COVID-19 and the new normal

COVID-19 virus has disrupted businesses worldwide. Most firms have been working to stabilize their operations and allow their employees to work from home.

But disruption is the new normal. The Corona-crisis is only the most recent instance of events where politics creates a highly disruptive business environment. Decisions to close borders, raise tariffs, launch sanctions, or export controls are becoming more common every day.

Helping your business navigate this new normal of political disruption is our business.

So feel free to contact us if you want to prepare for when the pandemic recedes. Those who position themselves now for the post-corona world will be the ones benefiting from it.


GeoTrends assists firms in navigating a world where political borders are starting to matter again. Globalization internationalized markets and supply chains, but while national borders seemed to have faded, they manifest themselves more strongly in the last ten years. Trade wars, economic sanctions, export controls, and limitations on travel for foreigners are more used than ever. 

GeoTrends helps firms making their geopolitical exposure visible. 

We combine in-depth political analysis with an understanding of our client’s economic network to provide our clients with actionable insights.

What distinguishes GeoTrends is our personal approach, we provide customized solutions for the specific needs of our clients.

We assist firms in identifying geopolitical risks, monitoring them, and adapting their export market strategy and supply chains.

We help firms in identifying new markets where there’s a favorable balance between economic opportunities and political risks.

Contact us now to see how we can help you prepare to mitigate your exposure to the political disruption and help you flourish in a turbulent world. 

GeoTrends was founded by Hans Diels in 2017. Hans worked at a Belgian employers organization, as a Belgian representative to the EU’s Trade Policy Subcommittee on Services and Investment and acquired international and political experience while working at the Belgian Parliament and the US embassy and as a researcher on international governance at the University of Antwerp. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Political Science Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louvain, a postgraduate degree in International Relations Cum Laude from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve and studied economics through the LSE External Programme.