Allan Behm

Director, International & Security Affairs Program

Allan Behm specialises in political and security risk evaluation, policy analysis and development, and negotiating the policy/politics interface.

Following a career spanning nearly thirty years in the Australian Public Service, he was Chief of Staff to Minister for Climate Change and Industry Greg Combet (2009 to 2013) and senior advisor to the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Penny Wong (2017-19).

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 – an insider’s account of the what actually goes on in Parliament House – was published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2015. It was well reviewed and remains a “go to” text for those who are interested in leadership, political management, policy development and reform.

He has tertiary qualifications in philosophy and Asian studies. He attempts to speak Indonesian and French.

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