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Janika Albers Memorial Roundtable on Political Risk Consulting. Anticipating Global Challenges

Stephanie Hare - Francesca Panelli - John Raines - Antonio Timoner-Salva

Stephanie Hare
Accenture Research, U.K.

Francesca Panelli
Livingston Capital Partners, Switzerland

John Raines
IHS Markit, U.K.

Antonio Timoner-Salva

Johns Hopkins SAIS Global Risk Conference and Risk Seminar Series. The Johns Hopkins SAIS Global Risk conference has been made possible with the generous support of James K. Anderson, SAIS Europe Alumnus and Advisory Council member, and Johns Hopkins University Trustee. The Risk Series and the Risk in International Political Economy Course are supported by Robert S. Singer, SAIS Europe Advisory Council Member. The Memorial Lecture is supported by the Janika Albers Memorial Fund.

On November 24, 2011, alumna Janika Albers (B'06, ‘07) from Germany, passed away. She was a person of tremendous energy and determination, a dedicated member of the school community and a much-valued member of Oxford Analytica, the advisory firm where she had worked since completing her Johns Hopkins SAIS degree. Over the years she not only spearheaded a number of important projects, but also collaborated closely with other alumni and members of the faculty. Political Risk was one of Janika's strongest interests, and the Bologna Center Class of 2006, together with Janika's family, decided to undertake the project that Janika was organizing with Professor Erik Jones at the time of her passing, and support the Janika Albers Memorial Lecture on Political Risk. This initiative will contribute to keep Janika's presence alive at SAIS Europe's Bologna Center. Janika's family express their gratitude for this endeavor to honor Janika's memory in perpetuity.

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Stephanie Hare is a Principal Director at Accenture Research, where she leads research and thought leadership on cybersecurity and resilience. Previously she worked as a deployment strategist at Palantir Technologies, as Senior Analyst for Western Europe at Oxford Analytica, as a history fellow and tutor at Oxford University, and as a technology and strategy consultant at Accenture. She earned a PhD in International History and a MSc in Theory and History of International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Liberal Arts (French) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was selected for the BBC's landmark Expert Women programme in 2013. An overview of her analysis of technology, economics, politics, international relations, and history for television and radio can be found here:


Francesca Panelli is responsible for macroeconomic and asset allocation analysis at LCP Livingston Capital Partners, a multifamily office based in Lugano, Switzerland, where she coordinates the "LCP academy" training programme. Previously, Panelli was an economist with Oxford Analytica, United Kingdom, and with the Banco Popolare group in Milan, working within both the asset management and private bank divisions. While at the Banco Popolare group, Panelli served as Aletti Gestielle's Chief Economist. Prior to that she was a Junior Economist at Unicredit Investment Bank. Panelli specializes in macroeconomic commentary, forecasting and asset allocation analysis. Panelli participates in Euromoney Country Risk Valuation and has received Bloomberg awards for the accuracy of her forecasts, especially for the US economy. Panelli is visiting professor at Università Carlo Cattaneo (LIUC) for the course "Managing risk in family offices and the wealth management industry". She also lectures at under and post-graduate courses and speaks at economic conferences. Panelli holds a Master's degree in Applied Econometrics for Economics and Finance and a BA Cum Laude in Economics from the University of Pavia. She also attended the CREI Macroeconomics School at Pompeu Fabra University.


John Raines currently serves as the Head of Political Risk with IHS Markit, a global intelligence firm based in London. As IHS Markit's lead analyst for US foreign and domestic policy, he has appeared in numerous media outlets, including CNN, BBC, CNBC, the Washington Post, NPR and The Associated Press. Raines has previous work experience with the US Department of State, where he held positions responsible for conducting economic policy for the US Embassy in Panama and overseeing the American Citizen Services Unit in Hong Kong. He also worked at the World Bank, where he managed several projects in the production of the World Development Indicators (WDI). Raines has master's degrees in international relations and political science from Johns Hopkins University and Ohio State University respectively.


Antonio Timoner-Salva works as a senior analyst in the global scenario team at HSBC in London. His role involves the identification and analysis of systemic risks and fault lines in the global economy for the design of adverse scenarios. His responsibilities also include central scenario design and policy analysis of capital adequacy in the context of stress testing. Prior to holding this position, Timoner-Salva was senior banking economist at IHS in Washington DC and London, monitoring banking sector stability in Eastern Europe, CIS and Latin America. Before IHS, he worked as an associate analyst at Taylor-DeJongh, an investment banking firm, and as senior engineer at ACS, an infrastructure group. Timoner-Salva graduated from SAIS in 2011 (Bologna 2010), concentrating in European Studies, with a focus on international political economy and international monetary economics. He also holds a BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia. He is originally from Spain, loves living in London, and still hopes sanity will prevail in the Brexit negotiations.

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Date and Time
December 7, 2017
6:30pm - 8:00pm Local Time


Event Type
BC Event