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AFB Virtual Seminar: The Geopolitical Risk Outlook for 2024

AFB is delighted to invite members to a virtual seminar where you can hear from expert analysts from Willis Towers Watson (WTW), an insurance and political risk management advisory firm. WTW will reflect on current political events and their impact on the world economy. They will consider how the geopolitical situation may develop throughout 2024, and how international banks might be affected. 

Why attend?

As we enter 2024, economies across the world are coping with war and political change. This virtual seminar will provide members with an assessment of current political developments and the importance of regular horizon scanning to map potential risks for business models. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Who should attend?

This session is aimed at those who focus on business issues within member banks.  Given the nature of the topic, it is likely to be of interest to other roles and functions such as Risk, Finance, Legal, Operations.


Chris Hall – Executive Director

Chris is the Executive Director at WTW where he has various responsibilities including client development and strategic initiatives, before which he was senior underwriter for Liberty Specialty Markets, with a particular focus on short-term assets and digitalisation. Prior to this he was as head of trade asset management for Lloyds Bank’s Global Transaction Banking, responsible for the development of the secondary market trade finance offering, and previously spent 9 years at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Chris has more than 18 years’ experience in transaction and investment banking and both the insurer and broker side of insurance. Chris has also been a board member of the International Trade and Forfaiting Association (“ITFA”) since 2015, currently acting as head of regions. He holds a LLB in Law from the University of Bristol and has attained Associate Membership of the Corporation of Treasurers (AMCT).

Sam Wilkin – Director of Political Risk Analytics

Sam Wilkin is Director of Political Risk Analytics at WTW. He is also the author, co-author or editor of five books on geopolitics and political risk. He previously served as head of business research at Oxford Economics and associate director of the consulting practice at Oxford Analytica. In 2017 and 2018 he was a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.


Fee:        Included in AFB membership (no fee)

Location:  Online via Zoom

Date:        Wednesday, 20 March 2024

Time:        09:00 – 10:00

If you would like to submit a question before or have any specific questions or areas that you would like the session to address, please send them to the AFB at You will receive details on how to join the virtual session a week before the event.