Richard Bridge is the Head of Government and Political Affairs at BP, the UK-based international energy company. In this role he and his team advise decision-makers on political situations in the world and their relevance to the company. He spent most of his career in the Foreign Office, and he served in Warsaw, Moscow, New Delhi and Geneva as well as in London. He is a family man who lives and works in London, although he is originally from the north of England. He read Modern Languages (Russian and French) at university and completed a PhD on the Russian sub-Arctic at the Scott Polar Research Institute.