Aaron Schwirian


  • Americas
  • Security Risk Management
  • Crisis Response
Washington +1 202 449 3330 Email

Aaron Schwirian is a Principal with Control Risks’ Crisis and Resilience Consulting team based in Washington, DC, where he manages the North America kidnap-for-ransom and response preparedness sub-practice.

As head of the sub-practice, Aaron manages a team of consultants who write customized kidnap-for-ransom contingency plans and conduct specialized education and training for varied audiences, including executives, security professionals, and risk managers. 

In addition to the specific kidnap-for-ransom work, Aaron focuses on crisis management and physical security program review, development, and implementation. As part of these efforts, Aaron works with clients to create tailored crisis management plans and to facilitate scenarios designed to mature their crisis management capabilities. He also leads workshops to enhance clients’ knowledge and understanding of crisis management best practice.

Recent tasks that Aaron has worked on include:

  • Kidnap-for-ransom program development and exercise facilitation for dozens of private sector and NGO clients 
  • Global crisis management program development and implementation for a leading global toy manufacturer, including rollout at over 10 sites globally 
  • Strategic crisis management plan development for financial executives seeking a high-level framework in which to approach delicate issues 
  • Tactical and strategic active shooter plan development and implementation for a leading semiconductor manufacturer at four sites in North America 
  • Crisis communications and travel security plan reviews for financial institutions, universities, and NGOs 
  • Physical security review for the international headquarters of a large manufacturer
  • Security contingency planning for clients ahead of a major international sporting event 

  • Aaron has a MA in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, and a BA in Latin American and International Studies from Yale University, and has certifications in Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRCP) and in Physical Security (PSP). Aaron speaks Spanish and is proficient in Portuguese.

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