Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme
Kate Mallinson

Contact information

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Kate Mallinson became an associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme in June 2017. Kate 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. Kate 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. Kate 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. Kate is a frequent panellist at conferences and events around the world and she frequently comments on developments for the media.

Areas of expertise

  • Macro political and economic risk in Central Asia
  • Informal networks and governance
  • Election monitoring
  • Due diligence
  • Energy politics

Past experience

2011-16GPW, Partner, Political Risk
2001-10Consultant, Control Risks

Advocacy and Information Officer, Médécins Sans Frontières​ (Uzbekistan, Russia, Holland)

1997-99Business Development, Interfax News Agency (London)