LTA IC Chair - Deepak Mathur

Deepak Mathur presently serves as Director of IEEE Region 10. He has also served in many leadership roles in IEEE at Section, Council, Region and MGA (Member Geographic Activities). Deepak was IEEE India Council Chair in 2015-2016.

Deepak, former Chief General Manager of ONGC (India’s premier public sector company engaged in exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons), has more than 37-years of professional experience in fields of electronics, telecommunication, IT infrastructure and has held various engineering and managerial positions. He has successfully done planning and executions of several IT projects like SCADA, on-line/real-time monitoring systems, IT Infrastructure creation, Wi-Max based broadband wireless access system, GPS/GSM based vehicle tracking system etc. and has led teams of IT professionals and multi-disciplinary teams. He has also experience of managing and working on Hi-Tech (Oil) Well Logging Systems.

Deepak has a bachelor of engineering degree in Electronics and Communications from IIT, Roorkee and an MBA. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program from IIM, Calcutta.

Deepak is recipient of prestigious IEEE Region 10 Outstanding Volunteer Award and IEEE MGA Achievement Award.

Deepak is also a member of IEEE-HKN or Eta Kappa Nu , which is the international honor society of the IEEE.

As IC Chair, Deepak has developed strategies and provided leadership for sustainable growth of IC (then having 11 sections) catering to 46000+ members. Streamlined operations/functioning, modified its bylaws, got IC registered with the Government of India as registered society, obtained PAN and designed the new logo of the council.

The only source of funds for Council was INDICON surplus, being jointly organized annually with one Section. If loss, no revenue for Council that year. Increased number of joint programs beyond INDICON. This additional initiative to make IC financially self-dependent paid rich dividends as Council started organizing revenue generating Conference/Seminars from 2015 onwards and Council funds grew manifold.

Started and encouraged participation of Young Professionals and WiE on all India level, inducted YPs and WIE in IC executive committee and encouraged their active participation. Introduced the concept of Student and YP coordination team to promote and develop young volunteers. Included YP (2015) and WIE (2016) in the India flagship event AISC and it is now AISYWLC. Promoted technical and professional activities in the Council.

Region 10 (Initiatives which impacted India Council):

As R10 Chapter Coordinator, encouraged engagement of R10 members through enhanced Chapter activities. Achieved significant growth formation of (100+) new chapter/joint chapters, reduction in inactive chapters (16% to 3%), with strategic planning. As R10 HTA Coordinator, promoted SIGHT. Sections in India responded well and implemented SIGHT and its programs. Promoted special SIGHT projects in the sections of R10 and 14 such projects were completed and most of the projects were undertaken by sections from India.

Leadership Roles in career:

COMMITTEES/BOARDS: Member, IEEE MGA Strategic Direction & Environment Assessment Committee (2014-2015); Member, IEEE MGA Nominations & Appointments Committee (2016-2017); Chair, IEEE SIGHT Operations Subcommittee (2014-2016), member MGA Finance Committee (2021); member, IEEE Audit Committee (2021-2022); Chair, MGA Surplus AdHoc (2021)

REGION 10: Sections Congress Coordinator (2008); EXCOM Member (2009-2014, 2017-2018); Chapters Coordinator (2009-2010); Sections Congress Coordinator (2011); Vice-Chair, Technical Activities (Acting); Humanitarian Technology Activities Coordinator (2012, 2013-2014); Vice-Chair, Membership Activities (2017-2018); Director-Elect 2019-2020; member, Advisory Committee (2021-22), Director (2021-2022)

GUJARAT SECTION: EXCOM Member (1998-2002); Secretary (2003-2004); Vice-Chair and Treasurer (2005); Chair (2006-2007); SMC Chapter Chair (2008-2009); Advisory Committee (2015-2021).

INDIA COUNCIL: EXCOM Member (2006-2012); Chair-Elect (2013-2014); Chair (2015-2016); Nomination Committee Chair (2017-2018); Advisor (2019-2022).

SSIT (Society on Social Implications of Technology): Board of Governors (2013-2015); Newsletter Editor (2011-2016).

CONFERENCES: (Organized major conferences): Region10 HTC 2013; Region10 HTC 2014; INDICON 2013; INDICON 2014; INDICON 2015; INDICON 2016; INDICON 2019

OTHER: Initiative leader IEEE NIC Project – Conference Presentations Online – completed in 2008.

Coming to the societal impact –  As Chair of India Council made the Council a legal entity in India in 2015 by getting registered under societies act with head office at Bangalore.

As Chair of India Council obtained PAN for the Council.

Based on IC PAN Card and registration under Societies act, all 11 Sections were requested to apply for PAN Cards. It benefited Sections a lot as in absence of PAN number Sections Sponsorship money for Conferences was getting stuck up for want of the same. As a result of pressurization by Conference organizers (Sections), sponsorship money was paid after deducting 10% Amount towards non-submission of PAN Card. Thus it had a major socio-financial impact on Sections and they saved a lot of money towards deductions on account of non-submission of PAN number/card.

Modified the Council bylaws and made MGA operational manual compliant, duly vetted by MGA and approved by Region 10.

As a result of bylaws changes, it was mandatory to have Secretary & Treasurer from a Section other than Chairs, it widened participation of Sections in Council.

Made YP and WIE part of India Council and created Vice Chair positions for these. Started AISYWC. It was previously only a student congress. After the induction of LM, it became a complete event involving all membership.

Due to bringing YP and WIE under the umbrella of Council, a new annual Conference was launched by Council in 2015 as AISYWC besides INDICON. Also encouraged humanitarian activities in IC and was instrumental in bringing R10 HTC in 2014 and 2015 in India.

The biggest impact on Council itself is as it became financially self-dependent.

Today Sections have full faith in Council and both Council & Sections are carrying on hand in gloves. It is obviously visible, hence Proof is evident.