My name is Leonhardt van Efferink. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Economics in 1997, I worked as (senior) Country Risk Analyst/Policy Adviser in the financial sector (ING Bank, Atradius and Rabobank) and the Dutch Ministry of Finance. During this period, my co-written book “Country Risk Analysis” was published (with Professor Clemens Kool and Professor Tom van Veen).
In 2009, having become very interested in geopolitics, I founded ExploringGeopolitics and decided to take a sabbatical to do an MA in Geopolitics, Territory & Security at King’s College London. A year later, I started with my PhD on the German Media coverage of Afghanistan with Professor of Geopolitics Klaus Dodds at Royal Holloway (University of London).
Next to my PhD, I work as self-employed Trainer-Consultant with GeoMeans, offering workshops, talks and reports to a broad variety of customers such as banks, a political party and the German army. In that capacity, I am specialised in country risk, geopolitics and scenario thinking. My main aim is to clarify the link between economic and political trends and my customers’ objectives.
Moreover, I am Summer School Course Leader at Maastricht University, being responsible for the modules Country Risk Analysis, Geopolitical Analysis, Geopolitical Scenario Planning and Media Analysis Techniques.