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Governance

The Australian Computer Society is governed by a national Management Committee.  This committee is assisted by a National Congress, eight State and Territory Branch Executive Committees, and three expert advisory boards - the Member Advisory Board, the Profession Advisory Board, and the Technical Advisory Board.

All three Boards provide strategy advice within their areas of expertise to Management Committee via their Vice Presidents.

One of the key strengths of the ACS is the collective knowledge and skills of its members, and the expert advisory boards are the framework for optimising this expertise.

The ACS Management Committee controls and manages the Society, within the bounds set by the Associations Incorporations Act (ACT) and the Society’s Objects, Rules and National Regulations.

The Management Committee consists of the National Office Bearers (President, three Vice Presidents, Immediate Past President, National Treasurer) as well as the Chief Executive Officer and four National Congressional Representatives.               

data sharing committee

  • Mr Geof Heydon

    Chair

    Geof Heydon has extensive practical executive management, innovation and consulting experience in Telecommunications, Science the digital economy, Internet of things and smart cities. Experience driving and transitioning science and ideas though innovationinto the market. Strengths in strategic market and business development. A regularly quoted commentator and mentor on the next generation broadband enabled innovation, converged services, mobility, applications and new "digital economy" business models emerging globally and locally -an ICT industry ”futurist” and trusted adviser to industry and all layers of government.Extensive experience dealing with all forms of the media to deliver industry thought leadership. A design engineering background and acareer based on innovation, self-motivation, communication, problem solving, people skills, team work, stake holder management, in Australia and across Asia Pacific -Geof is a firm believer in ”leading by example”. Co-founded the ICT Alliance, Australia(IoTAA) in 2015 which is now the peak body for IoT in Australia and currently its principal consultant and also chairs its Platforms and Interoperability Work Stream.Geof also Chairs the Industry Consortium for the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope.

  • Ms Ghislaine Entwisle

    Vice-Chair

  • Mr Ben Hogan

    Ben Hogan has worked in and around data his entire career. Strongly outcomes focused, Ben has led data projects from ”in the trenches” across multiple industries, ranging from investment banking through to logistics, media and utilities. He views data sharing as one of the ”lowest hanging and largest fruits” in the space of potential Australian efficiency gains. He currently heads the solution architecture and technical strategy functions for a 900-person data focused group within one of Australia’s Telcos.

  • Mr Chris Mendes

    Chris Mendes is a seasoned technology executive with over 25 years' experience. His career focus is bringing people together to deliver great technology solutions and to make technology accessible and useful to the businesses he works with. Chris specialises in Data and Analytics technologies and the Internet of Things and has worked in a wide range of business domains. He holds an honours degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney.

  • Mr Ghazi Ahamat

    Ghazi Ahamat is the Principal Data Scientist at the Victorian Centre for Data Insights within the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. He leads cross-departmental projects on data sharing,analytics, decision support and information management.Ghazi was previously a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, where he supported governments and major corporations to use data to make informed decisions, ranging from pricing algorithms to system simulation models for criminal justice reforms. His technical focus is on strategic analytics, distributed analytics, system dynamics, network optimisation and decision support systems. He is passionate about the potential of technology and data to support business and policy and social outcomes (and wary of the risk that business, policy and society ends up serving technology).

  • Dr Stephen Hardy

    Dr. Stephen Hardy is an experienced data scientist, developer, manager and executive. Stephen has conceived, pitched, negotiated and delivered major data analytics projects to corporate and government clients, and driven the creation of new technology programs. Stephen understands how to create value through data analytics, with the technical skills to distinguish real technical capability from marketing hyperbole.Stephen has a strong and broad technical background, including algorithm design and implementation, machine learning, data wrangling, big data tool chains, data security and privacy. He has experience in various full software development lifecycle methodologies, with a strong preference for agile, both as an engineer and as a project manager. Stephenhas acted as head of the major research group (70+ staff) in Canon Information Systems Research Australia, including line management of research managers and senior research leaders. Stephen has contributed to many product enhancements in the fields of data analysis, printing, photography, and other industrial applications and with 12 granted US patents, and 10 pending.

  • Dr Wenjie Zhang

    Dr.Wenjie Zhang received her PhD degree in computer science and engineering in 2009 from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), UNSW. She is also the Associate Head of School in Research in CSE, UNSW. She serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering since 2016. Wenjie has also chaired more than 10 research conferences. Her research interests include spatial-temporal data analysis, uncertain data analysis and graph data processing. Since 2008, she has published more than 70 research papers in the top venues. In 2011, she received the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Since 2012, her research has been well supported by 4 Australian Research Council grants and 1 UNSW academic start-up fund, totalling $1.5 million.