Speakers for Plenary Days 1 and 2

The speakers below was featured in the 2018 Summit.
Speakers for the 2019 Summit will be announced from January 2019.


The Hon Julie BishoP MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Julie Bishop is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia's Federal Coalition Government. She is also the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and has served as the Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998.

Minister Bishop was sworn in as Australia's first female Foreign Minister on 18 September 2013 following four years in the role of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

As Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister Bishop led the development of the 2017 Australian Foreign Policy White Paper - the first review of Australia's international engagement for 14 years. The Foreign Policy White Paper sets out a comprehensive policy framework to ensure Australia’s prosperity and security over the next decade and beyond.

Minister Bishop has overseen the single largest expansion of Australia's overseas diplomatic presence in 40 years, introduced the New Colombo Plan to support Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the Indo-Pacific region, and established the innovationXchange within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to develop bold and creative solutions to long standing development challenges.

She has strengthened Australia's key strategic and economic relationships and enhanced Australia's engagement with Pacific Island countries, including normalising relations with Fiji, leading international recovery and reconstruction efforts in Vanuatu and establishing a school of government in Papua New Guinea.

Minister Bishop promoted Australia's interests at the United Nations Security Council, playing a lead role in the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine.

She previously served as a Cabinet Minister in the Howard Government as Minister for Education, Science and Training and as the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women's Issues. Prior to this, Minister Bishop was Minister for Ageing.

Minister Bishop has also served on a number of parliamentary and policy committees including as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.

Before entering Parliament Minister Bishop was a commercial litigation lawyer at Perth firm Clayton Utz, becoming a partner in 1985, and managing partner in 1994.

Minister Bishop graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1978 and attended Harvard Business School in Boston in 1996, completing the Advanced Management Program for Senior Managers. In 2017, the University of Adelaide awarded Minister Bishop the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University for her contribution to Australian parliamentary service.


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The Hon ANGUS TAYLOR MP, Minister for law enforcement and cyber security, Federal Member for Hume

Angus entered politics in 2013 when he was elected as the Liberal Federal Member for Hume in NSW.

Building on his background in economics, Angus was appointed to parliamentary committees on employment, trade and investment, and public accounts. He was also chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.

Angus was promoted to Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister with special responsibility for Cities and Digital Transformation in February 2016. He was reappointed to the frontbench after the 2016 Federal election and became Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security in December 2017.

Prior to entering parliament in 2013 Angus was a Director at Port Jackson Partners where he was a strategy and business advisor on the resources, agriculture, energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to this he was a partner at global consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

Angus has a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours and University Medal) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney. He also has a Master of Philosophy in Economics from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His thesis was in the field of competition policy.

In his private capacity Angus has founded or advised a number of small, fast growing start-up businesses, particularly in the agriculture sector.

He lives at Goulburn with his wife Louise and their four children.


Dr. Kacper Gradon, Visiting Fulbright Professor at University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Kacper Gradon is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Warsaw and the Director of the Center for Forensic & Investigative Sciences (University of Warsaw). He is also an Associate Visiting Professor at UCL Department of Security and Crime Science (since 2010) as well as the University College London Honorary Senior Research Associate.  Currently, he is a Visiting Fulbright Professor at University of Colorado Boulder (Institute of Behavioral Science, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence).

Both his Masters (2000) and Doctoral (2008, Magna cum Laude) dissertations address the issues of multiple homicide, crime prevention, criminal analysis and offender profiling. He has over 17 years of experience in research projects and teaching related to Homicide Investigation, Crime Scene Analysis, Forensic & Investigative Science, Cyber Crime, as well as Violent Extremism, Radicalization and Terrorism that he gained in Poland, UK, Canada and the USA. He has spoken at almost 200 academic and Police conferences and seminars across Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and India.

Dr. Gradon worked for 3 years at the General Headquarters of the Polish National Police, where he participated in the creation of the Criminal Analysis and Criminal Intelligence Units. He also completed the London Metropolitan Police Specialist Operations Training of Hostage Negotiations, as well as several other Police courses in preventing and combating crime, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Dutch Police, Guardia di Finanza, Bundeskriminalamt, Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He also provided training to over 200 U.S. law-enforcement officers as a guest instructor at Portland Police Training Division. Most recently, he completed the National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance course “Conducting Cyber Research and Analysis in the Dark Web”.

Kacper Gradon is a recipient of three research scholarships funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and he was awarded three major research grants presented by the Polish Ministry of Science. He also received the “Scientific Mobility” scholarship of the Minister of Science, which allowed him to set up a permanent co-operation with University College London. His Ph.D. Thesis received the Polish Forensic Association “Scholarship for Young Experts in Forensics for Outstanding Achievements in Forensic Studies“. He was also awarded the “Best Young Professor” scholarship by the Polish “Modern University” Programme. In October 2011 he received the most prestigious award of the Polish Ministry of Science: „The Scholarship for Outstanding Academics”. In 2014, he was awarded the National Centre for Research and Development grant SIMS (Science Infrastructure Management Support) for a month-long training at the Max-Planck Institute, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Institute (Germany) and the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (USA). In 2015 he was awarded the “Polityka Weekly” National Science Award. His most recent honour is the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Senior Award.

Dr. Gradon has previously lectured and held Visiting Professorships at University College London, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Southern California, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY, University of Greenwich and Memorial University of Newfoundland and has co-operated closely with other academic institutions such as Harvard University Law School: Berkman Center for the Internet & Society and Stanford University. He designed and has been a leader of the first hands-on crime scene analysis workshops in Poland, called “CSI: Warsaw”.

Kacper’s current research interest address new techniques used in prevention of violent crime. He focuses on the application of digital and Internet forensics and analysis to forecasting and combating criminal and terrorist acts. His work also includes the practical aspects and tactics of crime scene investigation as well as surveillance technologies and integrated crime prevention (including Open Source Intelligence). He is an author of two academic books and several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles.

As the Director of the University of Warsaw Centre for Forensic & Investigative Sciences (CF&IS) he is responsible for the Research & Development in the first independent, interdisciplinary, University-led institution of that kind in Poland. He also heads the CF&IS Postgraduate Studies in Forensic Sciences and Evidence Law.

Kacper Gradon was the UoW Primary Investigator and the Steering Committee Member in the European Commission FP7 Project PRIME (“Preventing, Interdicting and Mitigating Extremism: Defending Against Lone Actor Extremist Events”). PRIME is an FP7 project of University College London, Kings College London, Aarhus University, University of Leiden, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Warsaw. The PRIME Project run for 36 months (2014-2017).


THe Hon Dr. Anne aly, MP, Labor Federal Member for Cowan

Dr Anne Aly is the Labor Federal Member for Cowan elected in 2016.

Anne’s background is as a Professor, Academic and Practitioner in the fields of counter terrorism and counter radicalisation. She has published over 50 articles and texts on terrorism and related issues and is the author and editor of five books. Prior to becoming an academic she worked in government policy.

Anne is the founder of Australia’s first non-government organisation to combat violent extremism. People against Violent Extremism (PaVE) is a not for profit organisation that developed a social media campaign against violent extremism and delivered a series of hackathons to harness young people’s skills and talents to address issues in their communities.

Anne’s contributions to national and international security have been recognised internationally. In 2015 she was the only Australian civil society representative to be invited to speak at President Obama’s White House Summit on CVE. Later that year, she was again the only Australian representative to participate in the Club de Madrid +10 policy dialogues. Anne has also been an expert adviser to the United Nations Security Council and has participated in experts’ meetings.

In 2011, Anne was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2014, she was named one of Australia’s 100 most Influential Women by Westpac/Fin Review. In 2016 she was awarded the Instyle Woman of Style award in the category of Community and Charity. Also in 2016 Anne was nominated for the Australian of the Year and received the prestigious Australian Security Medal.

Anne lives in her electorate in the northern suburbs with her husband David. She has two adult sons.


Hamish Hansford, First Assistant Secretary, National Security and Law Enforcement Policy
Department of Home Affairs

Hamish Hansford is the First Assistant Secretary of National Security and Law Enforcement Policy in the newly created Department of Home Affairs.  Hamish has policy and program responsibility for key national security, criminal justice and transnational criminal issues.

 Throughout 2017, Hamish worked on the Home Affairs Implementation Team, which was responsible for establishing the Department of Home Affairs and the broader Home Affairs portfolio.

 Immediately prior to this, Hamish led Community Protection and Border Policy at the former Department of Immigration and Border Protection.  There, he was responsible for policy development of community protection issues, national security, character, compliance, unlawful non-citizens, returns and removals of non-citizens, border policy including offshore oil and gas platforms and identity issues.

 For the past 18 years, Hamish has served in a range of intelligence, policy, planning, program delivery roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Attorney‑General’s Department, Australian Senate and the Office of Transport Security.  He also served in the former Australian Crime Commission and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.


Will Steffen, Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University

Will Steffen is an Earth System scientist. He is a Councillor on the publicly-funded Climate Council of Australia that delivers independent expert information about climate change, an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU); Canberra, a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden; and a Fellow at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, working with the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) program, and is a member of the ACT Climate Change Council. He is chair of the jury for the Volvo Environment Prize; a member of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Collective Action Research, Gothenburg University, Sweden; and a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the Sub-committee on Quaternary Stratigraphy. 

From 1998 to mid-2004, Steffen served as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based in Stockholm, Sweden. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate and Earth System science, with an emphasis on incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and on sustainability and climate change.


PROFESSOR MARK G. STEWART, Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability at The University of Newcastle

Mark G. Stewart is Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability at The University of Newcastle in Australia. He is co-author of Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Engineering Systems, Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security, Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism, and Are We Safe Enough? Measuring and Assessing Aviation Security, and has published more than 400 technical papers and reports. He has 30 years of experience in probabilistic risk and vulnerability assessment of infrastructure and security systems. Professor Stewart has received extensive Australian Research Council support, including an Australian Professorial Fellowship, to develop probabilistic risk-modelling techniques for infrastructure subject to military and terrorist explosive blasts, and cost-benefit assess­ments of aviation security, policing, and counter-terrorism protective measures for critical infrastructure.


Dr Isaac Kfir, Director of the National Security program and Head of the Counter-terrorism Policy Centre, ASPI

Isaac Kfir joined ASPI in August 2017 as the Director of the National Security program and Head of the Counter-terrorism Policy Centre. 

Isaac received a BA in History with honors from the University of Buckingham (1994) an M.A. from the University of Kent (1995) and a Ph.D. (1999) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the UK. He also has a Post-graduate diploma in Law (2000) and a Bar Vocational Course degree from BPP Law School, London, UK. From 1999 to 2005 he was a member of Inner Temple in London

Isaac was an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Institute for International Strategy, Tokyo International University (TIU), Japan (2016-2017). Prior to that posting, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and International Relations at Syracuse University (2009-2016) where he was also the Associate Director of the Mapping Global Insecurities Project at the Moynihan Institute for Global Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (20014-2016). Between 2014 and 2016 he was the Co-Director of the National Security and Counterterrorism Research Centre, 2014-2016 working on foreign fighters with the UN Counterterrorism Executive Directorate on Islamic radicalization. Isaac served as a Senior Researcher, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, The Interdisciplinary Centre, Herzliya, Israel; and as an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Security Studies, Raphael Recanati International School, The Interdisciplinary Centre (IDC), Herzliya, Israel.

At Syracuse University, he taught graduate courses and undergraduate courses on international security, terrorism and national security, peacekeeping, international law, post-conflict reconstruction, European Union politics and law, international relations of the Middle East.

Isaac is the author and co-author of many empirical, analytical research studies that have appeared in such journals as Defense StudiesContemporary Security Policy, Comparative Strategy,and Studies in Conflict & Terrorism on such issues as the Pakistan Taliban, the Islamic State, al-Shabaab, NATO and human security. Using his legal training, Isaac has authored legal studies on post-conflict justice, international refugee law, and national security law. These have appeared in such leading journals as the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights and the Texas Journal of Women& the Law.



John comes 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. 

John’s Phd examined strategic intelligence in law enforcement targeting transnational serious and organised crime. He has written and published on a range of border security and intelligence issues. He has been a Winston Churchill Fellow and a Vincent Fairfax Fellow. 

John’s border security research interests include intelligence, private/ public sector cooperation in the border environment and integration of border security operations. 


det supt darren bennett, commander, terrorism investigation squad, new south wales police

Detective Superintendent Darren Bennett has completed 32 years’ service with the New South Wales Police Force. He currently holds the position of Commander – Terrorism Investigations Squad forming part of the joint response to terrorism investigation with the Australian Federal Police, ASIO and the New South Wales Crime Commission.

In recent times Detective Superintendent Bennett was the senior investigating officer in Operation Appleby (domestic attack planning) and the Lindt Café siege inquiry. He also led and managed the police response to the murder of Curtis Cheng, the plot to bomb an airliner out of Sydney Airport and numerous Sydney based terrorism investigations.

Detective Superintendent Bennett is the current National Capability Advisor for terrorism investigations under the ANZCTC framework.

Prior to his role in counter terrorism Detective Superintendent Bennett was engaged in investigations into drug and organised crime focused mainly on outlaw motorcycle gangs. He was the substantive commander of Newtown Police Station in Sydney and the Operations Manager for the Central Metropolitan Region.

Detective Superintendent Bennett holds a Diploma in Applied Policing, is a qualified police negotiator and completed the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Program in 2016.


Chris Jenkins is a defence industry leader, a passionate believer in local skills, and a strong advocate for Australian engineering, technology, design and manufacturing.

Focusing on delivering performance advantages for major defence and infrastructure customers, he has played a crucial role in transforming the company from five separate businesses into one of Australia’s largest suppliers and exporters of mission critical products and services.

Chris has held senior roles in Thales locally and internationally for over 20 years. He was appointed as Thales Australia CEO in January 2008, following the company’s 100% acquisition of the Australian Defence Industries (ADI) joint venture in 2006. This followed two years as Vice President Operations, and before that three years as CEO of a Thales consortium in the Netherlands, delivering that country’s national public transport smartcard program.

Prior to this, Chris was Managing Director of Thales Underwater Systems in Australia from 1999 to 2003. He previously held senior marketing, sales and project director roles in the business, and was also a key player in its creation as a Thales/GEC joint venture in 1996.

Chris started in the defence industry as a mechanical engineer with Racal in 1981, Plessey in 1983, and then GEC Marconi in 1990, heading up its Underwater Systems business in Australia.

He is currently National President of the Australian Industry Group, Chairman of the AIG Defence Council, and an Advisory Board member of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability. He has a longstanding involvement in large-scale projects in critical industry sectors, and was previously Chairman of the International Centre for Complex Project Management, as well as a member of the Defence Portfolio Ministerial Advisory Council and the DSTO Advisory Board.

Chris is an Honorary Fellow of the AIPM, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and an Adjunct Professor of the University of NSW.  In 2013 he received the Insignia of Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honour.

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Tarek Al Issawi, Multicultural Media Liaison Officer, New South Wales Police

In his role as a N.S.W Police Force projects officer with a focus on multi-ethnic affairs, Tarek is the point of contact for the NSW Police Force’s engagement with multi-cultural media outlets. He often draws on his knowledge of international affairs to better understand the challenges and communicate with the target audience and provide the appropriate advice.

Tarek is often featured in multi-cultural media outlets such as SBS Arabic, Radio 2ME, Quran Kareem Radio and Iraqi TV as a spokesperson for the NSW Police Force for the Arab and Muslim communities in NSW.

An international correspondent who has covered world events and the Middle East in depth, Tarek holds a Master’s degree in international relations with a focus on political violence.

Tarek has covered the 2003 Iraq war, the war in the Balkans, the Lebanese-Israeli conflict and terror attacks in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the Persian Gulf.

He is fluent in Arabic and his time in the Middle East has given him valuable insight into the workings of power structures and conflicts in the region.

His work has featured in leading publications such as the New York Times, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

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Jason Brown, National Security Director, Thales Australia & New Zealand

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. 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 has served on a number of senior boards and committees in both the Public Sector and Private Institutions. Including;

  • Deputy Registrar Security Professionals Registry – Australasia (SPR-A).

  • Member of ASIS International Standards and Guidelines Commission.

  • Fellow and member of the Governing Board of the Australian Risk Policy Institute (ARPI) as Director, Global Security Risk Policy.

  • Chair of Australian Defence Security Committee 1999 – 2002.

He is a Fellow of the British Security Institute and ARPI, a member of ASIS International, the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, the Risk Management Institution of Australasia. He 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 influential persons in Security and Fire Management.

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WILLIAM (BILL) ELISCHER Director Counter-terrorism, Global and Multilateral Section. Counter-terrorism Branch - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia)

Bill Elischer was born and educated in Perth, Australia. After initially working in advertising, he joined the British Army passing selection for 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery. Following training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst he commanded troops on four operational counter-terrorism tours in Northern Ireland. In 2003 Bill studied Arabic and was posted to British Embassies in Saudi Arabia, then Yemen to coordinate Counter-Terrorism programmes until he transferred to the Australian Army in 2007. Bill joined DFAT in February 2010, as Director High Threat Section, responsible for security of Australia’s diplomats in Islamabad, Baghdad and Kabul. In April 2012 Bill assumed a global diplomatic security remit as Director of Operational Security Section. In June 2013 Bill became Director, Defence and National Security Section, responsible for Defence liaison and contribution to its strategic planning, US Alliance issues, National Security, and strategic political-military cooperation issues. In October 2014 he became the first Director of Counter-terrorism Middle East, Africa and South Asia, responsible for bilateral and multilateral Counter-terrorism (CT) policy engagement and programs for those regions, Central Asia and Europe. This included Foreign Terrorist Fighter policy issues and programs and advice on terrorist listings and sanctions, and in 2018 his remit was broadened to cover more geographic and multilateral responsibilities.


Rory MEdcalf, Head of the National Security College, Australian National University

Professor Rory Medcalf is the Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University. He has three decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks, universities and journalism, including eight years as founding Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute.

He has led the growth of the National Security College in policy engagement and futures analysis, alongside its work in executive education, graduate studies and research. Professor Medcalf has been recognised as a thought leader in developing an Indo-Pacific concept of the Asian strategic environment, which has since informed Australian, Japanese and Indian policy. 

His research interests include Australia’s security challenges, the Indo-Pacific concept, strategic impacts of the rise of China and India, and prospects for maritime and nuclear stability in Asia, on which he leads an international project funded by the Carnegie Corporation. He has contributed to three global reports on nuclear arms control and was a member of the expert panel for Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper.

Rory was founding convener of Australia’s 1.5 track dialogues with India, France and the UK and remains co-chair of the Australia-India Policy Forum. He holds non-resident affiliations with the Brookings Institution, the Lowy Institute and the Seapower Centre of the Royal Australian Navy. He is a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum register of eminent and expert persons.


Dr Emma Campbell, Chief Executive Officer
Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia

Emma has hands-on experience of the humanitarian sector, high-level business and academia. She brings to FECCA in-depth knowledge of migration, refugees, multicultural affairs, international and domestic politics and migrant health.

Emma previously worked with the international medical charity, Médecins sans Frontières in Africa and the Middle East on various projects including those focused on HIV/TB, refugees, armed conflict and Ebola. Her other previous roles include Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University’s Korea Institute; Adviser to the Deputy Leader of the Opposition; senior management positions at the Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific Airways; and Researcher at the North Korea Database Centre, a Seoul-based NGO specialising in North Korean human rights and the welfare of North Korean refugees living in South Korea.

Emma has worked or lived in more than 10 countries and territories including Lebanon, Sierra Leone, South Korea, China, India, Swaziland, Turkey and Hong Kong. She speaks Chinese and Korean and has an extensive understanding of issues faced by Australia’s diverse and multicultural communities.

Dr Campbell holds a Bachelors of Law and Chinese from the University of Leeds and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has a PhD in Political and Social Change from the Australian National University. Emma has published widely on a range of topics including Korean unification, security, migration and humanitarian assistance. Her book A New Nationalism in South Korea: The End of “One Korea”? was published this year by Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Emma grew up in a very culturally diverse community in the Northeast of England and her career has taken her to different places around the world, often to work with people in challenging circumstances. Emma firmly believe in the benefits for all of an inclusive and harmonious multicultural Australia.


Dr Alia Imtoual, Director of Policy
Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia

Alia Imtoual is of Libyan Arab and Anglo Australian background. She has a long career working in diverse communities particularly Muslim communities, Spanish speaking communities, and Indigenous communities. She recently returned to Australia after almost seven years living and working in Chile and Mexico along with her Mexican husband and their two young children. She speaks Spanish (Chilean and Mexican dialects) and taught English as a Foreign Language to business people and professionals throughout Latin America.

Alia holds a First Class Honours in Education (BEd (UP/LS)) from Flinders University and a PhD in Social Science (Gender Studies) from Adelaide University. She worked as a lecturer in the School of Education at Flinders University where she developed a strong research profile in the areas of gender, race and religious minority communities.

She published in rigorously peer-reviewed national and international academic journals such as Australian Feminist Studies, Educational Studies, Australian Journal of Early Childhood and Contemporary Islam. Alia is the co-editor of an international collection of essays titled Religion, Spirituality and the Social Sciences.

Dr Imtoual participated in two cultural exchanges (Malaysia and Indonesia) sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Australia-Malaysia Institute and the Australia-Indonesia Institute. The purpose of these visits was to build cross cultural understanding and relations at a non-governmental level. She sat on the Board of the South Australian Women’s Resource Centre and the Board of the Australia-Malaysia Institute. She has 15 years experience volunteering with migrants and refugees on a range of key issues relating to employment, access to housing, and adjusting to new cultural norms and social contexts.

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Peter Lennon,Detective Superintendent APM NSW Police Force

Peter joined the NSW Police Force in 1979 and has an extensive policing career covering Command positions, General Duties and Criminal Investigation Duties in the areas of Homicide, Drugs and Organised Crime.  

Peter has a vast knowledge of Policing in New South Wales and large scale security events. He worked on a secondment to the Olympic Security Command Centre from 1998 to 2001 for the Sydney Olympic Games. He has commanded & planned local major sporting events, 5 United States Senior Officials visits, World Trade Organisation meetings and Rugby World Cup matches.

Between 2005 and 2008 Peter commanded the NSW Police Force APEC Planning Group, setting up the security planning and co-ordination roles for the NSW Police, working in close collaboration with overseas and Commonwealth agencies. In 2008 Peter was chosen to be Forward Commander of “Barangaroo”, the busiest World Youth Day site for the visit of Pope Benedict.

 Peter has studied extensively in the Police Force and holds a Bachelor in Police Studies and a Masters in Public Administration. Peter’s credits include; a Commissioner’s Commendation for his duties during the Sydney 2000 Olympic security operation, Commissioner’s Commendation and Citation for APEC 2007, Assistant Commissioner’s citation for Major Investigations,  NSW Police National Medal and Australian Police Medal.

Peter is currently the Commander at Fairfield City Police Area Command, one of the most culturally diverse communities in Australia. He represents NSW Police on various Government Cultural Diversity committees. Peter is dedicated to assisting newly arrived communities and Service providers working to provide a safe community in NSW.  He is the innovator of ‘We are You’ an ongoing campaign of community engagement in south west Sydney and introduced ‘Coffee with a Cop’ to Australia.

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Catherine Dunkerley, Senior Manager in Stakeholder Engagement, Advocacy and Strategy DevelopmeNT

Catherine is the Senior Manager in Stakeholder Engagement, Advocacy and Strategy Development at Standards Australia. She is responsible for the Public Safety, Public Administration, Business and Management and Community Services portfolio.

Standards Australia's Stakeholder Engagement team is responsible for facilitating the development of standards for the net benefit of the Australian community through effective stakeholder engagement activities, nationally and internationally.

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Amanda Lamont, Director of Engagement & Projects, Australian Insitute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR)

Amanda Lamont is the Director of Engagement & Projects at the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR). AIDR is a national knowledge centre for disaster resilience funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, through Emergency Management Australia.  In her role, Amanda is responsible for growing the national disaster resilience body of knowledge through engagement with key stakeholders and managing the Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection.

Amanda has an extensive background in emergency management, international community development and strategic partnerships. She has held leadership roles at the Australian Red Cross, World Vision Australia and the Federation of Community Legal Centres. Previously she headed up a global law firm network based in London after practicing law in Australia.

Amanda graduated from the University of Adelaide with degrees in Law (1992) and Economics (1989). She completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 1993 and was subsequently admitted to the Bar in the same year.

Amanda is a Psychological First Aid trainer and emergency services volunteer at the Australian Red Cross, which sees her deployed nationally to support people in recovery from disasters. Her recent deployments have included Ex TC Debbie and Ex TC Marcia in Queensland, as well as local activations after the Bourke Street and Flinders Street incidents in Melbourne.

Amanda is also a volunteer firefighter with the Country Fire Authority in Victoria.

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Fergus Hanson, Head of the International Cyber Policy Centre

Fergus is the author of Internet Wars and has published widely on a range of cyber and foreign policy topics.

He was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Professional Fulbright Scholar based at Georgetown University working on the uptake of new technologies by the US government.

He has worked for the UN, as a Program Director at the Lowy Institute and served as a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in The Hague.

He has been a Fellow at Cambridge University’s Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Pacific Forum.


Dr Gentry White, Senior Lecturer, Mathematical Sciences School, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Gentry is a Senior Lecturer in the Mathematical Sciences School at the Queensland University of Technology, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow within the Institute for Social Science Research. Dr White received his B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, MA and PhD in Statistics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and was a VIGRE post-doctoral fellow at North Carolina State University and Associate post-doctoral fellow at the Statistical and Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI).  Dr White’s current research focus is on the application of quantitative methods for understanding complex and extreme social behaviours like terrorism, including non-homogeneous point-process models, text analytics, machine learning techniques and computational strategies for high-dimensioned data.  He has presented his research at the US Department of Homeland Security, and the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation, and published numerous well-received papers in the fields of Statistics, Computational Methods, Criminology, Sociology, and Terrorism Studies. 

Dr White was a named investigator on the Office of Naval Research Funded Grant “Muslim Converts as Foreign Fighters and Threats to Homeland Security” and is a named investigator on the current Office of Naval Research Funded Project “Understanding American Muslim Converts in the Context of Security and Society”. Dr White is also a named researcher on a current research project modelling unknowns in complex models, funded through the Defense Science and Technology Group.

Steven Scanlan, Director of Industry and International Security Policy, Department of Defence

Steven Scanlan is the Director of Industry and International Security Policy within the Department of Defence. Prior to this role, Mr Scanlan has held senior positions in the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in national security policy and counter-terrorism capability development. Mr Scanlan first joined Defence as a scientist in Australia’s chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear research and development program.