Tina Fordham
Geopolitical Strategist & Founder, Fordham Global Foresight

Geopolitical Strategist & Founder, Fordham Global Foresight

Tina Fordham is a leading global political analyst and trend-spotter, with over 20 years’ experience advising institutional investors and corporate boards about the implications of macro political and socio-economic developments.

She is independent so has no agenda other than to provide an holistic, data-driven approach which focuses on breaking down the complexity of geopolitics and providing actionable, forward-looking guidance. Current themes include populism, the return of geopolitical risk—including Russia-Ukraine and China-US/EU relations, the future of globalisation, and the “S” in ESG.

Experienced with presenting to demanding senior level audiences, she is known for her excellent call record and being brave about bucking conventional wisdom. Her research and approach is analytically robust combined with a witty, engaging style. In her work, she addresses both the big existential questions (life after COVID-19 and the shape of the “new normal”; the future of globalisation and democracy) and the key political, security and trade themes and signposts that will move markets, such as elections, sanctions and conflict.

Tina is a contributor to Forbes magazine on business and geopolitics and is a frequent guest on Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN and the BBC. She has spoken at Davos, the Milken Institute and at Fortune Most Powerful Women conferences and twice at the United Nations General Assembly. She has been named in the world’s Top 100 geopolitical experts, alongside Condoleezza Rice, listed five times in the Financial News “Top 100 Women in European Finance” and included in Harper’s Bazaar’s 150 Visionary Women in Britain, among many other accolades.

From 2020-2022, Tina was a partner and Head of Global Political Strategy at Avonhurst, a boutique political and legal advisory firm. Previously she was Citi’s Chief Global Political Analyst, the first and only person at a major financial institution to hold this role. Fordham established political analysis alongside traditional asset class research and helped establish it as a crucial component of investor due diligence and asset allocation. Before Citi, Tina was Head of Global Political Risk at Eurasia Group, where she founded the firm’s financial markets research business. She has also served as a senior adviser in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. She now runs Fordham Global Foresight.

In 2016, Tina was appointed to the United Nations’ first High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, following her research on “Women as Global Growth Generators”. She sits on the advisory boards of the independent foreign policy think tank Carnegie Europe as well as Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she earned her Master’s degree.

In 2020, Tina was appointed as a member of the International Advisory Board to the University of Cambridge’s Centre of Geopolitics. This Board is comprised of 20 distinguished scholars and prominent practitioners, it will advise the Centre and champion its work. Tina lives in London and is a dual US-UK national.


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