MENA Reconciliation Vs Ukraine War Fallout: What’s the Net Impact?
Thursday, 1st September 2022
09:00 London BST | 12:00 Dubai GST | 10:00 Central European Time CEST
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is driving inflationary pressures and heightened political risk. However, reconciliation among key MENA players and Iran nuclear talks are contributing to some easing of geopolitical risk.
In this webinar, we will assess these opposing trends, and their overall impact on markets such as Turkey, Egypt, and others.
Topics covered will include:
- MENA reconciliation, JCPOA talks, and sanctions on Russia: consequences for Turkey, Iran, Egypt, and other key markets
- Risks to political stability in Turkey and North Africa due to inflation and current account pressure
- The implications of UAE and Saudi foreign investment/support: economic win-win, but foreign policy constraints
- Russia-Iran relations: opportunism or a strategic alliance?
Head of MENA Country Risk
Ramona Moubarak joined Fitch Solutions in June 2021 to lead the Middle East and North Africa Country Risk team, based in London. She has spent over a decade building her experience in political, macroeconomic and financial risk assessments for emerging markets. Prior to joining Fitch Solutions, Ramona led a team of analysts who covered over 40 emerging markets for Lebanon’s Byblos Bank. A native Arabic speaker, Ramona is also fluent in French and English. She holds a Master’s degree in Financial Economics from the American University of Beirut and a Bachelor degree in Economic Sciences from Université Saint-Joseph.
Head of Europe Country Risk
Anwita Basu joined Fitch Solutions in 2019 as the Head of the Asia Country Risk team. Since November 2021 she has been the Head of Europe Country Risk. She was formerly with the Economist Intelligence Unit where she was a senior Asia analyst and the country risk services manager for the region. Before joining the Economist Group she worked as an economist at Trusted Sources (now known as TS Lombard). Over the years she has extensively covered some of the major emerging markets including Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and will now focus her efforts on Turkey and Central Asia. Anwita has a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Warwick where she specialized in Labor Economics and Public Policy.
Associate Director, Political Risk
Matt Sechovsky is a Associate Director, Political Risk. He is based in the London office and covers political risks with a focus on the EMEA. Matt joined Fitch Solutions in 2019, having previously worked as a Senior Europe Analyst in consulting. He holds a BSc in International Relations and Economics from the University of Economics in Prague, and an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King's College London.
Europe Country Risk Analyst
Lucinda Ritchie joined Fitch Solutions in 2019 under the first Associate Analyst Programme and, having rotated through a number of Industry and Country Risk teams, became a permanent member of the Europe Country Risk team in September 2020. Since university, Lucinda has specialised in Eastern Europe, first as part her undergraduate History degree at the University of Edinburgh and then during her Master’s degree in Political Analysis of Russia and Eastern Europe at UCL. Lucinda covers Russia, Belarus, Poland and the Netherlands.
Gabriele de Leva
MENA Country Risk Analyst
Gabriele de Leva joined the Middle East and North Africa Country Risk team at Fitch Solutions in December 2020. Prior to joining Fitch Solutions in London, Gabriele lived over three years between West Africa and the GCC managing country risk projects for The Business Year. A native Italian speaker, Gabriele is fluent in English, French, Spanish and is working towards his proficiency in Arabic. Gabriele holds a Bachelor of Science in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Certificate in Diplomatic Studies.
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