ORG AARNet (Australia’s Academic and Research Network) Title CEO BIO Chris Hancock is CEO of AARNet. He came to the role with 25 years of executive leadership experience, including 15 years in the media and telecommunications sectors. As CEO, Chris has overseen extraordinary growth. Under his leadership, AARNet has extended the nation’s advanced network infrastructure and developed a suite of leading-edge technologies and solutions, driving innovation and enabling Australia’s participation on the world stage for research, science, innovation and education. Today, AARNet serves Australian universities and the CSIRO, as well as many health and research organisations, schools, vocational training institutions, cultural organisations and specialist content providers. Chris has an Executive MBA from the University of New South Wales. Prior to joining AARNet, Chris held several senior executive positions at the Seven Television Network, Vodafone and Optus. At Optus, Chris was Managing Director of Optus Business and he was an integral member of the senior executive team that completed the IPO and subsequent sale of Optus to Singtel. Chris is a past Chair of the Internet Industry Association and a member of the Global NREN CEO Forum, the Global NREN Cyber Security Group and the Global Network Architecture Group. He is a Director of the board of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue and the New England Girls School (NEGS) and he has previously served as a Director of the Smart Services CRC and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.