Dr. Nick Tate
Dr Nick Tate is an
Author, CEO, Company Director and Adjunct Professor at the University of
Queensland (UQ) in Australia. He has 40 years’ experience in IT including 16
years at CIO level at two London banks and at the University of Queensland, as well
as 17 years’ experience as a Company Director in 11 Australian and 2 US
companies. He is a former Chair of the Council of Australasian University Directors
of IT (CAUDIT), which is the Australian equivalent of ASAUDIT, and a former
President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS). In 2010, he chaired the World
Computer Congress and his recent roles have included being CEO of a software
engineering company, BCI Technology, and directing the $50 million Australian
Government funded Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project, which
developed and deployed one of the largest data clouds in Australia, to store
research data from universities and other research groups.
His career has also
included 20 years with investment/commercial banks including 18 years in London
and 2 years at Macquarie Bank in Sydney where he had responsibility for Global
IT infrastructure. He has spent over 15 years working with universities and
research organisations, 3 years working on anti-missile missile systems for Royal
Navy Warships and 2 years on real-time air traffic control systems.
For over a decade, he was the Director of the Australian
Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT), which provided
Cybersecurity incident response services for Australian Universities,
Government Agencies and Private Industry and was the National CERT for
Australia. During this time, AusCERT trained the Chinese National CERT as well
as CERTs in Central and South America.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in
Physics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, a Master’s degree in
Computer Science and a PhD in Cybersecurity. He is also a Chartered Engineer, a
Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Fellow
of the ACS, An ACS Certified Professional (CP) and a Fellow of the British
Computer Society (BCS). Nick has also been a pilot in the Royal Air Force
Volunteer Reserve, a City Councillor and Chairman of a London based economic
He is co-author of “A Director’s Guide to Governing Information
Technology and Cybersecurity”, a book recently published by the Australian Institute
of Company Directors (AICD) and has published over 30
columns on ICT in the Australian Newspaper, Sydney Morning Herald and
of Information Technology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)
Gerrit took up his position in August 2009 after serving as the Chief Information Officer at Massey University in New Zealand. He has been involved in the strategic planning, development, management and design of teaching and learning, research, communications and administrative support systems and structures in Universities since 1986.
He is currently a Board Director of the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN); a Governor of the Trans-Eurasia Information Network Cooperation Centre (TEIN*CC); a Board member and a Steering Committee member of the Joint Universities Computer Centre (JUCC) in Hong Kong. Previously, he was the Director of JUCC (July 2010 – June 2012) and the Convenor of the JUCC Information Security Task Force. He is the inaugural Director of the JUCC Leadership Institute which is a residential course with faculty and members from Hong Kong, China, Australia, the United States and New Zealand. Current initiatives at PolyU, the largest university in Hong Kong, are aimed at enabling digital learning; supporting digital research; developing a business solutions development architecture; building a knowledge based organisation and enabling the digital workspace in a mobile, cloud centric era.
He is the Winner (Public Sector category) of the Hong Kong CIO Awards 2016 organized by the magazine "Computerworld Hong Kong" and the CIO peer network "CIO Connect".
Director of the Customer Services Division, ICTS:
University of Cape Town
Kira graduated with an Honours Commerce degree from Queens University in Canada. She then spent two years in brand management at Procter & Gamble in Toronto. Her career shifted from marketing to IT when she decided to follow her heart and move to Cape Town to marry the South African she'd met backpacking through Europe after graduation. Having been raised in a home full of computers (her father worked for IBM) and having run the Commerce faculty computer lab while studying at university, she had some experience to offer. She has enjoyed an exciting career at the University of Cape Town's IT department for 25 years, the last 17 of which have been at senior management level. As the Director of the Customer Services division, she leads a team of over 100 employees who deliver a wide range of services, including the IT helpdesk and workshop, training and communication, student computer labs, the university switchboard and classroom support services. She developed the university's first service level agreement and was hired by the Department of Education to train the other SA universities to do the same. She is currently leading a R100 million 5-year project to renew the university's 180 classrooms. She contributes more broadly to the university by serving as a management member on the Consultative Forum with the employee's union, and served as a trustee for the retirement fund for six years. She is a faculty member of the ASAUDIT Leadership Institute in South Africa and the Hong Kong Leadership Institute. Kira is also certified as an associate life coach.
member of Australian Access Federation (AAF), the National eResearch
Collaboration Tools and Resources (Nectar) Project, and the Research Data
Services (RDS) Project, University of Queensland
Richard Northam is a board member of the
Australian Access Federation (AAF), the National eResearch Collaboration Tools
and Resources (Nectar) Project, and the Research Data Services (RDS)
Project. He has previously held a role as the Director, National Engagements
for the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) until recently when he took on
a new role to help the ANDS, Nectar and RDS projects align and work together
towards the establishment of the Australian Research Data Cloud under the
National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).
Previously Richard was the Director of the RDS project, served as a Director on
the board of EDUCAUSE, is the former CEO of the Council of Australian
University Directors of Information technology (CAUDIT) and is a former IT
Director at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force
Academy. Richard lives and works in Canberra, Australia.
Sakkie Janse van Rensburg
Executive Director, Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS): University of Cape Town
Sakkie Janse van Rensburg is the Executive Director of Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He has a passion for providing service and solutions to the academic, administrative and research community and is familiar with developing ICT strategies and aligning them with those of the university.
He is the founder of eResearch and the African Research Cloud (ARC) at UCT. In 12 months, UCT researchers have more than tripled their use of central high performance computing (HPC) facilities for data intensive research. What this clearly demonstrates is that an effective eResearch strategy for any research-focused academic institution is simply non-negotiable. The ARC is also aimed at supporting researchers from all domains with access to a full suite of digitally enabled data and analytical resources on their desktop that is relevant to their domain of research. He believes that leading universities MUST have a strategy to ensure that their researchers are equipped with the latest techniques and tools to:
- Raise their research profile
- Improve collaboration
- Accelerate research discovery
In addition, he is the Chair of the South African Access Federation (SAFIRE), Director of the ASAUDIT Leadership Institute and was the former Chair of the Association of South African University Directors of Information Technology.
Manager, IT Support: IT Division, Rhodes University
Having worked in IT at Rhodes University for over 20 years, Tracey has experience in how IT is constantly changing and how these changes have impacted on how IT delivers and drives the business of higher education. Tracey graduated in 2010 with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Rhodes University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDHE) in 2016, also from Rhodes University. Tracey attended the CAUDIT Leadership Institute in Australia in 2011 with the aim of assisting ASAUDIT to develop our own ALI and has been facilitating annually since.