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Fifteen members make up the Government 2.0 Taskforce. They are:

Dr Nicholas Gruen (Chair)

Dr Nicholas GruenDr Gruen has worked in a diverse range of public policy and other roles since 1981. He has worked as

  • An economic policy adviser to two Federal Government Ministers – Treasurer John Dawkins (1991 to 1994) and Industry Minister John Button (1981, 83-85).
  • An Associate Commissioner to the Productivity Commission (1994 – 1997) where he was Presiding Commissioner on one inquiry and an industry study and Associate Commissioner on five inquiries.
  • Director of the Business Council of Australia’s New Directions economic reform project from 1997 to 2000.
  • CEO of Lateral Economics and Peach Discount Mortgage Broking since 2000.

Dr Gruen holds a PhD and BA Hons (First Class) from the ANU and a LLB Hons from Melbourne University. He has published in national and international academic journals on a range of issues, including tariff reform, competition policy, intellectual property, innovation in government and macro-economic policy.

He has been a regular columnist for the Australian Financial Review and the Courier Mail and has been a substantial contributor to Australia’s thriving policy blog scene at Club Troppo. He has consulted to the Department of Finance and Deregulation on continuous improvement in regulation. He also directed Lateral Economics consulting to the Department’s agency AGIMO on its online engagement trials. He was a member of the Government’s 2008 Review into Australia’s Innovation System.

He is Chairman of National Forum which hosts the popular Online Opinion website and is a board member of Sustainability Victoria.

He is excited to be leading the Government 2.0 Taskforce.

Ms Ann Steward (Deputy Chair)

Ms Ann StewardAnn was appointed to the role of Australian Government Chief Information Officer in July, 2005. In this role Ann is also General Manager of the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), a group within the Department of Finance and Deregulation.

Ann has held a number of senior strategic policy development and managerial positions in the ICT public service sector including: General Manager, IT Planning and Refresh, in Centrelink’s IT Group (2003 – 2005), Principal Adviser, e-Strategy, the National Office of the Information Economy (2002 – 2003) and Director of e-Government, UK Government (1998 – 2002).

Ann has over 20 years’ public sector experience in Australia and the UK and has participated in OECD, G8 and UC forums aimed at driving change in ICT business transformation and integrated electronic service delivery. Ann holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Canberra.

Mr Glenn Archer

Mr Glenn ArcherGlenn Archer is the Chief Information Officer for the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). As head of the IT Services Group, Glenn is responsible for managing the delivery of information and communications technology, infrastructure, corporate systems and support services. The Division also manages the records and information assets of the Department.

Immediately before taking on this role, Glenn was the CIO for the Department of Education, Science and Training.

Prior to this Glenn occupied a number of National Manager positions in Centrelink, including Infrastructure Services and e-Business.

Before joining Centrelink in 2002, Glenn held Management and Sales positions at a number of major IT suppliers. In his early career he worked for several Federal Government Departments in a range of IT roles.

Glenn holds a B.Sc. from the Australian National University (ANU) and an MBA from the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales (AGSM).

Mr Sebastian Chan

Mr Sebastian ChanSebastian Chan is currently the Head of Digital, Social and Emerging Technologies at the Powerhouse Museum. His teams include the museum’s web unit, audio visual and photography, rights & permission and the photo library, the research library and Thinkspace, the Powerhouse’s digital media teaching laboratories.

Coming from a background in social policy, journalism and media criticism as well as information technology, he has been building and producing websites and interactive media since the mid 1990s. At the Powerhouse he has been responsible for driving a strong user focus in design, usability and content, as well as expanding the scope and reach of the museum’s suite of online projects. His focus on audiences and usability has led to an interest in Open Licensing and collaborative ways of enabling deeper engagement with the museum’s cultural assets.

Under his direct guidance and creative direction the Powerhouse web team is responsible for the museum’s online presence as well as a large suite of experimental and collaborative projects, as well as the Museum’s collection database – one of the first to implement and evaluate user tagging – which has won several international awards. These projects have been transformative within the museum bringing a re-evaluation of the role of the collection in a broader society.

He is a researcher in several Australian Research Council Linkage projects researching social media, museums, and technology; and is a regular speaker in Australia having presented widely in the cultural sector and also at technology events Web Directions South and CeBIT. Internationally he has presented at Picnic (Amsterdam), New Zealand’s National Digital Forum, Taiwan’s National Digital Archives Programme, Berlin’s Transmediale, many North American Museums and the Web conferences, and delivered workshops for major museums in the UK, Holland, USA, Canada, Cuba, Taiwan, and NZ.

He is on the international programme committees of Museums and the Web (USA), Digital Strategies for Heritage (Eu), the Horizon.Au New Media Consortium, and is an International Steering Committee member of Culturemondo, an international group of representatives of cultural portal strategists.

His other interests include electronic music and digital art, and he has directed and curated large scale national and international events and festivals, and also produces related media from radio broadcasts to print. In his spare time he runs a independent music magazine, Cyclic Defrost.

At the Powerhouse he also runs the popular Fresh + New blog covering issues and new ideas around digital media and museums at

Mr Adrian Cunningham

Mr Adrian CunninghamAdrian Cunningham has worked at the National Archives of Australia since 1998, where he is currently Director, Strategic Relations and Personal Records. In this capacity he has oversight of the NAA’s collaborations with government, industry, professional and international partners – most particularly on matters associated with digital recordkeeping and other modern recordkeeping initiatives.

Adrian was Secretary of the International Council on Archives (ICA) Committee on Descriptive Standards (2002-2004), and is Treasurer of the Pacific Regional Branch of the ICA, Convenor of the Australian Society of Archivists Descriptive Standards Committee, Chair of the AGLS Metadata Working Group and a member of Standards Australia’s Committee IT/21, Records Management.

Before joining the staff of the National Archives of Australia he worked at the Office for Government Information Technology and for many years as a private records archivist/librarian at the National Library of Australia, the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau and the State Library of New South Wales. Adrian was President of the Australian Society of Archivists, 1998-2000 and was inducted as a Fellow of that Society in 2007.

Prof Brian Fitzgerald

Prof Brian FitzgeraldBrian Fitzgerald is an internationally recognised scholar specialising in Intellectual Property and Internet Law. He holds postgraduate degrees in law from Oxford University and Harvard University and his recent publications include Cyberlaw: Cases and Materials on the Internet, Digital Intellectual Property and E Commerce (2002); Jurisdiction and the Internet (2004); Intellectual Property in Principle (2004), Internet and Ecommerce Law (2007) and Copyright Law, Digital Content and the Internet in the Asia Pacific(2008). From 1998-2002 Brian was Head of the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia and from January 2002 – January 2007 was Head of the School of Law at QUT in Brisbane. He is currently a specialist Research Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation at QUT. He is also a Barrister of the High Court of Australia.

Ms Mia Garlick

Ms Mia GarlickMia is the Assistant Secretary for the Digital Economy branch at the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Her role involves the provision of high level policy advice to the Minister, Secretary and senior executive on a range of issues relating to the long-term direction of the Digital Economy. Mia joined the Department shortly upon her return to Australia from 5 years working in Silicon Valley. Her work in Silicon Valley included working at Google as Product Counsel for YouTube and several years as General Counsel for Creative Commons, a non-profit dedicated to enabling the flexible and authorised use of online material.

Mr Peter Harper

Mr Peter HarperPeter heads the Population, Labour, Industry and Environment Statistics Group at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) which includes, among other things, responsibility for: Australia’s five year national Population Census; the ABS Labour and Demography statistics programs; Industry statistics programs covering Agriculture, Manufacturing, Mining, Construction, Transport, Tourism and Service Industries; the emerging Environment and Energy statistics programs; statistical geography; and the ABS Rural and Regional statistics programs.

From July to September 2007 Peter was head of the Macroeconomics and Integration Group, which included responsibility for the national accounts, balance of payments, government finance and prices statistics – innovation statistics, economic analysis and reporting and the integration of economic statistics. Prior to that, he was head of the Economic Statistics Group, a position he held from June 2004.

Peter has an Economics Degree from the Australian National University and has spent most of his career in the ABS, where he commenced in 1980. He has worked in corporate planning and policy areas as well as in various areas of economic statistics. He also worked for three years at the International Monetary Fund on balance of payments issues.

Peter is actively involved in international statistical issues, including the update of core international statistical standards.

Ms Lisa Harvey

Ms Lisa HarveyLisa Harvey is an IT specialist working in the not-for-profit sector. She is the Managing Director of Energetica a small business that provides websites and online communities for not-for-profit organisations. Energetica was established in established in 2000.

Lisa has over 25 years experience in the IT industry with17 years working with not-for-profit organisations. Lisa also worked for 7 years for Unisys. Lisa has worked as National IT Coordinator for LHMU.

Mr Martin Hoffman

Mr Martin HoffmanMartin Hoffman joined the Australian Public Service in March 2009 in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet as Executive Co-ordinator, Strategic Policy & Implementation. In this role he leads the Cabinet Implementation Unit, as well as having wider responsibility for ensuring delivery of the Government’s strategic policy priorities. He has been appointed an interim director of the Government’s new National Broadband Network Company and serves as PM&C’s representative on the related project control group.

Martin previously had an extensive private sector career in digital media and technology. Most recently he was CEO and a director of the mobile social networking services company Ltd (formerly Loop Mobile Ltd), leading the company to an IPO in June 2007. He also ran his own digital media venture capital investing and advisory business, Ulysses Ventures.

He was CEO of NineMSN from January 2003 to July 2006, driving the company from a loss-making position to over $30m EBIT in FY06. He held senior management roles at Fairfax Media from 1999 to 2002 in business magazines and online; and earlier at Optus Communications in strategy and regulation. Martin’s career began with Potter Warburg and PA Consulting Group.

Martin is a director and the honorary treasurer of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and has been a director of the Sydney International Film Festival and the Australian Internet Industry Association.

He holds an MBA (Honours) from the Institute for Management Development, IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland; as well as a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University.

Ms Pip Marlow

Ms Pip MarlowPip Marlow was appointed Public Sector Director for Microsoft Australia in February 2008. Prior to taking responsibility for the leadership of the Public Sector Business, she was the Director for Small and Medium Business Solutions & Partners in Australia.

Before this Pip was the General Manager for US Channel Sales where she held responsibility for the Distribution, System Builder and VAR Sales & Marketing Strategy. Her career at Microsoft spans multiple roles over the last 11 years. Starting in the Australian Subsidiary where Pip was responsible for the Anti Piracy efforts, System Builder Channel and Distribution strategy, she then moved to the US in 1997 to work in the OEM Division for 3 years. From there, Pip moved to the US Subsidiary 5 years ago and took on the responsibility of OEM and Finished Goods Distribution, Channel Marketing and programs for resellers, solution providers, distributors and ISV’s.

Prior to Microsoft, Pip was founding member of a company that grew to be one of Australia’s largest storage distributors, Agate Technology, where she enjoyed working with vendors and working with them to achieve their goals. Pip was with Samsung Information Systems prior to that, where she built the Semi Conductor Distribution business.

She enjoys working in a vibrant team environment and her proudest achievements are those that have come from teaming with others, not alone.

Pip was born, raised and educated in Palmerston North, New Zealand. She currently lives in Sydney with her Scottish husband and two daughters, Sophie & Lucy.

Mr Alan Noble

Mr Alan NobleSince February 2007 Alan has been Engineering Director, Google Australia, where he is responsible for Google’s research and development operations in Australia and New Zealand.

Alan is an entrepreneur and executive with 25 years of software technology leadership and management experience. In 1996 he co-founded Netmind, which in early 2000 was acquired by Puma Technology, later renamed Intellisync, and in turn acquired by Nokia. Alan remained at Intellisync as VP of Engineering until 2002 when he joined Foursticks as their Chief Technology Officer. In June 2005 he led a management buy-out of Foursticks and founded NetPriva.

He attended Adelaide University in Australia and Stanford University in the USA.

Alan is an Advisory Board Member at Information Economy Board (IEAB).

Dr Ian Reinecke

Dr Ian Reinecke

Dr Ian Reinecke is a consultant with wide experience in advising government at state and federal level on policies and programs associated with the management of information and information and communications technology. His recent clients include the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet , the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and the NSW Department of Commerce. He was previously the founding chief executive of the National E-health Transtion Authority (NEHTA) , former CIO of the Sydney Olympics, a Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland and founding Director of the Centre for Information Technology Research (CITR) at the University of Wollongong.

Dr Reinecke was chair of the Queensland Government’s Information Policy Board and the Information Industries Board, a director of the Australian Multimedia Enterprise and a member of the Broadband Services Expert Group. He chaired a review of Commonwealth government ICT for the then Minister for Finance, Kim Beazely and was a member of the NSW Government Information Management Board. He is a director of the Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL) and has written several books about the social, economic and political effect of innovation in information and communications technology.

Dr David Solomon

Dr David Solomon AM was Chair of the Independent Panel appointed by the Bligh Government to review Queensland’s Freedom of Information laws in 2007-8.

He retired from full time journalism at the end of 2005. He spent most of his career in Canberra, writing about politics and the law, for such newspapers as The Australian, the Financial Review and The Canberra Times. He came to Brisbane in 1992 to Chair the Electoral and Administrative Review Commission, and, when that Commission was wound up, stayed and worked for the Courier-Mail as a Contributing Editor.

He has degrees from the Australian National University in Arts and Law, and a Doctorate of Letters. He has written almost a dozen books on parliament, politics, constitutional law and the High Court.

Mr Martin Stewart-Weeks

Mr Martin Stewart-WeeksMartin Stewart-Weeks has over 20 years’ experience in organisational management and consulting in the corporate and public sectors and with a wide range of not-for-profit organisations.

Born in Sarawak, East Malaysia and educated in Sarawak, the UK and Australia, Martin has lived in Australia since 1978 after completing his school and undergraduate education in England.

A consistent theme of his professional experience has been public policy and management. He has held senior policy, management and advisory positions for Ministers and government agencies at the federal and state government level in Australia. In the early 1980s, he held the position of Senior Private Secretary to a Federal Minister and in the early 90s, was a consultant in the Office of Strategic Planning in The Cabinet Office in New South Wales.

In his consulting work over the past 18 years, Martin has specialised in strategy, policy analysis, facilitation and market and social research. In his work with the Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) at Cisco, Martin’s focus is primarily on the public sector. He works at the senior executive and political level to help shape Internet business solutions and online strategies at both an agency and whole-of-government level. He has been a key member of the global team developing a new e-government framework, the ‘connected republic, for Cisco’s public sector work.

In January 2007, Martin took up a position as Director for IBSG’s public sector practice in Asia-Pacific.
He also chairs a small working group of people from the corporate, public and community sectors who are establishing the Australian Social Innovation Exchange (ASIX). The Exchange is part of a global network of thinkers and practitioners combining to lift the rate and impact of social innovation as a major contributor to sustainable prosperity.

Martin holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of York, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics from Canberra University (formerly the College of Advanced Education) and a Masters in Social Science and Policy from the University of New South Wales.
Mr Stewart-Weeks is a contributor to Australia’s thriving blog scene and regularly blogs at