Plenary SPEAKERS

Major General (Retired) Ben Kite OBE

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

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Dr Phil Kowalick MAIPIO

President

AIPIO

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Phil Thomson

Co-founder and CEO
Auror

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.

 

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).

 

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