Breakout Session Leaders
Business leaders and investors turn to Longview Global Advisors for a relevant world view. DJ Peterson’s mission is to help them monitor and make sense of the political, economic, and social trends they care about. In 2013, DJ founded Longview Global Advisors, a consultancy that works with clients on a range of tasks from strategic planning to market intelligence to thought leadership, and executive positioning. To tackle their needs, the firm draws on a network of over one hundred country, sector, and issue experts around the world. Backed by this well-sourced team, DJ develops insights that “bring the outside in” and enable executives to think and talk about the world, not just the business.
DJ has advised firms in a range of sectors, including financial services, insurance, consumer goods, automotive, industrial products, energy and mining, life sciences, technology and telecommunications, and professional services.
From 2006 to 2012, DJ built and led the Corporate Advisory Services practice at Eurasia Group, where he and his team of 13 business developers and client-relationship managers served large-cap clients in North America, Europe, and Japan. DJ also founded and led the firm’s Operating Committee, capping his years of driving growth in areas such as business development, client services, product innovation, business planning, project management, and human capital.
From 1998 to 2006, DJ was a political scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he led major research ventures in areas such as Russian politics and policy, natural resources management, homeland security, and technology futures. In addition, he organized and led the firm’s Environment, Energy and Economic Development Program.
DJ received his B.A. in Area Studies and Russian from Duke University and his M.A. and Ph.D.in Political Science from UCLA. He is based in Los Angeles, California.
DJ frequently speaks to and writes for top-level business audiences, and has been quoted in publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and CNN.
Alison leads BSR’s energy and extractives practice and co-leads the sustainability management practice. She focuses on approaches to sustainability through risk management, strategy, stakeholder engagement, transparency, ethics and governance, and organizational change. Previously, Alison was a senior managing director at Control Risks, where she helped companies operate with integrity, particularly in high-risk environments. She has also worked at Transparency International, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and IHS Global Insight. She has experience in strategic intelligence, market entry assistance, risk consulting, due diligence, internal investigations, enterprise risk management, and ethics and compliance. She speaks and writes regularly on risk and organizational culture. She is a board member of the ethics organization Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance. Alison holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Modern History from Balliol College, Oxford University.
Yue is Vice President and Regional Risk Manager for XL Catlin Political Risk, Credit and Bonds. He has worked in the political risk and credit insurance industry since 2006, previously at Exporters Insurance Company and QBE Americas before joining XL Group in 2011. Yue manages a team of risk analysts based in New York, London and Singapore that is responsible for the credit and country risk analysis of the group. Yue’s area of expertise is focused mainly in the emerging markets, including Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, MENA and Sub-Sahara Africa. He has ample experience with risks of expropriation, nationalization, political violence, currency convertibility/transfer, state contract alteration and sovereign credit default. He also works with credit risks involved in structured and project financing transactions in a wide array of industries.
Yue holds an MBA degree in Finance and International Business from New York University Stern School of Business, and a BA in Political Science and Economics from University of Michigan. Yue is based in New York City and is fluent in English, Chinese and Spanish. He has published various academic papers and articles about political and economic issues in the emerging markets.
Will is a senior analyst and research director for FireEye’s Horizons team that conducts strategic forecasting to anticipate risks posed by emerging technologies and geopolitical developments. He serves as a China subject matter expert for FireEye, and has written extensively on topics including cyber warfare, connected vehicles, and smart cities. He is also a frequent public speaker on topics at the intersection of geopolitics and cyberspace. Before joining FireEye in 2015, Will spent over six years working on cyber security and intelligence issues in a variety of assignments in the U.S. Defense Department, private industry, and non-profit communities.
As an attorney and a political economist, Robert Ginsburg is an expert on all stages of cross border transactions. Since 1999, Robert has advised foreign investors and host governments on the financial rewards and political, economic, and legal/regulatory risks associated with foreign direct investment projects and trade projects. Prior to starting RBG Global, Robert managed the foreign direct investment program for the State of Illinois. While working for Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer and the US Department of State, Robert represented foreign investors and host governments in disputes arising out of international investment treaties. Robert also assessed and managed clients' risk exposures in emerging market countries while working for Aon and ACE Insurance.
He holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where his studies focused on international business and corporate law. Robert also has a master’s degree in International Relations from American University and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Syracuse University. Robert is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Washington, DC.
Robert is also an Adjunct Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he developed and teaches two courses based on his experiences in international business and his focus on international law.
Christian is Veracity’s Latin America practice leader and has handled political risk matters and stakeholder engagement in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Prior to joining Veracity, he worked in the mining and metals industry, where he analyzed political, social, environmental, and reputational risks linked to major logistics and mining projects. Christian has also developed financial compliance and investor relations projects in Latin America and Asia. He earned his BS in foreign service from Georgetown University and completed training in finance and management at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Christian has lived and worked in Brazil, China, and Singapore. He speaks Portuguese, Mandarin, Italian, and Spanish.
Peter Levine is the Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life. He has a secondary appointment in the Tufts philosophy department. He was the founding deputy director (2001-6) and then the second director (2006-15) of Tisch College’s CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, which he continues to oversee as an associate dean. Levine graduated from Yale in 1989 with a degree in philosophy. He studied philosophy at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving his doctorate in 1992. From 1993-2008, he was a member of the Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. He is the author of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (Oxford University Press, 2013), five other scholarly books on philosophy and politics, and a novel. He has served on the boards or steering committees of AmericaSpeaks, Street Law Inc., the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, Discovering Justice, the Kettering Foundation, the American Bar Association Committee’s for Public Education, the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.