IHTC Program

Plenary Speakers

IEEE IHTC features 5 plenary presentations showcasing ICT4D and Humanitarian Technology related Activities currently being supported across IEEE:

Susan Kathy Land
2021 IEEE President & CEO

Plenary 1: IEEE: Advancing Technology to Benefit Humanity

2021 IEEE President & CEO Susan K. (Kathy) Land will provide a strategic overview of ongoing sustainable development and humanitarian activities across IEEE and around the globe. She will discuss the importance of IEEE’s demonstrated commitment to working in partnership with local communities and other key stakeholders, leveraging education, technological innovation, and human skills capacity building to help improve living conditions.


Kathy is a Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency. She has more than 30 years of industry experience in the application of software engineering methodologies, the management of information systems, and leadership of software development teams.

Kathy served as the 2018 Vice President, IEEE Technical Activities. She also served two additional terms on the IEEE Board of Directors as Division VIII Director/Delegate (2011 – 2012) and as Division V Director/Delegate (2014 – 2015). She was President of the IEEE Computer Society in 2009, and was a member of the IEEE-USA Board of Directors in 2013 and 2016.

Kathy has been an active member of the IEEE Standards Association for more than 20 years and served as the Computer Society Vice President for Standards in 2004. She was the recipient of the 2007 IEEE Standards Medallion.

An IEEE Fellow, Kathy is the author and co-author of a number of texts and publications supporting software engineering principles and the practical application of software process methodologies. She is an IEEE-HKN Member and recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Award.

Antonio Luque
IEEE Region 8 Director (2021 - 2022)

Plenary 2: Humanitarian Activities in Africa, Middle East and Europe

Antonio Luque will present an overview of the different ICT4D and humanitarian technology related activities that IEEE volunteers are carrying in Africa, Middle East and Europe. Opportunities for participation will be described.

Jason Gu
IEEE Region 7 Director (2020 - 2021)

Plenary 3: Region 7 2021 Humanitarian Activities and Future Plan

Jason Gu will introduce ICT4D and humanitarian technology related activities across Region 7 in 2021. He will also analyze the issues the regional level humanitarian committee is facing and propose some solutions. Jason will conclude the talk with goals and an activity plan for the future.

Alberto Sánchez
IEEE Region 9 Director

Plenary 4: Innovation for Humanitarian Technologies Development in Latin America and The Caribbean

This talk will cover a diversity of activities organized within the Latin America and Caribbean region with a focus on innovation for humanitarian technologies.

Maike Luiken
2021 Vice President - IEEE Member & Geographic Activities

Plenary 5: Activities of IEEE Joint Ad-hoc on Sustainable Development

Details coming soon


Maike Luiken served as President of IEEE Canada in 2018 – 2019 and, in 2018, as Chair, Policy Track, IEEE Internet Initiative. She is a co-owner and managing director at a start-up company and also an Adjunct Research Professor at Western University.

Previously, she was the founding Director of the Bluewater Technology Access Centre (now Lambton Manufacturing Innovation Centre) following eight years as Dean at Lambton College with a number of portfolios: School of Technology and Applied Sciences, Business Development, Sustainable Development and Applied Research.

Her strategic leadership in the development of the applied research & innovation capacity and portfolio led to Lambton College becoming one of the three top Research Colleges in Canada.
Her areas of interest and expertise span diverse technical areas from ICT, energy and water to advanced manufacturing and nanotechnologies as well as technology design principles, ethics in design and policy associated with their implementation. She has particular interest in how progress in one area, e.g., in ICT, enables advances in other disciplines and in how deployment of various technologies contributes – or not – to achieving sustainable development.

Maike has experience in the public and private sectors in Canada and has worked in the USA and Germany.