Gbenga Abosede

Associate Director

  • Africa
  • Deal Intelligence and Due Diligence - Country and Sector
  • Ethics and Compliance Consulting
  • Strategy and Deal Origination

Gbenga leads the Business Intelligence and Geo-political Risk Analysis team in West Africa with a focus on Anglophone countries. He is based in Lagos from where he manages projects across the region.

Recent tasks that Gbenga has worked on include:

  • Carried out pre-investment reputational due diligence on an oil and gas company with operations in both Nigeria and Ghana. This included discreet enquiries into the background and reputation of the business in both countries, the manner in which it obtained oil blocks and other contracts and a review of the key principals’ source of wealth and political positioning. The report provided objective assessments of adverse findings and their implications for the Client.
  • Carrying out business intelligence enquiries into a Ghanaian business intermediary and his consultancy firm who were suspected of being involved in a conflict-of-interest arrangement. This included enquiries into the identities of the firm’s beneficial owners, the extent of the firm’s exposure to public officials responsible for licensing and an assessment of the risk that consultancy fees may be illegally diverted to private accounts belonging to the officials .
  • Conducting stakeholder mapping exercises and assessing the associated political and regulatory risks to market entry in various countries including Benin, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria. 
  • Reviewing the anti-bribery and corruption practices at an international oil and gas company operating in West Africa in order to benchmark its preparedness to detect and respond to incidences of bribery and corruption within the organization. 
  • Before joining Control Risks, Gbenga worked as a strategy consultant. He was a member of the consulting team at Serco Consulting where he worked with clients to develop business cases and investment proposals to justify their investment plans. He also provided commercial due diligence and project management support to mergers and acquisitions initiatives. Gbenga also worked at Accenture where he advised clients on complex business transformation programs. cases to justify funding for complex business transformation programmes.

    Gbenga holds a BSc in Chemistry from the Imperial College London and an MBA from the Imperial College Business School. He has written press articles discussing integrity and political risks for businesses operating in the region.

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