Global Speakers


The Hon. Lynda Voltz, MP

Shadow Minister for Police and Counter-Terrorism and Shadow Minister for Sport

NSW Parliament

Lynda Voltz is the Member for Auburn in the NSW Parliament. She is the current Shadow Minister for Police and Counter-Terrorism and Shadow Minister for Sport. She previously served twelve years in the NSW Legislative Council and held the portfolio of Shadow Veteran’s Affairs.

Lynda grew up in Birrong and attended Birrong Primary School and Birrong Girls High School. She holds a BA (Security, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism).

Lynda was a Soldier in the Australian Regular Army from 1987-1993. Posting 1 MIL HOSP RACT, 22MP PL RACMP, 23MP PL RACMP, SIB Randwick RACMP, and a member of the Army Reserve 1984-1987 SUP COY 2/17 RNSWR. In 1991 Lynda received the RACMP Corp trophy.

Prior to joining the Regular Army Lynda worked at the Workers Health Centre Lidcombe for three years as a clinic co-ordinator. Since leaving the Army Lynda worked for Senator John Faulkner, Peter Baldwin MP and Sandra Nori, MP.

She has a long involvement in sport having played rugby as part of its inaugural women’s competition in 1994 till the age of 38 including representing Country Rugby in the first women’s match ever played on the Sydney Football Stadium. She is a former Chair of NSW Women’s Rugby Union. She had a 37 year soccer career including in the former State League for Liverpool FC and local teams Lidcombe Waratahs and Granville Kewpies. She holds a bronze medallion in Surf Lifesaving and is captain of the NSW Parliamentary netball team. In 2019 Lynda represented the Australian Parliaments in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Cricket Cup in London.

Lynda has two daughter Katerina and Anastasia who are really cheeky.

Topic: Reducing Risk And Ensuring Social Cohesion Post Terrorist Attacks On Diverse Communities


Terry Hartmann

Vice President, Asia Pacific


Terry leads the business for Cognitec (the face recognition company) in Asia Pacific since 2017.  He is an internationally recognized authority in the identity industry, and led the global government effort post 9/11 to design and publish international standards for electronic passports and biometrics recognition.  His opinion, insight and counsel is regularly sought by government and commercial organizations the world over, and he has spoken at around 100 conferences on identity and security matters. Terry also served for 10 years on the Board of Directors for the Biometrics Institute.

Terry lived in the USA from 2008-2016 and led Industry Applications and Biometrics Solutions worldwide for global systems integrator Unisys.  He led the pursuit teams that won several major projects including Mexico National ID (the world’s first multi-modal iris/finger/face biometrics national ID project); UK Passports face; and Passport, Border, Immigration and Drivers License solutions for the Australian Government.

In 2013, Terry received the ID World “ID LEADERSHIP AWARD” assigned to outstanding members of the ID Community who have distinguished themselves during the previous 12 months for commitment, leadership, creativity and innovation.

Terry has a bachelor’s degree from the Australian National University, specializing in honors-level Computer Science and Pure Math.

Topic: Facing Ways To Enhance Public Safety & Security



Michael Dalton (Forum Chairperson)

Director of Security Risk Management

Marriott Hotels

Michael is the current Director of Security and Risk Management of Marriott Hotel who oversees the operations at a cluster of properties including Sydney Harbour Marriott, Pier One Autograph Collection and Melbourne Marriott Hotel. Prior to joining Marriot Group, Michael’s career has over 25 years of experience in security operations within Defence, the resource sector, Australia media and international aid projects throughout the world.


Detective Inspector Michael Thiesfield

Counter Terrorism Investigations Group, Security and Counter-Terrorism Command

Queensland Police Service

Detective Inspector Michael Thiesfield jointed the Queensland Police Service in 1991. In 1993, Detective Inspector Thiesfield was appointed to plain clothes investigative positions and in 2007 was promoted as Officer in Charge of Logan District CIB. In this role, Detective Inspector Thiesfield led a myrid of high-profile homicide investigations that received substantial national media coverage.

Detective Inspector Thiesfield has led a variety of work units within the security environment which include Weapons Licencing and Protective Services. On 1 October 2018, Detective Inspector Thiesfield commenced as the Operations Manager of Security Operations Unit, Security and Counter-Terrorism Command. In this role, he leads the discharging of operational intelligence and supporting investigations within the Security and Counter-Terrorism Command charter with a focus on persons who may pose a security threat to individuals, groups or property, terrorist activities and politically motivated violence. This is accomplished by engaging members of internal and external partner agencies to review and comprehensively assess all threats and intelligence of security significance across Queensland.

Detective Inspector Thiesfield holds tertiary qualifications including an Advanced Certificate in Policing (Justice Administration), Associate Diploma of Business (Justice Administration), Bachelor of Arts (Justice Studies) and Master of Leadership and Management (Policing).

Topic: Case Study On Operations Quebec Tailspin: Major Threat From Rogue Drones Led By Extreme Right Wing Offender

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Detective Sergeant Ross Dobbie

Counter Terrorism Investigations Group, Security and Counter-Terrorism Command

Queensland Police Service

Topic: Case Study On Operations Quebec Tailspin: Major Threat From Rogue Drones Led By Extreme Right Wing Offender.


Maksym Szewczuk

Safety and Security Design Engineer

Western Sydney Airport, Bechtel Australia

Maksym has joined Bechtel in mid-2019 as the Safety and Security in Design Engineer for the Westen Sydney Airport project, where he is responsible for facilitating a safe and secure design across the terminal precinct.

Maksym holds a ASIS International PSP certification is a security risk and design manager with over 14 years’ experience across critical infrastructure protection. Working across varied infrastructure, Maksym’s key experience lines in security consulting and advisory for critical infrastructure, security design management for power utilities, rail and aviation.

As a physical security solutions specialist, Maksym has consulted widely on hostile vehicle management solutions and delivered public protection projects for NSW Parliament House, Stadia, Rail, Utilities, Aviation and Defence. With experience in both security project and programme management, Maksym has managed the security upgrades at a number of prominent sites and institutions around NSW and Australia. He has written on security topics for a variety of industry publications and has contributed to original reseach on integrating security and architectural requirements for public spaces.

Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Safety Design In Managing Public Venue And Major Events Security

Public Security Panel: Developing A Stronger Public-Private Partnership And Information Sharing Approach To Counter Terrorism In Crowded And Public Spaces

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Anooshe Mushtaq

Chair & Founder

Raqib Taskforce

Anooshe is a first generation Australian of Pakistani origin. She spent her early years in Pakistan and in Libya on posting with her family. Since her arrival in Western Sydney, Anooshe has experienced first-hand the changing cultural landscape of Australia. Based on her own experience, Anooshe offers an insight into how multicultural Australia has changed over the last 30 years and a perspective on the religious and cultural drivers of Muslim radicalisation in Australia.

Anooshe is an accomplished public speaker and writer. She is a regular speaker at national security conferences on the topic of counter terrorism, building social cohesion, social media extremism, Islamic State’s recruitment strategies, countering violent extremism and Muslim youth radicalisation.

Anooshe is Chair and Founder of The Raqīb Taskforce. The Raqīb Taskforce is a Muslim-led, diverse organisation that builds social inclusion through engagement across the Australian community in a manner designed to dispel extremist messages that exist within the public domain.

Anooshe’s research is based on Australian Muslim culture, integration of Muslim youth with mainstream Australian society, violent extremist ideology and Australian Government policies to combat violent extremism. She publishes regularly in The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Huffington Post, ABC News, Australian Security Magazine and Security Solution Magazine.

Topic: Fireside Chat With Anooshe Mushtaq: De-Radicalized From Far-Right Extremist Group

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Luke Schibeci

Security Professional

Australia Government

Luke is currently the Security, Risk and Emergency Management Manager for the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust (The Trust) where he manages two of Sydney’s most iconic sporting venues which are the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium that is located in Moore Park. Prior to this role, Luke has more than twelve years of experience working in the tourism, hospitality, venues and events industry where he focuses on safety, security operations, emergency management, sustainability and compliance field. In addition Luke’s experience includes responsibility for risk management frameworks with complex stakeholder relationships including extensive use of contractors and subcontractors in high profile public venues and venues.

Topic: How Technology And Open Source Intelligence Is Fighting Terrorism And Crime And Striking The Balance Between Public Confidence, Public Safety And Privacy

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Chris Cubbage

Director & Executive Editor

My Security Media Pty Ltd

Chris Cubbage is a widely published security professional, including co-author of Corporate Security in the Asia Pacific Region, CRC Press and online documentary, 11yrs After 9/11. As an industry commentator Chris is Executive Editor of the Asia Pacific Security Magazine, Australian Security Magazine and other technology channels. He is a contracted security advisor to government agencies, a former homicide detective and a federal commission investigator. Twitter @AmlecHouse @apsmagazine

Topic: Innovations In AI And Big Data Analytics In Predicting And Responding To Security Threats 

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Stephen Dametto


Banco Chambers

Stephen is a Barrister at Banco Chambers specialising in criminal law, inquests, regulatory proceedings and administrative law.  In 1998, he joined the Australian Federal Police where he worked for over 20 years and held the rank of Detective Superintendent. In the AFP, he formed and led the AFP’s Terrorism Financing Investigations Unit.

He has extensive experience in counter terrorism, organised crime and money laundering investigations and has done secondments to the UK’s Metropolitan Service in their Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) as a member of their Senior Management Team and in the UK’s National Crime Squad’s Money Laundering Investigations Team. He was the Senior Investigating Officer for the AFP in the Malaysian Airlines disaster (MH17) in the Ukraine. Stephen is also a Chartered Accountant with leadership training.

Topic: An Overview Of Latest Trends In Illicit Terrorism Financing: Lessons From The Islamic State In Iraq And Syria And Other Emerging Threats

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Dr. Malcolm Ronald Davis

Senior Analyst – Defence Strategy and Capability

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Dr. Malcolm Davis joined ASPI as a Senior Analyst in Defence Strategy and Capability in January 2016. He is undertaking policy analysis and research on issues such as Australian Defence Policy and Force Structure; Chinese military modernisation; The future of air and space power; and broadly, future military technology and future war. He is currently working on three major projects at ASPI – an examination of Australia’s options for independent space capabilities; an exploration of unmanned systems and the future of Australian airpower; and finally a major project examining the potential for Australia to transition from conventional to nuclear-powered and propelled submarines. He writes regularly for the ASPI blog, The Strategist (see enclosed links), and has undertaken work-related trips to the United States and Taiwan in 2016. He contributes to ASPI activities, and most recently was the Editor of ASPI’s ‘Agenda for Change 2016’ Strategy paper which was the incoming government brief prepared by ASPI staff prior to the 2016 Federal Election. This publication was released on 7th June 2016.

He has worked with the Department of Defence from November 2007 to March 2012. This was initially as Staff Officer Strategy (APS-6) with Navy HQ, Directorate of Navy Strategy and Futures from November 2007 – June 2009, and then as Assistant Director (EL-1) with Strategic Policy Guidance, Strategic Policy Division from June 2009 to August 2011. He also undertook duties as an Assistant Director in Strategic External Relations and Education from August 2011 to March 2012. During his time with Navy HQ, he was the lead author on the Future Maritime Operating Concept (FMOC) study, Plan Blue and the Navy Strategy, as well as providing strategic guidance to Navy staff and liaising with the Defence Space Coordination Office for the development of Navy Space Policy and Capabilities. He undertook support of Navy’s contribution to the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) at Australian Defence College, and participated in the Navy Experimentation Headmark exercises.

Topic: Global Threat On Rogue Drones And How Advanced Anti-Drone Technologies Are Stopping It

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David Crossley

Head of Security, Emergency Planning & Response

Sydney Opera House

David is the Head of Security, Emergency Planning & Response at the Sydney Opera House. He is responsible for Security Risk Management, Emergency Management, Fire Safety & Operations, Organisational Resilience and Event Safety & Security. Prior to being appointed at the Opera House, David worked on key projects in Australia and Internationally for a number of major global companies in the Oil & Gas, Finance, Manufacturing & Government Sectors. He has worked with organising committees for the Commonwealth Games 2006 Melbourne and Sydney Olympics 2000. He recently consulted to the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) developing and delivering the Business Resilience and Emergency Management Frameworks.

Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Evolving New Technologies In Securing Public Venues And Critical Infrastructure Security

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Stephen McGee

Executive Manager Protective Security

Westpac Group

Stephen is a security professional and practitioner with over 30 years of experience that began in the British Army before transiting to the private sector. Stephen has a wide range of experience identifying risk and implementing controls across a range of industries and international settings. These include projects as senior security management for infrastructure projects, NGO’s, high net worth individuals and in the oil and gas sector in the:

  • EU, Iraq, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Oman

Stephen is currently the Executive Manager for Protective Security at Westpac where he has been for the past two years. Stephen has Master’s degrees in Security & Risk Management, Health Safety & Risk Management and an MBA. He is currently reading for a Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management at the University of Portsmouth.

Topic: How Pakistan Is Manufacturing The Next Wave Of Terrorist Attacks: Insights And Intelligence To Pakistan’s State Sponsored Terrorism And Its Impact To Australia

Public Security Panel: Developing A Stronger Public-Private Partnership And Information Sharing Approach To Counter Terrorism In Crowded And Public Spaces



Craig Sheridan

Managing Director

Sheridan Consulting Group

Craig Sheridan APM is the founder of Sheridan Consulting Group, a Risk and Security Management firm that helps organisations seeking review and direction on their security and risk position. Sheridan Consulting Group guides and supports businesses and major events to build a strong and resilient security culture within their operating environment.

Prior to establishing Sheridan Consulting Group, Craig served as a Commissioned Officer in the NSW Police Force, as Commander, State Planning Unit, Major Events and Incidents Group, a career spanning 29 years. Craig was awarded the prestigious Australian Police Medal in the Queen’s birthday honours list for distinguished service by a member of an Australian Police Force.

Craig’s diverse background, expert knowledge and respected reputation has resulted in many invitations as a key note speaker both in Australia and abroad. Craig’s speaking duties have covered The Terrorism and Major Events APEC meeting in Vancouver 2012, Asia Pacific Venue Management Conference 2014, Asia Pacific Venue Management Congress 2015, FIFA Zurich, Switzerland for Australia World Football Cup bid 2010, OSAC (US Government overseas security advisory panel), National Australia Day Committee, Crowd safety Seminar, Sydney 2014.

Craig continues his speaking commitments both internationally and nationally and is an advocate of Australia’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places. Craig has an in depth knowledge of the Crowded Places Partnership Model and has strong experience in Government Coordination meetings. Craig has many established relationships with key state and territory officials including Jurisdictional Police, ASIO and AFP, himself having Secret and Top Secret National Security clearance.

Topic: Drone Terrorism Intelligence: How Terrorists Are Weaponizing Drones To Carry Out Next Stage Of Terror Attacks

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Peta Lowe

Former Director Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

Juvenile Justice, NSW Department of Justice

Topic: Juvenile Justice, NSW Department of Justice


Grant McKay

Enterprise Protective Security Consultant

National Critical Infrastructure Sector

Topic: How Terrorists Are Exploiting Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

Public Security Panel: Developing A Stronger Public-Private Partnership And Information Sharing Approach To Counter Terrorism In Crowded And Public Spaces


Dr. Patrick Walsh

Associate Professor in Intelligence and Security Studies

Charles Sturt University

Topic: Lessons Learnt From Recent Christchurch Mosque Attack: Insights And Counter-Measures That Could Have Been Taken

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Nadine De Lile

Head of Safety & Security Intelligence

Metro Trains Melbourne

Topic: Countering Drones Roundtable: Discussion On Comparison Between Various Counter Drone Solution From The Perspective Of Effectiveness, Implementation And Challenges – Geo-Fencing

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Noel Whelan

International Anti/Counter Terrorism Consultant

Topic: Current Risk Landscape: Latest Threats And Developments In Rising Lone Wolf Terrorism And Suicide Attacks


Stuart Dixon

Manager Regional Security NSW/ACT

nbn™ Australia

Public Security Panel: Developing A Stronger Public-Private Partnership And Information Sharing Approach To Counter Terrorism In Crowded And Public Spaces

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Shane Brady

Manager, Strategic Security

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Hostile Vehicle Defence In Crowded Places

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Neil Sweeney AM MBA

Deputy Commander

Australian Army

Public Security Panel: Developing A Stronger Public-Private Partnership And Information Sharing Approach To Counter Terrorism In Crowded And Public Spaces

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Joe Urli (Invited)

President & Chairman

ACUO - Australia Certified UAV Operators

Topic: Australia National Action Plans, Approaches, And Efforts To Counter The Misuse Of UAVs

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Dr. Michael Zekulin (Invited)

Terrorism Expert & Academic of School of Politics & International Relations

Australian National University (ANU)

Topic: Latest Intelligence In Global Terrorist Attacks: New Development In Tactics, Weapons, Tools And Shifting Ideologies

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