Dennis Richardson AC

Former Secretary of the Department of Defence

Dennis Richardson AOFollowing two years as the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dennis Richardson AC commenced as Secretary of the Department of Defence in 2012, a position he held until his retirement in 2017. He was Ambassador of Australia to the United States from 2005 to 2009 and has been a career public servant since 1969, when he joined Australia's foreign service.

From October 1996 until his appointment to Washington, DC, Richardson served as Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. Prior to this, he was Deputy Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (1993-1996).

Richardson has served in various senior public service roles in the Departments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Foreign Affairs and Trade and Immigration. He was Head of the Review of the Intelligence Community post-Cold War in 1992 and Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister from 1990 to 1991.


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Dr Matteo Farina

Adjunct Lecturer
The University of Adelaide and Flinders University

Matteo FarinaMatteo Farina is an Adjunct Lecturer at The University of Adelaide and 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.




Lesley Honeyman 

Director, Cyber Security Operations
Cyber Security NSW

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.


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.


Nathan Morelli

Head of Cyber Security and IT Resilience
SA Power Network

Nathan MorelliNathan Morelli is the Head of Cyber Security and IT Resilience at SA Power Networks. SA Power Networks is the state’s sole electricity distributor, building, maintaining and upgrading the poles, wires and substations that deliver power to around 900,000 homes and businesses.

As a member of the IT Leadership Team at SA Power Networks, he is responsible for leading the capability responsible for protecting the reliability and integrity of SA Power Networks systems through the delivery of the following;

  • A leading cyber security risk management capability
  • Resilient IT systems and supporting processes
  • A modern digital identity management capability

As a successful cyber security professional, Nathan has worked across defence, consulting, private and public organisations. Prior to SA Power Networks, Nathan held management roles within Naval Group Australia, the Adelaide JCSC and the SA Department for Education. Nathan has experience in leading large and small cyber security teams, delivering to strategic goals, with measurable cyber security outcomes.

Nathan plays an active role in the growth of the cyber security community in South Australia, through roles as the Adelaide branch chair for the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) and a member of the Privacy Committee of South Australia.


Dr Jason Shepherd

Director of Analysis and Innovation

Thomson Reuters

Dr Shepherd has been Director of Analysis and Innovation with Thomson Reuters Special Services International since Jan 2021. Prior to that, he served 23 years in the UK’s National Security Community, including time with the operational five eyes agencies. He played a key role in the UK’s Integrated Review of National Security, Defence and Foreign Policy which commits the UK to future security based on advantage in science and technology.


Jennifer Stockwell

National Security, Cyber Policy & Law Enforcement Liaison Principal - Cyber Security, Networks & IT


Jennifer StockwellJennifer Stockwell leads Telstra’s National Cyber Security team, covering cyber policy, strategic intelligence, critical infrastructure regulation, agency engagement and nationally significant cyber initiatives. Before joining Telstra, Jen led operational teams in the UK and Australian Government, including as Director of Cybercrime Intelligence in the Australian Cyber Security Centre. Leveraging her deep understanding of cyber attacker motivations and capabilities, she helps senior executives apply a national security lens to their risk programmes and advises government on maximising industry capabilities to keep our nation cyber safe.

Jen was recognised in 2020 as Australia’s Most Outstanding Woman in IT Security, for achievements including Telstra’s Cleaner Pipes initiative and her work in support of the Australian Cyber Security Strategy and its Industry Advisory Committee. She is a Board Director of the Australian Women in Security Network, and a member of RMIT’s Industry Advisory Board on Cyber.


Associate Professor Patrick F. Walsh, PhD

Associate Professor, Intelligence and Security Studies
Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University

PatrickWalsh003Patrick F. Walsh, PhD, is a former intelligence analyst who has worked in Australian national security and law enforcement agencies. He is an associate professor, intelligence and security studies at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University, Australia. He consults to government and his research focuses on a range of intelligence capability issues including governance, leadership, intelligence and ethics, biosecurity, health security and cyber. He is the author of Intelligence and Intelligence Analysis, Routledge, UK 2011; Intelligence, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 2018; and Intelligence Leadership and Governance. Building Effective Intelligence Communities in the 21st Century, Routledge, 2020




Mariana Zafeirakopoulos

University of Technology Sydney

Mariana ZafeirakopoulosA former federal law enforcement public servant, Mariana made the move to private industry to explore transdisciplinary and participatory co-design practice in strategic, emergent and complex contexts. Mariana is undertaking a PhD exploring knowledge co-production across disciplines in national security. She creates new law enforcement strategic intelligence practices that better grapple with emerging, evolving and complex problems. Mariana is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Strategic Intelligence at Charles Sturt University; and a Senior Social Innovation Designer, researcher and facilitator at the University of Technology’s School of Design’s Design Innovation Research Centre (DIRC). She has led projects including preventing sexual assault and harassment on campus, strategic participatory research with people with disability; bribery prevention and rethinking innovation cultures and risk in the Air Force. She is particularly passionate about designing the future we want - not just designing for the future - using game-based approaches to explore alternate futures with diverse stakeholder groups.


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