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Geoeconomics for Executives

Strengthen Your Skills to Navigate in the New Geopolitical Environment

The rise of geoeconomics is fundamentally changing the business environment across the world. Geoeconomics refers to the pursuit of power politics using economic instruments. It includes measures such as sanctions, export controls, anti-competitive subsidies, investment screening mechanisms, and data localization requirements. Long considered exceptional measures, they are now becoming the new normal.

Understanding and navigating the new geo-economic environment and geopolitical risks are indispensable for any business strategist and risk manager. Companies are not necessarily passive actors at the receiving end of geoeconomic change. They also have a geoeconomic agency of their own. Through corporate geoeconomics, a company can up its preparedness to mitigate geoeconomic risks. It may also shape the economic exchanges to their own commercial advantage.

The Geoeconomics for Executives program will help business strategists and risk managers to understand the new geoeconomic power politics, including the transforming relationship between state and market and between economics and security policy as well as geopolitical risks and how to be prepared for them.

4.5 ECTS credits can be transferred from this program to the Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA program.

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November 11, 2024

Geopolitical Risk Poses Threats to Companies Globally

Companies are facing a historically large number of massive macro risks affecting operations on a daily level. One key area often overlooked by companies is geopolitical risk, which threatens all businesses by disrupting international relations, trade, and supply chains worldwide.

The program provides fresh analytical tools and perspectives for the current challenges of any organization

Renowned international geoeconomic analysts and practitioners leading the discussions

Networking opportunities with executives facing similar challenges


The program enables you to understand the geopolitical implications and geoeconomics on your organization and moves you from being a passive player to actively analyzing the situation and preparing your organization to be at the forefront of any changes. The program also offers access to cutting-edge analytical tools, knowledge, and practical experience that will help companies with business development and risk management in the new geoeconomic world.

Understand how to navigate in the new geoeconomic environment
Receive access to cutting-edge analytical tools
Help with business development and risk management in the new geoeconomic world.
Widen the network of people with similar challenges


The program is for executives and managers dealing with corporate strategy and risk management as well as for those who have the ambitions to understand better the new geoeconomic environment.

The program is beneficial for:

  • Executives leading organizations with challenges in the new geoeconomic environment
  • Managers in strategy development or risk management need to prepare the response for the future geopolitical risks
  • Experts who what to develop his/her capabilities to better navigate in the changing world

Contents and Schedule

The program will cover the concept of geoeconomics, key drivers shaping today’s geoeconomic trends, geoeconomic strategies, impact on corporate strategies and business models, how companies can respond to geoeconomic challenges, how to practically apply geoeconomics to business strategy as well as building corporate geoeconomic resilience.

The program is a two-day face-to-face program combining interactive expert lectures, group discussions, and sharing among participants. The participants will learn both through examples as well as through sharing and discussing situations.

Program structure

Two-day program

Intensive face-to-face sessions with international experts

Interactive sessions

Program based on interactive lectures and group discussions

Networking with fellow participants

Opportunity to share best practices and challenges


Mikael Wigell

Dr. Mikael Wigell is the Research Director at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA). He is an international pioneer in geoeconomic and hybrid threats analytics.

Mikael Wigell is Research Director at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), where he previously was Programme Director of the Global Security Programme. He is also Adjunct Professor in International Political Economy at Tampere University and a World Economic Forum Expert, currently curating the WEF’s Geoeconomics section. He earned his PhD at the London School of Economics, and he has been a Visiting Fellow at the Changing Character of War Centre, Oxford University. He has been a Member of the Development Policy Committee of the Finnish Government and President of the Finnish International Studies Association. He is an international pioneer in geoeconomic and hybrid threats analytics, and his work has been published in top-ranked academic journals such as International Affairs, World Development, The Washington Quarterly, and Comparative Strategy.

Heiko Borchert

Dr. Heiko Borchert owns and manages Borchert Consulting & Research AG, a strategic affairs consulting boutique.

He is also Co-Director of the Defense AI Observatory at Helmut Schmidt University/ University of the Federal Armed Forces, Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies, Associate Fellow at the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS), subject matter expert at the Hague Center for Strategic Studies (HCSS) and member of the advisory boards of Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik and The Defence Horizon Journal. He has studied international relations, business administration, economics, and law at the University of St. Gallen, where he also received his PhD. His latest book as editor (with Johann Strobl) is Storms Ahead: Te Future Geoeconomic World Order.

Christian Fjäder

Dr. Christian Fjäder is the CEO and Founding Partner of Geostrategic Intelligence Group (Geostrat) Ltd, a boutique geostrategic risk and resilience research and advisory firm.

Prior he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs and the Director for Policy Planning and Analysis at the National Emergency Supply Agency (NESA) in Finland, the lead agency in economic resilience, with responsibilities in strategy development, international relations, analysis, and research coordination. He also has extensive corporate experience in security, risk, and resilience leadership in regional and global leadership roles. He has for instance, headed Nokia’s regional corporate security function in the Asia Pacific region and the corporate resilience functions as the Global Head of Risk and Resilience. Christian is a frequent speaker at international high-level security gatherings and conferences, e.g., in the European Union, NATO, and the OECD High-Level Risk Forum (HLRF). Christian has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Sydney, an MBA from Bond University, and a MA (International Relations) from Flinders University, Australia. Christian has also published scholarly articles in international security, geoeconomics, resilience, and strategic risk.

Jens Pohl

Dr. Jens Hillebrand Pohl lectures at the intersection of law and geoeconomics.

Jens Hillebrand Pohl lectures at the intersection of law and geoeconomics. He is a Research Fellow of the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (IGIR) at Maastricht University. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the United Nations University, an advisory editor of the Yearbook of Socio-Economic Constitutions, published by Springer Nature, and a former article editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. He has held visiting appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law and the World Trade Institute. He has worked as a Legal and Compliance Officer for the European Stability Mechanism and Associate Attorney in a New York-based law firm.   

He earned his PhD in law from Maastricht University, holds an MSc in Economics and Business from the Stockholm School of Economics, and an LLM from Harvard Law School.

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