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Firas Modad
Director Country Risk, Middle East and North Africa, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Firas Modad is a director of Country Risk at S&P Global Market Intelligence, specialises in the nexus of politics, religion and security in the Middle East and North Africa.

Firas focuses on the conflict between Turkey, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia and how it shapes security and political risks in the region and terrorism risks in the West. He has also studied the rise of Islamist militant and non-militant groups, their ideology, their capabilities and their communication strategies. Currently, he is focused on the risk of another wave of unrest in MENA, the migrant flows it would trigger and its impact on terrorism. Firas has briefed executives and directors in insurance the insurance and energy sectors, as well as C-level executives at blue chip firms with interests and operations in MENA. He has helped clients understand the rise of the Islamic State, the conflicts in Libya, Syria and Iraq, risks in Egypt and the conflict between Israel, Iran and the Arabs. Firas also makes regular appearances on the media, and has been interviewed by Reuters, Bloomberg, the BBC, CNN, ABC News, and others.

Firas holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, and a Master of Science in International Management for the Middle East and North Africa from the University of London in the United Kingdom.

Industry expertise
Country / Territory Risk
Oil & Gas Upstream
Areas of interest
Banking Risk
Economic Risk
Legal Risk
Operational Risk
Political Risk
Credit Risk
Scenario Planning
Security Risk
Sovereign Risk
Taxation Risk
Political Violence
Regional focus
Middle East & North Africa
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