James Owen

Senior Partner

London

James Owen is head of Control Risks’ Cyber Security practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In this role, James supports a wide range of private and public sector organisations to identify cyber threats, develop risk management strategies and respond to attacks, breaches and extortion. James also oversees the global Cyber Threat Intelligence team, delivering forward-looking strategic intelligence and analysis to enable long-term security planning.

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James Owen is head of Control Risks’ Cyber Security practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In this role, James supports a wide range of private and public sector organisations to identify cyber threats, develop risk management strategies and respond to attacks, breaches and extortion. James also oversees the global Cyber Threat Intelligence team, delivering forward-looking strategic intelligence and analysis to enable long-term security planning.

James has spent 13 years at Control Risks advising international companies on threat, risk and crises in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Based in New Delhi, he previously oversaw the company’s operations and expansion in India and South Asia, including a wide range of market entry analysis, investment advisory and problem solving assignments, often involving physical and cyber extortion, corruption, regulatory investigations and other major crisis incidents. Before India, James was based in Moscow, where he led the company’s Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence practice in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.

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 and Central Asia. 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 cyber and risk management.

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