Women in National Security Course: leadership & impact

National Security College | Professional course
Women in National Security Course: leadership & Impact


The course builds on the voices heard at the successful Women in National Security Conference 2018. Presenting a range of leaders and academics, this two-day intensive course examines the challenges and opportunities for women leading, or seeking to lead, in defence, cyber, law enforcement, intelligence, border control and/or foreign affairs.

National Security College, Level 3, Crawford Building #132 , 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU

A fee of $2,250 (GST ex) applies to this course for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,700 (GST ex).

Course overview

The course builds on the voices heard at the successful Women in National Security Conference 2018. Presenting a range of leaders and academics, this 2-day intensive course examines challenges and opportunities for women leading, or seeking to lead, in defence, cyber, law enforcement, intelligence, border control and/or foreign affairs. Women in national security are having an increasing positive impact across these areas, adding depth and diversity to counter the current threats to security in Australian and globally.

Join us to consider the impact of gender on national security thinking, policy, decision-making, implementation and practice. Explore the value of women’s participation and leadership, and the risks associated with their exclusion or absence. Link theory and concepts, with experience and contemporary practice, drawing on frank insights from senior leaders and experts. Benefit from the insights of key speakers with experience and high-level involvement in Australia’s agenda on women and national security.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for practitioners in the Australian national security community, men and women, in the public and private sectors, who would benefit from an improved awareness of the positive impact gender has on national security outcomes, in theory and practice.
Please click here to register or contact us at epd.nsc@anu.edu.au for further information.

Course convenor

Dr Kath Gleeson

Dr Kath Gleeson joined the NSC in July 2019 on secondment from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) where she was in charge of training and education for the agency.

Areas of focus during her career include the design, development and delivery of training and learning focussed on capability building within the AEC but also internationally through the ‘Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections’ (BRIDGE) Program.

She also performed roles focussed on electoral management, reform and operational delivery both in Australia and overseas, and spent time in the not-for-profit sector and in academia, where her focus was on Australian foreign policy and political theory.

Kath holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor and Arts (Honours) from the University of Newcastle.

Course presenter(s)

Dr Sue Thompson, ANU NSC

Dr Sue Thompson has extensive experience in academia, government, the media and the non-government sector. In academia Dr Thompson has taught a range of history and politics courses at ANU and the University of Canberra. Her research specialisation examines the history of regional cooperation in Southeast Asia during the Cold War with a focus on foreign power influences – especially American – in the post-war evolution of Southeast Asian regionalism. Dr Thompson has conducted extensive fieldwork in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia and is currently working on her second sole-authored book on this topic, which will be published in 2018. Dr Thompson’s research has previously been awarded funding by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, the Eisenhower Presidential Library Foundation and the Gerald Ford Presidential Library Foundation, amongst others. Prior to joining the ANU, Dr Thompson was the research coordinator at the Asia-Pacific Civil Military Centre of Excellence, in the Australian Department of Defence, working on complex issues of coordinating civil, military and police personnel in conflict zones, disaster relief missions, post-conflict reconstruction and peacekeeping missions. Dr Thompson completed her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London in the United Kingdom. Dr Thompson holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor degree with honours from the Australian National University. Before embarking on her PhD studies, Dr Thompson worked for a minister in the Australian Government. Following this Dr Thompson worked as a journalist for the Associated Press, based in London, producing a wide range of international news stories. Dr Thompson has also worked in the non-government sector, notably as a corporate affairs officer for the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and as a communications and policy officer for the Mental Health Council of Australia.

Dr Jennifer S. Hunt

Dr. Jennifer S. Hunt is a lecturer in the National Security College and a research associate at the US Studies Centre. Publishing on comparative national security policy in the US, Australia, and the Arab Gulf, her research portfolio examines the intersection between defense, energy, and economic security issues. Dr. Hunt holds a PhD and Master’s Degree in International Security from the University of Sydney. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (USA) where she was captain of the Women’s Sabre Fencing team. From 2011-2012, she was a visiting researcher at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. As part of her research and consulting practice, Dr. Hunt also attended the World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi, and studied Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Jordan. Prior to joining the NSC, Dr. Hunt was based at the University of Sydney US Studies Centre, the Centre for International Security Studies, and Sydney Business School. She has been student-nominated for teaching awards across security studies, business and politics departments. Along with her academic areas of specialisation, Dr. Hunt also publishes on applied research methods. Together with Dr. Zina O’Leary, Workplace Research: Conducting small scale applied research, was published by Sage in 2016.

Research interests • International Security • Energy Security • US politics • Gulf political economy • Research methods
Teaching Research Methods Energy Security National Security Policy and Risk

Commodore Michele Miller AM, Command Support Branch, VCDF Executive, Chief of Staff

Commodore Michele Miller AM, Royal Australian Navy joined the National Security College in July 2018 as a Navy Visiting Fellow, supporting the ongoing NSC relationship with the Sea Power Centre - Australia. Michele has served as a warfare officer in the Royal Australian Navy for over 30 years, spending the majority of her career at sea, including command of two ships, the last being the Frigate HMAS PERTH, and contributing to operations and engagement from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific. Michele has served in capability development, headquarters roles, and more recently in strategic workforce planning as the Director General Navy People Branch. For her endeavours in command and the development of Navy people, Michele was appointed in 2018 as a Member of the Order of Australia in the Military Division. Michele is a graduate of the University of New South Wales (ADFA), has post-graduate qualifications in Management (Defence Studies) from the University of Canberra, and Maritime Studies from the University of Wollongong, and holds a Masters of Arts in Strategic Studies from Deakin University. Her Masters theses examined Australia’s national interests and policy options on issues in the South China Sea. She is a graduate of the Australian Defence College’s Command and Staff Course, and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and serves on the board of the veteran’s charity, Soldier On. Michele is married to a serving Air Force officer and they entertain one primary school daughter.

Ms Jacinta Carroll, Senior Research Fellow for the Counter Terrorism and Social Cohesion Project

Jacinta Carroll joined the National Security College as the Director, National Security Policy, in August 2017. She is a member of NSC’s Futures Council and works across the NSC’s professional development, policy and academic programs. Previously, Jacinta was the inaugural Head of ASPI’s Counter Terrorism Policy Centre, a position she held since August 2015. Jacinta joined ASPI from the Australian Government where she had held a variety of Senior Executive appointments, and worked in the Department of Defence and the Attorney-General’s Department. Her career experience includes working on national security, counter-terrorism, strategic policy, border security, military operations, campaign planning and scenario development, information management, and international policy with a particular focus on the Middle East and Afghanistan; she has served in Iraq. Jacinta is a graduate of the Australian National University, has post-graduate qualifications in management from Flinders University, and holds Masters degrees from the University of Sydney and Deakin University. Her Masters theses examined United Nations Peacekeeping, and Asia-Pacific Regional Security. She is a graduate of the Australian Defence College’s Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Graduate School of Management, and serves on a number of boards including the United Service Institute - ACT and John XXIII College ANU. She has completed the Defence and Industry Study Course, the Australian Public Sector Management Course and the Middle East Diplomats course at the Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a member of the AVERT (Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism) Research Network and the National Security and Terrorism Program Advisory Council, Deakin University.

Ms Prerana Mehta, Chief of Ecosystem Development

Prerana is charged with expanding and scaling Australia’s cyber security ecosystem at the Australian Cyber Security Growth Centre.

Executive level international trade and investment with 18 years experience across Asia and the Pacific, most recently as Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner in Singapore. Expertise in working with startups, SMEs, R&D institutions and Government. A leader in risk and governance in emerging markets including Deloitte (PNG) International SOS (Vietnam) and federal government trade and aid (Indonesia, Singapore and Australia). MAICD

Prerana is on the board of SisterWorks, a Melbourne based NGO that supports migrant and refugee women with business and entrepreneurship.

Ms Gai Brodtmann

Ms Gai Brodtmann, was a former Australian politician, who served as a member of the Australian House of Representatives for the seat of Canberra representing the Australian Labor Party from 2010 until 2019. A career public servant, diplomat and later small business owner, she succeeded Labor MP Annette Ellis, who retired from politics at the 2010 federal election. Appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence following the 2013 Election, Brodtmann has been the Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence in the Outer Shadow Cabinet since the 2016 election.

Associate Professor Katrina Lee-Koo, Monash University

Associate Professor Katrina Lee-Koo lectures in International Relations and is Deputy Director of Monash GPS (Monash University’s Gender, Peace and Security Research Centre).

She completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of Queensland, her Masters degree at the University of Nottingham, and her PhD at the Australian National University where she was employed from 2004-2014. In 2015 she joined the Politics program in the School of Social Sciences.

Katrina teaches and researches in the field of security studies. She looks particularly at critical security studies, and the protection and participation of civilians in conflict affected areas and peace processes (focused upon women and children).

Katrina has won numerous teaching awards including the Monash Dean of Arts Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching, the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the national Australian Teaching and Learning Citation for Excellence in Teaching.

She is currently the sole and chief investigator of an ARC Discovery Project entitled ‘Gender after Conflict’ (end 2019). She is a co-Chief Investigator (with Sara Davies, Nicole George and Jacqui True) on the ARC Linkage Project ‘Towards Inclusive Peace: Monitoring the Gender Provisions in Peace Settlements’ with partner organization the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). She is the World YWCA’s Partner Researcher (with Lesley Pruitt) on the DFAT funded project ‘Mobilising Young Women’s Leadership in the Asia Pacific’ which works across nine countries in the region. She is also the lead researcher on a partnership with Plan International on a research series entitled ‘Adolescent Girls in Crisis’ which has conducted research with adolescent girls in four sites around the world.

Her most recent book publications are: Children and Global Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2015 with Kim Huynh and Bina D’Costa) and Ethics and Global Security (Routledge, 2014 with Anthony Burke and Matt McDonald). She has a forthcoming book (co-edited with Lesley Pruitt) on Theorising Young Women’s Leadership (2020).

Katrina is associate editor of the International feminist Journal of Politics and on the editorial board for the Australian Journal of Political Science, the Australian Journal of Politics and History and Politics and Gender.

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