George McLaughlin, FRSC, AM is a Graduate of the Royal Institute of Chemistry, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and has been inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia (2009). He worked in the UK chemical, pharmaceutical and engineering industries, prior to undertaking research at the University of Sussex and the Australian National University (ANU), where his research publications have been cited more than 1000 times.
Subsequently, he took on the roles of Business and Technical Manager of the Research School of Chemistry, then Head of Management Information Systems at ANU before being seconded to the Australian Vice Chancellors Committee to manage various projects.
He led the the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet) from 1995 until 2003, focusing on AARNet’s connections to and engagement with the research communities around the world and managed the transition of AARNet to a not-for-profit organisation with its own carrier licence and among the first NRENs to acquire it own IRU capacity on international circuits. Since then has worked with various international agencies and on initiatives that have a focus on exploiting Research and Education Networks to enhance collaborative opportunities in research and discovery and to improve societal outcomes.
These included roles with the World Bank’s SERENE program; as coordinator of the South Asian Extension Network study and development of the original applications and collaboration framework for the Trans-Eurasian Information Network (TEIN); as Director of International Development for Pacific Wave, as joint lead of the European Commission’s Pacific Islands Regional REN feasibility study; as Applications Advocate for the TranPac program; and with various UNESCO programs including CONNECT-Asia and the Masterclass on Network-enabled Collaboration on Disasters Mitigation and Recovery.
McLaughlin was one of the founding directors of Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) Ltd and has held various other roles in APAN, notably those related to global collaborations and engagement with international partners. He is currently an adviser to the APAN Board. He has presented extensively at international conferences and workshops and has served on a number of Australian Government bodies and other international committees and boards. He has received a number of awards and honours for his contributions to the ICT and Research and Education sectors and in 2009 was inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia.