Women in National Security Conference 2018

Power, security and change
24-25 October 2018 • Hyatt Hotel, Canberra hosted by the ANU National Security College FULL CONFERENCE TICKETS SOLD OUT A LIMITED NUMBER OF CONFERENCE DINNER TICKETS (24 October) ARE STILL AVAILABLE For further information contact: wins@conlog.com.au +61 2 6281 6624 The Women in National Security Conference is an exceptional forum on the future of national and international security. It combines a platform for ideas and a place to develop new leadership networks. Last year our inaugural conference focused on the participation of women in national security policy and practice. This year’s forum takes the conversation further, with leading policy practitioners and academics exploring a spectrum of contemporary security issues defined by power and change. From data to deterrence, new technologies to counter-terrorism, Indo-Pacific strategy to the future of power: we have assembled a depth and a range of insight to challenge yesterday’s assumptions, in more ways than one. Participants will be invited to engage with expert presenters in dialogue and debate on such subjects as the ethical and legal aspects of national security, the future security workforce, and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. This event is a signature activity of the National Security College (nsc.crawford.anu.edu.au), a unique joint initiative between the Australian National University and the Australian Government. In keeping with the College mission, the conference bridges scholarship, policy, business and the wider community. It also draws on international partnerships, essential for security in a connected world. So it is suited equally to participants from government, universities, industry and civil society. Registration is $1200. An earlybird rate of $1050 is available until 15 September. Registration includes attendance at all events, including the conference dinner. We encourage you to register soon, and to keep an eye on this website as our list of confirmed speakers continues to grow. Scroll down for speaker and program details.




  • 24 October
  • 25 October

Linda Reynolds CSC

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs
Senator for Western Australia
Senator Reynolds was elected to the Australian Senate in 2014 and is a passionate representative for her state of Western Australia. She has more than 20 years’ experience at the national political level working for Ministers, Members of Parliament and the Liberal Party of Australia. Senator Reynolds served for 29 years in the Australian Army as a Reserve Officer, in a wide range of part and full time appointments. She also has corporate experience.
Key career appointments include: Chief of Staff to the Minister for Justice and Customs, Project Director with Raytheon Australia, Deputy Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia, Commanding Officer of a Combat Service Support Battalion and Adjutant General of Army, the Chief of Army’s key governance advisor. Senator Reynolds was the first woman in the Australian Army Reserves to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. She has completed a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies).
Senator Reynolds was appointed Assistant Minister for Home Affairs in August 2018. She has been a member of Parliamentary committees including being Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade, and the Defence Sub-Committee and the Senate Publication Committee. She also chairs the Australia-Indonesia parliamentary friendship group and co-chairs the Parliamentary Friends of Defence, Friends of Australian Books and Writers and Friends of Disability. Senator Reynolds is pursuing new defence and space industry opportunities for WA, innovation, gender equality and federation reform.

24 October

Madelyn Creedon

National Nuclear Security Administration, US Department of Energy 2014-2017.
Alliance 21 Fellow, United States Studies Centre
Madelyn Creedon is the 2018 Alliance 21 Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. She has had a long and distinguished career in US government service, most recently as Principal Deputy Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy, a position she held from 2014 to 2017.

She also served in the Pentagon as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs from 2011 to 2014, overseeing policy development in the areas of missile defence, nuclear security, cybersecurity and space.

She served as counsel for the US Senate Committee on Armed Services for many years, beginning in 1990; assignments and focus areas included the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces as well as threat reduction and nuclear nonproliferation. During that time, she also served as Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs at the NNSA, Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy, and General Counsel for the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission.

She started her career as a trial attorney at the Department of Energy.

Following retirement from Federal Service in 2017, Madelyn established Green Marble Group, LLC, a consulting company and currently serves on a number of advisory boards related to national security.

She holds a JD from St. Louis University School of Law, and a BA from the University of Evansville.

The National Security College acknowledges the support of the USSC and the Alliance 21 Fellowship for the WiNS Conference.
The Alliance 21 Fellowship was established by the USSC, the PerthUSAsia Centre and the US State Department to foster policy-oriented research and dialogue between the United States and Australia in 2015. During three- to ten-month fellowships, Alliance 21 Fellows conduct policy-oriented research on the strategic opportunities and challenges facing the Australia-US relationship in the Indo-Pacific in the coming decade. Fellows engage with students, scholars, policymakers, the media and the broader public over the course of their tenures.

24 October

Julie Bishop MP

Member for Curtin
Parliament of Australia
Link to presentation video

Julie Bishop has served as the Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998.

She was Australia’s first female Foreign Minister serving from 18 September 2013 to 28 August 2018, following four years in the role of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Ms Bishop was the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party from December 2007 to August 2018.

As Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Bishop led the development of the 2017 Australian Foreign Policy White Paper – the first review of Australia’s international engagement for 14 years. The Foreign Policy White Paper sets out a comprehensive policy framework to ensure Australia’s prosperity and security over the next decade and beyond in an increasingly contested and competitive world.

Ms Bishop has overseen the single largest expansion of Australia’s overseas diplomatic presence in 40 years, introduced the New Colombo Plan to support Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the Indo Pacific region, and established the innovationXchange within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to develop bold and creative solutions to long standing development challenges.

She has strengthened Australia’s key strategic and economic relationships and enhanced Australia’s engagement in the Indo Pacific, particularly neighbouring Pacific Island countries. This includes normalising relations with Fiji, leading international recovery and reconstruction efforts in Vanuatu, establishing a school of leadership and governance in Papua New Guinea and committing a record $1.3 billion in overseas development assistance for the Pacific in the 2017-18 budget.

Ms Bishop promoted Australia’s interests at the United Nations Security Council, playing a lead role in the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine for which she was awarded the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 2014.

She previously served as a Cabinet Minister from 2006 to 2007 in the Howard Government as Minister for Education, Science and Training and as the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues. Ms Bishop was Minister for Ageing from 2003 until 2006.

Ms Bishop has also served on a number of parliamentary and policy committees including as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.

Before entering Parliament Ms Bishop was a commercial litigation lawyer at Perth firm Clayton Utz, becoming a partner in 1985, and managing partner in 1994.
Ms Bishop graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1978 and attended Harvard Business School in Boston in 1996, completing the Advanced Management Program for Senior Managers. In 2017 the University of Adelaide awarded Ms Bishop the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University for her contribution to the Australian Parliament.

24 October

Chantal de Jonge Oudraat

Women in International Security
Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat has been President of Women in International Security (WIIS) since February 2013.
She was the founding and executive director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) North America (2012-2014). Previous positions include: senior advisor to the U.S. Institute of Peace Center for Gender and Peacebuilding; associate vice president and director of the U.S. Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program; adjunct associate professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; and senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She has also held senior positions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC; and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva.

Her areas of specialisation are: women, peace and security, gender, international organisations, arms control and disarmament, terrorism and countering violent extremism, peacekeeping, use of force, economic sanctions, US-European relations.

Dr. de Jonge Oudraat is co-editor of The Gender and Security Agenda: Promoting Equality and Peace in the 21st Century (forthcoming 2019); Women and War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century (USIP Press, 2011); and Managing Global Issues: Lessons Learned (Carnegie Endowment, 2001).

Other recent publications include:
  • WPS+GPS: Adding Gender to the Peace and Security Equation, WIIS Policy Brief (November 2017)
  • Women, Gender and Terrorism: The Missing Links, WIIS Policy Brief (August, 2016)
  • Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: the Role of Women and Women’s Organizations, in A Man’s World (CGCS and Hedayah Center, 2016)
  • Women In Combat: Learning from Cultural Support Teams, WIIS Policy Brief, (August, 2015) 
  • The 1325 Scorecard-Gender Mainstreaming: Indicators for the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 and its Related Resolutions (NATO/WIIS, 2015)
  • Peace and Security in the 21st Century: Understanding the Gendered Nature of Power, in Managing Conflict in a World Adrift (USIP Press, 2015)
  • UNSCR 1325: Conundrums and Opportunities, International Interactions, (No.4, 2013)
  • Mostly Sunny, Partly Cloudy-The transatlantic forecast for the next four years, Atlantisch Perspectief, (No. 8, 2012)
  • Play it Again, Uncle Sam: Transatlantic Relations, NATO and the European Union, in Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (USIP Press, 2011).

De Jonge Oudraat did her undergraduate studies at the University of Amsterdam and received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Paris II (Panthéon).

She is a Dutch and US national.

24 October

25 October

Frances Adamson

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Link to video of presentation

Frances Adamson has led the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Secretary since 25 August 2016.

Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Ms Adamson was International Adviser to the Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP from November 2015.

From 2011 to 2015, Ms Adamson was Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.She served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s during the early years of China's reform and opening.From 2001 to 2005, she was seconded as Representative to the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei.

Ms Adamson has twice served in the Australian High Commission in London, as Deputy High Commissioner from 2005 to 2008 and as Political Counsellor from 1993 to 1997.

She was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then the Minister for Defence from 2009 to 2010.

Ms Adamson is President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia ACT Division. She is a member of the Efic Board, the Advisory Board of the Australian National University's National Security College and the Asia Society Australia Advisory Council.Ms Adamson is a Special Adviser to the Male Champions of Change and a member of Chief Executive Women.She was awarded a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship in 2015.

Ms Adamson has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and was a recipient of a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.She joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs in 1985.

She is married with four children.

24 October

Michele Grossman

Research Chair in Diversity and Community Resilience
Deakin University
A New Yorker by birth and a Melbournian by choice, Michele Grossman earned her PhD in Cultural Studies at Monash University.She is Professor of Cultural Studies and Research Chair in Diversity and Community Resilience at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, where she also coordinates the AVERT (Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism) Research Network.

Michele’s research focuses on community engagement and resilience in preventing and countering violent extremism, with a specific focus on translating research insights into policy. Her original research on community reporting thresholds for violent extremist activity has been replicated in multiple international settings. She leads or partners on a variety of research grants, programs, collaborations and publications with state, national and international agencies and funding bodies, including Australian Federal Police, Victoria Police, Dept. of Home Affairs, DFAT, Victorian and NSW Depts. of Premier and Cabinet, the UK’s Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) and Public Safety Canada.

She holds a Visiting Professorship at University of Huddersfield in the UK and in 2019 will take up a Robert Schuman Fellowship at European University Institute in Florence as an investigator on a European Commission Horizon 2020 research program exploring comparative dimensions of secularisation, governance of religion and trajectories of radicalisation across Europe and other regions.

24 October

25 October

Michael Pezzullo

Department of Home Affairs
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.

Mr Pezzullo joined the Department of Defence as a graduate in 1987. He worked in Defence until 1992 in a variety of strategic policy and intelligence positions. He then transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he worked in the International Division.

In March 1993, he joined the staff of the Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Gareth Evans QC. He remained in Parliament House until December 2001, including serving five years as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Kim Beazley MP.

In February 2002, he rejoined the Department of Defence as an Assistant Secretary in the Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group (now Defence Support Group). In March 2004, he was promoted to the position of Head Infrastructure. In July 2004, he was transferred into the newly formed role of Chief Of Staff Australian Defence Headquarters and Head of Coordination and Public Affairs Division.

Between February 2008 and May 2009 he led the Defence White Paper team and was also the principal author of the 2009 Defence White Paper.

Mr Pezzullo has a BA (Hons) in History from Sydney University. He enjoys being with his family, cricket and rugby league, and reading (anything on military history, international relations, intelligence, and political biography for starters).

25 October

Jenny McAllister

Senator for New South Wales
Australian Labor Party
Jenny McAllister was sworn into the Senate in 2015. She has been a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1992. 

Jenny’s professional career spans both senior roles in the public and private sectors, with a strong focus on infrastructure, environment management and climate change. Before joining the Australian Senate she held various senior roles at AECOM, a global infrastructure firm.

Jenny has served as National President of the ALP and as a member of the ALP National Policy Committee. She has been director of several election campaigns and ran as the Labor candidate for the seat of Richmond in 2001.

She is passionate about managing the economy to achieve social justice and social inclusion, and better outcomes for climate and sustainability. Her interests include gender equality, marriage equality and new opportunities for community participation in politics.

  • Senate Standing Committees on Finance and Public Administration (Chair)
  • Senate Standing Committees on Economics
  • Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security
  • Joint Standing Committee on Treaties
  • Joint Statutory Committee on Public Accounts and Audit

25 October

Angus Campbell, AO, DSC

Chief of the Defence Force
Australian Defence Force
Link to presentation video

General Angus Campbell joined the Australian Army in 1981, graduating from the Royal Military College - Duntroon in 1984. He was assigned to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and initially served as a platoon commander in the 3rd Battalion (Parachute), The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR).
He then served in troop and squadron command appointments within the Special Air Service Regiment. In 2001 he was appointed the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR). While in command, the battalion group deployed to East Timor, as a component of the United Nations Transitional Administration East Timor.
General Campbell has also served in a range of staff appointments including as Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Army, as a strategic policy officer in Army Headquarters, an instructor at the Australian Command and Staff College and as Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Defence Force.
In late 2005, he joined the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as a First Assistant Secretary to head the Office of National Security and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Secretary and appointed to the position of Deputy National Security Adviser. In these roles he was responsible for the preparation of advice to the Prime Minister on national security matters and coordinating the development of whole-of-government national security policy.
Upon his return to the Australian Defence Force in early 2010 he was appointed to the rank of Major General and led the Military Strategic Commitments staff in Defence headquarters until January 2011, when he assumed command of Australian forces deployed in the Middle East Area of Operations. He subsequently served as Deputy Chief of Army from February 2012 to September 2013, when he was promoted to Lieutenant General to command the Joint Agency Task Force responsible for the implementation of Operation Sovereign Borders.
General Campbell was appointed Chief of the Australian Army on 16 May 2015. In April 2018, the Government announced his appointment as Chief of Defence Force from July 2018.
General Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Cambridge University and he is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College.
General Campbell’s hobbies include hiking, distance running, military history and gardening. He is married to Stephanie and they have two adult children.

25 October

Lydia Khalil

Research Fellow, West Asia Program
Lowy Institute
Lydia Khalil has a broad range of policy, academic and private sector experience, and has spent her career focusing on the intersection between governance and security — whether it be understanding the rationales behind terrorism and counterinsurgency, how to create governance systems that lead to functioning societies, effective policing strategies or the security and policy effects of new technology. She is currently a director of Arcana Partners, a strategic consultancy firm.

Lydia’s professional background in politics, international relations and security has focused on US national security policy, Middle East politics and intelligence. She was international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York where she analysed political and security trends in the Middle East. She also served as a political advisor for the US Department of Defense in Iraq, where she worked closely with Iraqi officials on political negotiations and constitutional drafting. In Australia, Lydia held fellowships with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and Macquarie University, specialising in intelligence, national security and cyber security.

Lydia also has extensive national security and law enforcement experience. She was most recently a senior policy advisor to the Boston Police Department, working on countering violent extremism, intelligence and counterterrorism, and community policing strategies. She has also worked as a senior counterterrorism and intelligence analyst for the New York Police Department.

Lydia is a frequent media commentator and conference speaker and has published widely on her areas of expertise. She holds a BA in International Relations from Boston College and a Masters in International Security from Georgetown University.

24 October

Nava Nuraniyah

Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, Jakarta
Nava Nuraniyah is an analyst at the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC). Prior to joining IPAC, she worked as terrorism analyst at the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), a research unit of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

She holds a Master of Arts in International Relations, with Honours, and a Master of Diplomacy from the Australian National University (ANU). She obtained a BA in International Relations from Muhammadiyah University Yogyakarta.

Nava was also trained in Arabic and Islamic studies at various pesantrens (traditional Islamic boarding schools) in Java. Her research is focused on the role of women in violent extremism, extremist use of social media, Salafi political mobilisation and Sunni-Shi'a relations in Southeast Asia.

24 October

Rebecca Lewis

International Atomic Energy Agency
Rebecca Lewis is a lawyer currently working at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) based in Vienna.

Her United Nations experience includes working with the IAEA since 2012, and previously with the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.

Her role at the IAEA has included negotiating and advising on the implementation of nuclear safeguards agreements with UN Member States and the associated legal framework. This has involved field missions to Member States to review their nuclear activities and legal framework, advising nuclear safeguards inspectors, and providing training to Member States on strengthening their legal framework to better regulate their nuclear activities.

Prior to joining the UN, she served in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the area of international law where she advised the Australian Safeguards and Non-proliferation Office on non-proliferation and nuclear safeguards issues, including negotiating nuclear safeguards agreements.

She has previously served as an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, with experience at the strategic, operational level and tactical levels (including operational service in the Middle East).

Her qualifications include a Master of Defence Studies (University of New South Wales), Master of Environmental Law (Macquarie University),Diplôme d'Universitéin International Nuclear Law (University of Montpellier), Bachelor of Laws (University of Tasmania) and a Bachelor of Arts (Monash University).

She is a member of the Vienna chapter of Women in Nuclear, which facilitates the involvement of women in nuclear industries throughout the world.

25 October

Cath Roberts, CSC

Air Vice-Marshal, Head Aerospace Systems Division
Department of Defence
On 21 March 2016, Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Cath Roberts took command of the Aerospace Systems Division within the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group. In this role she is responsible for the acquisition and sustainment of all fixed wing aerospace capabilities and their enabling systems.
Cath Roberts joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1983 to study Aerospace Engineering. She graduated from No 28 Course Engineering Cadet Squadron in 1986. Cath completed her first posting as a maintenance engineering officer supporting flight test on CT4, PC-9, DC-3, Iroquois, Squirrel, Blackhawks, Mirage, Macchi, and F111s at the Aircraft Research and Development unit. She was posted to Headquarters Support Command as a logistics engineer and was also posted to the United Kingdom for the Hawk Lead In Fighter project, remaining there until introduction of the Hawk into RAAF service in 2000.
After completing a Masters of Management at the Joint Command and Staff Course in 2001, she was posted to the Airworthiness Coordination and Policy Agency. In this role Cath received a Conspicuous Service Cross for her work in Australian Defence Force (ADF) airworthiness oversight of introduction of major aviation capabilities, establishing ADF operational airworthiness regulations and developing new airworthiness frameworks for charter and unmanned aircraft.
In 2011 Cath completed the Royal College of Defence Studies course in London studying International Policy and Strategy. In 2013 she joined the F-35 Project Office with major achievements being achievement of Government program approval in April 2014 and the introduction of the first two Australian aircraft into service in December 2014. In 2015 Cath saw the acceptance of the first Australian Growler and took responsibility for materiel acquisition and sustainment of Growler, Super Hornet, Classic Hornet and Hawk Lead-in Fighter as well as the Air Combat Sustainment transition.

25 October

Nicole Renvert

Associate Fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Dr Nicole Renvert is a political scientist and historian with a special focus on foreign and security policy and the analysis of think tanks, foundations, and Non-Governmental Institutions. She has studied History, International Relations, and Political Science at the Universities of Bonn, the Sorbonne, and Georgetown University. Nicole has worked for the United States Holocaust Memorial Research Institute (USHMM), the World Bank and the OSCE. She was the Director of the Transatlantic Project of the Bertelsmann Foundation and held assignments with the Herbert-Quandt-Foundation, Altana AG, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Aspen Institute Berlin. Dr. Renvert was a Visiting Fellow at the Policy Planning Division of the German Foreign Office, at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) in Washington, DC, the Institute for Foreign Relations (ifa) in Stuttgart and at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg for Global Cooperation Research. From 2008- 2014, she was a Researcher at SWP, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, and became Member of their Economic Advisory Board in 2015.

Nicole Renvert is now an Associate Fellow at the German Council of Foreign Relations in Berlin and Member of the Executive Board of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA) in Berlin.
Her current projects are the notion of trust in International Relations and Transatlantic relations. Her recent book “Power Brokers in Difficult Times” reviews the role of German Political Foundations in transatlantic relations. Nicole Renvert is a frequent commentator in the media and a publicist for varios national and international newspapers on transatlantic relations.

24 October

Eileen Deemal-Hall

Chief Executive Officer
Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council
Eileen Deemal-Hall is a Bama woman with cultural ties to Dhithirr Warra, Wakamin, Bagarrmuuku and Ankamuthi Nations and is currently Chief Executive Officer for Wujla Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council - Daintree Rainforest Area Cape York.
Since Eileen commenced in August 2016, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council has won four National Awards across diverse categories including climate adaptation, defence - reserves, and National Local Government.
Eileen has a wide range of experience having worked across three tiers of government; State, Federal and Territory Governments. Her career has also seen her working in the mining sector as a Workforce Analyst and in the not-for-profit sector as a State-wide Manager across 33 locations in Queensland.

25 October

Tim Rutherford

Commanding Officer
51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel Tim Rutherford is a cavalry officer in the Australian Army. Over the past 20 years, he has held a range of command, planning and instructional appointments in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies (Peace Studies) from the University of New England, a Masters of Military Studies and a Masters of International Law from the Australian National University.

Lieutenant Colonel Rutherford is currently appointed as the Commanding Officer of the 51st Battalion, The Far North Queensland Regiment - a long-range reconnaissance unit based in Cairns, who have been responsible for leading Army’s surveillance forces assigned to Operation RESOLUTE.

25 October

Caitlin Byrne

Director, Griffith Asia Institute
Griffith University
Prior to joining Griffith University, Caitlin was Assistant Professor of International Relations and Diplomacy at Bond University, Gold Coast. She is also a Faculty Fellow of the University of Southern California’s Centre for Public Diplomacy (CPD), and alumna of the Asialink Leaders’ Program 2016.

Caitlin’s teaching and research is focused on diplomacy and soft power in the Asia-Pacific with a special interest in the role and relevance of people-to-people links including those forged through international education, culture, sport and social media. Her research is published in a range of journals including Politics & Policy, The Hague Journal on Diplomacy, the Australian Journal of International Affairs. Caitlin currently leads a range of funded projects on themes spanning Australia’s sports diplomacy; cultural advocacy and diplomacy in ASEAN; and the challenge of digital diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific.

Prior to joining academia, Caitlin had established a professional career which spanned strategic management, legal, foreign and social policy roles across government, business and community sectors. Caitlin currently sits on the Executive Council of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (Queensland), and the Australia-America Fulbright Commission’s Scholarship Selection Panel (Queensland).

24 October

Ginny Baddeley

Director, National Security Workforce
New Zealand Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Ginny Baddeley works across 11 National Security agencies in New Zealand leading a Strategic Workforce Development initiative to achieve a more unified approach to manage, and develop the capability the sector needs now and into the future. Critical to the success, is the development of a value proposition for the New Zealand Intelligence Community that attracts talented people into the sector to build a career, contributing to the resilience and sustainability of the National Security System.

Most recently, Ginny held the role of Government Chief Talent Officer at the State Services Commission where she led a pan-public service programme of leadership development and talent management. This programme set an ambitious change agenda and strategy, and is now pivotal to attracting and moving top talent across government and where it makes sense, into the private sector. In this role, Ginny co-designed cross-government approaches to all things people – from operational HR to diversity and inclusion, and leadership and workforce strategies pivotal to attracting, developing and retaining critical capabilities in government.

Prior to joining the State Services Commission, Ginny held a number of strategic Organisational Development roles across the public and private sector both within New Zealand and across Asia Pacific and Europe. Ginny has led a number of significant organisational change and development projects which have required a strong focus on people, a tenacious and energetic approach and sense of humour.

Out of work, Ginny has two children who keep her focused on the importance of enjoying the small moments that often rush past us in a busy world. They remind her to ditch her iPhone and enjoy the feeling of bare feet in the grass!

25 October

Jacqui True

Professor of International Relations and Director of Monash University’s Centre for Gender, Peace and Security
Monash University
Jacqui True, FASSA, is Professor of International Relations and Director of Monash University’s Centre for Gender, Peace and Security. She is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and a Global Fellow, Peace Research Institute (PRIO), Oslo. She received her PhD from York University, Toronto, Canada, an honorary doctorate from Lund University Sweden in 2018, and has held academic positions at Michigan State University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Auckland as well as visiting fellowships at the Australian National University and Gothenburg University, Sweden.

Her current research is focused on three areas of relevance to the broader Women, Peace and Security agenda: Understanding the political economy of violence against women, including sexual and gender-based violence in conflict in Asia Pacific; Examining the gender dimensions and women’s roles in recruitment, support for and prevention of violent extremism and; Analysing gender-sensitive peace agreements and their impact on women’s participation after conflict. This research is funded by the Australian Research Council, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the United Nations. Her book, The Political Economy of Violence Against Women (Oxford, 2012) won the American Political Science Association’s 2012 biennial prize for the best book in human rights, the British International Studies Association International Political Economy book prize in 2013, and the 2015 biennial Australian Political Science Association’s Carole Pateman book prize for gender and politics. She recently edited the volume Scandalous Economics: The Politics of Gender and Financial Crises (Oxford, 2016) with Aida Hozic and is co-editor with Sara Davies of The Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and Security (2018).

25 October

Ingrid Southworth

Deputy High Commissioner
British High Commission Canberra
Ingrid Southworth has been British Deputy High Commissioner to Australia since January 2017.

Ingrid joined the Civil Service in 2002 and has worked in a number of roles in the Cabinet Office, Foreign Office and Home Office. Ingrid has mainly worked on national security issues including counter-terrorism and as Head of Organised Crime Strategy and International in the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism. Ingrid was also the Deputy Programme Director for the National Crime Agency programme which established the Agency in 2013.

Prior to joining the Civil Service Ingrid worked for technology firm Moreover.com from 2000-2002 and for Associated Press in Rome in 1999.

Ingrid studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University and International Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Italy.

Ingrid is married to Mika-John and they have two children.

25 October

Huong Le Thu

Senior Analyst
Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Dr Huong Le Thu is a senior analyst at ASPI, Defence and Strategy Program.

Prior to joining ASPI she worked at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs (ANU), Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), and Institute of International Relations (Taiwan). Her research interests include multilateral security in Asia, foreign policy in post-socialist countries, as well as identity politics.

She has held short-term research fellowships in Seoul (private think-tank), Kuala Lumpur (University of Malaya) and Jakarta (the ASEAN Secretariat). She is an alumna of the DKI Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, and a recipient of the U.S. State Department Fellowship for East Asian Security and IISS ShangriLa Dialogue Southeast Asian Fellow.

Dr Le Thu’s academic publications have appeared in The Pacific Review, Asia-Europe Journal, Oxford University Press among others; her policy analyses have featured: TheInternational Institute for Strategic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, The Brookings Institution, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, East West Center, Royal United Services Institute, Nikkei Asian Review, South China Morning Post, Sydney Morning Herald etc.

24 October

Elanor Huntington

Dean, College of Engineering & Computer Science
The Australian National University
Professor Elanor Huntington was appointed the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science in June 2014, and is the first female Dean of Engineering at the Australian National University.

Professor Huntington is committed to growing the profile of Science and Technology in the community and is passionate about attracting more young women to take up careers in STEM related fields.

Professor Huntington has previously held the position of Head of School of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Professor Huntington holds a PhD(2000) in experimental quantum optics from the ANU. From early 1999, she spent 18 months at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation working in science policy. Professor Huntington’s current research interests are in the control of quantum systems, with a particular interest in the interface between theory and applications.

Professor Huntington is a program manager in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.

25 October

Lesley Seebeck

CEO, Cyber Institute
The Australian National University
Dr Lesley Seebeck started as the CEO of the Cyber Institute, Australian National University, on 30 July 2018.Most recently, she was Chief Investment and Advisory Officer at the Digital Transformation Agency, arriving there from the Bureau of Meteorology where she served as Chief Information Officer from mid 2014 to late 2017.In March 2017, she was recognised as Federal Government CIO of the Year.

Dr Seebeck has extensive experience in strategy, policy, management, budget, information technology and research roles in the Australian Public Service, industry and academia.She has worked in the Departments of Finance, Defence, and the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Office of National Assessments, and as an IT and management consultant in private industry, and at two universities.

Dr Seebeck has a PhD in information technology, an MBA, a Masters in Defence Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science (Physics).

25 October

Kobi Leins

Research Fellow
3A Institute, The Australian National University
Kobi Leins is a Research Fellow at the 3A Institute at the Australian National University. Leins is also an Honorary Senior Fellow and PhD candidate at the Law Faculty of the University of Melbourne. Leins earned her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws at Monash University (Australia) and Freie Universität (Germany). In 2003, she was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia. Her professional experience includes the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and commercial litigation. Leins is interested in the implications and governance of new and emerging technologies, including AI.

25 October

Amy Roberts

Assistant Director
Australian Signals Directorate
Amy works for the Australian Signals Directorate and is responsible for a number of initiatives to promote the array of cyber security career opportunities, and strives to increase the participation of women in the industry. Amy manages the Government’s Cyber Security Challenge Australia, the largest national tertiary ‘hacking’ competition, in partnership with the corporate sector and academia, to identify the next generation of cyber talent. Amy also runs a series of national Women in Cyber Mentoring Events that match university and TAFE students with female mentors across the country. Amy is a Canberra Chapter lead for the Australian Women in Security Network, and coordinator for the First Thursday of the Month Club, a monthly security networking event. Amy is passionate about connecting and inspiring people to develop a diverse and inclusive industry, and has a long history of bringing great people together to make magic happen.

24 October

Belle Dare

Dickson College
Belle Dare is a Year 12 student at Dickson College. Two years ago Belle went on Rotary Youth Exchange to Denmark, which gave her a new perspective on herself and her goals in life. She came back to start college with a strong drive to study International Relations and Economics, and a dream of becoming the Minister for Foreign Affairs (with Julie Bishop as a huge role model). She has begun working towards this goal by studying Global Studies, Economics and Sociology.

Belle believes in being a well-rounded individual and as such participates in sports, scouting, other community groups, and is a sailing instructor at Canberra Yacht Club. She believes in seizing every opportunity, being on stage at the WiNS Conference is one example.

24 October

Phoebe Edwards

UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra
Phoebe is a Year 12 student at UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra, ACT. She is currently studying English, IT, Specialist Maths, Programming Fundamentals, Spanish, Chemistry as well as an extension Chemistry course with the ANU. She is engaged in extension activities including ACS Foundation Bid Day In, AMT Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Challenge and RoboCup Junior 2017. Phoebe was selected for the ANU H Course in Chemistry from a competitive field and has engaged in additional extension opportunities including the ANU Girls in Engineering and Technology Program, ANU Girls in ICT Day and the Canberra Girls Programming Network. Phoebe is a music enthusiast and has been involved in Senior Concert Band as well as participating in two musicals through the College. She is also directing the school play at the end of this term.

24 October

Felicity Robson

Gungahlin College
Felicity is a Year 12 student at Gungahlin College, ACT. She is currently studying Information Technology (Programming) where she achieved one of the highest scores in her assignment on programming Arduino boards. Felicity is also the highest achieving female student in Intermediate Programming. Felicity is also in the top 20% of tertiary mathematics at Gungahlin College. She has presented a lightning talk at PyCon AU receiving an award for best presentation. Felicity has also been offered a place on the Defence Civilian Undergraduate Scholarship at ADFA and the BIT UTS Cooperative Scholarship.

24 October

Alia Huberman

The Australian National University
Alia is a third-year student at the Australian National University studying a Bachelor of International Security Studies and Bachelor of Languages, specialising in Arabic, Indonesian and Persian.

She is a recipient of the ANU’s National Leadership Scholarship and serves as Secretary of the ANU Association for Defence and Security Studies, a student body working to bridge the gap between the theoretical education security students receive in their studies and the practical aspects of future careers in the national security industry. A key goal of her executive in 2018 has been better engagement and more professional development opportunities for female students in what is a fairly male-dominated field on ANU campus.

Her interests include maritime strategic posture, Australia-Indonesia relations, Middle Eastern geopolitics and Islamic jurisprudence. She hopes to become a member of a new generation of thinkers and policymakers in the national security space who are confident in suggesting heterodox solutions to rapidly-changing problems; are conversant in the languages, religions and cultures of the region; and are dedicated to ensuring the functional security of Australia as it enters into its most challenging half-century yet.

Gemma Dabkowski

The Australian National University
Gemma Dabkowski is a first-year student at the Australian National University studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of International Security Studies (minoring in French language and culture).

Gemma is the 2018 recipient of the ANU’s Coral Bell Scholarship. Her interest in national security stems from an appreciation of the role that Australia, as a vibrant and diverse middle-power, can play in the ever-changing and dynamic Asia-Pacific region. Gemma’s curiosity to explore possible career pathways in the national security sector and diplomatic corps is derived from an awareness of the multitude of security threats that our region faces today, ranging from global warming to threats in the information or cyber warfare.

Gemma is originally from Melbourne where she attended Methodist Ladies’ College and completed her International Baccalaureate in 2018. She is an avid rower who has recently represented the ANU at the 2018 University Games. Gemma also loves to dance and regularly performs in showcases with the ANU Musical Theatre Company.

A career in national security is of keen interest to Gemma as Australia looks to take on a more significant role in directing and influencing regional and international security.

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Susan Harris Rimmer

Associate Professor
Griffith University
Associate Professor Susan Harris Rimmer (BA[Hons]/LLB[Hons] UQ, SJD ANU) is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Griffith Law School. She is an Adjunct Reader at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University and a Research Associate at the Development Policy Centre in the Crawford School. She is a non-resident Research Associate at Chatham House in the UK.

Her Future Fellow project is called 'Trading' Women's Rights in Transitions: Designing Diplomatic Interventions in Afghanistan and Myanmar.

Susan is the author of Gender and Transitional Justice: The Women of Timor Leste (Routledge, 2010) and over 30 refereed academic works. Susan was chosen as the winner of the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on the Human Rights of Women for 2006.

She often acts as a policy adviser to government and produces policy papers. Susan was selected as an expert for the official Australian delegation to the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 2014. She has provided policy advice on the UNSC, G20, IORA and MIKTA.

She is part of the Think20 process for Australia’s host year of the Group of 20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane 2014, the Turkish Presidency in 2015 and the Chinese Presidency in 2016. She attended the St Petersburg Summit in 2013 and the Brisbane Summit in 2014. Sue was one of the two Australian representatives to the W20 in Turkey and China.

Sue was awarded the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Award in 2002, selected as participant in the 2020 Summit 2008 by then Prime Minister Rudd, and awarded the Future Summit Leadership Award, 2008, by the Australian Davos Connection (part of the World Economic Forum). In 2014 she was named one of the Westpac and Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence in the Global category.

Sue was previously the Advocacy lead at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), She has also worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the National Council of Churches and the Parliamentary Library.

24 October

Nicole Quinn

Institute for Regional Security
Nicole Quinn is the Director of Government Relations at Parker & Partners and heads up the Canberra operations of Ogilvy Public Relations.Nicole has more than 20 years’ experience advising in executive management, advocacy and stakeholder relations at the Federal Government level. Firstly in Sydney and then Canberra, Nicole has held senior roles in marketing, communication, sponsorship and stakeholder relations in the corporate sector, with peak industry bodies and with Federal Government Agencies. Nicole is currently also a board member of the air power think tank, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation.

Brian Schmidt

The Australian National University
Professor Brian P. Schmidt was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of The Australian National University (ANU) in January 2016.

Professor Schmidt is the 12th Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU). Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Schmidt was an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989, and completed his Astronomy Master's degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.

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Marnie Hughes-Warrington

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
The Australian National University
Professor Hughes-Warrington has responsibility for education activities across ANU. Her responsibilities range from e-learning and curriculum innovation to education philanthropy and student fees, urban education environment developments and realising the potential of students and staff alike.At ANU she has introduced the globally innovative flexible double degrees and the ASA—Admissions, Scholarships and Accommodation—initiative.

She is an active researcher, with seven books and $18 million in grants to her name.She is now working on her eighth book, which is on the relationship between the ethics and scales of histories.

She was a key driver in developing the $106 million Tuckwell program and is the fifth, and first woman, to be secretary of the Rhodes Scholarships in Australia in 114 years.

In 2008 she was recognized with the Australian Prime Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year, and in 2016 she was made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

25 October

Matilda House

Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council
Matilda Williams House was born in 1945 on the Erambie Aboriginal Reserve at Cowra NSW, raised in her grandfather's house at Hollywood Aboriginal Reserve in Yass.

Matilda is a proud Ngambri-Ngunnawal woman who has a long and respected association with the ANU. She was instrumental in establishing the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre in association with the Indigenous students on campus in 1989. In her position as a Liaison Officer at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs for Canberra and the district Matilda arranged accommodation, food, finance, warm clothing, as well as social and emotional support networks for Indigenous ANU students. She has maintained close connections with Tjabal, mentoring students during their studies and readily taking on the voluntary role of Elder-in-Residence.

Matilda's ties with the ANU have been an extension of her determined pursuit of social justice for Indigenous people in the wider community. She was a tireless supporter of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy when it was established in 1972, helped to establish the Aboriginal Legal Service in Queanbeyan in the 1980s and has served as a member of the Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee.

Matilda established and is now Chair of the Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, and is a member of many Canberra and Queanbeyan Indigenous committees and organisations. As noted by then ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope in naming her 2006 Canberra Citizen of the Year: "It is hard to think of any organisation involving Indigenous interests with which she has not been involved".

In 2008 Matilda began the tradition of delivering the 'Welcome to Country' at ANU, which she also performed at Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's Apology to the Stolen Generations, as well as at the opening of Federal Parliament in that year. Matilda has continued this wonderful tradition at key ceremonies at The Australian National University, including the 70th Anniversary celebrations in August 2016, and at the commencement of each academic year.

In addition to her many community service and support roles, Matilda is an accomplished artist, having contributed to the publication of several books and exhibited paintings, one of which hangs in the ACT Legislative Assembly.

24 October

Rory Medcalf

Head of College
National Security College, The Australian National University
Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University since January 2015. He has led the expansion of the College into policy engagement as well as education, executive development and research. His professional background involves more than two decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks and journalism, including a formative role as Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute.

In government, Professor Medcalf worked as a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments, Canberra’s peak intelligence analysis agency. He was also an Australian diplomat, with wide experience including a posting to New Delhi, a secondment to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, truce monitoring after the civil conflict in Bougainville and policy development on Asian security institutions. He has contributed to three landmark reports on nuclear arms control: the 1996 Canberra Commission, 1999 Tokyo Forum and 2009 International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. His earlier work in journalism was commended in Australia’s leading media awards, the Walkleys.

Professor Medcalf has been prominent in developing Australia’s relations with India. He has been Associate Director of the Australia-India Institute and Senior Research Fellow in Indian Strategic Affairs at the University of New South Wales. He is the founding convener and co-chair of the Australia-India Policy Forum, an influential informal dialogue between the two countries. He has been recognised as a thought leader internationally for his work on the Indo-Pacific concept of the Asian maritime strategic environment.

Professor Medcalf was a member of the expert panel providing independent advice on the Australian Government’s 2016 Defence White Paper. His research areas include Australia’s security challenges, the further development of an Indo-Pacific concept of the Asian strategic environment, China-India relations, and prospects for maritime and nuclear stability in Indo-Pacific Asia, on which he has led projects funded by the MacArthur Foundation. He is currently chief investigator in a major two-year research project funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, examining the risks to nuclear stability from new submarine-detection technologies.

Professor Medcalf is a member of the editorial boards of Asia Policy and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He is a Non-resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and retains affiliations as a Non-resident Fellow with the Lowy Institute for International Policy and the Seapower Centre of the Royal Australian Navy.

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Jacinta Carroll

Director, National Security Policy
National Security College, The Australian National University
Jacinta Carroll joined the National Security College as the Director, National Security Policy, in August 2017. She is a member of NSC’s Futures Council and works across the NSC’s professional development, policy and academic programs.

Previously, Jacinta was the inaugural Head of ASPI’s Counter Terrorism Policy Centre, a position she held since August 2015. Jacinta joined ASPI from the Australian Government where she had held a variety of Senior Executive appointments, and worked in the Department of Defence and the Attorney-General’s Department. Her career experience includes working on national security, counter-terrorism, strategic policy, border security, military operations, campaign planning and scenario development, information management, and international policy with a particular focus on the Middle East and Afghanistan; she has served in Iraq.

Jacinta is a graduate of the Australian National University, has post-graduate qualifications in management from Flinders University, and holds Masters degrees from the University of Sydney and Deakin University. Her Masters theses examined United Nations Peacekeeping, and Asia-Pacific Regional Security. She is a graduate of the Australian Defence College’s Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Graduate School of Management, and serves on a number of boards including the United Service Institute - ACT. She has completed the Defence and Industry Study Course, the Australian Public Sector Management Course the Australian Public Service Commission’s Senior Executive Service Course, and the Middle East Diplomats course at the Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a member of the the AVERT (Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism) Research Network.

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Michele H Miller, AM, RAN

Commodore, Royal Australian Navy
Navy Visiting Fellow, National Security College, ANU
Commodore Michele Miller has served in the Royal Australian Navy for nearly 31 years. As a Maritime Warfare Officer she has served at sea in a variety of ships and on operations including border protection activities in Australia’s North, regional engagement and operations in the Indo-Pacific, and vital asset protection in the waters off Iraq. Specialised in air warfare, she was the first woman in the Royal Australian Navy to command a patrol boat and a major surface combatant ship, the Frigate HMAS PERTH in 2007-2008. After starting a family and further education, she was promoted to Commodore in December 2014 and was made responsible for Navy’s current and future workforce capability generation. Presently the Navy Visiting Fellow at the National Security College at ANU, at the end of 2018 she will take up the position of Chief of Staff in the Australian Defence Headquarters. She lives in Canberra with her husband, a serving Air Force Officer and they have a young daughter. Her interests include hiking and running, and reading on strategic issues in the South China Sea.

25 October

Catherine Bridges

Cyber Advisor, National Security College
The Australian National University
Catherine Bridges joined the National Security College in June 2018 on secondment from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as Cyber Adviser. Her career has included roles in policy development, implementation and advice, legal analysis and advice and stakeholder engagement across several government agencies including the Attorney-General’s Department, Defence and Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Catherine has worked on several complex legal reform projects including parliamentary inquiries into legislation governing the national security community and amendments to national security legislation. Previously, Catherine worked as a Shadow Ministerial Adviser on superannuation and retirement income policy and as a Ministerial adviser on child care policy.

Recently Catherine worked in the Office of the Cyber Security Adviser, pre-dominantly focusing on the international dimension of Australia’s cyber security policy. Following the establishment of the Home Affairs Department, Catherine remained with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to help create a new team responsible for advising on strategic cyber security issues.

Catherine is a graduate of the Australian National University and has a Bachelor of Arts (focusing on political science and psychology), a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

25 October

Sue Thompson

Senior Lecturer, National Security College
The Australian National University
Dr Sue Thompson has extensive experience in academia, government, the media and the non-government sector. In academia Dr Thompson has taught a range of history and politics courses at ANU and the University of Canberra. Her research specialisation examines the history of regional cooperation in Southeast Asia during the Cold War with a focus on foreign power influences – especially American – in the post-war evolution of Southeast Asian regionalism. Dr Thompson has conducted extensive fieldwork in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia and is currently working on her second sole-authored book on this topic, which will be published in 2018. Dr Thompson’s research has previously been awarded funding by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, the Eisenhower Presidential Library Foundation and the Gerald Ford Presidential Library Foundation, amongst others.

Prior to joining the ANU, Dr Thompson was the research coordinator at the Asia-Pacific Civil Military Centre of Excellence, in the Australian Department of Defence, working on complex issues of coordinating civil, military and police personnel in conflict zones, disaster relief missions, post-conflict reconstruction and peacekeeping missions.

Dr Thompson completed her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London in the United Kingdom. Dr Thompson holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor degree with honours from the Australian National University.

Before embarking on her PhD studies, Dr Thompson worked for a minister in the Australian Government. Following this Dr Thompson worked as a journalist for the Associated Press, based in London, producing a wide range of international news stories.

Dr Thompson has also worked in the non-government sector, notably as a corporate affairs officer for the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and as a communications and policy officer for the Mental Health Council of Australia.

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Jennifer Hunt

National Security College, The Australian National University
Dr. Jennifer S. Hunt is a lecturer in the National Security College and a research associate at the US Studies Centre. Publishing on comparative national security policy in the US, Australia, and the Arab Gulf, her research portfolio examines the intersection between defense, energy, and economic security issues.

Dr. Hunt holds a PhD and Master’s Degree in International Security from the University of Sydney. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (USA) where she was captain of the Women’s Sabre Fencing team.

From 2011-2012, she was a visiting researcher at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. As part of her research and consulting practice, Dr. Hunt also attended the World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi, and studied Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Jordan.

Prior to joining the NSC, Dr. Hunt was based at the University of Sydney US Studies Centre, the Centre for International Security Studies, and Sydney Business School. She has been student-nominated for teaching awards across security studies, business and politics departments.

Along with her academic areas of specialisation, Dr. Hunt also publishes on applied research methods. Together with Dr. Zina O’Leary, Workplace Research: Conducting small scale applied research, was published by Sage in 2016.

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Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre

The Australian National University

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Security Challenges Journal

Thales Group

National Security College, ANU

Australian Government

PwC Australia

Conference registration

07:30 AM 09:00 AM

Conference opening

09:00 AM 09:15 AM


Welcome to Country

09:15 AM 09:30 AM


Keynote address - The future of power

09:30 AM 10:00 AM


Keynote address - Deterrence and the Australia/US Alliance

10:00 AM 10:45 AM


Morning tea

10:45 AM 11:15 AM

Plenary: Indo-Pacific security

11:15 AM 12:40 PM

Link to video

The WiNS 2018 opening panel will explore the Indo-Pacific as both a key conceptual framework for understanding the global security environment, and a region that is home to some of the most dynamic issues facing international security. Facilitated by Rory Medcalf, Head of the National Security College and a key proponent of the Indo-Pacific concept, this panel will explore both what happening in this region and how we might think about it conceptually.


Security Challenges Journal - Special Issue launch - Women and National Security

12:40 PM 01:10 PM

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WiNS is proud to launch a Special Issue of the Institute for Regional Security's Security Challenges journal, focussed on women in security. The launch will be facilitated by Sue Thompson, co-editor of the journal, and launched by Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President of WIIS Global.



01:10 PM 02:00 PM

Keynote address - The "Game of Thrones" effect: the interrelationship between role models and reality for women in international security

02:00 PM 02:45 PM


Plenary: Security and terrorism

02:45 PM 04:10 PM

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In the 17 years since 9/11, counter-terrorism has remained a significant feature of the global security environment. While the international community has—through the UN and other bodies—routinely condemned terrorists and their criminal acts, and agreed to take action, disagreements remain about the best way to go about this. The term ‘terrorism’ also continues to be used for political purposes. The effective defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria heralds a new stage in the current fight against terrorism. Facilitated by the NSC's Jacinta Carroll, this panel will examine the current state of play in countering violent extremism and terrorism in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and discuss the key threat developments to watch for and useful approaches to policy and operations.


Afternoon tea

04:10 PM 04:40 PM

The future of National Security: A student perspective

04:40 PM 05:30 PM

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A group of up and coming students share their views on security issues of the future. Offering a youth perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, both in terms of issues and future employment, the panel will discuss why they have elected to study in their chosen areas, and what they think they'll be working on in their careers.


Transfers from Hyatt Hotel to National Gallery of Australia

06:10 PM 06:30 PM

Conference Dinner including Keynote address

06:30 PM 10:30 PM Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia


Conference registration

07:30 AM 08:45 AM


08:45 AM 09:00 AM


Keynote address - Defence and security professions of the future

09:00 AM 09:30 AM


Keynote address: Women and security - Update and perspective on the global Women, Peace and Security Agenda

09:30 AM 10:15 AM


Morning tea

10:15 AM 10:40 AM

Keynote address - Data analysis, privacy and National Security research

10:40 AM 11:10 AM


Plenary: Technology and security

11:10 AM 12:20 PM

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Using technology to protect information and assets, to access and exploit those of others, and to enable military capability has always been of critical importance to security. Current technological developments are providing extraordinary enhancements to security and defence, while also posing complex challenges that go beyond the realm of traditional security and governments. Chaired by the NSC's Catherine Bridges, this panel will explore the interplay between technological advances that benefit security, economics, politics and society, and the security challenges posed by easy cyber access to and exploitation of data and communications, and discuss how to best bring the complex range of issues and stakeholders together


Reflections on a career in defence and international security

12:20 PM 12:30 PM

Rebecca Lewis will share some reflections on her career to date in defence and international security. 

Rebecca is an international lawyer working in the United Nations system, initially with the Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome and, since 2012, with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.

Rebecca previously worked in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, and before this, was an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, where she served in a variety of roles, including on operations.

Rebecca will reflect briefly on her personal experiences as a female working in a range of defence, strategic and international matters, and in the military and public service, and international organisations.


Plenary: Gender in countering threats

12:30 PM 01:30 PM

This panel will explore the theory and practice of how gender and perceptions of gender might affect the way both threat actors and responders think and act. Understanding the role of gender amongst terrorists and other criminal actors can help better understand current threats and identify emerging threats, while also develop appropriate policy and operational responses, including innovative approaches to security sector reform.



01:30 PM 02:10 PM

Security through community: Wujal Wujal security songlines

02:10 PM 02:50 PM

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Two years ago, an indigenous community initiative to build human security in the local environment found a willing partner in the local Army unit. And on the way rediscovered a shared history. Eileen Deemal-Hall and Tim Rutherford share their journey so far in enhancing security and building community in eastern Cape York. 


Plenary: New approaches to national security

02:50 PM 04:00 PM

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The WiNS 2018 conference provides a forum for examining and discussing issues across the contemporary security spectrum. The final panel session of the conference explores approaches and mechanisms to deal with these challenges, and how to optimise our thinking and action in addressing national security issues. Facilitated by NSC's Navy Visiting fellow, CDRE Michele Miller AM, RAN, this panel will discuss case study experiences from other countries and the international environment, and how governments, communities and the workforce can contribute to security. 


Keynote address: Making security decisions in a democracy

04:00 PM 04:30 PM

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Liberal democracies are publicly grappling with the appropriate policy response to the new wave of security challenges created by great power activities. Australia has just concluded a major legislative undertaking to address concerns of foreign interference. But our policy development process and subsequent public debate leaves some room for improvement. How can we balance expectations of transparent and accountable decision making with the need for secrecy? What role is there for the parliament? What challenges do security agencies face in their dual roles in the policy development process as stakeholders with their own institutional interests, and experts with the most complete knowledge of the security landscape? What historical compromises have we made? Senator Jenny McAllister will offer insights into this process from her experience as a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.


Closing remarks: Leadership and opportunities

04:30 PM 04:50 PM


Networking reception

04:50 PM 06:00 PM