Reimagining Resilience Speaker Series: ‘leading the conversation on resilience’



Date:                         8 December 2015 (Tuesday)

Time:                         11:00pm – 1:00pm

Venue:                      University of Technology Sydney, Sydney

Booking:                   Essential (tickets are limited) via Eventbrite

Refreshments:          Light Lunch provided


Why Reimagining Resilience

Disruptions are not new. But in our hyper-connected world, disruptions have acquired a new relevance; they’re now a key feature of our lives. Some disruptions immediately trigger a recovery process. Others trigger more adaptive processes.

Natural disasters generate a special kind of disruption. The disruption associated with a natural disaster lasts longer. Recovery can take more than 10 years. There may be several disasters that ‘roll over’, one on top of the other, as seen recently in Nepal when a second damaging earthquake was experienced only days after the first.

Oftentimes disruptions can come from multiple sources/events and can form an entangled web of complex circumstances which may include a combination of natural disaster as well as human induced such as cyber-attack on a business or other institutions.

Natural disasters increasingly tend to have a knock-on effect that reaches far beyond the area of immediate impact. The damage to nuclear power plants from the Fukushima tsunami in March 2013 resulted in an impact far beyond the tsunami itself. This type of disruption renders traditional notions of disaster management almost irrelevant. In a world where there are on average 2-3 disasters per day, this is particularly important.

Disruption is the new normal. Cultivating our resilience will give towns, cities, countries, businesses, indeed all of us, the edge to survive and more importantly prosper in a world dominated by the unknown and the improbable. Now is the time to extend our discourse on disasters beyond Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery, to Resilience. Resilience has increasingly proven to be the best possible answer to the relentless level of disruption brought on by natural disasters.

Why the Speaker Series

The Global Resilience Collaborative has created a platform for trans-disciplinary dialogue, learning and innovation that will lead to new ways of thinking about resilience.  The GRC firmly believes in the power of conversation; particularly the kind of conversation where every participant is a valued contributor. Lived experience, knowledge, ideas, information, relationships all matter. The initiative is designed to create conditions for trans-disciplinary dialogue, learning and innovation that will lead to new ways of thinking about resilience. Our hope is that new ideas will lead to new solutions and projects and programs that will make resilience a genuine value.

With that in mind the Global Resilience Collaborative in collaboration with University of Technology Sydney (UTS) invites you to listen to diverse practitioners and get involved in this transformative conversation. The collaborative style of the series has been carefully modelled to ensure knowledge and ideas can add value to any professional wanting to make their work better informed by the resilience driver.

Confirmed Speakers

Michael Jerks

Michael_JerksAssistant Secretary, Critical Infrastructure and Protective Security Policy

National Security Resilience Policy Division, Attorney-General’s Department

As an Assistant Secretary in the Attorney-General’s Department, Michael Jerks is responsible for leading the Australian Government’s approach to two significant policy areas: critical infrastructure resilience and protective security policy. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary in September 2008, Michael was Director of Major Projects in Critical Infrastructure Protection. In this role Michael was responsible for establishing and managing the Critical Infrastructure Program for Modelling and Analysis (CIPMA) and the Computer Network Vulnerability Assessment (CNVA) program. Before joining the Attorney-General’s Department in 2003, Michael spent nine years as a Senior Manager in the NSW Department of State and Regional Development, and four years as Director of the Standing Committee on State Development, NSW Parliament. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Sydney.


Dr Asif Gill

Asif Gill is a Certified Enterprise Architect and Senior Lecturer at the School of Software at the University of Technology, Sydney. He specialises in adaptive and resilient enterprise architecture design and implementation. He is result-oriented and experienced author, coach, consultant, educator, researcher, speaker, trainer and thought leader. He is author of a number of academic and industry IT articles including a recent book on “Adaptive Cloud Enterprise Architecture”. He has extensive experience in both agile, non-agile, cloud and non-cloud complex private and public government environments, displaying a deep appreciation of their different perspectives in a number of commercial projects.


Alex Webling

Alex Webling, BSc, BA (Hons), Gdip Comms, GdipEd, ZOP, AARPI.

Alex is deputy chair of Security Professionals Australasia, a Director of Security Professionals Australasia, a member of the Standards Australia Board on Security (MB-025) and Associate of the Australian Risk Policy Institute. He is a registered security professional in the area of Enterprise Security

Alex has been Director Resilience Outcomes Pty Ltd since 2012. Resilience Outcomes is a consultancy specialising in organisational strategy and resilience, identity and information security.

Alex was a senior executive in the Australian Federal Government in national security. He was the foundation Director of the Australian Government computer emergency response team; Developed the Chemicals of Security Concern program; and was Head of Protective Security Policy responsible for launching the revised Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) and the single information classification system for the Australian Government.


Dr Zoran Milosevic

ZoranDr Zoran Milosevic is a specialist IT architect, with skills in enterprise and solution architecture, information architecture, process and policy modelling and real-time analytics. Zoran has worked in a wide variety of complex environments spanning consulting, services, research, standardization and software development. He is renowned for his steady persistence and ability to innovate, motivate, collaborate and deliver.

Dr Milosevic has been involved in a number of large and complex interoperability projects including NEHTA Interoperability Framework and the US NCI Semantic Interoperability project. He has an active role in HL7 standards, serving as a member of HL7 Architecture Board and having led the HL7 SOA Ontology project, involving colleagues from Kaiser Permanente, Infoway Canada and DHS Victoria.


Cai Kjaer

CaiCai Kjaer holds a Master of Law and is a partner/co-founder of Optimice, Australia’s leading Social Network Analysis consulting company. He is an expert in mapping, visualising and improving business relationships using Social Network Analysis as the core diagnostic tool. He has worked with government, private and not-for-profit sectors on projects in Australia and overseas using visualisation techniques to uncover hidden relationship patterns and then develop practical plans to improve these. He has extensive experience in senior consulting, change leadership and implementation roles successfully delivering large scale global projects and business transformations.

Mr Kjaer has been the driving force and lead designer behind:

  • ONA Surveys, a global leading online survey tool for collecting and processing relationship data for visualisation purposes
  • Community Mapper, a community-building social networks tool
  • Company Mapper, an interactive map of the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) board room connections
  • Web Mapper, an interactive and dynamic platform for displaying relationship patterns and a core component of Optimice’s service delivery capability.


David Kricker, Reserve Bank of Australia



Jelenko Dragisic

Jelenko is a collaboration strategist and disaster resilience planner. As founder of ROADMENDER, Australia’s first of its kind initiative solely dedicated to the promotion and development of collaboration as a discipline in its own right, Jelenko advocates a view that future enterprises will be critically dependent on their collaborative strategy. The formation of Global Resilience Collaborative (GRC) was borne out of years of observation and analysis that clearly identifies that resilience in a systematic manner is not possible without a collaborative approach involving a broad range of disciplines.

Jelenko has extensive experience across the private, public and not for profit sectors, having has worked in a variety of management roles in organisations such as Australian Red Cross, Griffith University and Volunteering Qld. While CEO of Volunteering Qld, Jelenko designed and implemented Step Up, one of the largest disaster resilience programs in Australia. This award winning program is based on large-scale collaboration, bringing together various levels of government, community organisations, universities and the corporate sector. A significant part of the program was dedicated to Australia’s first resilience building initiative for the business sector.

Jelenko is also founder/editor of, a seven-day a week resilience news, analysis and resource portal focusing on making resilience a recognisable topic for the general population.








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