Huma Yusuf

Associate Director

London

Huma manages bespoke consulting, business intelligence and due diligence projects across the Middle East. She leads Control Risks’ analysis on Pakistan and Afghanistan and has delivered assessments of political, security and operational risks for US, European and Asian companies across a range of sectors. She frequently travels to the Middle East and South Asia for research and for consulting projects.

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  • MENA
  • Creating a Resilient Organisation


Huma manages bespoke consulting, business intelligence and due diligence projects across the Middle East. She leads Control Risks’ analysis on Pakistan and Afghanistan and has delivered assessments of political, security and operational risks for US, European and Asian companies across a range of sectors. She frequently travels to the Middle East and South Asia for research and for consulting projects.


Recent examples of Huma’s work include the following:
  • An assessment of political, operational, security and reputational risks for an Asian company that was diversifying its investments in Pakistan’s telecommunications sector.
  • A market-entry assessment of Afghanistan’s business environment for a European firm that was considering a joint venture with a company based in the capital Kabul. The assessment focused on regulatory and operational risks, and particularly those resulting from the overlap between the country’s political and business elites.
  • Mapping and analysis of local stakeholders and community groups that could pose security and operational threats to a power project that a European energy company was considering acquiring in Egypt.  
  • Stakeholder mapping on behalf of a financial services company to identify influential figures in key economic sectors in Saudi Arabia.
  • Benchmarking of business environments in the Gulf Arab states, with a focus on regulatory and operational risks, to inform a European company’s decision about where to locate a new production facility.
  • Comparative analysis of the economic sectors in nine Middle Eastern countries and the degree to which these sectors would have exposed our client – an NGO planning to raise funds in the region – to risks associated with corruption, terrorism financing and human rights violations.


Huma is a regular contributor to international media, including the International New York Times, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper, Foreign Policy and West Point’s CTC Sentinel. She publishes policy reports on regional security trends, foreign policy and democratic transitions at thinktanks including the United States Institute of Peace and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre. She also regularly takes part in discussions at leading policy institutes such as Chatham House and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Before joining Control Risks, Huma was part of the team that helped launch a new South Asia Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also spent seven years as a journalist based in Karachi.

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