Speakers 2015

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    Keynote Speakers


    Rohan Gunaratna

    Professor Rohan Gunaratna

    S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University

    KEYNOTE: Violent Extremism in the new Asian threat landscape

    March 13th 09:30-10:30

    Rohan Gunaratna is Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, and Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore. He received his Masters from the University of Notre Dame in the US where he was Hesburgh Scholar and his doctorate from the University of St Andrews in the UK where he was British Chevening Scholar. A former Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Centre at the United States Military Academy at West Point and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Gunaratna was invited  to testify on the structure of al Qaeda before the 9/11 Commission. The author of 15 books including “Inside al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror” (University of Columbia Press), Gunaratna interviewed terrorists and insurgents in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Saudi Arabia and other conflict zones. For advancing international security cooperation, Gunaratna received the Major General Ralph H. Van Deman Award in June 2014.

    View Professor Gunaratna’s Abstract



    Professor Michael Wesley

    Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University

    KEYNOTE: Violent extremism and Australia’s national security

    March 14th 9:30-10:30

    Michael Wesley is Professor and Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. Professor Wesley has published extensively and has authored several books on foreign policy, including The Howard Paradox: Australian Diplomacy in Asia. He won the 2011 John Button Prize for Best Writing in Australian Politics for his book, There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia. He was Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy from 2009 to 2012 and Professor of International Relations and Director of the Asia Institute at Griffith University from 2004 to 2009. He has also taught at a number of other universities in Australia and overseas. Professor Wesley was an Assistant Director-General in the Office of National Assessments in 2003/04 and served as co-chairman of the Security and Prosperity working group at the Australia 2020 Summit in 2008.


    Conference Dinner Speech


    Michael Pezzullo

    Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection

    Michael Pezzullo was appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with effect 13 October 2014.  Prior to this, Mr Pezzullo was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service from February 2013 and acted in the role from September 2012. Mr Pezzullo first joined the Service as the Chief Operating Officer in July 2009. In that role, he was responsible for offshore maritime security, border-related intelligence, national security and law enforcement programmes, integrity and professional standards, and corporate operations. As principal deputy, he chaired the Service’s Operations Committee and acted as CEO when required.  Prior to joining the Service, he was Deputy Secretary Strategy in the Department of Defence—a position to which he was appointed in January 2006. In this position, he was responsible for defence strategy and planning, force structure development, the strategic policy aspects of Australian Defence Force operations, Defence’s international security relationships, and the delivery of national security programmes in areas such as export controls, counter-proliferation and Defence cooperation with other countries. He also had oversight of the Department’s ministerial support and public affairs programmes.


    Conference Opening


    Allan McKinnon

    Deputy Secretary, National Security and International Policy, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

    Presentation Title: Australia’s Evolving Counter-Terrorism Strategy

    Mr Allan McKinnon is Deputy Secretary, National Security and International Policy Group, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).

    He has responsibility for counter-terrorism policy and issues within PM&C.

    He is currently working with all States and Territories leading the development of Australia’s First National Counter-Terrorism Strategy.  This strategy will encompass the full range of Australia’s counter-terrorism activities and settings internationally and domestically (due for release July 2015).

    From December 2014 to January 2015 he led the Commonwealth Government team which produced the Joint Commonwealth-New South Wales review of the December 2014 Martin Place Siege. This was a comprehensive review of the events and circumstances leading up to the tragic events of the Martin Place siege on 15-16 December (the review was publicly released by Prime Minister Abbott and New South Wales Premier Baird in February 2015).

    In the period September-December2014 he led the team which produced the review of the Commonwealth’s counter-terrorism machinery. This was a major review of the threat environment, the performance of Commonwealth agencies to date and the challenges these agencies face in dealing with the changing threat environment (released by Prime Minister Abbott in February 2015)

    Prior to leading the various reviews on counter-terrorism From September 2013 to September 2014, Mr McKinnon was seconded to the Operation Sovereign Borders Joint Agency Taskforce as Deputy Commander. This taskforce led whole-of-Government efforts to combat people smuggling and the protection of Australia’s borders.

    Before joining PM&C in 2012, Mr McKinnon worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He served overseas twice at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo as Counsellor (1994-1998) and later Deputy Head of Mission (2006-2010).


    Speakers by Conference Panel


    Day 1 Violent Extremism: The Threat Abroad

    11:00-12:30 International Threat Assessments


    Dr Tim Legrand, National Security College, ANU

    Presentation Title: Countering the Threat of Foreign Fighters: Why We Need a Holistic Approach


    Dr Legrand’s interdisciplinary research spans political science, law, international relations, security studies and public administration. His research agenda is presently concerned with the governance of security threats, international policy transfer and emergency policy and crisis management.

    Dr Legrand regularly presents his research on the governance of security (aviation, maritime and critical infrastructure protection) to the Commonwealth and State governments and he has provided public submissions to the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor and the Queensland Parliament on counter-terrorism and security legislation.

    Through the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (Uni. of Canberra), Dr Legrand has also delivered training in public policy analysis to Commonwealth and ACT government officials. In the United Kingdom, he has worked as a policy consultant for the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Health and the Department for Communities and Local Government.


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    Commander Peter Crozier, Manager of Counter Terrorism Operations Australian Federal Police

    Commander Peter Crozier has been a member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) since 1987 and has performed operational duties across the AFP’s community policing, national and international responsibilities, including attachments to the United Nations and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

    Peter has performed a number of operational roles assisting Australia’s South East Asian partners on long-term counter-terrorism investigations. He was also the initial Project Manager for the establishment of the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) and developed the  Multi-National Operations Support Team (MNOST) concept.

    In 2007, Peter was attached to the MPS SO15 Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) in the United Kingdom and between 2008 and 2011 was the AFP Senior Liaison Officer (SLO) posted to Singapore. In March 2011, Peter  returned to Australia as the Coordinator of the Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) in Sydney.

    In 2013 Peter was promoted to the rank of Commander and is currently the AFP’s Manager Counter Terrorism Operations (MCTO) located at the AFP’s National Headquarters in Canberra.  In this position he leads the AFP’s domestic and international counter-terrorism related investigations undertaken in collaboration with the AFP’s national and international law enforcement and security partners.



    13:30-15:00 Fighting Overseas Terrorist Networks


    Mike Smith, Former Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate

    Presentation Title: UN action to Strengthen a Coordinated International Response to Terrorism

    Mike Smith was recently appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as Chair of a commission to investigate alleged human rights violations in Eritrea. He previously served as the Chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, the predecessor body of the Human Rights Council, and as the Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate.



    LT COL Ian Langford, DSC, Australian Army Officer

    Presentation Title: Understanding Violent Extremism – a practitioner’s approach

    Lieutenant Colonel Langford, DSC has deployed with the Special Operations Task Group to Afghanistan. He has additionally served in that theatre with the NATO Special Operations Coordination Centre on the 2008 review of ISAF special operations. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the US Marine Command and Staff College (2009) and was the 2010 Honour Graduate the USMC School of Advanced War-fighting. He has also served on multiple tours to Timor Leste, the broader Middle East, Bougainville, the Solomon Islands and as part of Australia’s domestic counter-terrorist response.


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    MAJ Paul Lushenko, Intelligence Officer, US Army

    Presentation Title: Targeting Terrorists – A Practitioner’s Perspective on the Merits of High Value Targeting

    Paul Lushenko is a U.S. Army Major currently assigned to the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.  He has recently commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Company for the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and has served as the Executive Officer of the Brigade’s Special Troops Battalion.  Commissioned as an Intelligence Officer in 2005, Paul is a distinguished honor graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.  From 2010 to 2012 he studied at The Australian National University as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.  He received a Master of Arts in International Relations with highest honors and was awarded the college’s prize for best dissertation: “China, the United States, and the Future of Regional Security Order – An Unhappy Coexistence.”  He also received a Master of Diplomacy with highest honors and was awarded the James Ingram Prize for Excellence in Diplomatic Studies.  From 2007 until 2013, Paul deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with Stryker and Special Operations Forces where he was responsible for directing intelligence operations in support of the Coalition’s counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations at the Company, Battalion, Combined Task Force, and Joint Task Force levels.  Paul is the author of numerous articles appearing in journals such as the Asia Pacific Bulletin, Defence Studies, Military Review, Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin, and The Small Wars Journal.  His military education includes the United States Army Airborne School, Ranger School, Military Intelligence Officer’s Basic Course, and Infantry Captain’s Career Course (Honor Graduate).  His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, and German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold).  Paul is also a recipient of the Military Intelligence Corps Association’s Knowlton Award for significant contribution to Army intelligence.


    15:30-17:00 Combating Terrorism financing


    Associate Professor John Langdale, Macquarie University

    Presentation Title: Terrorist Financing in the Middle East: Role of Banking, Finance and Regional Hubs (Dubai)

    Associate Professor Langdale currently teaches International Security Studies at Macquarie University’s Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism. His research has focused on the interlinkages between globalisation, transnational crime and economics. His current interest is in the area of global economic security, with particular focus on financial crime and terrorist funding networks. He has undertaken consultancies for Australian government departments, local councils, telecommunications carriers and private firms. He was chair of Telstra’s Social and Policy Research in Telecommunications and has been the recipient of a number of Australian Research Council grants.


    Craig Robertson, AUSTRAC

    Craig is the Director of National Security Operations at AUSTRAC, Australia’s national financial intelligence unit and anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulator. His current responsibilities include coordination of AUSTRAC’s counter-terrorism financing capability, contributing to national CT efforts.

    Craig has been with AUSTRAC 5 years, previously having responsibility for financial transaction monitoring capabilities and AUSTRAC’s contribution to the ATO-led, multi-agency taskforce Wickenby – combating offshore tax evasion.

    Previously, Craig worked in policing, security and banking in Australia and the United Kingdom. Craig has a Masters in Management from the Australian National University and completed undergraduate studies in communication and international economics.


    Day 1 Data, Surveillance and Intelligence


    11:00-12:30 Tracking foreign fighters with data analytics

    The Wynyard Group

    Wynyard Group is a market leader in risk management and crime fighting software used in investigations and intelligence operations by government agencies and financial organisations. Wynyard solutions help solve and prevent crime, defend against advanced persistent cyber threats and counter terrorism. Wynyard’s powerful software platform combines big data, advanced crime analytics and tradecraft to identify persons of interest, stop offenders and protect victims. Wynyard has more than 120,000 users of its solutions and offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Australia and New Zealand. For more information visit www.wynyardgroup.com.


    Jon Piercey, The Wynyard Group

    Wynyard’s Australian, New Zealand and Asian activities are led by Jon Piercey, Vice President, Asia Pacific. Jon is responsible for executing Wynyard’s business plans across the region. He has extensive experience in delivering risk management investigations and intelligence solutions to a variety of government and commercial organisations and was previously holding senior positions with Cura Risk Management Software and Information Builders, a global business intelligence software provider.


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    Jessica Reidy, The Wynyard Group

    Jessica Reidy has been the Professional Services Manager of Wynyard Group with responsibility across the Asia Pacific region specialising in Government Intelligence since 2012.

    Prior to joining Wynyard, Jessica was the Assistant Director of Intelligence for the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI). She was also a member of the Environment Investigations Unit at the Federal Environment Department in Australia. For more than 10 years prior to that, Jessica was a sworn police officer for Tasmania Police, specialising in criminal intelligence. Amongst the roles she held include Tasmanian Police Missing Person Unit Coordinator and police prosecutor in the Tasmanian Magistrates Courts.

    An experienced senior law enforcement and intelligence professional, Jessica is a qualified legal practitioner having been admitted to practice in 2010. She was also a lecturer in Evidence Law at the University of Tasmania’s Law Faculty.

    Jessica was previously a member of the Board of AIPIO and ACT Representative at the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers.


    13:30-15:00 Metadata, Surveillance and Security


    Dr Vivienne Thom, Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

    Presentation Title: Oversight of intelligence agencies

    Dr Vivienne Thom was appointed as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security for a five year term on 19 July 2010. Her role as an independent statutory office holder is, broadly, to assist ministers in overseeing and reviewing the legality and propriety of the activities of Australian intelligence agencies and to provide assurance that these activities are consistent with human rights. Vivienne has broad experience in public administration in a number of senior executive positions. She was appointed as Deputy Ombudsman in March 2006 with responsibility for the oversight of law enforcement, immigration, taxation and defence agencies. She was the CEO of the Royal Australian Mint from 2002 to 2006, and the Commissioner of Patents at IP Australia from 1999 to 2002.


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    Claude Colasante, Director Intelligence, Money Laundering Criminal Targeting, AUSTRAC

    Mr Claude Colasante joined AUSTRAC in 2003 as the National Manager of the Intelligence branch.   Currently, he holds the position of Director Intelligence, Money Laundering Criminal Targeting within AUSTRAC’s Intelligence division, one of his key areas of focus is how to use analytics to identify money laundering, terrorist financing and crime risks. Claude has extensive law enforcement experience having worked in various Commonwealth agencies including Centrelink, the Australian Securities& Investment Commission, the Australian Federal Police and the private sector during his career. During this time Claude has acquired a wealth of experience in the area of anti-money laundering, fraud, white collar crime investigations, intelligence, corporate investigations, forensic accounting, corporate governance, securities fraud and has been involved in number of high profile criminal investigations and prosecutions.

    In addition to his undergraduate studies, Claude holds an Associate Diploma in Business, a Diploma in Accounting, and a Post Graduate Diploma of Criminal Intelligence and is currently studying a Master of Arts (Intelligence Analysis) at Charles Sturt University. Claude is a member of The Society of Anti-Money Laundering Professionals, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), the National Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO), the National Institute of Accountants (NIA) Australia and the USA Academy of Science and Engineering (ASE).


    Mark Stewart

    Professor Mark Stewart, University of Newcastle

    Presentation Title: Evidence-Based Security Risk Assessment: Do benefits exceed the cost?

    Professor Mark Stewart is Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability at The University of Newcastle in Australia. He was awarded a BE from Monash University in 1984, and a PhD from The University of Newcastle in 1988. He is an honorary Senior Fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University.

    He is the co-author of Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Engineering Systems (Chapman & Hall, 1997), Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Chasing Ghosts: The Costly Quest to Counter Terrorists in the United States (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), as well as more than 400 technical papers and reports. He has more than 25 years of experience in probabilistic risk and vulnerability assessment of infrastructure and security systems.

    In the past decade Mark has received extensive Australian Research Council support to develop probabilistic risk-modelling techniques for infrastructure subject to military and terrorist explosive blasts and cost-benefit assessments of counter-terrorism protective measures for critical infrastructure. In 2011, he received a five-year Australian Professorial Fellowship from the ARC to continue and to extend that work.


    15:30-17:00 Roundtable on Surveillance and Ethics



    Dr Adam Henschke, National Security College, ANU

    Dr Henschke is a research fellow at the National Security College and an adjunct research fellow with the Centre of Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University. His research stems from fundamental interests in ethics, society and interactions with novel and emerging technologies. His current research is focused on the ethics of cyber-security, just war and military ethics, emerging technologies and value-informed decision making.



    Cameron Stewart, The Australian

    Cameron Stewart is The Australian’s Associate Editor specialising in international affairs, including national security, terrorism and defence. Since joining the newspaper in 1987 he has worked in many roles and has travelled the world covering major stories.

    Previous roles include being posted to Canberra in the early 1990s as The Australian’s foreign affairs and defence writer, covering war and genocide in Somalia and Rwanda and many stories throughout Asia. From 1996 to 1999 Cameron was The Australian’s New York correspondent, a role which saw him cover the 1996 US presidential campaign. From 1999 to 2000 he was the Victorian Editor of The Australian and since then he has worked as a senior news/investigative and features writer based in Melbourne.

    Cameron has won numerous awards for his work including the 2008 Graham Perkin award for Australian Journalist of the Year.


    Jon Lawrence, Electronic Frontiers Australia

    Jon has 20 years of experience in the IT/Internet industries, primarily in product and relationship development roles. He has worked in Australia, the UK, Denmark and the US for a wide range of commercial organisations, from four person start-ups to large-scale media companies.

    He has been an interested observer of ICANN and the international internet governance field since 1999. His other areas of policy interest include freedom of speech in the online context, privacy, copyright law reform and bridging the digital divide. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with majors in Modern History and Political Science from the Open University (UK) and a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne.

    Jon joined EFA in 2009 and served on the EFA Board from September 2011 to April 2012, when he resigned in order to take on his current role as (part-time) Executive Officer. Jon is also a non-Executive Director of the Internet Society of Australia and the current Chair of the Committee of Management of North Melbourne Language and Learning.


    Day 2 Violent Extremism: The Threat Within

    9:00-9:30 Conference Opening

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    Jason Brown, National Security Director, Thales

    Presentation Title: Open Source Information Collection and Collation in Support of Policy and Operations

    Jason Brown is the National Security Director for Thales in Australia and New Zealand.  He is responsible for security liaison with government, law enforcement and intelligence communities to develop cooperative arrangements to minimise risk to Thales and those in the community that it supports.  He is also responsible to ensure compliance with international and Commonwealth requirements for national security and relevant federal and state laws.

    Before joining Thales in 2004 Jason had 27 years experience in Commonwealth Government with appointments which include;

    • Assistant Secretary – Defence Imagery and the Geospatial Organisation,
    • Director General – Safety, Compensation and People Development,
    • Assistant Secretary – Defence Security, and
    • Various appointments in the Attorney General’s Security portfolio in the areas of counter terrorism and security policy and investigations.

    He has served on a number of senior boards and committees in both the Public Sector and Private Institutions.  Including;

    • Deputy Registrar Security Professionals Registry – Australasia (SPR-A).
    • Chair of the Steering Committee for the International Day of Recognition of Security Officers.
    • Member of ASIS International Standards and Guidelines Commission 2007 to 2015.
    • Chair of  Australian Standards Committee for Security.
    • Fellow and member of the Governing Board of the Australian Risk Policy Institute (ARPI) as Director, Global Security Risk Policy.
    • Research Associate – Australian Security Research Centre.2007 – 2013
    • Honorary Fellow, Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorist Centre Macquarie University.
    • Chair of the Australasian Council of Security Professionals 2009 – 2012.
    • Senior Regional Vice President ASIS International Group 20 2009 – 2012,
    • Chair of the ASIS Asia Pacific Advisory Committee 2009 – 2012.
    • Member of the National Centre for Security Standards from 2006 to 2011.
    • Chair of Australian Defence Security Committee 1999 – 2002.

    Jason has a number of publications in the areas of client service, intelligence management and security.  He is internationally known speaker in the areas of intelligence, security, innovation, export control, scenario and strategic planning.  He is a Fellow of the British Security Institute and ARPI, a member of ASIS International, the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, the Risk Management Institution of Australasia and University House – Australian National University. He holds Security Professional Chartered status in the UK and Registered Professional status with SPR-A.  He was awarded the Australian Security Medal for Conspicuous Service in February 2011.  In 2013 IFSEC International recognised him in the top 40 influential persons in Security and Fire Management.

    Jason has been involved in a range of non-security related public activities, including Chair of Lake Tuggeranong College Board, Vice President of the Burragate Rural Fire Brigade, supporter of the iLead mentoring program and donor support for the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, Victorian National Gallery and the National Parks of NSW.


    11:00-12:30 Countering Violent Extremist Ideology


    Professor Michele Grossman, Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, Victoria University

    Presentation Title: Soft targets: smarter approaches to countering violent extremism

    Dr Michele Grossman is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing at Victoria University in Melbourne. She has served as lead or co-investigator on multiple research grants from government agencies including the ANZ Counter-Terrorism Committee, the Attorney-General’s Department, DSTO, Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Her research findings on communities and radicalisation, new approaches to policing and cultural diversity, and cultural dimensions of resilience to violent extremism have been published in a wide variety of journals, book chapters and research monographs, including major research reports and tools for government. Michele is a member of the Attorney-General’s Department National Research Panel on Countering Violent Extremism, a consultant expert for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on radicalisation leading to violent extremism, and serves on a range of additional expert panels, working groups and advisory boards in her areas of specialisation.



    Dr Julian Droogan, Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University

    Julian studied anthropology, Asian history and culture and religious studies in his undergraduate degree, and wrote on religious identity formation for his postgraduate research work. Julian is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University and is the Director of the Postgraduate International Security Studies Program. Julian’s research projects include an ongoing program looking at Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Australia, especially at ways that academics and industry can work together to produce CVE outcomes. Julian also has an interest in the relationship between religions and international security in the Asia Pacific. Julian is also the Editor of the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (JPICT), an international peer-reviewed academic journal published by Routledge.


    13:30-15:00 Foreign Fighters and Security


    Dr David Malet, UOM

    David Malet is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Associate Director for Academic Programs of the Melbourne School of Government. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 2012, Dr. Malet was Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he served as the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Homeland Security, establishing the Certificate and Minor programs in Homeland Security Studies, and then as the inaugural Director of the interdisciplinary University Honors Program.

    From 2000 to 2003 he served as a defence and foreign policy Research Assistant to United States Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. He has also worked or interned for United States Representative Ruben Hinojosa, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, The Attorney General of New South Wales, The Rendon Group, United States Senator John Kerry, and United States Representative Howard Berman.

    His first book, Foreign Fighters , (Oxford University Press, 2013) examines transnational recruitment and mobilisation by insurgent groups. His research in this area has been incorporated by organisations including the Australian Army Land Warfare Centre and the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, and he is a regular media commentator on this topic for Time, Al Jazeera, ABC, NPR and others.

    He is currently completing a new book manuscript which examines the impact of emerging biotechnologies on the ethics of warfare, and co-editing a volume on transnational actors. He is also engaged in studies funded by United States government agencies on the use of social media in risk communications following bioterrorist attacks and of the radicalisation of foreign fighters.

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    Levi West, Lecturer,  Charles Sturt University

    Presentation Title: Twitter as a Weapon: How IS is winning the social media war

    Levi is Lecturer, Terrorism and National Security and Course Coordinator, Master of Terrorism and Security Studies at Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University. He has an extensive background in national security, with a focus on non-state violence and terrorism.  Levi has lectured at the National Security College at the ANU; as part of ANU Military Studies program at the Australian Command and Staff College at the Australian Defence College; at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation in Indonesia; and was a Visiting Fellow in Terrorism and Counter Terrorism at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad, India in 2013.


    15:30-17:00 Protecting Public Places

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    Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch, Commander of Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics Command, NSW Police

    Presentation Title: Foresight and Hindsight

    Assistant Commissioner Murdoch joined the New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) in 1980 and is currently the Commander, Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics (CT&ST), a position he has held since July 2014.    

    In this role Mr Murdoch has organisational and operational responsibility for the:

    • Provision of specialised bomb, rescue and canine support;
    • Provision of high level hostage negotiation and tactical policing capability to resolve high risk incidents;
    • Co-ordination of security operations for Internationally Protected Persons, dignitaries and witnesses considered to be at risk;
    • Collection, analysis and dissemination of strategic and tactical intelligence products which are geared toward preventing acts of terrorism, politically motivated violence and public disorder;
    • Maintenance of strong and effective working relationships with Government, business and the community to protect critical infrastructure, private and public assets from acts of terrorism;
    • Maintenance of a high level of operational readiness to ensure the NSWPF, its emergency services partners and stakeholder agencies can effectively respond to a terrorist related incident; and
    • Provision of operational support to prevent terrorism through research, education and community engagement.
    • At State level Mr Murdoch is an advisor to the Joint Cabinet Standing Committee on Counter Terrorism and Emergency Management.  He is also an associate member of the New South Wales State Emergency Management Committee.  Nationally, Mr Murdoch is the New South Wales representative on the Investigation Support Capability Co-ordination Sub-Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC).

    In September 2014 Mr Murdoch was the NSW Police Force Commander who enacted the disruption phase of Operation Appleby, the largest counter terrorism operation in Australian history.  In December 2014 Mr Murdoch was the Police Commander responsible for the NSW Police Force response to the Martin Place siege.

    In the 4 years immediately prior to taking up his current position Mr Murdoch was the Commander, Central Metropolitan Region where he was responsible for policing Australia’s largest and most populous city: Sydney.

    During his career to date Mr Murdoch has served within the metropolitan area in General Duties and Criminal Investigation. He has spent much of his service working as a criminal investigator, including general detectives, homicide, strike forces, as well as regional and major crime squads. 

    In September 2004 Mr Murdoch was promoted to the rank of Superintendent, Commander of the St George Local Area Command. Mr Murdoch has also performed the role of Local Area Commander at Kings Cross and City Central.   

    On 1 January 2009, Mr Murdoch was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner following his appointment as the Commander, Southern Region. 

    In 2007 Mr Murdoch was awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service. He is also the recipient of the National Medal, including the 1st Clasp; the NSW Police Medal, including the 2nd and 3rd Clasps; the Commissioners Olympic Commendation; the Deputy Commissioners Olympic Citation; the Commissioners Commendation for Service; a Commissioners Unit Citation; and the NSWPF Sesquicentenary Citation.

    Mr Murdoch holds a Graduate Diploma of Public Administration (Policing) from the Charles Sturt University (1998), a Graduate Certificate in Management from the University of Wollongong (1996), and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management from the Australian Institute of Police Management (1998).  Mr Murdoch is also a graduate of Session 63 of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.

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    David Williams, Senior Research Advisor, Melbourne University

    Presentation Title: Active Shooter, Training, Awareness and Exercising, can we do it Better?

    Melbourne University: Visiting Fellow and Senior Research Advisor
    14 years experience as an Inspector with Victoria Police (38 years service in total)

    He is currently 57 years and commenced his policing career in 1976.  He has performed various policing roles over his career and retired from Victoria Police in July 2014.  During his career I received a number of organisational commendations and three recognised service medals. In addition he recently received the National Emergency Medal for extended service in the Victorian Police command centre during the Victorian Black Saturday Fires. He has designed, managed, facilitated and formally assessed many counter terrorism exercises at local, state and across jurisdictions. He has provided emergency management response duties over a number of years as an operational role.  He holds the following formal tertiary qualifications: Mater of Education (Monash) and a Graduate Certificate in Management (Charles Sturt).

    His last role was as the manager of the Victoria Police Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit within the State Emergency and Security Department. This unit has the responsibility for assessing the state’s critical infrastructure (under the national framework) and the annual reporting requirements (to the relevant Minister) on the adequacy of all 36 of the State’s declared essential services exercises.  In addition, he has represented Victoria Police at the various sectoral state and national committees and was the co-chair of the coordination committee of that group. He has delivered the current ANZCTC Active Shooter Awareness Program in various forums and has completed the USA’S Association of Public Safety Communications Officials official training program for call takers and dispatchers in relation to ‘active shooters’. He has also provided cross jurisdictional emergency service liaison duties during emergencies.

    He currently holds the position of Senior Research Advisor to the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety. His role is to provide quality, practical, educational research advice to both the Infrastructure and Engineering Department Management and PHD research students within the emergency management and general public safety arenas.



     Dr Gavriel Schneider, CEO Risk 2 Solution Group

    Presentation Title: Integrating security, risk and response functions in government and business

    Gavriel Schneider is the CEO and a founding partner of the Risk 2 Solution Group (R2S), which incorporates safety, security, emergency response and medical support to provide integrated risk solutions to clients.  Gavriel has had over fifteen years of risk management, safety advisory, operational close protection, specialist security experience, and high level consulting. He specialises in security related risk management, Close Personal Protection (CPP) and Defensive Tactics (DT).

    Gavriel was the first recipient of both his Doctorate (Criminology) and Master’s degree (Security Risk Management) from UNISA (the first in Africa). The Masters was awarded to him based on a three year research project that explored how to professionalise the Close Protection Industry in South Africa. The Doctoral award was based on a further four year research project into the South African and Australian security industries with the focus on Use of force and best practice Defensive Tactics Training. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (WDETC) and a Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Management (IMM).  He is also an ASIS CPP and has a Diploma in Security and Risk Management from the Australian Security Academy.

    Gavriel is the Author of Beyond the bodyguard: a guide to protective practices success. He has been interviewed as a subject matter expert by media organisations such as the ABC, CNBC and the Associated Press as well as being featured in prominent security journals. He is a fellow and member of the board of governors of the South African Institute of Security (SAIS) as well as a member of ASIS, and a previous member and fellow of the United Kingdom and Indian Security Institutes. Lastly, he served as a Co-Chairman of the Close Protection Association of South Africa (CPASA). He is also an acknowledged speaker and has presented lectures and workshops at many events and conferences in several countries.



    Day 2 Fourth Annual Cyber Warfare Conference


    11:00-12:30 Cyber Security Lecture: Five Knows of Cyber Security- a corporate perspective


    Mike Burgess, CISO, Telstra

    Mike Burgess is the Chief Information Security Officer for Telstra, joining Telstra in February 2013. He leads Telstra’s Security Operations team which includes responsibility for Telstra’s Security Operations Centre (TSOC). Mike’s vision for cyber security has resulted in establishing unique Discovery and Influencing capabilities within Telstra Security Operations. These capabilities provide insights and opportunities within Telstra and are an integral part of Security Operations purpose to protect customer information.

    In November 2014, Mike’s outstanding cyber knowledge and experience was recognised by the Prime Minister and he was appointed to the independent panel advising government on the upcoming Cyber Security Policy Review.

    Previously Mike was the Deputy Director for Cyber & Information Security at the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD). This role was created in 2008 reflecting the growing importance of DSD’s role as the Commonwealth authority on information security, and the increasing challenge of securing Government information against unauthorised network intrusions.

    Mike led the establishment of the Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) at DSD in 2009 and oversaw its development into a key cyber capability for Government. The CSOC brought together capabilities from across Government to deliver a greater understanding of the cyber threat against Australian interests, and provided response options for significant cyber events across government and systems of national importance.

    Mike has a degree in Electronics Engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology. He worked in private industry before joining the Defence Science and Technology Organisation working in the field of imaging radar. Mike joined DSD as a collection engineer in 1995. In his career at DSD, Mike held a variety of roles spanning the intelligence, security, capability development and executive aspects of DSD’s business.


    13:30-15:00 Data Theft and Information Security

    Dr Malcolm Shore, Technical Director, Australia, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

    Dr Shore has more than 30 years of experience in the defence and information security sectors in Australia and New Zealand. He has strong expertise in applied IT security, with a focus on policy and governance. He joined BAE Systems Applied Intelligence from the Australian National Broadband Network Company, where he was the Principal Security Officer for three years, responsible for physical, personnel and information security and privacy.


    Dr Elena Sitnikova, Australian Centre for Cyber Security

    Elena Sitnikova, PhD, BE (Hon), CSSLP is an academic and researcher within the Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) at the University of NSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), Australia. Her main research interests are in critical infrastructure protection and cyber security, quality assurance and enterprise process capability improvement. Elena currently leads the Critical Infrastructure area, carrying out research projects in cyber security in SCADA and process control systems with industry, State and Federal Government partners in Australia. She works internationally researching cyber and natural threats including Extreme Solar Events and EMPs on SCADA systems.



    15:30-17:00 Government and Industry Collaboration

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    Rachael Falk, General Manager, Cyber Influence, Awareness & Threat, Telstra


    Representative from ASIO Business Liaison Unit