Speaker Bio


Prof Saifur Rahman

IEEE President and CEO

Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech, USA, where he is the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment at the university. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He was the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019.
He is the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published more than 160 journal papers and has made more than 500 conference and invited presentations. His h-index is 60 with over eighteen thousand citations.
In 2006, he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the Vice President for Publication Services and Products. He is a distinguished lecturer for IEEE PES and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, energy internet, blockchain, and IoT sensor integration in more than 30 countries.
He is the founder of BEM Controls, LLC, a Virginia (USA)-based software company providing building energy management solutions. He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. His research at Virginia Tech has been funded by Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy, and the State of Virginia. He has a PhD in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.

Session Details

Tuesday 19 September 2023 | 09:25 am – 09:50 am | EAT

The Future of Work: Role of Students & Young Professionals in Advancing Technology in Africa Towards Presence in the Global Stage
Tuesday 19 September 2023 | 06:25 pm – 06:35 pm | EAT

IEEE PES Sponsored Senior Member Elevation Event
Higher Grade Membership in IEEE and the importance to professionals
Wednesday 20 September 2023 | 09:25 am – 09:50 am | EAT

Wednesday 20 September 2023 | 11:15 am – 12:00 pm | EAT

Climate Change Sustainability and Resilience