Before joining the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security at Charles Sturt University as a Lecturer on Terrorism and Security Studies, Cesar worked for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), a National Security and Defence think tank based in Canberra.
Cesar was also technical project adviser for the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and he also served as an adviser and consultant for the Counter-Narcotics Directorate of the National Police of Colombia and the Doctrine and Planning Office, respectively.
Cesar holds a double masters degree of policing, intelligence and counter terrorism with international security Studies from Macquarie University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in government and international relations from Externado University in Colombia. His research interests include Latin America's foreign policy, transnational serious organised crime —with a particular focus on drug-trafficking—, and needless to say, Australian-Colombian relations. Some of his articles have been published in The Australian, The Canberra Times, The Strategist, The Australian Outlook, El Tiempo (Colombia's most widely circulated newspaper), Portafolio (Colombia's Financial Review), Revista Seguridad en América (Mexico), and he is a frequent commentator for Hora Trece, SBS’s daily radio show in Spanish.
In August 2018, He was awarded a grant from the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) to establish and lead with the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Charles Sturt University the inaugural Australia-Colombia Dialogue.
Denell was born in Melbourne, Australia, and as the daughter of a serving member of the Royal Australian Air Force, lived in various locations throughout the country as a child. Her career has been predominantly within the hospitality industry in the areas of management, operations, programme management, capacity building, training, marketing and auditing, throughout Australia, the Middle East and Singapore.
Denell has always maintained a keen interest in the international security environment and is currently in her final year of her Master of Terrorism and Security Studies degree at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security at Charles Sturt University, thereby successfully combining her passion for people, and the consideration, protection, preservation and promotion of safe and secure environments.
Denell is a qualified Quality Management Standards (ISO) Auditor, including Work Health Safety and Occupational Health and Safety, and possesses a licence in Security Operations. She is currently studying the FARC of Colombia and will be visiting Colombia this year as part of an international study program.
Before moving to Australia and completing his Master of Strategic Studies with Merits at the Australia National University in Canberra, Gustavo worked at the Ministry of Defence of Colombia (MoD) in multiple roles for over five years. At the Ministry, Gustavo was also one of the leaders of the MoD delegation in charge of the organisation of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, IISS Cartagena Dialogue: The Trans-Pacific Summit.
Gustavo's experience at the Ministry also involved working closely with key institutions like the Colombian Congress, the Ministry of Finance, and the Department of National Planning. While his working experience has been focused on strategic and budget planning, from an academic perspective, his focus has been on highlighting and promoting the importance and strategic advantages of Australia's transpacific ties to South America. Gustavo also holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations from the Externado University in Colombia.
Sebastian is a journalist with a Bachelors degree from Externado University in Colombia, and a Political and Electoral Communications Graduate from Pontifical Argentina Catholic University. His international media experience includes SBS Australia and CNN in the USA. Prior joining CNN in Atlanta, Sebastian also worked in marketing and organisational communications at the Fondazione Ivo de Carneri in Milan, Italy.
Carlos was born in Popayan, Colombia. Before moving to Australia to complete his Masters of Information Technology at Monash University, he worked as an applications and business intelligence consultant for a couple of Colombian companies. He is a BI professional with a profound interest in data analytics, data visualisation and a passion to turn data into knowledge. He's well-versed in Python for data analysis/wrangling and experienced in data integration projects, database modelling and DB development, he's an avid technophile.