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Associate Professor in the Practice of National Security Leadership, Australian National University

Mark has 38 years of experience in crisis, national security, and emergency management, leading major strategic reform in governance, strategy, policy, operations, and capability. Between 2012-2020 Mark was responsible for briefing the Prime Minister and Cabinet on disaster management and providing strategic policy advice on climate and disaster risk reduction and resilience. Mark is now the Founder and Director of Ethical Intelligence; Senior Advisor and Luminary to KPMG advising on disaster management, resilience, and leadership ethics; and Associate Professor of Practice in National Security Leadership at the National Security College - Australian National University. His PhD research was titled “The Ethical Premise of Leading People Through the Adversity and Loss of Disasters” which received the rare award of Honourable Mention on the Dean’s List.


  • 2020–2022
    Senior Advisor, KPMG Australia
  • 2022–2022
    Associate Professor, Australian National University
  • 2020–2022
    Director, Ethical Intelligence
  • 2018–2020
    Head of National Resilience Taskforce, Dept. of Home Affairs
  • 2012–2018
    Director General, Emergency Management Australia


Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)