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Executive

Emil Graesholm, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder.

Emil GræsholmEmil is head of section at the Danish Department of Defence on political economy. He is also an external lecturer at the University of Copenhagen, teaching political risk analysis. He has previously worked as a research assistant with the Centre of Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge, on governance and public policy, and at the Institute of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, on issues of political risk of finance and trade. Emil has also worked for a public policy think tank and as project manager for the Global Poverty Project. A board member of the Network for Political Economy, Emil holds a master’s degree with distinction in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA Honours in Politics from University of Cambridge.

Basim Al-Ahmadi, Chief Relations Officer and co-founder.

Basim is a political risk consultant and Middle East specialist. He is the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Consultant at a business intelligence firm based in London. He assists financial institutions and multinationals through the political risk and compliance landscape of the MENA region. Basim has spoken at various conferences and universities around the world on the political risks in the Middle East. He was also previously Editor of Bonds & Loans, a leading debt market publication based in London, read by bankers, investors and lawyers worldwide. Basim achieved a First Class Honours in Politics with International Relations from the University of York. He subsequently obtained his Masters in International History from the London School of Economics (LSE). At LSE he was the President and co-founder of the LSE Political Risk & Investment Society.

Sammy Halabi, Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder.

Sammy is an Associate at HLD Partners, a Mayfair-based investment consultancy that assists the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors. Previously, he served as a Compliance Analyst with the G8/G20 Research Group at the University of Toronto. He is a specialist on the Balkans, visiting the region on many occassions and conducting independent research within Kosovo. Sammy holds an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics. He received an Honours BA from the University of Toronto in Economics and International Relations with High Distinction.


Editorial Management

Alisa Lockwood, Editor-in-Chief and Strategic Adviser.

alisa lockwoodAlisa has more than 13 years of experience in political risk. Alisa began her career at a political risk start-up, Exclusive Analysis, and most recently spent five years Head of Europe/CIS Country Risk at IHS Global, where she advised major corporate and government clients on political and security risks in the region. Alisa managed a team of 8 in-house and 50 remote analysts, responsible for producing risk ratings, commercially-relevant forecasts and bespoke reports. She also led the development of IHS’ counterparty risk assessment product and oversaw global investigations. Alisa’s commentary has frequently appeared in the media, including Bloomberg, CNBC and Sky News. She has lived in Canada, France, the UK, and Russia, where she worked at the European External Action Service in Moscow.

Nicholas Trickett, Acting Editor-in-Chief.

nick trickettNick has focused and written on Post-Soviet foreign policy and energy politics, with an emphasis on Russia’s Pivot to Asia, Russia’s East Asian energy relations, and evolving projects in the Eurasian space such as the Silk Road or the North-South Transport Corridor. He is interested in further pursuing the development of kleptocratic networks in Eurasia and the effect the One Belt, One Road initiative is having on the political economy of Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Russia. He received an M.A. in Eurasian studies through the European University at St. Petersburg with a focus on energy security and Russian foreign policy.

Robyn Kelly-Meyrick, Managing Editor.

Robyn Kelly-MeyrickOriginally from Oxford, Robyn currently works as an Analyst at a financial technologies provider based in Amsterdam. She holds an MSc in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Sussex. As an undergraduate she studied Japanese, and spent a term abroad at the International Christian University in Tokyo. Her studies have focused on East Asian politics, and particularly on economic and social development in Japan and China.

William Christou, Special Products Editor.

William has worked as an analyst at HSBC, ITC Defense and the Middle East Policy Council. He has a passion for promoting political literacy and empowering individuals through knowledge. In 2016, he was selected as a Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Oman Fellow, travelling as part of an academic delegation to Oman, and received a grant to pursue research on the impact of foreign labor on class formation in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries. William has a background in Middle East Studies and Economics, and is proficient in Spanish and Arabic.


Senior Editors

Riccardo Dugulin

Riccardo DugulinRiccardo is a senior analyst and head of the Europe desk at Drum Cussac, a global business risk consultancy. He specializes in supporting international organisations and large corporations operating in complex markets. Riccardo is an expert in European political and security trends. He holds a Bachelors in International Relations and a Masters in International Security, both from the Sciences Po – Paris. Riccardo is a frequent contributor to Global Risk Insights and his assessments are periodically featured in international media.

Gwen Schwartz

Gwen works with a smart phone startup called Dream Mobile and assists the company with branding, web graphics, and copy-writing. Last fall, she worked in the creative department of a public relations firm in Boston, MA, while working for a legal placement agency. Next fall, Gwen will be working part-time for the Vancouver Economic Commission building a web platform that will serve as part of the Commission’s ongoing redevelopment project. Gwen is currently pursuing a Masters of Digital Media at the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver, BC. She holds a BA in Art History from Georgetown University.

Yesenia Lugo

Yesenia LugoYesenia is a contract analyst supporting the Federal Government and Department of Defense in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She has written and worked on global governance and international financial institutions (IFIs) for a Washington, D.C. NGO. Yesenia holds a Masters in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, where she specialized in economic development and international security.

Jacob Purcell

Jacob Purcell is a Dedicated Intelligence Analyst with iJET International. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and obtained his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas where he triple majored in International Relations, Political Science, and Economic, triple minored in French, History, and Classical Studies, and graduated magna cum laude. He has also written a variety of articles for GRI, primarily focusing on the Middle East and Security issues.

Alexander Macleod

Alex specialises in Southeast Asian political and security risk. He holds a PhD in Politics and Geography from the University of Newcastle, where he examined the role that online media play in promoting and sustaining Malaysia’s racialized political landscape during general elections. Alex also freelances as a social media manager for a digital marketing consultancy. He blogs at https://seaofrisk.wordpress.com/


Special Products

Sam Cho, Editor, The Risk Briefing.

Sam was until recently a political appointee in the Obama Administration where he works for the US General Services Administration. Prior to his appointment, he worked for a member of the United States Congress on Foreign Affairs, Trade, Defense, Financial Services and Banking. He holds an MSc in International Political Economy from The London School of Economics and a BA in International Studies from American University.

Luke Iott, Senior Editor, The Week Ahead.

Luke currently works as an international development professional. He has extensive project experience in financial services and enterprise development across Europe, Asia and Africa. Luke holds a BA in international relations, cum laude, from Georgetown University and is particularly interested in the intersection of science, technology and international affairs. He is proficient in French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.


Social Media, Marketing & Outreach

Alicia Chavy, Partnerships and Recruitment Manager.

Alicia ChavyAlicia Chavy is currently pursuing a Master’s in Security Studies at Georgetown University. She previously worked at Kroll for a few years, where she provided compliance and due diligence support in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese for Fortune 500 companies. She developed an expertise on a wide range of political, business, and security risks, including corruption, OFAC sanction violations, securities fraud, money laundering, and terrorism-related activities. Before Kroll, Alicia provided security, emergency response, analytical and strategic support for governmental and law enforcement agencies and Fortune 500 companies at The Rendon Group and The Asia Group. 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, and the Middle East. Alicia Chavy graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, earning a Bachelor of Science in International Politics.

Jack Anderson, Head of Social Media.

Jack Anderson is a consultant active in natural resources, transaction advisory and foreign affairs. His past and current clients include several Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and multinational financial institutions. Jack previously worked in private equity, has twice filled National Security Council Staff roles for US government war gaming scenarios and is a US State Department Critical Language Scholar. He is an alumnus of Washington & Lee University, where he studied Geopolitics of Central Asia. Jack lives in Washington, DC and speaks Azerbaijani, Turkish and Spanish.

Jeffrey Moore, Brand Ambassador.

Jeff Moore is the founder of Moore Insight, a specialised risk consulting firm. He has worked as senior political reporter for the North State Journal, a statewide news media company in North Carolina, as well as a contributor for GRI on economic and capital market risks. Jeff frequently appears in the media representing GRI and as Brand Ambassador, is building the company’s media presence. He started his career as an intra-day equity trader, trading through the extreme news-driven volatility of the 2008 financial crisis, before becoming a policy advisor in the North Carolina Office of Governor and N.C. Department of Commerce. He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.