Dr Carlo Gallo is often invited by leading UK universities to run seminars and practical workshops, with the latest examples listed below. The seminars are designed to introduce post-graduate students to the industry and craft of political risk analysis.
We also run independent coaching services and group seminars in London for young graduates and professionals seeking to enter this consulting field - see here for details. The emphasis is on practical tips on the political risk consulting industry and related careers, as well as on the skills and methods that underpin the analysis.
Brunel University, Department of Politics, History and the Brunel Law School
Guest lecture and practical political risk workshop on 4 and 7 April 2017
Enquirisk Director Dr Carlo Gallo took part in the “Second Annual Intelligence and Security Studies Multidisciplinary Seminar” of the distance learning Masters in Intelligence and Security Studies at Brunel University. On 4 April, Dr Gallo delivered a lecture on the importance of sound problem definition and correctly framing the research question in a political risk analysis or business intelligence context.
Then he ran a Political Risk workshop on 7 April, aimed at introducing the programme's postgraduate students to this professional field, including via interactive exercises and class participation. It was very nice to meet the highly engaged and motivated students of the programme at Brunel University.
Dr Gallo had also, earlier in the year, mentored one of Brunel's masters students, enrolled in the residential version of the MA Intelligence and Security Studies programme, with regards to his case study work. This involved scenario analysis and the analysis of competing hypothesis and was a mandatory requirement for the course on "Intelligence Analysis: Foundations, Methods and Applications".
Durham University, School of Government and International Affairs
"Political Risk Analysis: All-Day Workshops", 15 March 2017
Dr Carlo Gallo delivered a whole day of workshops to the very bright postgraduate students of Durham University's School of Government and International Affairs, namely students enrolled in their Masters in Global Politics. This was part of a programme of external speakers that the School invites from various relevant professional fields, to add to the students' academic learning. Dr Gallo's sessions relied on real-life examples of the typical tasks that form part of the job of a political risk analyst. They also involved practical exercises whereby students could have some first-hand experience of the requirements and challenges of the job. It was very rewarding to see a high turnout of students at all sessions and to see how interested and quick-learning they were.
King's College London, Russia Institute
"Political Risk Analysis: Hands-on Workshop", 3 February 2017
Dr Carlo Gallo delivered a 2-hour practical workshop to postgraduate students of King's College excellent and innovative KCL module on "The Practice of Policymaking in Contemporary Russia", which relies on external practitioners to demonstrate how political analysis is performed within the professions. Dr Gallo's session included several short, hands-on exercises focusing on key tasks and challenges of political risk analysis for business. The students performed the exercises in the class and Dr Gallo then promptly reviewed and discussed their answers. It was very rewarding to see how students got very actively engaged, asking very smart questions and sharing well-thought-out comments.
University College London
"The Relevance of the Social Sciences for Political Risk Analysis", 3 November 2016
Dr Gallo delivered a one-hour lecture to postgraduate students, focusing on the importance of mastering social science theories for the practitioner political risk analyst. It may seem obvious that such disciplines as political, science, sociology, international relations, and other social sciences are relevant for the job of providing political risk analysis to business clients, including on such issues as terrorism, conflict, political and regulatory instability, corruption, market distortions, etc., yet there is a gap between the work of practitioners and most academic publications in those fields. Dr Gallo suggested ways to bridge the gap and stressed how important a strong theoretical foundation is for the job, even if its contribution often remains implicit.