Speaker Profile

Robert Tugen

A/g Director, Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO)


"Robert Tugen is the acting Director AGO, responsible for all aspects of AGO’s operations as an intelligence agency within Australia’s National Intelligence Community (NIC) and the Department of Defence. Robert is substantively the Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Insights at AGO. In this role, Robert is responsible for the production of geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT) from imagery and other sources in support of Australia’s Defence and national interests. Robert has previously served as the Assistant Director-General for Foreign Engagement at the Office of National Intelligence (ONI). Also at ONI, Robert led a number of teams focused on the NIC’s international engagement strategy, and on ONI’s whole-of-NIC mission integration functions. Before joining ONI, Robert was a career officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) where he worked within the International Security Division focused on intelligence policy and liaison and counter-terrorism activities; and the Executive Branch focused on ministerial and executive liaison. Robert began his career as a graduate analyst at the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO’s predecessor organisation). He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Security Studies) from the Australian National University, and a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) from the University of New South Wales. "


Robert Tugen will be joining the Locate23 'Research & Innovation' plenary and will sit on the 'What's the role of government in responding and enabling emerging trends?' panel.

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