Australian Security Summit

Dr Dalbir Alhawat [More Info]
Senior Lecturer, Department of Security Studies and Criminology
Macquarie University
Dr Dalbir Ahlawat is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University, Sydney. He has over 15 years experience in conducting research on topics related to strategic and security perspectives. Based on the research outcomes, he has published three books and over 20 research papers in journals and edited books. In addition to his research, he has taught courses at postgraduate and undergraduate levels both in Australia and overseas. Courses taught have focused on International Relations, Border Security, Migration, Globalisation and Security. Dr Ahlawat has broad experience of working with government agencies and academic institutions. He has worked as an Honorary Associate with Macquarie University, as a Visiting Fellow-University of New South Wales and Center Associate- University of Pittsburgh-USA. In addition, he has worked in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization for Migration. He has supervised doctoral thesis on topics: Evolution of Suicide Terrorism: A Case Study of Pakistan, Alternative Futures of China: A Six Pillars Analysis, and Radicalization and De-radicalization: The Tamil Tiger Case Study.
Danny Bakos [More Info]
Country Manager - Australia and New Zealand
Varonis Systems
Danny Bakos is the country manager for Varonis Systems Australia and New Zealand. Danny opened the ANZ Region in 2011 as a startup. During which time he has built a diverse customer base spanning large enterprise and government deployments, right through to mid enterprise implementations of the Varonis suite of products. Prior to Varonis, Danny spent several years developing go to market channels for major global IT vendors, such as NetApp, CommVault and Brocade through his involvement with Distribution Central. Danny have been involved with the IT industry for 25 years, initially as an engineer and entrepreneur establishing a technical services business and later established an Apple Centre reseller where he was Managing Director for seven years. During this time he developed a profitable and reputable enterprise that he later sold. With significant business experience and sound business acumen, Danny has positively contributed to the welfare of companies, customers, vendors and staff; driven by a passion for aligning himself with technology companies that allow businesses to solve contemporary business problems using advanced technologies.
John Bale [More Info]
Co-founder and Chief Executive
Soldier On
John Bale is the Co-founder and Chief Executive of Soldier On a charity that supports Australian Defence Force members affected by their service and their families. He served in the Army for 12 years and finished his career as a Chief of Army Scholar writing on the de-stigmatisation of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Australian Army. Soldier On has grown rapidly since its inception in April 2012 and has supported thousands of affected Australians and their families. In recognition of John’s role in the charities success he was a 2014 Young Australian of the Year state finalist. John is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College – Duntroon. He has deployed to Afghanistan twice; once in 2008 and then in 2010. He holds a Master of Arts and Master of Management Studies and completed his honours on the First Chechen War. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. John has spoken about veteran issues and the requirement for community support for wounded serving and ex-serving Australians to a range of media outlets. He has featured on the 7.30 report, Triple J – Hack, SBS News, ABC news, The Project and many others. He has been published in The Australian and other print media.
Dr Greg Barton [More Info]
Research Professor and Chair of Global Islamic Politics
Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation
Greg is Research Professor in Global Islamic Politics in the Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University where he leads research on social inclusion and pluralism, Islam and civil society, democratisation, and countering violent extremism. He is the co-director of the Australian Intervention Support Hub (AISH), a pioneering collaboration between Deakin, ANU, AGD, AFP and DFAT working with agencies and community groups in developing responses to the challenge of violent extremism ( He also leads a related initiative coordinating a Southeast Asian Regional Network of CSOs working together against violent extremism. He is the co-editor of the journal Islam and Christian Muslim Relations and is a Senior Fellow with the UAE-based Hedayah Center in Abu Dhabi working on CVE. He is one of Australia’s leading scholars of both modern Indonesia and of terrorism and CVE. From 2007 to 2015 he was the Herb Feith Professor at Monash University where he led research on radicalisation in the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC). Greg is a frequently interviewed by the Australian and international electronic and print media on Islam, Islamic and Islamist movements around the world and on Indonesia and the politics of the Muslim world
Allan Briggs [More Info]
Managing Director
Briggs Communication
Allan Briggs is founder and owner of Briggs Communications. He grew up in country Victoria and started his professional career with Victoria Police. Allan served 16 years with Victoria Police where he rose to the rank of Sergeant and managed the Public Relations Unit. He went on to work as Manager of Media and Public Relations at Victoria State Emergency Services (VICSES) for four years during which time he increased VICSES’ monthly media items tenfold and truly established the brand. Allan’s experience is steeped in high profile crisis and emergency situations including the gangland shootings, armed robberies and fatal accidents. His work at Victoria Police and VICSES taught him that strategically developing and testing plans, systems and processes is the best way to mitigate risks, and manage issues and crises. Managing communication in situations such as Black Saturday, Allan quickly learnt how to get results in an environment where there is no margin for error. When the unexpected occurs, a well-rehearsed plan enables an effective response under pressure, even in extremely challenging circumstances. With a passion for communications and an interest in developing staff, Allan has built a solid reputation as a straight shooter who gets results. As he developed the VICSES media unit Allan initiated a mentor program to train employees in working with the media and good public relations practice. The Public Relations Institute of Australia also called upon him to mentor communications practitioners. Allan now shares his expertise through his client work, presenting at events and conferences around Australia and lecturing at universities in Melbourne, including RMIT University, Deakin University and Victoria University. Allan holds a Bachelor of Sociology and Police Studies, a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations and a Master of Communication. Allan Briggs is supported by a team of dedicated professionals with work experience in Public Relations and Corporate Communications.
Jason Brown [More Info]
National Security Director
Jason Brown is the National Security Director for Thales in Australia and New Zealand. He is responsible for security liaison with government, law enforcement and intelligence communities to develop cooperative arrangements to minimise risk to Thales and those in the community that it supports. He is also responsible to ensure compliance with international and Commonwealth requirements for national security and relevant federal and state laws. Before joining Thales in 2004 Jason had 27 years experience in Commonwealth Government with appointments which include; * Assistant Secretary - Defence Imagery and the Geospatial Organisation, * Director General - Safety, Compensation and People Development, * Assistant Secretary - Defence Security, and * Various appointments in the Attorney General's Security portfolio in the areas of counter terrorism and security policy and investigations. He is currently; * Chair of the Security Professionals Australasia. * Chair of the Steering Committee for the International Day of Recognition of Security Officers. * Chair of Australian Standards Committee (MB25) for Security and Resilience. * Fellow and member of the Governing Board of the Australian Risk Policy Institute (ARPI) as Director, Global Security Risk Policy. Jason holds Security Professional Chartered status in the UK and Registered Professional status with SPR-A. He was awarded the Australian Security Medal for Conspicuous Service in February 2011. In 2013 IFSEC International recognised him in the top 40 globally influential persons in Security and Fire Management. In addition to his day job Jason has just been appointed to lead a multinational taskforce to research and report on protective security with the aim of developing a protective Security Architecture for international security standards.
Professor Richard Buckland [More Info]
Associate Professor iin Computer Security, Cybercrime and Cyberterror
Richard Buckland is Associate Professor in Security Engineering CyberCrime and CyberTerror at the University of New South Wales. Richard is a multi-award winning and passionate educator who has taught over 10,000 undergraduate and postgraduate computer scientists, software engineers, and security engineers over the past 20 years and leads the $2Million UNSW/CBA SecEdu partnership to expand and develop Australia's national cyber security capability. As part of this initiative UNSW is offering all of its cyber security courses and training resources online for free – the first course “Security Engineering” currently has over 16,000 students and you are very welcome to join in. UNSW security engineering students have won the national university cybersecurity competition CySCA every year and since 2013 when multiple teams were permitted from universities UNSW has come first second and third every year. Richard was the 2013 ICT Educator of the Year (national iAwards), his YouTube lecture videos have had over 2 million views worldwide, and his hobbies include puzzles, bushwalking and speaking in the third person.
Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn [More Info]
Specialist Operations
NSW Police
Deputy Commissioner Burn is a career officer having covered many areas. Among her achievements she has been awarded the Australian Police Medal in the Australia Day Honours List, International Women's Day 2007 NSW Woman of the Year and Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year. She is also an Australia Day Ambassador. In July 2010 she was appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Services, with responsibility for managing a $2.7 billion budget. In October 2012 she was appointed as Deputy Commissioner, Specialist Operations and now has oversight of a number of areas including Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics, Forensic Services, Operational Communications, Police Prosecutions, Aviation Support, Marine Area Command, Traffic & Highway Patrol, Police Transport and Public Affairs.
Jon Clay [More Info]
Cyber Security Expert
Trend Micro Global
Jon Clay is a Cyber Security Expert for Trend Micro with 20 years of experience in the security industry and almost 30 years in technology. He is responsible for managing marketing messages and external publication of all the threat research and intelligence within Trend Micro as well different core technologies. As an accomplished public speaker with hundreds of speaking sessions around the globe, Jon focuses on the threat landscape and the use of big data in protecting against today’s sophisticated threats. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering with emphasis in Computer Engineering from Michigan State University. This experience has given him a broad technical background and understanding of the security requirements of businesses as well as an excellent understanding of the threat landscape.
Bob Connell [More Info]
Senior Software Engineer
Semantic Software
Bob started his IT career working for Westpac. In the early 1980s he launched a successful IT security consultancy. Clients included AMP, NRMA, Commonwealth Bank and the Reserve Bank of Australia. During this time Bob founded the ACS IT Security Special Interest Group and was the Security Audit project manager for Australasian Share Guide for two years. In 1995 Bob attended the inaugural Data Warehouse Institute conference in Washington D.C and subsequently became a Charter Member of the Data Warehousing Institute. He has been involved in many data warehouse and business intelligence assignments including designing and implementing a spare parts inventory management system for a mining company; managing RFP preparations and evaluation for a DW for large Federal Government departments. During this time, he became a Foundation Member of the International Data Warehousing Association of Boston. Bob joined Semantic Software Asia Pacific in 2012 as a Senior Research Engineer. As a Software Engineer, he is required to attain a thorough understanding of current research in relevant fields and to identify which components of this research may best be applied to or expanded upon, by technologies. He researches emerging technologies specifically relating to Semantic Computing, implements new ideas, tracks related research, develops new concepts and prototypes ideas, while understanding how they relate to patents currently held by the company and identifying potential new patents. He also assists the development team in translating this research into functioning applications He has prepared and presented many in-house and commercial AI/Semantic Computing, Data Security, IT Enterprise and Solution architecture training courses and papers and has had a variety of articles published in relevant trade publications.
Mr Rod Cowan [More Info]
Strategic Advisor
Emirates Group Security/Edith Cowan University, Centre of Aviation and Security Studies (CASS)
Rod Cowan has contributed for over 30 years to security through his writing, teaching, speaking at industry conferences and public events. As Strategic Advisor for Emirates Group Security/Edith Cowan University Centre of Aviation and Security Studies (CASS), his focus is on security-minded communications and media risk. He has conducted workshops for and consulted with law enforcement, intelligence, government entities and corporations in Australia, Middle East and the EU on how digital communications and social media, although providing many benefits, also represents serious threats to governments, business, communities and individuals. Recently, over two months he taught Investigative Report Writing to 200 security operatives in the Middle East — all English secnd language speakers. Cowan, believing education in communcaition as vital to developing collaboration, is also working with law enforcement and Muslim communities in encouraging anti-radicalisation through credible voices in the community. Cowan is the Writer/Director for the Security is Your Business collaborative project, Editor-at-large for Security Solutions magazine, and a founding director Director of Philanthropy for the Australian Security Medals Foundation Inc. Cowan has written for print media, appeared on national television and radio, and has received two industry awards for excellence for reporting in the security industry.
Dr John Coyne [More Info]
Head of Border Security
Dr John Coyne is the Head of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Border Security Program. John came to ASPI from the Australian Federal Police, where he worked on transnational serious organised crime, national security, and counter-terrorism. Over the last twenty years he has been an intelligence professional at tactical, operational, and strategic levels across a range of military, regulatory, national security and law enforcement organisations. During this period he has worked extensively in the ASEAN region, delivering a range of bilateral research projects. His more recent work in this area has focused on enhancing multilateral ASEAN information exchange regarding non-traditional illicit commodity flows.
Dr Jackie Craig [More Info]
Chief Electronic Warfare and Cyber Division, DSTO
Department of Defence
Jackie Craig was born in Glasgow, Scotland and has PhD in physics from St. Andrews University. From 1981 to 1990 she worked for the UK ministry of Defence. In 1990 she emigrated to Australia and since then has worked for the Australian Department of Defence as a scientist, holding a number of positions over 25 years. She is currently the Chief of Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division. In this role she leads over 300 scientists, engineers and technical specialists engaged in a very broad spectrum of science and technology in the areas of cyber, communications, signals intelligence, threat countermeasures and networked systems. Jackie has over 50 publications in the open scientific literature, over 30 classified papers, and is the holder of 2 patents and several invention records. She has presented many times at conferences and given numerous invited talks. Jackie has held a number of leadership positions in international forums. She led the Australian entry into a major classified S&T forum and went on to lead the participation in that forum for ten years. From 1999 to 2001 she was the Australian Project Director of the joint US-AUS Collaboration on the Global Hawk Australian deployment and assessment. From 2008 to 2012 she was the Australian national representative on the Electronic Warfare Systems Group of the prominent fives eyes S&T forum known as The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) and from 2012 to 2015 she was the Executive Chair of Electronic Warfare Systems Group. In 2013 she was the Australian National Representative on the TTCP Cyber Strategic Challenge Group and she is currently the Executive Chair of the TTCP EC College. In 20010 she chaired the panel reviewing the Naval Research Laboratory’s internal program on Electro-magnetic Warfare science and technology. She has contributed to several local academic committees and served on the board of directors of Airborne Research Australia – a Major National Research Facility. She is currently on the board of directors of the Australian Chapter of the Association of Old Crows. She was awarded the 2001 Ministers Award in Defence Science for her work on imagery ISR systems, received a recognition award for scientific leadership in a classified forum in 2008 and a TTCP award for outstanding leadership in 2013. Jackie is married with two grown up daughters. Her hobbies are climbing, cycling and surfing.
Alistair Dawson Assistant Commissioner [More Info]
Assistant Commissioner
Queensland Police Service
Assistant Commissioner Alistair Dawson was sworn into the Queensland Police Service in February 1982 and now commands the Central Police Region. Prior to joining the Queensland Police Service, Assistant Commissioner Dawson served in the Metropolitan Police, London, England before immigrating to Australia in 1981. His policing career in Queensland has involved an array of roles including General Duties, Traffic Branch, and Water Police in locations spanning from Toowoomba, the Gold Coast, Logan, Brisbane and now Rockhampton. Assistant Commissioner Dawson has performed a number of roles and worked on a number of events of significance to the Queensland community. Some highlights of his career include: • Whilst on the Gold Coast he was the police commander for the Lexmark Indy Grand Prix and the Deputy Police Commander of Gold Coast Schoolies. • Serving as the State Search and Rescue Coordinator and Training Officer during which time he was also a helicopter rescue crewman with Emergency Management Queensland. • Being the chair of the State Disaster Coordination Group coordinating the whole of government response to disaster events across the State including cyclones Tasha, Anthony and Yasi, and the 2013 Australia Day Bundaberg floods. • Serving as the Program Director for the 2014 G20 preparations for the Finance Ministers’ Meeting (Cairns) and the Leader’s Summit (Brisbane). In June 2013, Alistair was promoted to Assistant Commissioner at Operations Support Command and in November 2015, he assumed command of the Central Police Region which covers an area the size of the United Kingdom. Alistair is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he has a Graduate Diploma of Executive Leadership (Australian Institute of Police Management), a Graduate Diploma of Public Administration, a Diploma of Public Safety (Police Search and Rescue Coordination), and he is a graduate of the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Program. He is currently studying for an MBA and an Executive Masters in Public Administration.
Chris Dawson (APM) [More Info]
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
Mr Dawson joined WA Police in 1976 which is the world’s largest single police jurisdiction (over 2.5 million square kilometres). He had an extensive career serving in country and metropolitan positions and progressed through the ranks being appointed Deputy Commissioner in July 2004 specifically to lead an agency reform programme resulting from outcomes from a Royal Commission into WA Police. From May 2008 he had overall management of all operational policing within metropolitan and regional areas including specialist portfolios of serious and organised crime, counter terrorism and state protection. In 2011, he was State Commander for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) where he was responsible for the security of all attending Heads of State from 53 Commonwealth countries and their respective senior ministers and delegates. He was awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2002. Mr Dawson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, formally the Australian Crime Commission, a position he has held since April 2014. Mr Dawson is also Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology.
Gordon Dojcinovic [More Info]
Commander of the Protection Unit, Coordinated Responses Group
NSW Police Force
Chief Inspector Dojcinovic APM. NSW Police Force. Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command. Chief Inspector Dojcinovic has been a member of the NSW Police Force for 30 years. He has performed roles in a range of area within policing. Chief Inspector Dojcinovic has been attached to the NSW Police Force. Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command since its establishment in 2003. He is the Commander of the Protection Programs Unit which works closely with the owners and operators of Critical Infrastructure, Mass Passenger Transport and Places of Mass Gathering to assist them to prepare for, prevent, respond and recover from a terrorist incident by raising awareness of terrorist threat, building partnerships and formalising structures to develop and provide protective security advice. Chief Inspector Dojcinovic has participated and contributed to the development of both state and National Security Policy through his engagement on various working groups and committees associated with the Australian New Zealand Counter Terrorist Committee (ANZCTC).
Brad Fallen [More Info]
A/Assistant Secretary Cyber Policy | Office of the Cyber Security Special Adviser,
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Brad is A/Assistant Secretary Cyber Policy in the Office of the Cyber Security Special Adviser, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Before this Brad led PM&C’s National Security Committee Secretariat (2011-2014), and coordinated the Department of Defence’s Cabinet and Freedom of Information business between 2008 and 2011. In Defence’s International Policy Division (1996-2000), Brad’s work on Australia’s defence relationship with Papua New Guinea included three years on posting to Port Moresby. Brad was Defence Adviser to the then Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, the Hon Bruce Scott MP, between February 2000 and December 2001. Brad has also worked as an analyst and manager in the Defence Intelligence Organisation, Office of National Assessments and New Zealand’s External Assessments Bureau.
Stephen Fitzsimmons [More Info]
Account Executive ANZ Government
Stephen has been working with Australian government clients in the IT services industry for over 8 years. Prior to working at Cloudera, his most recent role was a highly successful Client Sales Executive with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), helping his clients drive business value from their IT services. Previous to Stephen’s role of Sales Executive, he served as a management accountant for HPE managing HPE’s Federal Government business. Stephen graduated from Australian National University with a Bachelor of Economics.
David Forman [More Info]
Senior Manager – Policy and Industry
Macquarie Telecom
David is a Canberra-based member Macquarie Telecom's Industry & policy team and leads the business's liaison with Federal policy makers. He has spent more than 20 years in various roles working to bridge the often wide gap between the private sector and the policy world across a wide range of industries, from telecommunications to infrastructure and transport.
Joe Franzi [More Info]
First Assistant Secretary Identity & Biometrics Division
Department of Immigration & Border Protection
Joe Franzi joined the Department of Immigration & Border Protection in April 2016 on promotion to Senior Executive Service Level Two, to head up the Identity and Biometrics Division. He had a short secondment to the National Security College (NSC) as Director, Executive & Professional Development from January 2016 after a career working in various parts of the national security community. Prior to his NSC secondment, he was the Assistant Secretary Cyber Security at the Australian Signals Directorate 2011-2016, which included leading the principle Defence contribution to the new Australian Cyber Security Centre. Joe’s career has included extensive experience in intelligence and security domains with over 38 years’ service within the Defence portfolio (military and civilian). After a number of military assignments during a 15-year Army career, Joe commenced as an Australian public servant in January 1993. Joe has held various positions covering intelligence, analysis, collection, training and cyber fields. Joe was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in April 2007, and commenced as the first civilian Director-General Support to Military Operations, leading all Australian Signals Directorate support to Australian Defence Force and Coalition Force operations – in particular in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor. Joe holds: A Diploma of Telecommunications Intelligence; an Advanced Certificate in Telecommunications Signals Analysis; a Certificate IV in Training & Development; a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Flinders University; and Certificates of Completion for the Senior Executive in National and International Security, and Senior Executive Cyber Security programs from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Executive Education, Harvard University. He is an alumnus of the NSC’s National Security Senior Executive Development Program and a member of the Australian Information Security Association Advisory Council.
Andre Fucs De Miranda [More Info]
Security Operations Manager
Macquarie Telecom
With nearly 20 years of experience on Information Security, Andre Fucs de Miranda has spent good part of his life securing information systems around the globe. Although Andre was one of the first researchers to predict the rise of digitally signed modular malware – a critical characteristic of modern “APTs” –his real passion are the social-economic aspects of information security and the eternal quest for efficiency in cyber security operation. In his current role as Macquarie Telecom’s SOC Manager, Andre leads a team of talented security professionals in their mission to secure our cyberspace from a myriad of cyber threats. Andre was recently a guest speaker at the Australian Cyber Security Centre 2016 Conference, in April, presenting on “Joining the dots – Using graph analysis to detect and contain Cryptolocker related activity”.
Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan [More Info]
National Manager Counter Terrorism
Australian Federal Police
Neil Gaughan is a career police officer with excess of 30 years’ experience in general policing and investigative roles in both the ACT Region and AFP National Operations. In February 2013 Neil took over responsibility for the Counter Terrorism (CT) portfolio of the Australian Federal Police. Since that time the AFP’s CT portfolio has almost doubled in size as a result of the world seeing a significant increase in the global terrorist threat, primarily brought about by the emergence of ISIS. Australia’s domestic terrorism environment has also changed significantly in the last 12 months, including the disruption of six terrorism plots since September 2014. Neil has been involved in the development of current Australian CT policy, has contributed to national countering violent extremism strategies, has championed significant legislative reform and works collaboratively and cooperatively with regional partners to combat terrorism regionally and globally. Prior to working in Counter Terrorism Neil ran the AFP’s High Tech Crime Operations (HTCO) portfolio. In HTCO Neil led investigation teams with responsibility for all complex cyber-crime and online child exploitation investigations, as well as delivering all the AFP’s technical, interception and surveillance capabilities. During his tenure in HTCO, Neil chaired the Virtual Global Taskforce. The VGT is a global partnership of law enforcement agencies, non-government organisations and industry, working together to protect children from online child abuse and other forms of transnational child sexual exploitation. Neil has tertiary qualifications in Public Administration, Public Policy and Risk Management.
Detective Superintendent Bill Graham [More Info]
Detective Superintendent
Queensland Police
Bill has been a police Officer for 33 years and served in various sections throughout the QPS including General Duties, Traffic, Investigations, PCYC, Intelligence, Performance Reviews, Projects, Watchhouse, Policy and Strategy areas. Since being promoted to Commissioned rank in 2004 he has performed duty as Patrol Inspector, Duty Officer, Project Officer, District Officer, Manager of the Drug and Alcohol Coordination Unit and Operations Manager State Intelligence for the Queensland Police Service. Bill has been a member of a number of national committees including Telecommunications Interception, Inter-Governmental Committee on Drugs, National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund and most recently the Investigations Support Capability Coordination Sub-Committee (ISCCSC) ANZCTC. In his current role as Commander of the Security and Counter-Terrorism Group, Bill has the operational responsibility and leadership for preventing and responding to terrorism and other security issues in Queensland. His area undertakes the gathering of intelligence on, and investigation of all matters pertaining to the national security environment with regards to the State of Queensland. The Security and Counter-Terrorism Group also takes a lead role in training/exercising and assists the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Government and its stakeholders to strengthen security and counter-terrorism arrangements. Bill has a Masters in Public Policy and Administration, Bachelor of Business (HRM), Graduate Certificate in Applied Management (Policing and Emergency Services) and a Diploma of Public Safety (Policing)
Assistant Commissioner Ross Guenther [More Info]
Head of Counter Terrorism
VIC Police
Ross joined Victoria Police in 1985. An accomplished police officer, his professional experience encompasses the leadership and management of teams across investigative, general policing, specialist operations and business environments. He holds a Masters Degree in Criminology along with professional qualifications in project, business, training and strategic management streams. He has a deep commitment to learning and innovation and has facilitated education programs for various tertiary institutions in recent years. As a Commissioned Officer, Ross has managed and led successful change management programs across Victoria Police’s Centre for Investigator Training, Airlie Leadership Development Centre, Security Services Division and more recently as a Divisional Manager within the Southern Metropolitan Region. In 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner and is charged with leading the newly established Victoria Police Counter Terrorism Command. As a former Command Capability Advisor to the ANZCTC, Ross has a deep understanding of Counter Terrorism including the spectrum of police and agency responses required to address the complex challenges within that environment.
Dr Rohan Gunaratna [More Info]
Professor of Security Studies, Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research,
RSIS (Singapore)
Professor Rohan Gunaratna is Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, and Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore. He received his Masters from the University of Notre Dame in the US where he was Hesburgh Scholar and his doctorate from the University of St Andrews in the UK where he was British Chevening Scholar. A former Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Centre at the United States Military Academy at West Point and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Gunaratna was invited to testify on the structure of al Qaeda before the 9/11 Commission. The author of 16 books including “Inside al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror” (University of Columbia Press), Gunaratna interviewed terrorists and insurgents in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Saudi Arabia and other conflict zones. For advancing international security cooperation, Gunaratna received the Major General Ralph H. Van Deman Award in June 2014.
Dr John Hardy [More Info]
Lecturer of Intelligence Studies
Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security Charles Sturt University
John is a Lecturer of Intelligence Studies at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security at CSU Canberra. He is currently a Delegate of the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue’s 2016-2017 Young Leaders program and a Fellow with the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA). John was previously the Director of Security Studies at the Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT) at Macquarie University and completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the National Security College. John has worked as a Research Associate for the Crawford School of Public Policy and the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He has also taught at the Australian Defence Force Academy, the School of Politics and International Relations, ANU and the University of Canberra. John has been a security analyst and consultant for public, private, and not-for-profit organisations and works with practitioners from Australian and international organisations on applied research issues. His research on national security, applied intelligence and military targeting has involved broad consultation with government and industry and has been published in leading international journals.
Mark Hartmann [More Info]
Mark is the CEO of Sylo and designer of Cortex, Mark’s passion for emerging and market leading technology has led to a thorough understanding of complex solutions designed to address international business requirements and community needs. Drawing on years of experience in the ICT and Security Industries, and founding Sylo in 2007 to address the technological convergence in the modern security and digital urban space, Mark conceived and designed Cortex, a unique, community centric, smart city solution that is set to define our next-gen, digital spaces”
Simon Hill [More Info]
National Security Industry Lead
Esri Australia and Esri South Asia
Simon Hill is the Regional Industry Lead for National Security, providing leadership and industry expertise to teams across Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Bangladesh and Timor-Leste. With almost 25 years’ experience working within the defence and public safety sectors, Simon is passionate about partnering with national security agencies to help them leverage the power of geography and spatial analytics in the pursuit of strong domestic and international security for their respective nations.
Gary Hogan [More Info]
Gary Hogan is Senior Adviser, Defence and National Security, at KPMG Australia. He is Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the UNSW School of Humanities and Social Sciences and serves on the Council of Australia's largest tertiary institution, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. When he left the Australian Army with more than 30 years' experience as an intelligence officer, including Head of Army Intelligence, he was the Defence Department's top Asianist. He speaks fluent Mandarin, Vietnamese and Bahasa Indonesia. Gary is a graduate of the Chinese National Defence University and taught China studies on faculty of the US Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington DC. He was Australia's first Defence Attaché to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the first foreigner to graduate from Indonesia's National College of Governance. He served three years as Defence Head at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. He is a commentator on Australia-Asia relations with the Lowy Institute, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the Australian newspaper, ABC News 24 and ABC radio. He is a member of the Order of Australia and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross while on active service in the Middle East. His foreign decorations include the US Legion of Merit and the Grand Meritorious Military Order of Indonesia. He is involved with a range of organisations empowering veterans in Australia, including the Prince's Charities and Soldier On.
David Horton [More Info]
Buisness Development Manager
David is responsible for National Security at NEC Australia, including intelligence, border security, and law enforcement. Over the past two years he has built NEC’s Systems Integration capability for Federal Government, with major projects including CrimTrac’s Biometric Identification Services, Australian Apprenticeship Management System, and several biometrics projects with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. David’s background spans applications (Microsoft), networking (Cisco), telecommunications (SingTel), business consulting, Systems Integration (HP, Fujitsu, NEC), as well as uniformed military service as an Australian Army officer. Based in Canberra for 25 years, working in the Defence and security domain, he also spent four years at Microsoft’s US headquarters as Program Manager Government Requirements, with a particular focus on security across the company. He started his civilian career in the Public Service, which included Defence and Parliament House. David has served on industry and Defence boards, contributed articles to technical journals, and spoken at conferences around the world in the area of security.
Matt Jones [More Info]
National Manager Chief Technology Officer
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
Mr Matt Jones is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and has more than 30 years experience in all aspects of the ICT business and life cycle across both the public and private sectors. As Chief Technology Officer, he is responsible for ICT Strategy and architecture, and leading the technical design of national information sharing services for Australia’s police agencies. During the period 2000 – 2008, Mr Jones was engaged at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (now Immigration and Border Protection) in a variety of architecture roles and worked on the Systems for People Programme, the Global Systems Environment and a range of eVisa initiatives. Prior to 2000, Mr Jones held a consulting role with CSC working with a number of clients at Defence, the National Library of Australia and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). Mr Jones began his IT career as a database and systems administrator with the Australian Customs Service in 1987. Mr Jones has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in computing and a sub-major in business administration and is a TOGAF certified architect.
The Hon Michael Keenan MP [More Info]
Minister for Justice; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter-Terrorism
Michael Keenan was sworn in as Australia’s Justice Minister in the 44th Parliament following the September 2013 election, and was appointed Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism in 2015. Mr Keenan’s role within the Government is to lead the Commonwealth’s efforts to counter violent extremism and to ensure effective and integrated implementation of Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy. He is the primary contact for the Prime Minister for both day-to-day counter-terrorism matters and in a terrorism crisis. As Justice Minister, his role is to lead the Commonwealth’s work to combat serious and organised crime both domestically and abroad, securing cooperation with states and territories as well as international counterparts on criminal matters. He is also the Minister responsible for emergency management to lead the Commonwealth’s response during times of natural disasters such as fire, storms and floods. Background Mr Keenan was elected to the House of Representatives for Stirling, Western Australia in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. During this time he has served as Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Governance, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, which he held from late 2009. Having held the position of Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection for four years, Mr Keenan has a detailed understanding of the portfolio and clear objectives and direction for the agencies now in his charge. Mr Keenan has served on numerous committees including the Joint Select Committee on the Christmas Island Tragedy from March to June 2011 and the Joint Select Committee on Australia's Immigration Detention Network from June 2011 to March 2012. As well as this, he has served on the Joint Statutory Committees for the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from February 2010 to July 2010, the Australian Crime Commission Committee from February 2010 to July 2010 and the Law Enforcement Committee from November 2010. Before entering Parliament, Mr Keenan was the ministerial adviser to the ACT Deputy Chief Minister between 1996 and 1998. He held various positions with the Judge Institute of Management, Cambridge University and the London Daily Telegraph from 1998 to 1999, and was the ministerial adviser to the Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone from 2001 to 2003. Mr Keenan was educated at Murdoch University, the Australian National University and Cambridge University. He holds degrees in History and Politics and a Masters in Philosophy in International Relations.
John Kendall [More Info]
Director Border and National Security Program
Unisys Global Public Sector
John Kendall is the Director of the Border and National Security Program for the global public sector practice at Unisys. Based in Canberra Australia, John has overall responsibility for Unisys border and national security initiatives around the globe. This includes R&D, sales, consulting and delivery activities. With a thirty year career with Unisys, the last nine of those in Australia, John has worked with Public Sector clients in the USA, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific. His particular area of focus has been the national security sector, helping public sector organisations leverage innovative technologies such as biometrics, real time analytics and mobility to provide secure and cost effective services to their citizens and business communities. This includes having personally worked on leading edge projects in Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa, Germany, Costa Rica, Panama and Dominican Republic. As a Subject Matter Expert in the application of identification and biometrics, John has developed deep first hand insight into how organisations can leverage these technologies to achieve both improved efficiency and greater security in the areas of law enforcement, corrections and civil identification. John is regularly quoted in the media providing commentary on border security, national security, and cyber security issues as well consumer attitudes toward various security measures. Read his blog posts here: He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA in Management Science from Virginia Tech. He is an IEEE Certified Biometrics Professional and a member of the Biometrics Institute Privacy Committee.
Zak Khan [More Info]
Director, Advanced Cyber Defence
Trend Micro
Zak Khan is the Director of Advanced Cyber Defence for Trend Micro Australia and New Zealand. Zak has nearly 20 years’ experience working in the IT industry, across verticals from publishing to construction, and from telecommunications to data mining and network security. Zak has dedicated the last 6 years to Trend Micro, establishing the virtualisation and cloud security business in the region. His work has enabled a whole host of businesses to make the shift from physical perimeter-based security to a brave new world. Prior to joining Trend Micro, Zak worked in various roles at Australian Consolidated Press, Boral and an APAC-wide leadership role for leading Telecom Expense Management vendor Avotus. His responsibilities include defining and executing the strategy for the cyber defence business in ANZ - from channel and sales strategy to partnerships and marketing. Zak has earned degrees in Economics and Business Administration from Wake Forest University in the USA. With minor degrees in History and English, Zak spends his spare time reminiscing history and writing poetry.
Dr John Langdale Associate Professor [More Info]
Department of Security Studies & Criminolgy
Macquarie University
A/Prof Langdale currently teaches in the International Security Studies (ISS) program in PICT. He has taught at Macquarie University in Economic Geography. In addition, he has taught in the Communications and Business programs at the University. His research has focused on the interlinkages between globalisation and economics, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. His current interest is in the area of global economic security, with particular interests in the Asia-Pacific region and energy security. He has undertaken consultancies for Australian government departments, local councils, telecommunications carriers and private firms. He was chair of Telstra's Social and Policy Research in Telecommunications and has been the recipient of a number of Australian Research Council grants. His current teaching interests link up with his long-term research interests on globalisation. He has taught units in the ISS program on economic and resource security and global crime.
Peter Leahy AC [More Info]
Director, National Security Institute
University of Canberra
Peter Leahy retired from the Army in July 2008 after a 37 year career. He concluded his career with the rank of Lieutenant General in the appointment of the Chief of Army. Since leaving the Army Peter has joined the University of Canberra as a Professor and the foundation Director of the National Security Institute. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been appointed to the Boards of three ASX listed companies. He is a member of the Defence South Australia Advisory Board and is a member of the First Principles Review of Defence. He was appointed to this position by the Minister for Defence in 2014. In work related to charities he is Chairman of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Committee in the ACT, Chairman of “Soldier On”, which aims to support physically and psychologically wounded Australian soldiers and the Chairman of the not for profit charity the Australian International Military Games which will run the Invictus Games in Australia in 2018. He is a Trustee of the Prince’s Charities Australia.
Mark Leishman [More Info]
Mark joined KPMG in 2001 after 21 years’ experience in law enforcement across several Australian Federal Government positions, including the Australian Federal Police, ASIC, Immigration, Department of Defence and Department of National Defence (Canada). Mark has been the lead partner for the Korea and New Zealand practices and is currently the Brisbane based Forensic partner, responsible for both Queensland and Canberra practices. He was the Asia Pacific Investigations Network leader from 2004 – 2015 and is currently the Forensic service leader for the government sector. Mark assist clients experiencing difficulties requiring complex and / or sensitive investigation, as well as assisting organisations with their fraud control strategies. Mark also works with agencies in the establishment, planning and training, of their compliance and enforcement units. Mark was responsible for establishing and now oversees KPMG’s pro-bono services to the Women’s Legal Service of Queensland, assisting them to help “at risk” women and children who don’t have ready access to legal support. He views this as an important contribution to the community, which also assists KPMG in gaining a better understanding of significant community issues.
Henry Leung [More Info]
Senior Marketing Manager
Entrust Datacard
Henry Leung is a senior marketing manager for Entrust Datacard, leading the company’s government vertical initiatives in Asia Pacific around citizen identification programs including passport, national ID, driver license and border control spanning across physical, digital and mobile technologies. Leung’s responsibilities at Entrust Datacard also comprise of thought leadership, go-to-market strategies, government end-user and partner development based on the company’s market leading secure citizen identification solutions. Prior to joining Entrust Datacard, Leung was the senior business development manager at NEC Corporation, where he helped the company position some of its renowned border control, public safety & biometrics solutions worldwide. Henry also held sales manager and marketing manager roles at NEC Corporation subsequent to regional management roles at INFOCAN, an award winning Microsoft partner, and Alfa Far East Trading Company. Henry is an alumni of the University of Washington and University of Phoenix in USA.
Detective Superintendent Glyn Lewis [More Info]
National Coordinator Cyber Crime Operations
Australian Federal Police
As the National Coordinator Cybercrime Operations located within the Organized Crime and Cyber portfolio of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), I coordinate the AFP’s five (5) Cyber Crime Teams that investigate pure, dependent and enabled cybercrime. One of the teams is located at the Australian Cyber Security Centre and I oversight referrals from this Commonwealth Government initiative where key intelligence and law enforcement agencies are co-located to collectively assess and triage major cyber incidents. I also manage capability development and support the function’s international outreach. Prior to my current role, I was INTERPOL’s Director of Specialised Crime & Analysis. While at INTERPOL I led a number of sub-directorates that supported 190 member countries counter cyber-enabled organised crime in areas including narcotics, human trafficking, people smuggling, child exploitation, pharmaceutical crime and environment crime. My employment with the AFP has taken me to several other overseas posts including Tonga, where I Commanded Australia's contribution to the Tonga Police Development Program; the United Kingdom where I was a Visiting Fellow at the Senior Police College in Bramshill; India as a Visiting Fellow for the Mid-Career Training Program for the Indian Police Service; Kuala Lumpur as Acting Police Attaché; and with the United Nations Police in Cyprus, Timor Leste and Sudan. I have numerous Graduate and Post-Graduate Legal, Accounting, Management and Cybercrime related qualifications.
Mark Lieshman [More Info]
Partner, Forensic - Advisory
Clive Lines [More Info]
Deputy Director ASD/ACSC Coordinator
Australian Signals Directorate
Clive Lines was appointed Deputy Director Australian Signals Directorate in May 2013 and is responsible for Foreign Relations, Policy, Compliance and the delivery of Security Services for all three Defence Intelligence Agencies. In July 2015 Clive was appointed Deputy Director Cyber & Information Security and also serves as the Coordinator of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, these two roles are in addition to Deputy Director Australian Signals Directorate. Prior to these appointments Clive was responsible for the development and support of Defence’s enterprise IT system in the finance, logistics, military, intelligence and corporate domains and related industry partnerships arrangements. In addition, he was responsible for the single Defence telecommunications contract, a significant part of the reform agenda. Clive was appointed to CIOG in a newly-created position as First Assistant Secretary ICT Reform in January 2010. He was responsible for delivering ICT reform saving of approximately $2billion as part of the overall Defence Strategic Reform Program and key CIOG reform projects. Prior to heading up the ICT reform program, Clive serves as Head of the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (now the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation). His responsibilities included the provision of intelligence in support of government and Australian Defence Force (ADF) activities, the provision of geospatial support to the ADF, and support to agencies involved in security activities. In addition, as Director he was responsible for the Coordination of Geospatial Capability and the management of geospatial information and hand-held imagery across the Department of Defence. Clive has previously served as both the Head of Capability and Head of Intelligence in ASD as well as working in the Defence Intelligence Organisation as Assistant Secretary Analytical Service, where he had responsibility for intelligence productions and coordination, customer relation, collection liaison, information service, security and information technology. Clive enjoys a wide range of cuisine including Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Chines Food, including noodle dishes but does not eat fish or seafood.
Professor Rory Medcalf [More Info]
Head of the National Security College
Australian National University
Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University since January 2015. He has more than two decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks and journalism. He was the Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute from 2007 to 2015. Prior to that, Professor Medcalf was a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments. His experience as an Australian diplomat included a posting to New Delhi, a secondment to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, truce monitoring after the civil conflict in Bougainville and policy development on Asian security institutions. He has contributed to three landmark reports on nuclear arms control. His earlier work in journalism was commended in Australia’s leading media awards, the Walkleys. He is on the expert panel providing advice on the 2016 Defence White Paper. Professor Medcalf has played a significant role in relations with India, and is founder and co-chair of the Australia India Policy Forum, an informal bilateral dialogue.
Greg Miller [More Info]
Associate Director
Greg Moriarty [More Info]
Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Greg Moriarty was appointed Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator in June 2015 and is responsible for coordinating and implementing Australia’s counter-terrorism arrangements, in close partnership with the States and Territories. Prior to joining the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Mr Moriarty’s most recent appointments were as Deputy Secretary with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2015) and as Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia (2010-2014). Mr Moriarty has extensive experience within DFAT. Before his appointment as Ambassador, Mr Moriarty was First Assistant Secretary, Consular Public Diplomacy and Parliamentary Affairs Division (2009-2010) and Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary and Media Branch (2008-2009), both within DFAT. Mr Moriarty has also previously served overseas as Ambassador to Iran. He had previous assignments in Indonesia, in Papua New Guinea, and as Senior Negotiator with the Peace Monitoring Group on Bougainville. Prior to joining DFAT Mr Moriarty worked in the Department of Defence, primarily in the Defence Intelligence Organisation. He also served in the Headquarters of the United States Central Command in the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Mr Moriarty holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours from the University of Western Australia and a Masters Degree in Strategic and Defence Studies from the Australian National University. He is married with two children. Mr Moriarty has studied Indonesian and Tok Pisin.
Clive Murray [More Info]
Assistant Commissioner, Strategic Border Command (SBC
Australian Border Force (ABF)
In August 2015, Clive Murray was appointed as the Assistant Commissioner, Strategic Border Command (SBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF). He is accountable for providing high level strategic direction in the overall management of SBC's operations including ABF operations at airports; sea and air cargo facilities; international mail screening; the Strategic Border Command Centre (SBCC); Border Operations Centre (BOC); and the National Border Targeting Centre (NBTC). Prior to the ABF, Clive had a career spanning nearly thirty years with the Australian Federal Police (AFP). His domestic service with the AFP principally involved investigations with deployments in Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Sydney. This included positions with Intelligence; Drug investigations; Transnational Crime and Internal Affairs. He has served as a peace-keeper with the United Nations in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for one year in 1992; followed by a deployment to Mozambique (ONUMOZ) in 1994 for a period of six months. Clive was the AFP’s Senior Liaison Officer (SLO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina for three years between 2000 – 2002 with responsibility for Australia’s law enforcement interests in South America. In late 2002 he was appointed to establish a new AFP Post in Brasilia, Brazil and performed the role of SLO until the end of 2004. In 2006 he was promoted to Superintendent and appointed as the National Coordinator Close Personal Protection (CPP) and had responsibility for managing the AFP’s commitment to key events including the Commonwealth Games (2006); G20; and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). In early 2010 Clive was promoted to Commander and led the amalgamation of the International Deployment Group Operational Response Group (ORG) and the ACT Police Specialist Response & Security (SRS) to form the Specialist Response Group (SRG). The SRG is responsible for delivering specialist policing capabilities for the AFP in the ACT, nationally and internationally. In January 2013 he was appointed to the role of Manager International Network, Serious & Organised Crime. The AFP’s International Network included representation of about 100 liaison officers across 30 countries and in this role he was also the Head of INTERPOL NCB. Clive has completed a range of studies including: a Masters of Arts in Strategic Studies (Deakin University); a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management; a Graduate Certificate in Police Management; and a Graduate Diploma of Executive Leadership (Policing and Emergency Services). He has also undertaken vocational studies in Spanish and Portuguese and retains a level of proficiency in both languages. He is a graduate of the International Management of Serious Crime Program (Indonesia 2005); the Police Management Development Program (AIPM 2006); the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (2009); and the Strategic Gold Command Program, NPIA Bramshill (2011).
Anooshe Mushtaq [More Info]
Research Associate - Countering Violent Extremism
Australian Security Research Centre (ASRC)
Anooshe is a first generation Australian of Pakistani origin. She spent her early years in Pakistan and in Libya on posting with her family. Since her arrival in Western Sydney, Anooshe has experienced first-hand the changing cultural landscape of Australia. From being the only Muslim in her year at Liverpool Girls High to seeing Islam at the centre of the national debate, Anooshe offers a personal insight into how multicultural Australia has changed over the last 30 years and the implications of these changes. Based on her own experience, Anooshe offers a perspective on the religious and cultural drivers of Muslim radicalisation in Australia. She has spoken at national security conferences on the topic of Social Cohesion, Social Media Extremism and International Terrorist Groups, Violent Extremism and Muslim Youth Radicalisation. She publishes regularly in The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Australian Security Magazine and Security Solution Magazine. Anooshe is currently studying Masters of Terrorism and Security at Charles Sturt University. She is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO), Research Fellow at Info Ops HQ in Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and a Research Associate at the Australian Security Research Centre (ASRC).
Joel Nation [More Info]
Solution Architect
As a Solution Architect focusing on National Security, Joel Nation brings a wealth of relevant experience supporting Defence and National Security customers. He provides architectural expertise to help solve the unique challenges that secure organisations face and has worked with both Federal and State-based organisations around Australia. Joel is the Australian link into the Oracle US National Security Group and is able to leverage their resources, expertise and solutions to help Australian organisations. With a background in data management solutions, including big data and fast data, Joel is able to provide an insight into how challenges such as multi-level security can be solved for all secure organisations without introducing extra complexity.
Boris Novak [More Info]
Director Sales Engineering
A graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, Boris Novak began his career as a RAAF Electrical Engineering Officer by leading teams in the deployment of tactical communications- electronics facilities in support of deployed air operations for joint and combined forces. This was followed by a support role when he progressed to become the systems engineer responsible for the sustainment of all of Australian Defence's airfield navigational aids and air traffic radars. Hanging up his uniform, Boris founded C-E Solutions, which fifteen years later, rebranded as Dexata Corporation. Dexata is a supplier of breakthrough analytic capabilities within the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) domain. Experts in real time analytics at big-data scale, Dexata’s systems convert huge volumes of sensor data into qualified, actionable intelligence. Dexata maximises the value of existing ISR infrastructure, intelligence and people, to dramatically raise the comprehension of unfolding events. During the Dexata journey Boris founded various collaborative initiatives. During his tenure as President of The Minerva Technology Group, Boris forged a relationship between technology-centric small business industry and the University of Newcastle. This led to various R&D collaborations. Dexata was awarded several Australian Research Council grants for several technology explorations with The University of Newcastle, University of Technology Sydney, and Curtin University. It was through these endeavours that Dexata directly sponsored the growth and realisation of several PhD students. In 2006, Boris took time away from Dexata on a two year secondment to the RPDE Program as the Stakeholder Liaison Manager (now Engagement Manager). During his tenure, he helped grow the organisational collective from 83 to 141 participants, including the growing membership of universities from one to seven. He also conceived and won the backing to implement the RPDE Regional Regimen, an initiative to enhance engagement from both Defence and Industry in a regional perspective to Defence and Industry capability. Boris is an elected associate representative on the Board of the RPDE program. This is his second consecutive term. He also is an active participant of the Big Data Working Group of the ADIESA C4ISREW Focus Group. Privately, Boris is also a past President of the Rotary Club of Salamander Bay, in which he was a founding member. He enjoyed coaching junior football for many years, continues to enjoy surfing, playing football, hiking, mountain bike riding and r/c modelling. He is also a private pilot who enjoys aerobatics in the Pitts Special. Boris is married to Claire and they have a teenage daughter and son. Professionally, Boris is now the Director Sales Engineering for Dexata. He believes that the advantages of today’s products are only limited by the imagination behind them and the hard- headed knowhow to make them real. He predicts that the enduring future of technology in big data and analytics is being shaped right now and that it will have huge influences on almost all applications and systems. Boris considers the present to be an exciting and especially privileged time to be an engineer.
Professor Nick O'Brien [More Info]
Head of School, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
Charles Sturt University
Michelle Price [More Info]
Senior Adviser, Cyber Security
Australian National University
Michelle Price joined the National Security College at The Australian National University in June 2016 as the Senior Adviser for Cyber Security, on secondment from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. With the Head of the College and Director for Strategy and Statecraft in Cyberspace, she is responsible for delivering NSC’s program of activities on cyber security, including involvement of the ANU in initiatives under Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy. Across the public and private sectors, Michelle has 20 years’ experience in strategy development, risk management and strategic communication. Her recent achievements include delivery of the Australian Government’s 2015 Cyber Security Review and recently released Cyber Security Strategy, including Australia’s first public-private cyber security horizon scan and strategic risk assessment. Michelle was also responsible for delivery of the Government’s National Security Strategic Risk Framework (the first of its kind in the world) and Coordinated National Security Budget. Michelle holds degrees in Economics (Macquarie University) and Visual Communication (University of Technology, Sydney) and is an alumna of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg APM [More Info]
Commissioner, Border Force
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Mr Roman Quaedvlieg is the Australian Border Force Commissioner, a role he was appointed to when the Australian Border Force (ABF) commenced on 1 July 2015. Prior to becoming the ABF Commissioner, Mr Quaedvlieg was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS). Mr Quaedvlieg began with the ACBPS in May 2013, after being appointed the Deputy Chief Executive Officer Border Enforcement. Prior to this appointment, Mr Quaedvlieg was the Chief Police Officer of ACT Policing as an Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner. Mr Quaedvlieg commenced at the AFP in 2006 as the Manager Economic Operations, with responsibility for financial and economic investigations including money-laundering and large-scale fraud against the Commonwealth. Mr Quaedvlieg was promoted to Assistant Commissioner in 2007 and assumed responsibility for Border Operations, combatting major drug importation and trafficking, people-smuggling activity, sexual servitude, and child sex tourism offences. Mr Quaedvlieg has also performed the roles of Assistant Commissioner Aviation and the AFP Chief of Staff. Prior to his appointment with the AFP, Mr Quaedvlieg undertook a three-year tenure with the Australian Crime Commission with responsibility for covert operations. A career police officer, Mr Quaedvlieg began his policing career as a sworn member of the Queensland Police Service for 15 years, where he performed duties in a range of positions investigating and managing serious and organised criminal activity. Mr Quaedvlieg has a Bachelor of Justice from the Queensland University of Technology, and is undertaking a Master of Business Administration at the Melbourne Business School. He was awarded an Australian Police Medal in 2011 for serving the Australian community with distinction, particularly in the areas of police operations and administration.
Tim Scully [More Info]
Data2Decisions CRC
Tim Scully is a senior leader with thirty-nine years’ experience building and leading operational capabilities in government and industry to meet national and international intelligence and security challenges. He is currently Chairman of the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research and Director, Stoneleigh Consulting. He has served as CEO Stratsec and Head of Cyber Security with BAE Systems Australia, Head of the Defence Security Authority, inaugural head of the Government’s Cyber Security Operations Centre and a range of senior intelligence roles in the Australian Signals Directorate, both as a public servant and Army officer.
Mr William Searcy [More Info]
Former Assistant DirectorFederal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) & Vice President, Global Justice, Law Enforcement, and Border Security
Unisys (USA)
William (Bill) Searcy is a Vice President for Global Justice, Law Enforcement, and Border Security (JLEBS). In this role, he is responsible for developing and integrating strategies and products around the Unisys JLEBS vertical. Before joining Unisys, Bill spent 21 years as a Supervisory Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and, most recently, was the Assistant Director of the IT Infrastructure Division with responsibility for the engineering, development, deployment, maintenance, and security of the FBI’s worldwide IT infrastructure. Prior to that assignment, he lead the Data Acquisition/Intercept Section which developed and deployed the electronic search, surveillance, and counter encryption capabilities within the FBI’s Operational Technology Division. Bill graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor’s degree in general engineering and holds a masters degree in information assurance from Norwich University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
Dr Elena Sitnikova [More Info]
Senior Lecturer, Critical Infrastructure Protection Research Leader
As a research leader in the Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) at the UNSW Canberra, I research and teach, bringing experience in cybersecurity, control systems and software engineering to defending national critical infrastructure. I work collaboratively with industrial partners, governments and world-renowned universities, particularly in SCADA cybersecurity. As an award winning academic and a member of the ISC2 consortium, I share my expertise through a variety of post-graduate courses and through PhD supervisions.
Adrian Szwarcburg [More Info]
Adrian Szwarcburg is the Director Alliances and Channel Sales for AtHoc Inc. Adrian has extensive work experience spanning 20+ years with companies focusing on computer information systems and related technologies. Adrian is focused on successfully expanding AtHoc’s Alliances and Strategic partnerships globally. Adrian holds a BS in Computing from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and frequently speaks at user conferences and industry events on Cloud-Connected technologies.
Aidan Tudehope [More Info]
Managing Director
Macquarie Telecom
Aidan is co-founder of Macquarie Telecom and has been a director since 1992. He is the Managing Director of Macquarie Hosting Group with a focus on business growth, operational efficiency, cyber security and customer satisfaction. He has been responsible for the strategy and execution of the investment in Intellicentre 2 and more recently, Intellicentre 4 Bunker. He leads the Government Business, encompassing Macquarie’s Secure Government Cloud and Secure Internet Gateway offerings. As the former Chief Operating Officer for Macquarie, Aidan played an integral part in the strategy and direction of the Hosting business since its state-of-the-art data centre, Intellicentre 1 opened in 2001, as well as being instrumental in the development of Macquarie’s data networking strategy. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Commander Richard Walton [More Info]
Counter Terrorism Global Ltd
Director of Counter Terrorism Global Ltd an independent consultancy providing specialist expertise to governments and the private sector on understanding and dealing with global security threats, in particular, terrorism. Former Head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) at New Scotland Yard between 2011-2016.. Strong relationship builder highly experienced in communicating and influencing at the most senior levels across governments, business, security and intelligence sectors. Advocate of the adoption of 'rule of law' solutions to countering terrorism including specialist law enforcement capabilities combined with community engagement strategies. Included in the 2016 Debrett's 500, an annual list of the 500 most influential people in Britain.​
Dr Levi West [More Info]
Director of Terrorism Studies | Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
Charles Sturt University
Levi J. West is the Director of Terrorism Studies at Charles Sturt University. His primary research interests relate to the intersection of information and communications technology with terrorism specifically, but also with other forms of non-state violence. He has lectured extensively to law enforcement, intelligence, and military audiences both domestically and internationally, including at the Naval War College in the United States, the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation in Indonesia, the National Security College at ANU, and at the Australian Command and Staff College at the Australian Defence College. Levi regularly contributes to the ASPI Strategist blog, and is a sought after speaker on terrorism and other national security issues. He currently manages the Masters of Terrorism and Security Studies program at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, at Charles Sturt University’s Barton campus and delivers professional development training and consulting to a broad range of government agencies and private sector clients. You can follow him on Twitter @levijwest
Peter White [More Info]
General Manager, Transport Security Operations, Office of Transport Security
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Peter is the General Manager, Transport Security Operations, Office of Transport Security (OTS), within the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. OTS is Australia’s transport security regulator which supports Australia’s economic prosperity. His current role includes broad organisational reform designed to deliver effective regulation of transport security through industry engagement, compliance and enforcement. Peter has international experience with the Commonwealth, which has included positions in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. Previous roles have included: Law Enforcement Adviser to the Commonwealth Minister for Justice; Executive Staff Officer to the Commissioner of the AFP; United Nations Civilian Police Peacekeeper; Senior Adviser to the Secretary General of Interpol for their Global Security Initiative; Senior Adviser, National Security Division, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; and senior executive positions with the Immigration portfolio and the then Customs and Border Protection Service. Peter has undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in criminal justice, executive leadership and business administration. Professional affiliations include: Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers; and Member of the Australian Bravery Association.