Senior Analyst – Sub-Saharan Africa, Country Risk, IHS Markit
Chris Suckling is a senior analyst on the country risk team at IHS Markit with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.
A member of the Africa Country Risk team, Dr. Chris Suckling focuses on mining sector developments in the Mano River Union region, public infrastructure initiatives in Kenya and Senegal, as well as terrorism and civil war risks in South Sudan, Mali and the wider Sahel region. Leveraging more than six years of experience in geographical information sciences, he works jointly with the Country Risk Indicator and Analytics team to develop geospatial tools for Open Source (OSINT) inputs and model political and violent risks affecting commercial assets and supply chains throughout Africa. His previous academic research evaluated the application of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) and human terrain analysis by Western militaries. Additionally, his doctorate examined the social regulation of illicit economic activity in Sierra Leone, and he utilized a combination of local source management, network analysis, ethnographic and statistical techniques during a year-long field research project. Dr. Suckling holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in geography, Master of Science with distinction in human geography (research), and doctorate from the London School of Economics, United Kingdom.