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EXX AFRICA is a specialist intelligence firm providing analysis and forecasts on political, security, and economic risk across all African countries. The company was founded in 2015 by Dr Robert Besseling and has since become a leading risk advisory and consultancy with a broad network of clients ranging from DFIs, banks, traders, corporates, and insurers, to governments and military forces worldwide.
Apart from operating a best-in-class subscription platform on commercial risk intelligence, EXX Africa also provides due diligence and corporate investigations services across all African jurisdictions. We embrace the continent’s dynamics and serve our wide-ranging client base to mitigate their risk exposure to Africa’s fast-changing political and economic developments.
We pride ourselves on providing timely, reliable, and well-informed intelligence that is sourced from an extensive on-the-ground network and rigorously applied to proprietary analytical processes. We prepare our clients to enter new markets in Africa, to recognise and engage senior stakeholders, to identify key threats and opportunities, to monitor indicators of risk, to assess their socio-economic impact, and to manage expectations and meet local requirements.
We believe that the value of intelligence is in its factor of surprise, so we endeavour to always tell our clients something new and striking. We are incorporated in Mauritius, and based in Johannesburg and London, with a network of trusted analysts and dedicated sources across the African continent and beyond.
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Dr Robert Besseling, Founder and CEO, EXX AFRICA
Dr Robert Besseling founded specialist intelligence company EXX AFRICA in 2015, after pursuing a decade-long career in political risk forecasting at industry-leading firms in the UK and US.EXX AFRICA has since become a leading risk advisory and consultancy with a broad network of clients ranging from development finance institutions, export credit agencies, commercial banks, commodity traders, and multinational corporates, to governments and military forces worldwide. Apart from operating a best-in-class subscription platform on African risk intelligence, EXX AFRICA also provides due diligence, consultancy, litigation expertise, and corporate investigation services across all African jurisdictions.
At EXX AFRICA, Robert leads a team of partners, researchers, and contributing analysts to produce commercially relevant and actionable analysis on African political, security, and economic risk. Robert also retains the lead on many consulting projects for blue chip corporations in a wide variety of sectors. EXX AFRICA is incorporated in Mauritius, and based in Johannesburg and London, with a network of trusted analysts and dedicated sources across the African continent and beyond.
Robert is regularly invited to speak at major international conferences on topics such as metals and mining, trade and export finance, and global security matters. He frequently moderates ministerial panels and has interviewed multiple African heads of state and government during his career. Robert makes frequent appearances on televised media, as well as contributions to international print media. He has travelled extensively on the continent and calls Africa his ‘home’.
Robert holds an MA (Hons.) in History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He also holds an MBA and a PhD in African political and economic history. He is fluent in English, French, and Dutch.
EXX AFRICA offers price competitive solutions to advise clients from all sectors, as well as a suite of bespoke services to always meet our clients’ precise needs!
EXX AFRICA prides itself in having access to a wide variety of specialized and experienced analysts. Our analysts have each benefitted from a thorough international education and are based around the world, though retain exposure to Africa. Our analysts are from the same pool of researchers that work for the large multinational consulting and advisory firms that advise blue chip firms on a day-to-day basis.
Based on our clients’ requirements we are able to quickly ramp up our analytical capabilities to address clients’ specific needs. Our analysts are proficient in African political risk forecasting, through their country-specific knowledge, particular sectoral expertise, macro and micro-economic analytical capability, and linguistic skills. Our analysts specialize in extractive sectors, such as mining and oil & gas, and associated transport, power and water infrastructure development, as well as a wide variety of industries such as telecommunications & IT, pharmaceuticals, retail, supply chain management, chemicals, manufacturing, aviation, defense, marine, and others.
EXX AFRICA CONSULTING retains a large network of contacts across the African continent and beyond, which feeds relevant and locally-gathered intelligence into our analysis. Our excellent source network provides the basis of all our risk forecasts.
We believe that conducting interviews with communities and assessing local drivers of change always reinforces the value, accuracy, and trustworthiness of risk forecasts. Our highly-valued source network provides us access to levels of information that many others advisories do not. Source objectivity and reliability is gauged by our analysts to ensure our clients are provided with steadfast and dependable intelligence.
Some examples of our source network include academics, security professionals, business executives, military officers, former and current politicians, public officials, labour union leaders, civil rights activists, journalists, militant leaders, and many more. Please enquire here for more specific source backgrounds and descriptions.