Speakers for Plenary Day 1 Wednesday, 8 May and Day 2 Thursday, 9 May 2019 Summit
ELIZABETH BODINE-BARON, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, RAND CENTRE FOR APPLIED NETWORK ANALYSIS AND SYSTEM SCIENCE
Elizabeth Bodine-Baron is an information scientist specializing in complex networks and systems at the RAND Corporation. She is the associate director of the Force Modernization and Employment Program in Project Air Force and co-directs the RAND Center for Applied Network Analysis and System Science. Her research interests include network analysis and modeling for both domestic and national security issues. Her recent work for the United States Air Force includes analysis of cybersecurity, logistics, targeting and intelligence policy. She has used network analysis of social media data to study violent extremist messaging, Russian propaganda, ISIS support and opposition networks, and information operations. Bodine-Baron received a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in liberal arts (Plan II Honors) from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology in 2012.
Elizabeth is co-author of Countering Russian Social Media Influence.
PIERRE PASINETTI, VICE-PRESIDENT THALES SECURITY
As Vice President of Thales Security, Pierre leads the Thales direction Générale de la Sécurité with responsibility for;
Corporate Security’s main mission is to ensure the protection of the Group’s tangible and intangible assets as well as its human capital. This applies to all of the Group’s employees worldwide, its sites and equipment as well as its sensitive information. In order to accomplish this task, Corporate Security defines security policies for the Group.
Corporate Security assists all of the Group’s operational units in the prevention and analysis of risks relating to security, with the support of a network of security managers in the countries and legal entities.
Corporate Security deals with any incident that may adversely affect the Group and its interests.
The 5 main missions of Corporate Security are as follows: Prevention and raising awareness, protection of people, protection of operations, protection of information and crisis management.
Pierre has an extensive work experience in counter intelligence and corporate security
Graduated from French Military Academy of « Saint-Cyr »
Started his career in an armored division based in Germany – during 5 years
Took the charge of technical support of a tactical nuclear artillery regiment in the East of France
1983 joined the French Intelligence Service (DGSE) in counter-intelligence department (dealing with Polish and Romanian services)
1985 Chief of Station (counter-intelligence) dedicated to French army headquarter in Germany (Soviet activities, euro-terrorism – Rote Armee Fraktion)
1987 joined the Senegalese Presidency in Dakar as special adviser for counter-intelligence (Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah activities in Senegal and Mauritania)
PROFESSOR CLIVE HAMILTON, CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY, CANBERRA
Clive Hamilton is an author and academic. His books include Growth Fetish (2003), Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change (2011), and Defiant Earth: The fate of humans in the Anthropocene (2017). In 2018 his book Silent Invasion: China’s influence in Australia was published to great controversy. It was an immediate best-seller and led to invitations to speak from around the world.
Clive was the founder and executive director of the Australia Institute, a progressive think tank. For several years he has been professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra. He has held visiting academic positions at Yale University, Sciences Po in Paris, the University of Heidelberg and the University of Oxford.
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 JOHN COYNE, HEAD OF BORDER SECURITY, AUSTRALIAN STRATEGIC POLICY INSTITUTE
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.
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.
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.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MATTHEW SUSSEX, ACADEMIC DIRECTOR, NATIONAL SECURITY COLLEGE, aUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Associate Professor Matthew Sussex is the Academic Director at the National Security College. His main research specialisation is on Russian foreign and security policy, but his interests also cover: government and politics in Eurasia; strategic studies; terrorism and counter-terrorism; energy security; and Australian foreign policy. He is particularly interested in contemporary trends in violent conflict, especially in ‘hybrid’ warfare and in the evolution of propaganda.
Prior to joining NSC Dr Sussex was Director of Politics and International Relations at the University of Tasmania. He has served on the National Executive of the Australian Institute for International Affairs and has been Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He is also currently a Non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Dr Sussex’s research has previously been awarded funding by the Australian Research Council (Discovery Projects), the Australia-US Fulbright Commission and the International Studies Association, amongst others.
Dr Sussex’s recent solo or collaborative book projects include Eurasian Integration, Central Asia and the New Geopolitics of Energy (Palgrave, 2015); Power, Politics and Confrontation in Eurasia (Palgrave, 2015); Violence and the State (Manchester University Press, 2015), and Conflict in the Former USSR (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Ryan Pardee, Assistant Legal Attache
Federal Bureau of Investigation
With degrees in Mechanical engineering and Spanish, as well as an MBA, Ryan Pardee joined the FBI shortly after 9/11 as a Special Agent. His initial assignment was to the Washington DC field office, where he spent his early years working violent crimes and investigating drug trafficking organizations. During that time, he also served on the Underwater Search and Evidence Recovery Team collecting evidence in bodies of water all across the nation in support of FBI investigations. In 2008, he transferred to San Juan Puerto Rico, where he was assigned to a Counterterrorism squad. Ryan was also selected to serve on San Juan's SWAT team. Ryan was promoted in 2009, and returned to the DC area to serve as a Supervisory Special Agent in the Counterterrorism Division where he managed several Counterterrorism operations. In 2012, SSA Pardee was transferred to the newly reorganized Cyber Division to manage Cyber National Security investigations and later to manage international cyber operations. In 2014, Ryan was promoted to Field Supervisor in the Oakland office of the San Francisco Division, where he supervised the San Francisco Cyber Fusion Cell. In 2017, SSA Pardee was promoted to serve as the Assistant Legal Attache to the US Embassy in Canberra, Australia, to continue supporting the FBI's Cyber mission.
Peta Lowe, Director Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Juvenile Justice, NSW Department of Justice, Australia
Peta Lowe is the Director Countering Violent Extremism for Juvenile Justice in the NSW Department of Justice. Peta has over 13 years experience working with young people who display violent and anti-social offending behaviours in both custodial and community contexts. She has worked with individuals, families and communities to address offending behaviours and criminogenic risks. Peta graduated from Newcastle University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours Class I), from Charles Sturt University in 2010 with a Masters of Social Work (Advanced Practice/Couples and Family Therapy Specialisation), from Queensland University of Technology in 2016 with a Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Sector Management) and most recently in 2018 from Charles Sturt University with a Masters in Terrorism and Security Studies (Postgraduate University Medal). Peta currently leads Juvenile Justice NSW responses to countering violent extremism and counter terrorism including; assessment, intervention and management of young people charged with terrorism related offences in both community and custody and agency responses to manage the risk of radicalisation to violent extremism within custodial settings. Peta is trained and experienced in the use of a number of violent extremist risk assessment tools and has conducted and directed assessments of juvenile terrorism related offenders. She is also an accredited trainer to train users in the VERA-2R risk assessment tool within Australia. Peta has presented on ‘Managing the emerging risk of juvenile terrorist offenders and radicalisation in juvenile justice centres’ at the Conference on the Rehabilitation of Terrorist and Radicalised Offenders in Sydney, November 2017. Peta has been invited to participate as an international expert in the Juvenile Justice Expert Workshop being hosted by The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) in March 2019 in Malta. She has also been invited as a keynote speaker at the upcoming 3rd Australasian Youth Justice Conference “Contemporary Challenges: Innovative Solutions” from 30 April-2 May 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Peta is currently focused on developing Juvenile Justice NSW responses and interventions to; improve social cohesion, divert vulnerable young people from violent extremism, disengage and rehabilitate juvenile terrorism related offenders and reduce the risk violent extremism poses to individuals and community safety.
Nick Pietrowicz, Supervisory Special Agent / Senior Regional Security Officer
Diplomatic Security Service
United States Department of State
Supervisory Special Agent Nick Pietrowicz is the Senior Regional Security Officer for the United States Embassy in Canberra, Australia. Mr. Pietrowicz serves as the primary advisor to the U.S. Ambassador on security issues which affect U.S. diplomatic personnel and facilities in Australia. Programs under Mr. Pietrowicz’s purview include law enforcement liaison, personnel recovery, dignitary protection, force protection, investigations, emergency planning, residential security, counter-terrorism, and counter-intelligence.
Previously Mr. Pietrowicz served as a Special Assistant for Congressional Affairs to the Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security. Before time in Washington, Mr. Pietrowicz was the Regional Security Officer in Luanda, N’Djamena, and Chisinau and an Assistant Regional Security Officer in Kabul and Port au Prince. Mr. Pietrowicz also served in Diplomatic Security Field Offices Miami and New York.
Mr. Pietrowicz holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University Law School. He maintains a license to practice law in his adopted home state of Nevada.
DR DAVID KERNOT, DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
David Kernot obtained his PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University’s National Security College where he examined linguistic markers of cognitive decline in people, including depression and anxiety and focused on identifying tipping points that might indicate self-radicalisation in lone actors. The PhD built on an MPhil (IT) from The University of New South Wales where he examined linguistic markers of a person’s personality. David has served in the Royal Australian Army and later in the Royal Australian Air Force. He is a former South Australia police officer, and currently works in the Defence Science and Technology’s Intelligence Analytics Branch.
Deputy Commissioner Leanne Close, APM, Deputy Commissioner National Security, Australian Federal Police
Leanne Close currently holds the position of Deputy Commissioner National Security in the Australian Federal Police where she is responsible for Counter-Terrorism, Protection Operations and Aviation Operations.
Previously she was Deputy Commissioner Operations. This role encompassed management of Organised Crime, Crime Operations and International Operations.
Leanne joined the Australian Federal Police in 1986, working in the Sydney Office from 1986 to 1996 investigating a range of Commonwealth offences including major and general frauds and serious drug importations and attained her Detective Designation. In 1996 she was promoted to Sergeant. Soon after, Leanne transferred to the AFP College in Canberra for six years. In 2002, Leanne moved to ACT Policing performing several leadership roles. In early 2009, Leanne moved to the role of National Manager Protection and was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner in July 2009. In 2012, Leanne was transferred to the role of National Manager Human Resources, which she held for two and a half years. In 2014, Leanne held the position of National Manager Aviation, prior to her promotion to Deputy Commissioner.
In 2005, Leanne was awarded the Australian Police Medal. Leanne was conferred with a Masters of Educational Leadership in 2001. She also has two Graduate Certificates in Professional Development Education and Applied Management, and a Certificate IV in Training: Workplace Trainer (Category 2).
Assistant Commissioner Ross Guenther, Counter Terrorism Command, Victoria 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 charged with leading and establishing the 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.
In June 2016 Ross was honoured to receive the Australian Police Medal (APM) as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours. In 2017, Ross was elected to the ‘5 eyes’ Australian Leadership in Counter Terrorism Alumni Association (LinCT AA) Board and currently holds the position of Secretary. In that role, he has facilitated the International LinCT Counter Terrorism Conferences in Melbourne, 2017 and 2018.
NIGEL PHAIR, DIRECTOR, UNSW CANBERRA CYBER
Nigel Phair is Director, UNSW Canberra Cyber. He is an influential analyst on the intersection of technology, crime and society. Nigel has published three acclaimed books on the international impact of cybercrime, is a regular media commentator and provides executive and board advice on strategy, risk & governance of technology. In a 21 year career with the Australian Federal Police he achieved the rank of Detective Superintendent and headed up investigations at the Australian High Tech Crime Centre for four years. He is founder and managing director of a technology ‘start up’ company and has chaired a number of not-for-profit organisations
Celia Perkins, First Assistant Secretary, Defence Security & Vetting Services
Celia Perkins joined the Australia Public Service in 1994, through the Defence Graduate Program. She worked in the Department of Defence for the next 18 years in a range of international and strategic policy and intelligence positions. Celia served as the Secretary’s Chief Executive Officer 2003-04, Minister Counsellor Defence Policy, Australian Embassy Washington D.C. 2007-2010 and Assistant Secretary Communication and Media in 2011. Celia was Assistant Director-General Open Source Centre, Office of National Assessments 2011-2015. Celia returned to Defence in late 2015 and is currently First Assistant Secretary Defence Security and Vetting Services. Celia has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (University of Canberra 1994), and a Master of Public Policy (ANU 2000).
Dr KaTERINA AGOSTINO, PROGRAM LEADER, NATIONAL SECURITY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CENTRE, DEFENCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (dst) GROUP
Dr. Katerina Agostino is the Program Leader National Security within the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group. In this role Katerina is responsible for building and delivering the Science and Technology Program to address the Australian National Security research priorities. She has served in other senior roles including, Scientific Advisor Intelligence and Group Leader - Human and Social modelling and Analysis. Here she led and coordinated research programs that incorporate Social Network Analysis; target audience analysis; multi-modal discourse analysis; social modelling; countering violent extremism; and intelligence analytics.
DR NIGEL McGINTY, PROGRAM LEADER, NATIONAL SECURITY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CENTRE, DEFENCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (dst) GROUP
Dr Nigel McGinty is the Program Leader Integrated Force with the responsibility of leading DST’s contributions to the strategic centre including Strategy, Force Design and Integration. Prior to this Nigel led the Strategy and Joint Force Branch whose branch’s objective is to inform strategic thinking in Defence and national security, to inform decisions for future capability, and to shape capabilities to be joint and integrated by design in order to maximise Defence effectiveness. Within The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP), Nigel chairs the Executive College panel on Emerging and Disruptive Technology. As part of the Next Generation Technologies Fund, Nigel led the international Emerging and Disruptive Technology Symposium on series that examines future technology opportunities.