FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3, 2020
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Fairfax, Virginia: At its Board of Directors meetings on December 1, 2020, the World Information Technology and services Alliance (WITSA) voted on a new slate of officers for the 2020-2020 term.
Joining WITSA’s Chairman, Mr. Yannis Sirros, Mr. Sean Seah representing the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) was elected WITSA’s Deputy Chairman, who will serve in the absence of the Chairman, assuming all appropriate responsibilities. WITSA also elected eight Regional Vice Chairmen, who will be WITSA’s front-line representatives in their respective regions as well as conduits for new members joining WITSA.
Additionally, WITSA established two new committees that will be crucial to WITSA’s future: The Business Development Committee (BDC) and the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC).
Mr. Brian Shen of the Information Service Industry Association of Taiwan (CISA) will chair the Business Development Committee, which will be responsible for identifying new streams of revenue such as regional events, new memberships, grants and supporting existing WITSA programs, to include educational offerings, WITSA’s Business Excellence Certification program, WITSA’s Global Partnership programs, WITSA’s World Congress on IT, and other related activities with the express purpose of sustaining existing sources of WITSA’s revenue and creating new revenue sources in the near and long term in order to ensure WITSA’s financial sustainability.
Mr. Santiago Gutierrez of the Mexican National Chamber of Electronics, Telecoms and IT Enterprises (CANIETI) will chair the new WITSA Strategic Planning Committee, which is responsible for increasing the global brand of WITSA as the Voice of the Global ICT Industry, contributing to WITSA’s long-term sustainability, establishing and implementing strategies for WITSA increase its relevant and valuable to WITSA members around the world.
Ms. Angela Mondou, the CEO & President of TECHNATION Canada, will Chair WITSA’s Global Policy Action Committee (GPAC), with a particular responsibility to ascertain and promote important issues affecting the global use of ICT as it relates to government policies.
Mr. Sean Seah of PIKOM, Malaysia, was re-elected as Chairman of WITSA’s Finance Committee, which is to oversee financial planning, prepare annual budgets for board approvals, financial management, ensure assets are protected, and the drafting of fiscal policies.
Dr. Boris Komrakov of InfoPark, Belarus, was re-elected to lead WITSA’s Committee on Education, Training and Human Resources, which is responsible for understanding the problems, issues and roadblocks contributing to the shortage of ICT workers as they relate to education and training; identifying programs, curriculum, best practices, and opportunities as they apply to addressing the problems of the global ICT worker shortages.
Finally, Eng. Tarek Abd-elmonem Taha of the Egyptian Information Telecommunications, Electronics and Software Alliance (EITESAL), was elected Chairman of WITSA’s Nominating Committee, which is tasked with soliciting candidates for WITSA’s Board of Directors and Chairman.
“On behalf of the WITSA Secretariat, I wish to congratulate the new WITSA Officers upon their successful election”, said Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “We look forward to working with the new leadership to take WITSA to the next level”.
A list of the newly elected WITSA officers is provided below. WITSA also recently elected a new Chairman and Board of Directors for the 2020-2022 term. Please see that press release on the WITSA website at https://witsa.org/witsa-elects-new-leadership-for-the-2020-22-term-selects-mr-yannis-sirros-as-its-first-chairman-from-europe/.
Mr. Yannis Sirros (SEPE Greece)
Mr. Sean Seah, The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM)
Regional Vice Chairman for Africa:
Mr. Matthias Ifesieh, ITAN, Nigeria
Regional Vice Chairman for Middle East and North Africa:
Eng. Tarek Abd-elmonem Taha, EITESAL, Egypt
Regional Vice Chairman for Europe (EU & EEA):
Mr. Julian David, techUK, United Kingdom
Regional Vice Chairman for Europe (Non-EU):
Mr. Zoran Lazarevski, MASIT, Republic of North Macedonia
Regional Vice Chairman for Latin America:
Mr. Alberto Patron, CESSI, Argentina
Regional Vice Chairman for North America:
Ms. Angela Mondou, TECHNATION, Canada
Regional Vice Chairman for Asia-Pacific:
Mr. Md. Shahid-Ul-Munir, BCS, Bangladesh
Mr. Sean Seah (PIKOM, Malaysia)
Global Policy Action Committee:
Ms. Angela Mondou (TECHNATION, Canada)
Committee on Education, Training and Human Resources:
Dr. Boris Komrakov (InfoPark, Belarus)
Eng. Tarek Abd-elmonem Taha (EITESAL, Egypt)
Strategic Planning Committee:
Mr. Santiago Gutierrez (CANIETI, Mexico)
Business Development Committee:
Mr. Brian Shen (CISA, Taiwan)
The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.
WITSA hosts the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), the premier global industry sponsored ICT conference.
WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues.
For more information on WITSA, please visit www.witsa.org