Laura Sharkey

Analyst

Bogotá

Laura is the principal Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Caribbean analyst for Control Risks. She provides political, operational and security risk analysis on those areas for Control Risks’ subscription services, Country Risk Forecast and PRIME, as well as undertaking tailored studies for clients operating in the country. 

  • Americas
  • Creating a Resilient Organisation
  • Political and Economic Risk Consulting


Laura is the principal Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Caribbean analyst for Control Risks. She provides political, operational and security risk analysis on those areas for Control Risks’ subscription services, Country Risk Forecast and PRIME, as well as undertaking tailored studies for clients operating in the country. Laura has lived in Colombia for five years and joined Control Risks in February 2015. 


Recent projects include:
  • Leading a detailed investigation into the threats faced by a client in the mining sector in Chile with regards to eco-terrorism, organized crime, unionized employees and political actors. The investigation assessed the likelihood that each actor could cause harm to personnel and assets.
  • Co-delivering a crisis management workshop in Santiago for a client in the energy sector, focusing on minimizing reputational risk against a number of scenarios; including cyber threats, natural hazards and employer-worker relations.
  • A detailed threat assessment covering a detailed range of security threats to an investor considering a mining investment in Peru. This included in-depth analysis of violent and non-violent crime trends, in addition to potential risks posed by other activities such as illegal mining, illegal logging and the narcotics trade.
  • Conducting a major investigation into the potential for expansion of organized crime in Puerto Rico, who was concerned about protecting an extremely high-value asset. 


Prior to joining Control Risks, Laura worked at the British Embassy in Bogotá, where she spent nearly two years as an Entry Clearance Officer, conducting risk based interviews to assess Visa applicants’ credibility and working to identify potentially fraudulent applications. Laura has also worked at Colombia’s Catholic University, collaborating with initiatives such as the Colombian Campaign against Landmines. Laura has also lived, studied, and worked in other parts of the region, including Mexico, where she worked on a British Council supported scheme in Merida, assisted on several Save the Children projects and ran a separate HIV education and support service in the local community. 

Laura holds an MA (Hons) in International Relations and Modern History from the University of St. Andrews, with a particular focus on post-conflict work in developing countries. While studying for her master’s degree, Laura conducted in-depth research on the post-conflict resolution process in South Africa, and interned as a research assistant for a number of professors. Laura is fluent in English and Spanish and has a basic command of French and Portuguese. 

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