Lucie Beranova

Associate Analyst

London

Lucie provides political and business risk analysis for companies and organizations operating in the Middle East and North Africa. Based in Control Risks’ headquarters in London, she is responsible for Control Risks’ analysis on Iran. Lucie contributes to Control Risks’ online subscription services with a special focus on political and security developments in Iran and their implication for commercial activities.

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Lucie provides political and business risk analysis for companies and organizations operating in the Middle East and North Africa. Based in Control Risks’ headquarters in London, she is responsible for Control Risks’ analysis on Iran. Lucie contributes to Control Risks’ online subscription services with a special focus on political and security developments in Iran and their implication for commercial activities. She also contributes to consulting reports for both political and integrity risk projects in the Middle East. 


Recent examples of her work include:
  • Advising a European financial services business on the compliance and reputational risks of doing business in or with Iran following the US decision to withdraw from the international nuclear agreement.  
  • Assisting a large pharmaceutical company to establish reliable and compliant payment mechanisms into and out of Iran following the reimposition of US sanctions on the country.
  • Assessing the key Iranian decision-makers with influence over a high-profile joint venture being negotiated by a leading European multinational company.
  • Due diligence investigations into nine Iranian banks for a leading international bank.
  • Conducting Persian-language media research to identify potential risks in Iran for a major UK engineering company.


Lucie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Iranian studies from Charles University in Prague and an MA with distinction in Iranian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she was awarded a university scholarship. She also studied advanced Persian at Qazvin International University, Iran. In her academic research, she concentrated on the role and methods used by Iran’s hardliners to promote their agenda. She speaks, reads and writes in fluent Persian and Arabic. Prior to joining Control Risks, Lucie was a Middle East correspondent for Czech business daily Hospodarske Noviny.

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