Graham Griffiths

Associate Director

Dubai

Graham oversees the analysis and consulting work produced by Control Risks’ political risk team in the Middle East and North Africa and is the team’s lead analyst on the Gulf. He manages the team’s contributions to CORE, Control Risks’ online information platform, and leads and contributes to bespoke consulting projects covering topics such as risk trends, market-entry and stakeholder mapping across sectors and throughout the region.

  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Political & Economic Analysis & Forecasting
  • Scenario Analysis and Strategy Consulting
  • Political Risk Governance Programmes


Graham oversees the analysis and consulting work produced by Control Risks’ political risk team in the Middle East and North Africa and is the team’s lead analyst on the Gulf. He manages the team’s contributions to CORE, Control Risks’ online information platform, and leads and contributes to bespoke consulting projects covering topics such as risk trends, market-entry and stakeholder mapping across sectors and throughout the region. 


Examples of Graham’s recent work include:
  • Management of a retainer with a Gulf government client to provide political risk analysis from across Control Risks’ global team of analysts to assess developments and issues relevant to the client’s portfolio
  • Management of a multi-region threat monitoring project for an international airline
  • Report assessing the nature and consistency of labour law enforcement in Oman for a financial services company facing a regulatory issue
  • Country risk assessment of the contractual, integrity and operational risks and likely impact of recent political changes on market entry for an oil services company looking to commence operations in Saudi Arabia
  • Security, political and operational threat assessment and analysis of likely obstacles to restarting operations at an oil and gas project in Yemen; included potential scenarios and possible risks to the project based on several plausible trajectories for the country’s political and security situation

Before joining Control Risks, Graham worked as an analyst for social media analytics company BehaviorMatrix, where he helped construct a tool for analysing the emotional content of Arabic social media. He advised on Arabic language-related aspects of a platform, which enabled analysts to collect and evaluate information from both traditional media and social media platforms across the Middle East.

Graham graduated with distinction from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington DC with a master’s degree in Arab studies. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Washington with degrees in economics and philosophy. He speaks Arabic and Turkish and has lived in Syria, Egypt and Turkey. Graham interned at the corporate diplomacy consultancy Albright Stonebridge Group and the Washington DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).


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