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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.               

Technical Advisory Board

 

  • Dr Ian Oppermann

    VICE PRESIDENT - ACADEMIC BOARDS
    FACS

    Ian has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organizations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO. Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3500 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University.

  • Dr Michael Blumenstein

    DIRECTOR
    FACS

    Michael is currently the Head of School, Software in the Faculty of Engineering & IT at UTS. He comes from Griffith University in Queensland where he has accumulated over a decade of experience in leadership roles including portfolio Dean (Research) of the Sciences Group and Head of the School of ICT. Michael has been ACS Gold Coast Chapter Convener and a Board Member of the Queensland Branch Executive Committee and has served on the Australian Research Council's (ARC) College of Experts on the Engineering, Mathematics and Informatics (EMI) panel. In 2009, Professor Blumenstein was named as one of Australia’s Top 10 Emerging Leaders in Innovation in the Australian’s Top 100 Emerging Leaders Series supported by Microsoft.

  • Mr Geof Heydon

    Chair - Data Sharing Committee
    AACS

    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 innovation into 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 a career 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 - Data Sharing Committee
    AACS

    Ghislaine Entwisle is an Associate Director at Protiviti, a global advisory company specialising in Technology consulting, Risk management and Internal audit. Ghislaine co-leads the IT Advisory practice focussing on Digital Transformation, Strategy and Data Governance services. Ghislaine has over 15 years consulting experience applying a unique mix of broadly based strategic, risk and information technology skills, across a wide range of operational and financial areas. One of her focus areas is advising clients (across industry) on data governance, data quality, data management and risk mitigation relating to data use. Having spent 5 years working in London and Europe, and more recently projects on Digital transformation and strategy in Asia, Ghislaine has a strong reputation working and succeeding in challenging and changing environments. Ghislaine is a mother of two who is active in the Victorian ICT Women network and a member of the Catherine Circle for McAuley Community Services helping women and their children who are escaping family violence. She mentors students from the University of Melbourne, and, having been born in South Africa, was recently accepted into the Culturally Diverse Women social enterprise.

  • Professor Kimberlee Weatherall

    Vice Chair - Artificial Intelligence Ethics Committee
    AACS

    Professor Kimberlee Weatherall is a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney Law School. Her research spans intellectual property law, the relationship between law and emerging technologies, and international trade law. Her research program has a strong interdisciplinary focus, having included projects with economists, cognitive psychologists, and, currently, social scientists and data science. She has been a member of assorted government advisory committees including the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property, and is a past winner of Linux Australia’s Rusty Wrench award for contributions to the open source community for her work on law reforms consequent on the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

  • Mr Louay Ghashash

    Vice Chair - Cyber Security Committee
    AACS

    Louay is a Director with over 22 years' experience in Information security across number of industries. He has also acted as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) across number of customer engagements including Non-for-Profit and Retails and FSI. Louay has been providing advisory services for number of industries sectors: Banking & Finance, Transport, Government, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing and Gaming sectors. He has solid experience in providing security advisory for senior managers and Board of Directors. Louay has completed and lead number of large and medium security transformation programs across industries including Finance, Emergency, Utilities sectors, Fast food, City Councils, e-commerce and others. Louay has a solid technical background in technology and security technical solutions and controls. Louay holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master Degree in Networking Systems Engineering. He also holds the following industry certifications: CISA, CISM, CRISC, QSA and ISO27001LA

  • Dr Maria Milosavljevic

    Chair - Cyber Security Committee
    MACS Snr

    Dr Maria Milosavljevic is the NSW Government Chief Information Security Officer (GCISO). She works across NSW government, with Commonwealth, State and overseas governments, industry and academia to ensure a collaborative approach to cyber security. Her role focuses on building improved prevention, detection and a streamlined response to cyber security. Milosavljevic is also an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University (ANU) and Chair of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Cyber Security Committee. Prior to moving to NSW Government, Dr Milosavljevic was the CIO and CISO of AUSTRAC where she led the creation of leading-edge data analytics / AI technology and an Innovation Hub for the Fintel Alliance, a world-first public-private partnership between AUSTRAC and its public and private sector partners. As the CIO and CISO at the Australian Crime Commission she was the key driver in the establishment of the National Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability which won several awards including an iAward and an ACS Digital Disrupter Award. Dr Milosavljevic completed a PhD in Artificial Intelligence on a prestigious scholarship from the Microsoft Research Institute, graduated from ANU with an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). As a data scientist, Dr Milosavljevic has developed several world-first and award-winning solutions to difficult problems in the private and public sector throughout her 25-year career. She has also published widely and has been a keynote speaker for a range of conferences globally.

  • Mr Peter Leonard

    Chair - Artificial Intelligence Ethics Committee
    AACS

    Peter Leonard is a data and technology business lawyer and principal of Data Synergies. Peter was a founding partner of Gilbert + Tobin. He has worked as a legal and commercials adviser to global and Asia Pac data, communications and technology businesses for over thirty years. Following his retirement as a G+T partner in 2017 he continues to assist G+T as a consultant. Peter chairs the Australian IoT (Internet of Things) Alliance’s Data Access, Use and Privacy work stream, the Law Society of New South Wales Privacy and Communications Committee and the Australian Computer Society’s Artificial Intelligence and Ethics Technical Committee. He serves on a number of advisory boards, including the NSW Data Analytics Centre, and a number of boards of directors. He is a former global chair of the International Bar Association's Technology Committee, former global vice-chair of the IBA's Communications Committee, and former director of iappANZ.

  • Mr Tom Zorde

    Chair - Internet of Things Committee
    AACS

    Tom Zorde leads purpose driven communities to future-proof Australia for a changing digital world. He convened and lead volunteers to deliver a free-to-use wireless Internet of Things Communications Network for Western Australia which now enables entrepreneurs, academia, industry, rural and city councils. His efforts were recognised by the Australian Computer Society awarding the project the 2018 Digital Disruptor award for transforming skills of work teams 21 to 200 staff. In addition to launching the world’s first certified internet of things practitioner accreditation in compliance with ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standards, Tom is a respected leader nurturing collaboration across industry, government and academia, and is a sought-after advisor for organisations embarking on digital transformation. Twitter: @TomZorde LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/zorde

  • Dr Vincent Gramoli

    Chair - Blockchain Committee
    AACS

    Vincent Gramoli is the Head of the Concurrent Systems Research Group at the University of Sydney and a Senior Researcher at Data61-CSIRO. He received his PhD from University of Rennes and his Habilitation from UPMC Sorbonne University in France. Prior to this, he was affiliated with INRIA, University of Connecticut, Cornell University, University of Neuchâtel, EPFL and NICTA. His research interest spans distributed systems and security and his group recently designed the Red Belly Blockchain, a blockchain that does not fork and achieves unprecedented performance.