2020 IEEE Region 10 Executive Committee Meeting

IEEE Region 10 Executive Committee held their 2019 meeting on 11th January 2020 at Crowne Plaza Queenstown Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand. The meeting was hosted by the IEEE New Zealand South Section, and attended by all the executive committee members of IEEE Region 10 for the year 2020 (refer Table 1). There are only two changes in the committee from the 2019 lineup; Jong Chang Yi replacing So Young Kim as the R10 History Committee Chair, while Rajendra K. Asthana replacing S.V. Sankaran as the R10 Life Members Committee Chair. A total of 28 members attended the meeting. Due to visa issues, Parkash Lohana (R10 Membership Development Committee Chair) and Huynh Thi Thanh Binh (R10 Student Activities Committee Chair) joined the meeting via video conferencing. 

The one-day meeting started with pre-meeting during breakfast led by the three Vice-Chairs (VC); Takao Onoye (VC Professional Activities), Sri Niwas Singh (VC Technical Activities) and Zia Ahmed (VC Membership Activities). This was followed by the formal meeting, which started at 8.30am and concluded at 5.15pm. Andrew Lapthorn, Chair for the IEEE New Zealand South Section gave his welcoming remark to all the committee members, followed by the address by R10 Director, Akinori Nishihara, which summarized the Region’s activities and achievements in 2019 and plan for 2020. 

Throughout the meeting, activities and plans were presented and were due for review and approval at R10 AGM scheduled on 7th March 2020. This included the presentation by all committee chairs (grouped into and led by the three Vice-Chairs), financial report, meeting calendar, advisory and nomination, as well as plans for 2020 R10 Annual General Meeting (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) and 2020 Sections Congress (Ottawa, Canada). Two items which would be further discussed and voted during the R10 AGM, the proposed region alignment and R10 e-Notice fee, were presented by the Director and Secretary, Takako Hashimoto, respectively. The day concluded with a networking dinner at the Public Kitchen restaurant, not far from the hotel.