PA Speakers Program

The PA Speakers Program functions in a similar manner to Distinguished Lecturer programs run by many technical societies at IEEE. A local IEEE group (e.g Section, Student Branch, Young Professionals affinity group etc) may contact the speaker available on our website directly to find a suitable time. Local funding (by the IEEE section or sponsors) is necessary, but there is also funding available to cover travel expenses to/from the location.

Below you will find list of PA Speakers and their workshops. You can also contact individual speakers as per your interest. Once you have selected a speaker you may invite our speakers by filling up this form.

Speaker Profile: Amith Khandakar

Professional Details

Working for Qatar University for 8 years in the Electrical Engineering Department

Domain being Electronics, Communication, Education Engineering

Expertise-Cognitive Radio, Education Engineering

Certifications: CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Administrator), PMP (Project Management Professional)



IEEE Sight, TISP, Section Secretary, Student Branch Counselor

Contact: amithkhandakar@ieee.org


Available to discuss possible content in following areas

Being a Project Management Professional (PMP)- Can Deliver workshops on techniques of Time, Scope and Cost Management prescribed by PMBOK.

Advanced Excel Training-

Course Learning Outcomes of sessions taken

o    Have a deep understanding of the most common advanced formulas in Excel, notably for advanced decision making.

o    Organize, sort and auto-format data based on user-specified conditions.

o    Use advanced graphs and charts in addition to creating dashboards to graphically summarize data.

o    Create Macros to automate repetitive tasks.

o    Know how to find and apply appropriate functions

Speaker Profile: Andreas Neumeier

Professional Details

During his career, Andreas worked and developed start-up and small organizations just as he took technical management responsibilities in large multinationals in Europe and Asia in the areas of sales, services, marketing, project and product management. Recently Andreas developed and owned the digitalization and IoT Strategy for a traditional German multinational.

He earned degrees in Computer Sciences (Dipl.Inf.(FH)) from the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg and a MBA from FOM University of Applied Sciences Munich. Andreas is certified cyber security expert, certified CISSP and CCSP and currently works as a product manager.



IEEE R8 Action for Industry Committee Member, 2017

IEEE Region 8 – Industry relations Committee Chair 2013-2014

IEEE Germany Section – Young Professional Chairman 2011-2012

Contact: andreas@neumeier.org


Available to discuss possible content in following areas

  • Marketing, Sales, Brand Building, Product Management, Value Proposition, Consulting Skills, Change Management, Organisation Development, Networking, etc.
  • Compliance, privacy, information security, digitalization, business movement from product to service business, etc.

Speaker Profile: Khaled Mokhtar

Professional Details

Project Management Office in Etisalat Telecom Operator in Egypt as Program Management Senior Team Leader

Project Manager, previously worked as Project Manager for Google Translate


IEEE Egypt Section, former Vice Chairman for the Egypt YP, Winner of the 1st Exceptional Volunteer Award in R8

Contact: kmokhtar@ieee.org


  • Startup@ Program – Entrepreneurship – Innovation – Business Planing – Ideation – Startups
  • The Power of I – Entrepreneurship – Innovation – Ideation – Startups
  • Project Management Workshop – Project Management – Program Management – Scheduling – Project Planning.
  • Marketing Workshop – Marketing – Consumer Behavior – International Marketing
  • Go Centric! – Customer Centricty – Product Development – Strategies – Business Development

Speaker Profile: Jan Verveckken

IEEE Contributions

Jas has been IEEE member for a long time, back to Graduate Student Member. He has had several volunteering positions, among which:

  • Worldwide representative of Student Branch Chapters(>300) 2011-2012
  • Co-organizer of R8 Student Branch & Gold Congress 2010
  • Treasurer of IEEE Smart Grid World Forum (300 att., 220 keuro budget)  2010-2011
  • Lead on GOLD Webinars (Graduates of Last Decade, now Young Professionals)  2012
  • Chair of IEEE Student Branch Leuven (Exemplary Student Branch, 20keuro annual budget) 2011
  • Treasurer of BNL IAS&PELS&PES chapter  2009-2013
  • Subcommittee Chair R8 Professional Activities 2013
  • Organizing committee chair of Benelux IEEE Young Researcher Symposium (55 att.) 2010

Contact: jan.verveckken@ieee.org


  • Early Career Stress Prevention
  • Stress and Time Management

Speaker Profile: Nicos Timotheou

Nicos Has spoken in tens of international and local conferences, and symposia over the last 30 years in various countries.

Nicos has lectured in various workshops on leadership, management, telecommunications and information technology.

Nicos has lectured as a Visiting Scholar on Information Strategy & Development Management at the University of Cyprus to the 4th year Computer Science students

Professional Details

Owner, Director & Managing Consultant at NAN Strategic Change Consultants Ltd


Past Cyprus Section chair, Senior Life member

Contact: nicos.timotheou@strategic-change-consultants.com


  • Leadership for Business Success
  • The Successful Manager and his Duties
  • The Successful Engineer/Project Manager and his Duties
  • Performance Evaluation for Personal Development

Professional Activities Speaker Program

Many Professional Activities topics (i.e. everything nontechnical contributing to members’ careers) can be covered best by local speakers familiar with the culture, background and experience level of participants. However, for international perspective and to create better links within IEEE, the PA committee is also maintaining a speaker program.

The speakers are all experienced lecturers giving multi-hour workshops. Some workshops even run over several days, according to speaker requirements.

The Speaker Program functions in a similar manner to Distinguished Lecturer programs run by many technical societies at IEEE. A local IEEE group (e.g Section, Student Branch, Young Professionals affinity group etc) may contact the speaker directly to find a suitable time. Local funding (by the IEEE section or sponsors) is necessary, but there is also funding available to cover travel expenses to/from the location.

We are also seeking additional speakers to cover a wider range of topics. See below for the criteria.


Speaker Profile: Charles W Turner

CharlesAfter gaining his doctorate at Stanford University in 1961, Charles Turner worked in the UK electronics industry, and subsequently moved into academic employment, first at Brunel University (UK), then at the University of California, Berkeley, and finally at King’s College London, where he held the Siemens Chair in Electrical Engineering for nearly 30 years, before he retired in 2000. He is a Life Fellow IEEE. He is also a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEE (now IET). He was very active in accreditation activities in the UK, and chaired the IEE Accreditation Committee.

UKRI Section

He has been a volunteer for the UKRI Section since 1974, as Student Counsellor, Secretary, and Section Chair. More recently he has served as the Section Awards and Recognition Officer, mostly dealing as an advisor for Fellow applications. He is Chair of the Education Society Chapter, and Editor of the UKRI Section monthly e-letter. He is a member of the Life Members Committee and has been active in preparing Milestones proposals (Bletchley Park, GCHQ, and Gabor), and conducting oral interviews of retired distinguished engineers.

Region 8

He has held several committee positions in Region 8, and was the Region 8 Director from 1993/4, and Secretary from 1999. He has chaired the Education Committee, the Professional Activities Committee, and is currently the Chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee. He was Editor for the booklet celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the foundation of Region 8.


He was a member of the Board of Directors, first as Region 8 Director (1993-4), and then as IEEE Secretary in 1995. Among many other volunteer positions in IEEE he also served as Chair of the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee from 2000-2002. In 2003 he received the IEEE Haraden Pratt Award. He also chaired the Audit Committee, and the RAB/TAB Transnational Committee. Most recently, he served as Vice Chair of the IEEE Medals Council.

Contact: c.turner@ieee.org


  • Intellectual Property Rights for Young Engineers
  • Leadership Skills
  • How to manage your career

Speaker Profile: Hafidh AlSamarrai

Spent two years in industry, five years in the Academia, fifteen years in the private sector and fifteen years in an international development finance institution. The President and CEO of the Canadian Based Company Global Business Development and Growth Inc., which specializes in training, capacity building, research and consultancy and offering its services mainly in the Middle East. Started conducting training courses since 1978 while studying for Ph.D. and continued to conduct training while working in the Academia, private sector, in the international financial institution (IDB) and have since started managing GBDGI.

For more than ten years held several senior positions including a Vice president of Saudi Amoudi Group/ SKAB, CEO and president of Sadaca Environmental Group and Executive Director of Amoudi Electronic Systems.

As part of his duties at Islamic Development Bank he was selected to Chair the Restructuring & Strategic Planning Study Team for the restructuring of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC). His report was the base which was used to restructure OIC by the Islamic Summit in Mekkah.

Published tens of scientific papers and articles in worlds’ leading Journals, magazines, newspapers and conferences and published four books. His name was published in the world’s most comprehensive biography Marquis Who’s Who  for many consecutive years and several other bibliographies.  He is Chartered Engineer, C.Eng., Certified Management Consultant, CMC, and Certified Lead Quality Auditor.

Contact: hafidh@gbdgi.net


  1. Event Management Workshop
  2. Tendering: preparation of tenders, pricing, evaluation and documentation
  3. Moving from Academia to Consultancy
  4. Creativity and Innovation
  5. Entrepreneurship and Incubators’ Management
  6. Training of Trainers (TOT)
  7. The Writing System for Engineers and Scientists in Arabic Language