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Karen McCabe

Karen McCabe

Senior Director, Technology Policy and International Affairs, IEEE Standards Association

At IEEE, Karen McCabe leads efforts to build and connect communities working in the technology policy ecosystem, where her focus is on the development and promotion of collaborative strategies that produce impactful outcomes among muliti-stakeholders to help advance technology for society and humanity benefit. McCabe has over 20 years of experience working at the nexus of mission-driven organizations, industry, NGO and government bodies to raise awareness, to educate and to build capacity among stakeholders in the technology sphere.

Through her career, McCabe has focused on projects and initiatives to expand global footprint, build communities, develop and execute integrated communications and global outreach programs and build and nurture relationships. During the last 20 years, she has held various leadership and senior management positions in the technology sector, with a specific focus in the global standards and technology development domain that is rooted in openness, transparency and inclusiveness. After graduating from Kean University, degreed in communications, McCabe initiated her career working in the engineering and technology space as a communications professional.

Today, McCabe is engaged in efforts in Internet governance, ethics and technology and global standards in trade and policy. McCabe is a member of the OECD Internet Technical Advisory and the Internet Society and works with an array of organizations and bodies to connect technologists, industry leaders and policy makers.

Deepak Maheshwari

Deepak Maheshwari

In January 2018, Deepak Maheshwari was appointed as the chair of the IEEE Internet Initiative, which connects engineers, scientists, industry leaders and others engaged in an array of technology and industry domains globally with policy experts to help improve the understanding of technology and its implications and impact on Internet governance issues. In addition, the Initiative focuses on raising awareness of public policy issues and processes in the global technical community. In 2017, he was the vice-chair of the IEEE Internet Initiative.

Deepak heads government affairs across India, South Asia and South East Asia in Symantec, the world-leader in cyber security. A public policy and regulatory affairs professional with over two decades of experience, he has a keen interest in the interplay of technological innovation and socio-economic development. 

An oft-invited speaker, his articles, interviews and reviews have been widely published and quoted. He has been closely associated with various industry and professional bodies. Currently, he is Chair of the IEEE Internet Initiative and that of AMCHAM India’s Cyber Security Committee. Earlier, he served for two consecutive terms as the secretary of ISP Association of India (ISPAI) as well as the chair of BSA Asia-Pacific Policy Committee. Besides being a co-founder of National Internet eXchange of India (NIXI) and ITU-APT Foundation of India, he helped form the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). A graduate in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, he is also a law graduate. He has previously worked with Microsoft, MasterCard, Sify and HCL. 


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Ad Hoc Committee Members:

Deepak Maheshwari (IEEE Internet Initiative Chair): Director, Government Affairs, India & ASEAN, Symantec

Greg Shannon (IEEE Internet Initiative Vice-chair): Chief Scientist, CERT Division, Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

Greg Adamson (Vice-chair, IEEE Internet Initiative Policy Track): Chair, IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Ethics Programs; Principal, Digital Risk Innovation; Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

Meher Bnouni: IEEE SIGHT Tunisia Past Secretary-General

Mei Lin Fung (Vice-chair, IEEE Internet Inclusion Track): Organizer, People Centered Internet

Konstantinos Karachalios: Managing Director, IEEE Standards Association

Kartik Kulkarni: Principal Member of Technical Staff, Oracle

Tim Lee (Chair, IEEE Internet Inclusion Track): The Boeing Company; Chair Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT); Chair, IEEE 5G Initiative; Past President, IEEE MTT-S

Maike Luiken (Chair, IEEE Internet Initiative Policy Track): IEEE Canada President, 2018-2019, Region 7 Director/Delegate, 2018-2019

Marina Ruggieri (IEEE Internet Initiative Liaison to IEEE Technical Activities (TA)): IEEE Technical Activities Past Vice President, Full Professor of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Roma “Tor Vergata”

Program Management Office (PMO) Core Professional Staff:

Karen McCabe: Senior Director, Technology Policy & International Affairs, IEEE Standards Association

Jim Wendorf: IEEE Internet Initiative Program Director, IEEE Standards Association