Membership Council

The IEEE Photonics Society’s Membership Council was formed to ensure that the interests of the members are addressed, to oversee the direction of the Society’s chapters and to initiate programs that add value to the membership and photonics community at large. The Membership Council also leads the Society's membership recruitment and retention strategies. 

The Membership Council is chaired by the IEEE Photonics Society’s Vice President of Membership and consists of the President, the President‐Elect, Associate Vice Presidents segmented by the Society’s strategic areas of focus, the Newsletter Editor and the four Board of Governors Members serving the second year of their elected terms. A complete roster is below. 

Membership Council Strategic Objectives 

  • Enhance the coordination between the Society’s activities at the local chapter and international levels; 
  • Provide a long-term membership career paths to guide members at they transition from student to member to leader; 
  • Expand the diversity of the photonics community by increasing the participation of women, students, Young Professionls, underrepresented minorities, and members from developing nations; 
  • Increase education, training, mentorship, and networking opportunities for the photonics community in academia, industry and government; 
  • Increase volunteering opportunities within the Society; 
  • Educate public and government leaders on the capabilities and benefits of photonic technology. 

René-Jean Essiambre portrait
René-Jean Essiambre
VP Membership Term: 2017 - 2019
Nokia Bell Labs

AVP Chapter RelationsClick for role description

Naresh Chand portrait
Naresh Chand
AVP Chapter Relations Term: 2018 - 2020
Huawei Technologies
Arti Agrawal portrait
Arti Agrawal
AVP Diversity Term: 2018 - 2020
University of Technology Sydney

AVP Multicultural OutreachClick for role description

Fatima Garcia-Gunning portrait
Fatima Garcia-Gunning
AVP Multicultural Outreach Term: 2018 - 2020
Tyndall National Institute

AVP STEM OutreachClick for role description

Natalia  Canas-Estrada portrait
Natalia Canas-Estrada
AVP STEM Outreach Term: 2019 - 2021
Tyndall National Institute

AVP Women in PhotonicsClick for role description

Lidia Galdino portrait
Lidia Galdino
AVP Women in Photonics Term: 2018 - 2021
University College London

AVP Young ProfessionalsClick for role description

Stanley Ikpe portrait
Stanley Ikpe
AVP Young Professionals Term: 2018 - 2020
NASA Langley Research Center

AVP Member AdvancementClick for role description

Roland Ryf portrait
Roland Ryf
AVP Member Advancement Term: 2018 - 2020
Nokia Bell Labs

AVP Student MembershipClick for role description

Bassem Tossoun portrait
Bassem Tossoun
AVP Student Membership Term: 2016 - 2019
University of Virginia

AVP CommunicationsClick for role description

Dominic  Siriani  portrait
Dominic Siriani
AVP Communications Term: 2018 - 2020
Cisco, USA

Newsletter Editor-in-Chief Click for role description

Nicolas  Fontaine portrait
Nicolas Fontaine
Newsletter Editor-in-Chief Term: 2018 - 2020
Nokia Bell Labs

2nd Year Elected Board of Governors MemberClick for role description

Nicolas  Fontaine portrait
Nicolas Fontaine
2nd Year Elected Board of Governors Member Term: 2019 - 2019
Nokia Bell Labs
Nobuhiko Nishiyama portrait
Nobuhiko Nishiyama
2nd Year Elected Board of Governors Member Term: 2019 - 2019
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Anna Peacock portrait
Anna Peacock
2nd Year Elected Board of Governors Member Term: 2019 - 2019
University of Southhampton
Seb Savory portrait
Seb Savory
2nd Year Elected Board of Governors Member Term: 2019 - 2019
University of Cambridge

Membership Council Staff Support

Community Outreach & Devt Mgr
Lauren Mecum