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David Havyatt

Principal, Havyatt Associates

David Havyatt

David Havyatt has spent over thirty years in the telecommunications industry in a variety of roles. From December 2011 to June 2014 he was a senior adviser to the Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (both Senator Stephen Conroy and Anthony Albanese), and then Labor’s Shadow Minister (Jason Clare).

His career in telecommunications started with Telstra (then Telecom Australia) in roles covering customer service, corporate sales and strategy before a stint consulting when his principal client was Austar.  For the fifteen years prior to working for Senator Conroy he was in lead regulatory and corporate affairs roles at Hutchison, AAPT and vividwireless, as well as a fixed term assignment with the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

After his employment with Senator Conroy he resumed his consulting career as a public policy professional, blogger and freelance columnist with focus on the Digital Economy and ‘traditional’ telecommunications and media regulatory issues. From October 2015 he has been Senior Economist at Energy Consumers Australia.

Mr Havyatt is a former Board member of the TIO, ACIF (now Communications Alliance) and AMTA, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
 
He is also an active member of the Australian Labour Party, and was that party’s candidate for the seat of Epping at the 2015 NSW State election.

Mr Havyatt holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Economics. He is about to commence candidature for a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Wollongong.

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