Global Chair, 2021 IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee
Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan is a globally renowned technologist best known for his technological innovations in addressing global humanitarian and sustainable development challenges. As the 2021 IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) Chair, Sampath spearheads the global strategy and portfolio of sustainable development and humanitarian engineering programs to deliver impactful programs at grass root-level. Sampath was the 2019-2020 IEEE SIGHT Chair, leading the program to record-breaking growth through high-impact, technology-driven sustainable programs benefiting members in 117+ countries. He is the founding chair for the IEEE SIGHT day (2020) and SIGHT week (2019), a global program that showcases the impactful IEEE technology-based humanitarian programs. Sampath was an expert in the Broadband Commission working group on school connectivity co-chaired by UNESCO, UNICEF and ITU to drive “GIGA,” a Global School Connectivity Initiative. He is the founder and president of “The Brahmam,” a humanitarian program delivering next-generation social innovations to achieve sustainable development goals and benefit marginalized communities globally. Sampath was recently accredited with the 2020 IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional Award. He currently works as a senior technology and program management leader with Alexa Artificial Intelligence Group at Amazon.