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Thomas W. West, President and CEO, National LambdaRail, Inc (NLR)

Tom West became the President and Chief Executive Officer of NLR in September 2003. NLR is a national effort comprised of members and associates from across the United States focused on implementing and operating a national network infrastructure to providing the advanced networking needs of the research and education community.

West has over four decades of executive management experience in the research and Higher Education community. He has served as a small College President, a Vice Chancellor for administration for regional campuses in a public University system, and 26 years as the Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO) for two large public university systems - Indiana University (1973 - 1981) and the Calfornia State University (1981 - 1999).

From March 1999 through June 2004 he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in Calfornia). He served as CEO for both CENIC and NLR from September 2003 through June 2004. At the end of June 2004 he resigned from CENIC to devote all his time to NLR.


Larry Fruth

Dr Larry Fruth, Executive Director of the Schools/Systems Interoperability Framework (SIF) Association

Dr Larry Fruth is currently the Executive Director of the Schools.Systems Interoperability Framework (SIF) Association. The SIF Association is an independant non-profit membership organisation comprised of over 2,200 software vendors and educational institutions whose mission is the development of a platform independent, vendor-neutral XML Specification to enable data sharing among software applications in K - 12 education including an initial Proof of Concept in the ongoing "Towards SIF-AU" project. This Proof of Concept was conducted to test the SIF technolgoy platform and demonstrate end-to-end transmission of SIF messages in a simulated network. The POC is one of the first steps in the development of a localised SIF AU Specification and the replication of the SIF Association Community directed by the SIF Associate AU Task Force representing the CIO's across Australia.

Dr Fruth comes from a long line of educators with over 20 years of experience in teaching and learning as a classroom teacher, curriculum and professional development designer and state and federal policymaker. Most recently Dr Fruth served as an Associate Director for Ohio Department of Education where his oversight role included institutional strategic planning and alignment, development of Academic Content Standards in Technology, representative to the State Education Technology Director's Association, the development of eSchool Operating Standards, as well as pointing various pk - 16 partnership initiatives. Dr Fruth has 10 years of classroom experience in pK - 12 and higher education settings. He has been a national keynote speaker, grant reviewer for state and ferderal agencies, and currently sits on state and national boards relating to education and educational technology.

To learn more about SIFA visit www.sifassociation.org/us/


Evan Arthur

Dr Evan Arthur, Group Manager, Digital Education Group

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), Australia
Evan Arthur was educated at Newcastle (Australia) and Cambridge (UK) Universities. His doctoral thesis was in the area of Stoic Philosophy.
Evan has been employed as a university tutor and as a public servant. He joined the Australian Public Service in 1981. He has worked in the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs and in the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST). He has worked on issues such as refugee policy, labour market programs, teacher professional development, recognition of overseas qualifications, and the development of a national Action Plan for the use of information technology in the education and training sector under the auspices of the National Strategy for the Information Economy. Evan has also contributed to research policy, including in the higher education sector. Until late 2007, he was responsible for directing the implementation of two major Australian Government initiatives, the Research Quality Framework and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy. His current position is Group Manager, Digital Education Group.
Evan is responsible for coordination of the Australian Government's involvement in the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in education, including the Digital Education Revolution. He is the Chair of the principal cross sectoral and cross jurisdictional body advising the Federal, State and Territory Government Ministers on issues associated with the use of ICT in education, the Australian Information and Communications Technology in Education Committee.



Michael Foley, Global Development Learning Network, World Bank

Title: Sharing Global Knowledge for Development - how QUESTnet can contribute to poverty alleviation

Michael has recently retired as the lead Distance Learning Specialist at the World Bank in Washington DC, where he has worked since 1997 on all aspects of the development of the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN - www.gdln.org ). GDLN is an initiative that promotes the exchange of knowledge and experience among development practitioners, using information and communications technologies and a blend of distance learning methodologies. There are over 120 GDLN Affiliates worldwide, open for use by all development practitioners.

Before coming to the World Bank Michael was founder and first Director of the Audio Visual Center at University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, and since 1986 he has pioneered the use of communications technologies for access to learning. Through the support of the European Commission, the European Space Agency, Intelsat, and other agencies the centre piloted and developed services using satellite broadcasting, cable and national TV networks, ISDN and VSAT videoconferencing and web based applications. He was a member of the Board of EuroPACE during the mid nineties.

Michael currently works as the GDLN coordinator for the South Asia region of the World Bank, and, in the Bank, he is the champion of the value of National Research and Education Networks for development.


Jason Rylands, Powerfirm

Jason Rylands has worked for Powerfirm in Brisbane for 4 years designing and implementing Energy efficient Datacentres.

He previously worked for APC for 5 years as the Datacentre Design Consultant Trainer and Datacentre Pre-sales engineer across the Asia Pacific region, and has vast experience on UPS and Cooling Technologies across many vendors and technologies.

Jason has recently supplied and implemented leading edge equipment for the University of Southern Queensland.


Patricio Martelo, Alcatel-Lucent

Patricio is a Senior Solutions Architect for Alcatel-Lucent. His areas of expertise are Data, Security & Network Management.

He has over 10 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has obtained various vendor certifications in the field of networking, telephony & lab testing.

Patricio began his career as a Research & Development engineer, designing telecommunications equipment. He then took on consultant roles, first with Hewlett Packard and later with one of the worlds leading service providers, Telef´┐Żnica.

He holds a Bachelors Degree of Electronics Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires as well as a Masters Degree in Telecommunications from the University of Pittsburgh. He has also been a recipient of the famous Fulbright Scholarship.