Invited Speakers

Prof John Blaxland

Professor of International Security & Intelligence Studies Director
Australian National University

Prof John BlaxlandJohn Blaxland is Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies, Director of the ANU Southeast Asia Institute and Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU, overseeing its three degree programs. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales. In addition, he is a member of the ANU Academic Board as well as the Australian Army Journal editorial board and an occasional commentator in the media. He is a US Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative grant recipient.

John holds a PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MA in History from ANU and a BA (Hons 1) from UNSW. He is a graduate of the Royal Thai Army Command & Staff College (dux, foreign students) and the Royal Military College, Duntroon (Blamey Scholar). He has extensive experience in the intelligence community including as the principal intelligence staff officer for the Australian brigade in East Timor in September 1999, as an intelligence exchange officer in Washington DC, as Director Joint Intelligence Operations (J2), at Headquarters Joint Operations Command (2006/7) and as a lead author of the three-volume history of ASIO. In addition he was Australia’s Defence Attaché to Thailand and Myanmar. He teaches “Honeypots and Overcoats: Australian Intelligence in the World” and supervises a number of students undertaking higher degrees by research.

His publications and research interests concern intelligence and the security arms of government, Australian military history and strategy, defence studies, military operations (including East Timor, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan); international relations, notably on South-east Asia (Thailand, Myanmar, Timor Leste, Indonesia, South China Sea) and North America, (Canada/United States).

Asanga Lokusooriya

Victoria Police BlueConnect Program Delivery Partner
Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Lokusooriya AsangaAsanga is a Director at PwC and has over 25 years of experience delivering large scale transformation programs for Australian and international organisations. He has extensively worked on building mission critical and analytical systems. Asanga's experience expand across multiple industry sectors delivering consulting services, software solutions as well as holding several senior corporate positions. Over the recent years he has been overseeing the Intelligence Management and the Mobility Program at Victoria Police in the capacity of the Delivery Partner for PwC. 

Sal Perna 

Racing Integrity Commissioner

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Sal’s professional career spans 45 years of fighting crime and corruption in one capacity or another. He was appointed as Victoria’s inaugural Racing Integrity Commissioner on March 1st 2010. Reporting to Parliament, he is responsible for providing independent oversight of integrity in the State’s multi-billion dollar racing industry and had his appointed extended by both political parties a total of three times .

Prior to this appointment, Sal was the founder and Managing Director of Calibre International Pty Ltd, established July 2007 providing corporate consultancy service in areas such as leadership training, coaching, mentoring, staff selection, business planning, issue and incident analysis and specialising in security risk, anti-corruption, development of professional standards and the conduct of major and complex investigation/reviews.

His corporate background includes senior executive roles heading two of Australia’s largest corporate security and investigation groups, firstly at Australia Post and then at Telstra, making him responsible for the national operations of teams whose role was to provide strategic and tactical corporate security/risk management and protecting the brand, business, staff and infrastructure of the country’s largest postal and telecommunication companies.

Prior to his corporate appointments, Sal was a Commissioned Officer of the Victoria Police, achieving the rank of Detective Inspector, and holding the position of Officer In Charge, Crime Courses Unit. His 20-year police career included everything from undercover duties to the extradition of the ‘Nuclear Warrior’ from Los Angeles. He was commended on four occasions, awarded the National Medal in 1990, the Police Service Medal in 2014 and twice served as a member of the Homicide Squad.

Bryan Roach

Crime Stoppers International

Roach BryanBryan was elected President Crime Stoppers International (headquartered in The Netherlands) in October 2016 following four years serving as a non-executive Director.  He is the immediate past Chairman of both Crime Stoppers Australia (five years) and Crime Stoppers Australian Capital Territory (10 years).  These Programs are not-for-profit charities and Bryan’s commitment to Crime Stoppers has been voluntary since January 2007.

All Crime Stoppers Programs comprise community members and Senior law-enforcement representatives that represent and operate in the interests of the respective international, national, and State and Territory jurisdictions with responsibility for contributing to safer communities.

Crime Stoppers cooperates with Police, other law enforcement agencies and the media through the coordination and implementation of campaigns and other initiatives that seek public support in reporting fugitives, and those people suspected of committing a crime or engaging in any criminal activity.  It relies on members of the public to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously, either on-line or by phone, whenever they have information that may help stop, solve or prevent criminal activity.

In his professional capacity, Bryan is Management Consultant with KPMG Australia with direct responsibility for managing client engagements and business development specialising in Defence and National Security.  He is a former Australian Army Officer having served primarily in Cavalry and Tank Regiments, as the UN Liaison Officer to the Israeli Defence Force on the Golan Heights in 1991 and as the Assistant Defence Adviser to New Zealand in 1998-99 before retiring in 2001 following 25 years of military service.  He holds a Master of Business Administration and is a Member of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.


Plenary Speakers

Steve Bennett

Director, Global Government Practice

Steve BennetAs the Global Government Practice lead, Steve Bennett drives strategic industry positioning and messaging in global Government markets. A thought leader in decision science and the application of analytics in Government, Steve works to ensure that analytics solutions at SAS deliver maximum value for governments and their citizens around the world.

Prior to SAS, Steve held a number of leadership positions during his 12 years in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Following the events of September 11th 2001, Steve led the design and application of quantitative analysis to inform some of the United States’ most challenging security decisions, most recently as the Director of the National Biosurveillance Integration Center. Over the course of his career in Government, he led diverse teams to provide analytic decision support to senior officials in the White House and across the U.S. Government Executive Branch. Ultimately, Steve has a passion for improving Government decision making, and pursues better organization, management, and understanding of Government data as critical to that endeavor.

Steve holds a doctorate in Computational Biochemistry from Stanford, as well as undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Caltech, and has authored a number of publications. When not supporting improved analytics in Government, he is coaching youth soccer, leading children’s ministry at church, or building something in his workshop.

Dr John Coyne

Head of Border Security Program
Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Dr John CoyneJohn comes to ASPI from the Australian Federal Police, where he worked on transnational serious organised 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 organisations. 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 Phd examined strategic intelligence in law enforcement targeting transnational serious and organised 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.

Katrina Harrison

Harrison KatrinaKatrina Harrison has been an AIPIO Board Member since 2015. During this time she has held positions within Strategy and Planning, Secretariat and Secretary. Katrina is the Principal Intelligence Analyst within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Victoria.




Dr Phil Kowalick


Dr Phil KowalickPhil is one of Australia’s preeminent thought leaders in law enforcement, intelligence and national security. For over 34 years in the Australian Federal Police, he played a key role in many of Australia’s most important law enforcement programs and initiatives. He established multiagency intelligence capabilities in Australia’s major airports; designed arrangements to set and manage Australia’s counter terrorism priorities in the Counter Terrorism Control Centre; was instrumental in developing the Australian Criminal Intelligence Model; the strategic organisational design of the Australian Border Force; the Australian Federal Police, International Engagement 2020 and beyond; and the National Plan to Combat Cybercrime. Phil is the President of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers and a member of the School of Justice Advisory Committee at the Queensland University of Technology.

Dr Anthea McCarthy-Jones


McCarthy Jones AntheaDr Anthea McCarthy-Jones is a lecturer is the School of Business at UNSW Canberra. Anthea has extensive fieldwork experience in Latin America. Her research focuses on dark networks and organised crime in the Asia Pacific, and linkages between Latin America, Asia and Australia.



Elaine Ogden


Elaine OgdenElaine Ogden is currently employed by the National Measurement Institute (NMI), a division of the Department of Industry Innovation and Science. Elaine is on secondment to the Office of the CEO to manage the program of work under the NMI Strategic Roadmap Project. This work incorporates implementation of review recommendations. Her substantive role is Section Manager responsible for: Compliance & Enforcement, Program Governance & Projects, Trade Measurement Licensing, Stakeholder Relations (Stakeholder Engagement, Communications & Media).

Previously Elaine worked with the Attorney General's Department in a number of roles progressing her experience through: IT project management and governance, stakeholder engagement, audit, policy, operational task force management (serious organised crime), business process and systems improvement, including working with partners on capability development projects to develop analytical tools and capabilities.

Prior to that Elaine worked with Australian Customs as an officer, trainer, Intelligence systems manager, international and domestic liaison manager and Investigator. Elaine is an advocate for professional development and for collaborative approaches being used to address the challenges faced by government agencies.

Her professional interests include coaching and professional development, promoting good governance and strategic approaches, using professional expertise, tools and technology to enhance capabilities. She has a keen interest in building and promoting intelligence capabilities and is a member of the AIPIO Board.


Concurrent Speakers

Dhafir Al Shammery

Sydney Academy

Al Shammery DhafirDhafir is a mathematical and intelligence/security analyst and a graduate of Macquarie University with a Master of Policing, Intelligence & Counter Terrorism degree. Having worked for over 20 years in the private security sector providing security solutions, incident predictability analysis and threat assessment to many high-profile clients and successfully won multi-million dollars tenders of some of the highest profile security contracts of Shopping Malls, Construction, Security Equipment and Department of Defence properties.

Dhafir is a regular guest and analyst of the SBS Arabic radio on National Security, Radicalisation, and Counter Terrorism issues.
Dhafir became a HIM (Human Investigation Management) Trainer after joining HIM program in 2016 where he developed HIM skill set. Since then, Dhafir has continued to conduct workshops and seminars for a diverse group of professionals from various fields.

P. J. Andrew

Advisory Services

Andrew PPJ’s public service commenced at a young age, with mandatory military national service in Singapore. He was among the top 10% of recruits during Basic Military Training in his batch, and was selected to attend Officer Cadet School (OCS). At OCS he was one of two officer cadets appointed for further specialized training with the Air force as Air Defense Officer (ADO). While serving as ADO, he led his team to win the best Air Defense Unit National award. On achieving success at the rigorous national readiness competition, he was invited to serve as a career officer and appointed as Deputy Head of Operations as well as Head of Intelligence in his unit. Subsequently, he was seconded as the Deputy Organizing Secretary for Singapore’s Annual National Day celebrations. On the successful organisation of the National Celebrations, he was invited to serve at the Air Intelligence Department (AID).

At AID he held numerous classified appointments and was subsequently selected to attend the Singapore Command and Staff College. On his return to AID, the world was faced with the 9/11 terror attacks and he was appointed to Head a National Intelligence Response Center. His ability to “joint dots” and accuracy in “intelligence analysis” resulted in the request that he concurrently lead a team in developing Artificial Intelligence capabilities. His successful security and intelligence initiatives drew attention at the Security and Intelligence Division (SID), Singapore’s external intelligence agency. While serving at SID he was invited to represent Singapore as a diplomat in Singapore’s largest embassy in a key nation. His success in enhancing bilateral relations as a diplomat resulted in the host country submitting a unique historical diplomatic request for the extension of his service as a diplomat. Singapore and PJ were honored to accept the request in the spirit of diplomacy and to enhance bilateral and multi-lateral relationships.

He has developed a keen insight and in-depth proprietary thought into intelligence strategies and diplomacy processes. He received many accolades throughout his decades of dedicated national and international service for his sincere and practical approach, which includes the President of Singapore’s National Appreciation Award. He is always active in voluntary and social work both in private and official capacity. In his private capacity he is passionate in assisting the less fortunate. In official capacity, he participated in international Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations in response to tsunamis, earthquakes and air/sea accidents.

Beulah Davies

Intelligence Analyst
Crime and Corruption Commission

Beulah Davies DSC 0101Beulah is an accredited consultant in the Extended DISC Behavioural Profiling Tool and has over a decades’ experience working as an intelligence practitioner within law enforcement. She is currently working at the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission, and has assisted with numerous drug trafficking, networked paedophilia and corruption investigations.

Beulah is passionate about using the science of behavioural profiling to maximise team performance and investigative outcomes. She began formalising her knowledge of human psychology in 2005 when she completed a Degree in Criminology majoring in Human Behaviour, and is also a professionally trained human behaviour and performance coach.

Michael Davies

Solutions Consultant, APAC

Davies MichaelMichael Davies is an experienced solutions consultant working in the computer security and software industry across government and private sectors. His expertise is in internal investigations, information security, system administration, and endpoint security. Michael is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and holds a GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC). He graduated from the University of Canberra (UC) and the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).


Brendan Dunstone

Brendan is a member of the EvE-Online community where he engages in both covert and overt intelligence activities across various languages. These activities include the development of infiltration techniques, behavioural analysis and cultivation of individuals within hostile groups.

Richard de Rozario

University of Melbourne

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Tim van Gelder

Enterprise Fellow
University of Melbourne

van Gelder TimTim van Gelder is currently an Enterprise Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and a Principal Investigator in the SWARM Project. He is an applied epistemologist and has done considerable work on critical thinking with a focus on structured reasoning, including development of tools for argument mapping such as Rationale. From time to time this has involved working with various parts of the intelligence community. He blogs (sporadically) at and tweets @timvangelder.


Dan Kennedy

Managing Consultant

Kennedy Dan

Dan is a managing consultant at Context Information Security specialising in technical security assurance, evaluation & penetration testing services in the APAC region. Dan has spent over a decade operating in computer-network administration, defensive and exploitation operational roles. Supporting and mentoring organisations of all shapes and sizes in realising their security potential as well as their vulnerabilities.


Karan Khosla

Head of Technical Assurance

Khosla KaranKaran Khosla is a Director at Privasec , a premium Australian Security Consulting Firm and PCI QSA Company. As the Head of Technical Assurance, he provides expert information security consultation services to mid-market and enterprise companies within the Retail, Health FSI and other industry verticals. Karan holds many certifications, some of which includes OSCP, CISSP, ISO 27001:2013 Lead Auditor, PCI DSS QSA, as well as a Masters in Information Technology.


Dr Kevin Korb

Monash University - BARD Project

Korb KevinKevin Korb is a Reader in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. He specialises in the theory and practice of causal discovery of Bayesian networks (aka data mining with BNs), machine learning, evaluation theory, the philosophy of scientific method, and informal logic.

Kevin has done research and teaching on Bayesian network technology, causal discovery, evaluation theory, informal logic and the philosophy of science since 1992, when he received his PhD in Philosophy of Science from Indiana University

Anooshe Mushtaq

Founder and Director
Raqib Taskforce

Mushtaq AnoosheAnooshe is a first generation Australian Muslim of Pakistani origin. She migrated to Australia as a young teenager. Anooshe is a consultant and social commentator on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Islamic State’s online propaganda. She is a regular guest presenter at the Australian National University’s National Security College courses on CVE and Counter Terrorism. Anooshe is a Lead Consultant to members of the Australian Government’s Countering Violent Extremism Services Panel. Anooshe is an adviser to Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) in online counter narratives, Research Associate in Countering Violent Extremism at the Australian Security Research Centre (ASRC), and an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO). Anooshe founded the Raqib Taskforce, a grassroots Muslim-led organisation that seeks to empower Muslim youth. Raqib is developing social inclusion and positive counter narratives to debunk hate speech and extreme messages which exists in the public domain.

Mervyn Ng

Forensics Specialist
AIPIO Member

Ng MervynMervyn is a Forensic specialist in the Cybersecurity and Information Management Branch for a government agency and a Captain in the Army Reserves. He is a current Research student at the Queensland University of Technology for automated forensic triage processes and holds some certifications, including one which claims that he should know what he's doing when working on a mobile phone. As passionate member of AIPIO he has held regional representative and board roles in AIPIO, teaching and mentoring students.

Prof Ann Nicholson

Chief Investigator
Monash University - BARD Project

Nicholson AnnAnn Nicholson is a Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. After completing her BSc (Hons) and MSc in Computer Science at the University of Melbourne, she was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, where she did her doctorate in the Robotics Research Group. After completing a post-doc at Brown University, she returned to Australia to take up a lecturing position position at Monash.

Prof. Nicholson researches in the broad areas of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. She is a leading international researcher in Bayesian networks, now the dominant technology for probabilistic causal modelling in intelligent systems. She has applied Bayesian Network technology to problem-solving in many domains including meteorology, epidemiology, medicine, education and environmental science.

Frank Scammell

Principal Intelligence Officer
Victorian Fisheries Authority

Frank Scammell

Frank Scammell worked for 42 years with Victoria Police, 26 of those years as an intelligence Practitioner, Intelligence Trainer and Intelligence Manager. Frank has worked in many units in Victoria Police including the Bureau of Criminal Intelligence, Organised Crime Squad, Homicide Squad, Task Force Lorimer, State Intelligence Division, Commonwealth Games Intelligence Office and the Security and Organised Crime Intelligence Unit. Most of his work as an Intelligence Practitioner and Manager was focused on organised crime. 

Frank has lectured on intelligence practice extensively in Victoria Police and interstate and was also afforded the opportunity to examine intelligence structures for major events overseas. He has presented at forums and training courses internationally, in China, Indonesia, Singapore and Bangladesh. 

Frank left Victoria Police in November 2015 and since then continued his passion for intelligence work as the Principal Intelligence Officer for the Victorian Fisheries Authority. Frank's qualifications include Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Diploma of Workplace Coaching and Mentoring.

He was awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM) in the 2008 Australia Day Honours.

John M Schmidt


John SchmidtFounder of CANSYNTH, John practices and promotes the discipline of Synthesis in areas including foresight, strategic intelligence, strategic planning, organizational development, risk, and counter-terrorist resourcing. John retired in mid-2015 from FINTRAC (Canada’s FIU), where he had been since 2000, first as Manager, Planning, then as part of a small strategic intelligence team. Between 2006 and 2011, John was seconded to Canada’s Integrated Threat (now Terrorism) Assessment Centre, producing a major study and model of terrorist resourcing. Subsequently, John became FINTRAC’s Team Leader, Strategic Research and Analysis. John has BSc and MSc degrees in Psychology from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Rajiv Shah

Managing Director
MDR Security

Shah RajivRajiv Shah has an over 20 year career in the cyber, intelligence and security business, including senior leadership roles with BAE Systems and BT. He now focusses on growing capacity and capability, working with government and industry to build effective and mutually beneficial partnerships.

Rajiv’s experience includes working with clients in the UK, USA and Australia, across the full project lifecycle – from business analysis and design through development and into implementation and operation. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and contributor to industry publications.

Before joining the commercial world, Rajiv completed a PhD in computational physics and retains a keen interest in mathematics and science.

Jane Spicer

Manager, Risk Assessments

Spicer JaneJane joined AUSTRAC as Manager, Risk Assessments in February 2016. She is part of a small team which developed a new methodology for assessing money laundering and terrorism financing risks and implemented innovative ways of collaborating with industry. Prior to this, Jane posted as the inaugural First Secretary Defence to the Australian High Commission in New Delhi for two years. Jane was previously Assistant Director at the Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO), where she led a strategic intelligence team supporting ADF operations and deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to joining Defence in 2008, Jane held several roles in the private sector.

Craig Thornton

Detective Inspector
Victoria Police

Thornton CraigCraig Thornton joined Victoria Police in 1989 and is the Detective Inspector in charge of the Special Projects Unit managing communications interception. He has recently spent extended periods as the Acting Superintendent in charge of both the State Intelligence and the Covert Services Divisions, with responsibilities including human source management, undercover operative deployment, witness protection and organised crime intelligence.

Craig has previously held roles as a detective at the Crime Department investigating serious crime, and as an intelligence practitioner in organised crime, armed robbery and homicide investigation units. Craig established the intelligence functions of the Victorian coercive powers body, the Office of Chief Examiner (OCE), supporting investigations into organised crime and the “gangland” murders. Craig spent time in a number of other roles with Victoria Police including projects and managing the Civil Law Division before returning to the intelligence field.

Craig has been a member of AIPIO since 2007 and presented at the 2007 AIPIO National Conference on the contribution of intelligence to the successful Lorimer Taskforce investigation into the murders of two Victoria Police officers in 1998. Craig was a member of that taskforce for its full duration of four and a half years and was recognised for exemplary service during that investigation with a Chief Commissioner’s Commendation. Craig has a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and regularly lectures at the Victoria Police Intelligence Training Program.

Augusto Verzosa


Verzosa AugustoAugusto (Gus/Toti) Verzosa is a highly-experienced operations, ICT & intelligence professional who has successfully provided consulting services to Australian Commonwealth departments and agencies since 2004. Gus is currently Senior Software Engineering Manager & Development Practice Lead for the Financial Crimes Portfolio at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. This portfolio focuses on anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML-CTF). Gus has developed an AML-CTF typology- and risk-based method for data management of BI and analytics which utilizes semantic computing and other computational methods.

Gus Verzosa has personally developed the following analytic models in his R&D business, Talinot: "Threat Analytics Model/TAM” which provides off-shelf, customizable content for counter-terrorism, crime prevention, and general threat analysis and prediction; and analytics models for air traffic management, risk management, and economic productivity. These models combine an enterprise data warehouse, business intelligence, and analytics in a unified federated architecture and platform and can be implemented in any set of tools.

Gus has written and published 3 books on counterterrorism, analytics and ICT management. His presentations on his Counter-Terrorism Analytics Model at 2 conferences in Canberra were well-attended and well-received by representatives of the AFP, Defence, DIBP, Austrac, the ATO, the Red Cross, the French Government, the Philippine Government, and other Australian Commonwealth and State departments and agencies. His papers have been referenced by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) - a centre of expertise in ICT business intelligence, labour market research, policy development and workforce solutions that enables industries to maintain a competitive advantage in a global market and develops Canada’s future skilled and innovative talent.

Michael West

Deployment Specialist

West MichaelMichael West is a Deployment Specialist in Palantir's Australian team. He works on collaborative product development and user engagement with several of Palantir's partners in the national intelligence community.