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Keynote Speakers

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(blue star) Professor Tom Cochrane, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support), Queensland University of Technology

(blue star) Elizabeth Eastland, Director, Innovation and Commercial Research, Research and Innovation Division, University of Wollongong

(blue star) Dr Lev Gonick, Vice President, Information Technology Services, Chief Information Officer, Case Western Reserve University

(blue star) Josh Howlett, Head, International Collaboration, JANET(UK)

(blue star) Professor William (Bill) Laurance, Distinguished Research Professor, James Cook University

(blue star) Nigel Poole, Acting Group Executive, Information Sciences, CSIRO

Biographies


Professor Tom Cochrane, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support),
Queensland University of Technology

Professor Tom Cochrane is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. The position heads a Division (approximately 500 staff) which combines the services of the Libraries, Information Technology Services, Learning Environments and Technology Services, eLearning Services and a number of other areas in the one structure. One of his roles in the University Executive is the chairing of QUT’s Information Technology Governance Committee.
 
In his current role Professor Cochrane’s external duties include Chair, Australian eResearch Infrastructure Council; Director, Australian Digital Alliance; Chair, Australian Libraries’ Copyright Committee; and Director, Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation. He is also a member of the National Research Infrastructure Council, the Board of the Queensland Museum, and the Publications Board of the CSIRO. He is a foundation Board member of the international Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS) organisation. Professor Cochrane is also a Director on the Board of the University’s commercialisation company, QUT bluebox.
 
He was co-leader of the Creative Commons project in Australia for which QUT was the institutional lead for Australia and developed the approach mandating open access for refereed research produced by the University into formal policy in 2003.

Elizabeth Eastland, Director, Innovation and Commercial Research, Research and Innovation Division,
University of Wollongong

Ms Elizabeth Eastland was appointed Director of Commercial Research and Innovation & Technology Transfer in August 2010.  In this capacity she is responsible for the Innovation Strategy at the University including contract research negotiation, business development, Cooperative Research Centres, Technology Transfer, IP strategy, and the Innovation Ecosystem.

Prior to this she was the Vice President, Strategy and Business Development with the Optics Group, Alcatel HQ, Paris, and before this General Manager, Space & Strategic Marketing with Alcatel Australia.

Elizabeth has twenty years’ experience in telecommunications Research and Development, Technical Management, Business Development, M&A and Strategic Planning, and during that time has held Senior Executive roles with Alcatel, Optus, Optus Vision, GEC Plessey and NorTel Australia and research roles at Bell Northern Research in Research Triangle Park, USA and Nun’s Island, Canada.

Elizabeth has a BA in Computer Science and Creative Writing, with Distinction from Concordia University, Montreal, and received her Executive MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW, winning both the Alumni Scholarship and Alumni Prize.  She has been the recipient of a number of awards including being Alcatel Corporate Executive in 2001 and 2002, Top 100 business women in Australia, Business Class Magazine, Dec/Jan 1999, recipient of the AGSM Alumni Prize in 1999 and the AGSM Alumni Scholarship 1998 from UNSW.

Elizabeth is currently completing her PhD in Film and Digital Arts at the Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University. She was awarded the Academic Achievement Award (dux), from the National Art School in 2010 where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has won many awards and been in several exhibitions. She was also Gold Medallist at the Canadian Tae Kwondo Championships in 1982 and 1983 and Silver Medallist at the Pan American Tae Kwondo Championships, Ecuador in1984.

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Dr Lev Gonick, Vice President, Information Technology Services, Chief Information Officer,
Case Western Reserve University

Lev Gonick is vice president for information technology services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also the founder and now Board Chair Emeritus of OneCommunity, the award winning project to create a connected community throughout Northeast Ohio through ultra broadband wired and wireless network connectivity. In 2010, Gonick and his colleagues at Case Western Reserve launched the nation's first gigabit fiber to the home research program called the Case Connection Zone.

In 2011, Government Technology awarded Lev one of their "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public-Sector Innovation." In the same year Crain's Business Cleveland named Gonick one of its "10 Difference Makers" in Northeast Ohio and Broadband Properties honored him with their Cornerstone Award for "using fiber to build an inclusive society and empower individuals." In 2010, he received recognition as "Visionary of the Year" from NATOA.


Josh Howlett, Head, International Collaboration, JANET(UK)

Josh Howlett is Janet's Head of International Collaboration, providing leadership in the overall management of Janet’s relationships with its international NREN (National Research & Education Network) peers and other international bodies of relevance to Janet’s programmes.

Previously he was responsible for the development and operation of GEANT's portfolio of User Access and Application services -- including GEANT eduroam, eduGAIN and eduCONF -- which serves GEANT's community of over 50 million users across 36 European NRENs.

Josh maintains a strong interest in participating within the development of technologies that will shape tomorrow's products and services. An active contributor to the Internet Engineering Task Force, he has previously participated in the Trusted Computing Group, OASIS and a number of technical collaborations within the research & education community.


Professor William (Bill) Laurance, Distinguished Research Professor, James Cook University

William Laurance is a Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate at James Cook University, Cairns.  His research focuses on the impacts of intensive land-uses and climate change on tropical ecosystems.  He works in the Amazon, Africa, Southeast Asia and tropical Australia, and has published five books and over 300 articles.  Prior to joining JCU, was a senior scientist with the Smithsonian Institution. 

Professor Laurance is a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and former president of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.  He has received many scientific honors including the prestigious BBVA Frontiers in Ecology and Conservation Biology Award and the Heineken Environment Prize.

Nigel Poole, Acting Group Executive, Information Sciences, CSIRO
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Nigel Poole is Acting Group Executive, Information Sciences at CSIRO. He is a member of
CSIRO’s Executive team, and reports to the Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark.

The Group he is responsible for conducts research in the areas of information and
communication technology, mathematics, informatics and statistics, and radio astronomy. It
also delivers all computing, network and data storage for CSIRO facilities around Australia.
Current priorities are delivering the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth, taking the lead
in developing a Sydney Precinct, setting up a Digital Productivity Flagship and completing
the Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, a radical new radio telescope in Murchison,
Western Australia.

Mr Poole joined CSIRO in 2002 and has had responsibility for commercialisation of new
technology and formation of start-ups, legal and intellectual property, information
management and technology, contract administration, major client relationships, and
property services. He has most recently been leading a major patent licensing and litigation
programme in the US.

Nigel was previously Group Director, Corporate Development at Goodman Fielder
Ltd, a senior consultant at McKinsey & Company, and an investment banker in both
New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Nigel has degrees in Law and Economics from the University of Otago in New
Zealand and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, where he
a facilitator for the Company Directors Course.