R8 SAC Members

You can get in touch with the SAC team through: r8sac@ieee.org

The R8 SAC Members currently are:

Efthymia K. Arvaniti -Region 8 SAC Chair

Email: earvaniti@ieee.org
Efthymia has graduated from the University of Thessaly, Dpt of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics. Her main scientific interests are focused in Biomedical Informatics and Neuroengineering.

She is currently working on building her Startup company, which aims to help people who suffer from autoimmune diseases and face speech disorders due to neurological origins, communicate with their environment on their everyday life.
She has been an IEEE member since 2008, served as the Region 8 Student Branch Coordinator for the years 2013-2014, as the IEEE Greece Section Student Representative for 2011-2013 and as the and Chair of the IEEE UCG Student Branch in 2010-2011. She currently serves as Vice-Coordinator at the IEEE Academic, a project were students and professors are working together to create free educational material, available for everyone. As the Region Student Representative in the Region 8 Student Activities Committee, she aims to provide to the Region, tools and opportunities for communication and extroversion, assisting their members and students and encouraging their collaboration towards contribution to the society.

Mona Ghassemian -Region 8 Past SAC Chair

Mona Ghassemian received her PhD in “Mobile and Personal Communications” research from King’s College London in 2006 with NTT DoCoMo scholarship. After completion of her PhD she continued at King’s College London as a research associate in E-Sense (a project of the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission). She worked at University of Greenwich as a senior lecturer and PG programme leader in computer networking 2007-2012. She visited a number of universities; namely UoT, TU, and SUT and collaborated with their research groups. She is a faculty member at SBU and a visiting research associate at King’s College London. Her research interest is mainly on issues related to Wireless Sensor Networks with a focus on Smart Health and well-being.
She served as IEEE UK & Ireland Secretary March 2012- March 2015.


Paul Micallef – Region 8 Student Paper Contest Coordinator

Paul Micallef is a retired Associate Professor at the University of Malta, a former Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, and a former Head of Department of Communications and Computer Engineering. He has been an IEEE Member since October 1976, and now an IEEE Life Member. Paul is also a former Chair of the IEEE R8 Malta Section. Currently also the International Secretary of the Chamber of Engineers of Malta, involved also in Continuous Professional Development Strategy for the Engineering Profession in Malta. His research interests are speech technology and he is still involved in producing Technology tools for Maltese.

Email: paul.micallef@ieeer8.org

Ana Inês Inácio – Region 8 Student Representative

I am Inês and I am a Portuguese who is leaving in The Netherlands.

I am an Electronics and Telecom. Engineer with a Masters from University of Aveiro (UA) and University of Eindhoven. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD degree at the University of Twente (UT), in the Integrated Circuit Design Group. Throughout my academic years, I have been involved in the UA SB and UT SB, being responsible for their revitalization in 2010 and 2016, respectively. Meanwhile, I also served as the Chair of the Benelux YP Affinity Group, in 2015/16.

Since 2010, after meeting many visionary people at Leuven SB and GOLD Congress, I had no doubt on what IEEE could do for myself. Since then, dream affirmations as:

This is so cool! [Space, programming, robots, random SW, …] I would really like to know more about it!

…became so easily achievable!

I believe that passion for humanity and technology can take you (almost) anywhere. Hence, my goal as Region 8 Student Representative will be to assist, challenge and inspire as many motivated students and members to bring their valuable contribution to our society.

Sara BEN RABII – Region 8 Student Branch Coordinator

My name is Sara BEN RABII , Bioengineering student in the National Institute of Applied Science and technology in Tunisia . My main education interest is to promote researches in the biomedical field  in my country.
I am an IEEE volunteer since 2015, I currently occupy the vice chair position at IEEE INSAT Student Branch and the MESYP’17 (Middle East Student and Young Professionals congress) Fundrainsing co-manager position.
 As an appointed SAC Student branch Coordinator , I look forward to making the information accessible and to interacting with all the Student branches across Europe , Middle East and Africa.
I strongly believe that investing in people will  raise generations who will lead the technological revolution in the world.

José Miguel A. Sepulcre – Region 8 SAC Electronic Communications Coordinator

I’m José Miguel A. Sepulcre and Im a student of Electronic & Industrial Automation engineering degree and Electrical engineering degree in University Miguel Hernández of Elche, Spain. I’m member of IEEE since 2014 and I’ve served as secretary on my student branch and as the Section Student Representative in Section Spain in 2015-2017. My first big experience was 2014 SYP Krakow and the motivation it supplied me keeps growing with each IEEE event I participate in.

As Electronic Communications coordinator, I hope to help everyone to be more concerned about R8 Students Activities and more motivated about international initiatives and collaborations. Keep up the good work!

George Papadimitriou – Region 8 SAC Projects & Initiatives Coordinator

My name is George Papadimitriou and I am an Electrical and Computer Engineering student at the National Technical University of Athens, specialising on the fields of networks and telecommunications engineering. Since 2012, I have volunteered as a Chair of the NTUA Student Branch and the IEEE Greece Section’s Student Representative fostering student collaboration and leading fruitful projects. Currently I am working for NOKIA R&D at the Technology Center in Athens.
Innovation and initiative have always been the cornerstones of my activity. I see the role of the SAC Projects and Initiatives Coordinator as an opportunity and a challenge to embrace innovation and student initiative in Region 8 while remaining true to our mission which is “Advancing Technology for Humanity”.


Yara Melki – Region 8 Awards & Contests Coordinator

My name is Yara Melki, and I am a 4th year electrical and computer engineering student, specializing in hardware and power systems, at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

One of the biggest projects I am taking part in revolves around generating energy out of pull-down gym machines. The idea behind this project is to create green energy while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

I  have been an active IEEE member for the past 3 years. I started off as an IEEE student representative and then got elected as Vice President of AUB’s student branch. My main contributions to the organization were in 2015 where I was the IEEE Day Ambassador and the Lebanese Chair of the IEEE Grand Tech. The latter is an initiative consisting of a series of technical events in the Arab World, focused on computing technologies.

I am currently acting president of my university’s student branch and Awards and Contests coordinator at the Student Activities in Region 8.






Over the years, many have been members of SAC and contributed to R8 Student Activities. You can find them, starting 2010, in our History page.