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Political Violence Insurance Briefing

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May 05, 2016
London, United Kingdom

IHS is presenting the IHS Country Risk Political Violence Breakfast Briefing in London at the IHS office, May 5, 2016.

Firas Modad

Director – MENA Country Risk, IHS Markit Mr. Firas Modad is a director for Country Risk, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, at IHS Markit.

Carlos Cardenas

Head of Latin America, Country Risk, IHS Markit

Carlos Cardenas manages the IHS Markit Country Risk Americas team, and is responsible for the generation of commercially relevant political and violent risks forecasts for a variety of sectors in Latin America, including energy, mining and re-insurance. Carlos specializes in assessing the business environment for several countries in Latin America, covering key risks affecting current or potential investors. These include expropriation, non-payment, contract frustration, civil unrest, business disruption, security and operational risks. Carlos briefs clients interested in Latin America on a regular basis helping them to understand how their operations are affected by the role and influence of decision makers and pressure groups.

Carlos has an MA in International Political Economy from the University of Birmingham, and LLM in Petroleum Law and Policy from the University of Dundee and BA in International Studies from Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Foster, Hugo

Senior Analyst, Geospatial Intelligence, IHS Country Risk Bio coming soon.

Kit Nicholl

Analyst, Europe & CIS Bio coming soon.

Roberts, Martin

Senior Analyst, Sub-Saharan Africa

Martin Roberts joined IHS in 2011 and is a Senior Analyst responsible for the political, security and business environment of several West African countries, focusing primarily on Nigeria. He has carried out extensive work, including consulting projects, for multinational companies looking at country entry, sectoral dynamics, and the impact of political and security developments on their businesses.

Martin has carried out a number of research trips to West Africa and holds an MSc in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where he specialized in African politics. Martin also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from Cardiff University and a BA in Economics from Cambridge University, and prior to joining IHS, he was a Journalist working at the BBC World Service and several national newspapers. Martin speaks French.

Ege Seckin

Principal Analyst, Country Risk, IHS Markit

Ege Seckin is responsible for analysis of the political, security and business environment of Turkey and the wider Middle East. Prior to joining IHS, Ege attained a First Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Warwick University and completed an MSc degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics.

Ege has worked as an Analyst at the Turkish Embassy in London and conducted research with Professor Fawaz Gerges at the LSE. Ege works closely with clients on security risks to infrastructure assets in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq. He has featured numerous times on media outlets including Al Jazeera and CNBC. Ege speaks fluent English and Turkish, and intermediate French.

Paul McGrath

Director, Head of Political Violence, Country Risk – Political Violence

Paul McGrath heads the Political Violence team, which is responsible for auditing the Country Risk team’s outputs on terrorism, civil unrest, war and risks to individuals such as kidnapping. Other responsibilities include forecasting methodology and acting as a liaison between the Country Risk analysts, clients and IHS sales teams.

Paul joined Exclusive Analysis in 2006, initially as Deputy Head of Latin America forecasting. Previously, Paul lived and worked in Colombia for three years, then managed projects in around 25 countries in three years for reports published in Fortune magazine, The Washington Post, The Times and CNBC Africa.

Paul holds an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London and BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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