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 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 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.
Professor Narayanan Srinivasan
Security and Risk
School of Computer and Security Science
Emirates-ECU Centre - Dubai | Edith Cowan University
Nara Srinivasan is Professor 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.