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Geopolitical Risk – Oversight and integration with ESG practices

Monday 16 May 2022 11:30 - 12:30

As current global events continue to demonstrate, geopolitical tensions present significant risks to corporates of all sizes. However, these types of risk are often not given the discussion time it needs at the board level or executive committee levels, nor the resources required to anticipate, analyse and mitigate them effectively.

With the likelihood of an unstable geopolitical environment increasing the complexity of ESG decisions, this event aims to help second line teams navigate emerging and potential risks and, based on leading cross-industry practices, create a clear internal framework for managing geopolitical risk through a combination of models, organisational case studies, and insight tools.

Learning outcomes are expected to include:

  • An understanding of the skills and information that businesses need to anticipate and mitigate geopolitical risks more effectively
  • Leadership and oversight responsibilities in this critical area
  • New/alternative risk identification and management approaches
  • Enhanced appreciation of the linkages between geopolitical events and ESG issues
  • How to independently assess first and second-order impacts of geopolitical issues and the maturity of internal management approaches.

This webinar is designed to be interactive and encourage discussion with participants.


Peter Neville Lewis CMIRM, Founder Director – Risk Coalition Research Company Ltd

Peter is a highly experienced Business Adviser to Boards and senior management teams with over 30 years’ practical delivery at Managing Director level himself, specialising in principled leadership, governance, culture, strategic and conduct risk.

He is a Director of the Risk Coalition Research Company Ltd, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Risk Management (CMIRM) and the founder of Principled Consulting, a practical think tank for behavioural change and values based decision-making, supported by executive coaching and mentoring.

He currently holds the post of Honorary Research Fellow at Brunel University London

Having trained at RMA Sandhurst, he left the Army to work in the City and in the early 70’s he established a wholesale business which was successfully sold to a Public Company in 1986. From 1988 up to 2001, Peter held various senior roles and Non Exec positions with an emphasis on Sales and Marketing, including setting up a Sales Office in Bangkok for a US Multinational FMCG business covering S.E.Asia.   He also successfully established two other businesses.

In 2001 he became accredited as an Executive Coach and in 2004 he was one of the first Coach/Mentors in the UK to be awarded a Certificate in Supervision (from Bath Consultancy).

With a team of specialist advisors he helps organisations maximise performance & sustainability whilst minimising risk, through values based decision making.   

Peter’s longstanding connections within the City and various political, academic and economic institutions, together with his wide range of cultural interests provide clients with a rich source of intellect, expertise and pragmatism. Past and present clients include:

Ageas, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BearingPoint, BUPA, Certeco, Charpak Ltd, Chartered Institute of Mgt(CMI), Charteris plc, European Bank (EBRD), EY, Field Fisher LLP, Inst of Directors (Peer Groups), Kantar IT (WPP), Lloyds Banking, Marks & Spencer plc, MS Amlin plc, NCP, Nomura Bank, Office Depot, State Street Bank, Thames Water, Tilney.

In 2018 Peter’s client Charpak Ltd was runner up in the UK Business Culture Awards (SME section) as a result of a major in-house culture programme and the development of the Charpak Charter.

Chair:  Steve Wilson

Steve has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry and has held senior positions in actuarial, risk and general management. Steve spent the first half of his career in the UK before moving to Switzerland where he held a number of global roles for the Zurich Group including Group Chief Actuary, Global Chief Risk Officer for General Insurance and Global Practice Leader for Specialty Products.

Having worked internationally for 16 years, Steve is now re-based in the UK and serves as a non-executive director on the A.M. Best UK and EU Boards. 

Steve is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK, has completed the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School, USA, and holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, UK