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PES Young Professionals Committee

Regional Representatives

Meet IEEE YP Regional Representatives around the world.

Open positions in 5 (Southwestern United States),  and 6 (Western United States). Contact John Hofman at if you are interested in any of the positions. 

Region 1: Northeastern United States

Chiranjeevi “Bala” Kotharu
Bala is currently working for Black & Veatch (Global Leader in EPC services for Energy, Water and Telecom) as a Electrical EngineerBala got his Masters’ from Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell and Bachelors’ from JNTU, India with specialization in Power & Energy Engineering. Bala has been with the electric utility industry for over 4 years and an active member of IEEE for over 9 years. His interests are Lightning Protection, Grounding analysis, Substation Design, System Studies, Optimization techniques and applications in renewable energy forecasting.


Kelly Higinbotham

I am currently a junior at the University of Connecticut pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering with interests in Power engineering. I’m involved in the honors program at the University and hope to get involved in research this year.
I’m a highly driven student with very good organizational and time management skills. I have strong interpersonal skills and have experience working in a team setting. 

Region 2: Eastern United States

Payman Dehghanian

Dr. Dehghanian is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA. Dr. Dehghanian received his Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, in 2017, the M.Sc. degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2011, and the B.Sc. degree from the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran in 2009, all in Electrical Engineering.

His research interests include planning and operation of resilient and sustainable electricity grids with high penetration of renewables; smart electricity grid applications in power transmission and distribution systems; reliability and resilience modeling and assessment of electric power systems, critical infrastructures, and cyber-physical systems; synchrophasor technology for power system protection and control; and data analytics and data science applications in energy systems.

During 2015-207, Dr. Dehghanian was the President and Chief Student Leader of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES)-Power Electronics Society (PELS)-Industry Application Society (IAS) Joint Student Organization at TAMU. In 2016, the organization under his leadership was named by the IEEE PES the 1st in US and 4th globally among the high-performing chapters, and also received the Outstanding IEEE IAS Student Chapter Award. In 2017, Dr. Dehghanian chaired a first-of-its-kind entirely-student-run conference at Texas A&M University: the IEEE Texas Power and Energy Conference (IEEE TPEC2017).

Successively in 2016 and 2017, Payman was selected among the World Top 20 Young Scholars for Next Generation of Research in Electric Power Systems. Other awards include the nation-wide 2015 IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award, the 2014 and 2015 IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Achievement Awards, and the 2016 Jimmy H. Smith Best Engineering Graduate Student in the State of Texas, among many others.




Region 3: Southern United States

Daniel Diaz

Daniel Diaz graduated from the University of Puerto Rico (Mayagüez Campus) with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree specialized in Power Systems. He has enjoyed being an IEEE member, both student and professional, since 2006. He currently serves as the vice chair for the Atlanta PES chapter and Region 3 YP representative; professionally, Daniel works for Southern Company as a Protection and Control Applications engineer helping protect the transmission grid for the state of Georgia. 




Region 4: Mid-Western USA 

Mahmoud Kabalan

Mahmoud Kabalan is an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of St Thomas. Mahmoud is passionate about using renewable energy sources and microgrids as a means for a sustainable and just future. He was awarded the 2016 IEEE Philadelphia Young Electrical Engineer of the Year Award. Mahmoud holds a PhD degree in Engineering and was presented with the College of Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Student Award from Villanova University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University along with an Engineer Diploma from the Lebanese University in Beirut, Lebanon. His areas of expertise are electric power systems, power electronics and microgrids.

Region 7: Canada

Adenusi Opeyemi Adebisi

CEO of Hopscom Technology and Head of training at Jobberman , a jobs search website in Nigeria. Opeyemi has been involved in the search Training industry for 9 years and has trained a lot for some for major brands internationally. Opeyemi’s unique insight has established him as an industry thought leader, and often contributes to industry leading publications and conferences. Now he has his own company Hopscom Technology found in 2010. Opeyemi is a member of many international organizations to include IEEE and NSBE.

Region 8: Europe and Middle East

Anwar Ahmad Sabri

In IEEE, Anwar is currently working as a volunteer in IEEE YP UAE Section, R8. He is dealing with all the activities of IEEE DAY in the UAE SECTION. In 2012, he received the IEEE Day Photo Contest Award. Only 10 members were selected all over the world for this award. Link: By profession, he is working as a Design Electrical Engineer in Dubai, UAE.



Region 8: Africa

Princessose Irabor

Princess obtained her degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Covenant University in Ota, Nigeria. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and working as a field engineer. She is active in her community by promoting females in STEM and mentoring women in engineering.


Region 9: Australia and Latin America

Thiago Alencar
IEEE Region 9 Representative, Australia

Thiago Alencar is Ph.D. student and management engineering student at Federal University of ABC (UABC) in Brazil. Originally from Santos, Brazil, he attended the Federal University of ABC in Sao Paulo, where he completed a bachelor degree in science and technology, B.S. degree in aerospace engineering and M.Sc. degree in Energy in 2009, 2011, and 2012, respectively. His main research interests include optimization of hydropower plants operation and transfer of water between rivers. He was chairman of PES professional chapter for 2 years (01/2010-12/2011) in South Brazil Section. Currently, he is an advisor in PES Student Chapter at UFABC (Brazil) and PES Student Chapter at Monash University (Australia). He founded two PES Student Chapters in Brazil and Australia.
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Region 10: Asia and Pacific

Hassaan Idrees
IEEE Region 10 Representative, Pakistan

Hassaan Idrees is from Karachi, Pakistan. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and Arizona State University (ASU), respectively, the latter on Fulbright scholarship. Hassaan is an active member of IEEE, having served in various capacities locally and internationally, including Regions 6 and 10. He has been associated with the PES since college, having served as a volunteer and a professional for PES activities, including the PES T&D. He currently works as an Assistant Manager at K-Electric, a vertically integrated electric utility in southern Pakistan. His work deals in energy efficiency, integration of renewable electrical energy systems, and demand side management. In off time, he is working on a microgrid project in rural Sindh. Hassaan is passionate about energy, and hopes to improve the power system of Pakistan.
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