James McAlpine


  • Asia Pacific
  • Operational and Protective Services
  • Risk Monitoring
  • Due Diligence

Based in Singapore, James has regional responsibility for Control Risks’ Crisis & Security Consulting and Cyber Security practices across all of our Asia Pacific sub-regions. Leading a team of experts, he ensures our clients’ needs are met when it comes to physical security support, crisis management, business continuity and resilience planning, security training and cyber security consulting.

Over nearly 20 years with Control Risks, James has played a number of key roles in London, Singapore and India, advising MNCs and local organisations on strategies to most effectively manage the risks to their businesses and maximise their commercial opportunities. In particular, he was previously the head of Control Risks' Markets & Partnerships (M&P) division in Asia Pacific for over five years, and had responsibility for ensuring effective account management, business development and marketing strategies were implemented across the region. Prior to that, he spent three years as the Senior Managing Director for Control Risks in India and South Asia where, based in New Delhi, he held overall responsibility for our business throughout the subcontinent.

Before that, James managed a team of senior consultants in Singapore focused on business development and key account management across South-East Asia for five years, and prior to that he managed the Asia-Pacific section of Control Risks’ Information Services.

Recent work overseen by James includes:

  • Crisis response for a manufacturing client facing threats of violence and kidnap from organised crime elements in the local community in India.
  • Crisis response and intelligence-gathering for the South-East Asia family office of a high-net worth individual facing extortive threats.
  • Project managing a global programme of physical security penetration tests for multiple corporate offices of a financial services client. 
  • Strategic and tactical consulting advice to a major MNC preparing for and executing a significant restructuring in its local business in India, including severing its joint venture with a local partner.
  • A major investigation for a US manufacturing company into multiple whistle-blower allegations of corruption and tax evasion at its Indian subsidiary, which involved complex computer forensics and data analytics.

Before joining Control Risks, James worked as a journalist with the Bangkok Post newspaper in Thailand, and as an analyst for IBM in the UK. James holds a BA (Hons) degree in French and German from Manchester University, and a MLITT degree in Irish and Scottish Studies from Kings College, Aberdeen University. He also holds the International Certificate of Risk Management (Distinction) from the UK Institute of Risk Management (IRM).


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