Henry Smith

Director

Dubai

Henry leads political risk consulting in the Middle East and North Africa from our Dubai office, where he has a particular focus on advising our clients on doing business in and with Iran. He has advised leading Asian, European and US companies on entering the Iranian market and on managing risks in the country as they consider sanctions-compliant trade and investment across a range of sectors. 

  • MENA
  • Creating a Compliant Organisation
  • Delivering Growth and Opportunity
  • Creating a Resilient Organisation

 

Henry leads political risk consulting in the Middle East and North Africa from our Dubai office, where he has a particular focus on advising our clients on doing business in and with Iran. He has advised leading Asian, European and US companies on entering the Iranian market and on managing risks in the country as they consider sanctions-compliant trade and investment across a range of sectors. 

As a senior analyst in London, Henry led our analysis and political risk consulting on Iran and North Africa. He moved to Dubai in January 2014 to assume his current position and to lead our consultancy services for clients considering investing in Iran. He has delivered on-the-ground research on most countries in the region.


Recent examples of Henry’s work include the following:
  • A country risk assessment and due diligence framework for a logistics company that was commencing operations in Iran and that wished to ensure that its business was compliant with international sanctions
  • An analysis of the business environment and stakeholder mapping exercise for a company that was bidding to carry out exploration and production activities in Algeria’s oil and gas sector
  • A stakeholder mapping and business intelligence project for a multinational company that was renegotiating its joint venture around an industrial project in Saudi Arabia
  • A business environment analysis and business partner benchmarking exercise for a company seeking to position itself for privatisation opportunities in a Gulf Arab state
  • An investigation into the availability of foreign currency in Egypt and the means of repatriating it – and the associated reputational risks – for a multinational manufacturing company


  • Henry holds a first-class bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of York and a postgraduate degree in Middle Eastern politics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. His academic work focused on Iran’s domestic politics and the country’s foreign policy towards the Middle East. Henry is regularly invited to present at conferences, participate on panel discussions and to brief senior executives on political and business trends in the region.

    Before joining Control Risks, Henry worked for a research and advisory company that supported investors entering new markets in the Middle East and North Africa. He holds an International Risk Management Certificate with distinction from the Institute of Risk Management.

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