On 19 July 2012, Nick Warner of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) made history by becoming the first Director-General to make a public address in the organisation's 60-year history. The event was hosted by the Lowy Institute as part if its Distinguished Speaker Series at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.
Rory Medcalf worked variously as an intelligence analyst, diplomat and journalist before joining the Lowy Institute as the International Security Program Director in March 2007.
From 2003 to 2007, he was a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments, Australia's peak intelligence analysis agency. His work dealt with Australia's strategic environment, particularly power relations in Asia. From 1996 to 2003, Mr Medcalf was an officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. From 2000 to 2003 he served at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi. His diplomatic experience also included a secondment to Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he played a key role in drafting the Tokyo Forum report on nuclear non-proliferation, service as a truce monitor in Bougainville, policy development on the ASEAN Regional Forum and assisting the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
Mr Medcalf's earlier work as print journalist was commended in Australia's premier media awards, the Walkleys. He has a first class Honours degree in political science and a University Medal from the University of Queensland.
He is the Australian convener of the Australia-India Roundtable and a research consultant for the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
Nick Warner was appointed as the secretary of defense of Australia on December 4, 2006. Prior to taking up this position, he was the senior adviser (international) to the prime minister, a role he occupied from July 2005.
Mr. Warner has held a number of senior positions, most recently as deputy secretary, in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He also worked in the Joint Intelligence Organisation from 1973-77.
Overseas, Mr Warner has served as the special coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (2003-2004), high commissioner of Port Moresby (1999-2003), ambassador to Tehran (1994-97), deputy head of Mission of the Australian Permanent Mission to the Supreme National Council, Cambodia (1991-93) and head of the Australian Liaison Office in Namibia (1989-90), and in the Australian Liaison Office in Salisbury, Rhodesia (1980).
Born in Singapore, Warner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in history and Asian Studies and a Master of Arts degree in history from the Australian National University.