Doctoral candidate, University of Newcastle

Raju Varanasi is the Director, Data Intelligence and Chief Information Officer at Catholic Education Office, Parramatta with responsibilities that include cloud & networks, enterprise program office, applications & security, data & analytics, service desk, change management and related user services. Raju has over 25 years of experience in the Australian education system, with experience in both government and non-government sectors in Australia.

Prior to this role, Raju was the Chief Operating Officer for Education Services Australia where he led the national online services initiative, an integrated suite of digital platforms in content, collaboration, assessment, careers and publishing to meet the needs of teachers, students and parents to support the implementation of national curriculum. Raju also served as General Manager of Centre for Learning Innovation, the first ever innovation centre for public schools and TAFE in NSW Department of Education, which he led successfully for 8 years. Raju has also presented at major events organised by UNESCO, Tableau, Alteryx, Adobe and EduTech.

Raju has a Bachelor of Technology from IIT, New Delhi and MBA from IIM, Bangalore.
Raju is currently pursuing Ph.D in Education at the University of Newcastle.
His research interests data and analytics,machine learning, systemness and innovation in education systems.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Director, Catholic Education, Parramatta
  • 2016–present
    Doctoral Candidate, University of Newcastle

Honours

Australian Fulbright Scholarship 1997