Land Forces 2024

MELBOURNE CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
11-13 SEPTEMBER 2024

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The Land Forces 2024 Hub

Date:
Wednesday 11 September
Thursday 12 September
Friday 13 September
Time:
1245 – 1615 : Wednesday 11 September
1010 – 1645 : Thursday 12 September
0940 – 1445 : Friday 13 September
Registration:

This event is open to all Land Forces trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates.
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NOTE: While attendance to this session is free for all participants, entry is not guaranteed. Seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and once the venue reaches its maximum capacity, access will be closed.

Location:
The Land Forces 2024 Hub (Bay 1), Ground Level, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

AMDA Foundation Limited is pleased to announce The Land Forces Hub will return to this year's event.

The Hub will see subject matter experts invited to present to an engaged audience of industry attendees as part of a dynamic speaker’s program from Wednesday 11 until Friday 13 September, onsite at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for Land Forces 2024.

Carefully integrated into the wider Land Forces conference program, The Land Forces Hub will provide a platform for speakers to present their vision, insights and solutions to the questions currently being posed by the land defence community.

A limited number of 30-minute presentations are open to industry, academia and government representatives on any topic that answers the question ‘what does the land defence marketplace need to know from me?’

Please see breakdown of presentation format below:

  • 10 minute – bump in
  • 5 minute – MC welcome and speaker introduction
  • 25 minute – presentation 5 minute – Q&A
  • 15 minute – bump out

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Wednesday 11 September

TIME
ACTIVITY | PRESENTATION
PRESENTER | PANELISTS
1245–1315
Realising the Defence Industry Development Strategy for ADF Munitions
1340–1415
Challenges in C4ISR: a research perspective
1440–1515
Future Command Centre
1540–1615
Igniting the Defence Spark: The FUTURE DEFENDERS Challenge

Thursday 12 September

TIME
ACTIVITY | PRESENTATION
PRESENTER | PANELISTS
1010–1045
Low Earth Orbit Satellite Communications: Transforming the Communications Landscape and Supporting Critical Defence Missions
1110–1145
Unlocking Collaboration in Defence Industries: Strategies, Tools, and Case Studies
1210–1245
Navigating the Risks: Counterfeit Electronics Components and their Impact in Supply Chain
1310–1345
Live Fire Force Generation and Safety - Preserving realism and our soldiers
1410–1445
Navigating International Waters: Lessons Learned from Birdon's Exporting Journey
1510–1545
Harmonizing AI and Military Operations with Public International Law: A Comprehensive Inquiry
1610–1645
Secure Communication: Leveraging Defence-Ready Language AI

Friday 13 September

TIME
ACTIVITY | PRESENTATION
PRESENTER | PANELISTS
0940–1015
Counter-UAS Systems - Securing Australian Skies
1110–1145
Future automation capability
1210–1245
Sovereign Rapid Deployable Security: Long Range Intruder & Anomaly Detection
1310–1345
Optimising weight and thermal management of future small arms systems
1410–1445
Wideband Electronic Warfare and Battlespace Control

SPEAKERS

Michaela Jeffery
Michaela Jeffery

Systems Engineer
Nova Systems

Michaela Jeffery is an experienced Defence and Aerospace Systems Engineer, based within the Aerospace Emerging Markets team at Nova Systems. Michaela brings her together her experience both in cybersecurity and emerging aviation technologies to advocate for the safe and secure adoption of UAS without hindering innovation. Michaela is a member of the Australian Association for Uncrewed Systems (AAUS) Cybersecurity Working Group. Michaela holds a Bachelors of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Queensland, and is completing a Masters in Space Systems Engineering from the University of New South Wales.


Mark Shanley
Mark Shanley

Sales and Marketing Director
Astute Electronics

Mark Shanely is a strong advocate for emphasizing the importance of a secure supply chains. He focuses on counterfeit mitigation and the strategic use of reliable resources to enhance industry practices.

Mark has an extensive background in Defence, with deep expertise in counterfeit mitigation and navigating the challenges posed by current component shortages, as well as technological transfer. 


Paul Flick
Paul Flick

Principal Engineer
CSIRO Data 61


Dr Gareth Parker
Dr Gareth Parker

Senior Principal Research Scientist
CSIRO Data 61

Dr Gareth Parker is a Senior Principal Research Scientist within CSIRO’s Data61. He is co-lead for the Defence and National Security pillar of CSIRO’s Secure Australia and Region challenge. 

From 2012 until June 2023 Gareth was the Defence (DSTG) Research Leader for Cyber and Signals Intelligence. In that role he led the Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF) cyber theme since its inception in 2016 until mid-2022 and held a number of leadership roles within DSTG’s international cyber S&T engagement under ‘The Technical Cooperation Program’. During 2019 Gareth was temporarily appointed to the role of Program Leader Science Strategy and Policy, and in that role led the development and production of the 2020 More, Together Defence S&T strategy.


Professor Chris Manzie
Professor Chris Manzie

Professor
The University of Melbourne

Professor Chris Manzie is the Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne. 

He was a Visiting Scholar with the University of California at San Diego in 2007 and a Visiteur Scientifique with IFP Energies Nouvelles, Rueil Malmaison, France, in 2012. His research interests are in model-based and model-free control and optimization with applications related to autonomous systems, energy, transportation, and mechatronics.


Professor Dragan Nesic
Professor Dragan Nesic

Professor
The University of Melbourne

Professor Dragan Nesic is an expert in the broad area of control engineering including its mathematical foundations and its applications to various areas of engineering and science and has published about 500 research articles. Prof. Nesic is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of IFAC and he served as a Distinguished Lecturer of the Control Systems Society of the IEEE. He was a co-recipient of the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award. He is a recipient of numerous awards and prizes.


Steve Brass
Steve Brass

Managing Director
Brassets Group

Steve Brass, a seasoned technology industry veteran with over 40 years of experience. He has established himself as a key speaker in several countries including Australia and the USA sharing his expertise on cutting-edge technologies and their societal impact. As the founder of Brassets Group, an innovative technology provider specializing in solutions for governments, defence departments, and police forces, Steve has led countless projects that have revolutionized the way organizations use intelligent technologies to manage security and communications.


Michael Rothwell
Michael Rothwell

Strategic Advisor
Accenture

Rear Admiral Michael Rothwell retired from the Royal Australian Navy in 2021. His 39 year military career included command of the Mine Hunter Coastal HMAS Diamantina, Landing Ship Heavy HMAS Tobruk, and Joint Task Force 633 responsible for Australian Defence Force operations and personnel in Afghanistan and the Middle East region during 2020-21. He has deployed on numerous other operations. Key appointments providing him a breadth of experience include Capability Manager of the Navy’s Amphibious and Support fleet, Commanding the Navy’s training command, Director General Maritime Operations at Joint Operations Command, and Head of ICT Operations for the Department of Defence.


Ross Thompson
Ross Thompson

Chief Executive Officer
PeopleIN

Ross has led in diverse settings, including multi-national corporations, sports, and military environments, developing and leading profitable operations in Australia, Asia, and Africa. His military background as a captain in the British Army's Queen's Gurkha Engineers contributes to his leadership depth in the defence sector, complementing his roles in the corporate and sporting worlds. Ross is currently a Non-Executive Director of Football Queensland and previously a Non-Executive Director of Queensland Rugby Union, further showcasing his wide-ranging leadership and governance expertise.


Gareth Collier
Gareth Collier

Vice President - Strategy
SimCentric Technologies

Major (retd) Gareth Collier served 19 years in the Australian Army in both Infantry and Special Forces. His operational service includes multiple deployments to East Timor, Afghanistan and the South-West Pacific, where he served in numerous command and staff appointments. He also completed a three-month attachment with the British Army as a Jungle Warfare Instructor in Belize, and has also held appointments within Special Operations Command in both Capability Development and Training Development. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, a Masters in Business Program Management, a Masters in Capability Technology Management and is an alumnus of the Capability Technology Management College where he was the 2011 Student of Merit. Gareth joined SimCentric in 2015, with his work in digitised live fire range safety and fratricide risk mitigation forming his primary remit since 2017.


Dr Khusro Saleem
Dr Khusro Saleem

Chief Technology Officer
Australian Systems Research Pty Ltd

Dr Khusro Saleem has decades of experience in advanced signal processing, digital systems design, radar and communication systems. He has experience in the design of advanced wideband radio-frequency systems and radar systems. He has worked for Defence (as a research engineer in DSTG in the 1990s) on weapon sensor systems and sensor networks. He has also worked on tracking systems, ADSL technology in Bandspeed, and developed digital systems in a number of other companies. He has worked at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Defence Enterprise, for 6 years leading work on advanced wideband RF systems. He is a cofounder of Australian Systems Research (trading as ASR Defence) with Dr Esty Yap and Dr Len Sciacca.


Dr Matthew Ilic
Dr Matthew Ilic

Development Manager – Defence and Strategic Projects
Vocus

During a career spanning thirty years in the Australian Army – Royal Australian Corps of Signals, Matthew Ilic specialised in fixed installation (deployed) and backhaul for forward operating bases whilst deployed in the Solomon Islands, East Timor and the Middle East. Currently, he holds the position of Development Manager – Defence and Strategic Projects at Vocus. In this position, he works with the Australian Defence Force to find ways to incorporate leading edge communications technology to provide a combat multiplier to command and control from the Tactical through to the Strategic levels of operations. His educational accomplishments include a Doctorate of Philosophy (Organisational Psychology), Master of Science (IT), Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Military Studies.


Ashley Neale
Ashley Neale

Development Manager, Space & Satellite
Vocus

Ashley is an experienced commercial leader, who values a customer-centric approach and the development of new markets.  For the last 15 years, Ashley has been involved in the Australian satellite industry, developing and leading satellite services organisations, delivery programs and business units.  With Vocus, Ashley leads the Space and Satellite practise, enabling ground connectivity for LEO sat operators and serving Vocus’ customer base with emerging satellite services.



Libby Day
Libby Day

Chief Executive Officer
Defence Teaming Centre

Libby Day is a CEO and Non-Executive Director with over 20 years’ experience in complex and highly regulated industries at a national and international level. Libby has worked for multinational companies in the Advanced Manufacturing sectors of Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Genomic Sequencing, and now with NFP organisations.

Libby is the CEO of the Defence Teaming Centre, a membership-based defence industry association and she is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre.

Allan Ryan
Allan Ryan

Founder & Executive Director
Hargraves Institute

Allan Ryan is a researcher and educator who brings out the best in people and teams to solve complex problems. He founded the Hargraves Institute and has developed tools to make collaboration a competitive advantage.

His original research started at the Australian Graduate School of Management, the Macquarie Graduate School and finally he was an Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School in Sydney. He has worked globally and with 100’s of local companies big and small.

Jamie Bruce
Jamie Bruce

CEO
Birdon Group

Jamie Bruce has grown Birdon from a regional Australian SME, to an international defence prime contractor. Under Jamie’s leadership, Birdon has achieved 32.6% compound annual growth sustained over the past 6 years.

Jamie’s vision and drive has seen Birdon continue to build on its Australian business roots, securing major contracts directly with the US Army, US Coast Guard (USCG), and the US Navy, along with other international defence forces. After completing his apprenticeship as a Diesel Fitter with Cummins Engine Company in 1997, Jamie commenced employment with Birdon, the family business.


Zach Stock
Zach Stock

Head of Discipline (Mechanical Engineering)
Thales Australia

Zach Stock is the Head of Discipline – Mechanical Engineering for the Integrated Weapons and Sensors division of Thales Australia. With an extensive background in additive manufacturing, Zach has previously established the Sydney Manufacturing Hub at The University of Sydney.

At Thales Australia, his focus is the enhancement of product capability through the integration of digital systems and collaboration with research partners to incorporate advanced materials and manufacturing techniques. Zach’s expertise not only contributes to Thales Australia’s capability in Defence technology but also fosters meaningful connections between research institutions and industry.

Tea Dietterich
Tea Dietterich

CEO
2M Language Services

Tea Dietterich is Founder and CEO of 2M Language Services, Australia’s leading language technology and language service provider, specialising in language technologies, AI, and data security systems. Tea works with a client portfolio of Fortune 500 companies across mining, defence, manufacturing and software industries. 

As an early adopter of secure language technologies, Tea has led 2M to take on prime and global supply chain roles in Defence and security projects and has ensured it is at the forefront of best practice in secure communication. Tea works daily with global brands assisting them to enter international markets successfully and advises in defence and mining sectors on secure communication and multilingual asset management. Tea is the President of the Australasian Association of Language Companies (AALC) and sits on various Boards and Councils in academia, international trade and industry standards. 

Michael Ahern
Michael Ahern

General Manager Weapons & Munitions
NIOA Australia & New Zealand

Mick joined the company in 2019 after three decades of service with the Australian Army. He served in Royal Australian Artillery Regiments before commanding joint weapons test and evaluation facilities, and joint explosive ordnance acquisition and sustainment programs.

He has broad leadership, operational, and capability experience within Army, Australian Defence Force Headquarters, and joint Defence groups. Mick has seen operational service in East Timor, the Middle East Area of Operations and South Sudan. 



Ferdi Kluever
Ferdi Kluever

General Manager Business Development
NIOA Australia & New Zealand

Ferdi joined NIOA in 2021 with almost three decades of experience in defence industry, most recently with Vista Outdoor, where he was responsible for sales and the development of new export channels for this US company in Asia Pacific, Africa, and Latin America.

Prior to his time with Vista Outdoor, Ferdi held roles in business development and engineering with various companies in Australia and South Africa. His broad range of skills and experience in engineering encompass electro-optical and radar systems, unmanned systems, explosive ordnance, and guided weapons. Ferdi has been deeply involved in establishing new production capability at Australia’s GOCO facilities with NIOA, as well as in previous roles with other companies.



Dr Immaculate Motsi
Dr Immaculate Motsi

Lead, Responsible AI
AI and Cyber Futures Institute

Dr. Immaculate (Mac) Motsi-Omoijiade, a Senior Research Fellow at AICF, is at the forefront of exploring the intersection of AI, blockchain, and cybersecurity within military operations. 

Her research rigorously examines the integration of advanced data-driven technologies into defense frameworks, emphasizing the critical alignment with Public International Law. This includes an extensive analysis of AI's influence on military decision-making, ensuring that ethical deployment aligns with principles of accountability, transparency, fairness, and human rights. Her previous work, which includes a focus on the legal, regulatory, and governance dimensions of emerging technologies at institutions such as RAND Europe and the University of Birmingham, provides a solid foundation for understanding the challenges of implementing AI in sensitive military contexts. Dr. Motsi-Omoijiade’s commitment to merging technological innovation with robust legal standards aims to enhance global security while maintaining operational accountability and adherence to International Humanitarian Law.


Ofir Rozenberg
Ofir Rozenberg

Technology Lead
Accenture


Harry Veivers
Harry Veivers

Hardware Architect
Thales Australia

Harry Veivers is a Hardware Architect with the Integrated Weapons and Sensors division of Thales Australia and is responsible for material selection, lightweighting and thermal management in product R&D. He is also a DMTC-sponsored PhD Candidate at The University of Queensland with a focus on the layup optimisation of composite tubular structures under thermomechanical loading conditions. Harry’s development of advanced modelling and optimisation techniques for composite material integration has led to improved performance opportunities for small arms and other Defence technology.


The Land Forces 2024 Hub is hosted by AMDA Foundation Limited, in conjunction with the full event program. 


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