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Danielle Cave

Director - Executive, Strategy & Research

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National security, foreign policy and Indo-Pacific including cyber, critical & strategic technologies, information operations & foreign interference


Danielle is Director - Executive, Strategy and Research.

In this role Danielle works across the organisation on short and long term priorities and strategic initiatives. These include research and project development and delivery; stakeholder management; fundraising; recruitment and ASPI’s Sydney Dialogue initiative. From 2019 to 2022 She was Deputy Director of ASPI's International Cyber Policy Centre and she remains heavily involved in ICPC's work.

In this previous role Danielle led on the centre’s research, staff management, recruitment and program management. She worked closely with the ICPC Director in setting the strategic vision of the Centre and in sourcing and maintaining a diverse funding base to support the Centre’s full suite of project, policy, capability building, research and global activities. A key part of this role was high-level engagement with domestic and international stakeholders across governments, Parliaments, the private sector and civil society. Before being promoted to Deputy Director, Danielle was a Senior Analyst in the Centre from 2018-2019

Danielle has worked in the fields of international security and foreign policy - across government and non-government - since 2005. She has led diverse and increasingly large teams focused on a range of global issues impacting Australia’s place in the world since 2012. Her work has been published and cited widely, including in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Reuters, Associated Press, Australian Foreign Affairs and across major media outlets in the Indo-Pacific region.

She is a former Analyst and team leader in the Open Source Centre at the Office of National Assessments. In 2016 she was a Google Policy Fellow attached to the Harvard University incubated Digital Asia Hub in Hong Kong. She has previously worked at the Lowy Institute for International Policy and at the Australian Government’s foreign aid agency (AusAID), working in the Asia strategy, research and communication branches. Prior to joining the Lowy Institute, she worked for two years as Editorial Coordinator for the Sydney bureau of the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's largest newspaper.

Besides her work for ASPI, she has also authored a number of external projects over the past few years including an essay for Australian Foreign Affairs in 2020 on how Covid-19, data, cyberspace & technology are changing spycraft; regular pieces for India's largest think-tank the Observer Research Foundation and a 3-year study for the Lowy Institute in 2019 'Foreign Territory: Women in international relations' that revealed severe gender imbalances across Australia's diplomatic, national security and intelligence community.     

Danielle has a Masters degree in International Security from Sydney University and a Bachelor degree in Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.