You saw the interview with Leon Strous in IT Manager Connection and I wanted to provided an update from their news release. I had the good fortune to be invited to the World Computing Congress (WCC) where I chaired the panel session on IT Professional Certification with luminary panellist and audience  participation from six continents. In addition, I was able to congratulate Leon on his new presidency. Watch for an update interview with Leon here in IT Manager Connection.

I had earlier blogged about the global industry council and the panel session so this provides an opportunity to provide an update on this as well. The very positive feedback on the IP3 Global Industry Council , the first of its kind (part of the UN-founded, UNESCO-sanctioned IFIP body), and the WCC IP3 Day panel session and panellists, was exceptional, uniform and global. In September, I blogged about two of the invited expert panel members: John Oxley of Microsoft Canada and Graham Watson of Microsoft Redmond, who very much demonstrated their expertise at the panel session. The demonstration of deep insight was very evident for all panellists. Interviews have appeared with many of the other expert panel members: Jeff Kempiners VP Avanade, Joanne Wong Network Academy Manager CISCO, Alex Lin CEO ChinaValue, Tan Moorthy VP InfoSys,  Jacques Lapointe Engineering Manager CISCO, Ashwin Kini Chair-elect GITCA and Graham Jones Chairman Global Board GITCA.

Regards,

Stephen Ibaraki

---- IFIP News Release ---
IFIimageP, the International Federation for Information Processing, announces that on 26 September 2010, mr Leon Strous (right) from the Netherlands, took over from professor Basie von Solms (left) from South Africa as the new President of IFIP for the period from September 2010 to September 2013. The change of presidency took place at the end of the General Assembly meeting in Brisbane, Australia, following the very successful IFIP World Computer Congress (WCC) 2010.

Among a number of other changes in officers at the General Assembly, IFIP specifically wants to mention the change in Honorary Secretary. After eleven years of hard work in this task by dr Roger Johnson from the UK, this role is now taken over by professor Maria Raffai from Hungary. IFIP thanks all the outgoing officers for their contributions.

Upon his installation the new president expressed his gratitude for the trust that IFIP has put in him for his term as president and he is looking forward to an active relationship with all the member societies and their representatives, the technical committees and their working groups and all other volunteers involved in IFIP.

IFIP in its jubilee year is looking back at a history of 50 years but is certainly also looking forward to the future. Changes that have been started some years ago will be continued in order to adequately react to changes in the world. For some views of the new President, addressing the five strategic goals of IFIP, see
- ITU interview: http://www.itu.int/net/newsroom/wtdc/2010/videos/index.aspx
- The next ten years: http://www.ifip.org/images/stories/ifip/public/Archive/50thanni/c01-strousthe%20next%20decade.pdf
- See also the transcript of the tele-interview of mr Strous with Stephen Ibaraki in September 2009.

About the new president
Mr Strous is an IT Auditor employed by De Nederlandsche Bank, which is the Dutch central bank. He has been a Vice-President of IFIP from 2007 – 2009 and the President-elect from 2009 – 2010. From 2001 – 2007 he has been the chair of IFIP’s Technical Committee 11 covering the aspect of Information Security. He is the national representative in IFIP for the Dutch Computer Society (NGI).

About IFIP
The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) is a non-governmental, nonprofit umbrella organization for national and regional societies working in the field of information processing. It represents societies from 55 countries and geographic regions who together have a membership of more than 700.000 individuals. IFIP organises about 100 conferences annually and links more than 5.000 scientists and professionals from academia, government and industry in 13 Technical Committees and about 100 Working Groups. See www.ifip.org

The new composition of the Executive Committee and also a full overview of all member societies and technical committees and working groups can be found on
- http://www.ifip.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=39
- http://www.ifip.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=36
- http://www.ifip.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=38