Senior Director – Risk Center, IHS Markit
Dr. Farid Abolfathi is the senior director for IHS Markit's Risk
Center in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Abolfathi's areas of specialization include country risk
analysis and macroeconomic forecasting. His research experience in
these areas spans more than four decades. He currently heads the
Risk Center at IHS Markit where he manages and leads development of
various risk services. Dr. Abolfathi currently is responsible for
managing three of the company's risk services: the Global Risk
Service, the Sovereign Risk Service, and the Banking Risk Service.
In addition, he has been part of the international forecasting team
of IHS Markit and two predecessor companies. These include Standard
& Poor's DRI, a major US economic forecasting organization that
became part of Global Insight in 2001, and now is part of IHS
Markit. Earlier, Dr. Abolfathi served as senior associate at the
Policy Sciences Division of CACI, Inc. from 1974 to 1982, and
served as an independent research contractor in Washington, D.C.
from 1982 to 1992, as consultant to many US government agencies on
economic, defense and foreign policy issues and presented his
research findings to intelligence analysts, policy makers and
academic audiences. After high school education in London, England,
Dr. Abolfathi attended university in the US, attaining a Bachelor
of Science from the University of Oregon and both a Master of Arts
and a doctorate of Philosophy from Northwestern University.