Jean Devlin


  • EMEA
  • Investor Services
  • ESG and Sustainable Business
  • Investor Services
  • Market Entry/Exit Risk Assessment

Jean manages Control Risks’ client engagement and business development in the United Kingdom and Ireland. She coordinates across Control Risks’ dedicated account management function and subject matter experts, to ensure solutions are best aligned to clients’ needs in the market. She is responsible for managing client relationships, business development and managing consulting engagements for a range of clients.

She has extensive experience advising clients on investment decisions, ethics and compliance issues, operational analysis and complex problem solving. She has particular expertise in the field of business and human rights, including investment in post-conflict environments, as well as in extractives, power and infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and agriculture.

Recent tasks that Jean has worked on include:

  • Leading or overseeing upwards of 100 market entry assessments for clients across EMEA in the past five years.
  • Providing ongoing analysis on geopolitical risk to a major international bank.
  • Developing strategic risk scenarios of changing political, social and regulatory attitudes to a leading UK-based institution.
  • Methodology assessment and development of responsible sourcing strategy for EU-headquartered manufacturing multinational.
  • Numerous engagements advising clients on security and human rights risk management.

  • Jean has regional expertise in sub-Saharan Africa developed over ten years and is a regular media commentator and public speaker on business implications of political and security dynamics on the continent. Prior to joining Control Risks, Jean worked at the UN as part of the Young Professionals’ Programme of the UN Industrial Development Organization, where her work focused on developing innovative financing mechanisms for agribusiness in sub-Saharan Africa, with frequent travel to the region. She previously worked as part of the UN advocacy team of International Crisis Group in New York and in the Financial Institutions Group of Goldman Sachs in London, covering banking, insurance and private-equity clients.

    Jean holds a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin, both first-class. She holds a certificate in risk management from the Institute of Risk Management. She has lived and studied in Paris and Vienna and has travelled widely in Africa. She has authored and contributed to several peer-reviewed publications on topics in development finance. In addition to her native English, Jean speaks Irish and proficient French.

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