There’s been a changing of the guard in the Brazilian Computer Society, with long-term representative to IFIP, Professor Raimundo Macêdo, stepping down and Professor Ronaldo Ferreira taking his place.

Professor Macêdo has served as Brazilian representative to IFIP from 2013 to 2024. During this period, he initiated and organised the IFIP-SBC forum, which convened annually at the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC) Congress. This forum brought together Brazilian members of IFIP Technical Committees and Working Groups, as well as SBC chairs of technical commissions. Its goal was to share reports and experiences regarding Brazilian participation in IFIP and to bolster relations between the two societies. 

Professor Raimundo Macêdo

Professor Macêdo was an IFIP Councillor for two consecutive terms, from 2015 to 2018 and again from 2018 to 2021. Additionally, he was a Finance Committee (FC) member from 2015 to 2021 and briefly served as the acting FC chair in 2020. He was responsible for organising the IFIP Board Meeting in Brazil in 2018 and was elected twice as a member of the Member Society Assembly (MSA). In November 2022, he collaborated in creating and was appointed chair of the IFIP Task Force on Digital Technologies and Climate Change.

Professor Macêdo will continue his work leading this task force, and said, “Serving as a Brazilian representative for all these years has been a great pleasure. I firmly believe that IFIP offers us a proper framework for developing ICT to benefit everyone, grounded in ethics and social responsibility, and of course, with a commitment to the sustainability of our planet.”

IFIP President Anthony Wong commended Professor Macêdo for his long-term commitment, saying, “IFIP is enriched by your involvement and your contributions over the many years of service. On behalf of IFIP please accept our gratitude and our many thanks! We look forward to SBC’s continued participation in IFIP and the leadership role on the IFIP’s Digital Technology and Climate Change Task Force – an important matter on the UN Agenda.”

Mr Wong also gave a warm welcome to Professor Ferreira, saying he looked forward to meeting and engaging with him in the near future.