Global Speakers


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.


Skeeve Stevens

Chief Futurist

Future Sumo


Brian Lee (invited)

General Manager - Security & Surveillance

Crown Perth


Andrew Macfarlane

Venue Security Operation Coordinator

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation

Andrew is a veteran of South East Asian regional security affairs having lived offshore in various countries and is currently based out of Malaysia. In Andrew’s previous life, he worked as a Police Officer for over twenty years in the New South Wales Police Force with secondments to the New South Wales Crime Commission, National Crime Authority and the Australia Federal Police. With areas of expertise in transnational major crime investigations, counter-terrorist operations including hostage negotiations and tactical roles, Andrew has provided specialized security advice and management of global blue chip companies in Oil and Gas, Aviation and Hotels/Resorts. Additionally, he has held roles in protective security for high net worth individuals in the Middle East, Asia, China, and Australasia. Andrew’s intimate knowledge of the current challenges in Australia’s immediate sphere of influence gives his client’s a unique advantage as to the risk and hazards of evolving Asia.


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.


Chris Phillips

Managing Director

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).


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.


Des Bahr


National Safety Agency


Dr. Isaac Kfir

Director, National Security Program & Head

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.


Jacinta Carroll (invited)

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.


Jill McCracken

Tournament Safety and Security Director

England and Wales Cricket Board Limited

Jill served as police officer for over 27 years, spending the latter part of her career working on major national and international sporting and music events.

Jill spent several years as the National Police Debrief Co-ordinator and Operational Planning Lead at The College of Policing where she redesigned and delivered the National Police Operational Planning course and provided peer reviews and structured debriefing for a range of police forces and agencies following events of national significance. She also helped to design and deliver the “blue light” Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) training which aimed to improve communication and coordination between the emergency services during major incidents, following the 7/7 terror attacks in London.

Jill held unique national operational co-ordination roles on behalf of the Police Service for the Olympic and Paralympic Games held in London in 2012, as well as for the Olympic Torch Relay, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

In August 2016, Jill joined the ECB as the Tournament Safety and Security Director, responsible for delivering the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017, and the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019. Her remit extends to team and match official security, hotel and route security and stadium security liaison. She successfully delivered both global events in 2017 without disruption, despite the challenges presented by the Manchester and London terrorist attacks, when the United Kingdom threat level rose to the highest level of Critical.


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


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Peter Roberts

Managing Director

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 (, 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.


Nick Kaldas

Director of Internal Oversight Services

United Nations (UNRWA) [Jordan]