PEA Speakers Program

PEA Speakers Program Description

PEA Speakers program is a platform through which distinguished and experienced professionals can share their valuable knowledge in PEAsC’s fields of interest to IEEE Region 8 members and help them by providing guidance on developing useful skills for their professional life.


The program contains two tiers of Speaker profiles: Distinguished Speakers and Experienced Speakers.

Distinguished Speakers –

These speakers are international thought leaders from academia, industry, and government and will be available primarily to present face-to-face sessions if requested by IEEE Region 8 OUs. Region 8 PEAsC funds the travel of these individuals to OU events and the OU is expected to cover local costs.

Experienced Speakers –

These speakers are experienced professionals from academia, industry, and government and will be available primarily for online sessions. They can also be invited for face to face sessions, PEAsC doesn’t cover any costs of these speakers.


Interested speakers can be nominated, invited or can apply to be a part of the PEAsC Speakers programs.

Fields of interest

The topics/focus areas covered in the Speakers program include:

  • Personal Skills e.g. creativity, self-confidence and self-motivation;
  • Influence Skills e.g. leadership, project management and organizational;
  • Relationship Skills e.g. customer relations, networking and  communications;
  • Product Skills: Quality Control, Marketing, Assessment, Innovation, Concepts etc
  • Program and Project Management Skills:
  • Writing Skills: Technical Paper/Proposal writing, Project Proposal, Reports of Projects etc
  • Oral Skills: Presentation skills, Speaking, etc
  • Employment: International Careers, Employer Requirements, Retirement programs, etc
  • Entrepreneurship: Business Models, Creating Products, Running a Company etc
  • Disruptive technology: the effect of the latest technology and its development on the business, economy and our future


Policies and Procedures


  • A PEA Speakers Program Ad hoc Committee (PEA SPC) shall be formed by the PEASC Chair.
  • The PEA SPC has the mandate to run the Speakers Program and appoint speakers.
  • The IEEE PEASC Chair is responsible for forming the PEA SPC
  • The ad hoc committee invites potential Speakers, receives open nominations and evaluates profiles.
  • Evaluation of Speaker profiles and recommendation for appointments are sent to Region 8 OpCom by PEASC chair on behalf of PEA SPC.
  • Speakers are appointed after the approval by Region 8 OpCom.
  • IEEE Sections or OUs can apply for PEA Speaker for their events.
  • Speakers are funded up to $500 for their travel per year. Exceptions are possible and will be decided on a case by case basis.
  • Speakers will be reimbursed for their expenses after the event.
  • Guidelines for claiming reimbursement follows Region 8’s guidelines as described in this document:
  • Furthermore PEASC will only reimburse
    • Transportation expenses to and from the event location
    • Visa or other papers issuing cost needed
  • All local expenses including accommodation, local travel and meals shall be covered by the local OU.
  • All speakers shall be appointed for a two-year term.

From more details on the program please check PEA speakers program manual

PEA Speakers Program Manual Download

PEA Speakers Program Manual

PEA Speakers Request Form

Click here to redirected to our google form for requesting a speaker for your event
Have in mind that according to PEA Speakers manual, a support letter by your OU chair is needed. To upload it you must be logged in with your google account.

Distinguished PEA Speakers

Amith Khandakar

Amith Khandakar is working at the Electrical Engineering Department of Qatar University for the last 10 years. read more…

His specialties includes, Biomedical Sensors, Electronics, Cognitive Radio, Engineering Education. He is also a keen believer in the soft skills , which are termed currently as Essential Skills and have done various workshops, with great feedback’s, at universities in Qatar, Canada,USA, Serbia, Finland, Poland, Portugal.

Andreas Neumeier

Andreas Neumeier has close to 20 years of experience in small but growing teams just as large organisations. He started and grew organisations in IT Security & Privacy, Internetworking, Cloud, Customer Experience and Digital Marketing. read more…

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


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.
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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.

Jan Verveckken

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

Khaled Mokhtar

Managing the Emerging Technologies & Innovation function in Etisalat UAE, my 13 years experience and career was always about managing complex projects and C-Level Programs.
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Also, He is an IEEE Senior Member with many global volunteering roles. He also used to work for Google, HP, Dubai Government and Etisalat Misr. Graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Ain Shams University, also certified from University of California – Berkeley – for Technology Entrepreneurship & Mentoring Innovative Technology Startups. For the IEEE, He is member of the Educational Activities Board CPC, Member of the IEEE Engagement Committee, member in the IEEE Region 8 Conferences Coordination (Europe, Middle East and Africa). He is also an International Speaker in the 5G World Summit in England, 5G Asia Summit in Singapore, Network Virtualization Europe in Madrid, Digital Participation Summit in Germany, IEEE Day in Jordan and IEEE SBC in Spain.

Past Speakers