ACS Victoria has a new State Manager, following the appointment of Branden Goggi to the role.

Goggi moves into the position effective immediately, while previous State Manager, Michelle Bourke, moves within ACS into the role of Strategic Initiatives Executive - Membership Advisory Board.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to create the future leaders and to foster education and innovation in the industry,” Goggi said on his appointment.

He joins ACS with an extensive background in policy and insurance, having previously worked at IAG and KPMG.

He also holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Law, and is Provisional Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.

His top priority? Helping ACS to play its part in bringing gender balance to the tech sector.

“The main area of concern is the disparity in gender in the ICT industry,” he told Information Age.

“I’m looking to collaborate with the Victorian government and ICT related organisations to empower women to enter the industry.”

In December 2015, the Federal Government launched the National Innovation and Science Agenda Report, detailing technology initiatives that can help drive business growth and create jobs.

Central to this was the allocation of $13 million over the next five years towards encouraging more women to choose and stay in STEM careers.

Goggi, among others, believes that such initiatives may trigger a "female revolution in tech", and aims to “help ACS take advantage of the revolution.”

With ACS having recently announced the launch of its accelerator hub, as part of the new Barangaroo office in Sydney, Goggi wants to make sure there is still support for the start-up sector south of the border.

“We are looking to increase awareness in the marketplace and increase qualifications and certifications of ICT professionals,” he said.

“With this, hopefully we are inspiring success and assisting Australia to become an innovation hub.”

Having only recently moved to Melbourne from Sydney, Goggi is slowly adjusting to life in Victoria and is only now beginning to understand what ‘football’ the locals are talking about...