Keynote Speakers

Julie Inman-Grant

eSafety Commissioner


Plenary Speakers

Dr Tobias Feakin

Ambassador for Cyber Affairs
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Feakin TobiasDr Tobias Feakin is Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs. He leads Australia’s Whole of Government international engagement to advance and protect Australia’s national security, foreign policy, economic and trade, and development interests in the internet and in cyberspace.

Ambassador Feakin was a member of the Independent Panel of Experts that supported the Australian Cyber Security Review to produce Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. He was the Director of National Security Programs at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute from 2012 to 2016 and established the Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre.

He has also held a number of research and advisory positions, including with the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, the Oxford University Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre, the Global Commission on Internet Governance and the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

Ambassador Feakin holds an Honours Degree in Security Studies and a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Politics and Security Studies, both from the University of Bradford.


Major General (Retd) John Hartley

Institute Director and Chief Executive
Future Directions

Hartley JohnJohn Hartley graduated from Australia’s Royal Military College at Duntroon in 1965.  He served twice in South Vietnam: firstly as a rifle platoon commander and then as an adviser to a South Vietnamese battalion.  In these two appointments he was wounded three times, twice mentioned-in-despatches and awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the US Army Commendation Medal for Valour on two occasions and the US Air Force Commendation.

He is a graduate of the Australian Staff College, the Joint Services Staff College and the US Army War College.

As a General Officer, he headed Army’s Training Command, the Defence Intelligence Organisation, was Deputy Chief of the Army and finally headed Army’s principal combat formation, Land Command.

After 40 years of military service he retired in 2000 and was national president of four organisations before becoming the CEO and Institute Director of Future Directions International, a Perth-based not-for-profit research organisation that does research on a number of subjects whose future might impact on Australia.

He was the SBS commentator for the opening phase of the 2003 Gulf War, appearing on national TV on 20 consecutive nights and was also the ABC FM spokesperson on the same topic.


Judy Lind

NSW Greyhound Welfare Integrity Commission

Lind JudyJudy Lind is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission (the Commission), a NSW public sector agency created in 2017 following the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW and the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel.

Prior to her current role, Judy Lind worked as a senior executive in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and has over 30 years experience in the Federal public sector. Judy has held senior leadership roles in the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Crime Commission (now the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission) and the Australian Taxation Office.

Judy is highly experienced in the areas of complex regulatory and compliance matters, law enforcement and criminal intelligence. She also has extensive experience in leading and building organisational capability and implementing programs to prevent, detect and address non-compliance.

As CEO of the Commission, Judy’s focus has been on establishing its internal capabilities to deliver the highest levels of welfare and integrity in the NSW greyhound racing industry and to promote public confidence in the industry. Judy has a deep appreciation of the role played by intelligence analysts and the value of data analytics in regulatory systems.


Mandy Newton APM

Deputy Commissioner
Australian Border Force

Newton MandyMandy Newton APM is Deputy Commissioner, Operations of the Australian Border Force (ABF).

Mandy joined the ABF on 3 April 2017 as Deputy Commissioner Support following a 28 year career in law enforcement and policing with the Australian Federal Police (AFP). She transferred to the role of Deputy Commissioner Operations on 3 September 2018. Mandy is responsible for providing high-level strategic direction across all operational activities around the border. This includes the management of travellers, goods and cargo, as well as enforcement and maritime operations. Additionally, Mandy leads the detention and offshore regional processing operational activities.

Prior to joining the ABF, Mandy was Assistant Commissioner, People, Safety and Security at the AFP — where she was responsible for security of the AFP and its staff, integrity and internal investigations, as well as health and human resource management.

In her 11 years as an Assistant Commissioner, Mandy led and managed national security as well as national and international investigation portfolios. This included overseeing the AFP's International Deployment Group; tactical response and maritime capabilities, economic, financial crime and special operations. Mandy has also managed the AFP's 24-hour operations centre, governance and major technology programmes, as well as its media, marketing and ministerial groups. Significantly, in 2006, Mandy developed the AFP's Aviation Portfolio at major airports across Australia.

Additionally, Mandy held the position of Deputy Chief Police Officer within ACT policing, has private sector experience working with ACTEW, and was an Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office.

For her distinguished involvement to Aviation Security and the Canberra Bushfires Mandy was recognised for her leadership and contribution with an Australian Police Medal and National Police Service Medal respectively.  


Randy Pherson

CEO, Globalytica
President, Pherson Associates


Dr Kelly Sundberg

Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies
Mount Royal University, Canada


John Yates QPM 

Global Director for Security
Scentre Group Corporate Security

Yates JohnJohn joined Westfield in November 2013 in a newly created role as Director of Security for Scentre Group in Australia and New Zealand & Westfield Corporation in the United Kingdom, United States and the emerging markets. He is now the Director of Security for Scentre Group following the sale of Westfield Corporation in July 2018.

John retired from the Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) in November 2011 after a 30 year career.  He held some of the most senior positions in UK policing. His last role was as the UK’s most senior counter terrorism officer and as the senior advisor the Prime Minister and Home Secretary on all law enforcement related security matters.  Previous roles included leading the fight against serious and organised crime in London and being the UK policy lead and spokesperson in relation to rape and serious sexual offences. He also led the UK’s response to the South East Asian Tsunami for which he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.

In between leaving policing and joining Westfield John spent time in the Middle East advising the government of Bahrain on police reform before joining G3, the Good Governance Group, a leading international strategic advisory firm, as their Group Executive Director.

John is on the Advisory Board for the technology company ‘Callsign’, and a Non-Executive Director for New South Wales Police Legacy and the Domestic Violence Charity, ‘KYUP!’. John is based in Sydney.


Concurrent Session Speakers

Dean Bastin

Global Manager - Intelligence & Investigation Services


Sarah Cornally

Speaker to Systemic Intelligence

Cornally SarahCornally is a highly regarded strategic leadership advisor and catalyst for change.  Originally trained as an occupational therapist, she became well known for success in dealing with complex workers’ compensation cases others deemed ‘untreatable’.  She intuitively realized that the way to resolve these issues was to look at them systemically; by treating not just the individual, but also the environment, culture and systems they interacted with, she achieved a phenomenal success rate at getting people back to work safely. 

This got the attention of C-suite executives who sought Sarah out to work with them and their executive teams to address complex, resistant leadership issues.  Whilst initially reserved about moving into the corporate sector, leaders changed her mind suggesting her impact could be far greater by helping to create environments where individuals, and businesses, could thrive. 

Sarah’s work now focuses on providing consulting services in systemic intelligence applied to leadership and organization’s challenges.  She specializes in developing greater capacity in leaders to identify blind spots and hidden capabilities in order to create environments which realize the potential of the enterprise.  Her mission is to equip leaders to respond insightfully and effectively to uncertainty and complexity by rising to challenges and exploring adaptive solutions.


Wayne Forgesson

Signal (Open Source Security Intelligence)

Forgesson WayneWayne Forgesson is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Signal Corporation, the provider of the Signal open source intelligence gathering solution.  With a career spanning 35 years within the IT industry, Wayne is passionate about how information technology can help solve everyday challenges. 

Since founding Signal in 2013, Wayne has been focused on unlocking the value of publicly available information to identify, notify, and manage global security and crisis management incidents as they happen.  The growing convergence of physical and cyber security is an area of particular interest, especially as the number of cyber issues continue to increase.


Dr Jolene Jerard

Deputy Head
International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research


Nick Kaldas APM

Stratium Global (Security Intelligence Protection)

Kaldas NickNick Kaldas is Chairman of Stratium Global, a high-level security consulting company. He served in NSW Police for 35 years, the last ten years as Deputy Commissioner. His career spanned major crime investigations, including counter terrorism, protection operations, armed robbery, major drug investigations, covert operations, emergency management, community policing and over a decade in homicide investigations.Nick Kaldas is Chairman of Stratium Global, a high-level security consulting company. He served in NSW Police for 35 years, the last ten years as Deputy Commissioner. His career spanned major crime investigations, including counter terrorism, protection operations, armed robbery, major drug investigations, covert operations, emergency management, community policing and over a decade in homicide investigations.

He was a member of the Australian National Counter Terrorism Committee, the peak body dealing with Counter Terrorism in Australia, for eight years, and played a key leadership role in protection and related operations in significant events such as the Sydney Olympics, APEC 2007 and World Youth Day, Sydney 2008.

Internationally, Nick led the UN investigation into the murder of Lebanese P.M. Hariri and other assassinations; led the UN/OPCW Joint Investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria; served as Deputy Chief Police Adviser with Coalition Forces in Iraq, rebuilding the Iraqi Police, and was Director of Oversight for the UN body, UNRWA.Internationally, Nick led the UN investigation into the murder of Lebanese P.M. Hariri and other assassinations; led the UN/OPCW Joint Investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria; served as Deputy Chief Police Adviser with Coalition Forces in Iraq, rebuilding the Iraqi Police, and was Director of Oversight for the UN body, UNRWA.

He is a member of Operation Kenova’s Independent Steering Committee, the Scotland Yard investigation into numerous murders allegedly committed during the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland and a Commissioner of the Commission on International Justice and Accountability, the international body gathering admissible evidence of atrocities and war crimes in the war in Syria and Iraq. Nick is a graduate of the FBI’s Hostage Negotiation Program, Leadership in Counter Terrorism Program, and National Executive Institute. He is a Senior Fellow with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.


Prof Raina MacIntrye

Head | Biosecurity Research Program
The Kirby Institute, University of NSW

McIntyre RainaRaina MacIntyre is Professor of Global Biosecurity and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute, UNSW, and an adjunct professor at Arizona State University.  She is a specialist physician with a masters and PhD in epidemiology. She leads a research program in control and prevention of infectious diseases, spanning epidemiology, risk analysis, vaccinology, bioterrorism, mathematical modelling, public health and clinical trials. She has over 350 peer reviewed publications and sits on several expert committees and editorial boards. Her awards including the Sir Henry Wellcome Medal and Prize from the Association of Military Surgeons of the US for her work on bioterrorism, the PHAA Immunisation Achievement Award, The CAPHIA Research Award and the Frank Fenner Award. She has pioneered concepts of biological threat detection using cross-disciplinary methods. Her current research focuses on vaccines (including smallpox), emerging infections, personal protective equipment, aerosol dynamics, dispersion of respiratory pathogens, and bioterrorism detection and prevention.


Dr Abby McLeod

Coordinator Workforce Development
Australian Federal Police

McLeod Dr AbbyDr Abby McLeod, Australian Federal Police Culture and Inclusion Adviser, and adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith University Criminology Institute, has been an unsworn member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for 12 years, prior to which she was an academic and law and justice sector reform consultant. 

Abby is a legal anthropologist, with a particular interest in diversity and the varied ways in which different societies and organisations approach the same challenges, in particular the promotion of social order and inclusion.  She has published widely on a number of issues, including a range of gender-equality topics, diversity and inclusion in policing, and law and justice sector reform in developing countries.  

From 2016-2018, whilst seconded to the Australian Institute of Police Management, she undertook the first comprehensive study of Australian and New Zealand efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in policing, with a specific interest in understanding “what success looks like”.  Having returned to the AFP, Abby is now enjoying translating her research findings in to practice and is passionate about promoting an intersectional approach to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 


Workshop Speakers

Brett Peppler

Executive Manager - Innovation, Strategic Intelligence
Suncorp Group


Kathy Pherson

Pherson Associates


Dr Carl Rhodes

RAND Australia


Assoc Prof Patrick Walsh

Intelligence and Security Studies
Charles Sturt University

Walsh PatrickDr. Patrick F. Walsh is a former intelligence analyst and now an Associate Professor (Intelligence and Security Studies) at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University, Australia. Prof Walsh is also an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Department of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester. He is a senior researcher, who has published over 30 publications on intelligence reform issues. His first book, Intelligence and Intelligence Analysis (Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2011), examined a range of intelligence reform issues post 9/11 across Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He is currently a chief investigator on two major grants examining security intelligence collection post Snowden and another examining emerging cyber threats. His most recent book Intelligence, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism (Palgrave Macmillan UK) was released in September 2018.


Mariana Zafeirakopoulos (PhD candidate)

Strategic Design Practitioner
University of Technology Sydney