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Brian Foo

Brian Foo

Emergency Management Australia - Department of Home Affairs

Brian’s has enjoyed a 20 year career in the Australian Public Service that has seen him involved in many significant events that has both affected Australia and the Australian Government. Brian is currently the Director of Security Coordination Centre for the Department of Home Affairs. Prior to this appointment Brian’s five year tenure as the Director of Operations at the Australian Government Crisis Co-ordination Centre (CCC), the Australian Government’s ‘all-hazards’ 24/7 facility, saw involvement in supporting the Commonwealths response to events such a Tropical Cyclone Debbie, The North Queensland Floods, Tasmanian Fires, the Christchurch terror attach, Black Summer and of course COVID19. Brian has had a key role in shaping the Australian Government Crisis Management Framework, the key doctrine to ensure the Commonwealths response was coordinated and timely. 

Prior to joining Emergency Management Australia (EMA) in 2016, Brian has been involved in the planning and execution of events such as the 2011 Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2011, the G20 in Brisbane in 2014, the Cricket World Cup 2015, multiple military exercises as well as multiple Head of State visits. 

Brian’s exposure to the emergency management world began through pandemic planning for the H5N1 bird flu in 2007 as a member of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service and followed this up as the national operations manager for AQIS implementing border plans for MERS Corona Virus, Ebola and H1N1 Swine flu. This also formed an early partnership with EMA for the implementation of overseas assistance for events such as the Samoan Tsunami, Medan, Indonesia Earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. 

Brian has provided expert assistance to other areas of Australian Government and the New Zealand Government in the design and operation of their first 24/7 hazard monitoring centres. 

Brian’s involvement with EMSINA began with his appointment to EMA. This involvement has been a rewarding experience as an avenue to gain an insight into the geospatial world as an end user of these products and to be able to provide sponsorship and guidance in the promotion of the signature EM-Link product.