Australian Information Industry Association

  

Executive


The AIIA Executive provides management and operational support for the activities of the Association nationally. The Executive team is geographical distributed with team members located in the ACT, NSW and VIC.

Board, Strategy and Operations

Chief Executive Officer

Ron Gauci 
Ron is a leader of the ICT industry with significant experience in senior leadership and executive roles in ASX & NYSE listed, global multinational organisations such as Microsoft, Telstra, Siebel, Verizon Business and IBM. Ron is widely recognised as a transformation specialist, having delivered success despite significant challenges and adversity. Ron is also a former Victorian Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and a former national Director of the AIIA as well.

Most notably, Ron has also held significant roles outside the industry, including Interim positions as CEO at Fed Square, Melbourne Storm, and Melbourne Polytechnic (Formerly NMIT). As CEO & MD of the Melbourne Storm, Ron navigated the club to success post the Salary Cap scandal that rocked the sporting world. Despite not having any direct experience in rugby league, he oversaw the restoration of the Storm to what was at that time its most successful level since its inception in 1998 and the club is now an NRL powerhouse. Ron also built and implemented a recovery strategy for the financially challenged Melbourne Polytechnic. Today the institute is recognised as one of the leaders in dual sector education in Australia. Ron has also held senior positions in some of the largest multinational and domestic technology organisations.

Ron is a Graduate of the AICD and has extensive Board experience across a variety of different industries. He is a former Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a former member of the International CEO Forum and held a position on the Board of Governors for the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).

Ron is married with five children and six grandchildren. He has a long history of active involvement in sport and music which includes being a member of the executive covers band Big Kahuna.

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Ben Mason
Executive Support Officer
Ben provides high level administrative and organisational support to the CEO, Board and Executive Committee (EXCO) by coordinating meetings, Board meeting preparation, travel arrangements, diary management and stakeholder communication.
Located in NSW

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Membership and Partnership

Maddie Karakaidos

Maddie Karakaidos
Member Relations
Maddie coordinates AIIA member and future member enquiries as well as providing support to the AIIA State Councils and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) by coordinating meetings, preparing agendas and keeping records of monthly meetings. Maddie thrives on pushing innovative ideas forward and encourages all contributions relating but not limited to Health, Finance, and Government issues.
Located in NSW

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Events and iAwards

Nicole Campbell

Nicole Campbell
Events and Projects
Nicole manages our brand, member communications, communications for the iAwards and annual Navigating Summit events, media liaison and social media marketing.
Located in ACT

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Elizabeth Pappalardo
iAwards Competition Manager
Elizabeth manages the competition aspects of the iAwards: nomination support, judge recruitment, and State and Federal panel selection and management for the iAwards. She also provides support for the Chief Judge and Judges Council.
Located in NSW

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Jantien te West
Marketing Communications
Jantien works on AIIA’s brand communications and the marketing of the AIIA events and iAwards program.
Located in NSW

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Policy, Advocacy and Government Relations
 
Kishwar Rahman
General Manager, Policy and Advocacy
As GM of Policy and Advocacy at the Australian Information Industry Association, Kishwar works closely with AIIA members to ensure timely engagement with governments on their policy initiatives that impact on the Information Industry sector.
A lawyer by background, Kishwar has worked across various policy, legal and program delivery roles in various Commonwealth agencies including the Department of Immigration, the Department of Finance, the Digital Transformation Agency, the Department of Defence and the Department of Industry.  Since leaving the Australian Public Service, Kishwar has worked at King and Wood Mallesons as a lawyer and as a consultant at KPMG.  Most recently Kishwar set up her own business specialising in complex procurement and digital service delivery.
Kishwar has a Masters in both eLaw and Fine Arts and is committed life long learner.  Outside work Kishwar loves climbing mountains – she has climbed Anapurna in Nepal, the Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and completed Mont Blanc Track and is also a practicing artist.
Located in the ACT

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Corporate and Finance
 

Holly Devlin
General Manager Finance and Corporate Services
As AIIA's Chief Financial Officer, Holly is responsible for our financial management, compliance, strategic financial planning, and systems.
Located in NSW

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Sinu Varghese
Financial Accountant
Sinu assists the CFO with our compliance and with all legal and regulatory requirements, including state and federal requirements for taxation, accounting, superannuation, and WHS legislation. She also assists with the preparation of our annual financial statements report, and monthly reporting to our Councils and Board. Sinu ensures that we meet the requirements of auditors and government agencies, and helps coordinate information for external auditors.

Located in NSW

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Brad Bai
Systems Administration Officer
Brad provides AIIA with IT technical support. He monitor and maintain the computer systems and networks of an organisation. He installs and configures computer systems, diagnose hardware and software faults and solve technical and applications problems, either over the phone or in person.
Located in ACT

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Ares Yang
Systems Administrator
Ares monitors and verifies the integrity and availability of all systems. He performs regular data quality check and maintenance. He manages the database system and creates, changes, and deletes user data per request. He fixes website issues and improves user experience of the website. He provides technical support to members and staff as requested.
Located in ACT

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