Monthly Meeting – 6pm
Monday 7th October 2019
‘Geopolitical Risk – a Business Issue’
The world is going through the ‘Sixth great human transition’. Are we ready for this change?
The world is going through the ‘Sixth great human transition’. Unlike the other translations that took a couple of centuries, this one is taking 20 years and we are already 10 years through it. Africa is fundamentally changing, China’s Belt Road is reshaping the globe and Brexit plus Trump signal a fundamental change in the role of both Britain and the US on the global scale. Are we ready for this change?
Who is this aimed for?
Business leaders, those interested in political risk and those interested in global affairs.
What will the audience gain from it?
Audience members will leave thinking ‘I’ve never thought about it that way before and now I am more empowered to understand future risks and opportunities’.
Andrew MacLeod is Non-Executive Chairman of British based Griffin Law, Non-Executive Director at New York based Cornerstone Capital, a Visiting Professor at Kings College London and an Advisory Board member of International Layers for Africa, amongst other activities.
In the for-profit sphere, MacLeod is Non-Executive Chairman of British based Griffin Law, co-founder of Brexit Advisory Services and Non-Executive Director at New York based Cornerstone Capital. At Cornerstone Capital he specialises in advising on tertiary level questions to determine external risk assessment in due-diligence investigations.
Academically MacLeod is a Visiting Professor at Kings College London (War and Security Studies), a Vice Chancellor’s distinguished Fellow at Deakin University and a Senior visiting lecturer at Tasmania University Law School. At Kings, he contributes to counter-extremism thinking and previously he led the ‘Beyond Shared Value Commission’ looking at ways to measure, in financial terms, external risks to corporations.
His humanitarian activities included time as Chief of Operations of the UN Emergency Coordination Centre in Pakistan, where MacLeod negotiated a complex series of relationships that saw the Pakistan military, international NGOs, UN agencies, US military, UK military and non-state militant groups all playing a role in delivering a successful operation without casualties or conflict.
At the International Committee of the Red Cross Macleod served in the Balkans and Rwanda during the 1990s. He set up and ran Law of Armed Conflict training with military units in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia that resulted in a measurable decrease in civilian casualties.
Andrew MacLeod advises a number of companies on their stakeholder relations and external risks, is a member of the Chatham House/ICRC Expert Panel on Humanitarian Negotiations with Non-State Armed Groups, was an Affiliate Senior Associate to the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington DC, served on the Advisory Boards of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Civil Society Project Advisory Board, King’s College Humanitarian Futures Project and the UN Expert Group on Responsible Business and Investment in High-Risk Areas.
Macleod holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Tasmania University, a Master of Laws from Southampton University, a Graduate Diploma in International Law from Melbourne University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.