Futures Council

The ANU NSC Futures Council is a select group of distinguished academics, former senior government officials, national opinion leaders and emerging strategic thinkers who regularly contribute to policy contestability and futures analysis in Australia.

The Council was formed in 2017 to inspire new thinking about national security. In 2019, the Council’s three priorities are:

  • Indo-Pacific strategy and geo-economics
  • Emerging technologies
  • Democratic resilience and social cohesion

The Council supports the work of the NSC Futures Hub and Policy Engagement programs. The Futures Hub is a standing secretariat at the NSC that facilitates whole-of-government and whole-of-nation projects in security futures analysis.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community.

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Professor Anne-Marie Grisogono

Professor Anne-Marie Grisogono

Professor Anne-Marie Grisogono is a complex systems scientist and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Flinders University. She holds a PhD in Mathematical Physics, and has worked in experimental and theoretical atomic and molecular physics, and lasers and nonlinear optics in various universities, followed by 20 years of applied R&D in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (now DST Group), working on systems design, modelling and simulation, and future concept development and experimentation.

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Professor Brendan Sargeant

Professor Brendan Sargeant

Professor Brendan Sargeant, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, has had wide experience in Defence and has held senior appointments including Deputy Head of the Defence Personnel Executive, Minister/Counsellor Defence Policy at Australian Embassy Washington, Deputy Director Intelligence at Defence Signals Directorate, Head of Strategic Policy Division and Deputy Secretary Strategy.

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Mr Chris Zappone

Mr Chris Zappone

Chris Zappone was an inaugural member of the National Security College’s Futures Hub in 2017. His focus has been on hybrid warfare, propaganda, cyber competition.

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 Dr Darren Lim

Dr Darren Lim

Dr Darren Lim is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University, and co-host of the “Australia in the World” podcast. He researches and teaches in the field of international relations, at the intersection of international political economy and international security. His particular focus is on geo-economics, the rules-based international order, and Australian foreign policy, with a regional focus on the Indo-Pacific.

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Mr David Irvine AO

Mr David Irvine AO

A long-serving diplomat, Mr David Irvine was Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea from 1996-1999 and Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China between 2000-2003, also concurrently Australian Ambassador to Mongolia and to the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea. He subsequently became the only person to have served as the head both of Australia’s foreign intelligence collection agency and its domestic security agency – positions he held for almost twelve years.

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Dr Fiona Cunningham

Dr Fiona Cunningham

Dr Fiona Cunningham is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of technology and conflict, with a focus on China.

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Professor Genevieve Bell

Professor Genevieve Bell

Professor Bell is the Director of the 3A Institute, Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, and a Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University (ANU) as well as a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel Corporation. Prof Bell is a cultural anthropologist, technologist and futurist best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development.

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Mr George Megalogenis

Mr George Megalogenis

Mr George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades' experience in the media. After joining the Sun-News Pictorial newspaper as a cadet journalist in 1986, George became economics correspondent for the News Limited group of morning newspapers [1988-1990].

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 The Honorable James R. Clapper AO

The Honorable James R. Clapper AO

The Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor, The Honorable James R. Clapper, served as the fourth US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) from August 9, 2010 to January 20, 2017. In this position, Mr Clapper led the United States Intelligence Community and served as the principal intelligence advisor to President Barak Obama.

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 Mr John Birmingham

Mr John Birmingham

John Birmingham is an author and columnist and a former researcher for the Department of Defence. His novels have been set as recommended reading at ADFA and he has consulted for the Army's Force Development Group. He has written two quarterly essays on Australian defence and Foreign policy and contributed to Australian Foreign Affairs. He has an interest in engaging the general public with issues of strategic policy.

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Mr John Garnaut

Mr John Garnaut

Mr John Garnaut is Fairfax Media's Asia Pacific editor. Most recently he was China correspondent. John graduated in law and arts from Monash University and worked for three years as a commercial lawyer at Melbourne firm Hall & Wilcox before joining the Sydney Morning Herald as a cadet in 2002. He became the Economics Correspondent in the Canberra press gallery and in 2007 was posted to Beijing.

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Dr Lesley Seebeck

Dr Lesley Seebeck

Dr Lesley Seebeck started as the CEO of the Cyber Institute, Australian National University, on 30 July 2018.

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Professor Michele Grossman

Professor Michele Grossman

Professor Michele Grossman, PhD is Research Chair in Diversity and Community Resilience at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation...

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Mr Nick Rasmussen

Mr Nick Rasmussen

Mr Nicholas Rasmussen is Senior Director for National Security and Counterterrorism Programs at the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

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Mr Peter Varghese, AO

Mr Peter Varghese, AO

Mr Peter Varghese began as Chancellor of The University of Queensland on 11 July 2016. Prior to this appointment

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Mr Ric Smith AO, PSM

Mr Ric Smith AO, PSM

Mr Richard (Ric) Smith was educated at the University of WA and taught in Western Australian country high schools for three years before joining the Department of External Affairs in 1969.

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Dr Sarah Logan

Dr Sarah Logan

Dr Sarah Logan is a lecturer in the Department of International Relations in the Coral Bell School in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the ANU.

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Dr Vikram Sharma

Dr Vikram Sharma

With the power of quantum technology, Dr Vikram Sharma and his company QuintessenceLabs are transforming cybersecurity for a better protected future.

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Dr Zack Cooper

Dr Zack Cooper

Dr Zack Cooper is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies U.S. defense strategy in Asia. Dr Cooper is also an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University and an associate with Armitage International. He previously served on staff at the Pentagon and White House, as well as at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Dr Cooper received a Ph.D., M.A., and M.P.A. from Princeton University and a B.A. from Stanford University.

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