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

President
AIPIO

Dr Phil Kowalick MAIPIOPhil 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

Paul Symon AO

Major General (Retd)
Director-General, Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS)

Paul Symon AO to be checkedPaul Symon was raised in Melbourne and moved to Canberra in 1979 in order to attend the Royal Military College Duntroon. He graduated as senior cadet and the Sword of Honour winner in his final year. A 35 year military career followed, culminating in the rank of Major General. His final appointments in Defence were as Deputy Chief of the Army and as Director of the Defence Intelligence Organisation. He was also military adviser to the 'First Principles Review'.

Paul has had four periods of operational service. As a Brigadier he was appointed Australian Commander Middle East which gave him command responsibility for Defence personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to that he was the senior military adviser for the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Paul was also the Australian senior military officer in East Timor in 1999 in the months preceding the ballot for East Timor's independence. His team of officers found themselves negotiating with militia and Falantil leaders, as well as the United Nations (UN) and Indonesian military, during a period of high tension and duress. Prior to that, he served with the United Nations in Southern Lebanon and on the Golan Heights.

Paul was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service in East Timor. He subsequently became a recipient of the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

Academically, he holds two Master's degrees: from the University of New South Wales and from Deakin University. 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.

 

INVITED Speakers

The Honourable Karen Andrews MP

Minister for Home Affairs

Karen EdwardsAfter a career as an engineer and running her own industrial relations business, Karen Andrews was elected to parliament in 2010 as the Federal Member for McPherson on the Gold Coast. Following the 2013 election, she took on a leadership position as Chair of the House of Representatives Joint Standing Committee on Public Works – one of the oldest investigatory Committees of the Parliament, and a “watchdog” on Government building and works programs.

She’s also served as the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Assistant Minister for Science. In this role, Minister Andrews was one of the architects of the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda. It’s this experience which saw her sworn in as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in the Morrison Government Cabinet in August 2018. In doing so, she became the first ever female cabinet minister from Queensland.

Since then, Minister Andrews led significant work to help Australian industry to flourish, including designing the Government’s $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy. She was a key driver of Women in STEM initiatives and guided the Australian Space Agency on its mission towards a goal of tripling the size of the sector to $12 billion and creating 20,000 new jobs by 2030. Minister Andrews was sworn in as the first female Home Affairs Minister on 30 March 2021.

 

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.

 

Shelagh Dorn

President, International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA)

Currently, Shelagh is serving her third term as the President of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) where she is working to provide analytic resources and training opportunities to IALEIA members and partner organizations. She is also a Research Fellow with the John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety. Shelagh received her Master’s Degree and PhD in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany-SUNY and is an IALEIA Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA).

Shelagh Dorn is an Assistant Professor with the School of Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the School as part of the Master’s Program in Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis, Shelagh worked for several agencies and organizations including the Brunswick Police Department, the University at Albany Hindelang Criminal Justice Center, the New York State Police at the New York State Intelligence Center, and Clemson University.

 

Michael Hickey MAIPIO

Assistant Director, Compliance & Enforcement
Victorian Building Authority (VBA)

Michael HickeyMichael is Assistant Director, Compliance & Enforcement at the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), Victoria’s regulator of the building and plumbing industry, where he has held various compliance and enforcement related roles over period of more than 12 years.

Michael is responsible for leading the Practitioner Intelligence Team, Investigations Team and the collection of Victoria’s statutory building activity data and building permit levies.  In 2014, he was tasked with establishing the organisations new Practitioner Intelligence Team.  Today, it is central to the industry regulators compliance activities, with a growing reliance on data, analysis and generation of actionable insights to address regulatory risk and inform enforcement activities, organisational decision making and support the achievement of strategic outcomes.

Before relocating to Australia, Michael had a varied past in the UK, primarily as an Analyst in the private sector and Data Manager in national projects at the Department of Health (UK), along with a stint in the dot com boom in London, during the late 1990s and website development in the not-for-profit sector.

Michael has completed the ANACAPA Criminal Intelligence Analysis course, in addition to possessing a master’s degree in Intelligence Analysis (Charles Sturt University, Australia), master’s degree in Computer Science (Newcastle University, UK) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Internal Auditing (Institute of Internal Auditors, Australia).

 

Lesley Honeyman 

Director, Cyber Security Operations
Department of Finance, Service and Innovation

lesley honeyman to be checkedLesley Honeyman joins the Department of Finance Services and Innovation from NSW Police Force where she held the position of Director, Strategic Intelligence and Capability in State Intelligence Command. Ms Honeyman was responsible for a number of functions that delivered strategic intelligence, policy, vetting, professional and capability development and operational support.

She has over 25 years of experience in the intelligence and security field, both at the state and federal level. Ms Honeyman has previously held several critical roles in NSW Police Force. Her experience includes providing leadership and direction to special events and operations managed by NSW Police Force (Lindt Café, World Youth Day and the 2000 Sydney Olympics). She received a Deputy Commissioner’s Commendation and an award of meritorious service for her commitment and dedication to NSW Police Force.

Ms Honeyman is a leader in the Australian intelligence community and has represented on many national intelligence and security forums. She continues to develop and maintain positive working relationships with key agencies at a state, national and international level. She has championed cross-collaboration between agencies that have resulted in effective operational outcomes.

Ms Honeyman has contributed to the steering of significant national developments such as the National Criminal Intelligence System and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Model and has been instrumental in the national push towards the professionalisation of intelligence. Ms Honeyman has lead the profession of intelligence in NSW Police Force and Australian Customs Service during periods of organisational change through her ability to influence, communicate, build networks and empower those around her.

 

Angela Lewis

PhD Candidate, Global Leadership
Pepperdine UniversityAngela Lewis

Angela Lewis is a PhD student studying Global Leadership at Pepperdine University; her focus is on the building and leveraging of intelligence teams in the private sector and the importance of leadership development within the private sector intelligence community. Ms. Lewis earned her Master’s degree in International Relations with a focus in Foreign Policy from American University and double majored as an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati, graduating with bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Political Science.

She currently serves as the Manager for the Global Intelligence and Threat Analysis Team at the Walt Disney Company. Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Lewis served as a Senior Counterterrorism Targeting Officer in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, including serving two tours abroad in Central Europe and in the Middle East.

 

Dr John Moss

Deputy CEO
AUSTRAC

Dr John Moss to be checkedAs the Deputy CEO leading the Corporate Operations Division, John has senior leadership of the people and integrity, innovation, capability, technology, finance, property, security, governance and risk, and audit functions of the agency.

 

 

 

 

 

More speakers to be announced soon.