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Keynote speakers

Associate Professor Rohan Gunaratna
Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore

Rohan Gunaratna is Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies in Singapore. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Centre at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point.

He advised Risk Management Solutions California, in the design of the Terrorist Risk Model and the Maritime Intelligence Group (MIG) in Washington DC, in the design of the Vigilance Vessel Profiling System (VVPS). He also led the specialist team that designed and build the UN Database on the Mobility, Weapons and Finance of Al Qaeda, Taliban and their Entities. He has conducted foundation, specialized and advanced CT training for intell, enforcement, and the military in the US, Europe, Australia, NZ and in Asia.

He is the author of "Inside Al Qaeda: The Global Network of Terror" (Columbia University Press), an international bestseller, Jane's Counter Terrorism, and "Combating Terrorism: Military and Non Military Options" (Eastern Universities Press: forthcoming).

He received his masters in International peace studies from Notre Dame, USA, and a doctorate in international relations from St Andrews, UK. In recognition of his contribution to the field, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of the UK in 2001, and Chairman of the NATO-PfP Working Group in Counter Terrorism in 2002.

Dr. Boaz Ganor
Executive Director of The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), Israel

Dr. Ganor served as an advisor on counter-terrorism to many Israeli Governments, and has worked in the Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Bureau at the Prime Minister's office. He specializes in dealing with the conflicts between Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights issues. He also lectures on Terrorism and Democracy at the Lauder School of Government and Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.

Dr. Ganor is the author of "The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle: A Guide for Decision Makers", which was published in March 2005.

The Washington Times review stated that; 'The book's greatest strength is its systematic approach to dealing with ways we know that terrorists have acted and will act in the future. The book's analysis thus provides an important guide not only to decision makers but also to all those who are involved in trying to understand how to formulate effective counterterrorism policies and programs.'

The Hon. Philip Ruddock, MP
Philip Ruddock
The Hon. Philip Ruddock, MP was the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs from 1996. He became the Attorney General in 2003. His portfolio includes the responsibility for national security and counter-terrorism including ASIO, Emergency Management Australia, the National Security Hotline, and the Protective Security Coordination Centre.
Robert McClelland, MP
Shadow Minister for Homeland Security

Mr McClelland's portfolio covers defence and homeland security. He was elected to the House of Representatives for Barton, New South Wales, in 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004.

Ian Cousins
Deputy Director, ASIO
Ian Cousins is the Deputy Director-General, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. He was born in Sydney and joined the Department of External Affairs in 1970. Between 1971 and 1977, he was posted to the Australian Embassies in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Lisbon. From 1977 to 1997, he worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on international security matters, particularly arms control, non-proliferation and Asia Pacific security. During this time, he was posted to the Australian Embassy in Vienna where he was Deputy Head of Mission and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna. His last assignment in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before joining ASIO in 1997 was First Assistant Secretary, International Security Division. Ian Cousins is the Deputy Director-General, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

He was born in Sydney and joined the Department of External Affairs in 1970. Between 1971 and 1977, he was posted to the Australian Embassies in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Lisbon. From 1977 to 1997, he worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on international security matters, particularly arms control, non-proliferation and Asia Pacific security.

During this time, he was posted to the Australian Embassy in Vienna where he was Deputy Head of Mission and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna. His last assignment in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before joining ASIO in 1997 was First Assistant Secretary, International Security Division.

Aldo Borgu
Program Director, Operations and Capability Program, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Prior to joining ASPI, Aldo was Senior Adviser to the Minister for Defence for six years, worked for the Department of Defence as Assistant Director, North America, International Policy Section, and was a Strategic Analyst for the Defence Intelligence Organisation. He also worked for Telecom as a Technical Officer.

Aldo has a Master of Defence Studies Russian Foreign Policy (University of New South Wales), Bachelor of Arts Russian History & International Relations (University of Queensland), and an Associate Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Digital and Computer Electronics (Queensland Institute of Technology).

His recent publications have included:

~ Strategic Insight 3 - The Defence Capability Review 2003
~ Strategic Insight 8 - Capability of First Resort? Australia's Future Amphibious Requirement
~ Strategic Insight 10 - Understanding Terrorism: 20 basic facts

Athol Yates
Executive Director, Australia Homeland Security Research Centre

Athol Yates specialises in analysing national security policy and the role played by the private sector in enhancing national security.

He has written extensively on the subject as well as giving a large number of invited presentations. Athol qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering, GradDip Soviet Studies, and Masters of Public Policy.

He is the editor of the Australian Homeland Security Market Insight and the National Security Practice Notes.

His work as the Associate Director at Engineers Australia resulted in him publishing the following reports: Engineering a Safer Australia: Protecting Critical Infrastructure and the Built Environment, and Queensland Infrastructure in the Age of Terrorism.

David Templeman
Director General of Emergency Management Australia
David Templeman is the Director General of Emergency Management Australia (EMA), the Australian Government agency responsible for reducing the impact of natural, technological and human caused disasters on the Australian community.

Prior to his appointment as Director General on 13 June 2000, David worked in the Department of Defence for 33 years, primarily in the fields of Human Resource Management, Organisational Development and in major departmental restructuring.

He has held several Senior Executive Service appointments during a 14-year period. David was born in Hobart, Tasmania, and is a graduate of the Australian National University, the Australian Defence Staff Colleges and the Harvard Business School.

The Hon. Gary Nairn, MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

Gary Nairn entered federal politics in March 1996 because he was concerned about the direction the country was heading. He also felt Parliament needed more people with a solid small business background. In his work as a consulting surveyor, Gary represented everybody from small business owners to pensioners, farmers to community groups and home buyers to major construction and development companies. He developed a strong reputation as a man who could be trusted to always act with care, with integrity and with considerable ability.

Parliamentary Record

  • Appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister in October 2004
  • Elected to Federal Parliament as Liberal Member for Eden-Monaro March 1996, re-elected in October 1998, re-elected in November 2001, re-elected in October 2004
  • March 2003 - November 2003 - Chairman, House of Representatives Select Committee on the Recent Australian Bushfires
  • March 2002 - October 2004 - Chairman, House of Representatives Standing Committee on Science and Innovation
  • November 2000 - November 2001 - Chairman House of Representatives Standing Committee on Procedure
  • April 1997- November 2000, Chairman Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Member Standing Committees:
    • Economics, Finance and Public Administration
    • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
  • Member Government Committees:
    • Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation
    • Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
    • Defence and Veterans' Affairs
    • Education, Science and Training
    • Employment, Workplace Relations and Employment Services
    • Industry and Resources
    • Trade and Foreign Affairs
    • Transport, Regional Services, Territories and Local Government
    • Treasury, Finance and Public Administration, Financial Services and Regulation
    • Tourism, Art and Sport

Dr Greg Simpson
Coordinator for the CSIRO Secure Australia Program

Dr Greg Simpson graduated from the University of Sydney with a BSc (Hons) in 1975 and a PhD in 1979, majoring in organic chemistry. He undertook postdoctoral studies at Imperial College, London, up until 1982 when he was appointed a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

In 1983 Dr Simpson joined the CSIRO Division of Applied Organic Chemistry as a Research Scientist. He has been Project Leader and Program Manager of a number of research programs, particularly in the areas of crop protection chemicals, pharmaceuticals and chemical processing. Dr Simpson developed interests and experience in research management and technology transfer from working across a spectrum covering some of the world's largest companies and some small Australian manufacturing concerns. Dr Simpson is the author or co-author of over 100 refereed publications and reports on areas of synthetic and process organic chemistry and related areas.

During 1992-1994 Dr Simpson completed an Executive MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management. In 1996 he accepted the position as Business Manager of the Division of Chemicals and Polymers where he managed the group responsible for finance, intellectual property, marketing and contract management. As well as direct commercial transactions including the establishment of a number of spinoff companies he has taken a key role in strategic planning and change management. Dr Simpson is a director of Dunlena Pty Ltd and Chairman of Advanced Polymerik Pty Ltd.

He is President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and has served on many committees concerned with the practice and commercialisation of chemical research. He is currently Deputy Chief of CSIRO Molecular Science and Coordinator for the CSIRO Secure Australia Program.

Neil Bryans
Director, Information Sciences Laboratory, DSTO
Neil Bryans holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (first class honours), a Masters degree in Business Administration, from the University of Adelaide, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers. His early career was in radar, working both on microwave and HF radar (the Jindalee Project).

He left the position of Principal Research Scientist in Microwave Radar Division, Surveillance Research Laboratory in 1988 to become a Research Leader in the field of secure communications. He was appointed Chief of Communications Division in October 1990.

In October 1995 he transferred to Chief Information Technology Division. After a short-term transfer to the position of First Assistant Secretary Science Policy, he assumed position of Director, Electronics and Surveillance Research Laboratory at DSTO Edinburgh South Australia in October 2000.

Following restructuring of DSTO in July 2002 Neil assumed the position of Director of the newly created Information Sciences Laboratory.

Dr Lynn Booth
Science, Engineering and Technology Unit, Prime Minister and Cabinet

Dr Lynn Booth is currently seconded into the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as Head of the Science, Engineering and Technology Unit in National Security Division. The Unit was set up in August 2003 to coordinate and focus science, engineering and technology to support Australia's counter-terrorism needs. She is seconded from the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) where her last position was as Director Strategic Analysis Policy in Science Policy Division.

She joined DSTO in 1989 and has worked in DSTO laboratories in both Adelaide and Sydney, where her work focused on submarine and anti-submarine warfare operations research. From 1996 - 2001 she was Head of Undersea Warfare Operations Research in Maritime Operations Division. From 1994 - 1996 she was posted into the Directorate of Naval Warfare at Maritime Headquarters as their first Staff Officer (Science).

Prior to joining DSTO Dr Booth worked for five years for the UK Ministry of Defence at the Propellents, Explosives and Rocket Motor Establishment and the Royal Armaments Research and Development Establishment, modelling the properties of rocket exhaust plumes.

Dr Booth was born in Cheshire in the UK and was educated at the West Kirby County Grammar School for Girls. She has a B.A. in Physics and a D.Phil. in Astrophysics from the University of Oxford.

Dr Phil McFadden
Chief Scientist, Geoscience Australia

Dr Phil McFadden is Chief Scientist at Geoscience Australia and is currently Chief of the Geospatial and Earth Monitoring Division, which is responsible for geohazards. He has had an extensive research career in a wide range of geophysics with interests in paleomagnetism, geomagnetism, seismology, airborne geophysics, mathematical statistics, numerical analysis and computing systems. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
Ben McDevitt
Assistant Commissioner, Australian Federal Police

Ben McDevitt, a former paratrooper, is now one of the Assistant Commissioners of the Australian Federal Police. Identified as a leader at a young age, Ben rose through the ranks to serve as the youngest commander of crime operations. Ben's family has a history of service and is the longest servicing family in the ACT. In 2003, Ben led the Australian Federal Police ‘Royal Australian Mission' to the Solomon Islands to bring law and order to the troubled country. Australia's intervention led to approximately 3000 arrests, along with the sacking of several hundred police and the identification of corruption. For his duty, Ben was awarded the Cross of the Solomon Islands which is the second highest award in the country.

Dr Ron Hutchings
Coordinator National Interest and Capability Enhancement, ANSTO

Dr Ron Hutchings is the Coordinator National Interest and Capability Enhancement, ANSTO.

He holds a BSc and PhD from the University Birmingham, in the field of metallurgy. Before joining ANSTO in 1989, he undertook extensive research on structure-processing-properties-performance relationships in engineering materials at a number of universities and companies in Europe, USA and South Africa.

During his early years at ANSTO, Ron held the position of Deputy Director, Advanced Materials Program, followed by a period as Manager Technology Transfer. More recently, he has moved into a more policy-oriented role, spending periods in the radioactive waste division of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris, and as nuclear counsellor in Australia's missions in London and Washington.

He is now Coordinator National Interest and Capability Enhancement, a role that includes strategic leadership of ANSTO's counter-terrorism related research.

Rear Admiral Russell Crane
Commander, Joint Offshore Protection Command

Russell Crane began his naval career as a Junior Recruit at HMAS LEEUWIN in 1970. Training as an Electrical Mechanic in aircraft communications, in 1971 he went to serve in the Aircraft Carrier, HMAS MELBOURNE.

Captain Crane assumed command of HMAS SUCCESS on 24 November 1998. During his period in command SUCCESS conducted a number of deployments to the South East Asia region including, in September and October 1999, Operation Stabilise in support of peacekeeping operations in East Timor. Awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal in early 2000 for his time in HMAS SUCCESS, he was promoted to Commodore in March 2000 and posted to Australian Defence Headquarters in Canberra as the Director General Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare. Commodore Crane was posted as the Commander Australian Naval Systems Command in October 2001. He was promoted to the Rank of Rear Admiral on 1 May 2004 in preparation for his posting as Director General Coastwatch.

Under a Joint Directive by the Chief of the Defence Force and the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs Service, RADM Crane was appointed inaugural Commander of the newly formed Joint Offshore Protection Command in January 2005.

Senator the Hon Christopher Ellison Minister for Justice and Customs Senator for Western Australia
Senator Ellison was appointed to the position of Minister for Justice and Customs in January 2001. He also currently represents the Attorney-General and the Minister for Immigration Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs in the Senate.

In his current portfolio Senator Ellison has introduced major initiatives to combat organised crime including the confiscation of Proceeds of Crime and the creation of the Australian Crime Commission. He has also overseen a major expansion in border security and in October 2002, Senator Ellison and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer negotiated a joint investigation with Indonesia into the Bali bombings.

Senator Ellison has responsibility for the following Commonwealth agencies: the Australian Customs Service (including Coastwatch), the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Crime Commission, AUSTRAC, CrimTrac and the Australian Institute of Criminology. Additionally his portfolio responsibilities include airport physical security, air security officers, national forensic services, the National Illicit Drug Strategy, national firearms policy, federal prisoners, protective security, criminal law, criminology, international mutual assistance and extradition.



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