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ASPI Women, Peace and Security Masterclass: In Policy and on Operations

The ASPI Women, Peace and Security Masterclass is a one-day intensive event that will give participants a strategic overview of the global challenges facing efforts to strengthen women, peace and security nearly 20 years since the adoption of the first Security Council resolution codifying the agenda in the year 2000. Following opening remarks from our keynote international speaker Clare Hutchinson, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, participants will hear from a range of WPS specialists from civil society, government, and the national security community who will talk on - and debate - a range of topics.


Keynote speaker:

Ms Clare Hutchinson, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security

Australia: future considerations and opportunities

  • Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs
  • Ms Gai Brodtmann MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security

WPS 2020 globally: evolving challenges and issues 

Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, AO, DSC, Chief of Joint Operations (TBC)
Operational update on defence and Women, Peace and Security

  • Professor Jacqui True, Professor of International Relations and Director of Monash University’s Centre for Gender, Peace and Security
  • Ms Betty Barkha, PhD candidate at Monash University’s Centre for Gender, Peace and Security and Advisor for the FRIDA Young Feminist Fund
  • Ms Louise Allen, Global Gender Peace and Security Consultant, former Executive Director, NGO Working Group on WPS, New York
  • Mr Nicolas Burniat, Representative a.i, Multi Country Office for the Pacific, UN Women
  • Alison Davidian, Programme Management Specialist, Women, Peace and Security, UN Women's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

On operations: demystifying gender advice  

  • LTCOL Melanie Lenaghan, Gender and Protection Officer, US-led Coalition Op Inherent Resolve in Iraq
  • AIRCDRE Kirrily Dearing, Senior Gender Advisor NATO Resolute Support in Afghanistan 
  • WGCDR Jade Deveney, Gender Advisor, Air Force
  • LTCOL Matthew Nash CSM, Command and Staff College and former Commanding Officer, Australian Defence Force Peace Operations Training Centre

In Conversation: Leadership – reflections and lessons

  • Dr Alan Ryan, Executive Director, Australian Civil-Military Centre
  • Ms Margaret Twomey, Former High Commissioner to Fiji and Timor-Leste
  • BRIG Susan Coyle, CSC, DSM, Commander of Australian Army’s 6th Brigade 

Concluding remarks and next steps

  • Ms Lisa Sharland, Head of International Program, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

A limited number of tickets are available at a discounted rate for participants from non-profit organisations and students.  Please contact Madeleine Nyst directly using the contact details listed below for more information on these tickets.