Imad Mesdoua

Senior Consultant

London

Imad leads Control Risks’ political risk consultancy engagements across Africa. He has extensive experience advising clients on investment decisions, government affairs and complex problem solving. Imad works closely with our extensive team of country analysts to design and deliver bespoke consulting engagements for companies looking to expand within or into the continent. He regularly briefs company executives on political, security and business trends in North Africa and West Africa.

  • Africa
  • Government Affairs Advisory
  • Political & Economic Analysis & Forecasting
  • Stakeholder Mapping


Imad leads Control Risks’ political risk consultancy engagements across Africa. He has extensive experience advising clients on investment decisions, government affairs and complex problem solving. Imad works closely with our extensive team of country analysts to design and deliver bespoke consulting engagements for companies looking to expand within or into the continent. He regularly briefs company executives on political, security and business trends in North Africa and West Africa.

 
Recent examples of Imad’s work include the following:
  • Project-managed the delivery of complex political risk and scenario analysi to inform the investment strategy for energy and mining clients across Africa.
  • Advised a major international oil company considering market entry to Côte d'Ivoire. 
  • Provided analysis of the business environment and stakeholder mapping for companies bidding to carry out oil and gas exploration and production activities in Nigeria.
  • Conducted board-level workshops on political and security trends in Africa.
  • Produced security threat assessments for clients across West Africa.


Imad has lived in Nigeria and Niger. In his role, he travels extensively across Africa, conducting regular research, consulting and business development trips across the continent. He is also a regular commentator on television, radio and print media on political and security dynamics on the continent. Imad has also appeared as a speaker at international conferences and as an expert witness at parliamentary hearings in the UK House of Commons in 2013 and House of Lords in 2015. 

Before joining Control Risks, Imad worked as a political risk analyst for a number of London-based risk consultancies, where he covered the Maghreb and West Africa. He holds a master's degree in International Public Policy from University College London (UCL), where he focused on the dynamics of political violence and radicalisation in the North Africa-Sahel regions. Imad also holds an International Risk Management Certificate from the Institute of Risk Management. He is fluent in Arabic, French, English and Spanish.

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