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Setting the Scene

David Irvine AO

AIPIO Patron

David Irvine v2A long-serving diplomat, David Irvine was Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea from 1996-1999 and Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China between 2000-2003, also concurrently Australian Ambassador to Mongolia and to the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea. He subsequently became the only person to have served as the head of both Australia’s foreign intelligence collection agency and its domestic security agency – positions he held for almost twelve years.

He is currently the Chairman of the Foreign Investment Review Board. He is an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University and also assists at the National Security College within the Australian National University. He chairs the Cyber Security Research Centre, a not-for-profit company promoting industry investment into Australia’s cyber research capabilities in conjunction with the Government’s Cooperative Research Centre programme.

Irvine has published two books on Indonesian culture. He has honorary doctorates from the University of Western Australia (Letters) and Edith Cowan University (Science). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs and was a member of the Advisory Council of the National Archives of Australia for nine years.

Irvine was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2005 for services to the promotion of Australia’s international relations.


Dr Phil Kowalick MAIPIO


Kowalick PhilPhil is one of Australia’s preeminent thought leaders in law enforcement, intelligence and national security. For over 34 years in the Australian Federal Police, he played a key role in many of Australia’s most important law enforcement programs and initiatives. He established multiagency intelligence capabilities in Australia’s major airports; designed arrangements to set and manage Australia’s counter terrorism priorities in the Counter Terrorism Control Centre; was instrumental in developing the Australian Criminal Intelligence Model; the strategic organisational design of the Australian Border Force; the Australian Federal Police, International Engagement 2020 and beyond; and the National Plan to Combat Cybercrime. Phil is the President of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers and a member of the School of Justice Advisory Committee at the Queensland University of Technology.


KEYNOTE Speakers

Jamie Belinne

Assistant Dean, 
University of Houston

Jamie BelinneJamie Belinne is the Assistant Dean for Career and Industry Engagement at the University of Houston's Bauer College of Business. Prior to that she managed Recruiting and Staffing at the largest employer in central Texas, and she has been a business instructor at three major universities in the US. Altogether she has more than thirty years of experience teaching, hiring, managing and studying young adults.

Jamie has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State as a Fulbright Specialist, and she is the recipient of the National Association of Colleges and Employers' prestigious "Professional Change Maker Award" for her work around young people entering the workforce.  Her book, The Care and Feeding of Your Young Employee, summarizes more than ten years of research involving hundreds of employers and more than 10,000 young people to discover the best ways to help new graduates succeed and thrive in the workplace. She has been quoted by major media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg, NPR, CBS, FOX and HR Magazine. Jamie is a frequent keynote and trainer for organizations around the world on labor market trends and management best practices.

Outside of work, Jamie was also a member of Team USA in 2009 for the Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Perth, Australia. She is an Ironman, but even more challenging, she is a mother of two – one Millennial and one Gen Z!


Suzanne Wilson Heckenberg

Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and Intelligence National Security Foundation

Suzanne Wilson HeckenbergSuzanne Wilson Heckenberg became president of INSA and INSF (501c3) on December 1, 2019. With more than 160 corporate members and 2500+ individual members, INSA is the leading nonpartisan, nonprofit association for driving public-private partnerships to advance national security priorities. As president, Suzanne oversees INSA’s finances, strategic planning, marketing, events, and corporate partnerships. She leads strategic initiatives across the organization focused on building the association’s brand, strengthening member value, and growing and diversifying member ranks.

Since 2010, Suzanne has held various leadership positions at INSA, most recently serving as the organization’s first Chief Operating Officer. She was the driving force behind INSA’s expansion into markets outside the Washington, DC region, as well as its popular, The New IC symposium, which focuses on diversity with inclusion in the intelligence community. Suzanne brings deep leadership and management skills and a demonstrated passion for advancing collaborative approaches to national security priorities. Suzanne works closely with the executive leadership team, advisory committee, and members of the board of directors to coordinate policy initiatives and programs on issues that are key to the intelligence and national security community.

Prior to INSA, she served as Vice President of Marketing for Ripple Communications, a woman-owned strategic communications firm. Suzanne, a native of Roswell, Georgia, holds a B.A. from Auburn University and resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and three daughters.


INVITED Speakers

Zena Assaad

Research Fellow,

129 Assaad ZenaZena is a Research Fellow at 3Ai. Zena completed a PhD in strategic long-range air traffic flow management. She has worked with the Department of Defence as a liaison officer for military airspace. She was a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) engineer with Geoscience Australia, working as the technical lead for test and evaluation and the development of a safety case for civil aviation safety-of-life certification. Prior to joining ANU, Zena worked with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority as a research specialist. Her research areas of interest include air traffic flow management and unmanned traffic management. 


Stephen Beaumont AM

Security Programs Consultant

Stephen BeaumontStephen Beaumont has recently retired from full time military service after 35 years as a professional intelligence officer.  He has served in a wide range of intelligence appointments, including S2 of the Ist Brigade, Commanding Officer of the 1st Intelligence Battalion, J2 of the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, and J25 of HQ Joint Operations Command.

Stephen served as Defence Attache Seoul, and was involved in Armistice Commission investigations of the North Korean sinking of ROK Ship Cheonan and the shelling of Yeongpyong Do. Stephen travelled to Pyongyang several times during this appointment in efforts to negotiate with the Korean People's Army the repatriation of remains of missing Australian Korean War servicemen. Stephen has deployed as an intelligence officer to operations in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stephen's most recent appointments as Director General Weapons and Technical Intelligence, DIO, Director General ISREW and Cyber and Head of Corps Australian Intelligence Corps, placed him at the heart of contemporary intelligence workforce and capability issues for Defence, making him an ideal contributor to the conference.


Dr John Buckley

HSM Training and Consultancy

John BuckleyJohn Buckley served over 28 years as a police officer working mainly in the intelligence and counter terrorism arena. Somehow along the line, he managed to pick up a couple of qualifications.

John is the author of six books including: 'Managing intelligence: A guide for Law Enforcement Professionals',  ‘The Human Source Management System – The use of psychology in the management of human intelligence sources’  and ‘Invest Now or Pay Later – The management of risk in covert law enforcement.’

John now provides consultancy services and delivers training on an international basis, to a wide range of agencies. Some of them even bring him back a second time.


Shawn Callahan


Shawn CallahanShawn Callahan is the author of the award-winning *Putting Stories to Work* and the Founder at Anecdote, the world’s largest business storytelling enterprise. He started his career in technology with companies such as Oracle and IBM but realised, at the end of the day, it was the human factors that determined the success of any enterprise. 

In 2004 Shawn founded Anecdote, a firm that helps leaders and sellers find and tell effective oral business stories. He works with Global 1,000 companies such as Shell, Danone, Microsoft, TESCO, Allianz and Bayer all around the world. Anecdote licenses its business storytelling programs to companies that are delivered in 12 languages in over 22 countries.


Jake Carroll

Director of Technology

Jake CarrollJake Carroll is the Director of Technology at Airus. With Airus being a side hustle for Jake, he is also the Chief Technology Officer of the Research Computing Centre for the University of Queensland. Jake brings over fifteen years of experience in supercomputing, data management, computer science and large scale infrastructure projects to the Airus team. He is regarded in industry as a global leader of innovative storage and compute platforms at a national scale. Jake’s focus is in the delivery of capability and value through cutting edge technologies, understanding the fine line that exists between consistent service and performance. His current projects of interest include the building and successful completion of the largest scientific research data fabric in the Asia Pacific region and the first dedicated artificial intelligence geared supercomputer in Australia.


Linda Cavanagh

National Network Lead,

Linda Cavanagh v2As the National Network Lead with AustCyber, Linda Cavanagh works in partnership with State and Territory Governments to grow a vibrant and innovative cybersecurity ecosystem that contributes to strong national economic growth. Linda joined AustCyber in January 2019 as the Manager of the Canberra Cyber Security Innovation Node.

Prior to joining AustCyber, Linda was Head of Policy & Cabinet for the Chief Minister for the ACT where she was responsible for the ACT Government’s policy and legislation agenda. Linda also had a successful 21-year career with the Australian Federal Police, having worked nationally and internationally across a variety of portfolios, with a specific focus on law enforcement policy and legislation during latter years.

Linda is also the Founder of the National Missing Persons Hackathon, an Australian first crowdsourced OSINT event that assists Australian law enforcement investigations into missing person cases. This event was delivered in partnership between AustCyber, Australian Federal Police and Trace Labs in 2019 and will be delivered again in 2020.


Kevin Cleary

Cyber Threat Intelligence Professional

Kevin ClearyWith over 10 years of intelligence experience, Kevin brings a unique perspective to the table. After completing a Masters in Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University, Kevin worked with the Australian Signals Directorate for more than 5 years. Following this invaluable experience, he moved to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia where he redesigned, and rebuilt the Cyber Intelligence Function within their Intelligence led security operations centre. Following this, he moved to Symantec, where he designed, developed and built their internal security operations centre cyber threat intelligence function, before returning to work for another major Australian organization in a cyber risk function, with the key role of threat measurement and prioritization. Kevin continues to actively engage with the academic sector with guest lectures, and potential research efforts.


Leanne Close APM

Head of the Counter-Terrorism Program
Australian Strategic Policy Institute

LeanneLeanne Close, APM is the head of the counter-terrorism program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Prior to joining ASPI, Leanne was a Deputy Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), with over 33 years policing and law enforcement experience.  Commencing her policing career in 1986, Leanne has investigated, and led teams involved in, a variety of areas including financial crimes and narcotic importation in Sydney and community policing within the Australian Capital Territory.  Other senior leadership roles held by Leanne in the AFP included Deputy Commissioner of National Security and Operations, and Assistant Commissioner for Protection, Aviation Operations, Human Resources, Professional Standards and Learning and Development.

In 2016, Leanne completed a 12-month secondment at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department as Deputy Secretary Criminal Justice Group. 

From 2015-2019, Leanne was the permanent Co-Chair of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) on Money Laundering. The APG is the largest Financial Action Taskforce in the world today, comprising 41-member states. It is a regional multi-lateral organisation, with the strategic mission to combat money laundering and terrorism financing.

Her qualifications include a Master of Education Leadership from the University of Canberra and two Graduate Certificates in Professional Development Education (University of Canberra) and Applied Management (Australian Institute of Police Management).


Chris Collett

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Intelligence

Chris CollettChris Collett joined AUSTRAC in June 2018 and serves as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Intelligence. He is responsible for AUSTRAC’s intelligence functions, operational engagement, strategic risk assessments and international operations. Mr Collett is the co-chair of the regional Financial Intelligence Consultative Group and represents AUSTRAC on the Fintel Alliance’s Strategic Advisory Board.

Mr Collett has previously held a range of senior executive positions in the Department of Home Affairs, the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Employment, across criminal justice, emergency management, civil justice, and assurance and compliance areas. Prior to joining the Australian Public Service, Mr Collett worked in state government and non-government organisations. He holds a Master of Arts and a bachelor degree and post-graduate diploma in psychology.


David Conceicao

Head of Australasia Office,
Futurum Global

David ConceicaoDavid heads up Futurum Global for Australasia, a global intelligence and security consultancy firm based in Sydney, London and Hong Kong. He has operated in the security intelligence and law enforcement field for over a decade in both the government and private sector. He was the former Director of National Intelligence with the Department of Home Affairs and has served with some of Australia’s most prominent agencies in addressing the threat of transnational serious and organised crime, money laundering and terrorism.

He is a dynamic and forward-thinking professional leader whose passion for intelligence commenced at the Australian Crime Commission, where he was instrumental in implementing the first Fusion Intelligence model in the fight against organised crime and terrorism.

David’s skills span the depth of investigations and covert intelligence collection techniques utilised within policing and security. He is recognised for creating and operationalising multidisciplinary teams to address emergent security threats and risks. He is adept at converting his skills developed from government and applying these to support the corporate sector. He currently works with clients across the globe.

David’s passion includes understanding human behavioural motivations and tendencies, as well as having a keen interest in preventing human trafficking and the illegal wildlife trade.


Dr John Coyne

Head of Strategic Policing and Law Enforcement

John CoyneDr John Coyne is Head of Strategic Policing and Law Enforcement and Head of the North and Australia’s Security at ASPI. John was the inaugural head of ASPI’s Border Security Program, and more recently established the North and Australia’s Security. He is the author of the ‘The Role of Strategic Intelligence in law Enforcement’ and has published widely on policing, national security and organised crime.

Since commencing at ASPI John has conducted field research on Mexican organised crime, biosecurity, regional coastguards, border security, people smuggling, illicit drugs, corruption and foreign bribery, regional intelligence sharing and ASEAN economic integration. He has authored numerous research publications and provided expert commentary to media and news outlets. John came to ASPI from the Australian Federal Police, where he worked on transnational serious organised crime, national security, and counter-terrorism.

John has worked in intelligence and national security for over 25 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. He has been a Winston Churchill Fellow and a Vincent Fairfax Fellow. John is a member of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime and the ANU Criminology Industry Advisory Group.


Dalene Duvenage

Senior Research Fellow and pracademic,
Buckingham University Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BUCSIS)

DuvenageDalene Duvenage has been involved in the intelligence analysis, security risk management and learning and development fields for a total of 31 years during which she worked in the government and private sector. She has degrees in International Relations, an MPhil (Information and Knowledge Management) and will finalise her DSyRM degree at the University of Portsmouth (UK) this year.




Janet Evans

Head of Evans Consulting

Janet EvansJanet Evans heads up Evans Consulting, a unique business that has at its heart the premise that Great Decisions are based on Great Analysis. Evans Consulting provides intelligence products to agencies looking for well-crafted written work and delivers training to agencies who put their people first. She started her career in academic psychology and continues to use this background to pursue excellence in leading others and connecting criminal actions back to human behaviour.

Janet has worked as an intelligence analyst, manager and intelligence director in both the UK and Australia over the last 20 years. Janet has seamlessly moved between operational and strategic intelligence roles in policing and regulatory agencies. From time-to-time she has stepped sideways back into academia to focus, in detail, on a specific challenge or interest that she has held on her mental whiteboard.

Janet’s current passions are expressed through Evans Consulting, in combining mentorship, training and development for strategic staff in a program that results in agency applicable products for strategic decision making. She is also excited about delivering creative programs for intelligence leaders to access their own leadership style, personal values and documenting the journey they want to take their people on while achieving agency priorities.


Dr John Fahey

Honorary Fellow,
Macquarie University

John FaheyDr Fahey is an Honorary Fellow at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University where he presents on Australian intelligence history.  He has now published two books, Australia’s First Spies, which deals with Australia’s foreign intelligence activities from 1901 until 1949, and Traitors and Spies, which deals with Australia’s security intelligence history from 1901 until around 1955.

Prior to setting up his own business in health education in Sydney in 1996, Dr Fahey worked as an officer of Defence Signals Directorate, now Australian Signals Directorate.  He also served full and part time in both the British and Australian armies in a range of regimental and intelligence postings.

His academic work covers military matters including the strategic bombing of Germany from 1939 until 1945 and he is currently working on a book on Australia’s management of its war effort from 1935 until 1943.


Dr Matteo Farina

Adjunct Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Italian,
Flinders University

Matteo Farina v2Matteo Farina is an Adjunct Lecturer at Flinders University.
His research expertise is in applied linguistics; conversation analysis; and computer-mediated communication, especially the way in which people communicate in social media.





Paul Gibson

Specialist Works Engineer,
BAE Systems (UK based)

Paul GibsonPaul is currently leading BAE Systems’ Intelligence Reveal work into a national intelligence agency in Europe. Paul is an ex-senior detective with 14 years’ experience with the UK Police, largely within the intelligence side of the force.




Dr Andrew Hammond

Historian & Curator, International Spy Museum

Public Policy Fellow, Wilson Center

Andrew HammondAndrew is Historian & Curator at the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. and host of the relaunched podcast series SpyCast. He is keen to build his network in Oceania and to incorporate the region into SpyCast's programming. His interest in intelligence came from a period of service in the Royal Air Force, with secondments to the British Army, at a HQ G2 unit, and the Royal Navy, to a Naval Photographic Unit.

He is the author of a forthcoming book entitled, “Struggles for Freedom”: Afghanistan and US Foreign Policy Since 1979, which compares and contrasts the Soviet-Afghan War with the War on Terror. It will be released in 2021 by Edinburgh University Press. He is also the author of articles such as “Through a Glass Darkly: The CIA and Oral History” and co-editor of a forthcoming journal special issue entitled “Towards a Social History of American Intelligence.”

He has a PhD in Diplomatic History from the University of Warwick, UK, and has held fellowships at the British Library, the Library of Congress, New York University and the Wilson Center. He has taught at a number of institutions in the UK and the US and was based for two years at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Lower Manhattan. He was born and raised in Glasgow, once lived above a bagel shop in Brooklyn, and still rolls his rrrr’s.


Christopher Hewett

Acting Head Intelligence Capability, Defence Intelligence Group
Department of Defence

Christopher HewettChris joined Defence as a trainee Geospatial Intelligence analyst in the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation in 2003 (now known as the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation). He held several analytic positons focused on regional military capabilities. In 2007, he established the Maritime Security section, before being posted as the Deputy Liaison Officer (Operations) to the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency in Washington DC, USA.

Chris has held leadership roles in GEOINT capability development, Counter Proliferation and support to military operations directorate. In 2016, Chris established the Collection Directorate in AGO, which gained Government approval for the first large scale investment in space-based GEOINT collection capability in Australia.

Chris was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in July 2017, and was responsible for the planning, delivery and sustainment of GEOINT collection, production and dissemination systems. Since September 2020, he is assisting in establishing the new Defence Intelligence Group as acting Head Intelligence Capability.


Dr Vince Houghton

Dr. Vince Houghton is the Director of the National Cryptologic Museum at NSA. He is the former Historian and Curator of the International Spy Museum, in Washington, DC. He has a PhD in Diplomatic and Military History from the University of Maryland, where his research centered on US scientific and technological intelligence (nuclear intelligence) in the Second World War and early Cold War. He is also the author of two books: Nuking the Moon (Penguin, 2019), and the Nuclear Spies (Cornell UP, 2019)


Prof. James Howcroft

International Intelligence Security Analyst

James HowcroftJames Howcroft has served as an intelligence analyst, collector, producer, planer, policymaker, instructor and mentor for the past 40 years. Mr. Howcroft served in a wide range of tactical, operational and strategic positions during his 30 years as a U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence Officer, including with the 2nd Marine Division in Operation Desert Storm, and with the 1st Marine Division that spearheaded the invasion of Iraq, which culminated in the capture of Baghdad and Tikrit.  Following the conclusion of combat operations, he directed the reorganization and refocus of intelligence resources to support infantry units conducting security, governance and humanitarian missions in southern and central Iraq. Deploying to Iraq a second time in 2004 with the First Marine Expeditionary Force, Mr. Howcroft led the intelligence effort supporting combat, counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

Howcroft served as a Military and Defense attaché in Moscow and Tbilisi, Georgia from 1993-2001. In his last military assignment, as the Director of U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence Plans and Programs, he was responsible for defining the requirements for, the selection and purchase of, and training and fielding of imagery, geospatial, cryptologic and electronic warfare systems to support global Marine Corps operations. Mr. Howcroft retired at the rank of Colonel from the Marine Corps in 2009.

From 2009-2014, as an educator at the United States European and Africa Commands’ Regional Joint Intelligence Training Facility in the United Kingdom, Mr. Howcroft developed and taught programs for U.S. and partner European and African intelligence personnel which addressed methodology for the planning, collection, production and dissemination of fused intelligence in support of international civilian and military members in global Counterinsurgency, Stability and Peace Support Operations.

Mr. Howcroft most recently served as the Director of the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies, a globally-focused Counter Terrorism Program at the George Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The Program provides practitioners with in-depth knowledge of the motivations, methodologies and capabilities of modern terrorist groups as well as the expertise required to utilize the range of capabilities required within a successful whole of society counter-terrorism strategy.


Dr Scott Jones

TradeSecure LLC

Scott JonesScott A. Jones is a Nonresident Fellow at Stimson with the Trade, Technology, and Security program. His areas of expertise are WMD nonproliferation, export controls, sanctions, and economics. Jones is also a principal at TradeSecure, LLC. a global advisory firm focused on export control, FDI, sanctions, and trade compliance solutions. Previously, Jones served as Director at the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security and foreign affairs analyst at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His current activities and interests include U.S. and Chinese security and defense policy, the socioeconomic impact of exponential technology, foreign direct investment and national security, and the security implications of evolving global supply chains. In addition, he regularly briefs U.S. and foreign government and private sector officials on a range of international trade and security issues. He speaks French and Russian fluently. He received his Ph.D. in international political economy at the University of Georgia and an MA at Lancaster University in the UK.


Grant Joy

Managing Director
Protegas Australia

Grant JoyGrant Joy is the Managing Director at Protegas Australia, and also leads their tech research & development arm - Airus. Grant is a commercial and intelligence professional with broad cross-industry experience, and specialisation in Defence and national security capabilities. Prior to entering the commercial sector, Grant served in the Australian Army for over fifteen years, including numerous operational deployments in support of international coalitions and national border protection. While in the Army, Grant led operational capabilities and provided advisory services for Defence leadership.

Grant’s military service is complemented with his experience in management consulting, risk advisory and operations management in the Defence, resources, finance and health sectors. Grant is passionate about supporting positive change for national security and border protection, and improving the capabilities of Defence and national security professionals with current and leading edge AI technologies.


Evan Kohlmann

Chief Innovation Officer,

Evan KohlmannEvan Kohlmann focuses on product innovation at Flashpoint where he leverages fifteen years’ experience tracking Al-Qaida, ISIS, and other terrorist groups. He has consulted for the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Justice, the Australian Federal Police, and Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, among others. Mr. Kohlmann holds a JD from the Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School and a BSFS in International Politics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown Univ.


Asanga Lokusooriya


Asanga LokusooriyaAsanga Lokusooriya is a Partner at PwC focusing on helping government clients transform their operational capabilities through digital technologies. In his career, he has managed large scale transformation programs as organisations face rapid changes to their business models due to market forces. He has been a trusted advisor to the c-suite especially when faced with complex business issues. Asanga’s experience spans across organisational change, enterprise architecture and analytics positioning him well to find holistic solutions in an environment where the rate of change of technology and stakeholder expectations are increasing. His most recent engagement has been at Victoria Police in the capacity of the Delivery Partner introducing a range of capabilities across Intelligence and Mobility. He is a father of two, a mentor, trainer and a martial arts practitioner. 


Steve Longford

Intelligence Dynamics

For over 2 decades Steve has been assessing threats made against individuals and organisations for the private and public sectors.  He has made sometimes outrageous claims based on flawed analysis and poor information collection protocols.  He has placed a number of individuals at risk by failing to identify the seriousness of threats made against them and similarly been the root cause of unnecessary and wasteful expenditure of resources on individuals who were under no real threat at all.  His advice has sent large teams of investigators in completely the wrong direction and it is highly likely that a number of extortion demands have been met unnecessarily by large corporations based on his advice.  He has been described as arrogant, opinionated and lacking any significant self-awareness, but luckily for him he has created a significant international network or researchers, practitioners and clinicians who continue to provide him both support and material.


Prof. Raina MacIntyre

Professor of Global Biosecurity
Kirby Institute, UNSW

Raina MacIntyreRaina MacIntyre (MBBS Hons 1, M App Epid, PhD, FRACP, FAFPHM) is Professor of Global Biosecurity, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Head of the Biosecurity Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW. She leads a research program in control and prevention of infectious diseases, spanning pandemics and emerging infections, epidemiology, vaccinology, biosecurity, risk analysis, personal protective equipment, mathematical modelling, public health and clinical trials. She has a focus on adult immunization, especially frail elderly vaccination.

She has over 350 peer reviewed publications. She has received many awards including the Sir Henry Wellcome Medal and Prize from the Association of Military Surgeons of the US, the Public Health Association of Australia’s National Immunisation Award, and the Frank Fenner Award for Research in Infectious Diseases. She currently heads a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Epidemic Response.

She graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney and worked at the University of Sydney and affiliated hospitals and research centres from 1999-2008 prior to moving to UNSW.


Professor Sabrina Magris

École Universitaire Internationale

MagrisProf. Sabrina MAGRIS is the President of École Universitaire Internationale, research and higher education Institute based in Rome, Italy where she also directs research projects. She is NATO Subject Matter Expert. She teaches and presents nationally and internationally. She is a lecturer in Operational Intelligence, Counter-terrorism, Hostage Negotiation, PSYOPS at École Universitaire Internationale.

In a previous position she served as supervising instructor for the Certificate of training in United Nations Peace Support Operations provided by US Peace Operations Training Institute. In 2015 a project conceived by Prof. Magris has been put into practice for security management during the Jubilee of Mercy announced by Pope Francis. Therefore, the model was adopted as standard by the Italian Minister of Internal Affairs. During the 2018 IAPTC Congress, with her team Prof. Magris ideated and presented a new training method for adults defined “The New Methodology to Enlarge the Perspective of Scenarios” conceived for army, police forces, and civilians.

She is a recipient of research awards in international congresses and symposia. She serves as board member of the International Association For Intelligence Association – European Chapter. She serves as Editorial Advisory Board member of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.


Karen Middleton

Chief Political Correspondent,
The Saturday Paper

Karen MiddletonKaren Middleton has worked in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery for three decades, covering national and international affairs for print and broadcast media. Currently Chief Political Correspondent for Schwartz Media’s weekly national newspaper, The Saturday Paper, she is a regular analyst and commentator on television and radio in Australia and abroad. Previously SBS TV's political correspondent, she undertook three media embeds in Afghanistan 2007-2012 and is the author of 'An Unwinnable War - Australia in Afghanistan' on the political backstory to Australia's involvement, published in 2011.


Brett Peppler

Managing Director
Intelligent Futures Pty Ltd

Peppler BrettBrett Peppler is the Managing Director of Intelligent Futures Pty Ltd - a specialist management consulting practice specialising in the creative application of strategic foresight to frame and navigate complex business challenges. Brett has extensive experience as a manager, analyst, educator, and trainer, including responsibility for coordinating corporate analytical programs, and the technical direction of analytical teams.

Brett is an intelligence officer with over 40 years of professional experience working across multiple domains of intelligence practice - including futures intelligence, national intelligence, military intelligence, criminal intelligence, business competitive intelligence, and academia - in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand, and across South East Asia. Most recently, Brett has worked in the corporate sector as an executive leader and practitioner in strategic innovation, and also as a Vice President of the innovation start-up, Early Birds Marketplace. 

Brett has written extensively on intelligence practice, as well as addressing many national and international conferences. He is a Fellow, Past President and Life Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO), a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a Member of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE), and an Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University.  You can follow Brett on Twitter @cbrettp and @iFuturesAU.  


Michael Phelan APM

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

Michael PhelanMr Phelan was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) on 13 November 2017.

As CEO of the ACIC, Mr Phelan is responsible for ensuring delivery of national policing information systems and services to Australian police and law enforcement partners. He is also responsible for management and administration of the ACIC’s intelligence operations and specialist capabilities.

As Director of the AIC, Mr Phelan is responsible for leading Australia’s national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice. In 2008, Mr Phelan was awarded the Australian Police Medal. He holds a Degree in Commerce, an Honours Degree in Law and a Masters in Business Administration from Melbourne Business School.


Randolph Pherson


Randolph H PhersonRandolph H. Pherson is President of Pherson Associates, LLC and CEO of Globalytica, LLC. He has taught advanced analytic techniques and critical thinking skills to analysts in most US Intelligence Community agencies, in ten of the Fortune 100 companies, and in many countries around the world including the UK, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Romania, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Hong Kong. He authored the Handbook of Analytic Tools and Techniques, 5th ed. (2019) and How to Get the Right Diagnosis: 16 Tips for Navigating the Medical System (2020). He co-authored Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis, 3rd ed. (2021); Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence, 3rd ed. (2021); Cases in Intelligence Analysis: Structured Analytic Techniques in Action, 2nd ed. (2015); Analyst’s Guide to Indicators (2018), Analytic Briefing Guide (2018), Analytic Production Guide (2016), and Intelligence Communication in the Digital Era: Transforming Security, Defence, and Business (2015).

Mr. Pherson completed a 28-year career in the US Intelligence Community in 2000, last serving as National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Latin America. Previously, at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Mr. Pherson managed the production of intelligence analysis on topics ranging from global instability to Latin America, served on the Inspector General’s staff, and was Chief of the CIA’s Strategic Planning and Management Staff. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his service as NIO and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. Mr. Pherson received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University.


Anne-Maree Quarmby

Chief Operating Officer,
Intelligence Rising

Anne Maree QuarmbyFollowing in her father's footsteps, Anne-Maree has pursued a career in intelligence from a young age. She graduated top of her class, gaining a Masters of International Security Studies, and receiving the Vice Chancellors Commendation for Academic Excellence. 

In her current role as COO of intelligence training provider ‘Intelligence Rising’, Anne-Maree plays a key role in the production and delivery of online and face-to-face training courses to international regulatory and intelligence organizations in both the public and private spheres.

She has published several papers on the topics of international security and intelligence in the gaming industry and has assisted in the development of a whole of government counter-terrorism exercise in the Australian Capital Territory. Anne-Maree spent several years working for an Australian State law enforcement agency during which time she has helped uncover major financial and organized crime syndicates, provided long term strategic assessments and developed new operating procedures for the handling of missing persons cases state wide. She then transitioned to the regulatory intelligence space to assist in building their intelligence capabilities outside traditional law enforcement and national security sectors. Her specialty areas are advanced intelligence analysis techniques (with a focus on futures intelligence), human profiling and the continued professionalisation of the intelligence discipline. 

She has traveled extensively, including undertaking volunteering expeditions to the Pacific Islands, West Papua and Ecuador.


Neil Quarmby

Chief Executive, 
Intelligence Rising

Neil QuarmbyNeil’s career extends across 21 years in military intelligence, five years in law enforcement and over thirteen years leading three government regulators in the sectors of: health services, human/social services, and workplace safety.  Neil was most recently the NSW Registrar of Community Housing which is a statutory appointment reporting to government on the suitability and performance of companies to manage risks associated with the provision of shelter to our most disadvantaged. Neil is the Chief Executive of Intelligence Rising – a consulting and online training company for intelligence and compliance professionals.

Neil has lived experience in building better-practice regulatory outcomes, has independently reviewed regulators’ performance, and has provided international consulting services to a for many government organisations seeking to improve their intelligence and decision-making capability. He has also published two authoritative texts on intelligence and regulation. His company provides skills based and introductory courses for intelligence, regulation, compliance, and enforcement officers and managers.


Tom Sear

Industry Fellow, UNSW Canberra Cyber,
Australian Defence Force Academy

20131217: Tom Sear at The Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Tom Sear is an Industry Fellow in Cyber Security, UNSW Canberra Cyber at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). He has advised parliaments and industry on social media manipulation, counter influence initiatives, IoT and 5G policy, and worked as a cyber security practitioner in government. His research concerns how to build resilient national computational cultures to defend against active measures, manipulation and cyber storm. Tom led data analysis projects to analyse cross platform nation-state social media propaganda influence operations during elections, including cross lingual work with WeChat. Tom has a long association with the international Special Operations network, including a current collaboration with Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), USSOCOM, MacDill.


Dorothy Seidel Hooke


Dorothy Seidel HookeDorothy has been working in Intelligence within law enforcement for the past 10 years. She has worked in the tactical, operational, and strategic spheres.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) at the George Washington University, she spent 2 years teaching English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan. Dorothy then moved to Australia, where she completed her Master of Criminology at the University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts (Intelligence Analysis) at Charles Sturt University.

Dorothy's areas of interest in intelligence are in intelligence ethics and in the continuing development of intelligence professionals.


Pierre Skorich

Director, Compliance Analysis & Testing,
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Pierre Skorich1Pierre Skorich is the Director of Compliance Analysis and Testing at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, with responsibility for strategic and operational intelligence and compliance analytics.

Pierre has had an extensive career across the Australian Public Service occupying a diverse set of policy, operational, central agency and corporate roles across nine federal government agencies. He has a particular interest in strategic risk management, regulation, corporate governance, managing complexity in policy making and programme evaluation. Pierre has worked in senior roles in risk, performance, assurance, regulatory compliance, enforcement and organisational design across the Commonwealth at The Department of Agriculture, the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Finance and Deregulation, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Clean Energy Regulator.


Richard Thorburn

Concept Lead,
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

richard.thorburn LThumbRichard is part of the UK Futures team working closely with national security and government agencies and is currently leading our Intelligent Lead Assessment Service venture which we are prototyping with Dorset Police.





Kim Valois

Chief Information Security Officer,
Flinders University

Kim ValoisKim Valois is the Chief Information Security Officer for Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia where she leads cybersecurity and identity management for the University. Ms. Valois is a subject matter expert in a number of areas, including intrusion detection and analysis, improving cybersecurity in complex information infrastructures, and counterintelligence analysis. She has previously led cybersecurity teams, programs, and practices, working in the information computer technology, defence, and consulting industries. Prior to that she worked for over 15 years as a professional intelligence officer in the USA. She speaks several foreign languages, including Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese Mandarin.



Dr Tim Van Gelder

Hunt Laboratory for Intelligence Research,
University of Melbourne

127 van Gelder TimDr. Tim van Gelder is a Melbourne Enterprise Fellow in the Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne, where he leads the Hunt Laboratory for Intelligence Research. A philosopher by training, he is an applied epistemologist with experience in pure research, software development, consulting and training. Much of his work has focused on methods and software for analytical reasoning. From 2017-2019 he was a lead investigator in the SWARM Project, funded by the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity to develop and test a cloud platform using crowdsourcing and structured analytic techniques to enhance the quality of analytic reasoning in intelligence products. 


Katherine Van Gurp

Chief Executive Officer,

Katherine Van GurpKatherine Van Gurp is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA), a role she commenced at the beginning of 2017. Since commencing, she has implemented a new foresight role for policing across Australia and New Zealand examining future trends and implications for policing. Katherine is also an Independent Advisor on the Australian Federal Police’s (AFP) Strategy and Performance Board; the peak governing body for the AFP.  

Katherine has over 25 years’ experience working across a range of law enforcement and justice agencies in Australia at the Commonwealth, State and Territory level. She has held senior executive roles in the AFP, as the previous Manager of the strategic policy area, and with the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services, as Executive Director and Chief of Staff. Her areas of expertise include organisational change, legislative policy, strategic planning, environmental scanning, policy advice, organisational performance and risk management. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Business (Management) and has undertaken Bachelor of Laws studies. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was awarded the Northern Territory Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year in 2013. 


Carl Wöcke

Chief Executive Officer
Merlynn Intelligence Technologies

Carl WockeCarl Wöcke is one of the leading experts in the world on Predictive Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. He is considered as one of the pioneers in building technologies that enable human based reasoning within machine environments. Carl is an active speaker within the AI and machine learning communities with numerous international engagements in areas that include law enforcement, social services, fintech,  risk and human capital optimization. Carl also works on a number of projects where Theory of Constraints is being applied in conjunction with AI and Predictive Analytics.




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