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About the Docufilm Series

2021 marked the 20th anniversary of the catastrophic 9.11 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people and injured thousands more. It is a day in history that should never be forgotten nor repeated.

‘9.11 Two Decades of Disruption’ is an illuminating docufilm series which analyses the impact that the catastrophic 9.11 attacks had on the insurance industry, national security, government policy and on society. This must-see docufilm series features a variety of significant and impactful speakers including, former security and intelligence experts, industry leaders, academics and government officials.

Part I: Our expert speakers share their memories, experiences and insights into the attack, the consequences that have shaped global events since, how the (re)insurance industry has evolved over the last 20 years to deal with catastrophic events and the threats.

Part II: Following up on the issues and insights made in ‘Part I’, the our expert speakers return to discuss how 9.11 triggered a fundamental shift in the insurance industry and how we must learn from what happened in order for it never to be repeated. Part II looks at the threats facing us today including the global pandemic, climate change and conflicts in Europe, and how these new threats are impacting society, the insurance industry and driving the threat of terrorism, now and in the future to come.

IN THE PAST TWO DECADES OF DISRUPTION, there have been at least:

Terrorist attacks
Bomb attacks
Melee weapon attacks
Attack fatalities

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Speaker Biographies
Former Chief Executive of Talbot Underwriting

Rupert Atkin was the Chief Executive of Talbot Underwriting and was the active underwriter for syndicate 1183 from 1991 until 2007. He was a director of all Talbot Group companies. He was appointed Chairman of the Lloyd’s Market Association in 2012, was a member of the Council of Lloyd’s from 2006 and became Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s in February 2014. Rupert has worked in the Lloyd’s market for 41 years. Between 2007 and 2016 he became CEO of Talbot and then became Non-executive Chairman from 2016-2019. Rupert joined the Board of Ark in 2020 and became Non-executive Chairman in 2021. He is currently a Non-Executive Chairman of Whitespace and is also a Non-Executive Director of AmWINS, Alwen Hough Johnson and Loadsure.

Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Former Secretary of State for Defence (UK)

Des Browne, Lord Browne of Ladyton, is a British Labour politician. From 1997 until 2010, after a legal career, he was MP for Kilmarnock & Loudoun. Consecutively he held ministerial posts in the Northern Ireland office, the DWP, the Home Office, the Treasury, the MOD and the Scotland Office. He served in Cabinet positions as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Defence and Secretary of State for Scotland. A member of the House of Lords since 2010, he is also Vice-chair of the Washington DC based Nuclear Threat Initiative, an NGO that works to reduce the threats posed by nuclear and other WMD. Lord Browne is the Chair of the Executive Board of the European Leadership Network and a Board member of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network. He is a Fellow Commoner of St Catharine’s College and a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, both at the University of Cambridge.

Chief Resilience Officer at Pool Re

Ed Butler is the Chief Resilience Officer at Pool Re, the Government backed terrorism reinsurance scheme as well a Senior Independent Advisor to the Board of EDF Energy Generation. He has extensive experience spanning nearly 40 years of international relations, counter terrorism, intelligence, security and risk management much of which was gained during 24 years on front line service with the British Army. He was privileged to command 22 SAS over 9.11 and was Commander of British Forces Afghanistan in 2006, before retiring as a Brigadier in 2008. Ed has been formally recognised by Her Majesty’s Government on six occasions for his service to the nation.

Former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)

Sir Richard Dearlove served as Chief (known as ‘C’) of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), also known as MI6, from 1999 until his retirement in 2004. He was a spy master for thirty-eight years and served in Nairobi, Prague, Paris, Geneva and Washington as well as London. Sir Richard was elected the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 2004. Pembroke College, founded in 1347 is the University’s third oldest College.  During Sir Richard’s eleven-year tenure the College was notably successful. He is now Chair of Trustees of the University of London, a trustee of Kent School, Connecticut, Honorary Fellow of Queens’ College Cambridge, adviser to several international companies, Chairman of Ascot Underwriting and a Director of Kosmos Energy.

CEO at Pool Re

Julian Enoizi is CEO of Pool Re. Julian has presided over the repositioning of the organisation including the renegotiation of Pool Re’s relationship with HM Treasury, introduction of a more sophisticated underwriting proposition requiring an amendment to an Act of Parliament, the purchase of the world’s largest terrorism retrocession programme, the launch of the world’s first terrorism Catastrophe Bond and a significant investment into a partnership with the Home Office in respect of risk mitigation projects. In addition, Pool Re is recognised a central sponsor of thought leadership initiatives and international collaboration with similar national level terrorism (re)insurance arrangements around the world.

Senior Vice President, Policy, Research & International for the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA)

Robert Gordon is the Senior Vice President, Policy, Research & International for the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA). Prior to joining APCIA, Robert was the parliamentarian, senior counsel and ethics compliance officer for the Committee on Financial Services in the U.S. House of Representatives. Through his work, Robert provided strategic counsel on the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, the State Modernization and Regulatory Transparency Act and the Risk Retention Act. He also contributed to policy issues relevant to the property casualty insurance industry.

Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Dr Karin von Hippel became Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in 2015. Karin joined RUSI after serving for nearly six years in the US Department of State as a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of Counterterrorism, then as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and finally, as Chief of Staff to General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter-ISIL. Prior to that, she co-directed the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC and was a senior research fellow at the Centre for Defence Studies, King’s College London.

Recent Deputy National Security Adviser in the UK’s Cabinet Office

Paddy McGuinness is a senior adviser to businesses and governments in the UK, Europe, the US, the Middle and Far East on data and cyber issues, business resilience and geopolitical and regulatory risks. From 2014-2019 he was the UK’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Intelligence, Security and Resilience overseeing national risk assessment, crisis response and recovery and advising two successive British Prime Ministers on aspects of geo-politics, Cyber Security, Counter Terrorism and action by Hostile States. In this role, Paddy led on the formulation and implementation of the UK’s 5 year National Cyber Security Strategy and Programme, to enhance the security of Critical National Infrastructure.

Former Chairman of Guy Carpenter (New York)

Britt Newhouse is the former Chairman of Guy Carpenter, a leading global reinsurance broker and subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Cos, from 2008 to 2017. Britt has over 38 years of experience in the industry, originally having started his career at AIG. His family has been involved in the (re)insurance industry over 4 generations. In his positions as Americas President and later Chairman of Guy Carpenter, he was instrumental in steering the company to success in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the 9.11 attacks on New York.

Wendy Peters Executive Vice President of Willis Towers Watson Financial Solutions (North America)

Wendy is the Willis Towers Watson Global Terrorism Practice Leader, focused on the development of specialty insurance products and state-of-the-art analytical tools to respond to the changing profile and footprint of global terrorism and political violence.

Wendy currently serves on the US Department of Treasury’s Advisory Committee on Terrorism Risk-Sharing Mechanisms, exploring the development of non-governmental, private market risk-sharing mechanisms for terrorism risk.She is a frequent speaker at various industry conferences and national panels on political risk and terrorism insurance issues and has authored numerous publications on those topics. She also served as Managing Director of the European division of the trade finance division of a major brokerage firm, responsible for the design and deployment of specialty trade-related insurance programs for financial institutions and commodity trading organizations.

Former Director Counter Terrorism, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Suzanne Raine is an Affiliate Lecturer at the Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge University and a Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies at KCL. Suzanne’s areas of expertise are terrorism, risk management and warning and the role of assessment in government decision-making. She served for 24 years in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on foreign policy and national security issues. This included postings in Poland, Iraq and Pakistan. Suzanne specialised in counter-terrorism, holding a number of senior domestic appointments including Head of the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre from 2015-2017.  She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Imperial War Museum, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Stop The Traffik, an NGO which works to stop people-trafficking.

Former Director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center

Nicholas Rasmussen is a senior fellow at the McCain Institute. He is currently the executive director of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). Before joining GIFCT in 2020, Nicholas was the Senior Director for the National Security & Counterterrorism program at the McCain Institute. He is a national security professional with over 27 years in U.S. government service, including senior counterterrorism posts at the White House. He concluded his government career as director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Nicholas Rasmussen served in senior posts across three administrations, including as special assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff in the White House.

Former British Diplomat and National Security Adviser

Lord Peter Ricketts was a British diplomat for 40 years, specialising in security and crisis management issues. He served twice in the UK Delegation to NATO. He was Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, and Political Director in the Foreign Office from 2001-2003, dealing with policy on the Afghanistan and Iraq interventions and the 9.11 terrorist attacks. In the final stage of his career, Lord Ricketts served as Britain’s first National Security Adviser where he established the National Security Council, and oversaw the 2010 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review. He was Ambassador to France from 2012-2016.  After retirement, Peter became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords. He is Vice-Chairman of the Royal United Services Institute, and a Visiting Professor of King’s College London.

Professor of Terrorism, Risk and Resilience at Cranfield University

Professor Andrew Silke holds a Chair in Terrorism, Risk and Resilience at Cranfield University. He has a background in forensic psychology and criminology and has worked both in academia and for government. His primary research interests include terrorism, conflict, crime and policing, and he is internationally recognised as a leading expert on terrorism. Andrew has worked with a wide variety of government departments and law enforcement and security agencies. He is a member of the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence (RAN CoE) which works with practitioners to develop state-of-the-art knowledge to prevent and counter radicalisation to violent extremism.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Soufan Group

Ali Soufan is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Soufan Group. A leading national security and counterterrorism expert, he plays a significant advisory role in global intelligence issues. Ali had a distinguished career in the FBI, including serving on the Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he coordinated both domestic and international counterterrorism operations. He often operated out of hostile environments and carried out sensitive extraterritorial missions and high-level negotiations, and he has received numerous awards and commendations for his work. These include the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence, the Respect for Law Enforcement Award for “relentless pursuit of truth and bringing terrorist subjects before the bar of justice,” and a commendation from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Former Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (US)

Douglas H. Wise retired from the CIA as a member of CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service in August 2016 completing nearly three decades of service. He finished his career with the CIA in a Joint Duty Assignment as the Deputy Director of the Defense intelligence Agency. As the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Doug was the Chief Operating Officer for a 20,000 employee global defense enterprise, supporting senior Defense and National policymakers and the war fighting commands. Doug has extensive senior leadership experience in integrating Intelligence Community components, from his service as a senior leader in two of CIA’s largest multi-agency centers, the Counterterrorism Center and the Cyber Intelligence Center. Prior to joining CIA, Doug spent a 20-year career in the U.S. Army in conventional and special operations units.