After two years of virtual gatherings, the IEEE Region 10 executive committee finally convened in person on January 7, 2023, at the Conrad Bangkok Hotel in the bustling city of Bangkok, Thailand.
On January 6, the members of the R10 EXCOM gathered for a pre-meeting dinner ahead of the R10 EXCOM meeting. The dinner included both incoming and outgoing members of the R10 EXCOM. This pre-meeting provided a chance for a seamless and efficient transfer of R10 programs from the 2021-2022 EXCOM members to the incoming EXCOM members. The dinner also served as a platform to highlight the success of R10 projects in 2021-2022 and to discuss plans for the 2023-2024 R10 EXCOM term. Discussions during the dinner focused on key lessons learned in 2021-2022 and new ideas for initiatives in 2023-2024, with the handover between new and past committee chairs playing a central role.
The 2023 R10 EXCOM meeting on 7 January 2023 was headed by the 2023-2024 IEEE R10 Director, Prof. Lance Fung, and the R10 Secretary, Dr. Michael Ling Chuen Ong, with the participation of the R10 Operations Committee and members from both the 2021-2022 and 2023-2024 IEEE R10 EXCOM.
Prof. Lance Fung opened the meeting with a welcome speech, followed by a welcome address from Thailand Section Chair Pongsakorn Yuthagovit. The 2022 R10 updates were presented by the R10 Past-Director, Mr. Deepak Mathur, who shared the achievements of R10 and highlighted major projects such as R10Talk and the R10 Robotics Competition.
R10 EXCOM members for the year 2021/2022 presented their reports of past activities with remarkable contributions from the volunteers. The plans for the year 2023 were presented by seventeen committee chairs of the 2023 R10 EXCOM, including the vice chairs of the Membership Activities Committee, Professional Activities Committee, and Technical Activities Committee. The valuable comments shared by R10 EXCOM members, including the R10 Advisory Committee, will undoubtedly contribute to the success of the mission of IEEE. IEEE R10 will continue to provide great service to its membership with its well-structured plans for the coming year.
Special remarks on the 2023 IEEE Sections Congress, R10 Advisory and Nomination, Financials and Budgets, and R10 Annual General Meeting were made before adjourning the meeting. The remarks given on the plans for 2023 were insightful and showed a clear desire by all the members of IEEE R10 to make a positive impact in their respective roles.
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IEEE R10 Newsletter Committee 2023