ASCA farewells retiring Executive Director Paul Budde

Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) Executive Director Paul Budde has announced his retirement from the organisation.

During the past year, Mr Budde has helped drive significant growth for the organisation and was a key driver behind the development of ASCA’s Industry Board which consists of leading national and international organisations working together to establish collaborations with emerging smart cities and communities.  

“We are now reviewing the Executive Director role and are looking to expand its responsibilities to ensure ASCA continues to provide support and direction through advocacy and policy submissions, promotion of our members’ smart city successes, and a range of activities, including our annual conference,” ASCA President Michael Whereat said.

“On behalf of ASCA, we sincerely thank Paul for all his efforts to bring together our industry and business partners, and member councils to foster collaboration across our regions to collectively address smart city challenges and solutions,” Mr Whereat said.

“As a result, three Working Groups have now been established to build on this collaboration to solve the big challenges faced by our smart communities. We invite more members to join these Working Groups to continue the momentum to drive Australia’s smart city movement.”

The Working Groups are open to all ASCA members and partners, and include:

  • Standards
  • Funding and procurement
  • City Liaison

In 2016 Mr Budde also coordinated the Dutch-Australian Smart City Summit held in Sydney, which resulted in five Australian cities signing MOUs with the Global Smart City and Community Coalition (GSC3). While Mr Budde’s role ends on 31 May 2017, he will continue to support ASCA as a volunteer advisor to the Board.

Hari Kotrotsios