Niv Ahituv: Candidacy for CODATA Vice President

This is the fifth in the series of short statements from candidates in the forthcoming CODATA Elections at the General Assembly to be held on 9-10 November in Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week. Niv Ahituv is a candidate for the CODATA Executive Committee as a Vice President.  He was nominated by Israel, USA, Canada, Russia.

Niv Ahituv is a Professor Emeritus of Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University. He was a faculty member of the School from 1981 until 2011. During that period he held a number of positions: He was the founder (2003) and the Academic Director of the Institute of Internet Studies, and held the Chair for Research in Information Evaluation. From 1989 to 1994, he served as the Dean of School of Management, and from 1999 to 2002 he served as Vice President and Director General (CEO) of Tel Aviv University. In 2005 he was awarded a Life Time Achievement Award by The Israeli Association for Information Technology. From 1997 to 2011 he represented the Israeli Government in UNESCO on issues related to Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Since 2006 he represents the Israeli National Academy of Sciences and Humanities in CODATA, where he was elected as a member of the Executive Committee in 2000, and Vice President in 2014.

His main areas of interest and research: information economics, IT strategy and management, social and business implications of the Internet, privacy and IT, developing academic programs in Data Science. He has published 14 books and chapters in books, and over 60 articles in academic journals. In 1990 he was ranked third in a worldwide ranking of publications in Information Systems.

He holds degrees of B.Sc. in Mathematics, MBA, M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Information Systems Management.

Past activities in CODATA: EC Member (2000-2014), VP (2014-2018). During that period Ahituv chaired the Membership Committee and was a member of the Strategic Committee of the EC. He helped in organizing a workshop on information integration requirements for taking care of elderly people, held in Tel Aviv and sponsored by CODATA.

Niv’s contribution to the EC and CODATA relies on his practical experience in management and business strategy (serving as a Dean of the Business School and the CEO of Tel Aviv University), his academic experience in IT and Internet Studies, and his experience in international organizations. In those capacities, he can help developing and implementing strategies dealing with increasing the membership community of CODATA and its long-term strategy.

Being a faculty in a business school and IT Management, he is a “minority” in the group whose anchor lies mainly in Exact Sciences and Life Sciences. Consequently, he tries to represent the views of Social Sciences and Humanities in the EC of CODATA.

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