Management Board

Management Board

Dr. John Bruni

Chief Executive Officer
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Dr. John Bruni

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. John Bruni, author of ‘On Weapons Decisions’, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SAGE International Australia, a South Australian based online think tank and consultancy operating out of Adelaide since 2008. He is also on the board of directors of the Royal United Services Institute of Defence & Security Studies Australia (RUSIDSS-A), an institution he has been involved with for well over two decades. Dr. Bruni has long-term experience in teaching international relations, politics and security. He is a researcher and analyst who has worked for IHS Jane’s, London and the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies & Research (ECSSR), Abu Dhabi, UAE. Dr. Bruni has written extensively on national security and defence related issues including the Northeast Asian balance of power.

Ms. Renate Yolanda Stadlmaier

Chief Content Editor
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Ms. Renate Yolanda Stadlmaier

Chief Content Editor

Born in Graz (Austria), Australian national, Ms Stadlmaier was educated at the prestigious Humanistisches Gymnasium prior to emigrating with her parents to Australia in 1955. Ms Stadlmaier is fluent in both English and German. While in Austria during 1962-1964, she took up a traineeship in Hotel Management in Vienna at the behest of her parents who at that time planned to settle at the exclusive tourist area ‘beim Woerthersee’. However, the family returned to Adelaide where Ms Stadlmaier worked for the then Dean of the Consular Corp at the Austrian Consulate in Adelaide before settling down to raise a family. 1975-1984 Ms Stadlmaier worked as Private Secretary to the then State Manager for Janome, the late Bill Taylor. Linguistic proficiency, diplomatic skills and strong work ethics have led to successful outcomes for Operation Information (2001-06) and SAGE International (2008 –) as Chief Editor/Content Writer.

Advisory Board

Commodore Pat Tyrrell OBE RN (Retd)

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Commodore Pat Tyrrell OBE RN (Retd)

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Born in England, UK national. CDRE Tyrrell served in the Royal Navy for 26 years and saw service in submarines as a Watch Leader and Intelligence Co-ordinator, both with the RN and RAN before moving to an analytical appointment in the DIS (UK Defence Intelligence Staff). He served on a number of key NATO committees as the representative of the United Kingdom. Later appointments included the position of Commandant of the Defence Intelligence and Security School based at Chicksands. CDRE Tyrrell is Director of Vale Atlantic Associates which specializes in the provision of high-level, strategic consultancy in a number of fields including cyber warfare, security, intelligence analysis as well as current research in technologies applicable to defence and in the intelligence world. He holds the Order of the British Empire, a Master of Arts degree in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Laws.

Professor Purnendra Jain

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Professor Purnendra Jain

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Purnendra Jain is a Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide. His research focuses on politics and security in the Asia Pacific region, contemporary Japan, and comparative politics of Asia focusing on Japan, China and India. He was formerly the President of the Asian Studies Association of Australia and President of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia. He has been a visiting scholar and fellow at the University of Oxford, the University of Tokyo, Harvard University, University of California San Diego, the National University of Singapore and Columbia University. Detailed Bio here.

Dr. Imad K. Harb

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Dr. Imad K. Harb

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Born in Lebanon, U.S. national. Dr. Harb is a political and strategic analyst specializing in Levantine, Arabian Peninsula, and Egyptian affairs, and in Arab-American relations. He is Distinguished International Affairs Fellow at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. He also is founder of Quest for Middle East Analysis, a research and consulting firm on Middle East affairs. Between 2006 and 2013, he was senior researcher in strategic studies at the Abu Dhabi, UAE-based Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research where he worked on political, strategic, and security affairs in the Gulf region, the Arab world, and the Afghanistan-Pakistan nexus. Prior to working for ECSSR, he was a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Utah. He is most recently author (with John Bruni) of “The Domestic and Regional Challenges to American-Iranian Relations” (ECSSR) and writes on Middle East affairs at www.quest4mea.org and www.ncusar.org.

Dr. Jonathan Z. Ludwig

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Dr. Jonathan Z. Ludwig

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Born in the United States, U.S. national. Dr. Ludwig is Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian at Oklahoma State University. He received his BA in Russian and Soviet Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South and his MA and PhD in Slavic Linguistics from Indiana University, Bloomington. A dedicated teacher-scholar with over twenty-five years’ experience in the classroom, Dr. Ludwig is nationally known for his work on video-aided instruction (VAI) and Russian across the curriculum (FLAC/CLAC), both of which he has successfully integrated into Russian-language programs. He has also written, taught, and lectured widely on Russian literature, history, and politics, including at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. Internationally known for his work on Afghanistan and Central Asia, he has taught and lectured on that region in the United States, Europe, and Asia, with topics as diverse as the March 2005 Kyrgyz Revolution, the Kyrgyz “streetocracy,” Russian-American cooperation and confrontation in Central Asia, Chinese relations with the Central Asian states, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). He has published on the SCO and on Sino-Afghan relations, the latter in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs and Griffith Asia Quarterly. He is particularly interested in strategic questions relating Russia and Eurasia as well as foreign language education and the overall state of the academy.

Dr. Huda al-Nuaimy

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Dr. Huda al-Nuaimy

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Born in Iraq, Iraqi national. Dr. Huda al-Nuaimy is Director of the Al-Rawabet Center for Research and Strategic Studies in Amman, Jordan. Before undertaking this role Dr. Al-Nuaimy worked as Researcher & Analyst at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) Abu Dhabi, UAE (2006-14). Dr. Al-Nuaimy’s area of expertise is Iraqi and Palestinian politics and she has carefully followed the shape of Iraqi politics since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Dr. Al-Nuaimy received her doctorate from Al-Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq. She was also: Assistant Professor, College of Political Science Al-Mustansiriya University, 2004-2006; Director of the Center for Palestine Studies, Baghdad University 2002-2004; and Researcher at the Center for Palestine Studies 1991-2000. Dr. Al-Nuaimy is an author, a noted commentator on Middle East affairs and a known public intellectual. As part of the Iraqi Diaspora she and her family fled the turmoil of Iraq’s post-Saddam violence. This personal tragedy makes Dr. Al-Nuaimy an expert of the highest order on the topic of migration and the displacement of people from their homeland.

Associates

Brett Buckley, MBA, CPM, FAMI

Senior Associate
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Brett Buckley, MBA, CPM, FAMI

Senior Associate

Born in Adelaide, Australian national. Brett Buckley is and has a long established and enviable record of success in leading and managing organisations within the sectors of large private organisations, publicly listed organisations and local government. Additional to this, Brett has experience in managing and leading start-up enterprises, and has on three occasions been an owner operator of a small to medium enterprise (SME). Brett’s senior leadership experience spans six industries over almost three decades including, snackfood manufacture, office supplies, logistics, event production, waste management and most recently health. In a number of Brett’s roles he has participated in, and led, significant change management and revitalisation processes. Further, Brett has a strong history in mergers and acquisitions in multiple industries. Brett’s ability to craft and implement visionary and conceptual strategic plans has seen the organisations under his guidence experience sustainable and profitable growth. Additional to his commercial leadership experience, Brett has experienced leadership roles in the Australian Defence Force as a section commander in an Infantry battalion and a detachment commander in a signals squadron. Brett has served on operations overseas and been awarded a commanders commendation. Brett has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Entrepreneurial Management, a Diploma of Project Management, a Diploma of Marketing is a Certified Practicing Marketer (CPM) and a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute (FAMI). When combined with his well-established leadership experience and commercial acumen, these qualifications have allowed Brett to develop a strong technical competence.

Dr. Azhar Iqbal

Associate
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Dr. Azhar Iqbal

Associate

Born in Pakistan, Australian national. Dr. Azhar Iqbal received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Hull, UK, in 2006. His credentials are: 2006 to 2007 – Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Kochi University of Technology (Japan); 2007 to 2011 – Australian Research Council (ARC)’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide; in 2012 Dr. Iqbal was a Senior Research Associate at the University of Adelaide; 2013 to 2014 – Assistant Professor at the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (Saudi Arabia). Since June 2014, Dr. Iqbal is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide. His research interests include game theory, quantum theory, geometric algebra, and topics in mathematical physics and applied mathematics.

Mr. David Olney

Associate
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Mr. David Olney

Associate

Born in Adelaide, Australian national. David Olney has lectured at The University of Adelaide since 2002 at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Honours Politics from the University of Adelaide. David has convened courses ranging from applied thinking to strategic culture, as well as providing applied thinking training to government, defence, and private organisations. His areas of expertise and interest include: applied thinking, operations research, functional neurology, civil-military relations, counter terrorism, philosophies of violence, and Existential philosophy. David has supervised theses on counter insurgency, counter terrorism, ASIO, drone warfare, Joint Special Operations Command, intervention in failed states, and European integration. He is a regular commentator on Australian national security, regional security, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.