NZ Computer Society president Don Robertson has been elected to the global board of IFIP, the International Federation of Information Processing.
IFIP is the umbrella organisation for bodies representing computing professionals in more than 50 countries, including New Zealand’s major trading partners.
NZCS’s work towards a formal qualification for computing professionals in New Zealand — the IT Certified Professional (ITCP) — draws heavily on IFIP standards. Locally, Robertson was a key figure in devising and promoting the ITCP.
He is now officially the member societies’ representative on the IFIP board, after being elected during a vote of all societies in attendance at a recent general assembly.
The title does not fully describe the functions he might undertake for IFP, he says. “As a member of the board, I will do what the board instructs me to do.” Every board member is free to suggest his or her own projects, which the board may think worthy of the effort.
Robertson would like particularly to encourage involvement of member organisations with the International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3), a scheme of mutual recognition of national organisations’ professional qualification regimes. Being recognised by IP3 (as NZCS has been since May this year) means a computer professional’s qualification will be acknowledged in another participating country, making it easier to find work.
“It’s a huge honour to be representing New Zealand on the IFIP Board, and an appointment I take extremely seriously”, Robertson says. “I understand I’m the first Kiwi to ever sit on the IFIP Board, and I intend to work hard to improve the recognition and standing of ICT across large and small countries throughout the world”.
NZCS Chief Executive Paul Matthews says “this is great news for NZCS, but also for New Zealand as a whole.
"As well as ensuring that New Zealand has a strong and powerful voice in the engine-room of the global ICT profession, this shows the world that New Zealand is serious about international collaboration at all levels., Matthews says.
The appointment is for a three-year term and involves working with others to improve the standing, research and professionalism of ICT across the world.
“I also intend to use this appointment to raise the profile of New Zealand ICT sector on the world stage, which should result in a significant spinoff for New Zealand professionals and industry”, Robertson says.