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Olena Borodyna

Senior Transition Risk Analyst

  • Global Risks and Resilience

Olena Borodyna is a Senior Transition Risk Analyst in the Global Risks and Resilience programme. Her work spans advisory on the risks and strategies for managing geopolitical and low-carbon transition in the context of climate change and other threats; ESG and political risk management of investments in emerging and developing economies, and China’s geostrategy.

She has experience delivering multi-country research projects and policy advisory to corporate and public sector clients, having previously worked in business intelligence and for a renewable energy company. In her role as policy advisor, she supported the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Department for Transport with the development of standards and business models for low-carbon hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuels through advisory services.

She holds an MA in Geopolitics, Territory and Security from King’s College London and BA in Chinese and History from SOAS, University of London. Olena is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Ukrainian and Russian and has conversational Spanish. She is studying towards Sustainability and Climate Risk Certificate with the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

  1. Risks along the Belt and Road: Chinese investment and infrastructure development priorities in Kyrgyzstan

    Research reports

  2. Reflections on the Chinese Communist Party's 20th National Congress

  3. Russia’s recent ITU election loss is a major setback for China’s internet governance ambitions

  4. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is creating cascading risks across Eurasia – here’s what to watch out for

  5. Risks along the Belt and Road: Chinese investment and infrastructure development in Cambodia

    Research reports

  6. A war on many fronts: disinformation around the Russia-Ukraine war

  7. Condemnation of Russia’s invasion isn’t enough – Ukraine needs stronger European support now

  8. China to keep a watchful eye on Kazakhstan as political risk heightens

  9. Transboundary climate and adaptation risks in Africa: perceptions from 2021

    Research reports

  10. Getting down to the business of 'nature'

  11. Pulse 3 – recover, reform,  restructure: China’s outward investment appetite and implications for developing countries

    Research reports

  12. Economic Pulse 2: China navigates its Covid-19 recovery – outward investment appetite and implications for developing countries

    Research reports

  13. Economic Pulse 1: Covid-19 and economic crisis – China’s recovery and international response

    Research reports

  14. Climate change, conflict and security scan: analysis of current thinking December 2018–March 2019

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