HIC 2009 Keynote Speakers

Mr Paratz is a Director and Chief Executive of Acacia Australia Pty Ltd, a Director of Maxis Communications Berhad, Chairman of the Technology Committee of the Board and a former senior executive of Telstra Corporation. He has wide experience in all facets of the telecommunications industry including mobile, fixed, broadband, satellite and international networks both domestically and internationally. This includes capital and infrastructure development, operations, sales and customer service and regulatory issues.

Mr Paratz has had executive responsibility for multi-billion dollar programs and integrations including network transformations and deployments across multiple technologies, including for regional and rural communications. He previously served as a member of the Board of the Australian Government's Internet Assistance Program.

Mr Paratz holds an M.Sc. (Telecommunications Systems) with Distinction, and was awarded the Philips Prize from Essex University, and an M.Eng.Sc from the University of Queensland. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust) and an alumnus of the Stanford University Executive Development Program. He was formerly Chairman of the On-Trac@Peter Mac Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Programme, and has been involved in a number of initiatives in e-Health.