Dr. Tom Wales is an experienced global risk management team leader, product innovator, and mentor to young analysts. He is a specialist in futures, scenario-building, analysis methodology, and heuristics. He is also a U.S., Canadian, and global energy analyst and intelligence historian. Tom is currently the Group Political Adviser at BP's Government and Political Affairs section. Responsible for Asia and the Americas, Tom advises on 'Above ground' (country and political) risk, reporting to the head of government and political affairs, and the group executive committee. Prior to BP, Tom has spent ten years at Oxford Analytica Ltd. (OA), an Oxford-based global political risk management firm.