Kate Mallinson

Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme

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Kate Mallinson became an associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme in June 2017. She is an acknowledged independent political risk expert on Central Asia and she has worked continuously in the region since 1987.

Kate has spent over fifteen years in the risk management business advising foreign companies on the impact of regulatory, security domestic and geopolitical developments in the Central Asian region and elsewhere in the former Soviet Union.

She runs scenario planning exercises and political risk workshops for multinationals and international financial institutions, particularly with regard to political succession in the region.

Kate worked in advocacy in Uzbekistan (1999-2001), Ukraine (2001) and Russia (1996-1997) for Médécins Sans Frontières.

As well as working on political risk in the region, Kate is also researching informal networks and governance in Central Asia, and travels frequently to the region as an election observer for the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe.

Kate is also a group member of the Locarno Group within the Eastern Europe & Central Asia Directorate (EECAD) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

She is a frequent panellist at conferences and events around the world and frequently comments on developments for the media.

Past experience

2016 - presentDirector, PRISM Political Risk Management
2011-16GPW, Partner, Political Risk
2001-10Consultant, Control Risks
1999-2001Advocacy and Information Officer, Médécins Sans Frontières​ (Uzbekistan, Russia, Holland)
1997-99Business Development, Interfax News Agency (London)