Gerrit Bahlman has just retired from the position of Director of Information Technology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong. He took up his position in August 2009 after serving as the Chief Information Officer at Massey University in New Zealand. 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.
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 worked as a freelance writer and as a leader in the use of computers in education and administration. He has led significant change management projects in information and communication technologies including the establishment of new campuses; mergers of educational institutions and in the establishment of new systems and services in educational contexts.
He was the Director of Joint Universities Computer Centre Limited (JUCC) (July 2010 – June 2012) in Hong Kong and the Convenor of the UGC funded Information Security Task Force project. He guides the implementation of private cloud infrastructure in PolyU, the largest university in Hong Kong. Currently he is Board and Steering Committee member of JUCC, a Director of the Asia Pacific Advanced Network association, a Board member of the Trans Eurasian Information Network*CC company and is actively involved in supporting the evolution of research and teaching infrastructure in higher education.
He has been the Chair of the New Zealand Vice Chancellors Committee on IT; an Executive member of the Council of Australian University Directors of IT (CAUDIT) and completed an 8- year term as Director and Faculty member of the CAUDIT EDUCAUSE Institute. He is currently the foundation Director of the JUCC Leadership Institute and a faculty member of the ASAUDIT Leadership Institute. He was a founding member and Treasurer of the Next Generation Internet of NZ initiative to promote the establishment of an advanced research network in New Zealand and contributed to the advancement of e-Research infrastructure in New Zealand and Australia through projects such as BestGrid and RUBRIC.