Australian IPv6 Summit
Speakers and Session Chairs

The first Australian IPv6 Summit will present expert speakers from leading companies and research organisations around the world. The speakers and session chairs at the Summit will be:

image Assoc. Professor Grenville Armitage
Grenville Armitage is Director of the Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures at Swinburne University of Technology and Associate Professor in Telecommunications Engineering. His research centre is a member of the Smart Internet Technologies CRC and he currently leads a project within the CRC's Smart Networks stream.

Grenville received his PhD in 1994 from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Between 1994 and 1997 he worked in New Jersey, USA, at Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies) as a Senior Scientist in the Applied Research Division's Internetworking Research Group. From 1997 to 2001 he worked as a Member of Technical Staff in Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies (in New Jersey and California), and in 1998 was also Product Marketing Director in Lucent's then Data Networking business unit. In 2002 he returned to Australia to build the Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures.

He wrote the book "Quality of Service in IP Networks - Foundations for a multi-service Internet" (Macmillan Technical Press, April 2000) and has a number of published papers and IETF RFCs. During the 1990s he was active in the IETF's IP over ATM, MPLS and DiffServ working groups. He remains active on the IRTF's mailing lists for the End2end and Internet Measurement research groups. He chaired the ACM SIGCOMM2003 workshop on Revisiting IP QoS (RIPQOS, in Karlsruhe, Germany), co-chaired the First Australian Workshop on Network Support for Interactive Multimedia and Games (Sydney, 2004), and has served/serves on program committees for IEEE LCN 2004, IEEE TenCon 2005, ACM SIGCHI ACE 2004/2005, and PAM2006. He has also served on a funding review panel for the US National Science Foundation's Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program.

image Gunela Astbrink
Gunela Astbrink has over fifteen years of experience in disability and technology issues both in Australia and internationally. Currently, she is contracted as Policy Advisor with TEDICORE (Telecommunications and Disability Consumer Representation) and has ongoing input to government and industry reviews, inquiries and codes and standards development. She initiates issues of concern relating to disability and communication technologies.

Gunela was elected in 2000 as a Director to the Board of the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) and continues to serve into a second term. She initiated the disability component of the User Needs and User-Centred Design project with the Smart Internet Technology Cooperative Research Centre aiming to incorporate user-centred design and accessibility in the technology research programs. Gunela has worked on a range of Internet accessibility projects for government and industry both in Australia and internationally. She was an expert advisor to the development of the Irish web accessibility guidelines.

Previously, Gunela worked with the Telematics and Disability Centre of Swedish Telecom (now Telia) and was Secretary of the Nordic Forum on Telecommunications and Disability and Chair of the Information Transfer Working Group of COST 219, a European Commission Action on telecommunications and disability. She is currently the Australian member of COST 219 ter. Gunela is listed as an expert evaluator of research proposals with the European Commission. She has written many articles and given papers at Australian and international conferences on the Internet, accessibility and disability.

image Keith Besgrove
Keith Besgrove is the Chief General Manager of the Information Economy Division in the Department of Communications, Information Technology, and the Arts (DCITA) in Canberra, a position which he has held for four years.

Keith provides advice to the Australian Government on the strategic, legal and regulatory framework for the on-line economy. His responsibilities include domain names, spam, cyber-security, authentication, spyware and broadband. He is involved in various international groups including the OECD, APEC and ITU, and is responsible for research and analysis into the impact of ICT in improving productivity in Australia.

Keith is fifty four years old, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Sydney and has two adult children. He is also a graduate of the Wharton School's Advanced Management program, and has completed an Australian Government Research Fellowship into innovation programs in Israel and Singapore.

image Michael H. Biber
Mr. Biber is the CEO of an Australian consulting, education and network software distribution company, Asia Pacific Networx (APN). APN has been established for over 12 years and provides consultancy, project management, support and training in the areas of advanced technology network design, Broadband Networking, Voice and Video over IP, ASP Strategy, VPNs, LAN Interconnect, IP Networking, Voice/Video/Data Convergence, Thin Client/Server Based Computing, Windows NT/Exchange implementation and IT&T (Information Technology and Telecommunications) project management. APN is an accredited IPv6 Transition Authority and is actively involved in IPv6 strategic network planning.

APN is a leading trainer in advanced networking education. Courses include, VoIP and IP Telephony, Broadband Explained, Introduction to IP and Data Communications, IPv6, Wireless and Mobile IP, MPLS, ATM, Frame Relay, ISDN and Converged Network Design. Michael is an APEC workshop leader for Telecommunications Strategy for developing counties throughout Asia/Pacific, including Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Mr. Biber has over 30 years experience in the telecommunications industry. He worked for Telstra in Australia, Esso/Exxon in the US, Fujitsu in Australia/Japan and Digital Equipment Corporation in the US before commencing his consultancy, BiberTel Consulting Services, in 1992. BiberTel was absorbed into Asia Pacific Networx in 1996. He is the original Chair of the IPv6 Forum in Australia/New Zealand, Chair of the AARNet IPv6 Working Committee and External Relations Director of the Advanced Networking Forum Australia (ANFA). He was a founding member (1991) and is past Secretary of the Pacific Frame Relay Forum as well as past Executive Director of the Australia ATM Interest Group (the ATM Forum's representative in Australia before the creation of ANFA). He is active in the standards community. Michael was also the first Public Officer/Secretary of the Australian Communications Industry Forum (ACIF).

image Professor Tai M. Chung
Professor Chung has been a faculty member of the School of Information and Communications at Sungkyunkwan University, Korea since 1995. The University has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. There he serves as the provost of Information & Communications and directs the Information Management Technology Lab. as well. Before coming to Sungkyunkwan University, Prof. Chung had been a staff scientist of network technology department at BBN Labs., Cambridge, Massachusetts, systems manager at Waldner & Co., Oak Brook, Illinois, and research assistant at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

In 1995, he graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana with a Ph.D. in computer engineering. His thesis title was "CHaRTS : Compiler for Hard Real-Time Systems". Currently, his research interests are Information Security, Network and Information Management, and Protocols on Next Generation Networks, such as active networks, Grid networks, and mobile Internet. He has published 9 technical books and more than 200 refereed research papers. Also he has served as technical program chairs of several international conferences and workshops.

He is actively involved in professional and social activities related to his expertise. He is now vice-chair of the Working Party on Information Security & Privacy, OECD, senior member of IEEE, and vice president of Korea Information Processing Society. He also serves as a Presidential Committee member of Korean e-government, chair of information resource management committee of e-government, expert member of Presidential Advisory Committee on Science & Technology of Korea, chair of the Consortium of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), and operational committee member of IPv6 forum, Korea. He serves as a board member of Institute of Information and Technology Assessment (IITA), an advisory committee member of several public and private organizations such as the Internet Crime Investigation Center of Seoul Public Prosecutor's Office, Electronic and Telecommunication Research Institute(ETRI), SK Telecom, Handy Soft, etc.

image Narelle Clark
Narelle Clark is a data communications and Internet specialist who has been working in advanced technology areas consistently throughout her career. Back in the early days of the Australian Internet she was responsible for development and operation of university campus networks, research labs and medical and Internet software projects. A firm believer in relevant technology, she also runs an on-line parenting support group and is a member of the steering committee for the group Females in Information Technology & Telecommunications.

Now in the role of Manager, Networks Research and Development, in the new technology analysis group of Optus Networks Division, she has been a user, builder, manager and researcher of Internet networks and services since 1986. She has been an Optus employee since 1998, during which time she has played a key technical and management role in a number of major Internet projects. Prior to that she was data network manager at Vodafone, and earlier spent many years in the university sector building and operating campus networks, primarily within UTS and AARNet's NSW RNO. She holds a bachelors degree in physics, a masters in telecommunications and information systems engineering, and a graduate diploma in management.

image Ric Clark
Mr Ric Clark is the National ICT Alliance's Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for NICTA's operations, with a particular focus on commercialisation and intellectual property activities, and leads the Centre's industry development and outreach program. One of NICTA's key missions is to fund, create and commercialise intellectual property, to enable the benefits of the Centre's research to flow to the Australian community.

Mr Clark joins NICTA from Ericsson where he was Managing Director of its Research and Development Company, Ericsson Asia Pacific Lab Australia. He has acted as a Director on several ICT start-ups.

He is an active contributor to university syllabus and industry development and has been involved in various advisory groups with State and Federal Government, including the Victorian Comtechport Technical Users Group, Chipskills, the Victorian State Government ICT Advisory Group, the Federal Electronic Action Agenda Committee and Framework for ICT Future Steering Group. Mr Clark is currently a member of National Innovation Council, the Tax Concession Committee of the Commonwealth IR&D Board, and the Electronic Industry Action Agenda Advocacy Group.

image John L Crain
John is currently the Chief Technical Officer at ICANN, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ( The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an internationally organized, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions.

Prior to his time at ICANN, John worked as part of the executive management team at the RIPE NCC in Amsterdam ( The RIPE NCC is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) that provides Internet resource allocations for Europe and surrounding areas.

John has been directly involved in the administration of Internet Identifiers since his start at the RIPE NCC in 1995 and has worked in all areas of IP address administration. John also has extensive experience in the area of DNS administration and managing Internet infrastructure services. Currently he is responsible for the management of, one of the Internet's 13 "Root Servers" (

image Paul Davis
Paul Davis has been the Executive Director of GrangeNet, Australia's first 10Gbps, native IPv6 research network, for four years. Prior to joining GrangeNet he was the CTO of ac3 (the Australian Centre for Advanced Computing and Communications) and responsible for the technical development of one of Australia's foremost high performance computing centres.

Paul spent 25 years in scientific based computation, the last twelve years of which involved supercomputing. He has been Head of IT with the Biomolecular Research Institute where he built and managed several supercomputing facilities and IT Manager at CSIRO Division of Molecular Science. He was one of CSIRO's most senior divisional IT managers. Paul has an international reputation in high performance computing, having presented invited papers at conferences in the UK, Europe, Japan, Korea and USA.

image Chris Disspain
Chris was for 14 years a corporate lawyer in the U.K. and Australia, and has experience in all aspects of corporate law including public and private companies, international trading and negotiation, take over mergers and acquisitions compliance and capital raising. For over ten years he has held executive management positions and directorships in private and public companies in the U.K. and Australia. These companies have included those involved in mining, e-commerce and the Internet.

He was appointed CEO of auDA in October 2000. auDA is the self regulatory body governing the .au domain name space and managing the domain name system in Australia. Since he joined auDA it has become self-funding, introduced competition into the domain name market in .au (leading to significant price reductions), simplified the policy regime and introduced an industry code of practice.

Chris is the Chair of the Country Code Name Supporting Organisation, a body that represents the interests of and sets global policy and best practice for the 244 country codes (.au, .uk, .de etc) within ICANN (the body that governs the global domain name system). He is also a Director of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain organisation which represents county codes in the Asia Pacific region.

image Jeff Doyle
Jeff Doyle is a Senior Network Architect at Juniper Networks. Specializing in IP routing protocols, MPLS, and IPv6, he has designed or assisted in the design of large-scale IP service provider networks throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Korea, and the People's Republic of China. Jeff is the author of CCIE Professional Development: Routing TCP/IP, Volumes I and II, is an editor and contributing author of Juniper Networks Routers: The Complete Reference, and is the author of a new series of books on large-scale networking, the first of which will be released in the summer of 2003.

Jeff has presented numerous corporate seminars for Juniper Networks, and has also spoken at NANOG, JANOG, APRICOT and at IPv6 Forum conferences. Prior to joining Juniper Networks, Jeff was a Senior Network Systems Consultant with International Network Services, where he also specialized in IP routing protocol design. Jeff holds a BA from Memphis State University, and studied Electrical Engineering at the University of New Mexico.

image Professor Hiroshi Esaki
Hiroshi Esaki, Ph.D, is Professor at the University of Tokyo, Executive Director for Japan IPv6 promotion council, Director for JGN (Japan Gigabit Network), Board member for WIDE project and Director of JPNIC (Japan Network Information Center). He received B.E. and M.E. degrees from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, in 1985 and 1987 respectively, and he received a Ph.D from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1998. In 1987 he joined the Research and Development Center, Toshiba Corporation, where he engaged in research on ATM systems. From 1990 to 1991, he has been at the Applied Research Laboratory of Bellcore Inc., New Jersey (USA) as a residential researcher.

From 1994 to 1996, he was at CTR (the Center for Telecommunication Research) of Columbia University in New York (USA). During his stay at Columbia University he proposed the CSR architecture that is the origin of MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) to the IETF and to the ATM Forum. From 1996 to 1998, he has conducted the CSR project in Toshiba as a chief architect. From 1998, he has served as a professor at the University of Tokyo and as a board member of the WIDE Project (

From 1997, he has been involved in IPv6 research and development at the WIDE project. He is co-founder of a series of IPv6 special projects in the WIDE project, i.e. KAME project - IPv6 protocol stack for BSD UNIX; TAHI project - IPv6 test and evaluation specification and tools; USAGI project - IPv6 protocol stack for Linux. Regarding research/development/deployment for IPv6, he has been closely working with Prof. Jun Murai, who is a political and technical advisor for the Japanese cabinet. He is an executive director of the IPv6 promotion council, which is a cross-ministry and cross-industry council to promote the IPv6 technology. He has been responsible on the design and operation of JGN (Japan Gigabit Network) IPv6 network, since 2000.

image Mark Evans
Mark Evans is the Deputy Director for Navy Enterprise IT Services, IPv6 Transition Office, SPAWAR, the US Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. SPAWAR's workforce is comprised of about 7,500 military and civilian employees working to develop, deliver, and maintain the C4ISR, Information Technology and Space systems for the Navy and Defense Department.

image Chris Gunderson
As Executive Director, World Wide Consortium for the Grid, a research initiative sponsored by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, Chris Gunderson is responsible for creating a World Wide Consortium for the Grid (W2COG): a global network of collaborative experts committed to rapidly fielding netcentric tools for enhancing global security and peaceful commerce.

Gunderson is an associate research professor of Information Science for the Naval Postgraduate School. His research interests include enhancing effective information exchange across a network of experts. He is detailed to the Corporation for National Research Initiatives in Reston, Va., to serve as the executive director of the World Wide Consortium for the Grid research initiative.

Gunderson retired in October 2004 as a captain following 27 years' service as an oceanographer for the U.S. Navy. His most recent assignment in the Navy was commanding officer of the U.S. Navy's Fleet Numerical Oceanographic & Meteorological Center, a high-performance computing center in Monterey, Calif. Prior to his work with the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography center, Gunderson served as Deputy Oceanographer of the Navy, and was instrumental in developing Department of Defense policy aimed at enhancing information system interoperability.

image Tony Hain
Mr. Hain is currently the Senior Technical Leader, IPv6 technologies with Cisco Systems. In addition to providing guidance to the various internal product teams, he was also co-chair of the IETF working group developing IPv6 Transition tools. His IETF participation since 1987 includes a term on the Internet Architecture Board from 1997 - 2001. Named an IPv6 Forum Fellow in 2004, he is currently serving as Technology Director on the forum's North American IPv6 task force steering committee.

Prior to joining Cisco in 2001, he spent 5 years at Microsoft where his roles included Program Manager for IPv6, as well as Network Analyst for the CIO's office. Prior to Microsoft, he was the Associate Network Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy's Internet effort, ESnet. With this range of roles, spanning the space between the implementation technologists and senior management, he brings a real world viewpoint to the deployment decision process.

image Tony Hill
Tony Hill became President of the Internet Society of Australia in December 2001 having previously been the Society's first Executive Director during 2000 and 2001. ISOC-AU is the Australian Chapter of the worldwide Internet Society, which is the umbrella organisation for Internet technical standards and architecture. Over these years, ISOC-AU grew in line with the popularity of the Internet to represent more than 40,000 Australian Internet users through its organisational and individual members. Now ISOC-AU is a respected voice in policy development and public debate providing sound technical understanding of the Internet from its professional membership with a broad users perspective. Tony has been an enthusiastic user since 1994 when he established the first Internet connection into the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Tony has established his own consulting business, Capital Hill Consulting Pty Ltd, that provides high-level advice on large-scale research funding, strategic research management and challenging collaboration issues. He was formerly Manager of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program in the Department of Industry, Science and Resources. He has been involved in strategic research management since 1991. His 20-year career in the Australian Public Service has spanned seven Commonwealth agencies, including Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and working for Ministers on both sides of politics.

His academic study includes economics and geography at the undergraduate level, and a Masters of Environmental Studies. In 1994, he completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.

image Geoff Huston
Geoff Huston holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. from the Australian National University. He has been closely involved with the development of the Internet since 1989, particularly within Australia, where he was responsible for the initial build of the Internet within the Australian academic and research sector.

He is the Senior Internet Research Scientist at the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre, the Regional Internet Registry serving the Asia Pacific region. He is a member of the Board of the Public Interest Registry, the .org global registry operator. He was an inaugural Trustee of the Internet Society, and served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees from 1993 until 2001, with a term of service as chair of the Board of Trustees in 1999 and 2000.

He is an active member of the IETF, currently chairing two working groups on routing and IPv6 multi-homing. He has served as a member of the Internet Architecture Board from 1999 until 2005, and has been the IAB Executive Director from 2001 until 2005. He is the author of a number of Internet-related books, see

image Latif Ladid
Latif Ladid is Chair, European IPv6 Task Force (, President, IPv6 FORUM (, Trustee, Internet Society (, Independent Consultant and IPv6 Ready Logo Program Board ( He is a researcher on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies IST Projects: He is also a member of 3GPP PCG (, member of 3GPP2 PCG (, Vice Chair, SuperComm EntNET 2005, member of UN ICT Task Force Policy WG, member of IEC Executive Committee and member of the ITU-T Informal Forum Summit.

image Dr Kate Lance
Kate Lance studied physics at London University and holds a PhD in astronomy from the Australian National University. In 1988 she moved into the Internet world as a Unix system administrator at the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics and at the University of Newcastle. She worked from 1996 to 2000 as System Manager and Director of Internet Services at the pioneering Internet service provider Connect.

In 1996 she helped set up the Internet Society of Australia and was on the board for five years. Since 2002 she has been Executive Director of the society. She is also the author of Redbill: From Pearls to Peace - the Lifes currently and Times of a Remarkable Lugger (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2004), which won the Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Non-fiction in May 2005.

image Chris Myers
Chris Myers is the Advanced Communication Services Coordinator at GrangeNet. Chris joined GrangeNet, in Canberra, in February 2004. Prior to this he was Senior Network Engineer in ITS at Swinburne University of Technology. At GrangeNet, Chris' duties include delivery of new communication services, encouraging local and international collaborative research in advanced networking, and delivering training and training resources in advanced networking.

Chris is responsible for IPv6 and multicast service deployments on GrangeNet and also the Distributed Data Centre Mass Storage (DDCMS) Prototype Project and the Access Grid Storage System Project and the project. Chris is actively participating in the AARNet/GrangeNet IPv6 Working Group, is one of the Deputy Directors of the APAN Network Operations Center and started GrangeNet BoF Groups on Gaming and Simulation, Engineering MPLS, Lambda, Security, Measurement and Network Attached Storage (NAS).

image Henrik Petander
Henrik Petander graduated from Helsinki University of Technology in 2002. He worked there as a researcher and project manager on the development of MIPL Mobile IPv6 implementation from 2000 to July 2005.

He now works in the Networks and Pervasive Computing Program, National ICT Australia, at the Australian Technology Park Sydney, and is currently researching network mobility management.

Air Commodore David Richards
Air Commodore Richards is the Director General Information Policy and Plans, Chief Information Officer Group, Department of Defence.

image Dr Sir, Jae-Chul
Dr Sir is the Executive Director of the National Internet Development Agency of Korea, which runs the Korea Network Information Center (KRNIC). He has worked at KRNIC since 2001, previously as Planning & Management Director, and as Executive Director of the Internet Address Management Division.

He started his career in 1981 in the Army as a First Lieutenant of Artillery (ROTC 19), then moved to the Hyundai Industrial Development Company Ltd in 1983. In 1985 he worked for the Space Architecture Office (Space Group of Korea) and in 1988 became CEO of HwanShin CompuGraphic Company. From 1989 to 2001 he was Promotion & PR Director for the Information Culture Center of Korea.

Since 2003 he has been a Visiting Professor at the Hanyang Industrial Graduate School. He holds Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering, and is a Professional Engineer of IT (P.E.) and an Arbitrator of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board.

Colin Thomas
Colin Thomas is Manager, Whole-of-Government ICT Infrastructure, Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), Department of Finance and Administration. He joined AGIMO's predecessor organisation, the National Office for the Information Economy, in 2002. This followed 25 years working with Australian and ACT government agencies in fields as diverse as health, community services, vocational training, competition policy, regulatory reform, museums and heritage, e-procurement and IT service delivery management.

AGIMO is a business group within the Department of Finance and Administration which provides strategic advice, activities and representation relating to the application of ICT to Australian Government administration, information and services. Colin currently leads the Whole-of-Government ICT Infrastructure team within AGIMO. The team's responsibilities include security, sourcing, open source software, business continuity and emerging technologies.

image Professor Darrell Williamson
Professor Williamson is the Chief Executive Officer for the Smart Internet Technology Cooperative Research Centre. He has degrees in Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, and a Doctoral degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. He has held various academic appointments at the University of New South Wales, the Australian National University and the University of Wollongong. He was foundation Professor and Head of the Department of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology, ANU and then Dean of the Faculty.

Later he became Chief Executive Officer for the Cooperative Research Centre in Advanced Computational Systems, and subsequently, Director of the Telecommunications & Information Technology Research Institute at the University of Wollongong. Professor Williamson has held visiting appointments at various universities in Europe and the USA, and has published widely in the fields of telecommunications, signal processing and control. He has served on various CRC Boards and advisory committees including the Information Industries Development Board of the ACT Government and the National Advisory Committee of Item3 Pty Ltd.

image Paul Wilson
Mr. Paul Wilson was appointed Director-General of the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) in August 1998, bringing with him some 10 years of technical and business experience in the Internet industry. In 1989, Mr. Wilson became a founding staff member at Pegasus Networks, the first private ISP to be established in Australia. During a period of 8 years as Technical Director and then CEO, he oversaw the successful growth of the company as a renowned service provider in Australia.

During this time he also worked on Internet projects in many developing countries, as a consultant to the United Nations and other international agencies. In particular he assisted the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) with their Pan-Asia Networking (PAN) Programme, in support of projects in Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, PNG and China. In several of these countries, his work helped to introduce Internet services for the first time.

APNIC is the Regional Internet Address Registry for the Asia Pacific, administering resources which are critical to the Internet's growth and stability. Since Mr. Wilson joined APNIC in 1998, the APNIC Secretariat has grown from 6 to 45 staff, and now serves over 1,000 of the largest ISPs in the Asia Pacific region.

image Chris Wright
Chris designed, configured and managed the construction of the current AusRegistry .au EPP Registry system on an open source Linux platform, which is to date the only Registry system in the world to feature "real time" dynamic DNS updates. He is charged with the ongoing operation and maintenance of the .au registry and its associated DNS and WHOIS services.

Chris has vast experience with Registry and open source software development. Prior to becoming the .au Registry operator, AusRegistry was a well-established, ICANN accredited domain Registrar for whom Chris designed and managed the infrastructure, Registry-Registrar interface systems and registration system. Chris has consulted and given many presentations to various Australian government departments and international forums on Registry principles and Registry management. Chris has a degree in Computer Science and extensive experience as a network engineer and software developer.