• April 23-25, 2025 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Louisiana

Laurence Allan

S&P Global

Executive Director and Head of Europe Insights and Analysis

Dr. Laurence Allan joined IHS Markit, now S&P Global, in April 2011 and currently heads the regional risk and economic team for Europe/ CIS team, including a regional intelligence team of in-country analysts and sources. He previously led the Latin America team. He has advised a wide cross-sectoral range of corporate clients on operational risk across those regions. He works across the global risk and economics team on geopolitics, and on supporting commercial and skills development. He was previously a Research Analyst at the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and lectured on the politics of Latin America and the Caribbean at the University of London. He holds an MA and PhD in Latin American politics and has published on the region. He speaks English and Spanish.

Sessions With Laurence Allan

Thursday, 25 April

  • 08:45am - 09:30am (CST) / 25/apr/2024 01:45 pm - 25/apr/2024 02:30 pm

    Keynote Address: Geopolitics, Fragmentation, and Managing Risk When the World's on Fire

    War risk in the Red Sea, drought-choked shipping in the Panama Canal, the unresolved Russian invasion of Ukraine, unstable geopolitical relationships: If anything, the global trade environment has become even more unstable since 2023, much less since COVID first upended all expectations in 2020. The global pivot toward decarbonization and energy security continues, shaping regulations and massive long-term infrastructure investments. At the same time, oil and gas investment remains strong and few expect this to change any time soon. Cargo owners continue to diversify sourcing, but shifting away from China is easier said than done. What should the breakbulk and project cargo logistics community expect in such a chaotic global environment? Are there bright spots? Could things actually be less chaotic than they feel? We are pleased to welcome back Laurence Allan, director of research, country risk analysis, and forecasting at S&P Global, as our opening keynote. Allan leads S&P Global’s country risk regional team for Europe/CIS and directs analysis and forecasting of political and violent risks, including geopolitical and global themes and their impacts on the business environment. Allan will delve into the implications of this changing status quo for the breakbulk industry in this timely and important keynote session.