AIPIO

 

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 SPEAKER

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.

 

Peter Ritchie

Regional Anti-Corruption Adviser
ABA Rule of Law Initiative

Peter Ritchie TO BE CHECKEDPeter Ritchie is a Regional Anti-Corruption Adviser for the ABA Rule of Law Initiative. He has led and supported many capacity building projects focusing on international cooperation against corruption, money laundering, and transnational crime. In this role, he also co-designed and hosted major APEC programs on transnational crime and corruption, in partnership with the Philippines (2015), Peru (2016) and Vietnam (2017), and implemented anti-corruption projects throughout South-East Asia. 

Previously he worked in the Australian Attorney-General's Department. His responsibilities included anti-corruption policy and program development, and representing Australia in G20, UN, and APEC anti-corruption fora. In Melanesia and the Pacific Islands, he was an anti-money laundering adviser supporting the implementation of FATF and UNCAC provisions . Earlier in his career, Peter was a Senior Analyst in the Office of Strategic Crime Assessments.

 

GUEST 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.

 

More speakers to be announced soon.

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