Nick Kaldas held two of the most senior roles in the New South Wales Police Force executive (Sydney, NSW), serving as Deputy Commissioner for almost a decade, and prior to that, Assistant Commissioner (Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics). He relieved as Commissioner of Police extensively. His career as a NSW Police Officer spanned almost 35 years, primarily in major and organised crime investigations, and counter-terrorism, with over a decade in Homicide investigations. He also served in a number of senior roles within the United Nations system, and led the UN investigations into the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri and into the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict. He was a member of numerous Government committees, at State and national levels. He is Egyptian-born, and fluent in Arabic and partially in French.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of Multicultural NSW. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Public Policy and Administration and is a graduate of the FBI’s Hostage Negotiation Program, their Leadership in Counter Terrorism Program, and the FBI National Executive Institute, the peak program for law enforcement executives. He has received numerous awards, including the Australian Police Medal, the National Medal, the Overseas Humanitarian Service Medal, and numerous commendations for outstanding performance of duty in Australia and overseas.
He holds Adjunct Professorships with Western Sydney University (WSU) and Charles Sturt University in Australia, and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by WSU. He has lectured intermittently on the National Security College of the Australian National University. He was a member of the Australian National Counter Terrorism Committee for 8 years, the peak policy body dealing with Counter Terrorism in Australia. He is a Senior Fellow with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the largest think tank in Australia.