Speaker Profile

Scott Dewar

Director, Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO)


Scott has been the Director of the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) since August 2018. AGO provides intelligence insights and delivers geospatial data and insights to the Australian Defence Force, the Department of Defence, the National Intelligence Community and the Australian Government. AGO, through the Australian Hydrographic Office (AHO) that became part of AGO in 2017, is responsible for the production and provision of maritime navigational charts. Within the Department of Defence, AGO is the agency that leads the geospatial community. AGO also manages the Geospatial Information and Intelligence capability program that will see an estimated $10 billion investment in satellite collection systems and analysis over the decade. Scott was the Acting Chief of Staff to the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, between June and December 2019. He was acting Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy and Intelligence from April to August 2018. Scott joined the Department of Defence in 2014 taking on the role of First Assistant Secretary International Policy, where he was responsible for managing Australia's international Defence relationships and providing high level policy advice to government on matters of international concern. Scott worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before joining Defence. He has had postings to the Australian Embassies in the Republic of Korea (1996-1999) and China (2003-2007), and he was Consul-General Honolulu for August 2011 to September 2014. Between February 2008 and September 2010 he was an adviser on international, Defence and national security issues in the Prime Minister's Office. From November 2010 to May 2011 Scott was seconded as a Visiting Fellow to the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University. Scott holds a Master of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts with honours from the University of Melbourne. He speaks Japanese, Korean and Mandarin. He is married with three sons.


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