Director – MENA Country Risk, IHS Markit
Mr. Firas Modad is a director for Country Risk, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, at IHS Markit. He is experienced in forecasting political and violent risks for the MENA region. His expertise includes Middle Eastern economics and Islamic finance. He focuses on Syria, Lebanon, Libya, and Egypt, with a concentration on political stability and the rise of Islamist militant groups. He has briefed executives and directors in the insurance and energy sectors, as well as C-level executives at blue chip firms with interests and operations in MENA. He has helped clients understand the rise of the Islamic State; the key drivers of the conflict among Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia, and Iran; and the likely evolution of these conflicts and ensuing risks. Mr. Modad makes regular appearances in the media including interviews with Reuters, Bloomberg, the BBC, CNN, ABC News, and Newsweek. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and a Master of Science in International Management for the Middle East and North Africa from the University of London, UK.