Telecommunications and the Digital Economy
Neil Gane is the Managing Director of the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), an organization established in January 2004 by the Motion Picture Association International (MPA) to promote and protect its members' films and television programs in Australia as well as the commercial and creative interests of the local screen communities.
After helping to start up AFACT, Neil joined the MPA's regional office in Singapore, working as the Senior Director of Operations, Asia-Pacific and managing its programs in a number of key markets for two years. He first served the MPA as an external consultant, managing its Philippines program and successfully implementing initiatives that led to the seizure of over seven million illegal optical discs there. At the time, he was Country Manager in the Philippines at Hill & Associates, a multi-national risk consultancy firm.
In each of these roles, Neil has leveraged his broad expertise in Intellectual Property Rights, and security and risk analysis gleaned throughout his career in Asia, which began in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force, where he spent more than a decade working primarily within Special Branch. He was awarded a Commissioners Commendation for his role in the planning and implementation of security arrangements during the handover of Hong Kong’s sovereignty to China in 1997
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