Asia, MENAT and Africa
Robert leads the EIU's country, industry and data analysis and forecasting teams. In this position he plays a key role in shaping the company's response to events and in overseeing the suite of core subscription products to ensure standards of editorial excellence are maintained. He also has oversight of the editorial integrity and independence of all EIU-branded businesses within the Economist Group. Recent highlights include developing the EIU's China strategy and spearheading the company's recent expansion of its China city analysis, and devising the rollout of the EIU's new "Events" service, reorganising the editorial team to integrate the production of quick-response daily analysis with continued output of monthly and quarterly core subscription products. Robert also plays a leading role in communicating the EIU's views to high-level audiences around the world. His external activities have included advising company boards on strategy, keynotes at large corporate gatherings and event chairing. Robert joined the EIU in 1997. Before this, he worked in Tokyo in Japan’s largest bond rating agency. He has also worked in Germany and briefly attended university in the Soviet Union. Robert holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Cambridge University.