Michael Sheehan, a former CIO from Christchurch, New Zealand, has been appointed the Executive Director of CIOs Without Borders, an international nonprofit organisation consisting of over 600 Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and senior technologists from various parts of the world who volunteer their time and expertise for the cause of human upliftment and sustainable development goals.
CIOs Without Borders, which was founded by Atefeh Riazi, the present Assistant Secretary General and Chief Information Technology Officer of the United Nations, is involved in advocacy for policy changes to reduce impact of e-waste on the environment supporting circular economies.
The organisation was formed with a premise to reduce the negative impact of technology on developing countries. “At that stage I was concerned when I witnessed the impact eWaste was having and decided to form an organisation to tackle the problem. It didn’t take long to realise we were limiting ourselves. Why just reduce the negative impact of technology, when we can bring it to bear as a tool for good?”, says Atti Riazi.
The appointment of Michael brings in a new dimension to CIOs Without Border with his experience at various organisations across finance, healthcare and Agritech, Mr Sheehan has been a member of CIOs Without Borders for over six years and most recently headed the organisation’s Oceania Directorate. He will report to a Board chaired by Atti Riazi.
“It is important for all of us to take responsibility for how we take care of each other and be accountable for the planet and all the life on it. With the opportunity to lead CIOs Without Borders I have the chance to apply my professional leadership and technology skills to the not-for-profit sector. I will do my best in making a real and practical contribution to social and environmental sustainability in areas of the world where it is most needed” says Michael.
CIOs Without Borders brings the global IT community together to apply technological solutions to problems faced by the underserved countries around the globe. “Technology has evolved so much and so rapidly and even though technology can present challenges there is enormous potential to use technology for good in far more scenarios than ever before,” says Michael.