Before establishing Stirling Assynt Karl was Head of Global Security and Fraud Risk at HSBC Holdings plc where he had responsibility for strategic intelligence and security work across the 85 countries where HSBC has offices. A major part of his work involved close liaison with law enforcement and other agencies both in the UK and overseas.
Before joining HSBC Karl served 16 years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. During that time he held senior posts in London, Hong Kong and Argentina, where amongst other things he was involved in the hand-over of Hong Kong to China and in Falkland Islands security issues. He successfully established a number of inter-governmental counter-terrorism partnerships with European and other government agencies.
He speaks Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
George joined Stirling Assynt in 2011 and has been Chief Editor since April 2015. He oversees production of the Assynt Report and also works closely with a range of clients to deliver bespoke political and security risk projects. George previously worked as a Research Fellow focusing on issues related to Islamism at a prominent Westminster think-tank funded by the British Government's Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism. He speaks Arabic and holds a BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He has also lived in Syria, where he studied at the University of Damascus, and has appeared widely in both international and domestic media.
Prior to joining the company, Ankush served as an intelligence analyst for the Australian Department of Defence and previously worked as a commercial litigation solicitor. He has degrees in law, international relations and conflict studies from the University of Queensland and King's College London.
Chris previously held client-facing roles at Aegis Advisory, IHS and Exclusive Analysis. At Aegis he was responsible for the company's strategic clients in political and security risk and has extensive experience in developing and scoping complex intelligence projects in various sectors. He has also worked as an assistant to a Member of Parliament, as a business manager at GlaxoSmithKline and has degrees in politics, international relations and international development.