James Owen

Senior Partner

Delhi

James Owen is a Senior Partner for India and South Asia. Based in New Delhi, he has overall responsibility for Control Risks in the subcontinent, supporting a wide range of private and public sector clients through comprehensive risk mitigation strategies. 

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James Owen is a Senior Partner for India and South Asia. Based in New Delhi, he has overall responsibility for Control Risks in the subcontinent, supporting a wide range of private and public sector clients through comprehensive risk mitigation strategies.

Since joining Control Risks, James has worked in London, Moscow and Delhi. He previously led the firm’s investment support and investigations business in South Asia, having earlier led the same practice in Russia and the CIS.


In South Asia, James has:

  • Overseen a broad range of market entry, investment support and political, operational and security risk assessment work in relation to new ventures, acquisitions and relationships.
  • Acted as a strategic advisor to domestic and foreign companies facing corruption and regulatory investigations, often involving a combination of stakeholder mapping, intelligence gathering and crisis management support.
  • Led on numerous complex problem-solving tasks, helping clients overcome political, integrity and security challenges and implement robust compliance and risk management programmes.


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, with a particular focus on Iran. 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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