Expert Profile

Wg Cdr (Retd) Mark MCGUIGAN
Position(s) Former Head of Intelligence, HSBC Global Private Bank - Geneva

Mark’s career as an international security researcher, analyst and practitioner spans the public and private sectors.  Following twenty-one years as an officer in the Royal Air Force, he spent a couple of years in academic research and lecturing, publishing on NATO-Russian relations.  He then moved to the banking sector in London, before finally transferring to Geneva in 2014 as Head of Intelligence for HSBC’s Global Private Bank.  His research interests reflect the breadth and depth of his international experience as a practitioner, and focus inter alia on: the impact of geopolitical risk on international businesses; defence diplomacy; global and regional (especially European and Middle Eastern) security challenges; Russian foreign policy; and the politics of the European Union. His current research interests centre on Brexit and UK-EU relations, and on Anglo-Irish relations in particular. Mark has worked in Switzerland, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Falkland Islands, Hong Kong, Germany, Netherlands, Russia and throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  He has travelled extensively, throughout the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey, Qatar,) United States, Balkans (Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria) and Europe/Central Asia (France, Germany, Luxembourg, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan).  Mark has an honours degree in Russian and Political Science from Queen’s University Belfast, and a Master of Philosophy by research in International Relations from Loughborough University.  He researches in English, Russian, French and Italian.