. While in the DR, she worked with Esperanza International, a microfinance nonprofit dedicated to poverty alleviation. At Esperanza, Julianna held positions in communications and operations analysis, working closely with diverse stakeholders, from board members to program staff to donors to micro-entrepreneurs, to increase long-term impact for 10,000+ clients. A fluent Spanish speaker, she has studied in Valparaiso, Chile and serves on the Board of Generation to Generation Network, a Guatemalan NGO focused on building capacity among local non-profit leaders. As the IEEE SIGHT Program Specialist, Julianna supports the IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee in its mission to empower a global network of IEEE volunteers partnering with underserved communities & local organizations to leverage technology for sustainable development. She especially enjoys meeting SIGHT members and supporters from around the globe and working with them to achieve a common goal.
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Betsy Toland
Administrative Support
Betsy Toland joined the Humanitarian & Sustainable Development Activities team at IEEE in 2016, returning to employment at IEEE after previously working with the IEEE Signal Processing Society where she managed the conference business of the Society.  While on a break from IEEE to raise her family, Betsy focused much of her time volunteering with the Home & School Associations in her town, serving in various fundraising roles and as one group’s President. She also volunteered with her son’s Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop, as well as a local dog rescue group.  She continues her volunteerism with both the rescue group and the town’s Project Graduation. Returning to IEEE brought Betsy the opportunity to be an important part of the volunteerism of the IEEE in the HAC, where her time is spent helping to develop operational processes, assisting in the support HAC committees, and managing the financial operations of the department.
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IEEE HAC Committee Information

The HAC Assessment Committee is responsible for evaluating and recommending techniques, processes, and platforms that could be used by HAC and the wider IEEE community to assess the impact of humanitarian technology and sustainable development activities at IEEE. The Committee oversees project reporting with the Projects Committee.

Chair: Mei Lin Fung

The HAC Partnerships Committee is responsible for developing relationships both within IEEE and with external organizations that have humanitarian interests and missions in common with HAC. It also evaluates and recommends potential formal partnership opportunities.

Chair: John Funso

The HAC Projects Committee is responsible for issuing an annual Call for Proposals for humanitarian technology and sustainable development projects led by IEEE volunteers. The Committee evaluates proposals, makes funding decisions, and oversees reporting with the Assessment Committee.

Chair: Nirupama Prakash Kumar

The SIGHT committee manages all aspects of the IEEE SIGHT program, including approving new groups, providing ongoing training, evaluating requests for project funding, tracking project performance, communicating internally and externally, working effectively across IEEE OUs, and maintaining a quality improvement process for all SIGHT activities.

Chair: Sampath Veeraraghavan

The HAC Events Committee is responsible for soliciting proposals, evaluating, and making funding decisions regarding IEEE events that include humanitarian technology and sustainable development elements. The Committee also oversees the Conference Participation Program, which provides limited partial travel support.

Chair: Paul Kostek

The HAC Education Committee is responsible for developing and delivering educational and training materials on topics in humanitarian technology and sustainable development activities for a variety of IEEE and occasionally external audiences.

Chair: Shaikh Fattah

The HAC Communications Committee is responsible for developing and maintaining communications materials and channels for HAC to communicate both within IEEE and externally about funding and training opportunities, news, case studies, and so on.

Chair: Supavadee Aramvith

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