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Robert Besseling

Executive Director
EXX Africa

Dr Robert Besseling is a Principal Analyst to the Sub-Saharan Africa Country Risk and Forecasting Team at IHS. Robert is based in Johannesburg and London. Previously, he was the Deputy Head of Africa Forecasting at Exclusive Analysis (acquired by IHS in 2012). He specialises in political and violent risks to natural resource sectors, especially mining and oil & gas within southern, east and central Africa. His most recent research includes sovereign and sub-sovereign influence mapping for Mozambique, projects on the power sector in South Africa, copper mining in DRC and Zambia, the development of the natural gas sector in East Africa and the political dynamics of Angola. He has traveled extensively in the region, including regularly to Mozambique. His most recent visits were specifically to meet RENAMO leaders staging on-going attacks in the country and to research opportunities and obstacles for SME development on the back of the planned LNG mega-projects in northern Mozambique. He makes frequent appearances on televised media, especially CNBC, BBC and al-Jazeera, as well as regular contributions to print media, including Reuters, AFP, Bloomberg and the Financial Times. Robert is a graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa and St. Andrews University in the UK. His doctoral research was focused on natural resource development in southern and central Africa, particularly comparing Chinese, US and European investment and trading patterns. Robert also holds an MBA from the International University of Monaco.

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