Research and Analysis Director Country Risk – Middle East and North Africa, IHS Markit
Firas Modad, a director of Country Risk at IHS Markit, specializes in the nexus of politics, religion and security in the Middle East and North Africa. Mr. Modad focuses on how the conflict between Turkey, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia shapes security and political risks in the region and terrorism risks in the West. He also focuses on the rise of Islamist militant and non-militant groups, their ideology, their capabilities and their communication strategies. He has briefed executives and directors in insurance 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 conflicts in Libya, Syria and Iraq, risks in Egypt and the conflict between Israel, Iran and the Arabs. Firas also makes regular appearances on the media, and has been interviewed by Reuters, Bloomberg, the BBC, CNN, ABC News, and others. Firas Modad holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, and a Master of Science in international management for the Middle East and North Africa from the University of London in the United Kingdom.