Prof. Khasru spoke on “AI and machine learning: The changing knowledge ecosystem of Australia and the challenges ahead” at the AISA Cyber Conference in Canberra, on March 22, 2023. Other speakers at the conference included Cyber Security and Home Minister Clare O’Neil & former Prime Minister John Howard OM AC.

G20 and AI: Connecting the dotted lines between technology and humanity

“G20 and AI: Connecting the dotted lines between technology and humanity”, hosted by IPAG Asia Pacific, Australian Information Security Association (AISA), and SCICC was a T20 Indonesia side event that focused exclusively on undeniably the most important aspect of the digital society, Artificial Intelligence. Guest speakers consisting of some of the most skilled veterans in the field were invited to share their thoughts and guidance towards the rapid and inevitable transition towards a future, driven by mainstream Artificial Intelligence (AI).

SESSION I: Exploring A New Horizon of Opportunity

The keynote presentation was delivered by Prof. Dr. Dennis J. Snower (Co-Chair of Think7 Germany; President of Global Solutions Initiative). The session was moderated by Dr. Venkatachalam Anbumozhi (Director of Research Strategy and Innovation, ERIA) with panelists Dr. Jatna Supriatna (President of SDSN Indonesia, Professor of University of Indonesia), Dr. Josua Sitompul (Legal Coordinator of the Ministry of Communication and Information of Indonesia) and Meidy Fitranto Co-founder and CEO of Nodeflux).

The keynote presentation by Prof. Dr. Dennis aimed to discuss about the most critical questions regarding the application of AI, in regard to its impacts on our privacy, employment, social coherence and humanity in general. The presentation was followed up by discussions from panelists diving into the depth of AI’s impact on our personal and legal tiers.

SESSION II: AI and The Digital Ecosystem

The keynote presentation was delivered by Prof. Dr Suhono Harso Supangkat’s (Co-Chair of Task Force 2, T20 Indonesia; Head of Smart City and Community Innovation Center, Bandung Institute of Technology). The session was moderated by Prof. Fukunari Kimura (Chief Economist of ERIA) with panelists Dr. Marisa Henderson (Chief of the Trade and Creative Economy Section, UNCTAD), Yossi Matias (VP Engineering & Research, Google), Mr. Abdy Taminsyah (CEO and Founder, MonsoonSIM, Western Australia, Australia) and Mr. Rubayat E Shams Anik (Senior Research Associate of IPAG Asia Pacific and Co-Network Manager of SDSN Bangladesh).

“Change is coming, and we have to adapt” was the main motto in Prof. Dr Suhono Harso Supangkat’s speech as we rapidly move towards the inevitable approach of mainstream AI, and the correct adaptation methods to properly embrace it. Dr. Marisa, Mr. Yossi Matias, Mr Abdy and Mr. Rubayat followed up with the vital impact of recent events on the development and implementation of AI.

SESSION III: AI and Humans

The keynote presentation was delivered by Nadeem Anjum (Head of Notifications AI for Facebook Growth, Meta AI, Facebook). The session was moderated by Makshudul Alom Mokul Mondal (Senior Research Associate, IPAG Asia Pacific) with panelists Mohan Belani (CEO of E27 a VC of Indonesian Tech Industry), Dr. Arif Perdana (Assistant Professor, Data Science, Monash University, Indonesia), and Akash Mittal (The Director of Australian Information Security Association).

Keynote Presenter Nadeem Anjum shares similar concerns; but has brought to light the importance of introducing ethics and proper regulations in development. The inter Panel Discussions by Mohan Belani, Akash Mittal and  Arif Perdana further emphasized the “double-edged sword” nature of AI and potential regulatory changes that can bring about a significant positive impact.

 SESSION IV: AI Governance and Ethics The Role of the G20 community

The keynote presentation was delivered by Prof. Bambang Brodjonego (Chair of T20 Indonesia, Former Ministry of Finance & Former Minister of Research and Technology – Indonesia). The session was moderated by Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi (Director General, Research and Information System (RIS), New Delhi, India) with panelists Dr. Ir. Lukas, MAI, CISA, IPM (Chairman, Indonesian Artificial Intelligence Society – IAIS), Prof. Toshio Obi (Professor Emeritus of Waseda University), Ms. Cyn-Young Park (Director for Regional Cooperation and Integration, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB)

The massive development of AI in the last 5 years was the emphasizing point in Prof. Bambang Brodjonegoro’s opening speech, in which he also referred to the incredible diminishing barriers that was only possible to be brought on by AI. Dr. Ir. Lukas and Prof. Toshio obi followed up by introducing the staggering potential of utilizing Big Data/ Information security and Block Chain technology, to all of which AI can be the master key. Cyn-Young Park concluded the list of potentials with an incredible potential change AI can bring to work-life balance in our lives.



Australia’s Annual Risk Management and & Cyber Security Conference in Canberra, Australia

Prof. Khasru previously has been a regular speaker of multiple Australia cyber conference, sharing his insights on the cyber space, its challenges, and opportunities. This year, he spoke on “Australia’s Digital Transformation: A Policy Brief for Government to bridge the Digital Divide in the Post-Pandemic Era”. Among others, Prof. Khasru emphasized the need to bridge the growing digital divide in spite the pandemic-fueled rapid digital transformation and how Australia should navigate its digital journey in the post-pandemic era.

10 Key Takeaways from the Australian Election 2022
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Australia’s Annual Risk Management and & Cyber Security Conference in Melbourne, Australia

Syed Munir Khasru, Chairman, IPAG Asia Pacific, spoke at Australia’s Annual Risk Management and & Cyber Security Conference in Melbourne, Australia on “An artificial intelligence (AI) empowered digital transformation in the making; Australia’s potential to be a global leader in AI ”; November 15-17, 2021.

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Australia’s Annual Risk Management & Cyber Security Conference in Melbourne, Australia

Syed Munir Khasru, Chairman, IPAG Asia Pacific, spoke at Australia’s Annual Risk Management & Cyber Security Conference in Melbourne, Australia on “How the digital workplace is overcoming the barriers of time and geography held from November 09 to November 13 at Melbourne. He also spoke at a Panel Discussion on “Cyber Security in the Post COVID-19 Era”.

                Policy Briefs for the G20 Leadership Summit 2020

G20 Leadership Summit 2020

Policy Brief



Incentivizing the Private Sector to Support the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals

Syed Munir Khasru
The Institute for Policy, Advocacy, and Governance (IPAG)

Joseph Siracusa


Displace Population Due to Environmental Perils: The Challenges of Climate Migrants for the G20 Community 

Syed Munir Khasru
The Institute for Policy, Advocacy, and Governance (IPAG)

Prof. John Thwaites
Monash Sustainable Development Institute


Multilateralism in Times of Global Pandemic: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward 

Syed Munir Khasru
The Institute for Policy, Advocacy, and Governance (IPAG)

Anindya Chatterjee
International Development Research Center (IDRC)

Daniel D. Bradlow
University of Pretoria

Sara Lechtenberg-Kasten
King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)

Maha Akeel
Asbar Forum

IPAG Asia Pacific, Australia wrote three Policy Briefs for the G20 Leadership Summit 2020 held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from November 21-22, 2020. To know more, please click the link:

Australia’s Cyber Strategy: Navigating unchartered territories needs both caution & diplomacy

Article in the Australian Cyber Security Magazine (ACSM) to be included in next Cyber Risk Leaders Magazine as IPAG raises its flag in the Australian cyber space.

IPAG strengthens presence in Australian cyber space with article in @CYBER RISK LEADERS MAGAZINE – ISSUE 3, 2020 (Page 26) on the topic “Australia’s Cyber Strategy: Navigating uncharted territories needs both caution & diplomacy”.

                                              Post COVID Challenges for South Asia

Syed Munir Khasru, Chairman, IPAG speaking on “Post COVID Challenges for South Asia” at the invitation of Australian Trade & Investment Commission.

Coronavirus in Australia and Initiatives by IPAG Asia Pacific

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll globally with millions of confirmed cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths. Beyond the loss of lives and health sufferings, the disease has plunged the world into recession with impact expected to last for years and Australia is no exception with reported cases of infection, recoveries and sadly loss of lives as well. Australia’s measures of closing down areas of public life, providing economic stimulus packages such as the ‘Job Keeper’ scheme, spreading validated information, and mobilizing healthcare workers are proving to be effective as the number of new infections is decreasing daily.

To support Australian Government’s efforts in mitigating the virus’ impact, IPAG Asia Pacific has undertaken in-depth research and analysis on the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on Australia. As part of its responsibility towards the people, community, and society at large in Australia, IPAG has launched an awareness & advocacy campaign through release and promotion of an Audio Visual in the social media and internet based platforms of Australia. The AV addresses various myths and their corresponding realities surrounding the Coronavirus. More to follow in the coming days as the pandemic unfolds and its effects continue to be felt in multiple sectors.

For the G20 Leadership Summit 2020 to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, following are the COVID 19 related topics on which IPAG Asia Pacific is writing Policy Briefs for the G20 Leadership.

  1. Multilateralism in times of Global Pandemic: The COVID-19 Experience
  2. Social, Cultural, and Community Resilience Efforts during COVID-19 Crisis
  3. The COVID-19 Outbreak and Inequitable access to Global Health Care Systems.
  4. Regional and Global Exchange of Health Services and Information.

Given Australia’s rich and diverse communities, to ensure maximum reach in the most efficient manner, the AV has been translated in 14 of the most popularly spoken languages in Australia. The links to the AVs in each language are provided below which has been published and promoted in various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The links are provided below in alphabetical order of the languages:

                  COVID-19 Resurgence in Australia: Lessons Learnt & Way Forward

Knowledge Dissemination through Social Media

Australia’s Bushfire & Climate Change Tragedy: Lessons of the Recent Past
Risks in a Globalized World”

2019 Australia Federal Elections: 10 Key Takeaways

2019 Year in Review, Australia

2020 Year in Review, Australia

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 Recent Activities by IPAG Asia Pacific

RIS-IPAG International Conference on “Non-Traditional Economic and Security
Risks in a Globalized World”
November 28, 2019
New Delhi, India

Business Session

From left: Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi, Syed Munir Khasru and Prof. S. D. Muni

Valedictorian Session

From left: Shri Pradyot Chandra Haldar, Syed Munir Khasru and Mahesh Arora.

Session I: Environmental & Energy Security: Challenges of Climate Change and Zero Carbon Emission

From left: Keynote Speaker – Dr. R R Rashmi, Moderator – Subhomoy Bhattacharjee, 3 Panelists – Nicolas Loris, Dr. Nagesh Kumar, and Dr. Simon CHIN-YEE

Session II: Migration: The Security and Economic Dimension of a Global Phenomena

From left: Keynote Speaker – Paul Power, Moderator – Navsharan Singh, 3 Panelists – Dr. Barbara Kolm, Ph.D., Mr. Oscar Mundia and Dr. Amitabh Kundu.

Session III: Impact of Trans-National Crime and Rise of the Cyber World on Regional Economies: Innovative Response Mechanism to Counter Online & Offline Threats

From left: Keynote Speaker – Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas*, Moderator – Syed Munir Khasru, 3 Panelists – Dr. Kyung-Shick Choi, Alok Bansal and Dr. Priyadarshi Dash.
*Speech of Ms. Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas was read out as she could not attend due to unavoidable circumstances.

Session IV: Human and Economic Security: Leveraging SDGs for Economic Development and Social Stability

From left: Keynote Speaker – Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi, Moderator – Hitomi Kubo, 3 Panelists – Dr. Joseph Siracusa, Dr. P.K. Anand and Krishna Kumar

Book Launch

IPAG’s publication “The Digital Age, Cyber Space, and Social Media: The Challenges of Security & Radicalization” launched during the Business Session.

Australian Cyber Conference 2018
October 9-11, 2018
Melbourne, Australia

Syed Munir Khasru, Chairman, IPAG moderating a session on Building a Cyber Security Strategy that Works during the Australian Cyber Security Conference 2018 organized by the Australian Information Security Association (AISA)

International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress
July 22 -25
Brisbane, Australia

IPSA is one of the largest politics conferences in the world, with around 2400 attendees from government, industry, and academia. A variety of important topics were covered throughout the conference, with keynote speakers addressing the growing problems being experienced in democratic states around the world.

IPAG was represented at the IPSA world congress in Brisbane by Jeremiah Brown, Senior Research Associate, IPAG.  Jeremiah presented two separate papers at IPSA. One paper titled ‘Disadvantage and Democracy: Why Income and Education Matter for Attitudes Towards Democracy’ was presented with a co-author, Dr. Andrew Klassen, from Charles Darwin University. The other paper was titled ‘Democracy as Citizen Agency: The Capability Approach as a Theory of Democracy

Conference on Sustainable Peace and Development in a Polarising World: Perspectives and Contributions from the Commonwealth of Nations
April 9-11, 2018
Brisbane, Australia

Syed Munir Khasru, Chairman, IPAG was the moderator in the session “Challenges to Peace and Development in the Commonwealth” during the conference on Sustainable Peace and Development in a Polarising World: Perspectives and Contributions from the Commonwealth of Nations organized by the Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University; on April 09-11, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. He was also a panelist during the sessions “Contextualising Sustainable Peace and Development in the Commonwealth, “Reconciliation Across the Commonwealth” and Muslims Building Peace and Security in the Commonwealth”.

Upcoming Projects (Currently on hold due to the COVID 19 Pandemic)

Two-Day International Conference on Globalization in The Age of Disruption

Melbourne, Australia

Recognizing the pervasive effects of technology and globalization on the economy, IPAG and RMIT University will jointly organize an international conference on “Globalization in The Age of Disruption” in Melbourne, Australia”. The conference was earlier scheduled to be organized on June 15-16, 2020, but has now been postponed to early 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The intent is to bring into a common platform, relevant experts, analysts and practitioners, who in the course of their discussions and presentations, will shed light into how the technological sphere, regional geopolitical landscape, strategic & human security issues, socio-economic parameters, social media, climate change, global institutions will be shaped in this new age of globalization fueled by new forms of disruptions..

One-Day International Conference on Impact of 4IR on Trade and Technology in the Asia Pacific (AP): Challenges and Opportunities

April 2021
Melbourne, Australia

In the advent of Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR) and era of innovation propelled growth in the Asia Pacific region, IPAG Asia Pacific and Global trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) will come together and organize a One-Day International Conference on ‘’Impact of 4IR on Trade and Technology in the Asia Pacific (AP): Challenges and Opportunities” in Melbourne, Australia. The conference was earlier scheduled to be organized in April, 2020, but has now been postponed to early 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The objective of the Conference is to initiate the much-required discourse on measuring the direct and indirect impact of technological revolution on regional trading platform and performance of the Asia Pacific. This platform will also bring together international and regional sectorial experts to identify replicable best practices, provide insights on policies already implemented, identify what further can be done and recommend how regional policy coordination can be undertaken.