Speakers & Presenters

Speakers & Presenters

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

Conference Lead Organiser

Karena Kyne

Karena Kyne  is currently supporting research and projects for the Richardson Institute Lancaster, in defence challenges and is a Adjunct Design 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.

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. 

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 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.

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.

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. 

Keenan Skelly

Keenan Skelly is the Vice President of Global Partnerships and Security Evangelist at Circadence, the market leader in cybersecurity training and assessments. As a former U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and former Chief for Comprehensive Reviews through the Department for Homeland Security, Skelly’s extensive experience in government service informs her current responsibilities. She has 20 years of experience providing security and management solutions across a wide array of platforms to include personnel, physical, and cybersecurity. Her expertise in crisis management, intelligence analysis, law enforcement and emergency management make her an admired and respected leader among her colleagues.

Skelly holds a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security and Information Technology, a master’s certificate in National Security Studies, and is currently completing her M.P.S in Strategic Cyber Operations and Information Management at George Washington University. A dedicated philanthropist, Skelly is a longtime volunteer for Red Cross Disaster Services and Operations and as a wounded warrior, she is a proud volunteer for Team Rubicon.

Nicolas 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.

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.