BioTerrorism Livestream: Thinking the Unthinkable
24-25 March 2021

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BioTerrorism Livestream Conference

The largest BioTerrorism (Re)Insurance conference of its kind.

This timely virtual conference, co-hosted with the BioRISC team, St Catharine’s’ College, Cambridge provided delegates with a better understanding of the malicious use of biological pathogens and the threat of terrorist actors using biological agents to cause mass casualties and significant economic damage.

Scheduled over two afternoons, the event featured a broad range of esteemed speakers and panelists. Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism wprovided a Keynote Address.

Other speakers included Alistair Darling, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Mark Sedwill – former Cabinet Secretary and National Security Advisor, The Rt Hon Amber Rudd – former Home Secretary and Bruce Carnegie-Brown – Chairman of Lloyd’s of London.

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Find out why Lord Browne of Ladyton – Vice-chair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and Former Secretary of State for Defence and Ed Butler CBE DSO Chief Resilience Officer Pool Re have championed this pioneering event.

Conference objectives

Knowledge: Do we know enough about the threat? How do we better understand the how the threat is evolving?

Threat and risk scenarios: Is there evidence of malicious intent? What is the likelihood of terrorist actors having access to and using biological agents?

Modelling and Pricing the risk: Can we better understand and quantify bio-terrorism scenarios?

Response and Recovery: In light of the catastrophic impact we are experiencing with COVID-19, how do we make sure we are prepared and have access to the resources, tools and skills required in aftermath of an attack?

Science & Technology: How are advances in science and technology shaping the biothreat landscape? Is there a greater role to be played by scientists and other experts in informing policy responses?

Resilience: What are the current (Re)Insurance responses to a bio-terror event? Does this reflect the risk? Can more be done?

Evaluation: A comprehensive paper will be produced following the event which will provide information, analysis and key recommendations.

Keynote speakers

Mr. Vladimir Voronkov
Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism

The Rt Hon Amber Rudd
Former Home Secretary, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Minister for Women and Equalities.

Lord Mark Sedwill
Former Cabinet Secretary and National Security Advisor

Alistair Darling
Former Chancellor of the Exchequer

Chief Executive Officer of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, and a member of the Marsh & McLennan Companies Executive Committee

Lord Des Browne
Vice-chair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and Former Secretary of State for Defence

Hamish De Bretton Gordon OBE
Director DBG Defence

Dr Karin Von Hippel
Dr Karin von Hippel is the Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

Julian Enoizi
CEO Pool Reinsurance

Panel Experts

Hayley Robinson
Chief Underwriting Officer of Zurich UK

Bruce Carnegie-Brown
Chairman of Lloyd’s of London and former Chairman of

Prof Audrey Kurth Cronin
Professor School of International Service, American University Washington DC

Andy C Weber
Former Assistant Secretary of Defence & former Director of the Nuclear Weapons Council

Dr Andrew Coburn M.A. Dip. Arch.
Bye Fellow Director of the Advisory Board, Centre for Risk Studies, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.


“Guy Carpenter, as the leading broker for terrorism reinsurance, is supporting this conference to enable thought sharing on a topic that, following the covid-19 pandemic, has become a prescient threat vector.”

“Emergent BioSolutions Inc. is proud to sponsor Pool-Re’s BioTerrorism Livestream Conference.
Emergent believes that strategic preparedness to mitigate the impact of bioterrorism is best delivered through long-term partnerships between governments, academia and industry. Emergent specializes in medical countermeasures that target serious public health threats.”

“The intent of terrorists to use biological weapons is nothing new and they will have been observing closely the effect of the current pandemic on our government, health system, economy, security and societies. We need to make sure we are prepared and able to mitigate such a catastrophic event happening.”

“CHC Global is extremely pleased to support Pool Re’s BioTerrorism event. As the UK’s leading independent crisis management practice, we ensure our specialist knowledge in CBRN issues both informs and supports the Insurance Sector, as well as wider government and our commercial clients. We trust our participation will meaningfully contribute to the successful outcome of the conference.”

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