WA Indo-Pacific Defence Conference 2019

WA Indo-Pacific Defence Conference 2019

Western Australian Indo-Pacific Defence Conference 2019

BUY TICKETS2018 EVENT SUMMARY Media Release Partnerships

In 2019, the WA Indo-Pacific Defence conference will attract 500 delegates to a full-day event hosted at Crown Towers, Perth. This year's conference will feature expanded opportunities for exhibitors, sponsors, and visitors. This flagship conference will examine:

  • Partnership roles played by Indonesia, Japan, India, United Kingdom, France and the United States
  • Industry support for the changing operational environment
  • New frontiers in Defence including the evolving role of technology and WA's STEM agenda
  • Defence industry applications for WA's battery minerals and resources expertise
  • Key strategies outlined in the Western Australian Defence and Defence Industry Strategic Plan

Welcome to the Indo-Pacific Defence Conference 2019

I look forward to welcoming you to the 2019 Indo-Pacific Defence Conference to be held in Perth, Western Australia.  

The Government of Western Australia recognises the Indo-Pacific's role as a key economic and trade zone and is proud to partner with the USAsia Centre Perth to deliver this conference which will convene strategic thinkers from the military, industry, academic and government sectors from across the Indo-Pacific region.

Western Australia has a long and proud history of promoting and contributing to the national and international defence industry - through innovation, collaboration and providing value for money. 
Perth is home to Australia’s largest naval base, an advanced manufacturing sector and has an internationally recognised reputation for innovation and expertise. Its strategic economic and locational links in the Indo-Pacific make it the ideal location to discuss the critical defence and security issues impacting the region.

Perth is the western gateway to Australia and in recent years has transformed into a vibrant city with world-class sport and entertainment infrastructure, complemented by quality and affordable hotels, bars and restaurants. I hope your visit will include some time to enjoy all that Perth and the surrounding regions have to offer.

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA
Minister for Defence Issues


2019 WA Indo-Pacific Defence Conference Media Partner

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC -

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC is the 33rd Governor of Western Australia. Prior to being installed as Governor on the 1st May 2018, Mr Beazley had 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.

General Angus J. Campbell AO DSC -

General Angus J. Campbell AO DSC

Chief of the Defence Force

General Angus Campbell joined the Australian Army in 1981, graduating from the Royal Military College - Duntroon in 1984. He has served in troop and squadron command appointments within the Special Air Service Regiment, in a range of staff appointments, in senior roles in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and as Major General and Deputy Chief of Army in the Australian Defence Force.

On 16 May 2015, he was appointed Chief of the Australian Army. General Campbell was subsequently promoted and appointed to command of the Australian Defence Force on 7 July 2018. His full biography is available here

Mark Lippert  -

Mark Lippert

Vice President, Boeing International

The Honorable Mark William Lippert is vice president at Boeing International, based in Washington, D.C. Lippert joined Boeing in 2017. Prior to joining Boeing, he had a distinguished career in the United States government that included serving as United States ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Korea (2014-2017), chief of staff to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (2013-2014) and as assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs (2012-2013)

Rear Admiral Raydon W Gates AO CSM (Ret) -

Rear Admiral Raydon W Gates AO CSM (Ret)

Defence Advocate, Western Australia

Appointed as the Defence Advocate for Western Australia in August 2017 and reporting directly to the Minister for Defence Issues, Raydon provides independent advice and assistance to the Western Australian Government in promoting WA’s defence industry capability.  As well as providing strategic advice to Government on defence matters, in the role of Defence Advocate, he provides advice to the Minister and Defence West to enable WA to secure a greater share of work in naval shipbuilding and other capability streams through actively promoting WA’s capability and capacity.

Michele Clement -

Michele Clement

Acting Director, Defence Science Centre

Michele Clement is currently establishing the Western Australian Defence Science Centre (DSC WA) on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. The DSC WA aims to build strong collaborations across Defence, universities and industry, facilitating defence-relevant research and technology connections that supports defence and national security outcomes. It will support the commercialisation of defence-related research outcomes and cultivate an internationally engaged and competitive local defence industry.

Major General Seo Young Lee (Ret.) -

Major General Seo Young Lee (Ret.)

Retired Major General, Korean Military

Major General (Ret.) Seo Young Lee is an Adjunct Professor of the National Defense University. He serves as the Policy Advisory Committee Member and the Pol-Mil Advisor for JCS, and a Board Member of Council on Korea and U.S. Security Studies. MG Lee was a Visiting Researcher of RAND Corporation in 2015, a member of the Policy Advisory Committee for the Ministry of National Defense, and a Visiting Professor of the National Defense University from 2015 to 2017. He served as the Defense Attaché to the United States from 2011 to 2013. MG Lee was the Chief of Plans Division, C-5, ROK/U.S. Combined Forces Command. He was the JCS Senior Liaison Officer to Multi-National Force–Iraq. MG Lee graduated from the Korea Military Academy and the U.S. Joint Forces Staff College, received a M.A. from Yonsei University, and M.S.M. from Troy University.

Lieutenant General Agus Widjojo (Ret.)  -

Lieutenant General Agus Widjojo (Ret.)

Retired Lieutenant General, Indonesian Armed Forces

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Agus Widjojo, graduated from the Indonesian Armed Forces Academy in 1970. He holds degrees from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), U.S. National Defense University and George Washington University. After retirement from active duty in 2003, he served as Chief of Staff to the Commanding General, and Deputy Speaker in the National Consultative Assembly, representing the Military and National Police Faction.  He has served as Deputy in the Presidential Delivery Unit for Program Management and Reform (UKP-PPR) and as Commissioner of the Commission of Truth and Friendship Indonesia-Timor Leste. He is currently Governor of the National Resilience Institute of Republic of Indonesia (Lemhannas RI) and a senior fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta.

Professor Colleen Hayward AM -

Professor Colleen Hayward AM

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Equity and Indigenous, Edith Cowan University

Colleen Hayward is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout the south-west of WA. She comes from a teaching family with her father having been the first Aboriginal teacher, and Principal, in WA.
For more than 30 years, Colleen has provided significant input to policies and programs on a wide range of issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels. She has an extensive background in a range of areas including health, education, training, employment, housing, child protection and law & justice as well as significant experience in policy and management. In 2012, Colleen was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame and was recognised as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.


Todd Alder -

Todd Alder

CEO and Managing Director, Orbital UAV

Todd Alder is Managing Director and CEO of Orbital UAV. Since his appointment in August 2017, Todd has focused the Company’s strategy to deliver superiority in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) propulsion systems and flight critical components. Orbital UAV supplies its integrated propulsion systems and associated technologies to a global customer base, including Insitu Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, and Textron Systems – both world leaders in the supply of tactical defence UAVs.
Todd is a qualified CPA and holds a Bachelor of Economics and Accounting Degree from Flinders University in South Australia, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance through Chartered Secretaries Australia.

Professor Stephen Smith -

Professor Stephen Smith

Director, Perth USAsia Centre and Board Chair, UWA Public Policy Institute

Professor Smith was Federal Member for Perth for the Australian Labor Party from March 1993 until September 2013. In a distinguished career spanning 20 years in the Australian Federal Parliament, Professor Smith served as the Minister for Defence, and prior to that, as Minister for Foreign Affairs. 

Professor Robert Somerville AM -

Professor Robert Somerville AM

Wing Commander, Royal Australian Airforce Cadets

Robert Somerville is a Martu man from Jigalong in the Murchison-Gascoyne region of Western Australia. His family owned and ran one of Australia’s first Aboriginal owned cattle stations, Beyondie. A part of his Grandmother’s story is portrayed in the book and later movie the “Rabbit Proof Fence”.
Robert is a Wing Commander with the Royal Australian Air Force’s National cadet program that comprises of over 8,000 young people between the ages of 13 and 20 all of whom have a passion for aviation and defence. Robert is a qualified pilot and parachutist.

Ian Irving -

Ian Irving

Chief Executive, Naval Shipbuilding Institute

Ian has more than 30 years’ experience at senior executive levels within the Australian defence and aerospace industry, and in 2019 was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Naval Shipbuilding Institute, responsible for the delivery of Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding College.

Most recently Ian was Chief Executive for Northrop Grumman Australia, with responsibility for leading the development of Northrop Grumman within Australia, taking the company from inception to one of the major ongoing contributors to Australia’s national security capabilities.


Terry Durant -

Terry Durant

Managing Director, South Metro TAFE

Terry Durant is the Managing Director of South Metropolitan TAFE. Terry is passionate about the value and role of quality training and education in equipping individuals with skills for employment or further education.
In 2016, Terry led the amalgamation of two major training colleges under the Training Sector Reform Project. Her leadership during this time guided the newly formed South Metropolitan TAFE college towards a transformative period of driving strategic change, strengthening industry partnerships and evolving an outcomes focused staff culture.

Prior to her time in the VET sector, Terry worked across the public and private sector, in senior positions within banking, superannuation and taxation. Terry holds a Master of Business Administration from Curtin University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Matt Moran -

Matt Moran

Executive Director, Defence West

Matt is the inaugural Executive Director of Defence West, a Walkley Award winner and an Australian Army Afghanistan veteran. Matt has extensive knowledge of Defence, having experience as a senior adviser to the Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for Defence. He worked on Defence’s most complex and expensive projects over the last few years.

Matt was also a media adviser to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.  He deployed to Afghanistan as a public affairs officer in 2009 and East Timor in 2007.  In a previous life, he was a journalist with the ABC and Network Ten.

Admiral Robin Dhowan (Ret.) -

Admiral Robin Dhowan (Ret.)

Former Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy

Admiral RK Dhowan is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, the Defence Services Staff College and the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. The Admiral has commanded three frontline warships of the Western Fleet and was the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.

He has served as the Indian Naval Advisor at the High Commission of India, London, Chief Staff Officer (Operations), Western Naval Command, Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy and Plans), Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Vice Chief of the Naval Staff before being promoted as the 22nd Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy on 17 Apr 14. He retired from the role on 31 May 16 and took over as the fifth Chairman of the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi

Admiral Scott Swift (Ret.) -

Admiral Scott Swift (Ret.)

Former Commander, US Pacific Fleet

Adm. Swift served in the U.S. Navy for more than 40 years, rising from his commission through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate program to become a Navy light attack and strike fighter pilot.  He commanded at all levels including F/A-18 weapons school, aircraft carrier-based squadrons, Carrier Air Wing, Carrier Strike Group and the U.S. Seventh Fleet forward deployed to Japan, finally completing his uniformed career as the 35th Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet in 2018. During his years of service, he participated in combat Operations Praying Mantis, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and received a master’s degree from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

He is a graduate of San Diego State University and the U.S. Naval War College.

Selected as the MIT Center for International Studies Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow, Admiral Swift continues to explore opportunities to serve where his interests, abilities, experience and national need align.

Lieutenant Colonel Jasmin Diab -

Lieutenant Colonel Jasmin Diab

Base Commander, Campbell Barracks, Australian Army; Vice-President of Women in Nuclear Australia; Australian Representative on the Women in Nuclear Global Committee

Jasmin joined the Australian Army in 2001. After graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy and Royal Military College Duntroon, she was allocated to the Royal Australian Engineers as a Combat Engineer. Jasmin has spent the majority of her career providing operational and training support in countering chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats.  
Jasmin is a big advocate for thinking differently and is a co-founder of the Defence Entrepreneurs Forum Australia (DEF Aus) which encourages bottom up conceptual innovation through pitching ideas to Defence senior leadership. She is also the Vice-President of Women in Nuclear Australia and the Australian representative on the Women in Nuclear Global board. 

Dr Jeffrey Wilson -

Dr Jeffrey Wilson

Research Director, Perth USAsia Centre.​

Dr Jeffrey Wilson is the Research Director at the Perth USAsia Centre. He provides leadership and strategic direction in developing the Centre’s research program across its publications, policy and dialogue activities.
Dr Wilson specialises in the regional economic integration of the Indo-Pacific. He has particular expertise in the politics of trade agreements, regional economic institutions, and Australia’s economic ties with Asia. He has been featured in local and international media outlets, contributed to a range of track two dialogues between Australia and key regional partners, and supported policy development through consultancy, publication and advisory work.

Vice Admiral Yoji Koda (Ret.) -

Vice Admiral Yoji Koda (Ret.)

Former Commander-In-Chief of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force

Vice Admiral Koda is a Japanese naval officer, academic, writer and a fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University focusing on the direction of the US-Japan alliance in the coming decades and Chinese naval and military expansion. He is the former Commander-in-Chief of the Self Defence Fleet and has served on several Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force ships including the Yudachi (DD-108), the Shirayuki (DD-123), and the Sawayuki (DD-125). He has a career in maritime defence spanning over 30 years.