Chief Assurance Officer, Assured Digital Group 

Tarquin Folliss

Tarquin Folliss is a former senior British official with 30+ years in government service in the field of national security.  He served in Jakarta, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Basra and Canberra, focusing primarily on counter-terrorism.  In his last official post he was also involved in promoting the UK’s cyber vision in the Asia Pacific region.

Tarquin left government service in 2013 and took up appointments with commercial companies involved in cyber.  In April 2016 he was appointed Chief Assurance Officer for ADG, a UK company providing assured cloud platforms for government and enterprise sectors, including in Australia.  He is also a managing partner in Othrys, a discreet consultancy providing strategic advice to governments and enterprises on security and intelligence strategy; and on the board of XQ Cyber, a UK company enabling organisations and enterprises to understand better their digital vulnerability.  

Tarquin has wide operational intelligence experience, especially in fusion, collaboration and delivering effects.  He retains a keen interest in human nature and how that impacts on technology.

He has an MA in History from Trinity College, Dublin and served in the British Army from 1981-86.



Rory MedcalfHead of College, National Security College

Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University since January 2015. His professional background involves almost three decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence, think tanks and journalism, including as inaugural Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute.

In government, Professor Medcalf worked as a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments, Canberra's peak intelligence analysis agency. He was also an Australian diplomat, with wide experience including a posting to New Delhi, a secondment to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, truce monitoring after the civil conflict in Bougainville and policy development on Asian security institutions. He has contributed to three landmark reports on nuclear arms control: the 1996 Canberra Commission, 1999 Tokyo Forum and 2009 International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.

Professor Medcalf has been prominent in developing Australia's ties with India. He has been Associate Director of the Australia-India Institute and Senior Research Fellow in Indian Strategic Affairs at the University of New South Wales. He is the founding convener and co-chair of the Australia-India Policy Forum, an influential informal dialogue. He was also founding Australian convener of the Australia-France Strategic Dialogue and the Australia-UK Asia Dialogue.Professor Medcalf was a member of the expert panel providing independent advice on the Australian Government's 2016 Defence White Paper. He was an early proponent of the Indo-Pacific concept of the Asian strategic environment. He also researches Australia’s security challenges, Indian security, China-India relations, and maritime and nuclear stability in the Indo-Pacific, on which he has secured major grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Nuclear Threat Initiative. In 2017, he was appointed by the Australian Government to the ASEAN Regional Forum register of expert and eminent persons.


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