Chris Torrens

Senior Partner

Beijing

Chris Torrens  is a Senior Partner at Control Risks, based in Beijing. He is responsible for growing the company’s outbound China business, managing a team of consultants in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong that advises both state-owned and private Chinese multinational companies operating globally. In this role Chris has visited Chinese multinational clients in Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, the UK and Venezuela.

  • Asia Pacific
  • Risk Assessment & Monitoring
  • Stakeholder Mapping
  • Political & Economic Analysis & Forecasting


Chris Torrens is a Senior Partner at Control Risks, based in Beijing. He is responsible for growing the company’s outbound China business, managing a team of consultants in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong that advises both state-owned and private Chinese multinational companies operating globally. In this role Chris has visited Chinese multinational clients in Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, the UK and Venezuela.

Before this, Chris was based in London, where he led the Global Risk Analysis practice for Europe and Africa, managing a 40-strong team responsible for all political, operational and security risk analysis undertaken across the region, via both online and consulting channels.

Before moving back to London Chris was Director of Compliance, Forensics & Intelligence for China and General Manager in Shanghai, where he lived for 11 years. He also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Shanghai and for government relations and business advisory firm Batey Burn (subsequently acquired by APCO) in Hong Kong. Chris first worked for Control Risks as Asia-Pacific analyst between 1989 and 1994.

Chris is a regular media commentator on geopolitical and compliance risk issues, and has been interviewed by CGTN, CNBC, Sky News, Bloomberg and the BBC. His articles have appeared in the People's Daily, the Economist, Financial Times and specialist publications. His book, Doing Business in China, was published by The Economist Group in 2010.

Chris is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and holds an MBA from the China-Europe International Business School in Shanghai. He has a BA Honours degree in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds in the UK and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

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