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.
James joined Stirling Assynt in 2016. He previously worked for various political and security risk consulting firms, including Control Risks, Maplecroft and IHS Janes. He has an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and is an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ISCR) at King's College London.
Earlier in his career, James worked for various US and UK think-tanks on security-related issues, focusing on Islamist violence. He has also worked as a journalist, including for Bloomberg, al-Jazeera and the BBC, covering political, security and financial issues from around the Middle East, Europe and parts of Africa. He has lived and worked in a range of countries, including Iraq, Yemen, Qatar and Singapore, and has been widely quoted in the international media.
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.
George is currently on a leave of absence, working for a major NGO in the Middle East.
Zoe Magee joined the company in January 2016 from her previous role at a boutique risk management consultancy where she worked on political risk and business intelligence projects for various clients, with a particular focus on the extractives industry. Prior to this, Zoe worked as a journalist and producer covering international news for a US network. She holds a Masters in Classics from Edinburgh University.