His multicultural background, multilingualism and ‘borderless’ approach to work enables him to take a politically and culturally sensitive perspective on life, volunteer roles and professional career.
Eddie is an academic and industry project manager in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, La Trobe University and is the founder/director of the La Trobe Innovation & Entrepreneurship Foundry (LIEF). He is a leader and member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) where he is currently serving on several global IEEE boards; inc. Publication Services & Products, Industry Engagement, Innovation and Young Professionals.
Eddie thrives on mentoring and further developing student and young professionals communication, leadership and entrepreneurial attributes. He is a tireless ambassador for STEM education, Women in Engineering and supporting disadvanteged communities. In 2016 he founded the BH Futures Foundation to assist students in Bosnia & Herzegovina access technology and education. His work with students and employability was formally recognised in 2015 when he was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s award for supporting student employability. Eddie was also the recipient of the IEEE global Young Professionals Achievement Award highlighting his competence and contributions to this 400,000 member professional organisation.
Currently I'm working as a Director of Medical Devices Verification Laboratory Verlab Ltd.
Also, I'm working as Assistant Professor at Department of Genetics and Bioengineering and Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, IBU and Faculty of Electrical Engineering University of Sarajevo.
I'm founder and Executive Director of Bosnia and Herzegovina Medical & Biological Engineering Society. Our Society mision is promotion and education in the field of Biomedical Engineering throw writing papers, organizing Conferences (CMBEBIH 2015), organizing seminars, suggesting new secondary legislations.
Since 2007, Sumner has led a variety of strategic programs at IEEE including oversight of several IEEE Societies as well as the IEEE Technical Activities Board Strategy and Governance teams. In 2014, she spearheaded the launch of the IEEE Entrepreneurship Initiative and brought the IEEE’s global resources to technology entrepreneurs while inspiring event innovations, virtual communities, and video content dedicated to startups.
Prior to IEEE, she served as Executive Director of the NJ Society of Association Executives. In addition to her executive skills, she has been a strategy consultant, presentation coach, and a professional speaker.