Scott Ainslie

Managing Director

Sycon Security Consultants

Scott AinslieScott has served in a wide variety of roles across a career distinguished by the breadth and depth of his exposure to the cybersecurity threat landscape. His approach reflects extensive experience in the physical, personnel and logical security domains.  His use of intelligence-based threat and risk management approaches underscore his success record in understanding cybersecurity and associated critical infrastructure vulnerabilities.  His personable approach and demeanour provide an ideal platform for collaboration and negotiation environments.

Scott has a degree in Criminology from CSU and a Masters in Cybersecurity, Strategy and Diplomacy from UNSW.  He is currently undertaking graduate research for a PhD in cybersecurity with the University of Melbourne. He is a member of multiple security, risk, intelligence, and cybersecurity-related organisations.  This active membership provides an ideal platform for empowering outreach from a broad global community of cybersecurity practitioners


Shannon Armstrong

Intelo Training Solutions

Shannon ArmstrongShannon Armstrong is a career Intelligence analyst, leader and trainer with 25 years’ experience that spans law enforcement, security intelligence and defence spectrums. Shannon has real-world intelligence delivery and leadership experience in high-pressure, active counter-terrorism and threat to life investigations where his assessments have informed critical operational decision making. As a trainer, Shannon developed the analytical competencies and assessment framework used to shape the next generation of intelligence analysts. Shannon has lectured widely across Australia, and internationally on a variety of intelligence and incident management - related topics and held a position on the Board of Management of the Australian Institute of Professional lntelligence Officers (AIPIO) for five consecutive years (2010-2015). Between 2011 and 2015 Shannon was the Intelligence Capability Advisor to the Australian and New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee, responsible for the national training and professional development of Australia’s CT Intelligence Response capabilities – the Joint Intelligence Group. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Education, a Masters in Terrorism Safety and Security and post graduate qualifications in Adult Vocational Training. In 2017 he was awarded the AIPIO individual award for his 'distinguished contribution to the lntelligence Profession'.


Stephen Beaumont AM

Stephen BeaumontStephen Beaumont has recently retired from full time military service after 35 years as a professional intelligence officer.  He has served in a wide range of intelligence appointments, including S2 of the Ist Brigade, Commanding Officer of the 1st Intelligence Battalion, J2 of the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, and J25 of HQ Joint Operations Command.  Stephen served as Defence Attache Seoul, and was involved in Armistice Commission investigations of the North Korean sinking of ROK Ship Cheonan and the shelling of Yeongpyong Do. Stephen travelled to Pyongyang several times during this appointment in efforts to negotiate with the Korean People's Army the repatriation of remains of missing Australian Korean War servicemen.  Stephen has deployed as an intelligence officer to operations in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. Stephen's most recent appointments as Director General Weapons and Technical Intelligence, DIO, Director General ISREW and Cyber and Head of Corps Australian Intelligence Corps, placed him at the heart of contemporary intelligence workforce and capability issues for Defence, making him an ideal contributor to the conference.


Dr Narelle Beer

Executive Director, Health and Safety
Worksafe Victoria

Dr Narelle BeerDr Narelle Beer has more than 35 years’ experience serving the community, ensuring public safety and growing organisational legitimacy. Understanding the importance of working with stakeholders through authentic and meaningful partnerships, Narelle delivers prevention, engagement and innovation through contemporary and collaborative leadership to drive harm reduction strategies and enhance safety.  In November, 2021, Narelle commenced in her current role as the Executive Director, Health and Safety, WorkSafe. Enhancing workplace safety and embedding harm reduction processes, opportunities and strategies through engagement, education, compliance and enforcement, WorkSafe (as the Victorian Regulator) reduces harm whilst improving outcomes for injured workers.

Prior to commencing at WorkSafe, Narelle spent three+ years working as the Assistant Commissioner, Regional and Remote Operations, Northern Territory Police. This portfolio was responsible for all operational responses for the Northern Territory (excluding Darwin, but including coastal regions) being one of the largest and most remote police service area's in Australia.

A member of Victoria Police for over 30 years, Narelle’s last position was Superintendent attached to the Western Region - Operations Support. In Victoria Police, Narelle worked in most aspects of policing including General Duties, Criminal Investigation, Corruption Investigation, Collision Investigation, Education, and Corporate Management/Policy Departments. With a passion for and a commitment to ethics and Integrity, Narelle managed and led a number of Taskforces into corruption within Victoria Police.

In 2008, Narelle was awarded the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship for Ethical Leadership presented by the St James Ethics Centre. Narelle has also been awarded a number of Scholarships which have enabled her to travel to the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and the United States to study Ethics in Policing. Narelle was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2013 and travelled to the United Kingdom and the United States to undertake specialist training and corruption investigations.


Jil Blyth

Manager Te Whakaara, Te Whakaara | The Open Source Hub
New Zealand Police

Jil BlythKia ora! Jil is from New Zealand Police where she manages a unique, all-of-government coworking space and training programme for staff who manage, collect, and analyse open source information. Her background is in information technology & information management and prior to working for Police, spent over 10 years working for national museums in all things online.  She is currently completing a Master’s degree in International Security at Massey University.


Sally Capp

Lord Mayor

City Of Melbourne

Preferred Sally Capp headshotSally Capp was re-elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne in October 2020 after having previously been elected in May 2018 and is the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor. Sally’s top priority is bringing the buzz back to Melbourne and driving the city’s economic recovery following the devastation caused by the COVID pandemic. Sally is committed to helping rough sleepers get more support and a pathway into secure housing, and ensuring Melbourne remains a global leader in environmental sustainability.

Sally was the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. She has also served as the CEO for the Committee for Melbourne and Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia. A passionate Collingwood Football Club supporter, in 2004 Sally made history as the first female board member of Collingwood Football Club. Sally began her career as a Solicitor, after completing Law (Hons) and Commerce degrees at the University of Melbourne. She has held senior roles at both KPMG and ANZ, and co-founded a small business which she took to the ASX. She is involved in a number of charities, currently sitting on the board of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, the Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation and the Melbourne University Faculty of Business and Economics.


Zoe Chenier-Hinde

Law Enforcement Partnerships Manager


Zoe Chenier HindeZoe Chenier - Hinde worked as an Intelligence analyst for Victoria Police from 2018 to 2021, spending time in real-time, operational and strategic units. After leaving Victoria Police Zoe went to Emergency Management Victoria as a Lead Intelligence Officer, overseeing the day-to-day intelligence operations of the state emergency sector as well as long term strategic development. After leaving the public sector, Zoe joined Auror as the first Law Enforcement Partnerships Manager for Australia. Auror is focused on the power of partnership and collaboration to drive real results on a global scale, helping retailers report, prevent and solve crime in stores. Focusing on police engagement and relationship development, Zoe oversees the expansion of Auror’s partnership with state and local police across Australia.

Zoe holds a Bachelor of Criminology from Deakin University, a Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University, and a Diploma of Police Intelligence Practice. Zoe is currently completing a Master of Intelligence through Macquarie University.


Owen Cooper

Senior Advisor, National Security College Futures Hub 

The Australian National University

Owen CooperAs a Senior Advisor in the Futures Hub at ANU’s National Security College, Owen helps government departments and officials think about and plan for the future, through facilitated workshops, serious games, training programs, advice and research. Prior to joining the NSC, Owen spent 14 years in intelligence analysis and tradecraft roles at the Department of Defence. He led methodology advice and support to the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and deployed to Timor-Leste in support of peacekeeping operations in 2010. Owen holds a BA in Communications, a BA(Hons) in History, an MA in Strategy and Management and a Certificate in Intelligence Studies from the US National Intelligence University.


Torren Dimovski

Senior Intelligence Analyst

Counter Terrorism Command, Fixated Threat Assessment Centre, Victoria Police

Torren DIimovskiTorren is a Senior Intelligence Analyst at the Victorian Fixated Threat Assessment Centre. Torren has worked at Counter Terrorism Command, Victoria Police since 2018 and is part of an Intelligence team that supports operations and conducts strategic analysis of emerging threats to the national security environment.




Louise Douglas-Major

Intelligence Manager
NSW Crime Commission

Louise Douglas MajorLouise Douglas-Major has worked in various intelligence roles within the NSW Crime Commission for more than 15 years, including as an intelligence manager for the last ten years. Louise has specialised in the investigation of money laundering offences, but also has extensive experience in the investigation of serious drug offences, fraud, and a range of other matters. Throughout her career, Louise has worked in partnership with different law enforcement and regulatory agencies and is always looking for ways in which joint agency investigations can be improved.

Most recently, Louise led the Crime Commission’s contribution to the NSW Inquiry into the allegation that there is widespread money laundering through electronic gaming machines.


Mark Evans OBE

Deputy Chief Executive: Insights and Deployment,
New Zealand Police

mark evans 2020Mark has been a member of the Police Executive since 2011. In 2014 he was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Strategy, in 2018 as Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery, and in October 2020 moved into the role of Deputy Chief Executive Insights and Deployment. As head of Insights and Deployment, Mark is responsible for several key areas including Policy and Partnerships, Ministerial Services, Intelligence, Evidence Based Policing and Critical Command Information/Deployment. Additionally, the post includes executive leadership of a number of functions focused on lifting performance including Tasking and Co-ordination and problem solving.

Mark is Vice President of ANZSEBP, a member of the Global Advisory Board for Policing Insight, a member of the World Class Policing Awards Judging Panel and a fellow of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management. Before coming to New Zealand in 2007,  he was Director of Analytical Services for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Mark earned an OBE for services to policing in 2006. He is a frequent contributor to international intelligence teaching and training.


Dr Tracey Green

Chief Executive Officer

Australia New Zealand Policing Agency (ANZPAA)

Dr Tracey GreenDr Tracey Green is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA), commencing in November 2021. Tracey has 22 years police experience as a sworn officer in the UK and her areas of expertise include serious and serial criminal investigation, in particular homicide, drug and police corruption. As a strong advocate of policing and police education, Tracey has a proven commitment to domestic and international collaboration with police and law enforcement agencies, ensuring education and research are operationally relevant and aligned to policing needs. She joined ANZPAA from Charles Sturt University where she was the Executive Dean, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences.


Helen Glazebrook

Senior Specialist Intelligence Analyst 

Australian Government

Helen GlazebrookHelen is a long-standing member of AIPIO and has worked across a range of agencies in law enforcement, national security, transport security and corrections intelligence over the last 25 years after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies at Queensland University of Technology.

Helen currently works for the Australian Government as a Senior Intelligence Analyst and has recently been awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to investigate international best practice in corrections intelligence after completing a secondment with Queensland Corrective Services where she conducted a review of their intelligence capability and capacity. Helen is honoured to have been awarded the Churchill Fellowship and will provide the conference with a summary of her findings.


Michael Hickey MAIPIO

Michael HickeyMichael is Assistant Director, Compliance & Enforcement at the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), Victoria’s regulator of the building and plumbing industry, where he has held various compliance and enforcement related roles over period of more than 12 years. Michael is responsible for leading the Practitioner Intelligence Team, Investigations Team and the collection of Victoria’s statutory building activity data and building permit levies.  In 2014, he was tasked with establishing the organisations new Practitioner Intelligence Team.  Today, it is central to the industry regulators compliance activities, with a growing reliance on data, analysis and generation of actionable insights to address regulatory risk and inform enforcement activities, organisational decision making and support the achievement of strategic outcomes.

Before relocating to Australia, Michael had a varied past in the UK, primarily as an Analyst in the private sector and Data Manager in national projects at the Department of Health (UK), along with a stint in the dot com boom in London, during the late 1990s and website development in the not-for-profit sector. Michael has completed the ANACAPA Criminal Intelligence Analysis course, in addition to possessing a master’s degree in Intelligence Analysis (Charles Sturt University, Australia), master’s degree in Computer Science (Newcastle University, UK) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Internal Auditing (Institute of Internal Auditors, Australia).


Major General (Retired) Ben Kite OBE

Senior Executive Leader in Defence, Intelligence, Cyber, Security and Resilience

Ben KiteBen Kite was commissioned into the British Army’s Intelligence Corps in 1990, retiring in April 2022 as a Major General in April 2022. During his thirty-two year career he worked on intelligence, Security and Cyber issues both in the UK as well on deployments to Germany, the United States, Belize, Bosnia, Kosovo, South Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. His last role was as Director Intelligence Interoperability in Defence Intelligence where he led the creation and implementation of Defence’s first Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance strategy and managed International Intelligence engagement and interoperability with the single services.   Ben is currently working as a Defence, Intelligence, Security and Cyber adviser for the strategic consultancy firm Kearney which is based in Abu Dhabi. He studies military history in his spare time and has published three books on the Second World War, as well as being elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


Dr Phil Kowalick MAIPIO



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 Ari Kruger

Research Fellow

The Hunt Laboratory for Intelligence Research, The University of Melbourne

Ari KrugerDr Ari Kruger is a research fellow at the Hunt Laboratory for Intelligence Research at the University of Melbourne. His work focuses on the empirical evaluation of structured analytic techniques and improving critical thinking for intelligence analysis. He also delivers a course on how to present clear and compelling arguments, tailored for intelligence analysts.




Col Lapworth

Security and Intelligence Professional

Col LapworthCol has over 30 years’ experience as an intelligence professional, previously having worked for NSW Police, the Australia Securities Investment Commission and the National Open Source Intelligence Centre. Col is a long-standing member of AIPIO and served on the board from 1996 to 2000.





Catherine Lee

Lethbridge Piper & Associates

Catherine LeeAs Director of Lethbridge Piper & Associates, Catherine is dedicated to working with client organisations to achieve real and tangible improvements in their organisational culture and business performance through strategic occupational health and safety (OHS) and risk management.

With more than 30 years’ experience as an OHS Professional both in Australia and the United Kingdom, Catherine has established a solid reputation for risk management, leading change and business improvement to enhance the health and safety of workers. She holds a Graduate Diploma in OHS, a Graduate Certificate in Management and a Diploma in Professional Coaching and is currently completing Master of Arts Research at Griffith University. Catherine is an accredited OHS Management Systems Auditor (Exemplar Global), Fire Safety Advisor (QFRS) and Licenced Private Investigator (Queensland Government) and is also one of Queensland’s approved panel Self-Insurance Auditors. She has also completed professional development in Mental Health First Aid and Neurodiversity in the Workplace. Catherine is a Certified Professional Member of the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS) and serves on the National College of Fellows Mentoring Committee.

Catherine has led high performing, multi-disciplinary OHS teams across a diverse range of organisations and industries and worked in senior roles in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors including as the Director of Health and Safety for the Department of Emergency Services in Queensland. Most recently Catherine has designed a new approach to the management of health and safety for neurodivergent workers and established “The Neurodiverse Safe Work Initiative” which is attracting international attention. Since 2019 Catherine has served as a Board Member for Protect All Children Today (PACT) a not-for-profit organisation that provides support to vulnerable child witnesses required to give evidence in the Queensland Criminal Justice System.


Nick Lewis OBE

Global Head of Integrated Intelligence and Investigations, Financial Crime Compliance,
Standard Chartered Bank

Nick Lewis OBENick joined Standard Chartered Bank in September 2016, and established the Integrated Intelligence & Investigations model. Nick leads a team of financial crime investigators and intelligence analysts in five major locations worldwide, identifying and mitigating money laundering, terrorist financing, sanctions evasion, proliferation financing and corruption risk across the bank’s operations in 58 countries. He is a champion of partnership working, and led the work to establish the Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce, the UK’s public-private partnership to tackle financial crime. Nick has played a leading role in the development of similar partnership models in Hong Kong and Singapore and is actively engaged in building partnerships to tackle corruption with a small number of African governments.

Nick is a leading participant in the UK Economic Crime reform agenda, sitting as a member of the SARS Reform Group and is a Special Adviser to UK Finance on information sharing, data and (SAR) reporting. He is also a Board Member for the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Centre for Financial Crime and Security, and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime.

Nick entered the financial sector after over 30 years in UK law enforcement, the majority spent with SOCA (pre-cursor to the NCA), and until 2008 was the Regional Head for the North West region, working closely with a number of regional police forces and law enforcement agencies. In 2008, Nick was posted to the British Embassy in Washington DC, where he led the UK’s engagement with US policy-makers and federal law enforcement agencies. In 2013, he was awarded the National Intelligence Medallion by the US Government, the highest award available to a foreign national, for work to build partnerships between the international law enforcement and intelligence communities, and was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to international law and order.


Deputy Commissioner Tracy Linford APM

Deputy Commissioner
Queensland Police

Deputy Commissioner Tracy Linford APMDeputy Commissioner Tracy Linford APM, was sworn in to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in November 2015. In December 2017, she was promoted to Deputy Commissioner and currently holds executive responsibility for the Crime, Counter Terrorism and Specialist Operations portfolio. The Deputy Commissioner is responsible for expert specialist and investigative support, advice and direction in all areas of the crime, counter-terrorism, domestic and family violence and other specialist operations.

Deputy Commissioner Linford has over 37 years' experience in both the Victorian Police and the Queensland Police Service. During her 31 years in Victoria Police, she worked on a number of state-wide projects that have impacted significantly on the way Victoria Police operates today. 

Highlights include - the introduction of a Victoria Police Intelligence Model, and the formation and implementation of the Major Crime Management Model, which was brought about following a series of gangland murders. 

The Deputy Commissioner performs key governance roles on Boards and Committees including the QPS Board of Management. She chairs the Demand and Capability Committee, Youth Justice 5PP Steering Committee and the Senior Women's Collective and is the Queensland representative on the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee, Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation, Australian Transnational, Serious and Organised Crime Committee, National Crime Intelligence System Steering Committee and the Major Events Executive Committee; and is a member of the Women’s Safety Justice Taskforce; Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council and is the organisation’s Chief Security Officer. Deputy Commissioner Linford also represents the QPS on several intergovernmental committees.

Deputy Commissioner Linford holds a Bachelor of Business Management Degree and an Executive Masters in Public Administration.  She is a graduate of the Leadership Victoria Program, the international Leadership in Counter Terrorism Program, ANZSOG Executive Fellows Program, and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. In 2009 she won an outstanding leadership award from ACWAP for driving cultural change.  She was awarded an APM in the Australia Day Honours in 2014.


Susan McLean

CyberSafety Solutions

Susan McLeanSusan McLean is Australia’s leading expert in the area of cyber safety and was a member of Victoria Police for 27years. She was the first Victorian Police officer appointed to a position involving cybersafety and young people. She is unique in her expertise in this area and is the only person in Australia with her specific background, experience and qualifications. Susan consults to a wide range of organizations including all levels of Government, Sporting Orgnisations both elite and grass roots, Educational Institutions, Medical Practitioners, Adolescent Psychologists, large and small corporations, NGO’s, law enforcement, and judicial officers. Her expertise is internationally recognized and she is highly sought after by all forms of media for expert comment. She is the most highly qualified of all eSafety Commissioner Trusted Education Providers. Susan is afforded expert status by the Safer Internet Programme Europe and is the author of the best-selling book Sexts Texts & Selfies (Penguin).


Jonna Hiestand Mendez

Jonna MendezJonna Hiestand Mendez is a retired CIA intelligence officer with 27 years of service. When she retired, she was the Chief of Disguise at the CIA. Since that time, she has continued her career as a photographer, a consultant/lecturer, and an author. She and her husband, Antonio Mendez (of ARGO fame) published “The Moscow Rules,” just before the world closed down due to the Covid pandemic.

She was recruited into the Central Intelligence Agency in Europe in 1966. For many years she lived under cover, serving tours of duty in Europe, the Far East, and the Subcontinent, as well as at CIA Headquarters. She joined CIA’s Office of Technical Service in early 1970 and within a few years she was back overseas as a Technical Operations Officer with specialties in clandestine photography and disguise. Her duties included the preparation of the CIA’s most highly placed foreign assets in the collection of intelligence, using subminiature cameras and disguise technology.

She is a founding board member of the International Spy Museum in Washington DC. Many of her talks can be found on-line. She is currently working on a new memoir, the title of which is “In True Face.” It will be available in 2024.


Mark Nuttall CAMS CCP PMP

Director of Risk Solutions Asia and Emerging Markets

Thomson Reuters

Mark NuttallMark Nuttall is Director of Risk solutions for Thomson Reuters in the Asia and Emerging Markets region. With an extensive counter-crime and risk background and over 20 years’ experience in global risk management, anti-financial crime, and international security, Mark is a renowned expert in his field. Marks holds an MA in International Security, is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Protection Professional (CPP), and has managed corporate projects through his qualification as a Project Management Professional (PMP). All the above is compounded by his professional expertise base as a risk, security, and geopolitics expert, as quantified by the Global Institute against Transnational Organised Crime (GI-TOC), and published works of academia. As an active member of Singapore Institute of Directors, Mark offers his deep corporate understanding to peers and advises businesses on navigating complex supply chain and risk assessment ventures. He is a fellow and member of many other associations and institutes, both in terms of corporate activity, as well as security, geopolitics, military matters, and AML/Compliance, and so is well placed to advise on this basis.


Zac Panopoulos

Senior Intelligence Analyst

Counter Terrorism Command, Fixated Threat Assessment Centre, Victoria Police

Zac PanopoulosZac is a Senior Intelligence Analyst at the Victorian Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (VFTAC). Zac joined Victoria Police in Intelligence Collection in 2018 and obtained a position in the intelligence team at VFTAC in 2020, conducting strategic and operational analysis on issues and threats within the national security environment.




Kathy Pherson

Pherson Associates

Kathy PhersonKatherine Hibbs Pherson, Chief Executive Officer of Pherson Associates, teaches advanced analytic techniques and critical thinking skills to analysts in the Intelligence Community, homeland security community, and the private sector. She is a consultant to the government on planning, security, communications, and analysis projects. She and Randy Pherson are co-authors of Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence, 3rd ed. (Sage/CQ Press, 2021). Ms. Pherson has served as vice chair of the Intelligence and National Security Association’s (INSA) Security Policy Reform Council since its inception in 2011. She also chairs the Industrial Security Working Group’s (ISWG) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Focus Group.

Ms. Pherson in 2000 completed a 27-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency in intelligence and security analysis and resource management. Her leadership in the security arena led to the adoption of a risk management methodology, the strengthening and the implementation of overseas security countermeasures, and improvements in dealing with unsolicited contacts. As Director of the Director of Central Intelligence’s (DCI) Center for Security Evaluation she managed the Intelligence Community's involvement in rebuilding the penetrated US Embassy in Moscow.

Ms. Pherson received her A.B. in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College, an M.A. in Spanish Linguistics and Latin American Studies from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. in Communications from the University of Oklahoma. She is a recipient of the CIA's Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Intelligence Community's National Distinguished Service Medal.


Randy Pherson


Pherson Associates

Randolph PhersonMr. Pherson is President of Pherson Associates. He has taught advanced analytic techniques and critical thinking skills to analysts in most US Intelligence Community agencies, a dozen Fortune 100 companies, and many countries around the world. He has authored or co-authored twelve books including Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis, Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence, and How to Get the Right Diagnosis: 16 Tips for Navigating the Medical System. He has facilitated Strategic Foresight Analysis workshops for foreign governments, international foundations, and multinational corporations. Mr. Pherson also is a Founding Director of the Forum Foundation for Analytic Excellence, a nonprofit that supports the propagation of critical thinking skills and structured analytic techniques.

Mr. Pherson was a career CIA intelligence analyst and manager, last serving as National Intelligence Officer for Latin America. Previously at CIA, Mr. Pherson managed the production of analysis, served on the Inspector General’s staff, and was Chief, Strategic Planning and Management Staff. He was awarded  the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his service as NIO and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. He received his AB from Dartmouth College and MA in International Relations from Yale University.


Professor James Ramsay, PhD, MA, CSP, FASSP

Chair, Department of Security Studies
University of New Hampshire

James Ramsay 2008James Ramsay is a professor of security studies, founding coordinator of the Homeland Security program, and the founding Chair of the Department of Security Studies at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to UNH, he created one of the nation’s first undergraduate programs in homeland security at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, also founding the Department of Security Studies and International Affairs. He has over 20 years’ experience in public health, security studies, emergency management, occupational and environmental health.

Dr. Ramsay serves as the editor in chief for the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Homeland Security Affairs Journal, and the Journal of Security, Intelligence and Resilience Education. He also serves on the IAFIE Board and as the Vice President of the NH InfraGard Chapter. Books include “Introduction to Homeland Security” and “Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook” and “Foundations of Environmental Security: Integrating Resilience into National Security” and “Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security: Strategies, Operations and Structures”. His current text is focused on “Climate Security”.


Emerald Sage

Head of Intelligence Services

OSINT Combine

Emerald SagePrior to joining OSINT Combine as Head of Intelligence Services, Emerald spent over a decade working within the Federal Government's security and intelligence community. Emerald has worked across a range of national security programs including: Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Intelligence, Cyber Security, Insider Threats and Personnel Vetting. Emerald has applied a diverse array of operational counter measures to this work including open-source intelligence (OSINT).  Emerald is thrilled to be speaking about OSINT and how it can be used to ethically generate capability uplift and foster collaboration amongst the international intelligence community on national security issues.  


John Schmidt


John SchmidtJohn M Schmidt, founder of CANSYNTH, practices the discipline of Synthesis in relation to strategic intelligence, foresight, strategic planning, organizational development, risk analysis and management, and counter-terrorist resourcing.

John “retired” in 2015 from FINTRAC (Canada’s financial intelligence unit) after fifteen years. Between 2006 and 2011, John was seconded to Canada’s Integrated Threat (now Terrorism) Assessment Centre (ITAC), where, among other things, he produced products related to threats to critical infrastructure and a major study and model of terrorist resourcing. Returning to FINTRAC, he led its Strategic Research and Analysis team, responsible for strategic and policy-relevant analysis. He led the development of the Egmont Group’s Strategic Analysis Course, and its delivery internationally from 2013 to 2015.

Before FINTRAC, John worked for the Alberta Attorney General’s Department (1977-1988), University of Canberra (1988-1989), Australian Attorney-General’s Department (1989-2000), and AUSTRAC (2000). John has BSc and MSc degrees in Psychology. He has published articles on intelligence and foresight in academic and professional journals, including Synthesis: The necessary, but often neglected component of intelligence, Journal of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers, Volume 27 Issue 2 (2019), and a chapter on terrorist resourcing, in Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Canada, UT Press Jan 29, 2020.


Benjamin Scott

Financial Crime Compliance
Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Benjamin ScottBenjamin Scott works in financial crime compliance at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where he leads an intelligence team. He spent eight years as a financial intelligence analyst at the New South Wales Crime Commission. He has degrees in history and law. His academic articles have been published in the Journal of Financial Crime and the Journal of Money Laundering Control. Benjamin's research interests include intelligence methods, financial crime law and the history of organised crime. He also has a particular interest in the use of data analytics and intelligence technology in detecting financial crime.


Rajiv Shah

Managing Director
MDR Security

Rajiv ShahRajiv Shah has over 25 years of experience in the cyber, data and digital business, and runs a boutique consulting firm providing strategic, business and technical advice. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and has published a number of policy papers for them. His earlier career has included a range of senior technical and business leadership roles at major multinational companies, establishing and running various cyber focussed business units.

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.


Phil Shepherd

Active Leadership

Phil ShepherdAs a consultant, Phil works as a facilitator and a leadership coach, delivering innovative and transformative leadership programs.

In his previous role as Director of Leadership at the Australian Institute of Police Management, Phil managed the development and delivery of a range of national and international executive leadership programs, often partnering with organisations such as the F.B.I., Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Metropolitan Police (London) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

During his 26-year career with Victoria Police, he spent almost a decade as a homicide detective investigating murders and suspicious deaths across the State and managed various stations, teams and taskforces. 


Dr William A. Stoltz

Senior Adviser, Public Policy
National Security College

William StoltzDr. William A. Stoltz is the Senior Adviser for Public Policy at the National Security College. He is responsible for mobilising the College’s research and resident expertise to influence and inform current public policy debates. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Menzies Institute at the University of Melbourne, and an Associate Member of the Centre for the Study of Subversion, Unconventional Interventions and Terrorism (SUIT) at the University of Nottingham.

Dr. Stoltz’s own research explores options for Australia to shape and influence international security, as well as Australia’s policy responses to a breadth of national security challenges. He joined the NSC after working across Australia’s defence, intelligence, and law enforcement communities, including strategic intelligence and advisory roles. He holds a PhD and Advanced Masters of National Security Policy from the Australian National University as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.


Associate Professor Kelly Sundberg

Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University

Adjunct Professor in the Adelaide Law School at the University of Adelaide

Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Calgary

Visiting Associate Professor at the University of East London

Kelly Sundberg2Kelly is an associate professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with adjunct positions at the University of Calgary, University of Adelaide, and University of East London. Prior to his academic career, Kelly served over fifteen years in various border security and inland immigration enforcement positions with what is today the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Kelly holds his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Victoria (British Columbia), Master of Arts in Justice and Public Safety Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University (British Columbia), and Doctor of Philosophy in Political and Social Inquiry with a specialization in Criminology from Monash University (Victoria). Kelly’s research focuses on three main areas: 1) Border and National Security, 2) Crime Prevention through Design, and 3) Law Enforcement Reform.


Phil Thomson

Co-founder and CEO

Phil ThomsonAfter spending four years as a commercial lawyer specialising in Privacy and IP, Phil was part of the founding team at Auror and now leads the global organisation as its CEO. He and the team have spent the last 10 years on a mission to empower retailers with the intelligence and tools they need to stop crime, for good. Auror is focused on the power of partnership and collaboration to drive real results for both retailers and police.

Phil is committed to the digital transformation between police and retailers, and is acutely aware of the impact of collaboration on reporting, solving and preventing organised offending and retail crime - on a global scale.


Dr Tim van Gelder

The Hunt Laboratory for Intelligence Research, The University of Melbourne

Tim van GelderTim van Gelder is Director of the Hunt Laboratory for Intelligence Research at the University of Melbourne. Most of his career has been devoted to understanding human thinking and how it can be improved, with particular focus on reasoning. This has included developing new ways to teach critical thinking in undergraduate courses, developing software to support reasoning processes, and providing consulting and training for large organisations in government, corporate, and professional services arenas. In 2017-2020, he was co-lead of a major research program ("SWARM") funded by the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity under its CREATE program.  


Associate Professor Patrick Walsh, PhD

Associate Professor, Intelligence and Security Studies
Charles Sturt University

Patrick Walsh

Patrick F. Walsh, PhD, is a former intelligence analyst who has worked in Australian national security and law enforcement agencies. He is an associate professor, intelligence and security studies at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University, Australia. He consults to government and his research focuses on a range of intelligence capability issues including governance, leadership, intelligence and ethics, biosecurity, health security and cyber.

He is the author of Intelligence and Intelligence Analysis, Routledge, UK 2011; Intelligence, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 2018; and Intelligence Leadership and Governance. Building Effective Intelligence Communities in the 21st Century, Routledge, 2020.


Senator Vernon White

Senate of Canada

Vernon White

Vernon White is currently a sitting Senator in the Senate of Canada. He has worked with the RCMP, moving through the ranks, Constable to Assistant Commissioner and has served in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Ontario and as well spent almost 19 years in the three northern territories of Canada. He was Chief of Police for the Durham Regional Police Service as well as the City of Ottawa between 2005  and 2012.

He has and is currently or has held a position as an Adjunct, visiting/part-time professor and guest lecturer at universities across Canada and elsewhere in many other countries.  He is an International Fellow with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Vernon has an extensive background at the investigational/supervisory and Aboriginal/First Nation and Community Policing level over a 31 + year policing career. His extensive experience in policing covers all avenues; administrative, managerial and investigational.

Mr. White has been honoured with a number of awards and commendations over the years, including a Commissioners Commendation, a Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and a United Way Community Builder of the Year Award.
He was appointed to the Senate of Canada, representing the province of Ontario in February 2012. He is presently a member of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP).


Detective Christina Witt, PhD

Calgary Police Service

Christina WittDetective Christina Witt, PhD, has twenty-three years police experience with the Calgary Police Service. Det. Witt has been a homicide detective since 2011, with prior experience in patrol, undercover drug officer, and child abuse investigator. Det. Witt has presented at numerous criminal justice conferences in Canada, Australia, and the USA.  Det. Witt has also been teaching as a sessional instructor at Mount Royal University in the field of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies, periodically since 2010. Det. Witt has a Master of Science Degree in Forensic and Legal Psychology and her PhD in Criminology, with a research focus on Best Practices of Homicide Investigations. Most recent research includes principal investigator in the 2020 - 2021 Alberta Homicide Study, and associate investigator in the  2021-2022 BC College of Policing Feasibility Study.


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