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Chris Williamson is Chief Business Economist at IHS Markit. He joined the company in 2008 following the acquisition of NTC Economics, a provider of global macro-economic indicators. He has 24 years of experience as a professional economist.
As chief economist, Chris is regularly quoted in the international business press, is frequently interviewed on business and mainstream television and radio and speaks at conferences on world-wide economic issues. Chris also sits on a number of economic advisory panels.
Chris has played a major role in the company’s development as a world-leading provider of business surveys and economic indicators, including the founding of the firm’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) series. The PMI business now encompasses all major economies and the surveys are commonly cited as some of the most important sources of economic information available to central banks, financial markets and business decision makers.
Chris studied economics at the University of Nottingham and Economic Development at the University of Manchester.
Alex Kokcharov is a Principal Analyst with IHS Markit Country Risk’s Europe & Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) team, and is responsible for analysis of political, operational and security risks in Russia and Ukraine. Alex has more than ten years experience in data-driven business journalism and risk analysis, with solid knowledge and understanding of key international economic, financial and business issues. He has particular expertise on Russian and international political, business and energy developments. Alex holds a Master’s degree in Geography and Economics and studied for a PhD in Economic Geography at the University of Oxford.
Nathalie Wlodarczyk is Vice President Consulting and leads the Economics and Country Risk consulting practice for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Her team is responsible for delivering forward-looking country, industry and economic assessments for government and private sector clients to support strategic planning and business growth. She has over 15 years experience working on Country Risk assessments and forecasts in the private and non-governmental sectors. Prior to taking up this position, Nathalie led the Global Risk Consulting practice for Economics and Country Risk, focused on assisting clients with new market entry and competitive growth, particularly in emerging markets. Nathalie came to the IHS consulting team through the acquisition of Exclusive Analysis in 2012, where she headed the Consulting team as a Director and member of the Management Board. She has led projects across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.
Nathalie has particular expertise in methodology for understanding trends in regulatory risk and socio-political dynamics, as well as mapping stakeholder groups at a sub-sovereign level in support of stakeholder strategy by investors. She also leads on intelligence systems design work, combining location-specific analysis with structured intelligence collection and monitoring against indicators of business risk.
Prior to this Nathalie worked in the non-governmental sector on local capacity building, and in academia with government and civil society on security issues. She has taught contemporary security issues at both King’s College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Nathalie has a PhD in War Studies from Kings College London, and a BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics in International Relations.
Elisabeth joined IHS in 2012 to lead an initiative to build a new, next generation, global macroeconomic model. The IHS Global Link Model incorporates many innovative features and makes it possible to quantify the impact on the world economy of changes in the global risk environment, such as geopolitical threats and energy price shocks. Elisabeth now leads IHS global economic forecasting, modeling infrastructure and software, and economic and financial data.
Ben Orhan is a Senior Economist with the IHS Pricing and Purchasing service. He is responsible for conducting research and providing analysis on ferrous markets, specifically steel making raw materials and European finished steels.
Ben joined IHS from a steel market research background, where he worked across the steel value chain. He holds an MSc in economics, accounting and finance from the University of Bristol, as well as bachelor’s degree in business studies and economics.
Klaus-Jürgen Gern is Senior Manager World Economy, Country Analysis and Commodity Markets at the Forecasting Center of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and has been working for this renowned economic policy think tank since 1990. He is publishes regularly on the economic outlook and a wide range of economic policy topics and is serving as an Advisor to the German Government and the EU parliament on a regular basis. He acquired a Doctoral degree in Economics in 1999 from the Christian Albrechts University Kiel.
Brian Lawson specializes in the Eurozone crisis, fixed income and global commodities. He also focuses on political and violent risk developments in Spain and Portugal. Brian joined IHS through the acquisition of Exclusive Analysis, where he had worked since 2010. Prior to joining Exclusive Analysis, Brian was Head of International Debt Syndicate at Nomura, having served as COO of the Global Markets Division. Prior to Nomura, he was Head of Global Fixed Income at ABN AMRO for two years.
Earlier in his 31-year investment banking career, Brian also worked for Deutsche Bank AG and Morgan Grenfell and Co. Limited in several senior roles. Brian is a Senior Adviser to the International Capital Markets Association, having served previously as a board member of the association for the maximum six-year term and he remains a member of its disputes panel. He is a member of the IHS Global Forecast Committee. Brian currently lives in Valencia, Spain and visits London regularly.
Brian received an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.