Indian Ocean Defence Security
24-26 JULY 2024,
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC)
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PROGRAM

Indian Ocean Defence & Security 2024 Conference

Date:
Wednesday 24 July
Thursday 25 July
Time:
0800 – 1700 : Wednesday 24 July
0800 – 1700 : Thursday 25 July
Registration:
Registration fees apply

Location:
Riverside Theatre, Level 2, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre


Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 July

Conference Delegate registration required. Fees Apply.

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The Indian Ocean is where all of Australia’s strategic interests converge – from preventing conflict and keeping sea lanes open, to preserving the environment and supporting Australian business. But no single country can serve as its sole custodian. As more eyes turn to the Indian Ocean, dive beyond the buzzwords to learn what the region’s foremost experts judge we must do now to shape the region into the kind of neighbourhood we would like to live in – including through constructs like AUKUS and the Quad.

Join senior government, defence, industry and academic experts from the US, UK, Japan and South and Southeast Asia as they map the intersections between global strategy and local perspectives.

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Program

WEDNESDAY 24 JULY

TIME
ACTIVITY | PRESENTATION
PRESENTER | PANELISTS
0800–0830
Registration | Tea and Coffee
0830–0835
MC Welcome
0835–0845
Welcome to Country
0845–0855
Address: Welcome to WA
0855–0910
Opening Address
0910–0925
Keynote Speech: Security in the Indo-Pacific
0925–0940
Formal Address: Federal Minister
0945–1030
MORNING TEA | Pavilion 1 & 2, Exhibition Floor
1030–1120
Panel Discussion 1: A world adrift - Global instability and the Indian Ocean
1120–1210
Panel Discussion 2: Implications of AUKUS for Industry
1210–1230
In Conversation
1230–1400
LUNCH AND EXHIBITION VIEWING | Pavilion 1 & 2, Exhibition Floor
EXECUTIVE LUNCH 12pm to 1.30pm – River View Rooms
1400–1415
Formal address: Federal Minister
1415–1505
Panel Discussion 3: The Human Factor
1505–1520
Keynote Speech: Chief of Navy
1530–1600
AFTERNOON TEA | Pavilion 1 & 2, Exhibition Floor
1600–1645
Panel Discussion 4: Naval cooperation in the Indian Ocean
1645–1725
Panel Discussion 5: Perspectives from the Indo-Pacific
1725–1730
MC Close

THURSDAY 25 JULY

TIME
ACTIVITY | PRESENTATION
PRESENTER | PANELISTS
0800–0830
Registration | Tea and Coffee
0830–0835
Conference Welcome and Acknowledgment of Country
0835–0850
Formal address: Shadow Federal Minister
0850–0905
Keynote Speech: 
0905–0920
Formal Address: Federal Minister
0920–0930
From WA’s Defence Industry Strategy to a highly effective defence industry ecosystem
0930–0940
Geostrategic spotlight
0940–0950
Innovation, technology and science: building defence capabilities
0950–1030
MORNING TEA | Pavilion 1 & 2, Exhibition Floor
1030–1120
Panel Discussion 6: Infrastructure, Defence and Security
1120–1130
Formal address: Federal Minister
1130–1220
Panel Discussion 7: Perspectives from senior government leaders
1220–1230
Formal address: Federal Minister
1230–1400
LUNCH AND EXHIBITION VIEWING | Pavilion 1 & 2, Exhibition Floor
EXECUTIVE LUNCH 12pm to 1.30pm – River View Rooms
1400–1420
In Conversation with ADM Lisa Franchetti (USA), Chief of Naval Operations
1420–1510
Panel Discussion 8: Industry's role in securing the Indian Ocean
1510–1530
In Conversation with:
1530–1540
Closing Remarks
1540–1545
MC Close
1545–1615
AFTERNOON TEA | Pavilion 1 & 2, Exhibition Floor

SPEAKERS

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Hon Kim Beazley AC
Hon Kim Beazley AC

Chair of the Perth USAsia Centre

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC was the 33rd Governor of Western Australia (2018-2022).

Prior to being installed as Governor, Mr Beazley dedicated almost three decades to a career in Federal Parliament, representing the WA seats of Brand and Swan.

In 2009, Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of government policies in relation to defence and international relations, and as an advocate for Indigenous people, and to the community.


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Dr Kurt Campbell
Dr Kurt Campbell

Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs on the National Security Council

Dr Kurt Campbell is the Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Indo- Pacific Affairs on the National Security Council.


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Mr Eric Chewning
Mr Eric Chewning

Executive Vice President, Strategy & Development
HII Group

Eric D. Chewning is Executive Vice President of Strategy & Development for HII, an all-domain defense and technologies partner and America’s largest shipbuilder.

Eric was named to the position in January 2023. He has over 20 years of experience across government and industry working issues at the intersection of national security, technology, and business.


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Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy
Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy

Director General of the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA)

Amb. Sujan Chinoy is the Director General of the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi since 2019. A career diplomat from 1981-2018, he held several important diplomatic assignments, including as Ambassador to Japan. He is the Chair of the Think20 engagement group for India’s G20 Presidency.

Authority on: China, East Asia and politico-military and security issues.


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Hon Pat Conroy MP
Hon Pat Conroy MP

Minister for Defence Industry, Minister for International Development and the Pacific and the Federal Member for Shortland.

The Hon. Pat Conroy MP is the Minister for Defence Industry, Minister for International Development and the Pacific and the Federal Member for Shortland.

Pat was elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Charlton, New South Wales in 2013 and, following an electoral redistribution, as the Member for Shortland, New South Wales in 2016 and again in 2019 and 2022.


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Dr Lisa Curtis
Dr Lisa Curtis

Director Indo-Pacific Security Program
Center for a New American Security

Lisa Curtis is Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. She is a foreign policy and national security expert with over 20 years of service in the U.S. government. Her work has centered on U.S. policy toward the Indo-Pacific and South Asia. From 2017 to 2021, Curtis served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for South and Central Asia at the NSC. From 2006–2017, Curtis was Senior Fellow on South Asia at The Heritage Foundation, where she appeared regularly in the media and provided frequent Congressional testimony. She also served as Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (2003-2006), Senior Advisor in the South Asia Bureau at the State Department (2001-2003), senior analyst on South Asia at the CIA (1998-2001), and as a diplomat at the U.S. Embassies in Pakistan and India (1994 to 1997).



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Linda Dawson
Linda Dawson

Deputy Director General, Industry Science Innovation
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

Linda Dawson is a senior executive with more than 25 years’ experience working in large Australian and multinational organisations across the resources and utilities sectors. Over Linda’s career she has led corporate services, community development, human resources, health safety and environment, corporate affairs and operational functions. Linda currently works for the Department of Jobs Tourism Science and Innovation in the Western Australian Government, as Deputy Director General Industry Science Innovation. 


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Professor Peter Dean
Professor Peter Dean

Director, Foreign Policy and Defence
United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

Professor Peter J. Dean PhD SFHEA is the Director, Foreign Policy and Defence at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Previously Professor Dean was the University of Western Australia’s (UWA) first Chair of Defence Studies and the inaugural director of the UWA Defence and Security Institute. He served as a Pro Vice-Chancellor at UWA, where he received a Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Outstanding Leadership, and held a number of senior roles at the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific and Strategic and Defence Studies Centre.


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Professor Gordon Flake
Professor Gordon Flake

Chief Executive Officer
Perth USAsia Centre

Professor Gordon Flake is the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Perth USAsia Centre at The University of Western Australia.

Professor Flake is one of the world’s leading authorities on strategic developments in the Indo-Pacific. Having spent twenty-five years in the US foreign policy community focused on the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia and now nine years in Australia’s Indian Ocean capital he is an expert on key strategic relationships in the broader Indo-Pacific. He has authored many scholarly and policy studies on security developments in the region, and their policy implications for the US and its regional partners.


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Admiral Lisa Marie Franchetti
Admiral Lisa Marie Franchetti

Chief of Naval Operations

Adm. Lisa Franchetti is a native Rochester, New York. She received her commission in 1985 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Northwestern University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She holds a master's degree in organizational management from the University of Pheonix.


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Hon Matt Keogh MP
Hon Matt Keogh MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel and the Federal Member for Burt.

The Hon. Matt Keogh MP is Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel and the Federal Member for Burt.

Matt was first elected to the House of Representatives for Burt, Western Australia in 2016. In Opposition, Matt served as Shadow Minister for Defence Industry, WA Resources and Assisting for Small Business.


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Darshi Ganeson-Oats
Darshi Ganeson-Oats

Managing Director
South Metro Tafe

Darshi is the Managing Director of South Metropolitan TAFE, leading a dynamic team of 1500 professionals and making a difference in the lives of over 30,000 students. Prior to this role, she led South Regional TAFE as its Managing Director from 2021 to 2023. Darshi 's career spans various executive positions in vocational education, including her time at Challenger Institute of Technology.



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Denise Goldsworthy AO
Denise Goldsworthy AO

Independent Non-Executive Chair, Gascoyne Gateway

As Founder of Alternate Futures, Ms Goldsworthy AO connects research organisations, tech start-ups and industry, delivering solutions to problems.  Her expertise in innovation was honed during her executive career rising to leadership roles in operations and technology for BHP and Rio Tinto.



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Paddy Gregg
Paddy Gregg

Chief Executive Officer
Austal

Patrick (Paddy) Gregg was promoted to the position of Austal’s Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2021, following 4 years as Austal’s Chief Operating Officer. 

 Paddy is a highly regarded senior leader with significant project management, manufacturing and business experience acquired within the high-technology nuclear defence industry, Rail Industry and Naval Shipbuilding Industry.
Prior to joining Austal, Paddy was the Route Delivery Director (Western) for Network Rail in the United Kingdom. In this role he was responsible for all major infrastructure enhancements and renewals on the Route. 



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Vice Admiral Mark Hammond, AO, RAN
Vice Admiral Mark Hammond, AO, RAN

Chief of Navy Australia

Vice Admiral Mark Hammond, AO, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1986 as an Electronics Technician, before commissioning as a Naval Officer in 1988. Graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in 1990, Hammond served in frigates before volunteering for submarine service and qualifying in the Oberon class. He is a dual qualified officer, graduating from the RAN Principal Warfare Officers Course, and the Netherlands and USN Submarine Command Courses, and Australia’s Senior Submariner.


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Hon Andrew Hastie MP
Hon Andrew Hastie MP

Shadow Minister for Defence

The Hon Andrew Hastie MP is a member of the Australian Parliament, representing the electorate of Canning in the House of Representatives. Mr Hastie completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History and Philosophy through the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. In 2006, he graduated officer training at the Royal Military College, Duntroon.


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Vice Admiral Sir Nick Hine, KCB
Vice Admiral Sir Nick Hine, KCB

Babcock Managing Director - AUKUS & International, and former UK Royal Navy

Nick is Managing Director for Babcock plc leading on all AUKUS relationships and future programming and the lead for new international business. He moved to Babcock after 37 years’ service in the Royal Navy ultimately serving as Second Sea Lord, Chief Executive of the organisation.


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Erich Hofmann
Erich Hofmann

Managing Director
Hofmann Engineering

In 2003 Mr Erich Hofmann was appointed Managing Director of Hofmann Engineering Pty Ltd. The company was founded by his father (John) and by his Uncle (Erich) in 1969. Erich has been involved and grown with Hofmann Engineering since its humble beginnings in a small backyard workshop when he was 5 years old.

After graduating in 1986 from The University of Western Australia with Honours in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in gear design and manufacture, Erich spent a few years honing his skills by working with some of the World’s leading gear manufacturers in Germany, Switzerland and USA. Using some of the skills learnt from this trip, Erich developed Hofmann’s gear manufacturing capabilities to being one of the largest gear manufacturers in this part of the world.


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Vice Admiral (USN, Rtd) David Johnson
Vice Admiral (USN, Rtd) David Johnson

Vice President L3Harris International
L3Harris Technologies


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Hon David Johnston
Hon David Johnston

Former Minister for Defence


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Admiral Sir Ben Key KCB CBE ADC
Admiral Sir Ben Key KCB CBE ADC

First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff

Educated at Bromsgrove School, Ben Key joined the Royal Navy in 1984 as a University Cadet, subsequently graduating in Physics from Royal Holloway, University of London. He qualified as both helicopter aircrew and as a Principal Warfare Officer and as a junior officer saw service around the world in a variety of frigates and destroyers.


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Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm AM, CSM RAN
Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm AM, CSM RAN

Head Patrol Boats & Specialist Ships,
Naval Shipbuilding and Sustainment Group, Department of Defence


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Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead AO RAN
Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead AO RAN

Director General, Australian Submarine Agency

Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead has been appointed as the inaugural Director-General of the Australian Submarine Agency. Prior to taking up this position Vice Admiral Mead led the Nuclear Powered Submarine Taskforce, within the Department of Defence. The Taskforce worked with the United States and United Kingdom to identify the pathway for Australia to acquire conventionally-armed nuclear-powered submarines.


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Professor Rory Medcalf
Professor Rory Medcalf

Head of National Security College
Australian National University


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Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA
Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Corrective Services; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues


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Jennifer Parker
Jennifer Parker

Expert Associate
National Security College, Australian National University

Jennifer Parker is an Expert Associate at the National Security College, Australian National University and an Adjunct Fellow in naval studies at the University of New South Wales Canberra. Jennifer also holds the position of Nancy Bentley Associate Fellow in Indo-Pacific Maritime Affairs at the Council on Geostrategy. 

Jennifer hosts and produces the weekly Maritime matters podcast the Australian Naval Institute's Salwater Strategists podcast focused on Indo-Pacific maritime affairs.

 



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Dr Raji Rajagopalan
Dr Raji Rajagopalan

Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation

Dr Rajeswari (Raji) Pillai Rajagopalan is the Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Dr Rajagopalan was the Technical Advisor to the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Prevention of Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) (July 2018-July 2019). As a senior Asia defence writer for The Diplomat, she writes a weekly column on Asian strategic issues.

Authority on: Indian Foreign Policy and Security, Asian Military and Strategic Issues, Space and Nuclear Security.


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Admiral Gary Roughead (Rtd)
Admiral Gary Roughead (Rtd)

Former US Navy Chief of Naval Operations, Chair of the U.S. Export-Import Bank Council on China Competition.

Admiral Gary Roughead, US Navy (Ret.) is former Chief of Naval Operations, the senior officer in the US Navy. In that role he was a member of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. Prior to that, he held six operational commands and is one of only two officers in the navy’s history to have commanded both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. He is currently the is the Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and serves on the boards of directors of the Northrop Grumman Corporation, Maersk Line Ltd., and the Marinette Marine Corporation.

Authority on: US military strategy, international security, energy policy

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Admiral Ryo Sakai
Admiral Ryo Sakai

Chief of Staff
Japan Maritime Self Defense Force

Admiral Sakai is a native of Shiga Prefecture. He majored in Management at the National Defense Academy graduating in 1987, and proceeded to Maritime Officer Candidate School, where he learned the foundations to be a JMSDF officer. 



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Rear Admiral Philip Spedding, DSC AM, RAN (Rtd)
Rear Admiral Philip Spedding, DSC AM, RAN (Rtd)

Western Australian Defence Advocate

Philip Spedding assumed the role of Defence Advocate in January 2023. He provides independent advice to the Western Australian Government and promotes the State’s Defence industry capability and capacity through effectively liaising with senior decision-makers in Canberra.

His position plays a critical role in achieving the Western Australian Government’s economic diversification agenda and ensuring that the State is awarded with all relevant naval shipbuilding, submarine sustainment and general defence support work.


His Excellency Mr. Gabriele Visentin,
His Excellency Mr. Gabriele Visentin,

EU Ambassador to Australia


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