Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Hosted by


Endorsed by



Speakers and Session Chairs

(May be subject to change)

The Australian IPv6 Summit 2008 will present expert speakers from leading companies and research organisations around the world. Speakers and session chairs will include:

image Karl Auer (Chair)
Karl Auer, BA(ANU) GDAC(CQU), is a director of Nullarbor Consulting and Technical Manager of IPv6Now. He has worked in IT for well over twenty years. He founded one of the first and largest Internet Service Providers in the Australian Capital Territory. He was the founding Vice President of the Internet Society of Australia. He has extensive experience in analysis, design, programming, network support, network administration and network management, including five years at the Australian National University and eight years with the Data Communications group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

image Michael Biber
Michael Biber is founder and current President of the IPv6 Forum Downunder and was Chair of the AARnet IPv6 Working Group. During 1998-2005, Michael Biber was the Executive Director of the Advanced Networking Forum Australia (ANFA). This group managed the MPLS Forum, ATM Forum and Frame Relay Forum representation in Australia. Michael was the first Public Officer of the Australian Communications Industry Forum (now Comms Alliance), the telecommunication industry self-regulatory body. Michael leads strategic architecture projects for large, complex carrier and enterprise network solutions. These range from regional/rural broadband network to dedicated government and enterprise networks throughout Australia and internationally. Michael is a lead technology trainer and presents at numerous national and international technology conferences. He is an Associate with IPv6Now and is also a Senior Consulting Engineer with Gibson Quai-AAS in Sydney.

image Vint Cerf
Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world. Cerf is the former senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI. In this role, Cerf was responsible for helping to guide corporate strategy development from the technical perspective. Previously, Cerf served as MCI's senior vice president of Architecture and Technology.

Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. The Turing award is sometimes called the 'Nobel Prize of Computer Science.' In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work. The medal is the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April 2008, Cerf and Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize.

Vint Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007. Cerf also served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and in 1999 served a term as chairman of the Board. In addition, Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the Annenberg Center for Communications at USC and the National Academy of Engineering.

Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet. He also holds an appointment as distinguished visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is working on the design of an interplanetary Internet. Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA. He also holds honorary Doctorate degrees from institutions world-wide. His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking and science fiction. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966 and have two sons, David and Bennett.

image Narelle Clark
Narelle Clark is a data communications and Internet specialist who has been working in advanced technology areas consistently throughout her career. Most recently in the role of Manager, IP R&D, 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 Peter Dale
Peter Dale is Acting Branch Manager, Strategic Directions, Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), Department of Finance and Deregulation. Peter has worked in the Australian Government for over 25 years. During these years he has worked predominantly in Information and Communications Technology and Information Management roles. In 2003, he joined the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) as its Chief Information Officer. Following AGIMO's move to the Department of Finance and Deregulation, he has been responsible for work on Skills and Emerging Technologies. In his current role, Peter is responsible for whole of government work on IPv6, ICT skills programs, ICT governance committees and e-government policy.

Ross Dungavell
Ross Dungavell has worked for CSIRO for over 20 years in a variety of IT roles, ranging from Numerical Analysis and High Performance Computing to Network Operations Manager. Ross is the technical architect of CSIRO's current national network and has seen the implementation, use and retirement of several generations of network technology. He started work when DECNet Phase IV and X.25 were the protocols of choice and has seen the organisation go from 9600 Baud DDS and X.25 inter-site and 9600 baud serial intra-site links, to 10 Gigabit inter-site and gigabit to the desktop networks. Ross currently works with various embedded systems, specialist scientific applications and e-Research projects.

Peter Elford (Chair)
Peter Elford is a fifteen-year veteran at Cisco Systems and as the Public Sector Solutions Architect is responsible for articulating an architectural approach to how networked technologies can provide positive outcomes for Australia public sector agencies. Prior to taking up this position in early 2007, Peter held roles as the Federal Region Manager, responsible for Cisco's engagements with the Australian Federal sector, as a Corporate Consulting Engineer working on residential broadband solutions and a range of activities related to network security, and as both a Technical Marketing Engineer and Systems Engineer. Prior to joining Cisco Systems in February 1993 he worked for three years at the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet), where he had responsibility for much of the hands-on engineering for the embryonic Australian Internet. Peter holds a BSc (Hons) from the Australian National University.

Kempei Fukuda
Kempei Fukuda is Director, IP Engineering, Global Business Division, NTT Communications Corporation. He joined NTT in 1989, having worked for major projects related to Internet business since 1993. Kempei has participated in major projects such as the Implementation and Operation of Inter-Ministry Research Network (IMnet) from 1994 through 1997, and designed the first global Internet backbone for NTT in 1997. Kempei then moved to New York and worked there between 1997 and 2002. He managed projects such as the implementation and operation of the NTT Global Internet Backbone Service, Global peering coordination for GEMnet (NTT's global R&E network), and overseas implementation and peering coordination for SINET. With the acquisition of Verio in 2000 and the completion of the network merger in 2002, he returned to Japan and continued with the operations of the global Internet backbone. He also worked for the NTT Global Business Strategy Office from 2004 to 2007. As of today, he is responsible for the design, implementation, and operations of the Global IP Network Service (GIN).

image Simon Hackett
Simon Hackett is one of Australia's best-known technology entrepreneurs. As managing director of national broadband trailblazer Internode, Simon leads Australia's largest privately owned broadband company. Established in 1991, Internode has more than 140,000 broadband customers and 330 employees, a carrier-grade international telecommunications network and a range of value-added broadband services. Simon leads Internode with a unique combination of technical insight and entrepreneurial energy. While renowned for its customer-friendly service, Internode constantly pushes back the boundaries of broadband innovation. In 2005, Internode was the first Australian company to launch commercial ADSL2+ broadband. In 2007, the company pioneered ADSL2+ Annex M services. In July 2008, Internode became the first national ISP to offer its customers direct access to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) as part of its standard service.

In August 2008, Simon's achievements were acknowledged with the Telecommunications Ambassador award from the Communications Alliance. This annual award recognises an outstanding individual who has shown strong leadership and made a significant and visible contribution to the Australian communications industry. Simon won the Bulletin-Microsoft Smart 100 IT & Communications Award in 2004 and was an SA winner in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 2005. Simon is also a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.

image Tony Hill (Chair)
Tony Hill became President of the Internet Society of Australia in 2001, having previously been the Society's first Executive Director. ISOC-AU is the Australian Chapter of the worldwide Internet Society, the umbrella organisation for Internet technical standards and architecture. Over recent years, ISOC-AU has grown 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 and professional understanding of the Internet with a broad users' perspective. Tony runs his own consultancy, Capital Hill Consulting Pty Ltd, to provide high-level advice on large-scale research funding, strategic research management and challenging collaboration issues. His academic study includes economics and geography at the undergraduate level, a Masters of Environmental Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.

Tony was chair of the Australian National ICT Industry Alliance from 2005 to 2007. He has been leading the discussion of IPv6 in Australia as chair of the ISOC-AU IPv6 Special Interest Group, and chair of the steering committee for the Australian IPv6 Summit. In 2007 he jointly founded IPv6Now to support uptake of the next generation of Internet technology.

Andrew Howard
Andrew joined The Australian National University in 2006. He has worked in a variety of roles and has many years of hands on technical, diplomatic and logistics experience covering a wide range of standard and bespoke technologies, languages and applications within Industry, Government and Academia nationally and internationally. Andrew participates both individually and as a representative of the ANU in a number of international groups and forums including: Internet2 BigVideo working group, Internet2 Joint Techs, Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) Program Committee, APAN Medical working group, APAN High Definition video working group, APAN Network Engineering group, Microsoft Research and the Opencast project group.

His current role as Manager Advanced Communications Research within the Networks and Communications group of The Australian National University sees him informing the evaluation, development and implementation of contemporary communications facilities to ensure ANU staff and students enjoy access to a converged campus network which supports world class teaching and research. For fun, Andrew enjoys full contact martial arts, combat pistol shooting, riding his Harley Davidson and collecting tattoos.

image Geoff Huston
Geoff Huston has been working in the Internet for ages. He started up the Australian Academic and Research Network a couple of eons ago and was given a 10 year sentence to toil in the underground bunkers at Telstra as a result. Upon his release he has been working as APNIC's Chief Scientist. He's been around Internet organizations a fair bit, having been on the Internet Architecture Board, on the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society, and currently he co-chairs a couple of IETF working groups on BGP security and IPv6 multi-homing. He writes a bit, plays with routing a bit and sometimes talks a bit about all the other bits.

image Kevin Karp
Kevin Karp, B.E.(Hons), B.Sc, GradDipSIA, is a director of IPv6Now and the founder and Managing Director of PPS Internet. He has over 25 years of experience in board level commercial management of ICT and investment industry enterprises. In 1995 PPS established Semper.Net, one of Australia's first Internet managed services networks. In 2007 Kevin negotiated and directed PPS's acquisition of StudentNet, Australia's oldest schools education network, and jointly founded IPv6Now. He is a founding member and Secretary of the Internet Society of Australia, a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

Atif Khan
Atif Khan is currently working as a Senior Product Manager at Juniper Networks in JUNOS software group. He is responsible for managing and driving new feature developments for software programs. Prior to Juniper, he worked as a Product Manager in IP networks division at Alcatel, responsible for managing IPv6 and MPLS strategy/implementation on Alcatel's 7750 Service Router. Prior to joining Alcatel, he spent 3 years at Procket Networks and eight years at Cisco Systems in various technical positions. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

image Latif Ladid
Latif Ladid holds the following positions: President, IPv6 FORUM, Chair, European IPv6 Task Force, Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society, Board Member IPv6 Ready Logo Program,and Board Member World Summit Award.

He is a Senior Researcher at the University of Luxembourg on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies IST Projects: 6INIT, - First Pioneer IPv6 Research Project; 6WINIT,; Euro6IX,; Eurov6,; NGN,:; Project initiator SEINIT,, and Project initiator SecurIST,

Latif is a Project Member of the Safety EU projects: u2010:; IRMA; and Public Safety Communication Europe: He is also a Member of 3GPP PCG (, 3GPP2 PCG (, UN ICT Task Force Policy WG, IEC Executive Committee, ITU-T Informal Forum Summit, and Vice Chair EntNET,

image Dr Kate Lance (Chair)
Kate Lance, BA BSc PhD, is Communications Director of IPv6Now. She has worked in Internet technology for twenty years as a Unix system administrator. She was System Manager and Director of Internet Services at the pioneering ISP Connect. She helped found the Internet Society of Australia and was its Executive Director from 2002 to 2006, which led to her involvement in IPv6. She also creates websites and writes – her history of the charmed life of a pearling lugger, Redbill: From Pearls to Peace, won the Western Australian Premier's Book Award 2004 for Non-Fiction. Her next book, a biography of Alan Villiers, will be published in 2009.

image Cheryl Langdon-Orr (Chair)
Cheryl Langdon-Orr is Honorary Treasurer of the Internet Society of Australia. She is a Director in several associations and a NFP company interested in Global Trade and SME growth facilitated by Internet use, under the auspices of UNCTAD. Her focus and ongoing interests are consumer and end-user focused (she currently represents ISOC-AU in the ACIF Consumer Advisory Council) with a keen interest in policy development, access, outreach and regulatory issues. She is a Demand Class Member of auDA, having been recently re-elected as a Board Member for her second term of office. Previously she have worked on several auDA Policy Advisory Panels, and is the current Chair of the Domain Name Industry Code of Practice Committee.

John Mann
Graduating from Monash University in 1980, John Mann spent 3 years in Canberra programming an OSI-model network for the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Since returning to Monash to work as a VMS system administrator, he has pioneered much of the networking at Monash. John has worked on re-creating, improving and expanding the Monash network every few years using each new wave of networking technology from 2400 bit/s X.25 up to WDM and 10 Gbit/s Ethernet, and network protocols from home-made, DECnet and NetWare to TCP/IP. John was responsible for Monash's central e-mail hub for 15 years, and is still responsible for the DNS, IP addressing and routing. He is currently involved hands-on with various higher-level network management, security, and e-Research projects.

image David Rubal
Mr. Rubal leads Cisco's Federal Partner Systems Engineering organization. David's team of 50 engineers provides innovative solutions with Federal partners to US Government agencies. An accomplished executive with more than 28 years in telecommunications, technology standardization and complex enterprise architectures, David's leadership and vision has guided commercial, enterprise, service provider, and Federal government agencies through the challenges of service oriented, multi-layer IP-centric networking. In the industry, Dave played leadership roles in early Internet technology development as a technical contributor to ATM Forum and IETF standards and specifications, published Cisco white papers on voice signaling, and wrote technical content on ATM, SMDS, and Frame Relay published by M&T Books. He has held notable technology leadership positions with Bell Atlantic, Timeplex, FiberCom, and Fiberlink Communications.

An early CCIE at Cisco, David held Systems and Consulting Systems Engineering positions supporting large enterprise customers and service providers, specialized in VoIP and Multi-service WAN switching solutions. As Product Manager, David successfully introduced Cisco's initial IP Centrex offering to the industry resulting in new revenue streams and strategic Cisco AVVID ecosystem solution partnerships. David gained CISSP certification in June 2006. David is a leader in the public IPv6 community as a member of the IPv6 Forum as well as the North American and Mid-Atlantic IPv6 Task Forces. An recognized visionary in next generation Internet and Enterprise Architectures, David is regularly featured as a speaker and panelist in industry events. In November 2007, David was featured on WTOP Radio's Federal segment "IPv6: The Plain Truth" that aired in Washington, DC. A thought leader in partner strategies, David is responsible for the US & Canada Channels Theater in Cisco's Worldwide IPv6 Task Force. In this role, he and the team of business, product and technology leaders are guiding Cisco through the global IPv6 transition.

Margot Schelling
Ms Margot Schelling MBA (Prof), Grad Dip Eng, Grad Cert Electronics, Dip OHS, Cert IV Assessment & Training, Member AFCEA. Margot is the program manager for the Tactical Information Exchange Integration Office Internet Protocol Simulation Test Evaluation and Experimentation Lab, better known as TIPSTEEL, which aims to support defence network migration to IPv6, both in the strategic and tactical environments. It also has a role in testing scenarios for projects to determine their migration to and the impacts of IP within their specific target areas. She brings to this position extensive military communications experience gained through 25 years in the Royal Australian Navy where she started as a communications technician, working on RF, encryption and military specific communications equipment and systems and then moved her way up through the ranks to become a Weapons Engineering Officer prior to discharge.

Through her time in Defence, Margot has been involved in the migration of military communications from military specific equipments in an RF environment to an IP networking environment using satellite and other connecting mediums. On leaving the RAN she moved to industry where she became the General Manager Technology for Longreach Group. Margot was headhunted to her current role in TIPSTEEL and to work through its implementation due to her understanding of communications, information, and C2 system and networks, coupled with her test and evaluation experience in both military and commercial environments. Since joining the team in 2007, TIPSTEEL has completed baseline testing, process and test development and is now operational and conducting testing in support of specific questions and requirements.

Jason Sinclair
Jason Sinclair is Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, PIPE Networks. As COO, Jason is responsible for PIPE's technical operations, overseeing the delivery of core products and internal provisioning, customer service and quality systems. Jason has over 13 years experience and success in providing technical, operational, strategic and business leadership in the information technology and telecommunications industry. He has held a variety of senior operational roles in leading ISPs and carriers, including Access One, Ozemail, Powertel, Pacific Internet and Dodo.

With a strong interest in convergent technologies and telecommunications, Jason is a published author with titles in the areas of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), routing protocols and Cisco Certifications. Jason is currently completing his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Southern Cross University and has achieved numerous vendor certifications including Cisco's CCIE certification, the highest level of Cisco certification that can be achieved. Jason strongly believes in the concept that technology should be an enabling evolution, with a long held passion for simplifying and de-mystifying its various applications in our day to day life.

Aaron Smith
Aaron Smith, Dip Net Eng, Dip R&D, Dip PM, Cert IV Bus Manage., is the Network Engineer attached to TIPSTEEL, and responsible for the configuration management and network test design for tasks assigned to TIPSTEEL. Aaron brings eight years of experience in defence strategic network operations, including project management and network design and deployment. In Aaron's spare time, he is involved in intra and internet application research and development, and brings this experience and skill in support of application testing within TIPSTEEL. The current tasking within TIPSTEEL, bringing mobile IP to an Army Scenario, is providing a exciting challenge to Aaron's knowledge and experience and makes TIPSTEEL an interesting and stimulating work environment for any network engineer to be part of.

image András Tóth
András Tóth has been involved in the communication business for three decades, mostly as an Ericsson employee working with many type of data-, tele- and mobile-communication systems. He holds an MScEE from Budapest University of Technology, Hungary. He has experience from many aspects of product development, has been involved in different research areas working as project manager, and lately as research coordinator/manager. He gained extensive international experience thanks to his multicultural background, through several assignments within Ericsson's global organisation, as being the Ericsson Coordinator of ATcrc (Australia), 6WINIT, a successful 5FP-IST project which demonstrated IPv6 over 3G network for the first time. Under his coordination the RUNES project was recently concluded with excellent results, one was the IPv6 demonstration in resource-constrained Networked Embedded Systems. He is currently the Project Coordinator for EFIPSANS, an EU FP7 integrated project focused on Autonomic Networking and Services in general, prototyped/demo'd over IPv6-based networks.

image Glen Turner
Glen has been a network engineer with Australia's Academic and Research Network since 1997. During that time he has participated in two major network deployments. Glen pioneered the use of MPLS in long-haul network engineering, the use of QoS in ISP networks, and the tuning of networks for adequate TCP performance. He is currently leading a project group to encourage more of AARNet's customers to adopt IPv6.

image Dr. Paul Twomey
Dr. Paul Twomey is President/CEO of ICANN (International Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers) and previously held the position of Chair to ICANN's Government Advisory Committee. Before joining ICANN, he founded Argo P@cific, an international advisory and investment firm assisting companies in global Internet and technology businesses and strategic alliances. Previously, Dr. Twomey was founding CEO of the Australian National Office for the Information Economy and the Australian federal government's Special Adviser for the Information Economy and Technology.

Dr. Twomey's career includes Executive General Manager of the Australian Trade Commission, Consultant with global management consultancy McKinsey & Company and a Research Officer with an international refugee organisation. Widely published in academic journals, Dr. Twomey has contributed to books on industry policy, foreign and defense policy, and development issues. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honors) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Arts (Political Science and International Relations) from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

image Fred Wettling
Fred Wettling manages architecture and planning for Bechtel Corporation, a global leader in engineering, construction, and project management. Fred is one of only 20 Bechtel Fellows out of a population of 44,000 – persons designated by Bechtel as leaders in their field of expertise. He is also active within and outside of Bechtel promoting standards-based technology interoperability that support global enterprise business needs. Network World selected Fred as one of the 50 most powerful people in networking in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. He is a member of the IEEE, North American IPv6 Task Force, and IPv6 Forum, and chaired the Network Applications Consortium for 5 years. He is a member of several industry Technical Advisory Boards and served on the president's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, NGN Task Force. He has spoken at many conferences and is a co-author of the new book Global IPv6 Strategies.