In this Veracity Insight, we anticipate a new ESG environment emerging in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has not only accentuated and expanded the bounds of ESG, but also created a host of new risks. As ESG concerns become increasingly central to conducting business, it is imperative that we broaden our view and consider the entire matrix of challenges of operating in a post-COVID-19 world. Navigating ESG Concerns Amid and After COVID-19.
Speaking EngagementsApril 30, 2020
Beyond Compliance: COVID-19, ESG, and the Redefinition of Risk
In Memoriam: Frank Anderson, Senior Regional Advisor, Middle East
Frank Anderson joined Veracity as a Senior Regional Advisor for the Middle East at the firm’s inception in 2007. He died in February 2020 following a battle with cancer. Frank served as an officer in the Central Intelligence Agency for 26 years, where he held several chief-of-station positions, headed the Afghan Task Force, and retired as chief of the Near East and South Asian Division. Frank then served as president of the Middle East Policy Council, where he worked with a wide range of officials in the Middle East. He was an important contributor to the development of Veracity. His obituary appeared in The New York Times on 19 February 2020.
Speaking EngagementsFebruary 6, 2020
Mining Indaba – Cape Town, South Africa
Veracity CEO Steven Fox jointly moderated a panel of mining industry thought leaders titled “ESG: Earning and Protecting a License to Operate.” Panelists discussed the increasing public and regulatory scrutiny facing project stakeholders as they navigate the sophisticated landscape surrounding licenses to operate.
Speaking EngagementsAugust 28, 2019
TICAD – Tokyo
As part of TICAD 7, a major Japan-Africa conference, sponsored by the Japanese government, Veracity hosted one of the official side-bar panels, entitled “Succeeding in Africa: Lessons from the front-lines.” The panel included Veracity CEO Steven Fox, as well as Hirofumi Katase, Executive Vice Chairman, Director General of Industrial Science and Technology, I-Pulse Inc., and a former Vice Minister for the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI); Toshikazu Otani, Chief Executive for Africa, ITOCHU; Rebecca Major, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills (Paris); and Robert Kayihura, Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling (Johannesburg).
Speaking EngagementsOctober 23, 2018
Investing in Africa Today – Toronto
Veracity CEO Steven Fox spoke on a panel titled “Case Studies in Doing Business in Africa” at the third annual Investing in Africa Today summit hosted by McKinsey at their Toronto offices. The event, which was sponsored by the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business, focused on the challenges and opportunities of investing in Africa and had over 200 attendees.
Speaking EngagementsOctober 9, 2018
Harvard Business School – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Veracity CEO Steven Fox visited Harvard Business School (HBS), where he was a guest speaker in Professor Sophus Reinert’s Globalization and Emerging Markets course. The class discussed two HBS case studies, first published in 2011 and updated in 2017, which focus, respectively, on Veracity’s work on FCPA issues in West Africa and political risk concerns in Syria. Cameron Bell, an associate director at Veracity, also participated in the classroom discussion.
Speaking EngagementsApril 20, 2018
IISS Event – London, UK
Veracity Managing Director Carla McRoberts spoke on a panel discussion entitled “Latin America’s Elections Amid Crisis: Instability and the Search for Change.” The event, hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, sought to explore the factors leading to political disruption and its impact on elections and beyond. Carla spoke on the themes of corruption, declining trust in political elites, and weak economic growth, all of which have had the combined effect of galvanizing a cadre of anti-establishment candidates and their supporters in the run up to the region’s various presidential elections.