Bookings and Upcoming Events

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Upcoming events

    • 25 Jul 2014
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Palace Electric Theatre, New Acton Nishi Building, 2 Phillip Law Street, Canberra

    Kokoda Next

    Don’t Expect a Normal Conference.

    Expect the Future.

    Kokoda Next is full.  If you have a place reserved or for inquiries, please contact the Kokoda Office on 02 6295 1555 or send an email info@kokodafoundation.org

    Introducing Kokoda Next.

    MC: Peter Leahy, Director Kokoda Foundation

    Picture this. Seven future strategic leaders* delivering six-minute bursts about a topic they’re passionate about a topic they also feel is of importance to Australia’s national security.

    And their talks are engaging, edgy and arguing a specific point or position. Expect innovative thinking and insights, even some controversy. A sloppy slide-show it’s not.

    It runs for one hour in the arthouse-style setting of Palace Electric Theatre, and is followed by a networking event.  It is your chance to engage in conversation with Australia’s future security leaders.

    This is Kokoda Next.

    *speakers are currently being selected from an overwhelming list of applicants.  We will advise the list of speakers shortly.

    • 25 Jul 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Palace Electric Theatre, New Acton Nishi Building, 2 Phillip Law Street, Canberra

    FSLP Networking Function Kokoda Next

    Hosted by: Peter Leahy, Director Kokoda Foundation

    • 07 Aug 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Butters Theatre, 11 National Circuit BARTON

    The Kokoda Foundation and Engineers Australia Canberra Division Presents as part of Australian Engineering Week 2014

    Cyber Security: Is Your Business Ready?


    Cyber security is something that affects all Australians.  It stretches from the hip pocket of every adult Australian to the challenges of espionage and national security.  It is about crime, and threats to your commercial success.  The panel will explore concepts of cyber resilience and business continuity, highlighting what damage from a cyber attack could entail.  The threats can be unsophisticated e-mail scams to sophisticated targeted programs that can open up commercial and personal information to criminals.  So we all know there is a threat but the challenge is meeting the threats in a systematic effective manner.  Engineering and particularly the information technology arms of engineering are an integral part to combating cyber threats.  There are extraordinary innovations in hardware and software engineering occurring daily, but it is not just about technical solutions because  cyber security is also a social and legal challenge.

    The panel will explore the dimensions of cyber security, with a particular emphasis on the role of business meeting cyber security challenges. Engineers Australia Canberra Division is looking to advancing cyber security in the ACT with other stakeholders and considers this seminar an important part of the engagement program.


    The MC Andy McClarty President Canberra Division Engineers Australia

    • Nigel Phair – Director Centre for Internet Safety – University of Canberra
    • Nigel Phair is an influential analyst on the intersection of technology, crime and society. He has published two acclaimed books on the international impact of cybercrime, is a regular media commentator and provides executive advice on cybersecurity issues.  In a 21 year career with the Australian Federal Police he achieved the rank of Detective Superintendent and headed up investigations at the Australian High Tech Crime Centre for four years.
    • Dr Gary Waters - Director, Kokoda Foundation
    • Dr Gary Waters is an independent consultant in the areas of defence and national security, strategy formulation, capability development, acquisition, and sustainment. He served for over thirty years in the RAAF, taking early retirement as an Air Commodore, spent four years as a senior public servant in Defence, and then seven years as Head of Strategy for Jacobs Australia. He holds a PhD in political science and international relations, a Master of Arts in History, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has written over a dozen books on military strategy and history.
    • Dr Ed Lewis, UNSW.
    • The interdisciplinary Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS), located at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy, was launched on 16 June 14.  This centre is  an Australia-first research and teaching centre bringing together the largest cohort of cyber security experts in the country. Dr Lewis from the centre will speak on the new centre.  Dr Lewis is a highly credentialed academic and consultant in the fields of enterprise architecture and governance of Information Technology.  He has worked extensively on the Tools and Techniques for Enhancing Human Problem-Solving, such as: the Resources Risk Required Remedy (R4) planning technique and the Analysis of networked links (AnnL) tool for the preparation of Business Cases and the design of complex, large-scale, interconnected, open, socio-technical systems
    • TBC – CSC Speaker. 
    • CSC is one of the world's only independent IT services providers, CSC with 79,000 professionals is a trusted partner to approximately 2,500 public- and private-sector organizations worldwide.  A Fortune 200 company and a Fortune top 2 Information Technology Services leader, with a full range of service offerings and a global presence that encompasses more than 70 countries for over 50 years.

    • 04 Sep 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

    2014 Annual Dinner

    Trilateral Dinner with
    Australia, the United States and Japan

    Advancing US-Japan-Australia Tri-lateral Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific:
    Identifying Obstacles || Finding Solutions

    Key Speakers:
    • The Hon. Mr Tony Abbott MP, The Prime Minister of Australia (invited)
    • His Excellency Yoshitaka Akimoto, Japanese Ambassador to Australia (invited)
    • His Excellency John Berry, US Ambassador to Australia (invited)
    • Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (or representative)
    • 31 Dec 2014
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • TBA

    The Kokoda Foundation runs a series of invitation-only Executive Business Breakfasts throughout the year.  If you are interested in receiving an invitation, please register your interest here.

    The Kokoda Foundation Executive Business Breakfast series is proudly supported by Accenture and JBS


Past events

01 Jul 2014 USI of the ACT White Paper (WP15) series
27 Jun 2014 New Kokoda Paper Launch: Australian Defence Logistics: The Need to Enable and Equip Logistics Transformation
06 Jun 2014 Call for Speakers for Kokoda Next: Your Opportunity to Shake & Shape Australia’s Security Thinking
05 Jun 2014 FSLP and USI of the ACT White Paper (WP15) Panels
30 May 2014 Future Strategic Leaders' Congress
22 May 2014 FSLP Seminar: Lieutenant General George Petkos
30 Apr 2014 New Kokoda Paper Launch: Getting it Right: Integrating the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Enterprise
03 Apr 2014 FSLP and USI of the ACT Seminar: Andrew Balmaks
27 Mar 2014 National Security Careers Night 2014
05 Mar 2014 FSLP Women in National Security (WINS) Initiative
14 Mar 2013 National Security Careers Night 2013
12 Dec 2012 Washington YSLF
26 Nov 2012 Kokoda Foundation Special Seminar
14 Nov 2012 Kokoda Foundation Professional Development Workshop 2012
30 Oct 2012 Kokoda Foundation Special Seminar
23 Oct 2012 Sydney YSLF - Prof Ross Babbage- The Military Rise of China: What Should the US and Australia Do?
18 Oct 2012 Canberra YSLF October Seminar - Mr Jason Mundy
19 Sep 2012 The Kokoda Young Strategic Leaders' Forum and USI of the ACT Present a Special September Seminar - MAJ GEN SOHAIL AHMAD KHAN
30 Aug 2012 YSLF August Networking Event
24 Jul 2012 Canberra YSLF - Challenges and Opportunities for Today’s Intelligence Community Dr Warren Tucker Director New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
21 Jun 2012 Canberra YSLF - Lieutenant General (retired) Agus Widjoyo
19 Apr 2012 Sydney Seminar - Senator The Hon David Feeney
12 Apr 2012 National Security Careers Night 2012
25 Jan 2012 Washington YSLF - AMB Kim Beazley and AMB Richard Armitage
21 Nov 2011 Canberra YSLF - Nick Harvey MP – Minister of State (Minister for the Armed Forces) for the Ministry of Defence
14 Nov 2011 Sydney Seminar - Angel Rabasa, RAND Corporation
03 Nov 2011 Canberra YSLF - The Coming Famine: Risks and Solutions For Global Food Security
08 Sep 2011 Canberra YSLF - National Crisis and Coordination Centre
27 Jul 2011 Canberra YSLF - Dr Tom Mahnken and David Hamon
19 Jul 2011 Sydney Seminar - Professor Michael L'Estrange
30 Jun 2011 Canberra YSLF - ASIO / ASIS: Their Role in the National Security Community
20 May 2011 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (May)
21 Apr 2011 YSLF April Seminar with Ambassador Jeffrey L. Bleich
24 Mar 2011 YSLF March Networking Event
24 Mar 2011 YSLF March Seminar Australia's Strategic Edge in 2030, Ross Babbage
24 Feb 2011 National Security Coordination in Australia, Duncan Lewis
03 Dec 2010 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (December)
30 Sep 2010 Collaborative Leadership, Roger Powell
09 Sep 2010 National Security in the 21st century – an address by the Director General of Security, ASIO, David Irvine
26 Aug 2010 Navy: Transition to Force 2030, RADM Davyd Thomas
29 Jul 2010 National Security in the Digital Age, Prakash Mirchandani
24 Jun 2010 Industry's Role in providing National Security
21 May 2010 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (May)
29 Apr 2010 Law and justice sector reform in the Pacific: How can Australia adapt its assistance to specific local contexts?
25 Mar 2010 National Security Careers Night
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