Technical Activities

The Vice Chair (VC) of IEEE Region 8 Technical Activities (TA) is responsible for coordinating Region 8 activities related to:

  1. Chapters (Technical societies’ & Councils)
  2. Conference
  3. Educational Activities (EA)
  4. Standards
  5. Industry Relations.

For more information about the role – refer to the Region 8 Governing Documents.

  • The VC TA shall create an atmosphere conducive for fostering innovative ideas and new initiatives that support Region 8 goals and objectives in the abovementioned areas, paving the road for successful implementation.
  • The VC TA shall be elected by the Region 8 Committee from nominations provided by the Region 8 Nominations and Appointment Subcommittee. The term of his/her office shall be one year. After having served one term the VC shall be eligible to be re-elected for up to two additional one year terms.
  • The VC TA shall report to Region 8 on TA subcommittees & coordinators activities.
  • The VC TA shall work with the “wider IEEE” towards enabling the Region 8 vision. Download this figure: R8_TA_relations_higher_committees_v1.

The Region 8 Vice-Chair of Technical Activities for 2017/18 is Prof. Christopher James, an academic from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, who has been a member and volunteer with IEEE for over 25 years. He is a Biomedical Engineer and as well as volunteering within Region 8 he is also a volunteer within the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). He is also Director of a start-up company called EMbody Biosignals Ltd.  He can be contacted via e-mail at: c.j,

Core Values:

The IEEE REGION 8 Technical Activities believes in:

  • Inclusiveness – Embracing diversity of Region 8 members and their careers. Respecting each other’s values with honesty and transparency.
  • Networking – Creating an engaged, interactive community of technical professionals from both industry and academic sectors
  • Professionalism – Maintaining the highest level of professional and ethical standards.
  • Technical Excellence – Disseminating high quality scientific and technical information in a timely, equitable and objective manner.
  • Volunteerism – The driving force of Region 8 Technical Activities

Goals of IEEE REGION 8 Operating Committee (OpCom):

Following are the proposed 2011 IEEE REGION 8 OpCom Goals:

  • Build a friendly atmosphere within the Region
  • Increase the number of young engineering members from the industry
  • Encourage chapters and student branches to enhance their activity
  • Continue the implementation of best practices

Long Term Goals of REGION 8 Technical Activities:

  • Industry and Practitioners – Industry professionals and their employers will value IEEE Region 8 TA as major resource to achieve success
  • Information and Knowledge Development – Knowledge generators will regard IEEE Region 8 TA as the organization of choice to promote innovative technical communities
  • Education – Region 8 TA will improve professional competencies by providing targeted education and support for students and professionals
  • Community Collaboration – IEEE Region 8 TA will foster a dynamic ecosystem where technical communities preserve their individuality but at the same time collaborate in an open environment where the total value is greater than the sum of the parts.
  • Organization and Structure – IEEE Region 8 TA will be a best of class model organization allowing balance between consistency and autonomy

IEEE REGION 8 Technical Activities Subcommittees & Coordinators:


1. Chapter Coordination Subcommittee [ChCSC]

  • Amara Amara (France) – Chair

2. Conference Coordination Subcommittee [CoCSC]

  • Peter Nagy (Hungary) – Chair
  • Adel Alimi (Tunisia) – Past Chair
  • Tomislav Capuder (Croatia)
  • Shaun Kaplan (South Africa)

3. Educational Activities Subcommittee [EASC]

  • Sohaib Qamer Sheikh (UKRI) – Chair

4. Action for Industry Team

  • Marios Antoniou (Cyprus) – Chair

5. Standards Coordinator [SA]

  • David Law (UKRI) – Chair

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