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Which is your experience related to leadership that you consider personally most remarkable?

I have many memories in which mutual understanding and cooperation have been shown an essential way to ensure effective and efficient action in IEEE.

In your personal experience, what moved you from a technical into leadership perspective?

When I have been serving as Director of a university department and Director of a PhD program, I started understanding and appreciating the value and the power of diversity and collegiality to achieve better solutions and engage people. Their importance became even clearer and more significant to me when I have been serving as volunteer in IEEE as chair of technical committees and general/program chair of conferences. Transparency, trust, and participation of people are essential.

Which is the most remarkable achievement of yours in technical leadership?

I am proud of having catalyzed the efforts on environmental technologies, methodologies, standards, and applications in IEEE by promoting the creation of the IEEE Environmental Engineering Initiative (http://environmental.ieee.org).

Dealing with big organizations is never easy. Which has been your happiest experience? What kind of problems have you encountered in IEEE?

Volunteers are extraordinary and willing to embrace new challenges for the advancement of science and technology, for improving the economic and social conditions of people, for ensuring a sustainable future to the humanity and better living conditions. Knowledge, competences, and enthusiasm of volunteers have been and will always be the powerful and tireless engine of IEEE.

Efficiency vs. effectiveness?

Engaging the scientific and professional community and understanding its needs in a timely manner lead to effectiveness and efficiency.

I believe that effectiveness is essential, not only efficiency and fast decision. We should never sacrifice one for the other.
 

Strategic Actions

I’d like to share here my vision for strategic actions to nurture our IEEE and the entire scientific, technical, and professional community in our field, both worldwide and locally.

I’ll post here more thoughts in the next weeks. Comments? Suggestions? I’ll be happy to exchange views and ideas with each of you!

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