While our feeds pummel us with news of disruption and upheaval, much of the world – with obvious exceptions – has never been safer. But it’s also never changed faster, and that creates risk for business and organizations that operate in the global marketplace. In turn, businesses’ responsibility to recognize and mitigate that risk while remaining competitive has increased exponentially. Most of those risks will not come from headline grabbing events. Instead, they will emanate from less obvious – but often more consequential – external risks like poor political leadership, environmental change, cyber-threats, or regulatory uncertainty.
In our view, the key to mitigating risk and growing in overseas markets lies in having a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities that these markets provide in the context of your business model. We equip your organization for this through tailored intelligence, strategic advice, and training that allows your team to build well-informed, culturally relevant strategies.
Risk intelligence in business is different from government intelligence. While government intelligence training provides a tremendous foundation for work in the private sector, risk intelligence in a business setting requires a different set of skills and inputs. Most importantly, it demands a specific mindset that aligns analytic tools and focus of analysis to the mission and operations of your business.
Through this lens, we offer something different from our competitors. We approach intelligence and risk from a systems-based perspective. We examine your company’s full spectrum value chain to identify risks and opportunities in the most critical parts of your business. We provide training, analysis, advice, and strategies that drive intelligence-led decision-making across the business and create strategic advantage in challenging environments.
Meredith Wilson has over 20 years experience in intelligence, government, corporate and international environments. She started Emergent Risk International with the belief that, with the proper strategy and mindset, risk intelligence could add more than worry to an organization’s bottom line. As a former Defense Intelligence Officer as well as an oil and gas industry veteran – first building a risk intelligence function for ConocoPhillips and then for Kosmos Energy – Ms. Wilson has seen how intelligence can function well in both environments, but also how differently these functions operate within their organizations. With that knowledge and an extremely talented and adventurous team, since its founding in 2014, ERI has grown into a multi-national company with offices in the United States (Dallas, Austin, Washington DC and greater Boston), the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Singapore; serving some of the world’s most valuable brands.
Ms. Wilson was a founding member of the Private Sector Intelligence Council (PSIC) and a Founding Board Member of the Association of International Risk and Intelligence Professionals (AIRIP). She previously served on the Business Intelligence Advisory Council for the National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology. She spent much of her early career abroad, living in Southeast Asia and Europe. She, her family, and her three furry coworkers currently call Rhode Island home.
Brady Roberts joined the company in January 2018, where he oversees ERI’s daily operations, trains clients and consults directly with customers, leveraging his over 20 years of experience in the intelligence field. Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Roberts spent 16 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, primarily as an Operations Officer serving overseas.
He has lived and served in South Asia, the Middle East and Central Europe, and has worked in a liaison capacity alongside numerous other government intelligence and law enforcement agencies, internationally and within the US. Brady works from his home in Austin, TX, where his officemates, dogs Fezzik and Nika, join him on more Zoom calls than he would prefer.
ERI works with firms across the multi-national spectrum: Fortune 10 companies, investment firms, rapidly growing tech start-ups, non-government organizations and everything in between. We work with clients in extractives, insurance, engineering and agriculture, among others.
ERI’s embedded analyst program has punched far above its weight for our company. We went from almost no capability to a mature intelligence program with huge demand from our C-level executives and business lines, in less than a year. It’s been a huge success.