Mr. Jeff Eker, IEEE Region 2 Regional Student Representative along with Ms. Mehvish Zahoor, IEEE Region 10 Regional Student Representative visited the JMIU campus on August 30, 2016.
IEEE student chapter Jamia Millia Islamia University (JIMU), hosted a talk given by some of the most famous leaders in the IEEE community on August 30, 2016.
Mr. Jeff Eker, IEEE Region 2 Regional Student Representative and also the CEO of CultureCloud, along with Ms. Mehvish Zahoor, IEEE Region 10 Regional Student Representative were the guests for the day. They were accompanied by a group of delegates from Pakistan who are active members of the IEEE community.
The talk began with Mr. Jeff speaking about his own story. He told about how 4 years back, he didn’t know a thing about IEEE, and now, 4 years later, he is the Student Representative of Region 2. This sudden success was a result of him attending a similar talk on IEEE in his own college back when he was completing his graduation in Philadelphia, USA. He has now travelled the entire world twice, which he considers a ‘Miracle’, a word suggested by one of his friends as a topic of an essay. He feels that it is the small things around us that we take for granted, that matter the most. Due to vast networking starting from scratch, in his college days, he had also given a talk at the TedXTelkomU in Indonesia. He came with an idea to explore different cultures and also to blend opportunities and academics of two different countires, the USA and Australia.
He spoke about initiating the AAISBE (Australian-American Student Exchange Program) which eventually led him to Sri Lanka, to attend the Region 10 Young Professional conference. His idea to initiate the AAISBE came from the realization that IEEE is a huge international network, and all possible opportunities of networking should be grabbed as soon as it knocks at your door.
He defined his own path as ‘Entrepreneurship’ and spoke about the benefits of the entrepreneurial community N3XT which helps with startups, projects, seminars, research work etc. The entrepreneurial mindset made him come up with ‘CultureCloud’, and app made to make the most of different cultures all around the world. The idea was inspired by him going to different places in the world to attend conferences and seminars. In his own college, utilizing the network and resources of a massive 430,000+ member community of IEEE, he brought up lots of initiatives, ranging from sports, tool kits, volunteering, organizational meetings, technical sales etc.
Mr. Jeff Eker is a perfect example of a leader who is doing his best to make the perfect use of the resources and the networks available to him through IEEE. And so, after a wondrous and energetic talk, Mr. Jeff concluded by stating that “It is kind of fun, to do the impossible.”
Source: Chetanya Mehra, HTCampus Specialist
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