Speakers for Plenary Day 1 Wednesday, 8 May and Day 2 Thursday, 9 May 2019 Summit

 
 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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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.

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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).