Dr Robert Besseling, Founder and CEO, EXX Africa
Dr Robert Besseling founded specialist intelligence company EXX Africa in 2015, after pursuing a decade-long career in political risk forecasting at industry-leading firms in the UK and US. EXX Africa has since become a leading risk advisory and consultancy with a broad network of clients ranging from development finance institutions, export credit agencies, commercial banks, commodity traders, and multinational corporates, to governments and military forces worldwide. Apart from operating a best-in-class subscription platform on African risk intelligence, EXX Africa also provides due diligence, consultancy, litigation expertise, and corporate investigation services across all African jurisdictions.
At EXX Africa, Robert leads a team of partners, researchers, and contributing analysts to produce commercially relevant and actionable analysis on African political, security, and economic risk. Robert also retains the lead on many consulting projects for blue chip corporations in a wide variety of sectors. EXX Africa is incorporated in Mauritius, and based in Johannesburg and London, with a network of trusted analysts and dedicated sources across the African continent and beyond.
Robert is regularly invited to speak at major international conferences on topics such as metals and mining, trade and export finance, and global security matters. He frequently moderates ministerial panels and has interviewed multiple African heads of state and government during his career. Robert makes frequent appearances on televised media, as well as contributions to international print media. He has travelled extensively on the continent and calls Africa his ‘home’.
Robert holds an MA (Hons.) in History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He also holds an MBA and a PhD in African political and economic history. He is fluent in English, French, and Dutch.