ADMIRAL (RET.) CHRIS BARRIE, AC

Former Chief of the Australian Defence Force &
PATRON OF THE ACSS

Admiral Chris Barrie has worked at an elite level in government as the Chief of The Australian Defence Force (CDF). He is an expert in strategic leadership and continues to teach and mentor the next generation of leaders in complex and diverse organisations. As CDF he played a key role in the international operation to secure East Timor and provided specialised security support for the Sydney Olympic Games (2000). He served in the Royal Australian Navy for 42 years and advised the government about specific roles for Australia’s armed forces after the 9/11 tragedy.
Since retiring, Admiral Barrie has worked on strategic leadership issues as consultant, teacher and mentor at Oxford University, the National Defence University in Washington DC, and at the Australian National University.

DANIEL LIDDELL

HEAD OF BUSINESS RESILIENCE, COMMONWEALTH BANK

Daniel Liddell is the Head of Business Resilience for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, with responsibility for group-level crisis management and business continuity within Australia’s largest financial institution and it’s entities in Asia, Europe, North America and New Zealand. He has held similar roles at Origin Energy and Qantas Airlines, with 12 years practical experience in planning for, and responding to large scale crisis events impacting corporate entities including natural disasters, IT outages, terrorist attacks, cyber-security and privacy issues. Prior to these roles, Daniel graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College and served as an Australian Army Intelligence officer.

PROF. RICHARD ROWE, PSM

HONORARY PROFESSOR, COLLEGE OF LAW, ANU

Professor Richard Rowe PSM is a Special Counsel with Lexbridge Lawyers. Richard has enormous breadth and depth of experience across public international law having worked in this field for over four decades, particularly during his career in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was the Department’s Senior Legal Adviser with overall responsibility for the International Legal as well as the Corporate Law areas. He was also Head of the International Organisations and Legal Division and the Pacific Division in the Department.

PROF. JOHN BLAXLAND

STRATEGIC AND DEFENCE STUDIES CENTRE, ANU

John Blaxland is Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies. He is a former Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, and the first Australian recipient of a U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative grant examining great power contestation in Southeast Asia.

PROF. SALLY WHEELER, OBE, MRIA, FAcSS, FAAL

DEAN AND DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOr, college of law, anu

Professor Sally Wheeler joined the ANU as the Dean of the ANU College of Law in early 2018, a role she continues to hold. Sally divides her time between the ANU College of Law and her role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International Strategy). Prior to taking up these positions at ANU, Sally was a Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Queen’s University Belfast. In the 2017 New Year Honours list, Sally was awarded an OBE for services to higher education in Northern Ireland. 

PROF. RORY MEDCALF

HEad of the national security college, anu

Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College (NSC) at the Australian National University since January 2015. 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.

PROF. BRENDAN SARGEANT

Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU

Brendan Sargeant is Professor of Practice in Defence and Strategic Studies and Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. He retired from the Department of Defence in October 2017, where he was the Associate Secretary of Defence from September 2013. Prior to that appointment he was the Deputy Secretary Strategy. He was the principal author of the 2013 Defence White Paper.

AMANDA GORELY

Ambassador for Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation, DFAT

Ms Gorely is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is currently First Assistant Secretary, International Security Division. Ms Gorely is Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation. She leads Australia’s international advocacy on global arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament.

HELEN SULLIVAN

Director OF THE Crawford School of Public PolicY, ANU

Helen Sullivan is a public policy researcher, teacher and advisor. Educated in the humanities and social sciences she holds degrees in Modern History and Political Science (BA Comb. Hons), Women’s Studies (MA), and Public Policy (PhD). She is widely published; the author of six books and numerous academic articles, book chapters, and policy reports. Her work reflects a long-term commitment to finding new ways to bridge the gap between research and policy.

PROF. MEG KEEN

Director OF The Australia Pacific Security College, ANU

Professor Meg Keen joined the Crawford School of Public Policy in 2018 to take up the position of Director of the Australia Pacific Security College. She leads a program of professional education, technical assistance, and collaboration aimed at strengthening responses to security challenges in the Pacific islands region. Her current research is focused on regional security policy, Pacific human and environmental security, resilience, effective learning and knowledge brokering.

BEN BOHANE

Australian photojournalist, producer and policy analyst

Ben Bohane is an Australian photojournalist, producer and policy analyst based in Vanuatu. For 30 years he specialised in reporting conflict and religion across the Asia Pacific region for a variety of global and Australian media. From 1989-2009 he reported on conflict from Afghanistan to Burma to the Solomon Islands. In 2020, he joined the Australia Pacific Security College at the ANU as Communications Director.

COLONEL DAVID BEAUMONT

Chief Instructor, Army School of Logistics Operations 

Colonel David Beaumont joined the Australian Army in 1995 as a logistician. His core fields of expertise include mobility planning and ‘theatre’ logistics support, and he has been actively involved in Army concept development and modernisation throughout the last decade. In 2017, he commenced doctoral research on logistics and preparedness at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU, as a Chief of Army Scholar and as a Military Fellow.