Gala Riani

Director Analysis

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Gala Riani manages business, security and political risk analysis on the Middle East and North Africa for Control Risks’ Country Risk Forecast and PRIME subscription services. She also carries out bespoke consulting work focusing on political, regulatory, operational and security threats for clients across a range of sectors.

Recent examples of Gala’s work include the following:

  • A multi-layered political, security and operational risk assessment for a major oil and gas company in Iraq. This included managing a team of colleagues to gather data relating to communal, political and security issues in a remote part of central Iraq.
  • A detailed assessment for an international NGO seeking to operate in Iraq. The research involved interviews and on-the-ground research in the NGO sector and made use of Control Risks’ extensive network of sources and contacts in the country.
  • A detailed assessment of the security threats in key cities in Pakistan, including Karachi and Lahore, for a European engineering company. The project included providing the client with on-the-ground updates, regular briefings and security advice prior to its deployment.
  • An in-depth assessment of the security threats to ethno-national minority groups in northern Iraq for a major international NGO.
  • Project managing an extensive assessment of the security threats to a prominent airline that was seeking to enter the Lebanese market.

Before joining Control Risks, Gala was Regional Manager at IHS Global Insight/IHS Jane’s, where she provided risk analysis on the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to this, she worked as a project adviser for Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government’s Nordic Representation in Stockholm, Sweden. She also served as a political adviser to the Kurdistan Region’s minister for sports and youth, during which she worked in the regional capital Erbil and travelled throughout the region.

Gala has a bachelor’s degree in social and political sciences from Cambridge University and a master’s in the theory and history of international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She speaks Kurdish and Swedish and is proficient in Farsi. Gala frequently travels to the Middle East, has spoken at numerous regional conferences and often appears in the press and broadcast media to discuss regional developments.