The Center for Risk Management Education and Research was pleased host Mr. Daniel Wagner on March 5, 2014 in the International Grain Program conference room. Mr. Wagner is the founder and CEO of Country Risk Solutions. He has over 25 years of experience in managing country risk and is an expert on political risk insurance. He has worked for AIG, the Asian Development Bank, GE, and the World Bank Group. His most recent book Managing Country Risk formed the foundation of the very informative workshop Mr. Wagner put on for the risk fellows and faculty.
Students and faculty had the chance to learn from Mr. Wagner about country risk, the many different aspects of country risk, and why some countries have more risk from an investor’s or business’ perspective than other countries. It soon became clear to students and faculty that there are many different factors that contribute to country risk and the fact that Mr. Wagner left no stone unturned proved the depth of his knowledge. As one risk fellow so accurately stated “Listening to Daniel Wagner talk about Country Risk Management this past Wednesday was an awesome experience. Within the first 20 minutes, I was a little overwhelmed by how much he knew, yet he could present it in a way we could easily understand. Some of the reasons I really liked listening to him were the fact that he was very unbiased, and he would relate his presentation to current events going on in the real world. For example, he talked about what is going on with Russia and Ukraine right now. He asked how we would feel if we were a Russian living in that area, and that land was once ours not that many years ago. Hearing him give this example made me realize that when there is conflict, it is important to fully understand both sides of it. Huge thanks to Daniel for coming and talking to us, I had a great time, and hope to watch him talk again!”
The Center for Risk Management Education and Research student fellows and faculty greatly benefited from this opportunity to learn from and engage with Daniel Wagner over country risk. Mr. Wagner demonstrated and effectively communicated his knowledge and expertise in the field of country risk and political risk insurance. More information about Mr. Wagner or Country Risk Solutions can be found at countryrisksolutions.com
Thomas, Kurtis, MaryLynn, Mario