Electrical and Electronic Engineering Industry Advisory Group External Members
Mr Bill Wood, Chair
Founder, Daintree Networks
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Communications), RMIT University
Advanced Management Program, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Bill is the founder of Daintree Networks, and was CEO from 2003 until 2009. He has many years of international senior-level financial, marketing and technical experience in the data and telecommunications industries. Prior to founding Daintree, Bill was Vice President and General Manager of Agilent Technologies’ Communications Test Equipment Business Unit, and concurrent with this, Managing Director of Agilent Technologies Australia. Prior to that, he was with Hewlett-Packard Company and served in many roles including Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Networks Division.
Mr Wayne Fitzsimmons
Partner, Mooroolbark Group
Management Development Program, Harvard Business School, 1982
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Communications), University of Queensland, 1964
Fellow, Engineers Australia
Wayne is an experienced executive who has worked extensively in the USA, UK as well as in his home country Australia. He has been Group Managing Director and Board Member at Datacraft Ltd, VP International for Banyan Systems, and VP International for Data General. In these latter two organisations, he was involved with the pioneering stages of electronic messaging and directory systems. In 1997 he founded OpenDirectory, an X500 software product start-up out of Melbourne, and successfully built an international customer base that allowed him to exit in 1998 to a large US multinational software vendor. Wayne was one of the founders in the late 1970s of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) — formerly called the Australian Computer Equipment Suppliers Association (ACESA). He is now Chairman of the Pearcey Foundation, an organisation that promotes Australia’s local ICT capability through recognition of individuals in that industry. Currently, Wayne is a partner in the Mooroolbark Group, a small investment company based in Melbourne, with offices in Sydney and Washington, DC.
He and his three partners provide a broad range of professional advice to high technology ICT and Biotech companies in the area of management, business planning and legal services. Currently the Mooroolbark Group has some $A20+ Million under management. He is also a non-executive director for several small companies in Australia including QSR International Pty Ltd, Cohda Wireless Pty Ltd, Haliplex Pty Ltd, SpaceTime Research Pty Ltd, Inlink Tecnologies Pty Ltd, and nga.net Pty Ltd.
Mr Jordan Green
Fellow of the Australian Association of Angel Investors Limited (FAAAI), 2010
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), 2011
MBA, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, 1997
Chartered Professional Engineer, Institution of Engineers, Australia (CPEng), 1993
Post Graduate Certificate, Marketing Principles, Technisearch Pty. Ltd., 1990
Post Graduate Certificate, Strategic Marketing and Planning, Technology Training Corp. Pty. Ltd., 1990
Post Graduate Certificate, Product Development, CIMA Electronics Pty. Ltd., 1990
Post Graduate Research Fellow, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, 1984–1985
Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), 1983
Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1983
Jordan is an internationally sought after thought leader in early-stage investing. He is an experienced engineer, entrepreneur, executive, venture capitalist and Angel investor. He has over thirty years of experience in growing and advising technology oriented companies in Australia, USA, Asia and Europe.
A Silicon Valley software veteran, Jordan was a founding partner of one of the best performing venture capital fund managers in Australia; he is co-founder and Chairman of the Australian Association of Angel Investors (AAAI) and Founder/President of Angel investor group, Melbourne Angels Inc.
Jordan is an invited speaker on Angel investing at international conferences, is a featured speaker at business events and he has been an invited lecturer at Universities in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. A frequent judge for entrepreneurial events, Jordan advises governments on policy and programmes for the early-stage investment and entrepreneurial space. He delivers training on Angel investing and early-stage business development and is a Case Manager for Commercialisation Australia, the primary Australian government grant program for commercialising innovation and is active in a variety of community organisations.Jordan has been director, CEO, executive, or engineer for over fifteen technology and engineering companies since starting his career with IBM and he remains an optimist and a collaborator.
Ms Christine Tursky Gordon
Co-founder, SouthTech Systems
Masters of Marketing, Melbourne Business School, the University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), The University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts, The University of Melbourne
Christine has a range of corporate and entrepreneurial engineering experience with over a decade at Hewlett Packard / Agilent and subsequently as co-founder and co-owner of SouthTech Systems, a specialised Defence Engineering company. She has been involved with the Melbourne School of Engineering on a pro bono basis during her entire career.
Mr Stuart Lee
Group Managing Director, Telstra Wholesale
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne
Fellow, Engineers Australia
Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
Associate Member of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI)
Stuart was appointed as Telstra Wholesale’s Group Managing Director in July 2011. He brings to the role a wealth of experience in the telecommunications industry, after more than 40 years with Telstra, including executive and senior roles across products, engineering, billing, marketing, IT, international, procurement, and operations. Recent roles include Group Managing Director NBN Transition with responsibility for preparing Telstra for the rollout of the National Broadband Network, and Executive Director of the Telstra Program Office reporting to the CEO. In the latter role he was responsible for tracking and driving key elements of Telstra's overall Transformation program and, with the CFO, planning and managing Telstra's overall annual capital budget. At one time or another he has managed all of Telstra’s comprehensive range of products and services, with extensive experience of product development.
Stuart is a Telstra nominee director on the joint venture boards of Reach (based in Hong Kong) and 1300Australia, and has served on other local and international boards. He was included in the 2011 and 2012 Engineers Australia list of the country’s 100 most influential engineers.
Mr Rod Laird
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), the University of Melbourne, 1977
Master of Engineering Science (Biomedical), University of Melbourne, 1979
Rod is a business architect with a career combining management consulting and technology. Rod’s initial career developed from his work in the first encoder for the Australian cochlear implant, from where he moved on to guide research and then direct Australia’s largest biomedical engineering organisation based at the RNS Hospital in Sydney. Rod then “jumped ship” to the corporate world, learning the rigours of management consulting with McKinsey & Company. His particular focus was on building his and McKinsey’s ability to assist clients in leveraging technology to create business value.
Rod worked in a wide range of leading technology businesses in Australia and Germany. His time as a partner highlighted the particular need to align strategy, organisation and technology architectures to have any chance of achieving great business outcomes. Rod subsequently worked with Accenture, pursuing this theme in building Accenture’s ability to deliver value to its clients from their very expensive technology investments. Rod established the largest joint venture service of that time in the southern hemisphere, and continued to strategically guide some of Australia’s leading technology innovators. Rod currently works with CEOs in technology, services and not-for-profit sectors to reshape their businesses to deliver outcomes that match
Mr Bill Petreski
Business Strategy, Hydrix
Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Physics), 1993–1997 Victoria University, Australia
Bachelor of Applied Science (Computing & Physics), 1988–1992 Victoria University, Australia
Bill is an internationally experienced and commercially driven professional with over 15-years’ experience in the technology sector where he has been developing and executing business strategies that stimulate the financing, uptake, adoption and commercialisation of emerging technologies across multiple sectors. As an entrepreneurial, analytical, strategic thinker & planner Bill has a unique combination of experience in; market development & economic research, public policy advocacy, think-tank facilitation, corporate & government engagement & peak industry liaison.
In his current role, Bill is developing Business Strategy at Hydrix, a medium sized Melbourne based company that undertakes specialised innovative product design and development for industry, research and government. Before Joining Hydrix, Bill was Principal Adviser at the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) - a peak industry body which represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses across all industry sectors and provides policy advocacy on key issues for businesses.
Dr Len Sciacca
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
Honorary Professor of Engineering, The University of Melbourne
PhD, University of Newcastle
Masters of Engineering, University of Newcastle
Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Queensland Institute of Technology
Len has over 30 years research and industrial experience in embedded real-time control and computing, sensor design, sensor networks and senior management roles in Government and industry sectors. He has worked for CSIRO at the Parkes Radio-Telescope; the Universities of Newcastle and Melbourne. He was Technical Director of TUNRA and was instrumental in the development of the Earth station satellite tracking systems industry in South East Asia having developed expertise in the design and operations of large steerable antennas and satellite tracking products. In the late 90’s he held positions in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) leading distributed sensor systems and advanced radar signal processing.
Len was Engineering Manager for a large Defence firm, Tenix Defence, leading their product R&D portfolio in electronic and information systems. Len held the position of Chief of the Electronic Warfare and Radar Division of DSTO leading a research Division of over 200 scientists, engineers and technicians with specialist expertise in RF systems, Electro-Optics, Radar and signal processing. He established research centres with universities in sensor networks and research in adaptive sensor design with important military and civilian outcomes. Len was the Chief Operating Officer of DSTO before taking on the role of Chief Partnerships and Engagement, leading university and industry collaborations as well as Defence science communications.
Len is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and was Chair of the Australian Research Council College of Experts for Mathematics, Information and Communication Sciences. He has also conducted reviews of the US Naval Research Laboratory basic research programs.
Mr Robert Slaviero
Managing Director, Analog Devices Australia Pty Ltd
Master of Business in Information Technology, Swinburne University
Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, Monash University
Post Graduate Diploma in Management Systems, Swinburne University
Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Computer Engineering, RMIT University
Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics), RMIT University
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM)
Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Member of the International Neural Networks Society (INNS)
Member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers of Australia (APESMA)
Member of the Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand (LESANZ)
Member of the Australian & New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS)
Robert Slaviero is the Managing Director of Analog Devices Australia Pty Ltd, which specialises in the development of embedded Digital Signal Processing (DSP) software. Robert has over 25 years of experience in the design and management of electronics, communications, computer and software projects.He has academic qualifications in engineering, business and law.
Robert has worked on the development of numerous commercial products, including telecommunications and multimedia products, data communications test equipment, modems, multiplexers, medical, security and avionics equipment. Previous positions include General Manager, Engineering R&D Manager, Software/Hardware R&D Engineer and Senior Design Engineer. Robert is a Committee Member of the Victorian Division of ANZAAS. He is also the Chapter Chair of the Victorian IEEE Signal Processing Society (02–11), past Chair of the IEEE Victorian Section (99–01) and previously served as Vice-Chair (96–98) and Secretary (95–98).
Robert has been on the organising committee and technical review committee of various local and international conferences. He also serves on a number of academic, government and industry advisory boards and committees. Robert recently received a Special Recognition Award from the Pearcey Foundation for “making a difference in the development of the Australian Information and Communications Technology industry”.