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Tina Fordham

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Prescient Analyst at the Intersection of Geopolitics and Markets

Managing Director, Chief Global Political Analyst, Citigroup (2003-2020)

Listed x5 times as Top 100 Most Influential Women in European Finance - Financial News

Tina is an industry leader in the field of political risk analysis. She is an expert in horizon scanning,  is brave enough to buck conventional wisdom and is frequently proven right.

She has over 20 years’ experience advising institutional investors, corporate boards and international organisations about macro global political developments and their implications for markets and the economy, most recently as Citi’s Chief Global Political Analyst.   She is a Partner and Head of Global Political Strategy at Avonhurst, a London-based political and legal advisory firm.

Whilst at Citi, Fordham established political analysis alongside traditional asset class research and helped establish it as a crucial component of investor due diligence and asset allocation.  Earlier in her career, she founded Eurasia Group’s ground-breaking financial markets research business and the first emerging markets political risk index on Wall Street. She also served as a senior adviser in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.

She has a proven record in predicting outcomes – she identified the risks of populism two years before it became widespread globally.  She also made an early call on how Covid 19 would impact markets and the global political landscape, including the geopolitics of oil prices, the US elections, Brexit, the future of the EU and further growth in populism.

Her research on the macro economic impact of gender-inclusive growth led to her appointment to the United Nations’ first High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment and a #1 ESG ranking from Institutional Investor. Tina serves on the international advisory boards for Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, her alma mater, and the Brussels-based think tank Carnegie Europe.

Featured speaker at the United Nations, Davos, the Milken Institute, World Bank, Fortune Most Powerful Women, and a well-known presenter at financial services industry, academic and media events; Tina has been recognised, five times, in the Financial News’ Top 100 Most Influential Women in European Finance and as a Changemaker in the Evening Standard Progress 1000 awards. She was celebrated in Harper’s Bazaar’s 150 Visionary Women in Britain in 2018, and in Richtopia’s Top 100 Most Influential Geopolitics Experts Worldwide in 2017, alongside Condoleezza Rice.

Tina was a member of the Corporate and Investment Bank Diversity Board and the Veteran’s Network at Citi, and sits on the International Advisory Council for the foreign policy think tank Carnegie Europe and she is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Society for emerging leader.

Tina has a frequent expert contributor to the international press, and appears often on the BBC, CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg.


Tina has made distinct, unique contributions to our understanding of both the intersection between geopolitics and Markets and the relationship between gender equality and economic performance”

Anne Richards, CEO, Fidelity International

Speaking Topics include;

  • Covid 19 – the impact on the geopolitical landscape and on global markets
  • 2020 Global Political Outlook
  • Key themes and Signposts (including Brexit, US elections, populism and the future of democracy “Vox Populi Risk”, Geopolitical Risks including Global Trade and Security)
  • Gender-inclusive Growth


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