Riz Ahmad - Master of Information Technology - 2000

Manager Technology Development at ABC

When Riz Ahmad moved to Australia from Pakistan in 1997 he chose CSU to study his second undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Information Technology, at the University’s Wagga Wagga Campus. This quickly morphed into also studying his Master of Information Technology and a successful career leading companies in their technology development

Riz is now Manager Technology Development at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where he manages a team of 40 technology staff and IT projects for the national broadcaster.

Manager Technology Development at ABC

When Riz Ahmad moved to Australia from Pakistan in 1997 he chose CSU to study his second undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Information Technology, at the University’s Wagga Wagga Campus. This quickly morphed into also studying his Master of Information Technology and a successful career leading companies in their technology development

Riz is now Manager Technology Development at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where he manages a team of 40 technology staff and IT projects for the national broadcaster.

Here Riz explains that a career in IT means every day offers up a new challenge.

Most people in my family went to university... so it was understood I was going to go as well. I was the first to come to Australia, though, and have not looked back since.

As a child, I was most curious about... trying to repair things around the house. I was not always successful but I was very keen to look under the hood and see how things operate.

I chose CSU because… of the location as well as it being the most cost effective option at the time.

My best experience at CSU... was some of the teachers I was privileged to work with - Ken Eustace, Geoff Fellowes, Irfan Altas and our Dean, Jim Pratley, to name just a few. I was inspired by them. Especially when the chips were down, they gave me great advice that kept me going.

Today I’m motivated… by the challenges presented to us by such a rapid change in technologies and us making the best of it. Every day is a new challenge, so when you get to the end of a project and people start to realise benefits it provides a massive sense of achievement and satisfaction.

In my profession it is important to… stay calm, keep perspective and deal with any challenges methodically and professionally. 

I never dreamed I would… be where I am now. I owe it to my parents for their support and prayers.

In the future I’d like to… add value to society by doing something where I could make a difference in people’s lives. If someone remembers you long after you are gone, in good terms, I think that life is well spent.

The best piece of advice I ever received... there is always a bright morning waiting for you as long as you are patient and sensible.

The single-most important issue in the world is… tolerance towards others.

The thing I wish I had done but never got around to... is to go travelling for a while. There are so many amazing places to visit. 

One last thing... life is too short to keep a grudge or anger. Letting it go is most liberating.


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