Dr. Khaled B. Letaief

Chair Professor, HKUST


Dr. Khaled B. Letaief is the President of the IEEE Communications Society.

Dr. Letaief is from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Under his leadership as Chair Professor and Dean of Engineering from 2009 to 2015, HKUST School of Engineering transformed its educational scope, produced high caliber scholarship, and actively pursued knowledge transfer and societal engagement.  During this period, HKUST Engineering enjoyed significant success in terms of international rankings, rising from 26th in 2009 to 14th in the world in 2015 according to QS World University Rankings.

As an esteemed academic, Dr. Letaief is recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher, which puts him among the preeminent individual researchers that are most highly cited and comprise less than one-half of one percent of all published authors. He has also received many distinguished awards in the field of teaching excellence.

Dr. Letaief is also an internationally recognized scholar and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the IEEE Marconi Prize Award in Wireless Communications, the IEEE Harold Sobol Award, and the IEEE Joseph LoCicero Publications Exemplary Award.  He has also served in many leadership positions, including Director of the Hong Kong Telecom Institute of Information Technology, Vice-President of IEEE Communications Society, and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the well-regarded IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications publication. He is currently the president of the IEEE Communications Society,  the world's leading organization for communications professionals with headquarter in New York City and members in 162 countries.

Dr. Letaief is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of HKIE.  He holds BS with Distinction, MS, and PhD Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, USA.