Emily Knowles

Senior Analyst

London

Emily is a Senior Analyst with the Special Risks Analysis team, which tracks kidnapping-for-ransom and other extortive crime globally as part of Control Risks’ Confidential Crisis Response practice.

  • Europe
  • Kidnap Risk Analysis & Intelligence
  • Kidnap, Extortion & Threat Response & Recovery
  • Kidnap Incident Management Training


Emily is a Senior Analyst with the Special Risks Analysis team, which tracks kidnapping-for-ransom and other extortive crime globally as part of Control Risks’ Confidential Crisis Response practice. Emily is responsible for providing operational support to active kidnap-for-ransom cases and other acute crises, sharing up-to-date analysis of kidnapping and extortion trends on Control Risks’ online platform CORE, and producing bespoke analysis detailing kidnap-for-ransom and extortion trends for clients’ individual risk exposure.


Examples of Emily’s recent work include:
  • A speaking engagement on the increased kidnap risk for foreign nationals following rising tensions between Iran and the US. The analysis covered detention risks as well as the potential for Iranian-backed groups to use kidnap-for-ransom in retaliation for airstrikes that killed key Iranian and Iraqi military targets.
  • A tailored report for an insurance client focussing on technological and strategic advances in Virtual Kidnap by organised criminal groups. The report focussed on the evolution of extortion scams where perpetrators falsely claim to have kidnapped a loved one to pressure victims into making fast ransom payments.
  • A strategic assessment for a multinational outlining the kidnap and extortion risk to their High-Net-Worth executives. The assessment looked at kidnappers’ risk appetite for targeting high-profile individuals, as well as their targeting practices in the families’ home country and in other areas of the world where they may travel.

Prior to joining Control Risks, Emily was the Director of the Remote Warfare Programme at the Oxford Research Group where she was responsible for research and policy on changes in military engagement. She has set up field research projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya and Mali, has been invited to give oral evidence for the British Parliament’s Defence and Security Committee, and has spoken on trends in armed conflict for a wide range of media and international organisations. Emily has also previously worked for Transparency International, the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, the Caucasus Research Resource Centers and the Hague Centre for Security Studies. Emily has a BA Joint Honours degree in French and Spanish from the University of Surrey, an Msc in International Politics from the University of Edinburgh and has lived in France, the Netherlands, Georgia and Peru.


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