Kimberly Haley-Coleman is founder and Executive Director of Globe Aware, a nonprofit company that develops short-term volunteer programs in international environments. The idea is to provide an immersive volunteer experience for busy professionals who want to make a difference in a short amount of time on projects that are actually requested by the communities they serve. Prior to this adventure, Haley-Coleman had a varied professional, private sector career with one recurring theme: international business. Success in working internationally can hinge on some basic applied geopolitics: of the implications of the history, social and cultural mores, business practices, geography, politics and infrastructure of the countries where you choose to business. Because Haley-Coleman knows Global Awareness first-hand as both a for-profit and non-profit leader, Stratfor decided to interview her. Two main themes emerged in the following conversation: Being aware of and mitigating risk, and the need to understand at a deeper level where and with whom you are working.
Both of which are core to Stratfor's forecasting.