Upcoming events

Upcoming events

Terrorism Risk Insurance Seminar


ARPC will host an afternoon seminar on Thursday, 05 October at Parliament House in Macquarie St, Sydney.

The event will focus on current and emerging terrorism threats and how to respond to them. More information will be posted here in the coming weeks, including how to register for the event, together with a detailed program.

Leading speakers will include:

  • Dr Anthony Bergin, Senior Analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Institute.  Dr Anthony Bergin is an expert on homeland security and disaster resilience.  Prior to joining ASPI, he was an Associate Professor of Politics at the University of NSW, Australian Defence Force Academy.  He is currently an Honorary Fellow at the Antarctic  and Climate Ecosystems, Cooperative Research Centre and has been a consultant to a wide range of public and private sector clients.  At ASPI he is responsible for corporate and parliamentary engagement and 1.5 track dialogues.  Dr Anthony Bergin has written extensively on a wide range of national security and maritime issues in academic journals, books, and ASPI reports.  He is a regular media commentator and the author of  several hundred op-eds for The Australian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review and ABC’s The Drum.  He regularly blogs on The Strategist


  • Anthony Bubalo, Deputy Director and Research Director, Lowy Institute for International Policy.  Anthony is an expert on Middle Eastern issues, including Islamism, democratisation and terrorism. He is a superb communicator and was one of the most popular speakers at the ARPC-OECD Terrorism Risk Insurance Conference in Canberra last year.  As Research Director, he manages the Institute’s research output.  He has also produced research on a variety of Middle Eastern issues, including Middle East – Asia linkages,  Islamism, democratisation, terrorism and energy security.  Before joining the Lowy Institute Anthony was an officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  He served in Australian diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia and Israel and was Middle East Analyst with the Office of National Assessments from 1996 to 1998.  Mr Bubalo was one of the most well received speakers at last year’s ARPC/OECD conference. 


  • Levi West, Director of Terrorism Studies at Charles Sturt University.  Levi is currently a PhD student at the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies at the Australian National University where he is completing doctoral research into the impact of technology on insurgency, via a case study analysis of Al-Qaeda, the Sinaloa Cartel, and Anonymous.  Levi has an extensive background in national security focused academia, with a focus on non-State violence and terrorism.  Levi has lectured, studied and worked in Australia and overseas.  Levi has lectured at the National Security College at the ANU; as part of ANU Military Studies program at the Australian Command and Staff College at the Australian Defence College; at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation in Indonesia; and is a Visiting Fellow in Terrorism and Counter Terrorism at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad, India in 2013.


  • Michael Pennell PSM, ARPC Chief Underwriting Officer.  Michael is responsible for arranging reinsurance contracts with insurers who issue eligible insurance contracts.  He assists insurers and brokers in understanding the scheme and is responsible for implementing ARPC’s retrocession program.  Michael also leads various projects that enable ARPC to develop and enhance its loss estimation capabilities.  Michael was this year awarded a public service medal for his outstanding public service in the development of Australia’s national terrorism reinsurance scheme.  Michael has also influenced industry policy, education and technological innovation through his work as an Advisory Board member for the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and as a past Advisory Board member of Macquarie University’s Natural Hazards Research Centre.

The event will begin with a light lunch and conclude with networking drinks and canapés.

We look forward to seeing you there.