Round Table 2

Technologically enabling the Intelligence workforce
Start Date
21 October 2020
End Date
21 October 2020
Start Time
7:30 AM AEDT
End Time
9:30 AM AEDT
Virtual / Online
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At this event you will hear from the below panel of industry leaders and experts share their ideas, insights and perspectives on technologically enabling the intelligence workforce and the future of the national intelligence enterprise in Australia.


The Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) Inc is committed to growing the intelligence body of knowledge through fostering scholarship, professionalization of practice, support to major intelligence research projects, and professional collaboration amongst practitioners at our events.

Each year, AIPIO promotes a theme to focus our investment in thought leadership.  In 2020, the theme was ‘Intelligence Professionals in the 21st Century’ – which recognises that the intelligence workforce will be transformed as it adapts to a new operating environment marked by the unexpected and the unpredictable.  AIPIO believes that thoughtful and measured technological enablement of the intelligence workforce will be core to successful adaptation.

Intelligence professionals will have new resources based on advances in data processing and other technologies.  Technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), large dataset analytics, dynamic search tools, and interactive technologies are already allowing intelligence officers to process and integrate multiple sources of data and intelligence far more quickly and efficiently than ever before.  These technologies are also expanding opportunities for collaboration involving personnel and technology, and integration of new types of data.  New knowledge, tools, and technologies with applications for understanding, forecasting, and mitigating security risks are continually emerging.

However, technology will be a necessary but not sufficient prescription for adaptation.  Intelligence work will remain a fundamentally human endeavour.  Technological enablement must not simply be a grab bag of solutions ‘bolted on’ to the intelligence workforce.  Rather, we must see technological enablement through the lens of capability development, in service of better intelligence outcomes.  We must prepare the intelligence workforce for adaptation by shaping agile intelligence professionals, assimilating new technologies, and building practices that can anticipate and respond at will.

Technological enablement of the intelligence workforce is the theme of AIPIO’s latest White Paper, which will be launched at the forthcoming National Roundtable event on 21 October.  The National Roundtable is a key component of AIPIO’s Thought Leader Program.  These events will feature a panel of prominent industry leaders from government, academia, and other sectors engaging in a facilitated discussion to explore many of the issues raised in the latest AIPIO White Paper.


Stephen Beaumont - Facilitator

Recently retired Head of Australian Intelligence Corps and manager of Defence’s Joint ISREW and Cyber Programs. Long career as professional intelligence leader. 

Dr Phil Kowalick - AIPIO PRESIDENT 

Managing Director of Sagire Consulting, Adjunct Professor at QUT & former senior executive officer with the AFP. 

Carle Wocke

Carl Wöcke is one of the leading experts in the world on Predictive Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. He is considered as one of the pioneers in building technologies that enable human based reasoning within machine environments. Carl is an active speaker within the AI and machine learning communities with numerous international engagements in areas that include law enforcement, social services, fintech,  risk and human capital optimization. Carl also works on a number of projects where Theory of Constraints is being applied in conjunction with AI and Predictive Analytics.

Tarquin Follis

Tarquin Follis worked in the UK’s tech sector, specifically cyber, after government service.   In 2017 he co-founded Othrys, an international security consultancy.  In 2019 he was appointed Vice Chairman of Reliance ACSN, a specialist cyber security firm providing integrated managed security services

Tarquin has wide experience in the field of intelligence and security policy.  He retains an interest in the interface between humans and technology and the risks and opportunities this presents

Michelle Price

Michelle Price is passionate about Australia’s cyber security sector enabling all Australian organisations to grow and take advantage of the cyber world. She is also a strong advocate for increasing diversity in the cyber security workforce and inspiring people with the possibilities of cyber innovation. Prior to joining AustCyber, Michelle was the first Senior Adviser for Cyber Security at the National Security College within The Australian National University. Before joining the ANU, she held various strategy and risk management roles across the Australian Government, including at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where she was instrumental to the delivery of the Government’s 2015 Cyber Security Review and 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. Prior to government, Michelle spent ten years in the food safety segment of Australia’s food manufacturing sector focused on risk management and strategic communication.

Dr Tim van Gelder

Dr. Tim van Gelder is a Melbourne Enterprise Fellow in the Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne, where he leads the Hunt Laboratory for Intelligence Research. A philosopher by training, he is an applied epistemologist with experience in pure research, software development, consulting and training. Much of his work has focused on  methods and software for analytical reasoning. From 2017-2019 he was a lead investigator in the SWARM Project, funded by the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity to develop and test a cloud platform using crowdsourcing and structured analytic techniques to enhance the quality of analytic reasoning in intelligence products. 

Kim Valois

Kim Valois is the Chief Information Security Officer for Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia where she leads cybersecurity and identity management for the University.  Ms. Valois is a subject matter expert in a number of areas, including intrusion detection and analysis, improving cybersecurity in complex information infrastructures, and counterintelligence analysis.  She has previously led cybersecurity teams, programs, and practices, working in the information computer technology, defence, and consulting industries.  Prior to that she worked for over 15 years as a professional intelligence officer in the USA.  She speaks several foreign languages, including Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese Mandarin.

VA Worldwide – Corporate Sponsor – Dan Harris, Client Executive

Dan Harris joined the VA Worldwide team as a Client Executive in 2017 after a career as a Senior Analyst for Crown Casino. Dan now brings his first-hand intelligence experience, working with his clients, spanning various industry verticals, to develop critical thinking skills and enhanced analytical capabilities to detect scams, identify surveillance targets, disrupt potential fraud and achieve greater efficiency. He was a keynote speaker at the 2019 Information to Intelligence IBM i2 User Conference in New Orleans and has previously presented as a Subject Matter Expert at various global and regional industry events.