Allan Behm is Chair of the Canberra Writers Festival. Following a distinguished career as a senior strategic and security policy advisor to successive governments in the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Attorney-General’s and Defence, Allan Behm established Knowledge Pond, an international consultancy advising on political and sovereign risk, strategic planning and security management.
From 2009 to 2013, he was Chief of Staff to Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Materiel, Climate Change and Industry in the Rudd and Gillard governments. He publishes frequently in academic and professional journals, and is a highly respected commentator in both the electronic and print media. His book No, Minister – an insider’s account of the what actually goes on in Parliament House – was published by Melbourne University Publishing in June 2015.
It was very favourably reviewed, and remains a “go to” text for those who are interested in leadership, policy development and reform. He is on the Board of FearLess Outreach, a not-for-profit organisation to support people living with PTSD, both those with the disorder and their families, and of the Centre for Ethics in National Security. And he a senior advisor to Senator Penny Wong, leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs.