Robert Powell joined The Economist Intelligence Unit's Country Analysis department in 2001. He manages our risk briefing model, which covers 180 countries across 66 parameters of operational risk. In this role, Robert conducts briefings on emerging political and economic risks for governmental and private-sector clients. Besides his global duties, he is responsible for reports on the Middle East and Africa and is a specialist on the hydrocarbons sector. Robert plays an important role in presenting the EIU's views on the global economy to clients and industry leaders, and is a regular participant on the conference circuit. Robert previously worked at the Press Association. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Robert has a certificate in International Banking and Regulation Risk from New York University and also holds a certificate in global oil and gas management. He maintains active contacts with the media, including frequent interviews for the BBC, CNBC, CNN and NPR.