James Owen

Senior Partner

London

James Owen is head of Control Risks’ Cyber Security practice in Europe and Africa and oversees the global Cyber Threat Intelligence team. In this role, James supports a wide range of private and public sector clients identify cyber threats, develop risk management strategies and respond to potential breaches.  

  • Europe
  • Creating a Secure Organisation
  • Cyber Security


James Owen is head of Control Risks’ Cyber Security practice in Europe and Africa and oversees the global Cyber Threat Intelligence team. In this role, James supports a wide range of private and public sector clients identify cyber threats, develop risk management strategies and respond to potential breaches.

Prior to this, James ran Control Risks in India and South Asia. Based in New Delhi, he oversaw the company’s operations and expansion in the region. This included all market entry and investment advisory consulting to local and global companies, often in relation to new ventures, acquisitions and relationships, large scale compliance consulting projects and a wide range of complex problem solving assignment involving corruption, cyber, extortion, regulatory investigations and other major incidents. Before India, James was based in Moscow, where he led Control Risks’ business intelligence and investigations practice in Russia and the CIS.

James came to Control Risks from the Foreign Policy Centre, a London-based think tank, where he advised the British government and private sector clients on political governance in Russia, Central Asia and the Middle East. Prior to this he worked in management consulting for Accenture in China, Europe and the United States.

James speaks Russian and Spanish. He holds a bachelor’s degree in modern European history from York University in the UK and a master’s in Russian politics from University College London. James speaks at industry, policy and academic conferences and regularly contributes to the media on issues related to business and political risk in South Asia and Russia.

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