Speakers & Presenters

Speakers & Presenters

Innovation Methodologies for Defense Challenges - 26th February - 28th February 2019

Conference Lead Organiser

Karena Kyne

Karena Kyne

Karena Kyne  is currently supporting research and projects for the Richardson Institute Lancaster, in defence challenges and is a Visiting Faculty member at the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) in the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Karena is a doctoral student at Lancaster University where she researches design theory and practice in military logistics, within the context of rapid technological rate of change.  Karena holds a degree in Philosophy and  the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Program supported her Masters in Theory Culture and Politics. She has spent much of her studies thinking about how to effect change in war and build resilience in communities, with a commitment to translating philosophical concepts into practice.

Keynote Speakers

Welcome to our international specialists who will be presenting in our You Talk keynote series: It is a privilege to list our highly motivated, distinguished and interesting speakers who will add expertise and depth to IMDC 2019 with challenging and thoughtful presentations. It is simply an honour to have them on board. We will be adding speakers to this list as time proceeds.

Antoine Bousquet

Dr Antoine Bousquet is Reader in International Relations at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of The Eye of War: Military Perception from the Telescope to the Drone (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) and The Scientific Way of Warfare: Order and Chaos on the Battlefields of Modernity (Hurst & Columbia University Press, 2009), a widely cited account of the influence of major scientific paradigms and key associated technologies on the conduct of war in the modern era. His main areas of specialism cover war and society, the history and philosophy of science and technology, and social and political theory. He has also contributed an array of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on subjects that include the revolution in military affairs, Cold War computing, jihadist networks, complexity theory, and the conceptualisation of war. He regularly gives talks to international audiences at universities, military academies, think tanks, and cultural centres.

Phil Gilbert - IBM

Phil Gilbert

Phil Gilbert, as General Manager of IBM Design, sets the strategy for and leads the transformation of product design at IBM. In 2012, Phil was asked to rejuvenate the legendary IBM design program, spearheading a broader transformation of how the company’s teams understand and solve complex problems. The program has established a modern standard for the role of the arts in business— adding formally-trained designers into IBM at an unprecedented scale, and reskilling its global workforce in design thinking and agile practices. Through 2018, more than 2,000 professional designers have been hired, and IBM has certified 150,000 others in IBM's Enterprise Design Thinking framework. This transformation has been documented in the New York Times, Fortune and in the documentary film "The Loop", produced by InVision as a part of its Design Disruptors series.

Phil is also co-chair of IBM's Global Women's Executive Committee, advocating for greater gender diversity and inclusion. Outside IBM, Phil speaks regularly on topics of corporate change, enterprise design governance, strategy and culture. He graduated as a Pe-et (top ten) senior from the University of Oklahoma in 1978 and lives in Austin, Texas.

You can find Phil on Twitter @philgilbertsr.

 

Ofra Graicer

Dr. Ofra Graicer is co-instructor of the Israeli Defence Forces Generals Course; Paying forward her expertise in Systemic Operational Design (SOD), Special Operations and Military Systems. For the past 20 years she has been working with Government Agents and NGO Executives towards creating strategic focus and operational efficacy, in Israel and abroad. Ofra is an activist in the fields of Alternative National Security and occasionally freelances as a publicist on current affairs. She is educated in Art and Film, Political Science and Security Studies. Served as a Snipers Officer in the IDF. Married+3 and transitions culturally between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. 

Luke Olsen

Luke Olsen

Luke Olsen is an Educator and Architect.  He is designer, founder and Programme Director of ‘MEng Engineering and Architecture Design’ a new innovative 4 year integrated undergraduate Masters Programme at UCL bringing engineering and architecture together.

For the past 12 years he has coordinated Design Technology at the Bartlett School of Architecture and simultaneously taught Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, AA School of Architecture, University of Greenwich, Kingston University and University of Nottingham..  Luke is determined to develop teaching as higher level research to advance contemporary building design in architecture and engineering practice. 

As an architect he has worked on a broad range of projects from the award winning timber church for the Ogallala Sioux of South Dakota with BVH Architects, Omaha, Nebraska, to the Kings Cross Gas-holders with Wilkinson Eyre Architects. His drive in architecture is to synthesis the multidisciplinary approach to invention and creativity. 

Ben Zweibelson

Ben Zweibelson is the Program Director for Special Operations Forces (SOF) design education, theory and practice at the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) in the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) located in Tampa, Florida. Ben is also a doctoral student with the Australian National University where he is completing a degree in Philosophy focusing on the military design movement. He holds an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design with the University of Connecticut, a Masters in Liberal Arts with the Louisiana State University, a Masters in Strategic Military Arts and Sciences from the Air Command and Staff College, and a Masters in Military Operational Arts and Sciences (focusing on military design methodology) from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies.

Ben is considered a leading expert in military design application, theory and doctrine through his extensive experience, international publications, lectures and academic efforts that span multiple militaries, business and academia. He has applied design in a wide range of efforts from strategic and operational applications in combat theaters to theoretical and doctrinal endeavors across international military and SOF forces from the tactical to war college level programs. A retired U.S. Army Infantry Officer, Ben was awarded the Bronze Star Medal on four different occasions during multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He resides in the Tampa area with his wife and three boys.

Speakers & Presenters

Welcome to our speakers & panelists presenting on our "Just Talk" & "They Talk" series: Our internationally aclaimed and diverse panelists are promising to engage in conversation with their colleagues on topics that pertain to their specialisms and IMDC themes. It is a privilege to have such a broad impressive range of presenters on board. More presenters arfe being added as time proceeds.

Philippe Beaulieu-Brossard

Philippe Beaulieu-Brossard

Dr. Philippe Beaulieu-Brossard is an Assistant Professor specializing in Defence, Security Studies and Design Thinking at Canadian Forces College (CFC) and a design thinking facilitator. Philippe is currently writing a book developing a sociology of military design thinking. He literally followed the footprints of design thinking from Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the US army, US Special Operations Forces and Canadian Armed Forces in the last three years.

He is the director of the Archipelago of Design project aimed at making available the experiences of defence practitioners with new planning and innovation methodologies for research and education purposes (with Dr. Philippe Dufort). Under this project, Philippe organized 3 international conferences and led the publication of a first special issue including the articles of 16 defence practitioners based on four continents published by the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies (JMSS) in 2017. Philippe holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St-Andrews in the United Kingdom.

In 2018, Routledge’s New International Relations Series will publish his book on confirmation biases involved in the relationship between theory and practice. Philippe also published in the Review of International Studies (RIS) about Theorizing Ambiguities in Securitization Theory (2017) and in International Relations (2015).

Philippe Dufort

Professor Philippe Dufort is an associate professor and the founding director of the School of Social Innovation at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. He studies the epistemological roots of strategic innovation with a special interest in intrinsic reflexive practices of military practitioners. He holds a PhD from the department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) of the University of Cambridge, UK.

He is an associate researcher at the Colombian Superior School of War. He acted as an Associate Editor at the Cambridge Review of International Affairs (CRIA) from 2009 to 2013. Apart from his experience in academic research, he has previously worked as a journalist in Latin America, a Human Rights watcher in conflict zones, and as a contractual analyst for the Canadian Mission toward the European Union in Brussels.

Donna Dupont

Donna Dupont

Donna Dupont is the Chief Strategist in Foresight & Design for Purple Compass, specializing in strategic foresight and design thinking for healthcare, emergency management and humanitarian sectors.

She has over 20 years’ experience working in the health care sector. As a Registered Respiratory Therapist during the SARS crisis, Donna witnessed firsthand the health system challenges and risks to infectious disease threats. This experience was a professional turning point and led to an interest in policy, strategic planning and emergency management.

Donna has held a variety of roles within Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (ministry) in healthcare and emergency management. During her time at the ministry, she has the opportunity to support and lead transformational change projects. She is the recipient of several government awards at the provincial and federal level for her contribution to policy and planning. She holds a degree in Health Administration, and is currently completing her Master of Design (MDes) in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University. Donna’s interests are at the intersection between climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. Her aim is to collaborate with communities and organizations, and use strategic foresight and design methods to strengthen local capacity, health, public safety and security.

Orit Gal

Orit Gal

Dr Orit Gal is currently a Senior Lecturer for Strategy and Complexity at Regent’s University London, and Founder at Urbaniser app. Orit is a political economist with a deep curiosity for the inner workings of complex social systems. An expert generalist, she has worked in tech start-ups; corporate market research; peace-building NGOs; and innovative policy and military think-tanks. Having the opportunity to closely observe decision makers operating in messy, dynamic, and highly complex environments, she has focused her work on exploring the intersection between complexity science and effective operational design.

Social Acupuncture brings the fruits of this research to light.

James Greer

James Greer

Dr. James Greer, PhD has more than 40 years of experience leading, developing and managing leader development, training, education and operations for national and multi-national organizations with varying missions. Colonel (Retired) Greer served 30 years in the US Army, commanding organizations up to Brigade level and serving in strategic planning positions on the Joint Staff and in support of the National Security
Council.

A past Director of the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), he is a student and practitioner of Design in support of planning and decision making. He currently leads the creation of leader development programs focused on development of design, strategic planning, strategic foresight, complex problem solving, crisis management and values-based leadership skills for commercial and private sector organizations. He has facilitated the application of Design to campaign planning for ARCENT, ARNORTH, and USARPAC. Jim has taught Design across the Federal Government, including SOCOM, CYBERCOM, CENTCOM, USARPAC, ARNORTH, ARCENT, multiple Corps, Divisions, Brigades and Battalions, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Canadian Forces Colleges, and at the university and community college levels. He holds a Doctorate in Education, focusing on Army leader development, and Master's Degrees in Education, Operational Planning and National Security.

Aaron P Jackson

Dr Aaron P Jackson is Senior Researcher, Joint Planning and Design in Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, part of the Australian Department of Defence. A civilian Defence employee since 2010, he has previously been appointed Joint Operations Planning Specialist in DST and joint doctrine developer at the Australian Defence Force Joint Doctrine Centre, where he specialised in developing executive, operations and planning series doctrine. In addition to his civilian appointments Aaron has served in the Australian Army Reserve since 2002. He has deployed as a civilian on Operation Accordion (Middle East region) and as a military officer on Operations Astute (Timor Leste) and Resolute (Australian border security). Aaron holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (International Relations) and has an ongoing research focus on defence and military studies, international relations, operational art and design thinking

Mark Lacy

Dr Mark Lacy is an associate director of Security Lancaster heading DS21: Defence and Security in the 21st Century and is a senior lecturer in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. He is currently writing a book on new strategic and technological trends in warfare titled War Beyond the Gray Zone. His work is concerned with debates about the ‘pace of change’ in technology that is transforming both the ‘tools’ and ‘terrains’ of warfare and he leads a cluster of PHD students that explore the pace of change and technology in the contexts of military logistics, cybersecurity, robotics and drones, social media and radication, the transformation of urban conflict.

Jeremiah Monk

Jeremiah Monk

Col Jeremiah Monk currently serves as the Chief of Plans and Strategic Design, US Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, FL. Col Monk earned his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1995. He is a master navigator with more than 3300 flying hours, to include over 1400 hours in the MC-130H Combat Talon II. Col Monk began his career in attendance of Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL and Randolph AFB, TX. Upon graduation in 1997, he was assigned to fly the C-130E with the 61st Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, AR, where he deployed in support of combat operations in the Balkans and Southwest Asia. In 2001, Col Monk was assigned to fly the MC-130H with the 15th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL. He deployed in support of combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Colombia, and served as Chief, 16th Operations Group MC-130H Standardization Evaluation Branch. Col Monk was assigned to Headquarters Nineteenth Air Force, Randolph AFB, TX in 2006, where he deployed in support of Headquarters US Central Command, served as the Chief of Current Operations, and later as the Executive Officer to the Nineteenth Air Force Commander.

In 2010, Col Monk became the Director of Operations and then Commander, 66 TRS, Fairchild AFB, WA, where he was responsible for the daily operations of the USAF Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape technical training program, the USAF Arctic and Parachute Water Survival Schools, and the Evasion and Conduct after Capture Training Program. In August 2013, he was assigned to Headquarters US Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, FL, where he served as Chief of Emergent Force Requirements, Deputy Chief of the Commander’s Action Group, and Strategic Planner. Col Monk graduated from the Air War College in 2017, then served as the Deputy Director, NATO Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey before assuming his current position.

Dan Öberg

Dan Öberg

Dr Dan Öberg is an Associate Professor of War Studies and the deputy head of the Air Power Section at the Swedish Defense University in Stockholm. He is a former STINT visiting professor at Tokyo University (2015-2016) and holds a Ph.D. from Yokohama National University, Japan. For the last decade, he has been teaching military officers on all levels as well as published on war in international academic journals and edited volumes among other things on targeting, operational warfare, and military design.

He has participated in various roles in military training and international staff exercises and his present research is focused on the interplay between warfare and the modelling of such exercises, in particular concerning the Baltic Sea region. In addition, Dan has acted as guest editor of International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, associate editor of Journal of Narrative Politics (2016-2018), and is currently co-convenor of the Security and War Research Group (with Dr Tom Lundborg) at the Swedish Defence University. 

Chris Paparone

Professor Chris Paparone is on the faculty at the Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Washington, DC.  He is a retired Army colonel with 28 years of active service to include participation in operations Just Cause, Desert Storm, Joint Endeavor, Joint Guard, and Operation Allied Force.

He received a PhD in Public Administration from Penn State University and served as a faculty member of the Army War College.  After retirement from his last active duty tour as J4 (Logistics and Engineering) at US Joint Forces Command, he served six years on faculty as an associate professor with the US Army Command and General Staff College.  His last position before Eisenhower School was as a college dean at the US Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, VA.  He has published numerous articles and book chapters.  In 2013, Bloomsbury, NY, published his book, The Sociology of Military Science. 

Nathan Schwagler

Nathan Schwagler

Nathan Schwagler is a founding Co-Director of The Dalí Museum Innovation Labs, where he serves as lead program designer and executive facilitator. In addition to expert-level facilitation skills across a portfolio of Creative Problem Solving methodologies, Nathan is also a certified practitioner of LEGO Serious Play, and is a certified administrator of both the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile and the creative problem solving preference measure, FourSight (utilized by organizations including: NIKE, Pfizer, GOOGLE, Disney, HP, IBM, Kra, and L’oreal, and academic institutions including: MIT, Stanford, and Harvard).

Before joining the Museum, Nathan served as the nation’s first Business School “Creative-In- Residence” at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where he designed and delivered courses on Creativity and Innovation and New Venture Creation.

Anders McD Sookermany

Anders McD Sookermany

Anders McD Sookermany is both an active duty officer and a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defence University College (NDUC). His academic background comprises more than 20 years of experience in higher education and research on training, performance and culture predominantly within military contexts. He holds a doctorate degree in Pedagogical Philosophy from the University of Oslo, a master’s degree in Philosophy of Sports from the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences together with an Air Force Staff College education.

In his research the main object have been to challenge the 'taken for granted’. Thus, in essence, he likes to explore and challenge the perception of reality and the building blocks we utilize to frame our understanding of reality as being true. In doing so he seeks to engage his audience, students or discussion partners in challenging conversations about behaviour, normativity and mainstreaming as resources and barriers in individual and organizational change.

Currently, Sookermany serves as the Chair of Educational and Research Programs at the Institute of Military Leadership and Operations at the NDUC in Oslo. Research wise he is working on matters related to Gamechangers, Learning under Risk and the Springer Handbook of Military Sciences. In addition he has, within the broader area of his expertise, participated in several national and international committees, councils, working groups etc. Among them, he is a past president of the International Society of Military Sciences (ISMS) and still serving on their Council as well as being one of three Co-Editors-in-Chief to the Scandinavian Journal of Military Studies and a member of the editorial board of the Armed Forces & Society journal.

Nicholas Taylor

Nicholas Taylor

Nicholas Taylor is a Senior Principal Analyst in the Defence & Security Analysis Division of the UK Ministry of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), where he leads research and analysis on deterrence and other strategic effects including coercion and reassurance.  His work has included reviewing and refreshing UK conceptual and theoretical understanding of deterrence; updating UK defence doctrine; developing deterrence training and education; the development of methods for deterrence planning; and ongoing support to operational and policy communities and decision-makers in development of deterrence strategies.  Nicholas continues to lead studies at Dstl on conceptual and theoretical aspects of deterrence, as well as leading collaborative activities with Allies and partners, and a programme of academic outreach.

Prior to joining Dstl, Nicholas worked as a consultant on a wide range of defence projects in support of UK MoD.  His career began with a commission in the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Fighter Controller.  Nicholas was awarded a BA (Hons) in International Relations and Strategic Studies at Lancaster University as a RAF Officer Cadet.

Jeffrey van der Veer

Jeffrey van der Veer

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey van der Veer is a Dutch army officer. After having finished the German Advanced Military Staff Course, he began his current work as J5 Plans at the (German) Bundeswehr Joint Forces Operations Command in Potsdam.

He holds a Masters degree in Military Strategic Studies with track Warstudies. In the Netherlands armed forces, Jeffrey has researched, developed and taught Design thinking to various audiences ranging from Military Academy, Intermediate Staff College up to the Advanced Staff Course and the Doctrine Centre. Furthermore he was involved in (re-) writing doctrine regarding Design.

Since working and staying in Germany, he has continued to be involved in Design development back in the Netherlands, but the majority of his time is absorbed by teaching, developing and implementing Design Thinking into the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr) course and in the near future maybe into their Master program as well. Currently, Jeffrey is (at the operational level) leading a discourse on traditional operational planning as mission approach versus design thinking.

Adrian Venables

Dr Adrian Venables, served in the Royal Navy for 24 years as a Communications, Warfare, and Intelligence officer and was responsible for the provision and security of a range of Information Systems worldwide, including the management of specialist teams deployed to operational theatres.

Since leaving the Service, he has published a series of journal articles and research papers on the cyber threat landscape and its use by state and non-state actors for espionage, sabotage, and subversion within the maritime environment. A Certified Information System Security Professional and Certified Information System Manager, he holds seven computing and cyber security based degrees and is a Chartered Information Technology Professional Fellow of the British Computing Society, Chartered Engineer Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.