DISCUSSION PANEL Geopolitical Risks

Tuesday, 9 December

Presented by: Rodney Johnson, CPP, President, Erudite Risk, South Korea;
and Tim Williams, Managing Director, Stirling Assynt, UK

Mr. Johnson has spent most of his work life in Asia. Working in both the IT and the security sectors, he has been based in Korea and Singapore, while running companies with direct operations in Korea, China, Singapore, and India. He has coordinated partnerships and conducted business throughout Asia for Erudite Risk’s multinational clients. Mr. Johnson is also a former technology analyst, reporting on Asian technology issues, and served as an intelligence analyst in the US Army, where he focused on North Korea. Mr. Johnson speaks English, Korean, and Chinese (Mandarin). He has a BA in economics and mathematics and an MBA from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management.


After joining Stirling Assynt in 2009, Tim became Director, Political & Security Risk in March 2011. While responsible for the Assynt Report and bespoke political and security risk projects, he presided over a significant growth in the business. On acquisition by Falanx Group Ltd in May 2013, Tim was appointed Managing Director of Stirling Assynt and is responsible for profit and loss across all the company's business lines. Tim previously worked at the Society of British Aerospace Companies, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and in a defence policy role for the Conservative Party. He has lectured widely on security issues, including at RSMF, the NATO School and Wilton Park, and remains an Associate Fellow of RUSI.