Navigating Global Risk for Business: Resilience and Responses

Navigating Global Risk for Business: Resilience and Responses

Today's world is increasingly uncertain and volatile, with business navigating risks across multiple geographies and on a global scale. Join us for this deep dive into the global risk landscape, the regional and country risk assessments and opportunities for business to respond and thrive in a complex and ever changing environment.

Joining us to share their views will be one of the region's most experienced experts in emerging markets, Ben Simpendorfer, Partner at Oliver Wyman, as well as leading Australian expert on climate change risk and an author of the WEF Global Risks Report, Dr. Graeme Riddell, and seasoned business risk specialist, Jessica Pyman, Regional Head of Business Intelligence APAC at Control Risk. 

The Global Risks Report 2022, published by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Marsh McLennan, examines how global divergence across multiple domains in the post-COVID-19 recovery threatens to widen disparities and aggravate societal fractures.

Drawing upon insights from over 950 experts and decision-makers worldwide, the 17th edition of the report unpacks some of the critical global tensions that may worsen the pandemic’s cascading impacts and complicate the coordination needed to tackle common challenges that include strengthening climate action, enhancing digital safety, restoring livelihoods and societal cohesion, and managing competition in space. It concludes with reflections on enhancing national and organizational resilience, informed by lessons from year two of the pandemic.

AustCham welcomes Members and Guests to join us online for this fascinating discussion.

Please note: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) belong solely to the speaker, and are not representative of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.


Fri, March 25, 2022


12:00 PM - 01:00 PM



Zoom webinar - access details will be sent via email to registered guests


Member: $0.00

Non-Member: $100.00


Dr Graeme Riddell
Climate & Sustainability Consulting Leader | Marsh Asia

Graeme leads Climate & Sustainability Consulting across Asia within Marsh Advisory. In this role, he supports our clients analyze and prepare for the risks emerging from their sustainability transformation and create more resilient assets, value chains, and strategies and has delivered ESG and climate-related risk projects across the region and a range of industries.

Before joining Marsh Advisory he led research into climate-related and emerging risks for our parent company Marsh McLennan and managed our relationships with high-level organisations including the WEF on global risk issues and was an author of the Global Risks Report.

Graeme was also a climate risk and resilience consultant with the World Bank supporting the integration of climate change into risk management strategies. He has held a range of academic positions and consulted to public and private entities on ESG and climate risks across Asia Pacific including financial services, power utilities and logistics companies.


•      Ph.D. – Environmental Engineering and Risk Management, The University of Adelaide

•      Bachelor of Engineering (Civil & Environmental), 1st Class Honours, The University of Adelaide 

Ben Simpfendorfer
Partner | Oliver Wyman

Ben Simpfendorfer is a Partner at Oliver Wyman based in Hong Kong. He is part of the Financial Services practice and leads the Oliver Wyman Forum in Asia. He drives geopolitical risk solutions for clients across Asia.


Ben is the former CEO of Silk Road Associates where he advised Fortune 500 multinationals and leading Asian firms on their commercial strategies in Greater China, South East Asia, the Middle East & Africa, providing clients teams with geospatial-driven solutions based on the firm’s proprietary SRA Intelligence® analytics. He briefs CEOs and executive boards worldwide.


Ben has worked in Asia and the Middle East for over 20 years. He was previously chief China economist at RBS and senior China economist at JPMorgan in Hong Kong. He started his career in Beirut in the 1990s, later working as a Middle East & North Africa senior analyst for Dun & Bradstreet in London.


Ben is a Mandarin and Arabic speaker, and author of The New Silk Road (2009) and The Rise of the New East (2014). He is a leading specialist on China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) and a member of the Foreign Experts Committee advising the Chinese government on BRI’s implementation. He is a Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and a Board Member of PBEC, one of Asia’s oldest business organizations. He is also a regular commentator on Bloomberg & CNBC.

Jessica Pyman
Partner, Head of Business Intelligence, Asia Pacific | Control Risks

Jessica Pyman is Control Risks’ Regional Head of Business Intelligence in Asia Pacific. With teams located in Hong Kong, Shanghai, India, Singapore, South Korea, and Sydney, she is responsible for all aspects of business intelligence services delivered in the region. Jessica is experienced in advising clients on managing geopolitical risk, deal-related corruption, integrity and broader ESG risks throughout Asia Pacific, across all sectors. She has a particular expertise in using business intelligence to support fraud investigations, litigation and for tracing and recovering assets.

Prior to joining Control Risks, Jessica was a partner at US corporate investigations firm Mintz Group, where she set up the Hong Kong office, their first in Asia, and worked for over seven years building its presence in the region. Previously, she was regional director of research at Kroll.

She attended Cambridge and SOAS, University of London where she read Chinese and Politics, and has a master’s degree in International Relations and Public Affairs from the University of Hong Kong. She speaks French and Mandarin.