Chair & Founder
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.
Skeeve Stevens is a network architect and engineer and has designed some of the most cutting-edge network infrastructure in Australia today. He has built over 300 ISPs across 10 countries and has consulted, designed and built critical infrastructure for the state and federal governments of Australia and several other countries in the APAC region.
Skeeve has a unique perspective in network architecture and is also a Futurist; international speaker; writer & author; mentor and advisor to investors, start-ups; ISPs and Datacentre operators in the region.
Skeeve is the founder of Future Sumo (Futurists), VR The World (Virtual Reality), Niisch (Inspiration as a Service) and eintellego Networks (Network Engineering) among other companies. Skeeve is a former Director of the Internet Society and former co-chair of APNIC Policy Committee. He has also represented Australia in Internet Governance issues and policy across the world
General Manager - Security & Surveillance
Brian is a security professional with a combined 21 years’ experience in policing and security. Brian commenced his career with the WA Police in 1995 working in areas such as general policing, counter-terrorism intelligence, close personal and witness protection and operational safety and tactics before joining Crown Perth.
Brian is currently the General Manager Security and Surveillance with overall responsibility for Security and Surveillance operations, Crisis and Emergency Management, Investigations and Medical Services.
Further to Brian’s role at Crown he holds the position of Assistant Regional Vice President for ASIS International (WA), Chair’s the WA Security Industry Advisory Council and is a Financial, Administrative and Professional Services Training Council Board member representing the Security Industry in WA.
Michael Brookes is the Managing Director of Gunnebo in Australia and New Zealand and has over 15 years’ experience in the security industry across both physical and electronic solutions. Prior to working with Gunnebo, Michael was the Director of Marketing & Strategy with Honeywell Building Solutions, where he was responsible for the alignment of customer needs with security technology and services. Through his interactions with the industry, Michael has developed a keen understanding of the macro-trends in security which he utilizes to advise Gunnebo’s customers on how best to manage their risk profile with a common-sense approach. Michael is leading Gunnebo through unprecedented growth by addressing the ever-changing needs of customers in high-risk facilities and critical infrastructure throughout the Pacific.
Security Advisor to the Australia & UK Government
David has served in both the Australian and UK Special Forces for over 10 years. After leaving the military he joined Control Risks, where he was head of Crisis and Security consulting based in Singapore. In 2009 he headed up a team, assisting the UK Government targeting Maritime Piracy in the Gulf of Aden.
David has worked in many challenging and hostile environments around the world, and in 2015 was Head of Security and Intelligence for the Australian Embassy in Kabul. Afghanistan.
Most recently David has been contracted by the Australian and UK Governments to provide specialist training to staff working in overseas missions as well as mentoring and training approved host nations.
David also has a background in Leadership and Development courses and has run a number of courses for both the Australian Cricket team and the Wallabies.
Director, Security Risk Management
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.
Scott Taylor CPP, JP
Praesidium Risk and Resilience
A highly motivated, performance driven and versatile leader who has worked across the gamut of the security, safety and risk industry over the past twenty-five years. Scott is a court and tribunal recognised security, safety and risk expert- evidenced by his provision of over 100 expert reports in civil cases. He has consulted and lectured throughout the Middle East and USA, as well as working with government, industry regulators and industry across all Australian States and Territories spanning the spectrum of security, risk and all industry verticals. He is an experienced instructor and a highly commercial change agent with superior ability to inspire innovation and enhance both overall performance and compliance/governance across multiple disciplines.
Sean Guiney J.P
Principal Consultant; SCEC Security Zone Consultant
Independent Security Professionals
Sean specializes in developing innovative and effective Security and Technology Integration strategies across a range of industries including Government and Critical Infrastructure, Finance and Banking, and Corporate and Commercial entities.
With over 27 years’ experience in the security industry and 25 years’ experience in the Emergency Management Sector, Sean Guiney is greatly versed in design, construction, and operational requirements. As such, his approach to projects is informed by his previous firsthand experience as a Client with strict operational requirements, an integrator trying to achieve the best integration solution, and a Consultant acting as the advocate for the Client’s needs.
Through Sean’s direction, Independent Security Professionals focuses on all aspects of security, from strategy and planning through to detailed design, construction phase services, operational procedures and lifecycle planning.
Independent Security Professionals
Brenna Guiney is both a Sociologist and a Security Consultant, and spearheads the Social Impact Consulting department at Independent Security Professionals, as well as running many of our large security infrastructure projects.
Brenna holds a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from the University of Sydney, a Diploma of Security and Risk Management, and is an active member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), the Crime and Governance Thematic Group, and the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA).
In her experience as a Security Consultant within the industry, Brenna has also worked extensively with government, particularly in the correctional sector, solely running the largescale bed expansion of two major NSW Correctional Centres, from design to tender and construction, as well as working comprehensively on the upgrade designs and expansions for eight other NSW Correctional Centres, two Public-Private-Partnership bids (one international bid), and one remote Correctional Centre head-end upgrade in the Northern Territory.
With a passion for security and society, Brenna also utilizes her sociological expertise to bring an understanding of how people will perceive, behave and respond to security and technology strategies to all of her projects. She has previously conducted extensive research into the sociological reasons behind the criminal, antisocial and terrorist behavior, and the implications that mechanisms of security have on individuals within social and corporate situations. Brenna has also conducted research into non-deviant behavior and social phenomena such as human interaction, stakeholder management and engagement, change management, social engagement with physical spaces, and social policy impacts on minority groups. Her Social Impact clients have ranged from leading Universities and financial institutions to major government departments, with her work guiding key operational and political strategies.
Leading our Social Impact Department, Brenna utilizes applied Sociology to research, analyze, and inform social impacts that may result from changes – whether that be technological, security, environmental, and so on. Through her specialized analyses and use of applied sociology, her work has the ability to reveal which individuals will be affected, how they will be affected, to what degree, and how we can better our solutions for the organizational goals of our clients.
With this wealth of experience, Brenna has become recognized within the industry as an innovator and leader in the development of a new way of considering the role of security and technology, bringing the discipline into the strategic phase of business operations and goals. With this new venture as Director and Principal Consultant at Independent Security Professionals, Brenna will be strengthening this methodology through leading the company’s approach to projects, solutions, and strategy.
Scott Harris maintained a successful career as a Police Officer in the Queensland Police Service spanning over 26 years. Scott successfully led the Business & Critical Infrastructure engagement portfolio for QPS G20 Group where he developed key partnerships, lasting relationships & delivered organizational resilience sessions to over 25,000 business professionals across QLD & NSW. [Gold Award for Customer Focus – QPS Awards for Excellence and Winner, Customer Focus – Premiers Awards for Excellence].
Scott’s passion for protecting the community, his drive for creating innovative resilience strategies within organisations, & his detailed knowledge of physical security / safety initiatives for your key assets (people / infrastructure / information) ultimately led to him founding Workforce Resilience in 2015 & now sees him consulting to major Australian public & private sector organisations including: Optus, Queensland Health, City of Gold Coast, Brisbane City Council, Heritage Bank, Spotless, TAFE Qld, Lendlease, Southbank Corporation, Brisbane Marketing, QIC, AMP Capital, Herbert Smith Freehills and a broad portfolio of facility management and security organisations including Property Council Academy, Dexus, CBRE, Cromwell, MSS and Securecorp.
Scott’s educational qualifications include a BA, Justice Administration (Intelligence & Security) QUT, an Advanced Certificate in Policing (Griffith University) and completion of the QPS Senior Management Development Program.
The University of Queensland
Professor Lovell is Director of the Advanced Surveillance Group in the School of ITEE, UQ. He was President of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) [2008‐2010] and is Fellow of the IAPR, Senior Member of the IEEE, and a voting member for Australia on the Governing Board of the IAPR. Professor Lovell is General Co-Chair of the International Conference on Biometrics to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia, in 2018. He was General Co‐Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing in Melbourne, 2013 and Program Co‐Chair of the International Conference of Pattern Recognition in Cancun, 2016. In 2011, the Face in the Crowd recognition system developed by his research group won the IFSEC Industrial Prize for Best CCTV System (Birmingham, UK) and the APICTA Trophy for Best R&D in the Asia‐Pacific Region (Phuket, Thailand). These early systems were also demonstrated to the research community during invited presentations at CVPR2011 (Colorado Springs) and IJCB2011 (Washington). His research interests include non‐cooperative and mobile Face Recognition, Biometrics, Surveillance, Statistical Manifolds, and Pattern Recognition. In 2016 his startup company was listed as a Top 20 Homeland Security Provider by US-based Government CIO Outlook Magazine.
Business Development Manager
Ezi Security System
Since joining Chubb Australia as a mechanical engineer in 1975, Rod Acland has headed iconic internationally acclaimed security technology innovators including Wormald International, Cardkey Systems USA, Signature Security, Vangren Technology, Diebold and currently Ezi Security Systems. In every instance Rod has been at the forefront of innovation, implementing the world’s leading edge in engineered security applications to combat security threats at the highest level.
Since the bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta in 2004, Rod pioneered collaboration with Australian government security agencies, industry and academia, advancing world-leading innovations to protect lives and vital resources against terror attacks throughout Australia and internationally in the world’s most dangerous security environments. This included developing world-leading advances in extreme performance anti-ballistic and blast resistant innovations, via participation in internationally collaborated tests at Australia’s Woomera Restricted Range in S.A.
Chief Operating Officer
Highly suited to our Government, Defence, and LE portfolio, James comes to AwayDrone with over 17 Years Military Service, 12 years’ experience within Special Operations Command and a diverse variety of Operational experience in multiple theatres including Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, James served on Australia’s premier domestic Counter Terrorism response force, the Tactical Assault Group in 2010. James is currently completing his Masters Degree in Security and Terrorism Studies with CSU.
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.
International Protect and Prepare Security Office
Mr. Chris Phillips GCGI, Fellow of the Security Institute and Fellow of the Chartered International Institute of Security and Crisis Management. Senior Police Commander at sports Stadia and former Head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office responsible for the UK Crowded Places Strategy based within the Centre for the Protection of the Critical National Infrastructure. He has a vast experience of risk and crisis management, with an enviable reputation for delivery at both an operational and strategic level. Highly skilled in managing change, devising and developing appropriate solutions to organizational problems. Accomplished communicator with extremely strong public speaking skills. A highly effective leader with a proven track record of leading organizational change, managing stakeholders and developing best practice. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to direct policymakers as well as motivational skills to achieve team success. He has developed best practice across a range of business sectors. Unparalleled knowledge of the Crowded Places strategy, protection of hazardous sites, Dangerous Substances and the Critical National Infrastructure. Has well-developed contacts within Government, Police and all sections of the Security Industry He has built strong reputation overseas and has unique Global contacts. Widely respected nationally and internationally within law enforcement and Government and business. He frequently appears on National and International media commentating on Terrorism and Serious Crime issues.
Professor Clive Williams MG
Centre for Military and Security Law, The Australian National University
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).
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.
National Safety Agency
Dr. Isaac Kfir
Director, National Security Program & Head of the Counter-terrorism Policy Centre
Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Isaac Kfir joined ASPI in August 2017 as the Director of the National Security program and Head of the Counter-terrorism Policy Centre. Isaac was an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Institute for International Strategy, Tokyo International University (TIU), Japan (2016-2017). Prior to that posting, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and International Relations at Syracuse University (2009-2016) where he was also the Associate Director of the Mapping Global Insecurities Project at the Moynihan Institute for Global Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (20014-2016). Between 2014 and 2016 he was the Co-Director of the National Security and Counterterrorism Research Centre, 2014-2016 working on foreign fighters with the UN Counterterrorism Executive Directorate on Islamic radicalization. Isaac served as a Senior Researcher, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, The Interdisciplinary Centre, Herzliya, Israel; and as an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Security Studies, Raphael Recanati International School, The Interdisciplinary Centre (IDC), Herzliya, Israel. Isaac is the author and co-author of many empirical, analytical research studies that have appeared in such journals as Defense Studies, Contemporary Security Policy, Comparative Strategy,and Studies in Conflict & Terrorism on such issues as the Pakistan Taliban, the Islamic State, al-Shabaab, NATO and human security. Using his legal training, Isaac has authored legal studies on post-conflict justice, international refugee law, and national security law. These have appeared in such leading journals as the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights and the Texas Journal of Women& the Law.
Director National Security Policy, National Security College
Australia National University
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.
Dr. John Coyne
Head of Border Security
Australia Strategic Policy Institute
John comes to ASPI from the Australian Federal Police, where he worked on transnational serious organized crime, national security, and counter-terrorism. Over the last twenty years, he has been an intelligence professional at tactical, operational, and strategic levels across a range of military, regulatory, national security and law enforcement organizations. During this period he has worked extensively in the ASEAN region, delivering a range of bilateral research projects. His more recent work in this area has focused on enhancing multilateral ASEAN information exchange regarding non-traditional illicit commodity flows.
John’s Ph.D. examined strategic intelligence in law enforcement targeting transnational serious and organized crime. He has written and published on a range of border security and intelligence issues. He has been a Winston Churchill Fellow and a Vincent Fairfax Fellow.
John’s border security research interests include intelligence, private/ public sector cooperation in the border environment and integration of border security operations.
Professor Karl Roberts
Professor of Policing and Criminal Justice
Western Sydney University
Karl Roberts is a forensic psychologist and is a Professor and Chair of Policing and Criminal Justice at Western Sydney University in Sydney, Australia. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Massachusetts USA and Adjunct Professor of Pacific Policing at University of the South Pacific, Fiji.
His areas of expertise are within the field of interpersonal violence and law enforcement investigation with a focus on the behavioral assessment of offenders, investigative interviewing, negotiation by law enforcement, risk assessment, and risk management. He has done work on the risk identification and management of violent crimes such as terrorism and extremist violence, stalking and honor violence and the investigation of these crimes by law enforcement.
Karl also has an expertise in investigative interviewing by law enforcement and other agencies and has published a number of papers on this. In recent work, Karl did a threat assessment of terrorists and the role of honor in violent crime in the United States. He works closely with the law enforcement and other agencies throughout the world providing training and advice to investigations and has provided advice to well over four hundred major police investigations worldwide. He is certified as an expert witness in the UK and by the New South Wales Supreme Court.
Recently, together with colleagues from the London Metropolitan police, he published a guide for law enforcement to the investigation and management of honor-based violence, named Honor-based violence: Policing and Prevention with CRC press. In addition, he has edited a collection of academic papers on Honor-based violence with colleagues from the UK, USA, and Australia.
Working with Lorraine Sheridan, Karl developed a stalking risk identification tool for use by law enforcement and other agencies which is now the standard stalking risk tool for all United Kingdom Police forces. He is in the process of piloting this in the United States.
Luke has recently joined Hatamoto as a consultant that looks into business resilience within critical infrastructure, aviation, energy, major events, government and so on. Prior to that, Luke was 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.
Corporate Reputation Practice
A corporate reputation specialist of 20 years standing, Peter has worked with a string of internationally revered brands across all sectors, including financial services, energy, healthcare, transport, and technology. Peter affords clients a wealth of corporate communication know-how and experience from his board-level roles at the BBC and a number of globally recognized consultancies, in Australia and the UK.
Starting his career at the BBC, where he was appointed the Head of Communications for the corporation’s hugely respected News Division, Peter was exposed to a huge range of reputational issues, including terrorism, kidnapping, and governmental inquiries.
Peter left the BBC to join the world of agency, which led to his involvement in a spate of high-profile crises, including significant litigation cases, major product recalls and aviation accidents, across the globe.
Peter is the Managing Director of the Sydney-based, Corporate Reputation Practice (www.crpcomms.com), which offers clients a comprehensive approach to maintaining and utilizing their respective reputations. Peter is also a seasoned media and presentation trainer, having trained senior executives from the likes of Barclays, Intel, GE, and Emirates.
Director of Internal Oversight Services
United Nations (UNRWA) [Jordan]
Nick Kaldas is currently the Director of Internal Oversight Services (DIOS) for UNRWA, with responsibility for 4 Divisions, being Investigations, Audit, and Evaluation as well the Ethics Division. UNRWA provides human development and humanitarian services for over 5 million Palestine refugees in five Fields, being Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank. Nick represents UNRWA on a number of international committees involved in international investigations and related issues and has worked in all five fields extensively.
Nick was a Police officer in Sydney, Australia for almost 35 years, with the NSW Police Force, including serving the last nine years as the Deputy Commissioner. He relieved in the role of Commissioner extensively. NSW Police Force, is the largest in Australia, with over 20,000 staff, and a budget exceeding A$3 billion. Nick’s Police career has primarily been in major crime investigations and operations, including counter-terrorism, over a decade in leadership roles commanding Homicide investigations, armed robbery, major drug investigations, covert operations, and community policing. He held the statutory position of State Emergency Operations Controller for all of NSW (2011- 2016) and was Assistant Commissioner for Counter-terrorism and Special Tactics, and then Deputy Commissioner Specialist operations, in those roles, having responsibility for all prevention, preparedness, and response for terrorist acts in NSW. He was a member of the Australian National Counter-Terrorism Committee for some 8 years.
Nick has received a number of Police awards and medals, as well as awards from the national Government and community groups. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration and has completed many Police Executive and Leadership programs, in Australia, particularly with the FBI, and other agencies. He is Egyptian born, having migrated to Australia as a teenager, and is fluent in Arabic.