Allan Behm specialises in political and security risk evaluation, policy analysis and development, and negotiating the policy/politics interface.
He held senior positions in the Attorney-General’s Department and in the Department of Defence. He was Chief of Staff to Greg Combet from 2009 to 2013, and more recently senior advisor to Senator Penny Wong.
He has a significant publishing record in academic and professional journals, and is a respected commentator in both the electronic and print media. His book No, Minister remains a “go to” text for those who are interested in leadership, political management, policy development and reform.
He was the inaugural Chair of the Canberra Writers Festival, and remains on the Board. He is also 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.