About us

Global Risk Progress is a publication of the Global Risk Policy Group. The Global Risk Policy Group assesses and advises on both global risks and, in particular, policies and implementation pathways for their prevention.

Mark Leggett is founder, Global Risk Policy Group, and Global Risk Progress. He is past Director (Strategy) Land Transport and Safety Division, Queensland Transport and past  adjunct professor at the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

His work has been in science, first pure (vision research) and then applied (transport safety risk analysis and safety intervention selection and implementation; and global risk assessment and prevention).

In pure science, his work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Nature.

In applied science, his work on safety has appeared in the peer-reviewed safety journal, Accident Analysis and Prevention. This work has also been recognised by the World Health Organisation and the European Commission; covered by The Economist; and has been the subject of Australian national- and state-level awards for public service excellence.

His paper on global catastrophic risk assessment and prevention – which first laid out the rationale for Global Risk Progress – was published in Futures in 2006 and reviewed favorably in the New Statesman in 2006.

David Ball is a qualified civil engineer who has held a number of senior government roles. He is currently Principal of Document Refinement Services [www.documentrefinement.com] and specialises in the review and improvement of technical and policy documents in particular.

David has worked in the water resource sector in asset design and management, and spent 20 years in the transport sector specialising in strategy, policy, service delivery and business improvement.

He also has considerable expertise in project and change management.

David’s work has led to substantial changes to business processes, legislation and policy which have resulted in savings in the order of millions of dollars, as well as road safety initiatives which have saved human lives. A project prioritisation tool that he developed was used in a Queensland government department, and then adopted in Dubai for prioritising business projects across a range of areas.

With Dr Mark Leggett David co-authored the papers “The implication for climate change and peak fossil fuel of the continuation of the current trend in wind and solar energy production” in 2012 and ” Granger causality from changes in level of atmospheric CO2 to global surface temperature and the El Niño–Southern Oscillation, and a candidate mechanism in global photosynthesis” in 2015.