REANNZ’s Board has appointed Gerrit Bahlman as Acting Chief Executive while Nicole Ferguson is on parental leave.
Gerrit brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of specialist research and education networks. He is currently the Chair of the Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), the regional federation of national research and education networks, comparable to REANNZ. We had the pleasure of working closely with Gerrit in planning and hosting the APAN46 conference in Auckland in August.
Gerrit has recently returned to New Zealand from Hong Kong where he was the Director of Information Technology at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which is ranked 27th in the QS Asian University Rankings and 106th in the QS World University Rankings.
He is well known within New Zealand following roles within the tertiary and research sectors, including CIO at Massey University, and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Gerrit is Acting Chief Executive between 23 November 2018 and the second quarter next year.
Gerrit is looking forward to renewing acquaintances and meeting new members and stakeholders during this time.