Global Speakers


Chris Howard

Director of Defence and National Security

KPMG Australia

Chris is an experienced management consultant with over 20 years experience in Defence, Federal Government and the Private sector. After a military career of over 10 years, Chris has focussed on a career in management consulting. Currently, Chris is the Director in the Defence and National Security Sector where he is leading the development and delivery of the Business Acumen program which focuses on the relationships between Industry and Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG).

Chris has had significant experience providing project and program advisory support for a wide variety of Government Clients at both the operational and strategic levels to support business. Chris’ experience includes:

  • Program and Project Delivery and Planning
  • Change Management
  • Business Process Improvement
  • Professional Services Operations Management
  • Business Case Development
  • Business Transformation

Chris has qualified as a Chartered Accountant through the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Chris has used this qualification in delivering key outcomes for clients including business case development. Since gaining his CA Chris has also been leading the operations function for a key business unit within the KPMG Management Consulting business.

Chris has completed the Lean Fundamentals training and qualified as a practitioner through the KPMG Lean Academy, a Joint Venture between KPMG and University of Cardiff. Chris has also successfully completed the training to qualify as a Managing Successful Programs practitioner.


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.

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

Anooshe is also an advisor to Australian Government, Police, Google, YouTube and a consultant to charities and social welfare organisations working with vulnerable members of the Australian Muslim community.


Brian Hay

Lead CISO Advisor - APAC


Brian Hay joined Unisys in 2017 as Lead CISO Advisor APAC, Security. He is responsible for managing and developing Unisys’ Security Consulting business for Asia Pacific, while delivering operational and service excellence. He consults with key clients to understand their business strategies and seeks to assist organisational objectives whilst ensuring the highest levels of security. His broad environmental awareness and thought leadership expertise seeks to understand the client environment in order to align how Unisys can assist in meeting the client’s full spectrum of clients’ security requirements, from governance, risk management, compliance and technical consulting, through to technology integration, training and managed services.

Brian brings a wealth of security experience, and has a proven record of partnering with industry for innovative solutions to difficult problems. Prior to joining Unisys, Brian was General Manager, Security for Dimension Data, Australia.

Prior to this Brian was Detective Superintendent at Queensland Police, where he served 37 years. Since 2004, he has worked extensively in the area of financial, identity and cybercrime. He was Commander of the Queensland Police Fraud & Cyber Crime Group, Chair of the Australia New Zealand Police Advisory Agency’s eCrime Working Group, a pivotal driver of the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network, and member of the Federal Attorney-General’s National Cybercrime Working Group.

In 2009 Brian was the recipient of an international award from McAfee for efforts in combating cybercrime, and the recipient of the Australian Police Medal, and in 2010 he was the recipient of the National AusCERT Award for Individual Excellence in Information Security. He has a Masters in Public Policy and Administration and former President of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Brisbane Chapter. Hay is based in Unisys’ Brisbane office.


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.


Professor Clive Williams MG


The Terrorism Intelligence Centre

Professor Clive Williams MG has a career background as an officer in Australian Military Intelligence and as a senior manager in Australian Defence Intelligence. His last Defence appointment was Director of Security Intelligence, which included responsibility for running high-level security investigations.

Clive Williams resigned from Defence in 2002, and has since run national security-related Masters course units at the Australian National University (ANU) and at several other Australian universities, as well as specialist courses for government agencies. He has also run Masters-level terrorism and counterterrorism courses in Indonesia, Japan, the Maldives, Taiwan, and the United States. Field activities have included two deployments with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Clive Williams is a regular presenter to international forums on national security-related issues. He is currently a Professor at the ANU’s Centre for Military and Security Law and an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is a longstanding member of several international professional associations, including the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).


Craig Sheridan

Managing Director

Sheridan Consulting Group

Craig has been appointed to a number of notable positions since retiring from the NSW Police Force, among which includes:

  • Lead Security and Risk Consultant (Vivid Festival Sydney 2016 & 2017)
  • Lead Security and Risk Consultant for Property NSW
  • Lead Security and Risk Consultant to the Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • New Years’ Eve 2016 Crowd Management
  • Lead Security Advisor Virgin Supercars
  • DNSW Emergency Management Advisor Supercars Sydney 500
  • Emergency Management Planner for the new Parramatta Square Precinct

In 2015 Craig was awarded the prestigious Australian Police Medal in the Queen’s birthday honors for distinguished service by a member of an Australian Police Force.


Eddie Idik


Vital Risk Services

Highly regarded as a specialist within the Convention, Exhibition and Live event sectors, Eddie has been involved in the Security, Medical and Emergency planning to some of the largest conferences and events within Australia such APEC, World Youth Day and SIBOS to name a few. Trusted by leading executives of high profile organisations, Eddie ensures that Crisis Management Teams including those responsible for Public Relations response have the necessary skills to prepare, respond and recover from a crisis event.

Eddie has over 15 years’ experience in developing Security and Emergency/Crisis Management frameworks for multi-national companies and is an alumni of Swinburne University of Technology with postgraduate qualifications in Emergency and Disaster Management.

Eddie is the Director of Vital Risk Services Group who provide an integrated service of Security professionals, Emergency Management Consultants and First Aid Services to major venues and events. Eddie is also a committee member of ASIS International, a member of the Venue Management Association and a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) through the Australasian Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.


Jacinta Carroll

Head of Counter-Terrorism Policy Centre

Australia Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

Jacinta Carroll is the inaugural Head of ASPI’s Counter Terrorism Policy Centre, a position she has 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.


Luke Schibeci

Manager - Security, Risk and Emergency Management

Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust

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. 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.


Mark Carrick

Managing Director

Global Business Resilience

Mark Carrick is one of Australia’s most experienced Counter-Terrorism practitioners. He offers more than 20 years of law enforcement experience that includes crisis management and response, general policing, witness protection, close personal protection, crime management, change management, and ultimately Counter-Terrorism intelligence.

Mark delivers business resilience across organizations, leading multidisciplinary teams to deliver integrated crisis management, contingency planning, and business continuity. By combining the attributes acquired from years of countering terror, managing multiple, complex crisis situations, and practicing as a business consultant, he brings a unique skill set to the business world. The ability to apply the rigor of systematic, intelligence-led methodologies to contemporary business practices places Mark as a unique individual with a proven record for achieving excellent results in high-pressure environments where the consequences of failure can be catastrophic.

Mark Carrick has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Sydney and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), which has a diverse membership of directors and senior leaders from across a wide range of industries in the commercial, private, nonprofit, and government sectors. He currently writes thought leadership articles for the ACID Center of Excellence and co-developed the new Crisis Management Course for board members, he also delivers Courses and webinars designed to prepare large organizations to respond to crisis situations across the broad spectrum of Crisis planning, preparing responding and recovery, including Crisis communications and utilizing social media for west effect.


Matthew Curtis


Raqib Taskforce

Matthew is a Director of the Raqīb Taskforce and Principal of Curtis Incorporated. He has served, led and consulted in some of the most sensitive domains in diplomacy and national security. Following 20 years in the Australian Foreign Service in a range of onshore and offshore operational and management roles, for the past 15 years he has consulted in strategic and national security, emergency management and business continuity. With leadership, management and operational experience across diplomacy, policy development and implementation, legal and litigation matters, industry regulation and negotiation, Matthew has directed and undertaken a wide range of complex consulting engagements in the public and corporate sectors, including:

  • National security review – national counter-terrorism arrangements, critical infrastructure security, transport security and national security decision support
  • Enterprise security governance and risk management
  • Jurisdiction-level emergency management arrangements
  • Business continuity
  • Intelligence capability and capacity building.

Matthew has undertaken a range of major infrastructure security projects in the United Arab Emirates and worked and travelled extensively within the Asia Pacific region.


Michael Dalton

Director of Security and Risk

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.


Neil Greet


Collaborative Outcomes

Neil is the owner of the consultancy Collaborative Outcomes which provides strategic advice on resiliency and humanitarian action to Federal and State Government agencies, Industry and non-government organisations. He is the co-author of the Engineers Australia Report “Energy Security for Australia: Crafting a comprehensive energy security policy”. Neil also served in the Australia Defence Force with operational service in Iraq and Timor Leste, led projects in several remote indigenous communities and played a key role in Defence’s response to Victoria’s 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ disaster. Neil is a civil engineer and was the 2015 President of Engineers Australia Canberra Division.


Nicholas Martin

Head of Security, Crisis and Emergency Management

AGL Energy

Nicholas serves as AGL Energy’s Head of Security, Crisis and Emergency Management nationally. With a career of over 25 years that spans defence, major events, senior corporate positions, and strategic and risk management consulting, Nicholas has held key appointments and roles including the General Manager Security, Strategy at Telstra where he aligned Telstra’s large and diverse regulatory and commercial security services and functions. Other key roles include Head of Global Security, Macquarie Bank, Regional Head of Security and Crisis Consulting at Control Risks Group.

The experience gained while working with Control Risks Group allowed Nicholas to establish his own private security threat and risk consultancy supporting large and complex extractive resource projects complex locations such as Papua New Guinea and Borneo. After 5 years Nicholas decided to return to a corporate role and set about establishing a new business within Johnstaff Projects that focused on the delivery of Australian Government and Non-Government Organisation foreign aid projects in Indo Pacific Region.


Nicolas Mayencourt

International CEO

Dreamlab Technologies Group

Nicolas Mayencourt has 20 years of professional experience in Information Technology. He is a Cyber Defence specialist of the 1st generation. As a member of the board of ISECOM he was instrumental in defining todays security standards. Dreamlab Group operates internationally as a think tank, laboratory and network with a focus on cutting-edge network security. The Dreamlab Group includes Cyobs, the world’s first Cyber-Radar System, _cyel, the moving target security pioneer and, Kolab, the world’s only secure com¬munication and groupware. Dreamlab also develops tools for advanced cyber forensics. For 20 years Dreamlab has been securing its customers data and infrastructures and fighting Cyber Crime – worldwide.


Peter White

General Manager

Australian Office of Transport Security

Peter is the General Manager, Transport Security Operations, Office of Transport Security (OTS), within the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. OTS is Australia’s transport security regulator, and its role includes mitigating the threat of unlawful interference to aviation and maritime. His current role includes broad organisational reform designed to deliver effective regulation of transport security through industry engagement, compliance and enforcement. Peter has international experience with the Commonwealth, which has included positions in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers; and Member of the Australian Bravery Association. Previous roles have included: Law Enforcement Adviser to the Commonwealth Minister for Justice; Executive Staff Officer to the Commissioner of the AFP; United Nations Civilian Police Peacekeeper; Senior Adviser to the Secretary General of Interpol for their Global Security Initiative; Senior Adviser, National Security Division, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; and senior executive positions with the Immigration portfolio and the then Customs and Border Protection Service.


Ron Bartsch


Asia-Pacific RPAS Consortium

Ron Bartsch has over 35 years’ experience in the aviation industry in a variety of senior legal, regulatory, safety and operational roles. Ron is President of the Asia-Pacific RPAS Consortium . As former head of safety and regulatory compliance at Qantas Airways Limited and a senior manager with the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority Ron has been admitted as a barrister in 1993 and has regulatory experience across all sectors of the aviation industry. Ron is also a member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal as an aviation specialist.


Stephen Dametto

Detective Superintendent

Australian Federal Police

Stephen is a Detective Superintendent with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and currently responsible for AFP’s Victim Base Crime and Airport investigations in Sydney.

He led the Joint Counter Terrorism Team in Sydney and formed the AFP’s Terrorism Financing Investigations Unit (TFIU). He has extensive experience in counter terrorism and money laundering investigations in Australia 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 a chartered accountant and a qualified lawyer and is currently a PhD candidate in law at the University of NSW.