Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:46

Wong to lead ACS as ‘evangelist’ for ICT professionalism

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Anthony Wong, ACS President elect Anthony Wong, ACS President elect

High profile lawyer and ICT industry veteran Anthony Wong will take up his new position as president of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) at the start of next year.

Wong has been elected to the position for a two-year term and will replace current ACS President, Brenda Aynsley OAM, whose term finishes on 31 December.

Wong, a Fellow of the ACS, is the Principal of a multidisciplinary law and consulting firm, AGW Lawyers & Consultants, specialising in IT and the Digital Economy.

He has held senior management positions in multinational corporations and government, including as CIO of the Australian Tourist Commission during the Sydney 2000 Olympics, chaired the NSW Government ICT Advisory panel, was a member of the NSW Government Accelerating Digital Government Taskforce in 2014, and served on the IT Industry Innovation Council for the Australian Department of Industry.

Commenting on his appointment to the role, Wong said he would build on ACS’ position as one of the first evangelists for ICT professionalism.

“Recent events in the UN General Assembly and around the globe suggest that our leaders are beginning to acknowledge the importance of ICT professionalism and the need for professional excellence in the practice of ICT.

“I look forward to continuing to champion the cause as we celebrate ACS’ achievements, the advancements in ICT and its transformative contributions to business, government and society.”

ACS Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Johnson, praised the election of Wong. “Anthony has long been a dedicated servant of the ACS and the profession as a whole. His breadth of experience will be a great asset to the ACS as we celebrate our Golden Jubilee in 2016, but more importantly he will be a key part of shaping what our future looks like.”

Johnson also paid tribute to Aynsley. “Brenda continues in her role as Chair of the International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3) of IFIP whose mission is to advance global ICT professionalism. Her leadership has been exceptional and inspirational in driving the ICT professionalism and trustworthy computing agenda in Australia, at UNESCO, the ITU and the United Nations as our world economy undergoes rapid digital disruption, reimagination and transformation.”

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