Martin Bech, Deputy Director, UNI-C (DK)
Dennis Gannon, Director, XCG Cloud Engagement, Microsoft
Professor John Mattick, AO. Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University Of Queensland
Gary McLaren, Chief Technology Officer, National Broadband Network
Joe Skorupa, Vice President, Data Centre Transformation and Security Research, Gartner Research (sponsored by Hewlett Packard)
Simon Hackett, Managing Director, Internode
Martin Bech has an MSc in Electrical Engineering and has been with UNI-C since 1986, where he has been a driving force in many pioneering projects: large-scale student computing facilities, firewalls and security, parts of the first commercial Internet service in Denmark, nation-wideservices for schools in Denmark, the Danish Healthcare Network and many other projects. Today, he is Deputy Director and is responsible for the commercial IT services offered by UNI-C as well as the operation and development activities of the Danish research network, Forskningsnettet.
Dennis Gannon is Director of Applications for the Cloud Computing Futures Group. Prior to coming to Microsoft, Dennis was a professor of Computer Science at Indiana University and the Science Director for the Indiana Pervasive Technology Labs and, for seven years, Chair of the Department of Computer Science. His research interests include large-scale cyberinfrastructure, programming systems and tools, distributed computing, computer networks, parallel programming, computational science, problem solving environments and performance analysis of Grid and MPP systems. Dennis led the DARPA HPC++ project and was one of the architects of the Department of Energy SciDAC Common Software Component Architecture (CCA). He was a partner in the NSF Computational Cosmology Grand Challenge project, the NSF Linked Environments for Atmospheric Discovery and the NCSA Alliance. Dennis served on the steering committee of the GGF, now the Open Grid Forum and the Executive Steering Committee of the NSF Teragrid where he managed the TeraGrid Science Advisory Board. Dennis was the Program Chair for the IEEE 2002 High Performance Distributed Computing Conference, the General Chair of the 1998 International Symposium on Scientific Object Oriented Programming Environments and the 2000 ACM Java Grande Conference, and Program Chair for the 1997 ACM International Conference on Supercomputing as well as the 1995 IEEE Frontiers of Massively Parallel Processing. He was the Program Chair for the International Grid Conference, Barcelona, 2006 and co-chair of the 2008 IEEE e-Science Conference. While Dennis was Chair of the Computer Science Department at Indiana University, he led the team that designed the University’s new School of Informatics. For that effort, Dennis was given the School’s Hermes Award in 2006. He has published over 100 refereed articles and co-edited 3 books. Dennis received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1980 after receiving a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Davis.
John Mattick is the Professor of Molecular Biology and NHMRC Australia Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience. He obtained his BSc from the University of Sydney and his PhD in Biochemistry from Monash University. Subsequently he worked at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, the CSIRO Division of Molecular Biology in Sydney, and the University of Queensland, where he has been based since 1988. He has also spent significant periods at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Cologne and Strasbourg. He was Foundation Director of the Australian Genome Research Facility, two ARC Special Research Centres and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience. His honours and awards include the Pharmacia-LKB Biotechnology Medal of the Australian Biochemical Society, Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, the Centenary Medal of the Australian Government, the Eppendorf Achievement Award and Julian Wells Medal of the Lorne Genome Conference, the inaugural Gutenberg Professorship of the University of Strasbourg and appointment as an Officer in the Order of Australia. He was elected an Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation in 2007 and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2008. His research focus is the genomic programming of human development and cognition, using an integrated suite of theoretical, computational and experimental approaches. He has published almost 250 papers and his work has received editorial coverage in Science, Nature, Scientific American and the New York Times.
As Chief Technology Officer, Gary McLaren is responsible for scoping the technology requirements of the National Broadband Network. Mr McLaren has 25 years experience in the telecommunications industry.
He joins NBN Co from his role as lead consultant working on Australia’s National Broadband Network project for Communications Alliance, the self-regulatory body responsible for developing guidelines and policy for the Australian telecommunications industry.
Since 2004, Mr McLaren has been providing consulting services to various companies in the telecommunications and IT sectors with an emphasis on commercialisation of new technologies. Customers have included Optus, Telecom Fiji and Telecom NZ-owned AAPT. Mr McLaren’s early career included engineering roles at Telstra and Siemens.
He has degrees in Engineering and Law from the University of Melbourne.
Joe Skorupa is a research vice president in Gartner Research, where he is part of the Data Center Transformation and Security Research unit. His research focuses on maximizing application performance via advanced networking technologies, including Layer 4-7 switching, and WAN optimization. He also covers data center network convergence, fabric-based infrastructure and delivery of rich media, including video within the enterprise. In addition, Mr. Skorupa advises vendors on product, market and partnership strategies. Through extensive collaboration, Mr. Skorupa's research extends to intersections between networking and adjacent research areas, including storage, servers and data center optimization. The research covers topics including Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), I/O virtualization, and emerging data center architectures, such as cloud computing and fabric-based computers.
Mr. Skorupa has more than 25 years of experience in enterprise, service provider and storage networking. He has held a variety of engineering, marketing and analyst roles at companies such as FORE Systems, Bytex, Motorola and RHK.
RHK, VP Switching and Routing, 3 years FORE Systems, Sr. Director, Product Marketing and Management, 4 years Bytex, Sr. Director, Product Planning and Management, 4 years
Gartner Thought Leadership Award, 2005
Bachelor's degree, Indiana University
Member of IEEE
Member of the IEEE 802.3 committee for more than eight years and chaired the 802.3 Network Management Task Force for four years
Simon Hackett combines entrepreneurial energy with technical expertise in his leadership of Internode, Australia's largest privately-owned broadband company. Since 1991, Simon has built Internode into a nationally recognised Internet company that is renowned for its customer-friendly service.
Simon has been personally involved with the development of the Internet since its early days in Australia. After graduating from computer studies at the University of Adelaide in 1986, Simon was involved in the establishment of AARNet - the Australian Academic and Research Network - a national Internet Protocol-based network that connected universities throughout the country. From 1989, AARNet provided the foundation for the commercial Internet that started to transform the world of communications half a decade later. Simon was also a co-founder of the Internet Society of Australia and founding president of the South Australian Internet Association.
In 1991, Simon founded Internode, a company that since its inception has established itself as a trailblazer in Australia's innovative Internet access sector. As one of the earliest entrants in the Broadband ADSL services market, Internode has recorded strong year-on-year growth since 2000, creating a first-tier, high-capacity international broadband network while preserving the quality service that earns it strong customer retention rates.
Seven years after founding Internode, Simon launched Agile Communications, a privately owned licensed carrier that has pioneered Internet Protocol-based communications in many regional areas of Australia. Since it became the first SA-based company to gain a national telecommunications license in 1998, Agile has used IP-based technology to design and deliver new communication infrastructure that achieves price-performance points not available through traditional carrier networks.
Simon's interest in technology is as broad as it is deep. While working in the US in the early 1990s, he was involved in a fun project to create an Internet-controlled toaster. "It lets you burn the toast from halfway around the world," he jokes.
Simon is also a passionate environmentalist, leading Internode to establish itself as an award-winning corporate citizen for its environmental sustainability. In early 2009, Simon imported the world's first fully-electric supercar, the Tesla Roadster, to Australia. The Roadster's style and speed highlight Internode's green initiatives.
Simon Hackett passionately believes in the viability and value of electric vehicles. "The point of the exercise is to demonstrate that it is possible to be both green and high performance: Like a Roadster - and, indeed, like Internode," he said.
"I've been passionate about electric vehicles since I drove a GM EV-I electric car in California during the 1980s. I strongly believe that electric vehicles are the future of motoring and this is the most concrete way that I can personally contribute to educating people in Australia about just how real they are. In the Tesla, people can see what the future of cars looks like."
In August 2008, Simon received the Australian communication industry's top honour for individual achievement, the 2008 Telecommunications Ambassador award. Presented at the prestigious Communications Alliance ACOMMS Awards in Sydney, the 2008 Telecommunications Ambassador award acknowledged Simon Hackett as an outstanding individual who has shown strong leadership and made a significant and visible contribution to the Australian communications industry.
The ACOMMS08 accolade followed Simon's receipt of the 2004 The Bulletin-Microsoft Smart 100 Information Technology & Communications Award, which recognised his role as "a thinker and a doer; a businessman who proudly wears his tech-savvies on his sleeve".