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Daniel Petre AO

BSc UNSW, MBA Sydney
Adjunct Professor
Executive Chairman
netus Pty. Ltd.


  • Founder and Trustee, The Petre Foundation
  • Member, Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Sydney Advisory Council
  • Member, Social Ventures Australia (SVA) PAF Advisory Council
  • Board of The Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Board of HRX Limited

Daniel Petre is the Executive Chairman of netus Pty. Ltd, a privately held technology investment business, which over the last six years has invested in nine companies and generated an IRR of 64%.

Daniel has been a leading player in Australia's technology industry for more than 25 years, and has held leadership positions in technology-based businesses in Australia and the United States. His experience includes nine years with the Microsoft Corporation, where he served as Vice President of the Workgroup Division, Director of Advanced Technology and Director of the Asia-Pacific Region. As Director of Advanced Technology, Daniel was part of a global team responsible for developing Microsoft's services in the areas of multimedia development, online services and interactive television. As Vice President of the Workgroup Division, he worked closely with Bill Gates and was responsible for developing products and strategies for the workgroup computing market, including Microsoft Exchange and Outlook.

Previously, Daniel founded eCorp as a subsidiary of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL), and developed it to become Australia's leading technology-focused investment company. eCorp was set up with a cash investment of $30 million in 1997, and privatised in 2003 at a value of $385 million.

Previously, Daniel has served on the board of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network from 2009 to 2012. Daniel was also on the Foundation Board of The Garvan Institute and a member of the Ravenswood School Council for 11 years (3 years as Chair). In addition, Daniel has served on the boards of PBL, the Australian Multimedia Enterprise and on Senator Richard Alston's Information Policy Advisory Council.

Daniel has a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Sydney. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Counselling, and has written several books on the information revolution, father-child relationships, and the work-life balance.

He is an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO), awarded for distinguished service to the country.