2017 Executive Team
The IEEE Young Professionals program is brought to you through a strong collaborative effort between dedicated IEEE volunteers and professional staff. The executive team works closely with its volunteer representatives in each of the 10 IEEE Regions and over 30 IEEE Technical Societies to ensure that the quality of the program worldwide is consistent among local IEEE Young Professional Affinity Groups, IEEE Regions, and IEEE Technical Societies. Our primary goal is to deliver the best possible experience for you as an IEEE member, by helping you connect with your technical and professional community, and enable career development opportunities as you transition beyond undergraduate education and into the workforce, both in academia and industry.
Rafal is an IEEE Senior Member serving as the chair of IEEE Young Professionals. Since the beginning of his volunteering career, he has been involved in the activities of Young Professionals, starting from Finland Section, through Region 8 and finally the global committee. During 2017, he plans to make the Young Professionals program more relevant to young people and improve product and services offered by IEEE.

Since 2014 Rafal has been working as a postdoctoral researcher in the field of nanotechnology and printed electronics at the University of Oulu, Finland. His interests include fabrication and testing of flexible and printed components, as well as systems used in wearables and IoT. His dream is to advance printed electronics to a stage where fabrication of solar cells or displays will be as easy as printing newspapers, and the technology will serve people without having a negative impact on our environment.
Mario Milicevic Past Chair
Mario Milicevic Mario Milicevic is the Past Chair of the global IEEE Young Professionals Committee. During his term as Chair in 2015 and 2016, Mario focused on the strategic development and delivery of the IEEE Young Professionals program to over 120,000 IEEE members worldwide and across multiple IEEE operating units, including Member and Geographic Activities, Technical Activities, and IEEE-USA. In 2015, Mario helped launch the first IEEE global entrepreneurship conference – IEEE N3XT – in collaboration with the IEEE Entrepreneurship Initiative, and brought exposure to the IEEE Young Professionals program at high profile global events such as the International Consumer Electronics Show, SXSW, and Web Summit.

In 2016, he scaled the initiative to expand the presence of Young Professional activities at flagship IEEE Technical Society conferences such as GLOBECOM and ISCAS, and worked with IEEE staff and volunteers in the early development of a 3-year business plan for the IEEE Young Professionals program. Mario is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, where his research focuses on the integrated circuit design of error-correction decoders for wireless, optical, and quantum security systems.
Ramesh Nair
Vice-Chair: Funding Opportunities
Regions 1-6 Representative
Ramesh Nair received his Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from University of Cincinnati, Ohio in 2014. Since then he has been working with Intel Corporation in California as a Design Automation Engineer. Ramesh’s areas of technical interest includes Design Automation, Static Timing Analysis and VLSI Circuit Design. He is a recipient of multiple Intel Organizational and Department awards, 2014 Design Automation Conference (DAC) Young Research Fellowship, 2013-12 University of Cincinnati Graduate Scholarship (UGS) etc.

Ramesh also has over 8 years of volunteering experience in Student/Young Professional activities within IEEE in various Regional, MGA and global committees. Currently Ramesh serves as the MGA Representative for Regions 1-6 in the IEEE MGA Young Professionals Committee. Ramesh is also a member of IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee and IEEE Region 6 Operations Committee.
Vice-Chair: Communications
Regions 7-10 Representative
Flavia Dinca became an IEEE volunteer during her BSc degree in the UK, as the publicity officer for the University of Southampton Student Branch. With the shift in academic interests from social impact of technology to web-based applications, usability and policy, during her MSc she turned from students and dedicated her efforts to Young Professionals, serving in the Region 8 Young Professionals subcommittee since 2014. For now, she is one of the MGA Young Professionals Vice-Chairs and Region 7-10 Young Professionals Representative for 2017, while remaining as the past-chair for Region 8 YPs. Flavia is also part of the 2017 IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Engagement in Europe.
Dinko Jakovljevic
Vice-Chair: Marketing and Design
Dinko Jakovljevic received his Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from University of J.J. Strossmayer in Osijek, Croatia. He is working in Ericsson Nikola Tesla as System Integrator. Dinko’s area of technical interest include Command & Control systems and Traffic Management. Dinko has 5 years of volunteering experience in various IEEE committees. He was associated with Student Branch activities, member of IEEE Croatia Section Executive committee, member of IEEE R8 SAC committee and Humanitarian Activities Committee. He has been working with IEEEXtreme team for 3 years and he is co-founder of IEEEmadC contest. Currently working on project which will help in finding missing children in Croatia.
Preeti Kovvali
Vice-Chair: External Partnerships and Social Media
Preeti Kovvali, a recipient of 2016 IEEE Young Professionals MGA Award, was associated with IEEE for 10 years and has contributed extensively across section, regional and global executive boards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in IT & Computer Science from India. Preeti Kovvali started her career with Tech Mahindra as a database engineer in 2010 and quickly got promoted to manage two engagements within 6 years of her career. She currently manages IT services delivery for a Fortune 500 client and a Finland based retail giant. She essayed an anchoring role in streamlining processes for major projects, where she drafted the strategy. She was selected as an Emerging Leader at Tech Mahindra in 2016 and has been a consistent top performer in the organisation. She loves bringing together like-minds and holds experience in curating conferences/meet-ups.
Shashank Gaur
Vice-Chair: Internal Partnerships
Shashank Gaur is a PhD Candidate at CISTER Research Institute and Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto. His research work focuses on context aware computing in wireless sensor networks and extension towards Internet of Things. He has been also involved with open source communities such as GNURadio, NS3, Twisted and loves any code written in Python. His past experience involves working for EADS, Infineon Technologies, Google Summer of Code, ECE Paris, etc. Shashank is an active volunteer for 8 years with IEEE. He is also member of some societies such as Computer, ComSoC, CES, RAS, etc.
Lisa Delventhal
IEEE Staff Program Manager
Lisa Delventhal serves as Manager, Student and Young Professional Programs for Member and Geographic Activities at IEEE headquarters. She is a passionate advocate, working in partnership with volunteers to develop and articulate the vision and execute on the overall programmatic strategy and all its underpinning projects, products and services. Together with the committees, her small but industrious team of four is responsible for delivering an outstanding experience to more than 200,000 members in over three thousand student branches and affinity groups worldwide.
Parshva Bavishi
IEEE Staff Member
Parshva Bavishi is a Product Specialist within IEEE MGA. He assists both the global IEEE Young Professionals and Student Activities committees. His portfolio includes management of products and services such as IEEE ResumeLab, MentorCentre, IEEE Potentials, digital media assets and partnerships for IEEEXtreme. Parshva received a B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in Diplomacy. He also briefly studied foreign policy and Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After a short summer program at the United Nations, Parshva began his IEEE career in 2011 at the Center for Standards. Parshva transitioned to Member & Geographic Activitues in 2012. Some of his interests are STEM education and humanitarian needs in developing countries.
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