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Upcoming events

    • 05/17/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
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    Webinar with J. C. "Chris" Hacker

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

    Special Agent in Charge (SAC)

    Atlanta Field Office

    Monday,  May 7 at 11:00 a.m.

    Most Americans are aware that China looms large in the world of international relations. What is less known is just how great a threat China is to America’s national security. Is it true that intelligence suggests that Chinese hackers are garnering personal information of American citizens? How is China targeting American academia to steal knowledge and innovation? And how are American companies targets of economic and technological espionage?

    FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Hacker will discuss the Chinese threat, economic espionage and China-related counterintelligence during this one-hour webinar.

    About SAC Hacker

    J. C. "Chris" Hacker entered on duty with the FBI as a Special Agent in 2000. Following graduation from the FBI Academy, he was assigned to the Jackson Division, where he worked white collar crime, public corruption, and counterintelligence matters. He was also a member of the SWAT team and a firearms instructor.

    In 2008, Mr. Hacker was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent. In that role, he oversaw the Jackson Division's Counterterrorism, Special Agent Bomb Technician, and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Programs and led the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). In 2010, he was promoted to the Counterterrorism Division's (CTD) National JTTF.

    In 2013, Mr. Hacker was selected to serve as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Mobile Division's National Security Branch (NSB). The next year he became the ASAC of the Criminal and Administrative Branch.

    In 2015, Mr. Hacker was promoted to Section Chief of the NSB at FBIHQ. In that role, he served as the Chief of Staff and Special Assistant for the Executive Assistant Director and oversaw the Executive Staff Section which enhanced the coordination of critical issues affecting the Counterintelligence Division and CTD as well as the WMD Directorate, Terrorist Screening Center and the High Value Interrogation Group.

    In August 2016, Mr. Hacker began serving as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division (CID) where he oversaw all matters related to financial crimes, public corruption, civil rights, and covert operations. In March 2018, he was named Acting Assistant Director of CID.

    In August of 2018, Mr. Hacker was named Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Office.

    Before he began his career with the FBI, Mr. Hacker earned a Bachelor of Science in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and served five years with the Lexington Police Department. He is married to Kristy and they have two children, Taylor and Jack.

    • 06/10/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • A Virtual Summit

      NEW DATE: June 10, 2021

    A conversation with Australia’s ambassador to the United States

    June 10, 2021 at 11 a.m.

    Australia enacted some of the strictest lockdowns and border closures during the pandemic, helping the country all but snuff out COVID-19 but also limiting trade and tourism for a key player in global economic integration.

    Relations have grown testy with China, its main trading partner, while Australia’s participation in regional security initiatives like the U.S.-led Quad have hardened positions along ideological lines in the ever-shifting and complex Indo-Pacific region.

    With a new president in the U.S. and a sense of recovery taking hold in Australia, how durable is an alliance both have called foundational to peace and security in the region?

    Join Global Atlanta and the Atlanta Council on International Relations for a special virtual interview with Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos exploring security, technology, trade, diplomacy and how the Southeast United States can play a greater role in the two nations’ increasingly intertwined fortunes. Register Here.

    About the speaker:

    His Excellency The Honorable Arthur Sinodinos, AO

    The Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO is Australia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, taking up his posting in Washington in February 2020. Ambassador Sinodinos was previously Australia’s Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science and was a Senator for New South Wales in the Australian Parliament from 2011 to 2019. During his parliamentary career, he also held other key roles in and outside Cabinet, including Cabinet Secretary and Assistant Treasurer.

    Over a career spanning four decades, Ambassador Sinodinos has dedicated his professional life to the advancement of Australia and its people. On the election of the Hon. John Howard AC as Prime Minister of Australia in 1996, Ambassador Sinodinos was appointed the Prime Minister’s Senior Economic Adviser and in 1997, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, a position he held for nine years. Between 1987-1989 and 1995-1996, Ambassador Sinodinos also served as Senior Economic Adviser to Mr. Howard while in opposition. He started his Australian Public Service career in 1979, rising to the Senior Executive Service in the Department of the Treasury.

    In 2006, Ambassador Sinodinos left government to work with Goldman Sachs JBWere, followed by the National Australia Bank and various corporate appointments.

    In 2008, Ambassador Sinodinos was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to politics through the executive function of government, to the development of economic policy and reform, and to the Greek community. In 2019, he was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Australia & New Zealand School of Government in recognition of his promotion of public sector leadership.

    Ambassador Sinodinos is accompanied on posting by his wife Elizabeth, and their three children.


the capital city club

The ACIR frequently meets at the Capital City Club located at 7 John Portman Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30303. Please note that the venue is subject to change and will be announced accordingly. Complimentary valet parking is available.

Directions from I-75/I-85 Northbound

Exit at International Boulevard (Exit 249C). Go west four blocks and turn right on Spring Street. Go north one block. Turn right onto John Portman Boulevard at Historic Harris Street. The Capital City Club is on the left. 

Directions from I-75/I-85 Southbound

Exit at Williams Street (Exit 249C). Turn left on John Portman Boulevard at Historic Harris Street. Go east one (1) block, crossing Spring Street. The Capital City Club is on the left.