IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
Technology for the Benefit of Humanity // Villanova University, USA / October 23-26, 2024

Conference Welcome-Program Chair 2020


The IEEE GHTC 2020 Technical Program Committee welcomes you to the 10th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference. We are excited about this year’s conference and believe it will help advance technology for the betterment of society.

Over the last 10 years, GHTC has established itself as a leading conference on Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Technology in the US. People from all over the world have gathered together every year to share insights, learn from colleagues, and discuss new ways to use or develop appropriate technology to help impoverished populations. The 2020 Program Committee has worked hard to maintain high quality standards.

This year we have accepted about 120 papers covering several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) topics, with parallel sessions focused on Health, Energy, Education, Agriculture, Connectivity, Water and Sanitation, Disaster Mitigation, and other Sustainable Development related topics. These will be complemented by thematically focused plenary panels and pre-conference workshops, as well as contributions by 2020 IEEE President Toshio Fukuda and President-Elect Kathy Land, and Melissa Sassi, Chief Penguin, IBM Z and Chair of IEEE’s Digital Intelligence Working Group.

I would like to personally acknowledge the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm demonstrated by this year’s Track Chairs (Miriam Cunningham – Health, Paul Gardner-Stephen – Disaster Mitigation, Iain Hunt – Clean Water & Sanitation, Musi Lopez – Education, Khanjan Mehta – Agriculture, Stephen Suffian – Decent Work, Javier Urquizo – Energy, Adil Usman – Connectivity), as well as all of the 2020 Program Committee Members, and thank them for their important contribution to the success of this conference.

Traditional breaks will be maintained this year to allow you time for virtual knowledge sharing and networking among participants. I invite you to take advantage of thematically focused networking Sessions to enhance your personal and professional growth, network, and learn about new projects. We hope you enjoy the conference!


Pritpal (“Pali”) Singh, PhD

Technical Program Chair, GHTC 2020