Board of Directors

Josh Corless


Josh Corless is vice president, International Government Affairs & Political Risk for ConocoPhillips.

Josh is responsible for assessing and generating corporate positions on the political risk dynamics affecting ConocoPhillips’ international operations and investments, and for designing and executing advocacy strategies intended to mitigate those risks in concert with the company’s overseas business units.

Josh joined ConocoPhillips in December 2013 to develop and launch the company’s internal political risk function. Prior to this, Josh spent 14 years in the U.S. intelligence community, where he held a range of operational, analytic and executive support roles focused on driving risk out of high-impact capability investments and global operations. Prior to his career in government, Josh was a journalist for a boutique international defense publisher.

Josh earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Franklin and Marshall College and holds a master’s degree in defense and security analysis from Lancaster University (U.K.). He is a former John Marshall scholar, a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Executive Education, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Summer Professional Program and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program. Josh is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.