Admiral John AQUILINO, US Navy
Admiral John Aquilino was appointed as Commander of the United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet in May 2018. An aircraft carrier pilot by trade, Adm. Aquilino is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), and has flown in and commanded several F-14A/B Tomcat and F-18C/E/F Hornet squadrons, including VF-142 (Ghost Riders), VF-41 (Black Aces), and VF-11 (Red Rippers). Ashore, he has served as an adversary instructor pilot, operations officer of the Strike Weapons and Tactics School, Director of Air Wing Readiness and Training for the Atlantic Fleet’s naval air forces, and Executive Assistant to the Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Adm. Aquilino’s flag assignments include Director of Strategy and Policy at U.S. Joint Forces Command, Director of Maritime Operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans and Strategy, and Commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet. Adm. Aquilino earned his B.Sc. in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy, and earned his naval aviation wings in 1986.
Rear-Admiral Bob AUCHTERLONIE, Royal Canadian Navy
Rear Admiral Bob Auchterlonie is the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific, the Royal Canadian Navy’s west coast naval formation, and recently held the Deputy Commander of the Coalition Combined Joint Task Force position for the Rim of the Pacific 2018 exercise. Prior to his current appointment, RAdm. Auchterlonie shore postings include Deputy Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command, the Canadian Armed Forces’ joint operational command, Director-General for Plans in the Strategic Joint Staff, Commander of Canadian Fleet Pacific, and Base Commander of Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt. At sea, he served as Navigating Officer for HMCS Cowichan and Regina, Combat Officer for Calgary, Executive Officer of Preserver, and Commander Officer of Fredericton. RAdm. Auchterlonie earned his B.A. in Economics and M.A. in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, has attended the Naval Command College at the United States Naval War College and the International Security program at Harvard, and is an alumnus of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.
Dr. Ian BOWERS, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies
Dr. Ian Bowers is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Asian Security Studies at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies. His research is focused on Asian maritime security, South Korean security policy, naval strategy, and maritime procurement, and he is currently conducting research on the application of deterrence at sea in East Asia, and non-traditional naval operations. Dr. Bowers’ recent works include “Exploiting the Sea: Naval Involvement in UN Peacekeeping” (2017), “Navies, Coast Guards, the Maritime Community and International Stability” (2017), and “A Question of Balance: Warfighting and Naval Operations Other Than War” (2016). Dr. Bowers received his B.A. in History from University College Dublin, his M.A. in War Studies from King’s College London, and his Ph.D. in War Studies from King’s College London, where his dissertation focused on the modernization of South Korea’s navy.
Dr. Robert FARLEY, University of Kentucky
Dr. Robert Farley is a Senior Lecturer at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky, where he teaches courses on Asian security and seapower. He is the author of two books, Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force and The Battleship Book, is senior editor of the website Lawyers, Guns and Money, and regularly contributes columns on national security and defence issues to publications such as The Diplomat and The National Interest. His research interests include airpower, seapower, military procurement, and the diffusion of military technology and ideas, and he is currently completing a book on intellectual property law and the dissemination of military technology. Dr. Farley received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington.
Rear-Admiral (RCN ret’d) Nigel GREENWOOD, Greenwood Maritime
Rear-Admiral Nigel Greenwood successfully completed a 37-year career with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in 2012, as Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific, the RCN’s west coast naval formation. Prior to this appointment, RAdm. Greenwood served as Deputy Commander of the RCN, Commander of Canadian Fleet Pacific, Base Commander of Canadian Forces Base in Halifax, and Commander Officer of HMCS Ottawa. His early RCN career included specialization in shipboard air control and navigation, and anti-submarine warfare tactics and operations, which was cultivated in an exchange with the U.S. Navy. RAdm. Greenwood is certified as a Master Mariner, and is qualified as an Ice Navigator, a designation that allowed him to assist in the ice navigation of the Northwest Passage on board MSV Nordica during her July 2017 sail, the earliest seasonal transit of the Passage to date. He earned his B.Sc. in Oceanography and Physics from Royal Roads Military College, and his M.A. in International Relations (with Distinction) from the Royal College of Defence Studies.
Bill HAYTON, Chatham House
Mr. Bill Hayton is an associate fellow with the Asia Programme at Chatham House, where he writes and presents on developments in the South China Sea, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and Vietnam in particular. Mr. Hayton has been a journalist for the BBC since 1998, including postings in Vietnam and Myanmar, and currently works for BBC World News in London. He has written two books, “The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia” (2014) and “Vietnam: Rising Dragon” (2011), as well as numerous commentaries and historical critiques on the South China Sea and Vietnam for publications such as The Economist, The Diplomat, and the National Interest. Mr. Hayton earned a B.A. (Honours) in Geography from the University of Cambridge.
Ben Wan Beng HO, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Mr. Ben Wan Beng Ho is an Associate Research Fellow with the Military Studies Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore. He researches primarily on maritime aviation, underseas warfare, anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) strategies and capacities, and the naval history of World War Two. His work at RSIS also sees him conducting courses up to the staff college level for officers of the Singapore Armed Forces, including teaching on seapower, airpower, joint operations, force transformation, and insurgencies and counter-insurgencies. Mr. Ho’s work has appeared in journals such as the Naval War College Review and the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, as well as security websites like The Diplomat, The National Interest, and RUSI Defence Systems. Mr. Ho holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from RSIS, where he wrote his dissertation on aircraft carriers under the supervision of Dr. Geoffrey Till, and he earned an honours degree in History from the National University of Singapore.
Commissioner Jeffrey HUTCHINSON, Canadian Coast Guard
Commissioner Jeffrey Hutchinson was promoted to lead the Canadian Coast Guard in March 2017, after having previous served as Deputy Commissioner for Strategy and Shipbuilding, Director-General for National Strategies, and Director-General for Integrated Business Management Services. His other federal government service includes terms as Executive Director at the Treasury Board Secretariat, Executive Director of the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, and General Counsel to Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada and Justice Canada. Commissioner Hutchinson earned his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario.
Vice-Admiral Clive JOHNSTONE, NATO Allied Maritime Commander
Vice-Admiral Clive Johnstone is the Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Allied Maritime Command, where he is the Alliance’s principal maritime advisor and holds operational command of NATO’s Standing Naval Forces. Prior to his current post, VAdm. Johnstone served as a Royal Navy flag officer in several capacities, including Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Training, Flag Officer Sea Training, and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff. At sea, he has served as a Navigator, Fighter Controller, and Principal Warfare Officer in warships ranging from aircraft carriers to minesweepers, command HMS Iron Duke and Bulwark in the Middle East and Africa, for which he was awarded a Commander of the British Empire for the evacuation of British nationals from Lebanon. Furthermore, he served on board Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia during the handover of Hong Kong. VAdm. Johnstone is a graduate of Durham University and Britannia Royal Navy College.
Elsa KANIA, Center for a New American Security
Ms. Elsa Kania is an Adjunct Fellow with the Center for a New American Security’s (CNAS) Technology and National Security Program, and is a member of the Center’s public-private Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security. Her research at CNAS includes Chinese defence innovation in emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, information warfare, and defence science and technology. Ms. Kania is also a co-founder of and analyst at the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute, a member of the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command’s Mad Scientist program, an associate with the China Aerospace Policy Institute, a consulting analyst with the Pointe Bello consultancy, and a policy advisor for the non-profit Technology for Global Security. She has testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Chinese advancements in autonomous systems, and is a regular contributor to geopolitical publications such as The Diplomat, Lawfare, and China Brief. Ms. Kania earned her B.A. in Political Science and Government (summa cum laude) from Harvard University, and has taken intensive Chinese language studies at Tsinghua and Minzu Universities.
Dr. Collin KOH Swee Lean, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Dr. Collin Koh Swee Lean is a Research Fellow at the Maritime Security Programme in the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. His research interests include naval affairs in the Indo-Pacific, naval modernization, and naval arms control. Prior to joining the Maritime Security Programme, Dr. Koh taught at the Military Studies Programme, the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, and at the Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute. He regularly contributes to media outlets such as Bloomberg, Channel News Asia, Reuters, the South China Morning Post, and Voice of America, and has consulted for Oxford Analytica. Dr. Koh earned his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Strategic Studies from the S. Rajaratnam School, and his B.Sc. in Materials Engineering (with Honours) from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Vice-Admiral Ron LLOYD, Royal Canadian Navy
Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd is the 35th Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), having taken up the position in June 2016. Prior to his current posting, VAdm. Lloyd worked as Acting Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Deputy Commander of the RCN, and Commander of both Canadian Fleet Atlantic and Canadian Fleet Pacific. He began his naval career as a navigator, before becoming Combat Officer for HMCS Calgary, Executive Officer of Ottawa, and Commanding Officer of Charlottetown and Algonquin. He has been deployed across the world in support of international operations, including to the Arabian Gulf twice, to help enforce United Nations economic sanctions against Iraq and to support Canada’s contribution to the War on Terror, and to the Adriatic Sea as part of a UN embargo on the former Yugoslavia. VAdm. Lloyd earned his B.A. in Military and Strategic Studies from Royal Roads Military College, and his M.A. in War Studies from Royal Military College.
Dr. Mohan MALIK, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Dr. Mohan Malik is a Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Security Studies (APCSS), one of the U.S. Defense Department’s regional security education centres. Before joining APCSS in 2001, he directed the postgraduate Defense Studies Program at Deakin University in Australia. Dr. Malik is a prolific author, with his authored and edited books including “Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific: Perspectives from China, India, and the United States” (2014), “China and India: Great Power Rivals” (2011), and “Dragon on Terrorism: Assessing China’s Tactical Gains and Strategic Losses Post-September 11” (2004). He has also written extensively for publications such as the Asia-Pacific Defense Reporter, China Brief, Jane’s, The Diplomat, and the Wall Street Journal, among many others, and has lectured and testified at the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, the Australian Senate, and the Australian Defence College. Dr. Malik earned his Ph.D. in International Relations from Australian National University, his M.Phil in Chinese Studies from Delhi University, and an Advanced Diploma in Chinese language from Beijing University.
Dr. Kate MORAN, Ocean Networks Canada
Dr. Kathryn (Kate) Moran is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Networks Canada, and a Professor in the Earth and Ocean Sciences department at the University of Victoria. Previously, Dr. Moran was a Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Administration at the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. From 2009 to 2011, she served as Assistant Director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she focused on solving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and assisted in the drafting of Arctic, ocean, and climate policies. She has led several major oceanographic expeditions, including the first drilling expedition to the Arctic Ocean in 2004, and a mission to the Indian Ocean in 2005 to determine the source of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Dr. Moran earned her Ph.D. in Engineering from Dalhousie University, her M.Sc. in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and her B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Sarah TAYLOR, Global Affairs Canada
Dr. Sarah Taylor is Director General for North Asia and Oceania at Global Affairs Canada. Prior to her current position, Dr. Taylor worked as Deputy Head of Mission and Minister for Political-Economic Relations and Public Diplomacy in the Canadian embassy in the People’s Republic of China, and as a foreign service officer with the Canadian missions in Jakarta, Beijing, and Hong Kong. Her foreign affairs headquarters positions include speechwriter for the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Deputy Director of the Southeast Asia Division. From 2006 to 2011, she served in several capacities in the Privy Council Office, the federal department tasked with supporting the Prime Minister and Cabinet, including acting Executive Director and Deputy Director of the International Assessment Staff, and Director of the Office’s Asia Division. Dr. Taylor earned her Ph.D. and M.Phil degrees in East Asian archaeology from Cambridge University.
Vice Admiral Jan TIGHE, US Navy
Vice Admiral Jan Tighe is the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare for the United States Navy, and the 66th Director of Naval Intelligence, which she assumed in July 2016. As a flag officer, VAdm. Tighe served both as Commander and Deputy Commander (in separate postings) of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, Director of Decision Superiority in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, and interim President of the Naval Postgraduate School. Her previous tours include staff assignments at the Pacific Fleet Headquarters, Naval Security Group, and Naval Network Warfare Command, as well as command of over 2,800 multi-service and multi-agency personnel at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service in Hawaii. VAdm. Tighe earned her information warfare pin and naval aviation observer wings while deployed during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit, among many other commendations. VAdm. Tighe is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and holds an M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Dr. Geoffrey TILL, King’s College London
Dr. Geoff Till is the Emeritus Professor of Maritime Studies at King’s College London, Chairman of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, and Visiting Professor in the Maritime Security Programme at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. Previously, Dr. Till served as Dean of Academic Studies at the U.K. Command and Staff College, Head of the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London, and as an Honourary Captain in the Royal Navy Reserve. He has taught at the Britannia Royal Naval College, the Royal Naval College Greenwich, and the Armed Forces University in Taiwan. Dr. Till has written several hundred books, book chapters, and articles on maritime affairs, such as the seminal “Seapower: A Guide for the 21st Century” (updated in 2018), “Naval Modernisation in Southeast Asia” (2013), and “Asia’s Naval Expansion: An Arms Race in the Making?” (2017). He earned his Ph.D. in British naval history from the University of London.