ORG APAN Title BIO A chemist and crystallographer by training, George McLaughlin drifted into computing and then networking by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He lead AARNet from 1997, overseeing the sale of the then commercial customer base to Australia''s incumbent carrier,Telstra; AARNet''s incorporation as a company limited by the shareholding of its university and CSIRO members; and positioned it as as a lean-staffed R&E organisation with a highly respected international reputation for innovation in advanced communications and services. He is a former recipient of the Sir Ernest Fisk award and the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG) Chairman''s awards for outstanding services to the Australian telecommunications industry. He served on Senator Richard Alston''s Broadband Advisory Group; is a board member of the International Education Equal Access Foundation (IEEAF); and has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has been Vice Chair of APAN (the Asia Paific Advanced Network) since 2003. In 2006 he parted company with AARNet and now holds several roles including assisting the European Commission and DANTE with developing an Applications and Collaboration Framework for the Trans-Eurasian Information Network.(TEIN2). He currently leads a feasibility study into the potential for expanding the next phase of TEIN to cover the countries of South Asia.