(Nominated by IEEE Women in Engineering)
CCO & Co-Founder
IEEE Women in Engineering is a diverse global network that enables and recognizes success for all members in STEM fields to interact, empower, unlock their own potential, develop their careers, increase their self-confidence, improve their professional skills, and accomplish their dreams.
If elected as IEEE WIEC Chair, I would work diligently to support and drive this mission and efforts by:
Supporting WIE members recognition, evaluation, and representation
Strengthening collaboration with IEEE Organizational Units and Technical Societies
Empowering industry engagement, humanitarian, entrepreneurship, educational new initiatives
Leveraging organizational structure and operation
Highlighting the local WIE OU’s best practices, practical improvements that inspire all members and increase collaboration
Ensuring that voice of every single WIE member regardless of personal, cultural, and disciplinary backgrounds and member grades will be heard by establishing a platform for sharing your ideas and concerns.
Simay Akar is an entrepreneur with corporate industrial background and experience in the energy industry. She specialized in photovoltaic manufacturing, battery storage for electric vehicles and other renewable energy technologies and the clean energy markets development.
Akar is currently the Chief Commercial Officer & Co-Founder at Innoses.
Additional past roles include Sales & Marketing Director of EkoRE – Eko Renewable Energy and Marketing & Business Development Director of GoodWe Turkey, Head of Overseas Marketing at Talesun Solar.
Akar has worked in China and Turkey and mostly focused on international commercial activities and has been employed by CSUN Eurasia, Schneider Electric, Arcelik (BEKO), and Lucida Solar.
In addition to her professional acclimates, she is an IEEE Senior Member, acknowledged volunteer since 2007 and recipient of several prestigious awards. Simay is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and participated in the Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Program at Stanford University.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
Simay is volunteering for WIE since 2007. She served in a number of roles on various levels: from Student Branch Chair to Student Representative, Section WIE AG Founder-Chair, Regions 8 & 10 WIE Committees, MGA WIEC roles continuously for 8 years; Region 8 WIE Chair, PES Women in Power Liaison to WIEC, WIE YP Liaison (Voting Member), Chaired several WIEC Subcommittees (Awards, Travel Grants and Outreach). She was actively involved in the coordination of WIE ILC and 25th Anniversary Celebration. Simay currently has responsibilities in other OUs; TAB Diversity and Inclusion Committee member, and HAC Partnership Chair (leading WIE, YP, SAC, and EA initiatives). Simay has passion and deep understanding of the structure and operation of WIEC and knowledge of all the best practices over the years. Furthermore, a diverse IEEE OU experiences help her to have wider operational knowledge.
Simay also served in other leadership positions in various OUs including IEEE Day, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee & Steering Committees of IEEE SIGHT & IEEE Entrepreneurship, IEEE PES (Chair, YP 2021), IEEE SSIT, IEEE Smart Cities, IEEE Young Professionals (MGA Vice-Chair, Marketing & Outreach), IEEE Student Activities (MGA Vice-Chair, Membership), and positions in Regions 8 & 10. Simay has operational knowledge of Section Executive Committee (Treasurer) and Regional Operations Committee (Region 8 Vice-Chair). She is a VOLT graduate.
To learn more: https://www.simayakar.com/ieee-volunteer-experiences
IEEE WIE Inspiring Member of The Year Award (Honorable Mention) 2020
IEEE MGA Young Professionals Achievement Award 2017, “For outstanding contributions to the IEEE Women in Engineering, Young Professionals and Humanitarian Technology activities”.
IEEE Day Leadership Award 2013
IEEE Young Professionals Hall of the Fame Award 2018 (IEEE PES)
IEEE MGA (Global) Achievement Award 2014 (served as IEEE Day Team Lead 2012-2014)
IEEE Regional Exemplary Student Branch Award 2007-2010 (Chair of IEEE METU SB)
IEEE Annual election voting will begin on 16 August 2021 and end on 1 October 2021 at 12:00 PM ET
I kindly ask for your vote, and I look forward to serve you!