Speaker details

AARNet and The University of Western Australia (Australia)

Alex Reid

Professor Alex Reid has had over 53 years’ experience in the IT industry, 46 in Higher Education, where most recently he was IT Director at the University of WA, and previously IT Director at Oxford University, UK. He currently consults on a part-time basis for AARNet, Australia’s NREN, with particular reference to its eResearch program as Advisor, eResearch and Middleware, and also undertakes a small amount of other consultancy work, especially in eInfrastructure policy and strategy.

Whilst in the UK during the 1990s, Alex was an Advisor to Janet, the UK’s NREN. He was for a time in the 2000s the Chair of the AARNet Advisory Committee and a member of AARNet’s Board. His main activities now centre around IT/network policy and strategy, identifying eResearch needs in universities, and federated access management issues, and he maintains active liaison with colleagues in UK and Europe, where he currently spends part of each year. He has undertaken consultancy for universities in Australia, UK, Hong Kong, Kuwait and Qatar, as well as for UNESCO regarding the establishment of NRENs in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

He remains an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Western Australia, where he still undertakes some teaching in the School of Computer Science & Software Engineering. Alex holds BSc, Dip Comp, MA and MBA (Technology Management) degrees. He is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and a member of the US Association for Computing Machinery; he is a former Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Australian Institute of Management and Wolfson College, Oxford.

Alex Reid is a speaker in the following presentations: