Dr Geoffrey Annison


Dr Geoffrey Annison joined the AFGC in October 2007. He has wide experience in food regulation and innovation, having held a number of senior technical and management roles in industry in Australia and overseas, in academia, and in public policy.  His career has spanned a number of sectors including the FMCG sector with Goodman Fielder and the AFGC, the rural sector with organisations such as Australian Pork Ltd and AWB Ltd. and research providers such as Massey University in New Zealand and the CSIRO, providing him with an extensive knowledge of current industry issues, particularly in the technical challenges in food science, nutrition and health. Dr Annison has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Food Technology, a PhD in Microbiology from the University of New South Wales, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr John Bigelow


Drawing on his experience in the private security sector where he filled a number of supervisory, operational and management roles (including running his own company), John launched Security Oz Magazine in February of 1999, which has since evolved into Security Solutions Magazine, widely regarded as Australia’s premier security publication.

In addition to publishing Security Solutions, as an expert security observer John has written for a wide variety of national and internal publications including Cards Asia, Security New Zealand, and the Journal of Security Administration in the United States, as well as giving expert commentary in regard to security issues through various media outlets including 3AW, 2GB, 4GB and television programs such as Sunrise and the Today Show.

Dr Paul Barnes


Dr Barnes joined ASPI as the Senior Analyst of the Disaster Resilience Program in September 2015. He was previously Deputy Director of the Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management (CEDM) at the Queensland University of Technology and led the Centre’s Infrastructure research Program.

He has wide experience in public sector and specialist management roles at both the State and Federal level.  Within the emergency services arena, he was the inaugural Manager of the State Community Safety Unit of the Queensland Fire & Rescue Authority (QFRA) where he coordinated policy support on emergency response planning and oversaw the provision of legislative support for regulatory fire safety & fire prevention. During his period with the QFRA, he chaired the National Community Education Sub-Group of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council.

As Corporate Risk Manager of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries (QDPI), he represented the Department on the State Disaster Mitigation Committee, high-level cross-government working groups on critical infrastructure protection and biosecurity, as well as the whole-of-government Multi-agency Threat Assessment Team. At a Federal level he served as Director of Security Policy Development within the Defence Security Authority.

He has completed projects for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies on gaps in counter terrorism capability and capacity planning, and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on national risk assessment frameworks.

Mr Rob Cameron



Ms Melissa Conley Tyler


Melissa H. Conley Tyler was appointed National Executive Director of the  Australian Institute of International Affairs in 2006. She is a lawyer and specialist in conflict resolution, including negotiation, mediation and peace education. She was previously Program Manager of the International Conflict Resolution Centre at the University of Melbourne and Senior Fellow of Melbourne Law School. She has an international profile in conflict resolution including membership of the Editorial Board of the Conflict Resolution Quarterly.

In 2008 Ms Conley Tyler was selected as one of the nation’s 1,000 “best and brightest” to participate in the Australia 2020 Summit convened by the Prime Minister to discuss future challenges facing Australia. Later in 2008 she was selected by the Fletcher Alumni Association of Washington D.C. to receive its Young Alumni Award for most outstanding graduate of the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy under 40.

During nine years with the AIIA, she has edited more than 45 publications, organised more than 70 policy events, overseen dramatic growth in youth engagement and built stronger relations with other institutes of international affairs worldwide. Her recent research focuses on Australian foreign policy making, Australia’s term on the UN Security Council and Australia as a middle power.

With more than 15 years’ experience working in community organisations in Australia, South Africa and the U.S.A., Ms Conley Tyler has a strong interest in non-profit management. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Charities Aid Foundation Australia, one of Australia’s largest grant-givers, and the Committee of Management of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture.

She is listed in Routledge’s Who’s Who in International Affairs and International Who’s Who of Women.

Ms Libby Davies


Libby Davies is currently the CEO of White Ribbon Australia. Prior to this position, and in recent years, Libby has worked extensively across the social policy and community services sector holding leadership and senior executive positions and as a consultant. She has worked as a business development consultant to a number of organisations such as Frontier Services, the national provider of aged and community services across rural and remote Australia; senior policy adviser with the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, and as a consultant in the areas of social policy, strategic planning and mentoring to the community sector. Libby has also held a number of chief executive positions, such as CEO for Family Services Australia, National Director of UnitingCare Australia and Executive Director of the Head Injury Council of Australia (now Brain Injury Australia). She is currently a Director of Lifeline Australia, member of the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Council and member of the NSW Preventing Domestic and Family Violence Social Investment Advisory Group. Libby has served on a variety of Boards including immediate past Chair of the Board of UnitingCare NSW.ACT, the House with No Steps, The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and held a range of representative positions (including at executive and ministerial level) in health, ageing, and family and community services including ACOSS. Before moving into national social policy and advocacy work in community and welfare services, Libby worked in projects of national significance with the Australian Government relating to education and national curriculum development, and was a secondary teacher of social sciences.

Shane Garrett


Senior Economist

Over the last decade, Shane Garrett has worked as an economist in Ireland, the UK and Australia. This has included a variety of roles including forecasting, research, consultancy and the provision of expert advice in the housing sector. Shane has worked across organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Key projects worked on include the forecasting of the international economy and of housing market indicators across several economies. He has also been involved in the assessment and appraisal of policy measures in the residential property sector, such as tax measures and social housing programs.

As Senior Economist in the HIA Economics Group, Shane is responsible for the production of HIA economics reports and briefings for members. He conducts in-depth analysis of housing market policy and data with a view to developing evidence based proposals regarding better outcomes for the residential construction industry. He acts as a point of contact with HIA members on economic and housing issues. Shane regularly delivers presentations to HIA members and industry stakeholders across Australia in order to communicate the current economic trends affecting the housing market and discuss important issues affecting the industry.

Shane’s qualifications include a Bachelor degree in Economics and Mathematics and a Masters in Business Economics. Both qualifications were obtained from University College Cork in Ireland.

Mr Neil James


Neil James is executive director of the Australia Defence Association (ADA), the independent, non-partisan, community-based, national public-interest watchdog organisation for strategic security, defence and wider national security matters.

As the ADA official spokesman he is also responsible for the Association’s contributions to day-to-day public debate and for helping maintain the long-term and informed perspectives the ADA has long brought to such discourse. While this is a highly visible aspect of the ADA’s public-interest watchdog work, it comprises only a small portion of the Association’s overall public-interest advocacy and oversight efforts.

Most of the ADA’s responsibilities involve behind-the-scenes liaison and negotiation concerning parliamentary, departmental and other public accountability mechanisms, defence capability development and strategic policy issues generally, and the ADA’s extensive public education and community awareness activities.

Prior to taking up his current position with the ADA in May 2003 Neil served (full-time) for over 31 years in the Australian army. He continues to serve part-time as an active reservist and celebrated his 42nd anniversary serving with the Army in January 2015. His Army Reserve duties in historical research have been carefully structured (by both the ADA and the ADF) to exclude any potential for conflicts of interest with his civil position with the Association.

Neil’s military experiences over four decades have spanned a wide range of regimental, intelligence, liaison, teaching, operational planning, operations research and historical research positions throughout Australia and overseas.

Dr Clarke Jones


Dr Clarke Jones holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales, which examined the burring roles of the military and police in response to non-traditional security threats. He also has a Masters degree in criminology from RMIT University, which challenged perceptions of structure in organised crime in Australia. Before moving to academia, he worked for the Australian Government for 15 years in several areas of national security.  Dr Jones’ current research explores how different prison environments influence terrorist inmates beliefs and behaviour: that is, whether certain prison environments inhibit or foster prison radicalisation. He compare the beliefs and behaviours of two groups of terrorist inmates incarcerated in two different correctional facilities in the Philippines – one that integrates terrorist inmates into the general prison population and one that segregates them from other offender types. Dr Jones also examines prison reform in the Philippines corrective system and the effects of prison gangs, overcrowding and corruption on this reformation process. This includes research into how inmates govern themselves and the functional importance of prison gangs for prison order and management.


Dr Stepan Kerkyasharian


Dr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO Hon D.Litt., was born in Cyprus, moved to England as a young teenager and migrated to Australia in 1967.

He was a volunteer coordinator of and broadcaster in the Armenian Radio Program on Radio 2EA from 1976 to 1979.

He then became Station Manager of 2EA and from 1980 to 1989, Head of Radio for the Special Broadcasting Service where he was a major catalysis in the establishment of a professional national multilingual radio service.

In 1989 he was appointed as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Ethnic Affairs Commission. He oversaw the introduction of major new initiatives in Multicultural policy and practices including the introduction of the Principals of Cultural Diversity and inclusion in legislation in 2000. From 2003 he concurrently held the positons of President and CEO of the Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB) and Chair and CEO of the Community Relations Commission (CRC). In 2013 he retired from the CRC but continues as President and CEO of the ADB. In November 2014 he was appointed as the inaugural Chair of the NSW Cemeteries and Crematoria Board. At present he is a member of the Securities Professionals Registration Board, Vice President of the Diocesan Council of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Australia and New Zealand.

Inter alia, he has been a member of the NSW Board of Studies for 12 Years; Member of the ABC’s Independent Complaints Review Panel for 10 years, Chair of the Multicultural Advisory Committee of SOCOG, Member of the Complaints Panel for the Australian Medical Council Examination Process. He has chaired enquiries into the Whitlam Park Riots, 1994-5; Recognition Process of Overseas Trained Doctors; Soccer Riot in Western Sydney; Settlement of Refugees from Africa; Recognitions of the Qualifications of Overseas Trained Nurses; and Trafficking of Women for the Purposes of Exploitation.

His contributions have been recognised by the following awards, Gold Cross of Merit of Poland 1990, Member of the Order of Australia 1992, NSW Premier’s Community Service Award 1995, Fellow of the University of Technology Sydney 1995, Olympic Order in Silver 2000, Doctor of Letter Honoris Causa from University of Sydney 2007, Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa University of Western Sydney 2013; and recognition of service to national security 2013.

Prof Peter Leahy

Soldier on board member Lieutenant General Peter Leahy (Ret’d), AC

Professor Leahy is the former Chief of Army. His career focus is on issues of national security and providing government with a broad range of domestic, expeditionary and development options. Key achievements include; expanding the combat role of women, restructuring Army Reserve, and expanding, training and sustaining the army during a period of increasing global combat operations.

Dr James Martin


Dr James Martin is a Senior Lecturer and Criminology Program Coordinator at the Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism. James was awarded his PhD in Criminology from Monash University in 2012. His doctoral research focused on the role of police and vigilante groups in an informal settlement in Johannesburg. James has also conducted extensive research as part of an ARC funded project investigating the use of CCTV surveillance systems in urban centres across Australia.

James’ current area of research focus concerns cryptomarkets and online drug distribution on the encrypted dark net. He is Chief Investigator in a Macquarie University funded project investigating the impact of cryptomarket-facilitated drug trading in Australia. James is a founding member of the Cryptomarkets Research Hub, an international and multidisciplinary research network focused on the study of online black markets.

Ms Anooshe Mushtaq


Anooshe is a first generation Australian of Pakistani origin. She spent her early years in Pakistan and in Libya on posting with her family. Since her arrival in Western Sydney in 1985 Anooshe has experienced first-hand the changing cultural landscape of Australia. From being the only Muslim in her year at Liverpool Girls High to seeing Islam at the centre of the national debate, Anooshe offers a personal insight into how multicultural Australia has changed over the last 30 years and the implications of these changes.

Based on her own experience, Anooshe offers a perspective on the religious and cultural drivers of Muslim radicalisation in Australia. She has spoken at several security conferences on the topic of Social Media, Violent Extremism and Muslim Youth Radicalisation. Anooshe’s research is based on Australian Muslim culture, integration of Muslim youth with mainstream Australian society, violent extremism and Australian Government policies to combat violent extremism. She has been published regularly in The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Australian Security Magazine and Security Solution Magazine.

Anooshe is currently studying Masters of Terrorism and Security at Charles Sturt University. She is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) and a Research Associate at the Australian Security Research Centre (ASRC).

Mr Tony Pearce

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Tony was appointed Victoria’s first Inspector-General for Emergency Management in August 2014. For more than thirty years he has worked in intelligence, national security, emergency and crisis management and in that time has held a number of senior positions in both state and federal government including four years with the Australian Government in the role of Director-General Emergency Management Australia.

Tony is the current Chair of the International Advisory Committee for the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety at Melbourne University, an Advisory Board Member to the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative and a Fellow of the Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management at Queensland University of Technology.

Dr Gavriel Schneider


Dr Gavriel Schneider specialises in integrated security related risk management, He has worked and/or trained on five continents. Gav was the first recipient of both his Doctorate (Criminology) and Master’s degree (Security Risk Management) from UNISA. His Doctoral award was based on a four year research project into the South African and Australian security industries. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (WDETC) and Graduate Diploma’s in Marketing and Management (IMM), Strategic Leadership as well as Management (Learning). He is also an ASIS CPP, a registered Security Professional and has served on several ANSI and SAQA standards generating panels including the PSC 1 panel.

Dr Rajiv Shah


Rajiv Shah has an almost 20 year career with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, helping clients design, build and operate solutions to protect nations, citizens and organisations from physical and cyber threats.

He has seen the connected world evolve from when email was a novelty to today, when the Internet of Things has become a reality, always keeping one step ahead of the technology.

Rajiv’s cybersecurity expertise includes helping government and critical national infrastructure clients understand their risks, put in place intelligent protection solutions, and harness the power of Big Data to continuously monitor their networks.

He also helps commercial organisations put in place effective compliance solutions to do their bit to protect the public, whilst minimising the cost and burden to their operations, and works with government organisations to make best use of the data available to them to detect and stop threats before they happen.

Rajiv has experience of working in the UK, USA and Australia and has spoken at major security conferences. He also is regular contributor to security publications and his views on security are regularly quoted in the media.

Before joining BAE Systems, Rajiv completed a PhD in computational physics and retains a keen interest in mathematics and science.

Dr Will Steffen


Professor Will Steffen is a Councillor on the publicly-funded Climate Council of Australia that delivers independent expert information about climate change, and is an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, working with the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) program, and is a member of the ACT Climate Change Council.

From 1998 to mid-2004, Steffen served as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based in Stockholm, Sweden, and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a member of the Anthropocene Working Group. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate and Earth System science, with an emphasis on incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and on sustainability and climate change, particularly in the context of urban areas.

Mr Mark Sullivan


Mark Sullivan is a Senior Manager with PwC specialising in risk management. Mark enables clients to realise their full potential through the provision of advice and guidance on risk management. Mark continues to progressively build a strong client base around the provision of risk consultancy services across the Sydney and Canberra markets. Mark is broadly recognised as a credible and authoritative adviser in the area of risk management, emergency management, fraud, governance, business continuity, strategy and management.

Some of Mark’s achievements include:

  • Development and implementation of an organisational wide risk strategy for over twenty medium to large government entities
  • Application of PRINCE II project management, MSP program management methodology and program risk management services to a multi-billion dollar government reform initiative
  • Advice on the integration of risk management with other corporate governance mechanisms (internal audit, treasury, strategy, insurance) for a large utilities company.

Mark also enjoyed a long and successful career in government, most recently as the Risk, Safety and Emergency Services Manager with the Rottnest Island Authority in Western Australia. In this role, Mark defined, built, maintained and deployed a sustainable fire and emergency services capability on Western Australia’s idyllic Rottnest Island in addition to managing enterprise and visitor risk, and work health and safety.  Mark has also led the coordination of organisational governance, organisational planning, risk management, business continuity, fraud control planning and anti-corruption planning for the Australian Federal Police, and represented Australia in New Zealand, the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Chile, Thailand, Switzerland, the United Nations and several Pacific Island Countries in the areas of policy, research, development and policy discourse, technical capability negotiations, capacity building, and community development. Specialties:Emergency management, risk management, business continuity management, crisis coordination, facilitation, training, stakeholder management, government operations, procurement.


Dr Richard Thornton


Dr Richard Thornton is the Chief Executive of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), a position he has held since the start of the CRC in February 2013. Prior to that Richard was Deputy CEO and Research Director of the Bushfire CRC, a role he held since 2004 where his responsibilities included leadership and oversight of the research program.

Richard has a physics background and has worked in fields including nuclear and semiconductor physics, computational fluid mechanics, IT and telecommunications engineering, and online services, primarily in the private sector.

Until Jan 2016 Richard was a member of the Board of the International Association of Wildland Fire and the Chair of the Editorial Advisory Committee of the International Journal of Wildland Fire.

Mr Don Williams

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Don Williams MIExpE, IABTI, CPP, RSecP holds qualifications in Security Management and Security Risk Management as well as Project and Resource Management and is a Certified Protection Professional and Registered Security Professional. Don is a member of the Institute of Explosives Engineers, the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, the venue managers Associations, ASIS International and the Australian Security Research Centre’s Activities Committee. He is the Author of “Bomb Incidents – the manager’s guide” an
d numerous other publications relating to explosive and bomb safety and security