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.

THE HON. JULIE BISHOP

CHANCELLOR OF AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

The Honourable Julie Bishop is currently serving as the 13th Chancellor of the Australian National University, since January 2020. She served as Australia’s 38th Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until 2018, the first female in that position as well as the first female Deputy Leader of the Federal Liberal Party, serving for 11 years from 2007 until 2018. As Foreign Minister, she was responsible for strengthening Australia’s key strategic and economic relationships with Ministerial responsibility for more than 5,000 departmental staff, 110 overseas missions as well as government agencies the Australian Secret Intelligence Service and the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research.

DANIEL LIDDELL

General Manager Group Business Resilience, COMMONWEALTH BANK

Daniel Liddell is the General Manager Group 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

Mr Richard Rowe PSM is a former senior officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he was the Department’s Senior Legal Adviser. He has also been Head of the International Organisations and Legal Division and the Pacific Division in the Department. He has served in senior positions in Australian Missions in Stockholm (as Ambassador), New York, Geneva, Noumea, London and Hanoi. He is an Honorary Professor in the College of Law at the Australian National University. He has a particular interest in international law, diplomatic tradecraft and negotiation skills.

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.

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.

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.

HON. MARK DREYFUS QC MP

Shadow attorney-general, australian labor party

The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP was first elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Isaacs in November 2007. Mark is a passionate defender of the rule of law, freedom of the press and the need for a powerful and independent national anti-corruption commission. Mark is a strong advocate for social justice and believes in creating a sustainable economy and environment for future generations. Following the 2019 election Mark was appointed Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Constitutional Reform.

DR. DOMINIQUE DALLA-POZZA

SENIOR LECTURER, COLLEGE OF LAW ANU

Dr Dominique Dalla-Pozza is a senior lecturer at the ANU College of Law working in the fields of Australian National Security Law and Australian Public Law. She is providing the ACSS team with a combination of logistical and academic assistance, particularly in the development of the simulations. She ​has an interest in crisis simulation development, ​particularly after helping to prepare a team of ANU students to attend a national security crisis law simulation held at Georgetown University in Washington DC in 2018.

DR. WILLIAM A. STOLTZ

Senior Adviser for Public Policy, NSC, ANU

Dr. William A. Stoltz is the Senior Adviser for Public Policy at the National Security College. He is responsible for mobilising the College’s research and resident expertise to influence and inform current public policy debates. Dr. Stoltz’s own research explores options for Australia to shape and influence international security, as well as Australia’s policy responses to a breadth of domestic national security challenges. He joined the NSC after working across Australia’s defence, intelligence, and law enforcement communities, including strategic intelligence and advisory roles within the Department of Defence, the Australian Federal Police, the Royal Australian Air Force (Reserve), and the National Intelligence Community. He holds a PhD and Advanced Masters of National Security Policy from the Australian National University as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.

COLONEL DAVID BEAUMONT

Director, australian army research centre

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.

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.

CHARLIE O’CONNELL

Executive Director, Strategy and Consulting, CyberCX

Charlie has over 20 years’ experience leading dynamic teams in government, industry and professional services. Charlie is a Founder of CyberCX, Australia’s largest cyber security professional services company, where he heads its Strategy & Consulting Practice. Prior to joining CyberCX, Charlie was a Managing Director at Accenture, leading cyber security consulting and services for clients across all growth markets (Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific).
Charlie was also a fast-track British diplomat, with subject matter expertise on terrorism, Middle East energy policy and the rise of China.  Charlie’s career started with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, monitoring and developing the media in post-conflict Kosovo. 

Alastair MacGibbon

Chief Strategy Officer, CyberCX

Alastair is Australia’s most recognised cyber security leader, and is the Chief Strategy Officer at CyberCX. He most recently held the positions of National Cyber Security Adviser, head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (Australian Signals Directorate) and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security. Prior to those appointments, he served as the Australian Government’s inaugural eSafety Commissioner.
Alastair previously headed eBay’s Asia Pacific Trust & Safety operations, and held several corporate advisory roles in cyber security. Alastair served as a Federal Agent with the Australian Federal Police for 15 years, during which time he established the Australian High Tech Crime Centre.

EMMA MALEY

HEAD OF CYBER RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY, COMMONWEALTH BANK

Emma Maley is the Head of Cyber Resilience and Recovery for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, responsible for Cyber Threat Intelligence, Third Party and Data Breach Incident Response and Cyber Recovery Planning. She is focussed on ensuring that the Group is prepared for and can recover from a major cyber-attack, working closely with the Group’s Business Resilience and Crisis Management function. Emma has extensive experience across a number of IT and Cyber security roles including 10 years on the IT Leadership Team at the Reserve Bank of Australia and leading their IT Security function (CISO) from 2009-2014.

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.

DR. MALCOLM DAVIS

SENIOR ANALYST, AUSTRALIAN STRATEGIC POLICY INSTITUTE

Dr. Malcolm Davis joined the Australian Strategic Policy Institute as a Senior Analyst in Defence Strategy and Capability in January 2016. He is undertaking policy analysis and research on issues such as Australian Defence Policy and Force Structure; Chinese military modernisation; The future of air and space power; and broadly, future military technology and future war. Prior to joining ASPI, Malcolm has worked across government and university industries in Australia and abroad, contributing to the research and development of strategic policy.