John Bowler was appointed director of the Economist Intelligence Unit's Country Risk Service (CRS) in April 2004. CRS produces regular analysis and ratings of political and economic risk on 120 countries worldwide. Mr Bowler is responsible for the quality of the CRS portfolio and for product development, including the development of a new country risk rating model.

Prior to his current position, Mr Bowler was for eight years the Economist Intelligence Unit's regional director for Latin America. During this time he gained broad experience of the region's economies, with particular focus on Brazil and Argentina.

Mr Bowler speaks regularly at seminars and has chaired conferences on Latin American banking, private equity and roundtables with the government of Mexico.

Before joining the Economist Intelligence Unit, Mr Bowler was involved in a research project into the UK financial sector at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He also had spells as a financial news reporter for Reuters and as a Latin American analyst for the British government. He holds degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and London.