Vice Admiral Jose Luis ALANO, Philippines National Coast Watch Council Secretariat
Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano is currently the Executive Director of the National Coast Watch Council Secretariat, which provides research and administrative services to the Council, and coordinates inter-agency committees and working groups convened by the Council. Prior to his current post, VAdm. Alano served as a Surface Warfare and Naval Air Warfare Officer in the Philippine Navy, with his notable posts including Commander of Northern Luzon Naval Forces, Commanding Officer of the Presidential Yacht, Commander Central Command, a joint Army-Navy-Air Force operational unit, and Commander of the Philippine Navy. He also oversaw a review of the Philippines’ National Marine Policy and the drafting of the National Coast Watch System Core Manual. VAdm. Alano earned his M.A. in Strategic Studies from Deakin University in Australia, and is a graduate of the Defense Strategic Studies Course and the Naval Staff Course, also in Australia.
Vice Admiral John D. ALEXANDER, United States Navy
Vice Admiral John Alexander is Commander of the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet, responsible for maritime security in the eastern Pacific, a post he has held since September 2017. A Naval Flight Officer by trade, VAdm. Alexander has logged over 3,200 flight hours, including more than 700 carrier-arrested landings, with tours of duty with Attack Squadrons 165, 155, and 196. His command-level tours include serving as Commander of Attack Squadron 135, Commanding Officer of the Landing Platform Dock USS Juneau, Executive Officer of the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Commanding Officer of the carrier Abraham Lincoln. As a flag officer, VAdm. Alexander has served as Director of Maritime Operations for U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Commander of Battle Force U.S. 7th Fleet, and he forward deployed to the carrier Ronald Reagan out of Yokosuka, Japan. VAdm. Alexander earned his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University, his M.A. in Defense Studies from King’s College London, and is a graduate of the Royal Navy Staff College Course and the U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program.
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. Tim BENBOW, King’s College London
Dr. Tim Benbow is a Reader in Strategic Studies in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London, a Maritime Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course, the Deputy Director of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, and the Director of the Strategy and Defence Policy Research Centre. Dr. Benbow previously taught at the Britannia Royal Naval College and at Oxford University after completing his doctoral studies at the latter. His research interests include maritime strategy, revolutions in military affairs and future warfare, and British strategy and defence policy. Dr. Benbow has contributed to numerous publications, including “Maritime Security in the South China Sea” (2016), “The Future of Naval Conflict and Lessons from History” (2016), and “The Rise of the Indian Navy: Internal Vulnerabilities, External Challenges” (2016). Dr. Benbow earned his D.Phil. and M.Phil. in International Relations at St. Antony’s College at Oxford University, and his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Brasenose College, also at Oxford.
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. James BOUTILIER, Royal Canadian Navy
Dr. James (Jim) Boutilier is the Special Advisor in International Engagement at Maritime Forces Pacific, the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) west coast naval formation, where he is responsible for advising senior RCN leadership on current geopolitical and maritime security issues in the Indo-Pacific. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Boutilier taught history at the Royal Roads Military College for 24 years. He has published widely on international defence and security issues, including “RCN in Retrospect” (1982), and in Asia-Pacific Defence Reporter and Canadian Institute of International Affairs. He also regularly lectures on Indo-Pacific security affairs at the NATO Defence College and the Canadian Forces College. Dr. Boutilier earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of London, his M.A. in History from McMaster University, and his B.A. in History from Dalhousie University.
Vice Admiral Pradeep Kumar CHATTERJEE, Indian Navy (Retired)
Vice Admiral Pradeep Kumar Chatterjee was most recently the Commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command in the eastern Indian Ocean, the Indian military’s only tri-service command, and Honourary Aide-de-Camp to the President of India. VAdm. Chatterjee was a career submariner, having served on several submarines and commanded two boats, as well as a frigate and a guided-missile destroyer. Ashore, he led the Directorate of Submarine Operations and Directorate of Submarine Acquisitions at the Indian Navy Headquarters, and served as Flag Officer Submarines, responsible for the Indian Navy’s sub-surface capabilities, and Inspector General Nuclear Safety, where supervised the Indian Navy’s nuclear submarine program. VAdm. Chatterjee also served as Deputy Chief of the Navy, and on the Board of Directors for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. VAdm. Chatterjee is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, the National Defense Academy, the National Defence College, and the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, India. During his time in the Indian Navy, he also earned a Master in Defence Studies and a M.Phil. in Strategic Studies.
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.
Eric FOURNIER, Defence Research and Development Canada
Mr. Eric Fournier is the Director General (Science and Technology) for Strategic Decision Support at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), the research arm of the Canadian Department of National Defence. Mr. Fournier began his DRDC career as a defence scientist in the Flight Mechanics Group, and has served in various capacities in the organization, including Director of Science and Technology Air, and Director of DRDC’s Centre for Operational Research and Analysis. He has also taken his analytical expertise overseas, with positions in the United Kingdom’s Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Fort Halstead and Defence Research and Development Counsellor to the Canadian Defense Liaison Staff in London.
Rear Admiral (U.S. Navy retired) Peter GUMATAOTAO, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Rear Admiral Peter Gumataotao became the Director of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in February 2018. RAdm. Gumataotao joined the U.S. Navy in 1976 and served in both Pacific and Atlantic Ocean commands for 37 years. In the Indo-Pacific, he served as Commander of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, and Current Operations Director for both U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. Pacific Command. Ashore, RAdm. Gumataotao worked as a Strategic Fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis, and most recently, served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Policy for Supreme Allied Command Transformation NATO. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a M.A. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and his awards include being the first recipient of the Admiral Zumwalt Award for Visionary Leadership, the Order of National Security Merit Cheonsu Medal from South Korea, and the Bundeswehr Cross of Honour for Valour from the German military.
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.
HOANG Thi Ha, Association of Southeast Asian Nations Studies Centre
Ms. Hoang Thi Ha is Lead Researcher for Political and Security Affairs at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Studies Centre, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, in Singapore. Her research interests at the Centre focus on political and security issues in ASEAN, ASEAN’s relations with major powers, and ASEAN’s institution-building. Ms. Hoang joined the ASEAN Department in Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2004, after which she served on the ASEAN Secretariat for nine years, including as Assistant Director, Head of the Political Cooperation Division. Ms. Hoang received her M.A. in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.
Commissioner Jeffery HUTCHINSON, Canadian Coast Guard
Commissioner Jeffery 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.
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 non-resident fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre, 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, has taken intensive Chinese language studies at Tsinghua and Minzu Universities, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Harvard’s Department of Government.
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.
Commander Graham MACLEAN, Royal New Zealand Navy
Commander Graham MacLean is the Inspector General (Maritime) and a Naval Warfare Officer with the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). Cdr. MacLean has held staff, warfare, and command roles across the Middle East, Indo-Pacific, and Antarctica, including serving as Operations Officer for the ANZAC-class frigate Te Kaha, Principal Warfare Officer for Te Mana, an exchange with the Commander United Kingdom’s Maritime Forces (COMUKTG) Battle Staff, and Commanding Officer of the Protector-class offshore patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington from 2014 to 2016. Cdr. MacLean earned a M.Sc. from Kingston University in London in Maritime Technology.
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.
Lieutenant Colonel Scott MCDONALD, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Lieutenant Colonel (United States Marine Corps) Scott McDonald is a Military Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, where he teaches on China and Taiwan, and coalition operations. Prior to his current assignment, LtCol. McDonald’s postings included operational tours in Iraq as an Armor officer and as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans at III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, and diplomatic postings as a military attaché in Australia and Taiwan. His policy roles include serving as a strategic analyst on the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Strategic Initiatives Group, and secondment to the Office of Marine Corps Communication to rebuild the Corps’ Communication Synchronization enterprise. LtCol. McDonald earned his B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and his M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is also an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI Program, and the US Air War College Distance Learning Program.
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.
Rear Admiral Jürgen zur MÜHLEN, German Navy
Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen is the Director of Operations and Deputy Fleet Commander for the German Navy, a post he has held since 2017. RAdm. zur Mühlen completed advanced officer training in 1988 and began his at-sea naval career as a Communications Officer on board FGS Saarburg. He followed on to serve as Operations Officer in Lübeck, Executive Officer of Bayern, returned to Lübeck as her Commanding Officer in 2002, and was EU Force Commander for Operation Atalanta. His defence tours ashore include postings as Commander of the German Navy’s Flotilla 2, Assistant Branch Chief for Political Military Affairs and Branch Chief for Security and Defence Policy at the German Ministry of Defence, and Vice Section Chief for Defence and Force Planning at NATO Headquarters. He has also instructed on naval doctrine at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College. RAdm. zur Mühlen is a graduate of the General/Admiral Staff Officer course at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, and earned a B.Sc. in Economics and Organisational Sciences from Bundeswehr University.
Lieutenant General NAGASHIMA Jun, Japan Air Staff College
Lieutenant General Nagashima Jun is the Commandant of the Japan Air Self Defense Force’s (JASDF) Air Staff College, and Commander of the JASDF’s Meguro Air Base in Tokyo, a post he took up in December 2016. LGen. Nagashima has held several notable appointments over the past decade, including Defense Attaché in Belgium, Cabinet Councilor and Deputy Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary for the National Security Secretariat, and Chief of Staff in the JASDF’s Air Training Command Headquarters. He graduated from the National Defense Academy with a degree in International Relations, and holds a M.A. in International Area Studies from the University of Tsukuba.
Lieutenant Colonel NGO Xuan Truong, Ph.D., Institute of Defense International Relations
Lieutenant Colonel Ngo Xuan Truong is the Special Advisor for Political Economy and Maritime Security at the Institute for Defense International Relations in the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense, where he is responsible for advising senior leaders on economic policy, defence-related international relations, and maritime security in the South China Sea. Lt. Col. Ngo has previously served in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-ASEAN Regional Forum Division, and the Asia-Africa Division. His recent work includes publications on Singapore’s 2018 chairmanship of ASEAN, recent Vietnam-China relations, China’s Maritime Silk Road, and Vietnam’s role in developing an Indo-Pacific security structure. Lt. Col. Earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, his M.B.A. from Northcentral University, and his Bachelor of Military Science from the Military Science Academy of Vietnam. Lt. Col. Ngo is also a graduate of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, the Peace Operations Training Centre in Australia, and the Multinational Peace Support Operations Training Centre in Greece.
Dr. Michael PETERSEN, U.S. Naval War College
Dr. Michael Petersen is the Director of the Russia Maritime Studies Institute and an Associate Professor in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the United States Naval War College. His work focuses on the Russian Navy, high-intensity maritime warfare, strategic weapons and weapons of mass destruction, and intelligence support to military operations. Prior to his appointment to the Naval War College, Dr. Petersen served as Director of the Center for Strategic Intelligence Research at the National Intelligence University, and with the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council. He is the author of “Missiles for the Fatherland: Peenemünde, National Socialism, and the V-2 Missile” (2011), as well as articles and essays in publications such as Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute, The National Interest, and War on the Rocks. Dr. Petersen earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Rear Admiral Peter QUINN, Royal Australian Navy
Rear Admiral Pete Quinn is the Head of Navy Capability for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and is responsible for identifying the needs and requirements of the RAN’s future capabilities and for the development and delivery of these capabilities. RAdm. Quinn began his naval career as a Principal Warfare Officer, with at-sea service in both RAN and Royal Canadian Navy warships, including deployments to the Persian Gulf and East Timor. His command experience includes serving as Executive Officer of the frigate HMAS Adelaide, and Commanding Officer of the frigates Sydney and ANZAC. Ashore, RAdm. Quinn has served as Head of Combat System Training, and Director Maritime Combat Development. His flag postings include Director General of Navy Capability, Transition and Sustainment, during which he transitioned new guided-missile destroyers, Landing Helicopter dock, and Seahawk combat helicopters into active service, and Head of Joint Capability Management and Integration. RAdm. Quinn is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College (HMAS Creswell) and the Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the Australian Defence College.
Rear Admiral SAITO Akira, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Rear Admiral Saito Akira is the Director General of the Operations and Plans Department in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), a post he took up in August 2018. RAdm. Saito graduated from the National Defense Academy in 1989 and began his naval career as a Surface Warfare Officer. He served as Commanding Officer of the Hatsuyuki-class destroyer JS Isoyuki, and has also commanded the JMSDF’s Escort Division 14 out of Maizuru, Escort Flotilla 1 out of Yokosuka, and served as Superintendent of the Officer Candidate School. RAdm. Saito graduated from the United States Naval War College’s Command Course in 2008.
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 (Retired)
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.
Dr. XUE Gong, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Dr. Xue Gong is a Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore, where she researches China’s economic diplomacy, China’s overseas investment activities, and China-Southeast Asia economic relations. Dr. Xue has contributed to peer-reviewed journals such as Harvard Asia Quarterly, Contemporary Southeast Asia, and International Public Policy Studies (Japan), as well as mainstream media such as South China Morning Post and The Diplomat. She co-edited the book “Securing the Belt and Road Initiative” (2018), and has contributed chapters on China’s economic statecraft, China’s corporate social responsibility, and China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia. Dr. Xue earned her B.Phil. from Nanjing Normal University, her M.Sc. in Asian Studies from RSIS, and her Ph.D. in International Political Economy from RSIS.