Robert Blood, founder and managing director
Robert is considered one of Europe's leading experts on NGOs and activism. He has contributed numerous articles and papers to management and academic publications, and has been interviewed widely, from the Financial Times and BBC Television News to Reuters Television and Swiss National Radio. He is a highly regarded trainer on managing activist risk and has developed several popular workshops on the topic. He is also a visiting lecturer to undergraduate and postgraduate courses at several UK universities and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Communications Management.
Robert was inspired to create SIGWATCH as a result of working at board director level of the public relations and issue management consultancies Fleishman-Hillard UK in the 1990s and before that, with the Quentin Bell Organisation. During this time he observed the increasing impact on businesses and politicians of professional campaigning groups. Robert has built SIGWATCH into the world's leading research and strategy consultancy on NGOs. Today SIGWATCH has over sixty clients across the world, including many of the world's sector-leading multinationals, financial institutions and investment managers.
Robert has a degree in physics from the University of Durham, England.
David Green, partner (USA)
David Green is an international issues management consultant specialising in food and agricultural policy and marketing issues, particularly the introduction of new technologies to the global marketplace. For more than twenty five years he has been a consultant to organizations and multi-national companies on both sides of the Atlantic and a regular media commentator on food and farming issues. He began his career as a beef and sheep farmer in Ireland and subsequently joined Europe's largest farm magazine, Farmers Weekly, in London. He was educated at the Ulster University and now lives in the United States in Virginia outside Washington DC.
Garth Rowan, partner (Canada)
Garth has two decades of experience as a communications consultant, trainer, mediator, corporate strategist, reporter and lawyer. Garth has ten years business and international news reporting experience, including assignments for the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, CBC and CNN International in Europe and CNN Atlanta. While his clients include many of North America’s leading corporations, he also takes on some pro-bono work with a focus on The United Way, the Homeless Foundation and The Parkinson’s Society. He obtained a B.A. (honours) in Politics, Philosophy and Constitutional Law from the University of Ulster before qualifying as a lawyer from Queen’s University, Belfast. He is also trained as an interest-based negotiator and mediator at the University of Calgary.
Juliet Wu, client services director
Juliet joined SIGWATCH after nearly a decade of experience in market research and analysis in consumer marketing, FMCG, business & finance media, pharmaceuticals and tourism in the UK and Taiwan. Most recently she was a senior analyst for Datamonitor Group. Juliet is fluent in Chinese, Japanese and English and has an MBA from Manchester Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from National Chengchi University in Taipei.
Richard Blood, senior researcher-editor
Richard trained as a Chartered Accountant, and has worked in banking, engineering, retail, B2B communications and freight-forwarding insurance brokering. Additionally, he has worked as a consultant on quality management, including a spell at Denton Hall solicitors, and as a manager/analyst for Manifest proxy voting agency. Richard has a degree in Business and Commerce from Birmingham, UK.
Tom Warden, foreign language editor
Tom is a specialist in foreign language research and analysis, having spent over 12 years in the business information sector in a variety of content and management roles. His particular area of expertise is fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and he has spoken and written extensively on innovation and packaging trends. Tom holds a modern languages degree from the University of Leeds, UK.
Tamara Abdi, analyst
Tamara graduated with a first-class degree in politics and international relations from the University of Aberdeen, where she was placed in the top five per cent of her year. She subsequently gained writing and editorial experience with Product Magazine in Edinburgh.
Charlotte Moore, researcher-editor
Charlotte graduated from Durham University with a BA in Modern Languages and Cultures, specializing in Spanish and Arabic, and she wrote her first-class dissertation about new forms of grass-roots activism emerging in Argentina in particular, and across South America as a whole .She then went on to study Arab and Hebrew Cultures at Granada University in Spain. Charlotte gained experience working with NGOs and activist groups in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has specialised knowledge regarding the role of activism in Arab society, particularly in Morocco.
Nathan Anderson, North American researcher
Nathan earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of Arizona. After graduating, he taught high school advanced placement classes in government and English literature and provided college counseling and test preparation consulting. Nathan speaks Spanish and has worked as a translator for non-profits and businesses serving Spanish-speaking communities in Arizona and the Washington DC area.