Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) is an annual event for the Asia Pacific region providing an opportunity for individuals and government agencies to promote a culture that protects and respects the privacy of individuals’ personal information and to more generally raise privacy awareness.
On 11 May 2016, PAW was officially launched by the Hon Yvette D’Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills. The event was hosted by the Office of the Information, Queensland and included remarks from Information Commissioner Rachael Rangihaeata, Privacy Commissioner Philip Green as well as a keynote presentation by Ms Shara Evans.
Shara Evans is internationally acknowledged as a cutting edge technology futurist, commentator, strategy advisor and thought leader, as well as the Founder and CEO of Market Clarity, an award-winning technology analyst firm that provides insight, intelligence and advice on all aspects of the telecom and emerging technologies markets.
She's also the Founder of Telsyte (subsequently sold to publicly listed UXC), and has been providing innovative research and strategic consulting on telecoms and technology for the past 19 years. Shara is a leading commentator on telecommunications and technology issues, and is regularly sought by print, online, radio and television media, conference producers and clients to provide insight on a broad spectrum of issues.
Shara has a long history of working with top scientific research organisations. She was a member of the CeNTIE (CSIRO Centre for Networking Technologies for the Information Economy), Advisory Board from 2002 – 2007, as well as being an Advisor to the Director of the Networking Technologies Laboratory within CSIRO’s ICT Centre. Most recently she served as a member of the Expert Review Panel for the Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation (ACBI), a collaborative research initiative by the CSIRO in partnership with NICTA, with foundation funding provided by the NSW Government.
Fusing an engineering background with an intuitive understanding of how society is likely to respond to new technologies, Shara is widely regarded as one of the world’s top female futurists.
Shara helps her clients understand new product and service opportunities that are being underpinned by these emerging technologies. Frequently working with executive, strategy and product teams, Shara helps organisations think outside the box of what’s available today to imagine the world in 5 or 10 years, and commercialise these concepts into innovative new products and services.
In her Future Tech talks, Shara brings together the latest research lab innovations and ties it into strategic insights for a wide range of industries and government.