Laura is a Senior Vice President for Willis Financial Solutions in Washington, DC where she specializes in providing political risk insurance expertise to Fortune 1000 corporations, non-profit organizations, and capital markets transactions with investment exposure in emerging markets. With over 13 years of experience as an underwriter and broker, Laura has placed many innovative political risk programs in both the private markets of New York, London and Bermuda as well as public market placements with OPIC and MIGA.
Laura joined Willis in 2014. Prior to joining Willis, she was Vice President of political risk within Marsh's Political Risk practice. Laura began her career in insurance with Chubb, as an underwriter trainee. She then took on various roles as underwriter, senior underwriter, territory manager, and broker. Prior to joining the insurance industry, Laura served as an intern with the U.S. Department of State (formerly the U.S. Information Agency).
Laura obtained her B.A. in Policy Studies from Dickinson College and a M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Dr. David A. Glancy
Dr. David A. Glancy is currently a professor at the Institute of World Politics (IWP), a graduate school of national security and international affairs in Washington, DC. Prior to joining IWP, Dr. Glancy served as an Assistant Professor with the College of National Security Affairs (CISA) at National Defense University and he worked with a variety of government clients as an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton. Before going into consulting, Dr. Glancy held positions at both the State Department and Defense Department. At the State Department, he served as a Senior Advisor for Political-Military Affairs. At the Defense Department, Dr. Glancy was a policy analyst and advisor with the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During his time at the Pentagon, Dr. Glancy served as the Director of the Global War on Terrorism Communications Group and worked as a special assistant with the Eurasia policy office.
Dr. Glancy has provided political risk analysis for firms in the financial industry and he teaches a course on political risk analysis and forecasting at IWP. He received a BA in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and an MALD and doctorate from the Fletcher School. Dr. Glancy also earned an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. In addition, Dr. Glancy is an affiliate with SovereigNet, the Fletcher Network for Sovereign Wealth and Global Capital.
Demosthenes James Peterson, PhD
DJ Peterson’s mission is to help corporate leaders and investors make sense of critical political, economic, and social issues shaping their business and the environments in which they operate around the world.
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 comprised of country, sector, and issue experts around the world. Backed by this well-sourced team, Longview helps executives globalize their worldview and enhance relationships with clients and stakeholders – to look beyond, and be bigger than, their business.
DJ has advised firms in a range of sectors, including financial services, insurance, consumer goods, automotive, industrial products, energy and mining, technology and telecommunications, life sciences, 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 100 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 politics and policy in Russia, 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.
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.
Sam Wilkin is Senior Advisor, Political Risk, to Oxford Analytica. Founded in 1975, Oxford Analytica draws on a global expert network to provide geopolitical and strategic analysis to a roster of clients that includes many of the world’s largest corporations and more than fifty world governments.
Sam is the editor of Country and Political Risk: Practical Insights for Global Finance: Second Edition (Risk Books, 2015). With contributions from HSBC, Jefferies and Company, Sumitomo Mitsui bank, and UK economics commentator Martin Wolf, among many others, this volume addresses the existential country risk management challenges currently facing global financial institutions.
Sam is a frequent speaker on current affairs, the economic outlook, emerging markets, and geopolitical risk. He previously served as head of business research at Oxford Economics, as associate director of the consultancy practice at Oxford Analytica, as head of political risk consulting for Aon Trade Credit and as director of country analysis for Marvin Zonis & Associates. He received his M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago and B.A. in economics from Eckerd College, and was the 2004 alumni fellow for Eckerd College.
Jonathan Brookfield (Moderator)
Jonathan Brookfield, Associate Professor of Strategic Management and International Business, teaches classes on strategic management, international business, the political economy and business environments of greater China, privatization, nationalization, and the boundary between State and private sector, and business groups in Asia. He received a B.S. from Yale, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Brookfield has published several articles looking at different kinds of business networks in Asia and sits on the editorial review boards of the Asia Pacific Journal of Management and the Journal of International Business Studies. His current research interests include comparative political economy, political risk, business groups, interfirm networks, industrial districts, firm boundaries, and business in Asia.