Henry Smith

Partner

London

Henry is the head of our Europe and Africa business intelligence practice. Henry is based in London, leading an integrated practice of country experts and business intelligence specialists in London, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Lagos, Berlin, Moscow, Amsterdam, Paris and Milan. It provides decision-making advice with regards to third party risk management, and support to our clients evaluating growth and expansion opportunities, and in resolving acute or unclear challenges and problems.

  • Europe
  • Due Diligence
  • Stakeholder Mapping
  • Market Entry Assessment

 

Henry is the head of our Europe and Africa business intelligence practice. Henry is based in London, leading an integrated practice of country experts and business intelligence specialists in London, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Lagos, Berlin, Moscow, Amsterdam, Paris and Milan. It provides decision-making advice with regards to third party risk management, and support to our clients evaluating growth and expansion opportunities, and in resolving acute or unclear challenges and problems.

Henry has extensive experience providing advice to senior decision-makers in private sector and government-owned entities, including on critical investment decisions, country entry and exit strategies, problem resolution, and risk management. He was previously based in our Dubai office from where he led our political risk consulting in the Middle East and North Africa. This included designing and running our due diligence and political risk consulting for clients that were considering business with Iran under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal.


Recent examples of Henry’s work include:
  • Managing the delivery of stakeholder profiles and mapping for the senior leadership of one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies.
  • Delivering a stakeholder mapping and business intelligence project for a multinational company that was considering an acquisition in Morocco.
  • Delivering a country risk assessment and embedding a due diligence framework for a logistics company that wanted to ensure that its business was compliant with sanctions against Iran.
  • Managing the delivery of a global retainer for a ministry interested in geopolitical risk and geoeconomic developments, energy diplomacy, and international trade.
  • Advising multiple multinational companies on market entry strategies in emerging markets, including in the oil and gas, petrochemicals, automotive, telecommunications, retail and manufacturing sectors. 


Henry has a 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.

Before Control Risks, Henry worked for an advisory company that supported companies entering North Africa. He holds an International Risk Management Certificate from the Institute of Risk Management and recently completed the Oxford Scenarios Programme at Said Business School (University of Oxford), which focuses on how senior decision-makers can use scenario planning methodologies to inform strategy and planning. He is regularly invited to present at conferences, participate on panel discussions, speak to the media, and to brief senior executives on global and regional political and business trends.

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