Identify and manage political risks

Nicolas Schwank is an expert in political risk. His company monitors and analyzes different risks and briefs business clients. Our host Matthias Catón and Nico (who met when they both studied and worked at the University of Heidelberg), discuss different political risks that can affect business and how business leaders can ensure that they stay on top of things.

About the guest

Dr. Nicolas Schwank

Dr. Nicolas Schwank studied political science, medieval and modern history, and public law in Heidelberg and Barcelona. He earned his doctorate in Heidelberg. For several years Nico directed the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK).

In this capacity was the editor of the Conflict Barometer, an annual report on the number and development of violent and non-violent political conflicts worldwide. After several research projects at the university in the field of early conflict detection, he founded CONIAS Risk Intelligence in 2015, a consulting firm that primarily informs companies about political risks on a digital basis or provides corresponding key figures. Since the end of 2019, CONIAS is part of Michael Bauer International.

Nico continuously monitors the development of more than 1,000 active political conflicts worldwide with his team. Among the most important clients are DAX corporations from the automotive and (re)insurance sectors. In the fall of 2022, the CONIAS Academy launched a training program for companies to qualify employees from purchasing, controlling, and management to become “Political Risk Managers”.

Executive Briefing – what you should read now

Condoleezza Rice and Amy B. Zegart 2018: Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity