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Ian Armstrong is a GRI Senior Analyst and Researcher at Wikistrat. He previously assisted in research at Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Scottish Parliament, and Hudson Institute. His work has focused on international security issues. Ian’s research has been presented at multiple conferences, and his analysis has been published at International Policy Digest and Second Line of Defense.


Dr. Ante Batovic is a GRI Senior Analyst and was previously a lecturer in International History at the University of Zadar where he specialised in Cold War and East European history. Ante was also a visiting fellow at the LSE IDEAS centre and the fellow of the Robert Schuman Foundation in the European Parliament. He holds a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the University of Zadar.


Dr. Monica Baumgarten de Bolle holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. She is a former IMF Economist (2000-2005), a Professor of Macroeconomics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (2006-Present), a Director at the Institute for Economic Policy Studies IEPE/Casa das Garças, a think tank based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2010-2014) , and a Global Fellow at the Brazil Institute | Wilson Center.


Håvard Bergo is a GRI Editor and Senior Analyst and a foreign policy expert who works in Kampala for LPC Consult International, a consulting company that specializes on developing projects in East Africa and Mozambique. He has previously worked with the United Nations in Bangkok and as a project manager for a research project in Montreal. Håvard graduated with an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE).


Qingzhen Chen is a GRI Senior Analyst and a research analyst for an international information company. Her research focuses on China and the Asia Pacific. Previously she was a market researcher for PwC. She has gained regional knowledge from internships with the UNDP, China Policy, and the Royal United Services Institute. She holds a BA in Politics and East European Studies and an MSc in Security Studies from University College London.


Jose Luengo-Cabrera currently works at the EU Institute for Security Studies. He has previously worked for the European External Action Service, International Crisis Group and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. The views expressed on this site are Mr. Luengo-Cabrera’s and do not reflect those of the EUISS or any previous institutional affiliations.


Brian Daigle is a GRI Senior Analyst and an energy and Latin America researcher at a political consulting firm in Washington, D.C. He is a London School of Economics (LSE) graduate in political science and political economy, where he focused on trade and transatlantic relations. Brian received his dual BA in political science and history at the University of California-San Diego.


Dr. Daniel Friedheim has taught international politics for more than a decade. He earned his PhD in political science from Yale University, has consulted for the World Bank and the US Agency for International Development, and was a Foreign Service Officer with the US Dept. of State. His research focuses on democracy, globalization and foreign policy with a regional focus on both Latin America and Post-Soviet Europe. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese and German.


Dr. Ernesto Gallo has lectured in several British universities and is currently based at the Kaplan International College London and The Open University. He has published in English and Italian on international relations and political theory. He received his PhD from the University of Turin.


Arthur Guarino is an assistant professor in the Finance and Economics Department at Rutgers University Business School teaching courses in financial institutions and markets, corporate finance, and financial statement analysis. The first half of his career was spent in the financial services industry. He has written articles dealing with finance, economics, and public policy.


Christian Hellwig works as a strategic communications, policy analysis and public affairs expert and has been a longstanding contributor with Global Risk Insights on a wide range of issues since early 2015. Most recently, he has worked for CNC Communications & Network Consulting and Schneider Minar Jenewein Consulting, two companies with a strong European footprint in the fields of strategic communications, reputation, crisis & (cyber) risk management, public affairs and government relations. Christian holds a MSc in International Relations from London School of Economics & Political Science and a first class honours BA from a leading German university in Governance & Public Policy.


Nicolas Jenny specialises in European and Asian political risk analysis. He has lived extensively throughout the region and speaks English, French and Mandarin. He holds a double master’s from Sciences Po Paris and Fudan University and a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol.


Jofi Joseph is an experienced national security professional who has served in senior level positions on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch, with a particular focus on WMD proliferation and homeland security issues. He worked on U.S. policy toward Iran’s nuclear program and participated in P5+1 negotiations with Iran as a White House National Security Council staffer from 2011 to 2013.


Aaron Johnson serves as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Darton State College. He holds a M.A. in Economics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is a regular contributor on economic analysis for local Fox and NBC news affiliates in Albany, GA.


Leo Kabouche is a Toronto-based analyst who has worked for several consulting firms in Canada & Europe. His areas of expertise include the intersection of energy and geopolitics in oil and gas markets, in climate policy as well as in national security. His research also delves into the relationship between political risk and extraterritorial regulations tackling corruption and money-laundering practices on the international stage. He holds a MSc in International Affairs from the University of Montreal.


Dr. Lawrence Katzenstein is a GRI Senior Analyst and Business Development Strategist. He has taught at the University of New Orleans and the University of Minnesota. Through an affiliation with the Humphrey Institute he was one of the trainers for the initial Chinese WTO delegation. He has been an exchange professor at the Consolidated Universities of Shandong Province and an embedded social scientist with the U.S. Army in Iraq. He earned a B.A. in political science from CCNY and an M.A. and Ph.D in political science from Rutgers University.


Alexey Kobylyanskiy currently works for a leading Russian mining company. He previously worked for the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank. He also has experience working for Russian regional government bodies and as an international election observer during the 2010 presidential elections in Ukraine. Alexey holds an MA in International Political Economy from Fordham University and an MA in International Relations from St. Petersburg State University, Russia.


Dr. Panos Koliastasis holds a PhD in Political Science from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). His thesis analyses the communication strategies applied by recent Greek prime ministers to preserve or even increase their popularity throughout their tenure. During the past years, coinciding with the eruption of the financial crisis in Greece, he served as a communication advisor to consecutive Greek governments until the elections of January 2015, employed for the analysis of opinion polls and formulation of communication strategy.


Jonathan Lang is a Principal at Key Global Advisory, a geo-political and macro-economic risk consultancy and previously worked for both Deloitte Consulting and the White House. As a contributing analyst for GRI, Mr. Lang writes on issues concerning monetary policy, trade, international energy markets, and trans-Atlantic relations. He holds a Masters in European Political Economics from the London School of Economics, an MBA from Duke University, and a Bachelors in Government from Georgetown University.


Dr. Robert Ledger is an analyst specializing in European politics. He has a PhD from Queen Mary University London in political science, and an MA in International Relations from Brunel University. He has worked in Brussels and Berlin for the European Stability Initiative – a think tank – on EU enlargement and human rights issues.


Daniel Lemaitre is a GRI Senior Analyst. He currently works for the Carter Center’s Americas Program. Previously, he has worked in policy research centered on Latin American markets in both the public and private sector. Daniel also has experience working in political communications at the British Parliament and the District Office of U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. He holds an MSc in Comparative Political Economy from the London School of Economics.


Iain MacGillivray is a GRI Commissioning Editor and an Independent Political Risk Analyst who focuses on Australian, European, and Middle Eastern Politics. He has worked as a Senior Academic Tutor in Middle Eastern Politics at the University of Melbourne and has been a freelance journalist for many years. Iain currently holds a Masters of International Relations from the Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne and is currently undertaking a Masters of Middle East Studies at Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Ankara, Turkey.


Kira Munk works as a Senior Analyst at a company in the Washington, DC area. She writes about topics related to terrorism and counterterrorism, human rights, and the impacts of social and political developments in the MENA. She holds a Master’s degree in Terrorism, Security & Society from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and previously lived in the MENA region for several years.


Priscila Quaini has worked for the Ministry of External Relations and Ministry of Finance in Brazil as well as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Brasilia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Brasilia and a master’s degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics.


Luke Rodeheffer is a GRI Senior Analyst and a cyberthreat researcher at Flashpoint in New York City. He holds an MA from Stanford University, where he was a FLAS Fellow for Turkish. Luke was previously a Fulbright Fellow in Ukraine and a research assistant at Koç University in Istanbul.


Sam Schofield works as a strategy and operations consultant for Deloitte in its federal services practice in Washington D.C. As a contributing analyst for GRI, Sam writes on international trade topics and political and security risks in Latin America. Sam has an MBA from American University’s Kogod School of Business and a BA in International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire. He previously worked at the US Department of State and a Central America-focused NGO. He has also has led a consulting engagement supporting a Colombian aquaculture company with expanding to US markets.


Margaux Schreurs is a GRI Senior Analyst and lives in Beijing, where she works as an editor at a Beijing-based magazine and website, and writes on a freelance basis for a wide range of publications throughout the world, mainly focusing on East and Southeast Asian current affairs. She is a London School of Economics and Political Science MSc graduate.


Dr. Maria Shagina specializes in European and post-Soviet politics with a particular focus on Eastern Partnership and Russia. She was previously a visiting fellow at the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham and is currently affiliated with the Geneva International Sanctions Network. She holds a double PhD degree from the University of Lucerne and University of Zurich and a M.A. from the University of Dusseldorf.


Steven Slezak is on the faculty at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, where he teaches finance and strategy.  He taught financial management and financial mathematics at the Johns Hopkins University MBA program. He holds a degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA in Finance from JHU.


Chris Solomon is the GRI Guest Post Editor and a Senior Analyst. He has supported several US government-funded international development programs in the Middle East and Africa throughout his professional career.  Christopher holds a master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh.


Dr. Laura Southgate is a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. She has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and an MA in International Relations and Security and a BA in Law and Politics from the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the international relations and security of Southeast Asia.


Ahmed Abou Taleb is a Business Intelligence Analyst for a multinational financial advisory services company. He received his graduate education in Business & International Commerce in Egypt and France. He obtained a master’s degree in Comparative Politics from the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Aix) in France.


James Tunningley is a GRI Associate Analyst. He currently works for the British Government and is the Director of the Young China Watchers in London. He previously held positions at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) and the China-Britain Business Council. He is on the Young Leaders Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum, a Fellow at the Royal Asiatic Society and a Junior Member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford.


Marius Toime is a project finance partner in Berwin Leighton Paisner’s Singapore office. With over a decade of international experience in the Asia Pacific region, Marius has a deep and proven track record representing clients on cross-border projects in the natural resources, infrastructure and shipping sectors. Marius is recognised as a leading lawyer in all the major legal directories including Chambers Asia 2015, Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 and IFLR1000 (2013 edition).


Alicia Chavy is currently pursuing a Master’s in Security Studies at Georgetown University. Previously, she worked at Kroll and the Asia Group, conducting due diligence and compliance research, political and business risk analysis, and strategic support for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to her consulting experience, Alicia worked at non-profit organizations where she conducted detailed assessments on foreign policy, security, and economic issues in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Alicia Chavy graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, earning a Bachelor of Science in International Politics.

 

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