Paul Matthews
for the Innovation and Emerging Issues Stream

Paul Matthews is the Chief Executive of the NZ Computer Society (NZCS) and a well known leader, ICT commentator and senior IT professional based in Wellington, New Zealand.

He has been Chief Executive of NZCS, the professional body of the ICT sector, for 3 years, bringing a renewed vision and focus to the organisation and instilling a culture of action and proactive achievement. A large part of this vision has been focusing the organisation on ICT skills and professionalism including the implementation of ITCP, New Zealand’s professional certification, ICT competency framework and standard.

During this time Paul has also taken an active role in ICT education in the secondary space advocating for and contributing to a redesign of ICT education, curriculum and standards in schools throughout New Zealand. His team is also currently implementing Degree Accreditation throughout New Zealand’s tertiary community and in 2009 designed the KiwiSkills Programme, now making significant headway reducing digital illiteracy across New Zealand.