Keynote Speakers

Julie Inman-Grant

eSafety Commissioner 

Inman Grant JulieJulie Inman Grant is Australia’s eSafety Commissioner. In this role, Julie leads the world’s first, and still only, government agency committed to keeping its citizens safer online.

Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors, and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter, and most recently Adobe.

Julie’s career began in Washington DC, working in the US Congress and the non-profit sector before taking on a role at Microsoft. Julie’s experience at Microsoft spanned 17 years, serving as one of the company’s first and longest-standing government relations professionals, ultimately in the role of Global Safety Director for safety policy and outreach.

At Twitter, Julie headed up Public Policy for Australia and South East Asia, managing a range of public policy issues, including online safety and countering violent extremism. Julie also built Twitter’s ‘Rules and Tools’ for safety, and conceptualised and piloted #PositionofStrength, which now serves as Twitter’s global female safety and empowerment program.

Most recently, Julie served as Director of Government Relations Asia Pacific at Adobe, where she worked with governments across the region on issues such as innovation and digital transformation, creativity and STEM skills development and cybersecurity.


Nick Warner AO


Office of National Intelligence 

Warner NickNick Warner AO PSM became the first Director-General of National Intelligence on 20 December 2018 when the Office of National Assessments (ONA) transitioned to the Office of National Intelligence (ONI). Nick had been Director-General of ONA since 1 December 2017. Prior to taking up this position he was Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), a position he occupied from August 2009. 

Nick has held a number of senior positions in his 40-year career of public service, including the Secretary of the Department of Defence (2006-2009) and Senior Advisor (International) to the Prime Minister (2005-2006).



Plenary Speakers

Dave Ashton

Regional Manager for Australia and New Zealand
VA Worldwide

Ashton DaveDave Ashton is a former military intelligence analyst currently operating as the Australia New Zealand Regional Manager for VA Worldwide.

Prior to joining VA Worldwide, Dave was the Insurance Fraud manager for the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ), working with insurance companies and their fraud teams to help identify fraudulent activity, developing processes to collaborate with agencies and to share information and build strong cases for prosecution.


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.


Dr Phil Kowalick


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.


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.


Carolyn Nixon

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Nixon CarolynCarolyn Nixon leads the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity’s Corruption Prevention practice. She has public sector, integrity, and law enforcement agency experience, and holds a B.Ed, a Certificate in Training Practice (United Kingdom) and a Masters in Strategic HRM. She is an alumnus of the International Anti-Corruption Academy summer program in Vienna (2013). In 2017, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study international corruption prevention practices, in Hong Kong, Austria, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland. In 2019 she will be presenting this work at APSAC, Melbourne and in San Francisco at the American Institute of Criminology conference.


Randy Pherson

CEO, Globalytica
President, Pherson Associates

Pherson RandolphRandolph H. Pherson is CEO of Globalytica, President of Pherson Associates, and a Founding Director of the non-profit Forum Foundation for Analytic Excellence.

  • He teaches advanced analytic techniques and critical thinking skills to government and private sector analysts in the United States and abroad.
  • He has authored, co-authored, or edited eleven books on intelligence analysis.
  • Mr. Pherson was a career CIA intelligence analyst and manager, last serving as National Intelligence Officer for Latin America. He received his AB from Dartmouth College and MA in International Relations from Yale University.


Peter Ship

Head of Law Enforcement Team
SAS Asia Pacific

Ship PeterPeter had a notable 30 year career with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) as a highly successful detective most of his service was spent within New Scotland Yard’s Specialist Crime Directorate, managing intelligence led operations, in complex high risk areas such as Kidnap Investigation.  His exceptional level of success has been recognised through the award of ten commendations.

Since 2007 Peter has worked for SAS and now leads their ‘Intelligence and Investigation Management’ team in APAC. During this time, he has worked with a number of Police Forces and Intelligence Agencies across the world helping them to develop and maximise their intelligence systems, and providing him with a unique view of Best Practice in Managing Intelligence and Investigations.


Dr Kelly Sundberg

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

Sundberg Dr KellyDr Kelly Sundberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at the University of Adelaide, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, and Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Victoria, Master of Arts in Justice and Public Safety Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Political and Social Inquiry with a specialization in Criminology from Monash University. Prior to his academic career, Kelly served over fifteen years in various border security, law enforcement, and senior policy positions with the Government of Canada.


Paul Symon AO

Director General
Australian Secret Intelligence Service

Symon AO PaulPaul Symon graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1982. A career in the military, spanning 35 years and culminating in the rank of Major General, followed. From 2011-14, Paul was Director of the Defence Intelligence Organisation and, prior to that, served as the Deputy Chief of the Australian Army from late 2008 until 2011.

Paul has served on operations four times during his military career. His most senior command was as a Brigadier in late 2005 until mid-2006 when he was appointed Australian Commander Middle East. This gave him national command responsibility for all Defence personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to that appointment, in 2003, he was selected to be the senior military adviser to Mr Nick Warner the Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). In 1999, Paul was the Australian senior military officer in East Timor during the months preceding the ballot for East Timor’s independence. His team of five officers found themselves negotiating with militia and Falintil leaders, as well as the United Nations (UN) and Indonesian military, to deliver a ballot to the people of East Timor during a period of high tension and duress.

He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service in East Timor. Prior to that, in 1997, he served with the United Nations in Southern Lebanon and on the Golan Heights. Paul is the 1982 recipient of the Sword of Honour and Blamey Award at Duntroon. Academically, he holds two Masters degrees: from the University of New South Wales and from Deakin University. He is also a recipient of the national award of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

In mid-2015, Paul left the military and joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was subsequently appointed as Director General Australian Secret Intelligence Service from 18th December 2017. Paul is married to Kate and has two adult children.


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

Scott Ainslie

Regional Director Australia & New Zealand

Ainslie ScottScott has served in a broad variety of intelligence and security roles spanning a thirty-year career, joining FS-ISAC as the Regional Director for AUNZ in 2016.

Scott is a member of multiple intelligence, and InfoSec organisations in Australia and overseas, providing an ideal platform for applying a risk-based approach to cybersecurity management across industry and government.

A noted speaker, Scott has a degree in Criminology from Charles Sturt University and a Masters in Cybersecurity, Strategy and Diplomacy from the University of NSW.  He is an Honorary Research Fellow with the Faculty of Science and Technology at Federation University, and is a previous President of AIPIO.


Dean Bastin

Global Manager - Intelligence & Investigation Services

Dean has been working for Sportradar for three years. Prior to that, Dean spent 12 years working in State law enforcement and Victoria’s anti-corruption commission.

Dean’s expertise and passion is in sporting integrity, specifically in combatting match-fixing and transnational oganised crime.


Jacinta Carroll

Carroll JacintaSenior Research Fellow for the Counter Terrorism and Social Cohesion Project
Australian National University

Jacinta Carroll joined the National Security College in 2017 and works across its professional development, policy and academic programs.

Jacinta was the inaugural Head of ASPI’s Counter-Terrorism Policy Centre from 2015 to 2017. She previously held Senior Executive appointments the Australian Government, and worked in the Defence and Attorney-General’s Departments. Her career experience includes working on national security, counter-terrorism, strategic policy, border security, military operations, campaign planning and scenario development, information management, and international policy with a particular focus on the Middle East and Afghanistan. She is a regular media commentator and public speaker on international relations and security issues.


Sarah Cornally

Speaker to Systemic Intelligence

Cornally SarahSarah Cornally 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 Corporation

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.


Kate Grayson

St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School

Grayson KateKate Grayson was a previous policy adviser to the late, former Senator Russell Trood. Her policy advice incorporated key areas such as security governance, counter-terrorism, oversight and the effective coordination of Australia’s intelligence efforts. Her role also included preparation for Senate Estimates hearings, submissions to the media, a variety of parliamentary bodies and a number of formal inquiries. Kate holds a MA in International Studies and continues to make a number of contributions to various think tanks including ASPI and most recently participated in the public consultations for the Comprehensive Review of the Legal Framework of the National Intelligence Community.


Dr Sharon Hamilton

Director of Liaison and Military Operations, Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies
University of North Georgia, USA

Hamilton SharonDr Sharon R. Hamilton is a retired U.S. Army Military Intelligence Colonel with 27 years of active duty service. She served as the Director, Army Human Terrain System developing and leading 31 socio-cultural intelligence teams supporting U.S. and Allied units in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sharon worked in the defense industry managing over $80 million in programs. In 2017, Sharon joined the University of North Georgia (a Senior Military College) as Director, Liaison and Military Programs. She serves as an adjunct Professor for Homeland Security and Leadership courses. Sharon conducts research on leadership, intelligence, implicit bias, cultural intelligence, and Generation Z.


Dr Jolene Jerard

Deputy Head
International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research


Nick Kaldas APM

Stratium Global

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.

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 MacIntyre

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.


Stephen McCombie

Macquarie University

McCombie StephenDr Stephen McCombie is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at Macquarie University.

His current research interests are in digital forensics, cyber threat intelligence and information warfare.   His research draws on a diverse background in policing, security and information technology over the last 30 years.  Stephen has also held senior positions in information security with IBM, RSA, National Australia Bank and most recently SecureWorks.



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. 


Neil Quarmby

Chief Executive
Intelligence Rising

Quarmby NeilNeil’s career extends across 21 years in military intelligence, five years in law enforcement and ten years leading three government regulators in the sectors of: health services, human/social services, and workplace relations. Neil is also the Chief Executive of Intelligence Rising – a consulting and online training company for intelligence and compliance professionals. Neil has been the head of doctrine and training for all Australian Defence intelligence courses and information operations. He has also published two authoritative texts on intelligence and regulation. Neil also has an honorary association with Macquarie University and regularly lectures on regulatory intelligence, law enforcement intelligence and other professional matters.


John Schmidt


Schmidt John MJohn practices and promotes the discipline of Synthesis in areas including foresight, strategic intelligence, strategic planning, organizational development, risk, and counter-terrorist resourcing.

John retired in mid-2015 from FINTRAC (Canada’s Financial Intelligence Unit), where he had been since 2000, first as Manager, Planning, then as part of a small strategic intelligence team.

Between 2006 and 2011, John was seconded to Canada’s Integrated Threat (now Terrorism) Assessment Centre, producing a major study and model of terrorist resourcing.

Subsequently, John became FINTRAC’s Team Leader, Strategic Research and Analysis.

John has BSc and MSc degrees in Psychology from the University of Alberta, Canada.


Allon Uhlman

Macquarie University


Augusto Verzosa

Principal Consultant

Verzosa GusAugusto (Gus/Toti) Verzosa is a highly-experienced operations, ICT & intelligence professional who has successfully provided consulting services to Australian Commonwealth departments and agencies since 2004. Gus currently works as BI & Analytics Manager at the Australian Electoral Commission. Gus was previously Senior Software Engineering Manager & Development Practice Lead for the Financial Crimes Portfolio at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. This portfolio focuses on anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML-CTF). Gus has developed an AML-CTF typology- and risk-based method for data management of BI and analytics which utilizes semantic computing and other computational methods.

Gus also was previously CIO of 6 large multinational and national Philippine, Canadian, Indonesian, and American organisations, served Philippine President Fidel Ramos as whole-of-government program advisor, and was recognised as one of the top 100 CIO’s in Asia-Pacific in 2001.

Gus has personally developed the following analytic models in his R&D business, Talinot: ‘Threat Analytics Model/TAM’ which provides off-shelf, customizable content for counter-terrorism, crime prevention, and general threat analysis and prediction; and analytics models for air traffic management, risk management, and economic productivity. These models combine an enterprise data warehouse, business intelligence, and analytics in a unified federated architecture and platform and can be implemented in any set of tools.

Gus has written articles and books for and presented on analytics, politics, security and general ICT management to industry. His presentations on his Counter-Terrorism Analytics Model at 2 conferences in Canberra and at Intelligence 2018 were well-attended and well-received by representatives of the AFP, Defence, DIBP, Austrac, the ATO, the Red Cross, the French Government, the Philippine Government, and other Australian Commonwealth and State departments and agencies. His papers have been referenced by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) - a centre of expertise in ICT business intelligence, labour market research, policy development and workforce solutions that enables industries to maintain a competitive advantage in a global market and develops Canada’s future skilled and innovative talent.

Gus also founded and runs the monthly sessions of the “Key Information Officer Forum” – a collaborative forum for ICT professionals in Canberra dealing with contemporary and advanced ICT topics such as analytics, AI, IoT, architecture, ERP, cybersecurity and new ICT management models.


Workshop Speakers

Kathy Pherson

Pherson Associates

Pherson KathyKatherine Hibbs Pherson, President of Globalytica, teaches analytic techniques and critical thinking to academia, government, and private industry. She and Randy Pherson co-authored Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence, 2nd ed. (2016). Ms. Pherson is CEO of Pherson Associates, which serves US Government agencies.

In 2000, Ms. Pherson completed a 27-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency in intelligence and security analysis and resource management. She received an A.B. from Vassar College and M.A.’s from the University of Illinois and the University of Oklahoma. She received CIA's Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the US Intelligence Community's National Distinguished Service Medal.


Dr Carl Rhodes

RAND Australia

Rhodes Dr CarlDr. Carl Rhodes is Director of RAND Australia. In this role, he identifies policy research opportunities for Australian clients at the commonwealth and state levels, delivers and disseminates high quality research and analysis on Australian policy issues, and leads the RAND Australia office in Canberra. During his tenure at RAND, Carl has performed work for US clients including the Air Force, Army, Joint Staff, and Joint Forces Command. He participated and led efforts examining the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; long-range strike; and the military use of commercial space services and assets. Recent work for US clients focused on the employment and modernisation of unmanned aircraft systems and nuclear force modernisation. Carl received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, where his thesis work examined the modeling of nonlinear systems for process control.


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

Zafeirakopolous MarianaOver the last decade, Mariana Zafeirakopoulos has worked in international organisation in military analysis, private practice in geopolitical and business analysis and Australian law enforcement in operational and strategic intelligence; intelligence capability development and intelligence practice design. As well as providing Intelligence capability development advice to Australian law enforcement agencies and delivering training in Structured Analytic Techniques, Mariana is undertaking a PhD exploring the potential evolution of intelligence analysis for complex contexts such as terrorism prevention. She currently works at UTS’s Design Innovation Research Centre exploring how disciplines like design, transdisciplinarity and innovation might amplify intelligence practice.


Dinner Speaker

Asanga Lokusooriya


Lokusooriya AsangaAsanga is a Director at PwC and has over 25 years of experience delivering large scale transformation programs for Australian and international organisations. He has extensively worked on building mission critical and analytical systems. Asanga's experience expand across multiple industry sectors delivering consulting services, software solutions as well as holding several senior corporate positions. Over the recent years he has been overseeing the Intelligence Management and the Mobility Program at Victoria Police in the capacity of the Delivery Partner for PwC.