The ancient supercontinent of Gondwana encompassed much of the southern hemisphere, including modern-day Africa, South America, India and Arabia.
Gondwana Risk provides bespoke consulting and advisory services which:
- Promote greater understanding of Africa among decision-makers in Europe and North America, enabling overseas investors to appraise the risks facing their business.
- Help African governments to clarify their policy objectives and communication strategies, ensuring that their voices are heard in the global north.
Godwana was founded by seasoned Africa analyst Nick Branson, whose unique skillset combines doctoral level qualitative and quantitative research skills with sound business acumen. Nick has extensive experience of advising expatriate investors and African policy-makers, and is adept at navigating complex operating environments.
Nick boasts a strong network, having travelled widely across the continent over the past two decades. The slides below showcase key projects delivered across anglophone, francophone and lusophone Africa, addressing the needs of a range of stakeholders.
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Organised opinion polling and market research for a major opposition party, enabling it to refine its messaging ahead of the 2014 election
Provided media and communications support to a victorious presidential candidate during a post-election crisis
Analysed the risks associated with the introduction of electronic voting machines
and proposed risk mitigation options
Researched agricultural commodity markets for a PhD at SOAS, University of London
Advised foreign investors in the extractive industries on a range of issues, from gold mine security to gas offtake risks
Advised a political party in the government of national unity on policy differentiation strategies ahead of the 2013 election
Investigated US$2 billion of illicit borrowing and compiled a briefing note exploring the ramifications for the state and its creditors
Analysed the political, economic, social and legal drivers of policy change, generating scenarios for a client considering litigation
Conducted research into local content policies in the oil and gas sector, and chaired a public event on alternative dispute resolution
Advised a hedge fund with interests in an energy company about the likely tax implications of a planned transaction
Prepared briefing notes examining the ANC’s record on land reform and the
likely outcome of the 2016 municipal elections
Produced briefings on constitutional reform, the 2015 elections, and alleged corruption in sovereign debt issuance
Advised a global mining company on political, regulatory and macroeconomic dynamics affecting production at key copper operations
Researched Chinese investment in diamond mining for a PhD at SOAS, University of London
For further details of our capabilities and country expertise, please contact Nick by email at Nick.Branson@gondwanarisk.com. For end-to-end encryption, download his public key here. Alternatively, feel free to connect with Nick on LinkedIn or Twitter.