Thursday, 13 June 2019 11:35

ACS appoints Khimji Vaghjiani as head of growth for Harbour City Labs

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Dr Khimji Vaghjiani, ACS' new head of growth. Dr Khimji Vaghjiani, ACS' new head of growth. Supplied

The Australian Computer Society has appointed ICT industry veteran, Dr Khimji Vaghjiani, as head of growth at Harbour City Labs.

ACS, the professional association for Australia's ICT sector, owns and operates Harbour City Labs which it says “offers an innovative and collaborative co-working space for Australian start-ups”.

ACS says Dr Vaghjiani brings 30 years of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship to his new role, having worked across banking, telecommunications, defence, manufacturing, research and development, energy, government and academia, as well as numerous start-ups.

And in 2010, Dr Vaghjiani was nominated as Australian Innovator of the Year.

“Khimji has an enviable track record when it comes to fostering innovation and growth in the tech community. For Australia to produce world-stage tech brands, our innovation ecosystem needs to align around the highest potential startups, and Harbour City Labs provides the perfect location,” said Peta Ellis, chief executive of the ACS’ River City Labs, which fosters the growth of scale-up companies.

“Khimji’s previous experience of working with the NSW Data Analytics Centre will stand him in good stead for Head of Growth. He is uniquely positioned to take on the role of leading and mentoring our startups to ensure they reach their full potential. I look forward to working with him and celebrating his success.”

Dr Vaghjiani said he was extremely pleased to be joining the team at Harbour City Labs.

“Harbour City Labs is a fantastic extension of ACS and provides an excellent platform for Australian start-ups to scale and reach their global ambitions," he said.

“I believe that nurturing the growth of our startup community is a vital component in keeping Australia a competitive leader when it comes to technology and innovation.

“There is so much work that goes into creating a successful startup, and I look forward to working on everything from grant applications to providing consultancy on scaling internationally, becoming investor ready and media promotion.”

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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