Arcot Rajasekar is a Professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Chief Scientist at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and co-Director of Data Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE) Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously he was at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, leading the Data Grids Technology Group. He has been involved in research and development of data grid middleware systems for over a decade and is a lead originator behind the concepts in the Storage Resource Broker (SRB) and the integrated Rule Oriented Data Systems (iRODS), two premier data grid middleware developed by the Data Intensive Cyber Environments Group.
Daniel Adams is the Chief Director: Emerging Research Areas and Infrastructure, at the Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa. His duties and responsibilities include monitoring and evaluation of new and emerging research areas as well as the establishment of national research and cyber-infrastructure. He is also responsible for the National Research Equipment Programmes – providing financial support for the acquisition of research equipment at traditional universities as well as Universities of Technology and National Research Facilities; and is responsible for the National Nanotechnology Equipment programme – financial support for acquisition of research equipment to implement the National Nanotechnology Strategy.
Richard Northam is a board member of the Australian Access Federation (AAF), the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (Nectar) Project, and the Research Data Services (RDS) Project. He has previously held a role as the Director, National Engagements for the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) until recently when he took on a new role to help the ANDS, Nectar and RDS projects align and work together towards the establishment of the Australian Research Data Cloud under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). Previously Richard was the Director of the RDS project, served as a Director on the board of EDUCAUSE, is the former CEO of the Council of Australian University Directors of Information technology (CAUDIT) and is a former IT Director at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Richard lives and works in Canberra, Australia.
Dr. Steven Manos leads a team of nearly 30 people at the University of Melbourne responsible for digital research platforms, training and engagement. His mission is to lift the digital literacy of the research community by arming them with the digital tools to do what they love, and do it in a more far-reaching and effective way. He does this by building communities, actively training researchers and establishing innovative and extremely usable platforms for research. In the past he did a PhD in Physics at Sydney University and a stint of post-doctoral research at University College London. He lives in Melbourne with his partner and son, and enjoys designing and making furniture.