Better Cyber Futures – Security, Resilience and Citizenship

Hosted by ANU Alumni Relations

We are delighted to invite you to join the Hon Julie Bishop, ANU Chancellor and former Minister for Foreign Affairs, for our signature 'Chancellor's panel' event during 2023 ANU Alumni Week.

Join us for an engaging and informative discussion featuring leading experts in the field of cyber and national security. The esteemed panel will share their insights and expertise on the latest trends in cyber-threats, the role of artificial intelligence, and the potential consequences of a major cyber-attack. Drawing on lessons learnt from the war in Ukraine, and touching on issues raised in the government’s recently released cyber security strategy discussion paper, the panel will explore the role of education, research, and international collaborations in addressing this critical issue.

Whether you are a business leader, a policy maker, or a concerned citizen, you will come away with a deeper understanding of why cyber security is national security. Register now to secure your spot at this must-attend event.


The Hon Julie Bishop is the Chancellor of ANU, appointed in 2020. As the 13th Chancellor of ANU, she is the first female to hold the role. The Hon Julie Bishop served as Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until 2018. She was the first female to hold the role as well as the first female Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, serving for 11 years.

Suthagar Seevaratnam is the inaugural Chief Information Security Officer of ANU. He was appointed to this role in late 2018 and is accountable for the University's information security strategy. In late 2019, Suthagar was appointed co-chair of the University Foreign Interference Taskforce (UFIT) cyber working group. In this capacity he helped create the UFIT guidelines to help counter foreign interference in the university sector. 

Olivia Shen is a Director in the Executive and Professional Development Program on secondment from the Department of Home Affairs. She joined the National Security College in July 2021 after a decade of working in national security and foreign policy roles in the Australian Government. Olivia has been a visiting scholar at the United States Senate and the Lowy Institute, and a Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 

Stela Solar’s mission at Australia’s National AI Centre is to accelerate positive AI adoption and innovation that benefits business and community. She has previously held roles at Microsoft, including Global Director of AI Solution Sales, as well as roles across IT distributors and technology start-ups. Over the past 15 years, Stela has led business model transformations which enable organisations to capture new revenue opportunities and build competitive advantage with emerging technologies such as Cloud, IoT and AI.

Professor Johanna Weaver is the founding Director of the Tech Policy Design Centre at ANU. The Design Centre’s mission is to shape technology for the long-term benefit of humanity. Prior to joining ANU, Professor Weaver was Australia’s independent expert and lead negotiator on cyber issues at the United Nations, where she brokered an agreement with all UN states–including Russia, China and the US–that International Humanitarian Law applies to cyber operations in armed conflict. 

Date: Saturday 18 March 2023

Time: 5.30–6.30pm

Location: Manning Clark Hall, Kambri Cultural Centre (ground floor), ANU


Alumni Relations
Phone: 02 6125 5004


Registration is free and essential for this event. To register, please click on the registration button to your right. You will be able to register for one or more 2023 ANU Alumni Week events through the registration form. 

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