R10 WIE Volunteer – Paulina Chan [Hong Kong Section]

2021 MGA Leadership Award Winner

Spring greetings to everyone 🌸🌿🦋

I started my IEEE journey as a Graduate Student Member chairing the Imperial College London Student Branch, and published my first peer-reviewed paper at the ICC, entitled “Videoteleconferencing – Promise or Threat?” some time ago. The exposure to global networks and experts in so many technical fields was essential for a young engineer to find her footing.

I am a strong advocate for women and young professionals. Thanks to Emi Yano, IEEE R10 WIE Chair, I am delighted to be a founding mentor of “MentorHer” (2021). It is a great success in matching mentor-mentees pairs from various countries and diverse disciplines in Asia Pacific. MentorHer kicked off the 25th Anniversary of WIE on International Women’s Day 2022. The program has also been endorsed as a golden thread to link across IEEE communities by the President’s Ad Hoc Committee via “IEEE as Your Professional Home” of which I co-chair.

Further along, I am also the founding Vice-Chair and Chair of WIE Hong Kong (2016), member of the Industry Outreach Board and Industry Relation Liaison of WICE at ComSoc (2022), and ExCom Member of WIE International Leadership Conference (since 2017). Motivating young people on STEM, I am founding Chair of Pre-University Student STEM Forum showcasing IEEE TryEngineering, and that of Tech-Biz Hackathon for Young Professionals in soft skills training to empower leadership and management.

I am a global citizen. My career in multinational corporations spans across three continents in New York and New Jersey (R1), London (R8), China and Hong Kong (R10). An invaluable asset I have benefitted from IEEE is the multidisciplinary membership and camaraderie, as well as cohesion among its members. I can find members of all ages, cultures and nationalities from around the world with different occupations and specialties. The diversity and inclusiveness are hard to find in most other organizations.

My other volunteering services in 2022 are as interesting and inspiring. I am Chair of the Public Visibility Committee showcasing the IEEE-branding, members as impact-creators, and technology advancements worldwide. I am also the representative of Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) as Chair of the Outreach & Coordination on the Diversity and Inclusion Standing Committee.

I must thank members of the Hong Kong Section for their dedication and passionate teamwork when I was two-term Chairperson of the Section (2020 & 2021). Together we revitalised the frail OU with 200% membership growth through active membership recruitment, engagement, retention and elevation. We collaborated with external organisations and non-technical audiences, such as the Women’s Foundation on GirlsGoTech, and the Hong Kong Government on innovative technology advice. We have demonstrated the added value of IEEE reaching locals. The Hong Kong Section won many awards including the flagship MGA Outstanding Large Section Award 2021 and the Region 10 Outstanding Large Section Award 2021!

Moving forward, as General Chair of TENCON 2022 cum the 50th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Section, I would invite you to attend and submit quality papers themed “Tech-Biz Intelligence”. Embracing the new norm, TENCON’22 brings together academia, industry professionals, leaders of public and private sectors for sustainable development.


IEEE is inextricably linked with my professional life, and I can proudly say that joining IEEE is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have received tremendous support in my endeavours and in recognition of my efforts was given the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Leadership Award for 2021!

I have worked on areas close to my heart. If a home is where your heart is, IEEE is my professional heart’s abode. IEEE is my Professional Home!

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