Former Deputy Executive Director & Chief Information Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) USA
Dominic Nessi is currently the VP for Strategic Engagement for the Aviation-ISAC and a senior technology consultant with Burns Engineering. Mr. Nessi is an expert in numerous airport related areas and is an industry recognized authority in cybersecurity. He is the former Chair of the ACI World Cybersecurity Taskforce and is working with ACI World on its cybersecurity program. He is also an international trainer in the CISSP curriculum and regularly speaks on cybersecurity at conferences both domestically and internationally.
Mr. Nessi has achieved the CISSP and GSLC certifications. He served on the ISC2 North American Advisory Council from 2004 through 2017 and is the former chair of the ISC2 Executive Writer’s Bureau. Mr. Nessi completed a certificate in cybersecurity policy from the Harvard John F Kennedy School of Government and is completing a series of cyber-related courses from Texas A&M. In 2017, Dom was honored as SC Media’s Cybersecurity Thought Leader and was nominated for an International Airport Review Cybersecurity Award
Mr. Nessi is the former Deputy Executive Director and the Chief Information Officer for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). He held that position from September 2007 to March 2016. As chief information officer at LAWA, Nessi was responsible for all information technology-related functions
Mr. Nessi has achieved the PMP certification from the Project Management Institute and a certification in IT Governance (CGEIT) from ISACA and in 2010 he received the Certified Manager (CM) designation from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
Department of Home Affairs
Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Criminology from Griffith University. She commenced employment with Probation & Parole – Queensland Corrective Services in 1997. Vanessa worked in a variety of Probation & Parole Offices over the following 13 years and progressed to the District Manager level.
After 15 years in Probation and Parole, Vanessa transitioned in to the Custodial arm of Queensland Corrective Services as the General Manager of Sentence Management Services. Vanessa’s responsibilities included supervising 140 staff across the state in nine (9) different correctional centres.
In October 2015, Vanessa was successful in obtaining a direct appointment to the rank of Superintendent in the Australian Border Force. Vanessa was responsible for Detention, Field Compliance and Removals Operations for QLD. She then temporarily moved to Canberra to relieve in the role of Commander Detention Operations in June 2016. Vanessa was permanently appointed to the role of Commander Detention Operations in November 2016.
Vanessa was then promoted to Assistant Commissioner, Detention and Offshore Operations Command in February 2018. This role is responsible for the onshore immigration detention network, regional processing and offshore operations in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
Vanessa is a keen sportswoman having previously represented Queensland in water polo and netball and has completed full and half Marathons. Vanessa continues to use running as a means to keep fit and healthy. Vanessa is married with a step son.
Federal Aviation Police
First chief superintendent Jo Decuyper works since 1986 in the Belgian Federal Police. He started in 1986 at the BRUSSELS NATIONAL AIRPORT were he protected high risk flights. He became later director of operations of the Brussels Federal Police. In 1997 he joined the new Anti terrorism program of the Federal Police, were he became second in command. Four years later he took over the command of the Brussels Railway and Subway police. During that period he dealt with the foiled attack on the THALYS train (August 21st 2015) and the attack at the Brussels Metrostation Maelbeek (March 22nd 2016). In September 2016 the Commissioner General of the Belgian Federal Police designated first chief superintendent Jo Decuyper as the new chief of police of the Federal Aviation Police at Brussels Airport.
Tamworth Regional Airport
After studying a Chemistry, Mathematics and Japanese at University Julie Stewart commenced work in the tourism industry transitioning into the aviation industry more than 20 years ago. As an airport operations coordinator she became well experienced in both domestic and international airport operations during her decade and a half with Sydney Airport Corporation During this time Sydney Airport was affected by the security and operational challenges of the Sydney Olympics and the events around 9/11. She ventured into Regional Airport Management in 2013 and actively participates in Airport Security Working Groups.
During her time in Sydney many domestic and international security events prompted changes in the way Australia regulated its aviation security and the implementation of multiple regulatory requirements which evolved from these occurrences. Enhanced screening & security checks, LAGS and automated border security processes were some of the items being introduced and developed.
Following the increase in domestic aviation security regulations with the introduction of passenger and checked bags screening in 2011 and now the further measures being applied to domestic aviation security, Julie has been investigating the effects these new measures to be introduced will have at Australian regional airports and the impact they have not only on limited regional airport resources but also to passenger facilitations for airline customers who may be unfamiliar with the often perceived confusing and intrusive screening processes.
Brian has held a variety of roles across multiple aviation fields. He started his career as an air traffic controller with Airservices and progressed into management at an early age. His roles in this field included operations management at the Melbourne Control Centre, management of air traffic control support services and delivery of major commercial projects and services.
In 2008, Brian joined Melbourne Airport as their Aviation Strategy Manager initiating and overseeing several major developments, and planning for future growth.
Following a stint as Manager of Karratha Airport he is now General Manager of Airports and Commercial Infrastructure at Whitsunday Regional Council. This role is instrumental in growing the region through transportation access and development of inbound tourism. His team has recently completed a $25M upgrade of the runway, taxiways and aprons. They are now reaching completion on a $15M upgrade of the passenger terminal.
He is passionate about enabling aviation into the future and industry working together towards a vision.
First police victim assistant Karima Douch works at the Federal Aviation Police at Brussels Airport since 20 years. She started as a secretary in one of the subdivisions of this police force. But very soon she also became a police victim assistant at the airport. She distinguished herself during the 22nd March attacks at the airport. By Royal Decree of June 8th 2017 she was awarded with the “Insigne d’honneur de Lauréat du Travail de Belgique”. Nowadays she is still helping victims of terrorism whenever they pass at the airport. Listening to the fellow police officers, helping the victims, still now, … she meant a lot, and still means a lot for them… She is one of a kind according to many victims, one of the most well known police assistants of the Belgian Federal Police in Belgium and abroad.
Former Commissioner Australian Border Force
Roman spent 15 years in the Queensland Police Service before joining Ansett-Air New Zealand as its Asia-Pacific Regional Security adviser. After Ansett’s collapse he joined Federal policing where he was the Assistant Commissioner for Border Operations and the Aviation Policing. As Chief Police Officer in Canberra he held senior positions on the Australia and New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee developing national counter-terrorism capabilities. He became the inaugural Commissioner of the Australian Border Force responsible, among many other things, for the processing of Australia’s 40 million annual travelling passengers. He is now a private consultant in the sphere of national security and sits on the Aviation Advisory Board of ISS as a strategic adviser.
Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport
Coming from a diverse background including Media, IT and livestock logistics / biosecurity, Sara has been with Wellcamp Airport since 2013. Initially taking up the role of Community Liaison Consultant during the construction phase of the Airport project Sara has later managed many of the airport’s important milestone projects, such as the Cathay Pacific test flight (the Airport’s first international flight), Access China 2016 (the Airport’s first international passenger flight) and all commercial, operational and regulatory requirements for the establishment of the Airport’s international air cargo business.
Sara has over 10 years business management experience, including extensive experience in heavily regulated, logistics based businesses and in the management of complex and varied projects with multiple stakeholders.
In her current role, Sara is accountable for the operational and commercial performance of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport including all on-airport functions, such as ground handling, security operations, cargo operations, catering and cafes, all commercial functions, as well as compliance and safety.
Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Dr Paul Barnes is Head of the Risk & Resilience Program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra. He has wide experience in public sector and specialist management roles at both the State and Federal levels. He previously researched and taught at the Queensland University of Technology on applied risk management and coordinated the Infrastructure Research Program at QUT’s Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management (CEDM).
As manager of the Queensland Fire & Rescue Authority’s (QFRA) State Community Safety Unit he oversaw regulatory fire safety & community fire prevention activities and coordinated policy advice on emergency response planning for major hazardous facilities. He also served as Corporate Risk Manager of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries & Forestry and on state-level working groups advising on critical infrastructure protection and biosecurity, as well as government sponsored Multi-agency Threat Assessment Teams. Additionally, at a Federal government level, he served as Director of Security Policy Development within the Defence Security Authority: Australian Department of Defence.
He has completed projects for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies on gaps in counter-terrorism capability and capacity planning, and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on national risk assessment frameworks.
Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Dr John Coyne is the Head of the Australian Strategic Policy Institutes Border Security and Strategic Policing and Law Enforcement Programs. John joined 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
Managing Director, Green Light Limited
Philip started working within the aviation industry in the 1980s, when he joined Trans World Airlines’ security subsidiary at London Heathrow. From Duty Manager at Heathrow he moved to TWA’s International HQ where he ultimately became Manager Security Training and Auditing. He left, in 1996, to establish Green Light, through which Philip serves as a subject matter expert for the Airports Council International (ACI) in the area of Behavioural Analysis and runs training courses for them accordingly. Likewise, Philip designs and delivers the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Inflight Security courses and has worked with IATA on the way behavioural analysis might be incorporated into (what was originally called) the ‘Checkpoint of the Future’, the pre-cursor to ‘Smart Security’.
Philip is the Editor of Aviation Security International. Philip’s first book, ‘Violence in the Skies: a history of aircraft hijacking and bombing’, was released on 29th February 2016. He was appointed Visiting Professor, Aviation Security by Coventry University in 2018.
Australian Federal Police
Air New Zealand
Ellen King is the Emergency Response Consultant at Air New Zealand. She is responsible for the emergency management capability of the airline, including across the 12,500 staff and 55 ports the airline flies to. Ellen works as part of the wider Group Resilience team which covers emergency response, business continuity, intelligence & security. She has a wide range of experience in emergency management and disaster response, having worked and deployed with Air New Zealand, Civil Defence Emergency Management and New Zealand Red Cross.
Ellen holds a Master of Emergency Management from the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University; a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato; and is an internationally certified Business Continuity Practitioner. She also holds certifications in Bomb Threat Assessment with the NZ Civil Aviation Authority, and Search & Rescue Leadership, among others.
Ellen is a National Field Operations Manager for New Zealand Red Cross and deploys to disasters to manage the humanitarian response efforts. Ellen has significant experience in managing emergency management volunteers and she has been awarded for her work in this space, including being recognised by New Zealand Parliament.
Ellen recently returned from the United Nations in Geneva where she was invited to represent New Zealand at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Ellen is also a guest lecturer on the emergency management programme at Massey University. Ellen incorporates a human-centred approach to her emergency management and disaster response work and is passionate about maintaining a global connection and relevance in this space.