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Re-energizing the Geopolitical Risk Conversation

Wed, Sep 14, 2016, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

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Re-energizing the Geopolitical Risk Conversation

Milena Rodban
Geopolitical risk consultant and simulation designer 

Michelle Combs Watson
Vice President of Corporate Relations at the Institute of World Politics  

Wednesday, September 14
4:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.



Join IWP for a discussion entitled “Re-energizing the Geopolitical Risk Conversation: A Corporate and Practitioner Overview.” Ms. Milena Rodban, a geopolitical risk consultant, and Ms. Michelle Watson, Vice President of Corporate Relations at IWP, will speak on how the discipline of geopolitical risk analysis and the industry built around it can be more fully applied to the emerging needs of global organizations in the 21st century. The panel’s remarks will both embellish and be guided by John Chipman’s recent article in the Harvard Business Review.


Milena Rodban is a geopolitical risk consultant and simulation designer. She advises private firms, media organizations, non-profits, and universities, to help them successfully navigate complex business and security environments. In addition to providing insight in navigating political and geopolitical risks, Milena designs and facilitates interactive simulations designed to allow clients to diagnose problems, analyze major decisions, and integrate new training protocols. Originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, Ms. Rodban has been involved with projects spanning more than 75 countries. She frequently moderates events and publishes articles in her capacity as a Global Fellow with the Project for the Study of the 21st Century, and is currently finishing a book about the geopolitical risk industry. Ms. Rodban received her Masters degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Michelle Combs Watson is the Vice President of Corporate Relations at the Institute of World Politics (IWP) in Washington D.C. She is a co-founder of IWP’s Corporate Statecraft and the Cyber Statecraft programs and co-teaches the Corporate Statecraft and Cyber Statecraft courses as a Professor of Practice. Her academic research as a scholar-practitioner focuses on “Cyber Intelligence” and the complex but necessary relationship between the public-private sectors and the impact of those relationships on U.S. national security.