ASPI Council Member
Gai Brodtmann is a member of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute council, Old Parliament House and Endometriosis Australia boards and Sapien Cyber advisory board.
She is also an occasional presenter and panellist at the National Security College and Australian Defence College and contributor to The Strategist.
Gai served as the Member for Canberra from 2010-2019. She was Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence from 2016-19 and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence from 2013-2016.
Gai is a former member and deputy chair of the joint committees on Public Accounts and Audit and National Capital and External Territories and a former member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and the Defence sub-committee.
Before her political career, Gai ran her own small business for ten years and was a federal public servant, primarily with Foreign Affairs and Trade and Attorney-General’s, for a decade.
From 2000-2009, Gai consulted in Defence across a broad range of areas, including on capability acquisition and sustainment, financial and personnel management, youth development, science and technology, cultural change and diversity policy.
During her time in Foreign Affairs and Trade, Gai was posted to New Delhi and served on the Middle East desk, where she worked on the normalisation of the relationship with Iran and bilateral policy on Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
Gai’s national security policy interests include cyber security – across a broad range of fields – the Women, Peace and Security agenda, critical infrastructure, capability sustainment, sovereign capacity and community education.
Gai is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.