Gerrit Willem Bahlman is currently the Deputy Chair of the Asia Pacific Advanced Network having just completed his term as Chair. He is the Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors of the Trans-Eurasia Information Network Cooperation Centre ( TEIN*CC) and a member of the Steering Committee.
Gerrit has served as a Chief Executive Officer and Chief Information Officer in several different organisations and countries. He was the interim CEO of REANNZ in 2018/19, and was the Director of Information Technology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong for 8 years and the Chief Information Officer at Massey University in New Zealand for 20 years.
He has been the Director and Board member of the Joint Universities Computer Centre ( JUCC ) in Hong Kong and a JUCC Steering Committee Member. He is the inaugural Director of the JUCC Leadership Institute which is residential event with faculty and members from Hong Kong, China, Australia, the United States and New Zealand.
Gerrit holds postgraduate qualifications from Canterbury University in New Zealand and has taught and held senior management roles in Education; worked as a consultant in information technology and in international aid with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has been involved in the strategic planning, development, management and design of teaching and learning, research, communications and administrative support systems and structures in Universities since 1986. He was awarded the Hong Kong CIO of the Year Award in 2016 and currently lives in Omokoroa in New Zealand.