IEEE Power & Energy Magazine - September/October 2015 - 6

leader's corner

Wanda Reder

a focus on key areas
updates from IEEE Board of Directors meetings

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Thanks for placing your
confidence in me as the Division Vii
director in 2014-2015, This role provides a unique opportunity to be on
the iEEE Board of Directors (BoD)
with visibility to all of the iEEE activities. Within this larger context, i have
a growing appreciation and admiration for the iEEE power & Energy
society (pEs), which continues to be
a driving force behind many important initiatives within iEEE by using
new approaches to engage volunteers,
embrace new technologies, and invite
those with diverse backgrounds to collaborate in the emerging field of power
and energy. in this column, i will
provide a summary of the significant
iEEE BoD activity during my term to
date and provide some insight to major
topics that are under consideration.
as i draft this article at the end of
May 2015, i have participated in nine
iEEE BoD meetings since starting
my term as Division Vii director in
January 2014. seven of these meetings
have been face to face. some of the significant items that we have addressed
are summarized below.

Industry Engagement
The iEEE BoD is addressing a decline
in industry engagement in iEEE. i led
an industry Engagement ad-hoc committee in 2014 that was appointed by
then-iEEE president roberto de Marca,
and i participate on a similar committee this year. recommendations aim to
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increase the value of iEEE offerings
through improved relevance to industry so that executives will be more
supportive of iEEE activity and value
employee membership.
as we each have the opportunity
to talk with industry executives, it is
important to explain what iEEE is
doing, who is involved in iEEE activities in their organization, how their
company benefits, and seek to understand what is expected from iEEE.

Humanitarian Activity
The iEEE BoD approved funding to continue the its humanitarian Technology
and social innovation activities. These
activities are aligned with the iEEE mission, "to foster technological innovation
and excellence for the benefit of humanity." it also motivates volunteers of all
ages from different parts of the world
to continue their association with and
support of iEEE. Within this is housed
a humanitarian initiative hosted in part
by the pEs called iEEE smart Village
that is designed to bring electricity to
millions while also providing jobs to
the community. smart Village members
work with local entrepreneurs in underserved countries like cameroon and
nigeria to help them set up micro-utilities using renewable energy technology
to power the area for a monthly fee that
is comparable to the cost of kerosene and
candles. if you are interested in learning
more or participating, see the february 2015 article in The Institute (http://
theinstitute.ieee.org/technology-focus/
technology-topic/powering-africa-ittakes-a-smart-village).

Financial and Operations
Transparency
often the iEEE BoD and iEEE operating units find it challenging to make
well-informed budget prioritization
decisions because the financial information is lacking. There is a growing
concern that the overheads to run iEEE
are outpacing the revenues and are
a threat for the long term. The iEEE
infrastructure adhoc committee was
created in 2014 to address this. reporting is improving; however, it is a work
in progress.

Management
and Operations
The iEEE BoD spent a significant
amount of time on the management ideals in 2014 discussing goals, roles, and
responsibilities as it relates to the iEEE
executive director and the iEEE BoD.
This resulted in a new designation of
roles and responsibilities for senior volunteer and staff leadership that the BoD
approved on an experimental basis last
november. in addition, an ill-conceived
staff consolidation was stopped and a
cumbersome project approval procedure
(ipr) was replaced with a proposed process that is more streamlined with decision-making authority remaining in the
operating units' line of command.

Internet Governance
internet governance is a topic of relevance
worldwide that has been discussed at
many meetings and progressed to a forum
held in Brussels that was sponsored by the
European public policy initiative. some
seed funding was approved for 2015.
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