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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.


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