Competition Committee


Competition Chairs 

Toby Cumberbatch



Chair IEEE Let’s Make Light Competition,  Professor Emeritus, School of Engineering, The Cooper Union, New York, NY. Founder of SociaLite Lighting Systems Inc.

Location; Monroe, Connecticut, United States.



Christofer Silfvenius

Christofer Silfvenius


Chair of IEEE Social Implication of Technology. Project manager in science and technology. Business strategy. Policy development. R&D financing. Test development. Energy Efficiency. Seminar planning.

Location: Sweden



Committee Members

Rajan Kapur

Rajan Kapur


President IEEE Smart Village, Bolder CO, USA. 

Our primary mission is to grow local enterprises based on the productive use of technology to improve livelihoods in under-served communities around the world.



 Abdullateef Aliyu

HeadShot Abdul


Senior Vice President of IEEE Smart Village

Abdullateef is the General Manager of projects in Phase 3 Telecom, an aerial fiber-optic network infrastructure provider in West Africa. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bayero University Kano (BUK), and master’s in ICT from the Northern University of Malaysia with Honors. He is an Alumnus of the United States telecommunication training institute (USTTI), Washington DC.


  Rudi Schubert 

 Rudi Schubert

Director of New Initiatives at IEEE Standards Association, Hillsborough, New Jersey, United States




 Chaltu Marta



Humanitarian Engineering, Nairobi, Kenya. Community development, gender mainstreaming, climate action & energy literacy. Advancing Technology for Humanity while building sustainable relationships & solutions at all levels. A kindness a day makes the world a better place. Think before you Ink!



 Khanjan Mehta

Khanjan Meheta


Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry and Director of the Mountaintop Initiative at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA. Creates learning environments and ecosystems for students, faculty, and external partners to come together to increase their capacities for independent inquiry, take intellectual risks and learn from failure, recognize problems and opportunities and effect constructive and sustainable change. His latest book, Solving Problems that Matter (and Getting Paid for It), takes a deep dive into STEM careers in social innovation and global sustainable development.


Lambros Doulos


Associate Prof at the School of Applied Arts and Sustainable Development of the Hellenic Open University focusing on Lighting Technology with applications in energy optimization and the coupling of Daylight and Electric Lighting in the Human Centric Environment. His research interests are the rational use and saving of energy in lighting systems, use of daylight in buildings, development of innovative photosensors, function of the human eye and the derived correlation between lighting, health and well-being, evaluation of lighting installations in buildings, streets and tunnels, lighting design and improvement of lighting installations, street lighting, light pollution, minimizing its negative effects and creating protected areas, tunnel lighting and lighting measurements both in street, tunnel and interior areas. He is a member of both CIE and ISO committees, drafting instructions and regulations. He is an official RELUX Certified Trainer and representative. He is an Associate Editor in the scientific journal Journal of Daylighting. Specialties: Lighting Control, Daylight, Photosensors, Lighting Design, Energy Saving, Rational Use of Energy, Lighting Measurements.

 Mercy Chelangat Koech



University of Dallas, Texas, USA. PhD Student and Research Assistant at the Renewable Energy & Vehicular Technology Lab. I am an Electrical Engineer dedicated to tackling climate change and driving decarbonization goals. Fueled by the urgency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat the adverse effects of climate change, I am determined to utilize my expertise in renewable energy and vehicular technologies to create a sustainable future. I am building my expertise in power electronics, power converters, electric machines and motor drives, with the aim to play a pivotal role in the development and implementation of advanced technologies that enable clean and efficient transportation systems. Together, let's build a greener world for generations to come. 

Pritpal Singh

Pritpal Singh


 Professor Of Electrical Engineering at Villanova University, PA, USA.




 Simone Abram

Simone Abram


Durham University. Oxford University. Specialties: energy, anthropology, planning, tourism, housing, governance, politics, bureaucracy, public participation. 




Sydney Lienemann



Deputy Cabinet Secretary at New Mexico Environment Department

Ten years of scientific research and policy experience with a focus on clean energy, energy security, and climate resiliance. In addition, I have extensive experience in clean energy strategic planning and policy development as well as leading the development of and managing clean energy projects promoting climate-friendly investment.


Jennifer Keller Jackson

Jennifer Keller Jackson


Experienced professional with a proven track record at social mission organizations.

Dedicated business developer, client relationship manager, mentor and team leader. Program and team manager, grant-maker to universities, published author, accomplished conference planner and presenter.


Salamatu Sani


Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Abuja, Nigeria. Electrical and Electronics Engineer, Energy analyst, Electrical Estimator, Material Management, Power System engineer, Researcher. Award winning on energy management strategies. Sani is an experienced engineer who has played several leadership and team roles in problem solving in the engineering environment. She played vital technical roles in electrical equipment installation, planning and maintenance, and energy conservation for a multinational company for optimal consumption. Management of projects in construction and manufacturing sectors with experience in contracts negotiation. Successfully applied the business enterprise SAP ERP for monitoring and planning; maintenance of industrial equipment and cost-efficiency for materials. She has also proved publishing researched works and volunteering for activities is not limited to academic environment.