John Bray


  • Asia Pacific
  • ESG and Sustainable Business
  • Political and Country Risk
  • Ethics and Compliance Consulting

John Bray is a risk consultant and policy specialist with more than 35 years’ experience in Asia, Europe and Africa. His particular areas of expertise include: anti-corruption strategies for the private sector; business and human rights; and private sector policy issues in conflict-affected areas. He is currently based in Singapore.

Recent tasks that John has worked on include:

  • advising an international company on the human rights implications of its corporate engagement programme in Myanmar;
  • assisting international companies with their crisis management strategies in response to the February 2021 military coup in Myanmar;
  • a detailed anti-corruption review for an international company operating in India, with a focus on the practical operational challenges of dealing with officials at the local and state levels;
  • designing a set of anti-corruption and anti-bribery procedures regarding commercial agents, consultants and representatives for a Japanese company working in the Middle East;
  • working with an international development agency to develop a set of integrity risk criteria when selecting private sector partners in Southeast Asia;
  • serving as the lead consultant for a UK Department for International Development (DfID) project to provide guidance on corruption and human rights for international companies in Pakistan, Mexico, and Kenya.

    His other public sector assignments include special projects for the World Bank, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He has also worked on projects with a number of NGOs including International Alert and Transparency International. In October 2018, in his capacity as a compliance specialist, he presented oral evidence to the UK House of Lords Committee on the Bribery Act.  

    In addition to his work with external clients, John has also been leading on Control Risks’ own approach to business ethics: he is the main author of our Human Rights Policy and our Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy, and designed our internal human rights training and anti-corruption training packages for Control Risks consultants. 

    His publications include articles for International Review of the Red Cross, the World Today and International Affairs, as well as a series of specialist essays and discussion papers on Myanmar.

    John taught for three years in Kenya and India before joining Control Risks as a country analyst. He led Control Risks’ political risk team in London. He then spent 12 years based in Japan before moving to Singapore.

    John has an MA in History from the University of Cambridge. He speaks plausible German, passable French, conversational Hindi, and survival Japanese.

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