Speakers Profile - Peter Khalil

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Peter Khalil is a consultant for Hawker Britton and also holds the position of a non-resident Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for International Security Studies at Sydney University where he develops national security courses for senior levels of Government. He was recently made a Director on the Board of Life Education, a not for profit that provides drug and alcohol prevention programs to a million schoolchildren around Australia.

Previously Peter worked as Foreign Policy and National Security Adviser and as Senior International Adviser to the Federal Government, including for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Minister for Defence.

Prior to these appointments Peter was based in New York providing political risk consultancy to government, multinational corporations and Wall Street Financial institutions. Peter has been a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC (2004/05) after earlier serving with the Australian Department of Defence in Iraq in 2003/04 where he was the Director of National Security Policy for the Coalition Provisional Authority and was awarded the Australian Overseas Humanitarian Services medal. He also worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Peter has testified before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has published widely including op-ed pieces in the New York Times, Guardian (UK) the Australian, the Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and has made regular appearances on ABC programs such as Lateline and the Drum, as well as CNN and the BBC.

Peter has Degrees in both Law and Arts from Melbourne University and a Masters of International Laws from the Australian National University.