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Harish Pillay is the immediate past president (2013-2015) of the Internet Society Singapore Chapter and is currently in-charge of External Engagements of the Chapter. In 2005 he was made a Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society and was also inducted into the Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers by the College of Engineering, Oregon State University.
Harish has been with Red Hat Asia Pacific in Singapore since 2003 and has held many roles and is currently focussed on working with the global open source community as well as engaging with CxOs and government technology policy makers around policy formulation, adoption and direction setting.
He has been a long time proponent of the use and expansion of the Internet and the technology behind it. His initial experience with the Internet, then known as ARPAnet, was when he was in graduate school in 1985 in Oregon State University. His MSEE thesis centered around the creation of a TCP/IP stack for the then MS OS/2 operating system (tinyurl.com/HarishPillayThesis). He was one of the main organizers of the inaugural APRICOT conference in 1996 held in Singapore.
Harish holds a MSEE and a BSCS from Oregon State University and has completed courses on International Arbitration from the Law School, National University of Singapore.