Andreas Carleton-Smith

Chief Executive Officer, High Risk Managed Services

Dubai

Andreas Carleton-Smith is the CEO of Control Risks’ High Risk Managed Services business. In this role he oversees our global support to clients who are operating in the most challenging and insecure locations in the world.

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Andreas Carleton-Smith is the CEO of Control Risks’ High Risk Managed Services business. In this role he oversees our global support to clients who are operating in the most challenging and insecure locations in the world.
 

Before assuming this role, Andreas was CEO of the Middle East and North Africa region at Control Risks and he has also served as CEO, North America for the company. Andreas sits on the Executive Committee of Control Risks.


Highlights of Andreas’s experience include:
  • Providing advice to the Indian and British governments on a security issue in Kashmir. Several foreign tourists had been kidnapped by Islamist militants while trekking in the Himalayas.
  • Advising the Egyptian government on airport security procedures after a high profile terrorist attack, recommending country-wide programmes for improvement, and regularly briefing the media and Egyptian aviation and tourism ministers.
  • Providing advice to a major US hotel chain on the illegal detention of its CFO in Syria, debriefing the victim once he was released, and establishing protocols to mitigate the risks of a repeat occurrence.
  • Assisting a multi-national US construction and engineering firm to develop a market entry strategy for Iraq and implementing comprehensive security procedures in Kirkuk, Basra and Baghdad.


Andreas previously spent ten years as a commissioned officer in the British Army. During the last three years of service, he saw active duty with the Special Air Service, commanding elements of the UK’s counterterrorism team. At an investiture in Buckingham Palace, he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry behind the lines in the former Republic of Yugoslavia.

Andreas has appeared on Bloomberg News, CNBC, CNN and CBS and has been interviewed for the Financial Times and other media outlets. Andreas has given numerous keynote speeches on geopolitics and its impact on business.

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