Clare Morton

Associate Director

London

Clare conducts reputational and ESG-driven due diligence, strategic business intelligence investigations, complex problem solving, market entry analysis and risk monitoring. She has extensive experience advising clients who are operating or investing in emerging and frontier markets, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • EMEA
  • Business Intelligence
  • Environmental & Social Governance Consulting

Clare supports a range of corporate clients, investors, NGOs and development finance institutions in identifying and mitigating integrity and sustainability risks across EMEA. 

Clare conducts reputational and ESG-driven due diligence, strategic business intelligence investigations, complex problem solving, market entry analysis and risk monitoring. She has extensive experience advising clients who are operating or investing in emerging and frontier markets, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.


Recent examples of Clare’s consulting work includes:

  • Assessing the sustainability profile of two companies operating in the West African palm oil industry, with a focus on evaluating their approach to responsible business practices and management of social and environmental risks, particularly around community engagement and deforestation.
  • Advising a global investor and their legal counsel on the political and corruption risks associated with acquiring a high profile asset in an opaque central African state. 
  • Intelligence gathering and due diligence to support investment in the infrastructure and energy sectors across Africa, including assessing corruption risk in government-led tender processes, evaluating integrity profiles of concession holders or operators, and identifying any allegations of improper or illegal activities that may pose a regulatory or reputational risk to an investor. 
  • A multiyear intelligence and forensics-led assignment supporting an international technology company investigating allegations of bribery, fraud and corruption in its African operations, in light of regulatory scrutiny in Africa and the US.   
  • Designing an ESG-focused compliance assessment for a European conglomerate to use when evaluating third party risk. 


Prior to joining Control Risks, Clare worked as an Africa-focussed political risk and business intelligence analyst, and also worked for NGOs in Ghana and the UK. She has acted as a conflict and disaster risk consultant for UNICEF covering countries in Africa and southeast Asia, and as a researcher for a UK Department for International Development-funded programme assessing approaches to state justice in fragile and conflict-affected states. 

Clare holds a Master's degree in international development and humanitarian emergencies from the London School of Economics (LSE) and has completed a programme in war, law and human rights, also at the LSE.  

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