We are working with a strong cohort of national security experts, leaders, diplomats, public servants and young professionals to deliver the ACSS. We will update this page as more mentors sign on.

ADMIRAL (RET.) CHRIS BARRIE

Former Chief of The Australian Defence Force & Patron of the ACSS

DR DOMINIQUE DALLA-POZZA

Senior Lecturer at the ANU College of Law & ACSS Lead Academic Consultant

PROF. DONALD ROTHWELL

Professor of Law at the ANU College of Law & ACSS Academic Consultant

AMANDA GORLEY

Ambassador for Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation for Australia. DFAT First Assistant Secretary – International Security Division. Former Australian Ambassador to the Philippines & ACSS Mentor

RICHARD ROWE PSM

Special Counsel with Lexbridge Lawyers. Former Ambassador to Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Former Head of the International Organisations and Legal Division and the Pacific Division in DFAT & ACSS Mentor

PROF. JOHN BLAXLAND

Former Australian Defence Attaché to Thailand and Myanmar, Professor of International Security & Intelligence Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre & ACSS Mentor

VIRGINIA HAUSSEGGER AM

Chair of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation. Award winning journalist. ABC TV News Anchor 2001 – 2016. Passionate advocate for women’s rights and gender equity & ACSS Mentor

JAMES BATLEY

Former Australian Ambassador to East Timor, Former Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Former Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Distinguished Policy Fellow at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific & ACSS Academic Consultant

LYNDAL CURTIS

Award Winning Journalist, Former ABC Chief Political Correspondent & ACSS Mentor

ROB MCLAUGHLIN

Professor of Military and Security Law at UNSW Canberra, Professor at the Australian National Centre for Oceans Research and Security, Former Head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s Maritime Crime Program, Former Director of Operations and International Law in the Department of Defence

RORY MEDCALF

Professor Medcalf is the Head of the National Security College (NSC) at the Australian National University.

His extensive professional background includes thirty years of experience across intelligence analysis, diplomacy, think tanks, academia and journalism. He is also the founding Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute from 2007 to 2015.

NIGEL STANIER

Nigel Stanier is the Assistant Secretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Nigel joined DFAT in 1998 as a graduate. His first posting was in Berlin where he covered German politics and was the Cultural Attache (even though at the time he thought Patrick White was a tennis player). After a secondment to an intelligence agency, Nigel worked in DFAT on South Asia and Afghanistan.

Between 2007 and 2010 he was Deputy Ambassador in Ankara. He worked on consular policy and was a member of DFAT Crisis Response Team, being deployed to the Philippines, Ukraine, Vanuatu and Fiji. He is currently Assistant Secretary, Strategic Policy, Futures and Contestability Branch.