Event speakers

Event speakers

Ian Carson AM

Ian Carson AM is the Chair of the ARPC. He is a founding Partner and Chair of PPB Advisory where he works with boards and governments to solve complex business problems and advise on sensitive issues. Mr Carson is also the co-founder and Chair of SecondBite, a charity which exists to provide access to fresh, nutritious food for people in need. In 2015, he (together with his wife) was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (Southern Region) by the Schwabb Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. In addition, he also received the Australian Social Entrepreneur award through the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 program. He was awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2017 for significant service to the community and to business. With his background covering both business and social issues, he will be an asset to ARPC as it moves forward. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, a Post Graduate Diploma of Accounting from La Trobe University and completed the Owner President Manager course at Harvard Business School. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Anthony Bergin portrait photoDr. Anthony Bergin

Dr Anthony Bergin is a Senior Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) where he provides expertise on homeland security and disaster resilience. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the ANU’s National Security College. He was an academic at the Australian Defence Force Academy prior to joining ASPI in 2006. He has written extensively on a wide range of national security issues and is a regular media commentator and the author of several hundred op-eds for The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review, The Drum, The Strategist.

 

Anthony Bubalo portrait photoAnthony Bubalo

Anthony Bubalo is the Deputy Director and Research Director at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, where he manages the Institute’s research output. He has also produced research on a variety of Middle Eastern issues, including Islamism, democratisation, and terrorism. He has written for many prominent national newspapers as well as The American Interest and ForeignPolicy.com. Before joining the Lowy Institute, Mr Bubalo 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 is a superb communicator and was one of the most popular speakers at last year’s ARPC-OECD Conference in Canberra.

 

Levi West portrait photoLevi West

Levi West, Director of Terrorism Studies, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University. His primary research interests relate to the intersection of information and communications technology with terrorism specifically, but also with other forms of non-state violence. He has has an extensive background in national security focused academia, having lectured, studied and worked in Australia and overseas. In 2013, Mr West was a Visiting Fellow in Terrorism and Counter Terrorism at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in India. Mr West recently contributed to Cybersecurity: Mapping the Ethical Terrain. 

 

Michael Pennel portrait photoMichael Pennell PSM

Michael Pennell PSM, ARPC Chief Underwriting Officer. He is responsible for arranging reinsurance contracts on behalf of ARPC where he also assists insurers and brokers in understanding the scheme and is responsible for implementing ARPC’s $3 billion retrocession program. Michael also leads various projects that enable ARPC to develop and enhance its terrorism loss estimation capabilities. He is an alumni of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, holds a degree in civil engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney and a is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance.  

 

Murray Ackman

Murray Ackman is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent non-partisan non-profit research institute. He has worked at IEP since early 2014, where he leads IEP’s work on terrorism and measuring Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions. Prior to IEP, he worked on Research and Policy for the Salvation Army Australia and as a management consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (Hons 1) and won the university prize in politics and International Relations from the University of NSW. 

 

Paul Allison

Paul Allison, Vice Chairman, Guy Carpenter. Prior to this appointment, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer. Before joining the company in 2001, Mr Allison was     Managing Director of MBR Reinsurance Pty Limited. He also held similar positions at Sydney Re, Copenhagen Re (Australia) Ltd after commencing his insurance career at MLC Life Ltd. A graduate of the University of Technology (Sydney), Mr Allison is a Fellow of ANZIIF, a Certified Insurance Professional and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.