Daniel Wagner

CEO, Country Risk Solutions


Daniel Wagner is the founder and CEO of Country Risk Solutions (CRS), a cross-border risk advisory firm based in Connecticut (USA).

Prior to founding CRS, Daniel was Senior Vice President of Country Risk at GE Energy Financial Services, where he was part of a team investing billions of dollars annually into global energy projects. He was responsible for advising senior management on a variety of country risk-related issues, strategic planning, and portfolio management. Daniel created a Center of Excellence for country risk analysis at GE and led a team that produced a comprehensive automated country risk rating methodology.

He began his career underwriting Political Risk Insurance (PRI) at AIG in New York and subsequently spent five years as Guarantee Officer for the Asia region at the World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency in Washington, D.C. During that time he was responsible for underwriting PRI for projects in a dozen Asian countries. After then serving as Regional Manager for Political Risks for Southeast Asia and Greater China for AIG in Singapore, Daniel moved to Manila (the Philippines) where he was Guarantee and Risk Management Advisor, Political Risk Guarantee Specialist, and Senior Guarantees and Syndications Specialist for the Asian Development Bank’s Office of Co-financing Operations.

Daniel has published more than 500 articles on risk management and current affairs and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, National Interest, South China Morning Post and a plethora of other publishing platforms. His editorials have been published in such notable newspapers as the International Herald Tribune and the Wall Street Journal. His two previous books were “Political Risk Insurance Guide” and “Managing Country Risk”.

Daniel holds master’s degrees in International Relations from the University of Chicago and in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Phoenix. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Richmond College in London. Daniel has traveled in more than 80 countries on six continents.

Dante Disparte

CEO, Risk Cooperative


Dante Disparte is the founder and CEO of Risk Cooperative, a strategy, risk and capital management firm focusing on mid-market opportunities, market expansion and equity investments on a global scale.

Prior to forming Risk Cooperative, Dante served as the Managing Director of Clements Worldwide, a leading insurance brokerage with customers in more 170 countries. He is a specialist in strategy and risk reduction through the design and delivery of comprehensive risk solutions of worldwide scope. Dante is credited with designing the world’s first card-based life insurance program for the United Nations, a plan that has placed more than a half billion USD of risk with the markets in more than 150 countries. This innovation was heralded as one of the top product innovations of 2011 by the MENA Insurance Review.

He was formerly the Managing Director of Land Rover’s operations in 32 Sub-Saharan African markets and held numerous general management roles in Denmark, where he developed applied skills in social entrepreneurship. Dante is credited with developing a humanitarian fleet management solution that is proven to reduce the economic, environmental and social impact of humanitarian operations. This body of work is profiled in a business case published by INSEAD’s Social Innovation Centre.

He served on the board of directors of Kjaer Group A/S, one of the top 10 workplaces in Europe and the top workplace in Denmark for 4 years and currently serves on the board of Communities in Schools Nation’s Capital, where he chairs the fund development committee. He is conversant in 6 languages and has published numerous articles on the subject of risk, strategy and business effectiveness.
A graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development, Dante holds a degree in International and Intercultural Studies from Goucher College and an MSc. in risk management from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Dante serves chairs the board of the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C., and sits on Harvard Business School’s global alumni board. He also serves as the chair of the Business Council for American Security and as a board member with the American Security Project.