IEEE SIGHTSteering Committee

The SIGHT Steering Committee (SSC) is composed of volunteers that work to further the SIGHT mission by guiding the formation of new SIGHT groups, supporting the activities of existing groups, providing educational content to strengthen volunteers’ professional skills and equip them with the knowledge necessary to facilitate sustainable development initiatives at a grassroots level, evaluating requests for project funding, and communicating SIGHT activities within SIGHT and across IEEE.

2021 IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee Members and Staff Support

Lwanga Herbert | Chair, IEEE SIGHT

Lwanga Herbert currently serves as Chair of the 2021 IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee. As such, he is a member of the Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) established by the IEEE Board of Directors.

Mr. Herbert is an innovation and technology enthusiast and practitioner inspired by technological solutions to diverse problems and challenges. He is the Co-founder of M/S LOG`EL GROUP LTD, an IT company based in Uganda and the co-founder of Log`el Science Foundation, a civil society organization which conducts research and development in science and technology. Lwanga Herbert was a beneficiary of the presidential innovation fund in Uganda from 2000-2005, which allowed him to develop a variety of innovations to address corresponding community challenges. These innovations were patented with the support of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology. He has made several contributions within the IEEE community, which includes co-founding the IEEE Uganda Section and implementing humanitarian projects and programs in Uganda with IEEE support.

Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan | Past Chair, IEEE SIGHT

Mr. Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan is a renowned technologist known for his innovations in addressing global humanitarian and sustainable development challenges. He currently serves as Chair of the 2021 IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC). Prior to serving as the 2021 HAC Chair, Sampath was the 2019-2020 IEEE SIGHT Chair, leading the program to record-breaking growth through high-impact, technology-driven sustainable programs benefiting members in 115+ countries.
In 2020, Sampath was an expert in the Broadband Commission working group on school connectivity co-chaired by UNESCO, UNICEF and ITU to drive “GIGA,” a Global School Connectivity Initiative. He is the founder and president of “The Brahmam,” a humanitarian program delivering next-generation social innovations to achieve sustainable development goals and benefit marginalized communities. He currently works as a senior technology and program management leader with Alexa Artificial Intelligence Group at Amazon. Sampath was recently accredited with the 2020 IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional Award.

Anis Ben Arfi | Member, IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee

Dr. Anis Ben Arfi received his PhD from the University of Calgary in 2019 and currently works at Analog Devices in Ottawa where he focuses on 5G Wireless Systems and digital processing algorithms. Anis has been involved in IEEE humanitarian technology since 2014. He found his passion volunteering with the IEEE Southern Alberta Section, and served as the 2015 IEEE Southern Alberta SIGHT chair. From 2018, Ben Arfi has been leading the IEEE Canada Humanitarian Initiatives and has been instrumental in organizing events, encouraging projects as well as giving lectures. Anis also volunteers with IEEE Ottawa Section, IEEE MTT-S, and IEEE Rising Stars Conference. 

Michelle Jordan | Member, IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee

Michelle Jordan is an associate professor of educational psychology and the learning sciences in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She has served as the Education Director for the QESST Solar Energy Engineering Research Center  since 2016 and served on the IEEE SIGHT Education subcommittee in 2020. Dr. Jordan’s research focuses on youth collaboration in engineering design projects. She is also interested in youth-adult collaborations that foster youth leadership in community energy innovation.

Pía Torres | Member, IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee

Pía Torres is an Electronics Engineer, from Exact Sciences and Technology Faculty, Tucumán National University in Argentina. She specializes in project management, process optimization, digital transformation and innovation in several industries: oil & gas, nuclear, food & beverage, energy, IT, etc. Ms. Torres is a social entrepreneur (Roboteam, Initiative founder and program manager), a UN SDG Promotor, and a diversity and inclusion ambassador of STEM Education. She has been an IEEE Volunteer since 2001, and a Senior Member since 2018. In addition to her role in IEEE SIGHT, Ms. Torres is the IEEE IAS Board Diversity & Inclusion Chair, IEEE IAS Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE WIE ILS Sub-Committee Chair, and IEEE R9 HAC & Industry Engagement Committee Member. Her awards received include the 2020 JCI Argentina Outstanding Young Person for Humanitarian & Volunteering Services, the 2020 IEEE Region 9 Student & Young Professionals Prominent Supporter Award and the 2019 IEEE WIE Inspiring Member of the Year Award.

Darwin Jose Raju | Member, IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee

Darwin Jose Raju is an IEEE Senior Member and the Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in St. Xavier’s Catholic College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu, India. He is an active volunteer of IEEE Madras Section, and a member of IEEE Education Society, IEEE Electron Devices Society, IEEE WIE Affinity Group, and IEEE Photonics Society. He is also a life member of Indian Society of Technical Education (ISTE) and Society of EMC Engineers.

Dr. Raju has more than 20 years of teaching experience, and under his guidance, many of his students became IEEE members and have been awarded numerous scholarships and awards from IEEE Societies and IEEE WIE. For his service as an IEEE volunteer, Dr. Raju was elevated to a Senior Member of IEEE and awarded the “Outstanding Student Branch Counselor” award in 2009. He also received the IEEE MGA Leadership Award in 2012.

Raphael Onoshakpor | Member, IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee

Raphael Onoshakpor is a Senior Member and an active IEEE volunteer who has worked in many capacities with IEEE ranging from the Chair of IEEE Nigeria Section, Member IEEE Region 8, Strategic Planning Committee, and IEEE SIGHT Operations Subcommittee.

He currently works as a project manager in a power project in Nigeria. Within his career, he has been involved in a number of clean energy generation initiatives ranging from large scale projects to smaller (community) projects.

Raphael holds Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering. He also has a Master’s in Business Administration from the prestigious University of Leicester in the UK. He has been on several review and advisory panels in Nigerian and Africa in the course of his work for IEEE Region 8.

Raphael is a team player and a progressive individual willing to participate in bringing positive change.

Julianna Pichardo | IEEE SIGHT Program Specialist

Julianna Pichardo joined the Humanitarian & Sustainable Development Activities team at IEEE in 2018 after returning to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic.  While in the DR, she worked with Esperanza International, a microfinance nonprofit dedicated to poverty alleviation. At Esperanza, Julianna held positions in communications and operations analysis, working closely with diverse stakeholders, from board members to program staff to donors to micro-entrepreneurs, to increase long-term impact for 10,000+ clients. A fluent Spanish speaker, she has studied in Valparaiso, Chile and serves on the Board of Generation to Generation Network, a Guatemalan NGO focused on building capacity among local non-profit leaders.

As the IEEE SIGHT Program Specialist, Julianna supports the IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee in its mission to empower a global network of IEEE volunteers partnering with underserved communities & local organizations to leverage technology for sustainable development.

Betsy Toland | IEEE SIGHT Administrative Support

Ms. Betsy Toland is the Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) program Administrator. She joined the team in March 2016 and is responsible for performing and managing operational duties in support of SIGHT team. She is also responsible for management of IEEE SIGHT promotional material, processing of expense reports, tracking of expenses as well as other ad hoc projects.

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