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).


PROFESSOR GREG BARTON, Research Professor in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University

Greg is Research Professor in Global Islamic Politics in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University where, since August 2015, he has led research on Islam and civil society, democratisation, and countering violent extremism. 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). He taught at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu from 2006 to 2007, and at Deakin University from 1992 to 2006.  Together with the Director of GTReC, A/Prof Peter Lentini, he led a large ARC Linkage research project examining violent extremist radicalization and counter radicalization.  Greg is one of Australia’s leading scholars of both modern Indonesia and of terrorism and countering violent extremism. He is a Senior Fellow with the UAE-based Hedayah Center in Abu Dhabi working on CVE.

Greg has written or edited seven books and published dozens of refereed articles and book chapters in this field, together with numerous essays.  For three decades, he has undertaken extensive research on Indonesia politics and society, especially of the role of Islam as both a constructive and a disruptive force.  He has been active in the inter-faith dialogue initiatives and has a deep commitment to building understanding of Islam and Muslim society. The central axis of his research interests is the way in which religious thought, individual believers and religious communities respond to modernity and to the modern nation state. He also has a strong general interest in international relations, security studies and comparative international politics. Since 2004 he has made a comparative study of progressive Islamic thought in Turkey and Indonesia.

Greg is a frequently interviewed by the Australian and international electronic and print media on Islam, Islamic and Islamist movements, security and terrorism around the world, and on Southeast Asia and the politics of the Muslim world.


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.


Professor Peter Leahy AC, Director, National Security Institute

Peter Leahy retired from the Army in July 2008 after a 37 year career as a soldier.  He concluded his career in the Army with the rank of Lieutenant General after a six year appointment as the Chief of Army.  He commanded the Australian Army during a period of unprecedented operational activity, challenge, tempo and change.

Since leaving the Army Peter has joined the University of Canberra as a Professor and the foundation Director of the National Security Institute where he teaches, writes and commentates on defence and security matters.  He has been appointed to the Boards of a number of ASX listed companies.  He is involved in charities including as the Chairman of both Soldier On and the Australian International Military Games, which will bring the Invictus Games to Australia in 2018.

In 2014 he was appointed by the Minister for Defence as a member of the First Principles Review into the Department of Defence. His experience is acknowledged internationally with recognition through awards at the highest levels by the United States, France, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia.





Claire is the current CEO of Australian Industry Defence Nework  (AIDN)  Victoria Inc, it is an industry peak body providing advocacy and strategic guidance to the Victorian small-to-medium enterprise (SME) community, with the primary objective of generating business opportunities for its members from the billions of dollars spent on both major and minor international and domestic Defence acquisition projects.brings a wealth of experience as a senior management executive in the United States Department of Defense, the Australian Department of Defence and in the private sector. Her career has spanned national security, emerging technologies and critical infrastructure sectors, with a focus on developing governance frameworks, planning, risk management and performance/program management.

Claire has managed a wide variety of projects both in scale and complexity, including whole-of-government initiatives and national projects. Claire is an Associate of, and sat on the Board of Directors for, the Australian Risk Policy Institute and is a Senior Expert Advisor to the International Standards Committee in the areas of Risk, Resilience and Business Continuity



Commander McDonald commenced his career with the AFP in 1982.  He spent much of his time in investigative roles within ACT policing before launching onto the national platform in 1999.


Commander McDonald successfully established the joint AFP/DIMIA People Smuggling Strike Team in 2000 and was quickly identified to take up the Senior Liaison Officer post in Manila; where he was subsequently awarded the Australia Day Medallion and Philippine National Police Outstanding Achievement Award.

In 2007 he managed AFP Brisbane Office and in 2011 managed AFP Sydney office. Part of this role was membership of Joint Management Committees for the Joint Counter Terrorism Teams (JCTT) in these jurisdictions. 

Commander McDonald was appointed Manager for Counter Terrorism Domestic located at Head Office, Canberra in 2013 having direct responsibility for all AFP JCTTs located within Australia, and the AFP’s Counter Violent Extremism strategy. 

Commander McDonald was deployed as the forward Commander in Australia’s response to the tragedy of MH-17 in the Ukraine.

In Australia’s response to the elevated counter terrorism threat to national security, Commander McDonald was appointed to establish and lead the National Disruption Group (NDG), this is a multiagency group led by the AFP. The NDG coordinates operational disruption activities nationally and supports the Joint Counter Terrorism Board and the Australian Counter Terrorism Centre operational priorities through the coordination of joint Commonwealth agency capabilities to prevent, disrupt and prosecute (mitigate or defeat) the terrorism threat.

Commander McDonald was awarded the Australian Police Medal in January 2015. During 2015 Commander McDonald undertook the role of Commander Counter Terrorism Operations North which has responsibility for the JCTTs in Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin and Canberra whilst maintaining responsibility for the NDG. In late 2015, Commander McDonald was seconded to the Centre for Counter Terrorism Co-ordination (CCTC), where he provided advice and support to the Australian CT Co-ordinator, initially to Greg Moriarty who was later succeeded by Tony Sheehan, to ensure effective CT operational coordination across Australia’s national security agencies. In January 2017, Commander McDonald returned to the role of Commander Counter Terrorism Operations North.

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Dr B. (Hass) Dellal AO is the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors. He has over 25 years’ experience in policy, management, community development and programming for cultural diversity. He has extensive experience nationally and internationally in multicultural affairs. He serves on various boards and committees and has spearheaded initiatives for the development of the general community. He has prepared programs on community relations, social cohesion and integration and prevention strategies on behalf of Government authorities and the private sector. Hass is Chair of the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Chair of the Islamic Museum of Australia, Co-Chair of the Victoria Police Multifaith Council, Member of the Australian Multicultural Council, a Fellow of the Williamson Leadership Program and an Australia Day Ambassador. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Multiculturalism, the Arts and the Community in 1997, and the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003. In 2006, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by RMIT University. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the multicultural community through leadership and advisory roles, to the advancement of inclusiveness and social harmony, to youth, and to the broadcast media.


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.