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Simay Akar

WiP WiE Liaison

Simay Akar

Sımay Akar is an active IEEE volunteer since 2007 and has been serving several volunteer membership and leadership positions. She is graduated from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey

Simay is currently working in the solar industry in Suzhou, China- as Overseas Marketing Manager of Suzhou Talesun Solar Technologies Co., Ltd. is a photovoltaic manufacturer with an annual capacity of 3 GW cells and 5 GW modules in China and Thailand. She is responsible for Americas, MEA, Australia and Japan regional marketing activities. She was in charge of business development, strategic marketing and sales activities of CSUN Eurasia’s- a Chinese PV modules and solar cells manufacturer- solar cells which made in its factory in Istanbul, Turkey between 2013-2015 and covering international sales activities among many countries as Business Development and Sales Manager. She has been honored with CSUN Outstanding Staff Award in December 2014.

She has served several volunteer activities in different organizational units including Student Branch (METU), Sections (Turkey and Nanjing-China), Regions (8 and 10), Societies (PES, SSIT) IEEE Day, IEEE SIGHT and Humanitarian Activities, IEEE TAB (WUG), IEEE MGA (WIE and Young Professionals) and many others.

Emma Burke

Social Media Coordinator

Emma Burke is as an Associate Engineer in the Transmission Network Technology Deployment at National Grid. She graduated from Northeastern University in May 2019 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and then joined National Grid in June as part of the Graduate Development Program (GDP). GDP is National Grid’s pipeline program that prepares recent college graduates for future leadership roles by supporting and developing leadership skills, development plans, and business talents.

While attending Northeastern, she completed two full time co-ops, both focused on chemical and electrochemical R+D lab work. Her last co-op introduced her to grid-scale battery storage systems which led into pursuing a career in the power industry.

Outside of work, Emma is passionate about mentoring and women’s empowerment having participated in an organization called Strong Women, Strong Girls while in college.

Laila Beavogui

Region 1

Laila Beavogui-Koma is a Performance Excellence Practitioner for National Grid USA. In her current role, she engages business streams to drive improvements in efficiency and productivity allowing for cost savings. Prior to this role, she held various roles as distribution, sub-transmission and a substation Engineer. Laila received her BS in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Binghamton and her MS in Power System Management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

During her undergraduate experience, she was part of a team that established SUNY Binghamton Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter. She also served as a mentor for 10 year old girls in the Syracuse Public School District and a diversity chair for the Boston Science Club. She is the chair of PES WiP Boston. Her area of interests include: Reliable and Sustainable Energy, and empowering young girls

Ana Manzanares

Region 4

anaAna Manzanares is an engineer at ComEd and works in the Smart Grid and Technology Department. ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation and one of the nation’s largest electric utilities in the nation. Ana’s ongoing work focuses on emerging technologies, including: Microgrids, energy storage, voltage and current stability and smart city applications which leverage ComEd’s mesh network. Through her work she is actively involved in shaping the future of ComEd through many of these cutting edge projects.

Prior to her role with the Smart Grid group, Ana was an Engineer in ComEd’s New Business group where she managed grid interconnection projects to connect new residential and commercial customers. Ana graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2007, and obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana University in 2009.

Mercy Chelangat K.

Region 8 (Kenya)

Mercy Chelangat is an electrical engineer with unending interests in renewable energies, with a focus on sustainable community development and emerging trends such as Electric Vehicles and E-Mobility.

Mercy possesses a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Moi University, Kenya. She specializes in Solar engineering and humanitarian development. Mercy has been an ardent volunteer at the IEEE Kenya Section and the PES Kenya Chapter. Mercy serves as the Publicity, Marketing, and Historian Committee Chair Kenya Section Secretary PES Kenya Chapter, and PES Women in Power Rep. She has overseen the piloting of the NwB PES Renewable Energy for Kids Program and WiE Student Teacher and Research Engineer/Scientist Program which aim to boost one on one interaction between students and professionals  in Engineering.

Mercy is currently overseeing the IEEE Smart Village in partnership with the Maa Trust involving the construction of a solar powered IT Training Hub. Mercy is also researching on the power requirements of new social enterprises that are currently in development in partnership with IEEE.

Dr. Omowunmi Mary Longe

Region 8 (South Africa)

Dr. Omowunmi Mary Longe received her D.Ing in 2017 from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa in Electrical and Electronics Engineering Science. Previously, she obtained M.Eng and B.Eng degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2011 and 2001 respectively from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria.

She is a member of notable professional organisations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, (IEEE) USA, IEEE – Power and Energy Society (IEEE-PES), IEEE – Women in Engineering (IEEE – WIE), Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE), Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE), USA. She is also registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

She has published more than thirty papers in referred journals and conference proceedings. She is also a reviewer for some ISI-listed and referred journals such as IEEE Access, MDPI Energies, MDPI Sustainability, MDPI Applied Sciences, Elsevier Energy Conversion and Management, Elsevier Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks (SEGAN), International Journal of Energy and IET Networks. She is also Guest Editor for Special Issue on Smart Energy Management for Smart Grids, MDPI Sustainability and had served as a project reviewer for APPEAR AT, Austrian Development Cooperation, Austria. She has also served as a member of IEEE Smart Cities Research and Development Committee. She has served as member of Technical Programme Committee for local and international conferences including the IEEE PAC 2019 and member, Event Management Committee, IEEE 2018 Africa Student and Young Professional Congress, Abuja Nigeria

Dr. Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga

Region 8 (Central Africa)

Dr. Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga, PE is an Assistant Professor at the Engineering Technology Department at the University of Toledo (UT) (, Ohio, USA where she received her Bachelor’s (2005), Master’s (2008) and Doctorate (2017) degrees in Electrical Engineering with honors. Her research areas include battery management systems, electric vehicles, and renewable energy systems. Her battery research won the 2018 IEEE National Aerospace & Electronics Conference Best Poster Award in the USA, while her hybrid electric vehicle research won the 2008 University of Toledo EECS Dept. Most Outstanding Thesis Award. Prior to this role, Sandrine was the Manager of Electrical Engineering at UT where she helped manage a $65 million budget. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio, USA.

Sandrine is also an entrepreneur. Since 2011, she is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of SMIN Power Group (, a solar developer with offices in the USA and in the D.R.Congo. In 2018, Sandrine founded the STEM DRC Initiative, a non-profit organization that aims to encourage Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) in the D.R.Congo ( and offered 63 scholarships in 2019. She is a Member of the Board of Directors at the Société Nationale d’ Eléctricité, the main electric utility company in the D.R.Congo.

Sandrine has been a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for 12 years. In 2009, she started and chaired the first IEEE Graduate of the Last Decade Group in the Toledo Section. She chaired the 2017 IEEE PowerAfrica Conference in Ghana with attendees from over 30 countries. Sandrine received many awards including the 2018 IEEE Engineer of the Year Award, the 2017 Africa Most Influential Women Award in Engineering and Manufacturing by CEO Magazine, and she was inducted in the 2018-2019 World Association of Cooperative Education Co-op Hall of Fame.

Sandrine was just recently appointed in three different roles within IEEE: she is now serving as the IEEE Power and Energy Society(PES) Women in Power (WiP) representative for Central Africa, IEEE Smart Village Director of Business Development-DRC, and Chair of the IEEE PES Congo Scholarship Plus.

Lisien Leon

Region 9

Lisien Leon is BSc in electrical engineering by “National University of Engineering – Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería” from Perú. She is working in Business Development area to introduce green mobility and others solutions made to measure that include smart, energy-efficient equipment, powered using carbon-free energy.

She is an active IEEE volunteer since 2016 and has been leadership positions such as Chair WiE & Secretary PES from her university, then she became a professional she was Chair Membership Development and currently Secretary PES from IEEE Peru Section.

During this time, she mainly has organized educational activities according to spread WiP objectives and to promote gender equality.

Also, she was a speaker from different kind of events such as “Reunión Nacional de Ramas Estudiantiles – National Meeting of Student Branches Perú” and participate in webinars and meetings to explain mission and vision WIE for new students and encourage them to open a WIE in their respective universities.

She is interested in energy solutions friendly to environment for consumers and to work in 7th Sustainable Development Goal – Affordable and Clean Energy with IEEE SIGHT.

Dr. Celia Shahnaz

Region 10

Celia Shahnaz received Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 2009. Currently she is serving as a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, BUET, from where she received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in 2000 and 2002, respectively.

Dr. Celia is a senior member of IEEE, a fellow of IEB and has published more than 80 international journal and conference papers. She has been appointed as 2017 Communications Chair, IEEE SIGHT steering committee, 2017 Co-Chair, IEEE WIE Workshops Subcommittee and IEEE PES Women in Power (WiP) Region 10 Regional Representative. She served as the IEEE R10 WIE Coordinator 2016, the first Bangladeshi to occupy such a high position in R10. She is now serving as the Vice-Chair (activity) of IEEE Bangladesh Section, where she had served as Chair, Membership Development (2012-13). She is the Founding Chair of WIE Affinity Group, IEEE Bangladesh Section and contributed to the amazing growth of the group as the Chair till 2015 for which she is currently acting as an advisor and Chair, Nominations and Appointments.

She is also the coordinator of FLASH, a special interest group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) in IEEE Bangladesh Section. She has served as a member of IEEE Region 10 WIE subcommittee and also as a representative of IEEE Region 10 WIE volunteer committee in 2015. She was a member of the organizing team in All IEEE Young Engineers Humanitarian (AIYEHUM) Challenge 2015 organized by the IEEE Region 10. In 2016, she has served as committee member of Special event subcommittee and that of Women in Leadership Collabratec Community of IEEE global /MGA WIE.

She has served as the Co-chair in IEEE WIE Global Summit 2016 at Bangalore as well as the program Chair. She has also served as the program Chair of WIE track in IEEE R10 students/Young Professionals/Women in Engineering/Life Member congress 2016 at Bangalore. She was the Technical Program Chair of IEEE WIECON-ECE 2015, the General Chair of IEEE WIECON-ECE 2016,  IEEE WIECON-ECE 2017, and IEEE R10 HTC 2017.

Maimunah Oluwatosin OGUNNIYI

Region 8 (Nigeria)

Maimunah Oluwatosin Ogunniyi currently works with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) as Assistant Manager in the System Planning and Development Department. Her responsibilities cover a wide area of power system transmission system forecast, coordination, monitoring and reinforcement. She is involved in project management, supervision and procurement activities. A dynamic engineer, she is at the fore front in demonstrating her skills and prowess in the course of her assignments.

Maimunah is an active member of the IEEE Nigeria Section and the PES Nigeria Chapter, Maimunah has demonstrated good commitment to the cause of WiE at different fora in Nigeria. Leadership strength and teamwork spirit are some of the assets in her that will be beneficial in her function as WiP Chair (Nigeria).


Dr. Jelena Ponoko

Region 8 (UK and Ireland)

Dr. Jelena Ponoko is working as a Lecturer in Distance Learning, Department of Electricaland Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. She has beenteaching MSc students attending the Distance Learning MSc course in Electrical PowerSystems Engineering. Her current research focuses on the analysis of the effects of wide-scaledemand-side management on distribution and transmission network performance.

Jelena has authored or co-authored over 40 research papers and technical reports. She regularly reviewspapers for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, andPower Systems Computation Conference.Dr. Ponoko has been an active IEEE PES member since 2015. She is the IEEE Women inEngineering Representative of IEEE UK and Ireland Power&Energy Society (PES) Chapter.

Jelena was the Secretary of The IEEE Student Branch Power&Energy Society (PES) chapter atthe University of Manchester. She actively participated in organizing the international studentworkshop MEEPS (“Manchester Energy and Electrical Power Systems”) 2016.Dr. Ponoko was a speaker at many international conferences and workshops. She represented The University of Manchester at the 10th Seminar for Next Generation ofResearchers in Power Systems 2018, organized by the University of Waterloo in Banff,Canada.

Staji Wilson

Region 10

Staji is working as an Assistant Engineer at Tata Consultancy Services(RnD Telecom),Balngore, India. She graduated from APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University in Electronicsand Communication Engineering. She is an IEEE Member for the past five years and an activePES Young Professional. She volunteered in many national and global IEEE committees and events. She was involved in IEEE Awards program for two years as an outreach volunteer and attended IEEE Vision Innovation Challenges Summit and IEEE Honors Ceremony in 2019.

Staji was the travel grant recipient of IEEE WIE International Leadership Conference 2019 and also volunteered in WIE ILS Kochi. She worked with NGOs like Teach for India to educate children in the country and spread awareness about STEM. She was a speaker for International conferences like IEEE Power Electronics, Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Conference(PESGRE 2020).

Staji organized events to promote women in engineering, to inspire and encourage them to pursue a career in their field of interest.Her contributions towards IEEE PES are very significant at the chapter as well as the national level. She has taken numerous STEP and SPAC initiatives to instill the difference between student and professional life, and introduce the opportunities and benefits of IEEE YP and IEEEPES YP Affinity Group. She initiated some Women in Power events to bring more girls into technical upfront. She served as the IEEE PES Day India Lead 2020. Her field of interest is photonics and renewable energy.

Yasmine Chelly

Region 8(Africa, Middle East and Europe)

Yasmine Chelly is a motivated student who has developed a mature and responsible approach to the tasks she undertakes and she is eager to learn more about data science through professional experience. She is a Computer science and Applied Mathematics engineering student at National Engineering School of Sfax (ENIS) and she took her Pre-engineering (Math-Physics) from Faculté des sciences Sfax. She did her internship at Freedom of Dev Services, Sfax Hackerspace/Go My Code, Swallow-labs as a software engineer.

She is an active IEEE PES Member and IEEE PES Women in Power Representative of Region 8 ((Africa, Middle East and Europe). She is active in IEEE PES WIP since 2018 and organized efficient and productive events for women in power and energy. Ms. Chelly has participated and won numerous international competitions like the Power and Energy Week competition (1st prize out of 20 teams). She was selected for the Research Week Exchange Program with the University of Arkansas, USA.

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