The Conference Committee
Professor Priyan Mendis
Department of Infrastructure Engineering
University of Melbourne
Professor Priyan Mendis has received international recognition for his work in protective and structural engineering and security. Priyan has successfully undertaken commissions for clients within the public and private sectors both nationally and internationally. He has lectured in structural engineering and protective engineering at the University Melbourne, Australia for more than 20 years and attached to the Dept of Infrastructure Engineering. He has been invited to lecture to both researchers and practising engineers on various topics related to protective technology of structures, both in Australia and overseas.
Jason L Brown, FSyI, CSyP, ASM
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.
Professor Narayanan Srinivasan
Security and Risk
School of Computer and Security Science
Edith Cowan University
Nara Srinivasan isProfessor of Security and Risk at Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia and Director of the Emirates-ECU Centre in Dubai. He completed his studies at the University of Malaya and Cambridge University, UK in areas of Criminology and Public Administration. Nara also completed programmes at Cornell and Harvard Universities in the areas of security management, international security and current trends in security profiling. Nara is engaged in many research projects in the area of aviation and maritime security in Australia, UK, Asia Pacific and the Middle East and works as a consultant to airlines and governments in these regions. He is credited with professionalising the security industry through education programmes globally. Nara is also part of the UN expert group on Civilian Private Security and a member of several professional groups looking at the professionalisation of security including the Australasian Council of Security Professionals;
Professor Nara specialises in the areas of security and risk at Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia and is the Director of the Emirates-ECU Centre in Dubai. He is well-versed in security management, international security and current trends in security profiling. He frequently engages in aviation and maritime security research projects in Australia, UK, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He also works as a consultant to airlines and governments and is credited with professionalizing the security industry through education programmes globally. Nara is also part of the UN expert group on Civilian Private Security and a member of several security professional groups.
DR JOHN COYNE
Head of Border Security Program
Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)
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.
Detachment Commander Southern Bases
1 Security Forces Squadron
Over his 25 years of service in the Air Force, Cameron has served across all aspects of the ADF. A Ground Defence Officer, he is a graduate of the Royal Military College – Duntroon and has fulfilled Command positions at all levels up to and including Unit Command. As a Staff Officer he worked within Joint agency training and policy. He was lead tactics package master at Duntroon, designing and writing a contemporary tactics package for delivery to all new Army Officers. As an instructor at Air Force’s Officers’ Training School, he was the lead in teaching tactics and leadership.
In his current role Cameron is responsible for providing a regional security effect for the Air Force’s Security Forces incorporating Policing, Governance and Physical Security both domestically and abroad to achieve designated outcomes.
In 2016, Cameron was appointed as the Force Protection Authority to the 2017 Australian International Airshow (Avalon) where he was charged with the security of all Air Force assets including the Joint Strike Fighter with a value totaling into the Billions. Achieving significant interagency coordination, he provided an uninterrupted security effect in crowds in excess of 150,000 people.
Abroad, Cameron has worked extensively throughout South East Asia, the Middle East and Afghanistan. He has performed roles including Reconnaissance, Aircraft/ Airfield Security, Operations Officer, Liaison Officer, Force Protection Authority, United Nation Military Observer and Deputy Chief Observer Group Lebanon.
Cameron was appointed as the Force Protection Authority of a multinational base in Afghanistan where he was responsible for the security, defence and post attack recovery of a base population reaching up to 10,000 people. Coordinating effects of many nations and agencies with competing priorities, he has a good understanding of the friction points this environment creates.
Cameron has experience working within the diplomatic mission, working for the Defence Attaché in Abu Dhabi, facilitating ADF staging operations throughout the region. Being active in high level meetings and negotiations, he has first-hand insight into international policy in the making.
Cameron has a Masters in Human Resources Management from UNSW and has conducted an extensive education and training through the ADF and the UN where he has also instructed abroad, teaching UN Experts of Mission.
As an experienced Security and Defence leader and practitioner, Cameron brings to light the issues affecting the way in which we conduct business in the contemporary sense and has the ability to draw focus on where policy makers may be best focused to meet future needs.