ACS – the professional body for Australia’s ICT sector – has elected Yohan Ramasundara as the ACS President effective from 1 January 2018 for a two-year term.
Mr Ramasundara is the youngest president to be elected at ACS for over two decades and is currently the Vice President overseeing ACS Community Boards, having previously transformed the ACS financial performance as the National Treasurer for five years from 2012 to 2016.
He is also the Secretary General of SEARCC – the Asia Pacific forum for professional ICT associations. Mr Ramasundara is the Head of Governance for IP Australia, recently returning home from a secondment as the Innovation Manager for International Operations in San Francisco with AusTrade.
In 2018-19, Mr Ramasundara’s leadership team includes Dr Nick Tate, Vice President overseeing the Profession Advisory Board; Dr Ian Oppermann, Vice President overseeing the Technical Advisory Board; Anthony Wong (Immediate Past President); Arnold Wong (National Treasurer); Andrew Johnson (CEO); and four branch representatives.
In his spare time, Mr Ramasundara enjoys all things related to innovation and the start-up ecosystem. He has also served as a Cricket Australia umpire with an impressive record officiating at a national level over many years.
Mr Ramasundara said, “As President, I will build on the platforms ACS has laid over the last 50 years. I look forward to collaborating across ACS and building our credibility as a trusted advisor to government, industry, academia and our members.”
Current President, Anthony Wong, praised the election of Mr Ramasundara. “I congratulate Yohan and look forward to working with him in the coming years,” said Mr Wong.
“Yohan brings exceptional leadership and knowledge of the ICT industry and digital economy, and resolute commitment to the ACS Presidency. In 2018, as the Immediate Past President, I look forward to working with Yohan to continue to bring ACS’ vision and five-year strategy to fruition,” he continued.
Mr Ramasundara paid tribute to Mr Wong. “As ACS President, Anthony has worked tirelessly for the past two years, bringing to the role his in-depth knowledge of the ICT industry and the organisation of which he has been a member since 2001.
“During Anthony’s leadership, ACS’ engagement with Government at a State/Territory and Federal level grew markedly during 2016 and 2017, building strong networks and advocating for ACS, its members and the ICT profession.
“I have been intimately involved in the development of ACS’ new strategy and I am honoured to have been elected President for ACS to develop technology talent fostering innovation and creating new forms of value,” concluded Mr Ramasundara.