Nicola leads Control Risks’ Special Risks Analysis team, which tracks kidnapping-for-ransom and other extortive crime trends globally as part of Control Risks’ Confidential Crisis Response practice. The analysts’ primary responsibilities are to provide operational support to deployed consultants working on active kidnap-for-ransom and other acute crises; to maintain up-to-date analysis of kidnapping and extortion trends on Control Risks’ online platform CORE; and to produce bespoke analysis detailing kidnap-for-ransom trends for clients’ individual risk exposure.
Recent tasks that Nicola has worked on include:
Nicola has been an expert in kidnapping and extortion trends for several years, previously serving on the Special Risks Analysis team as a Senior Analyst and an Analyst covering the Middle East and Asia. Prior to joining Control Risks, Nicola worked as an analyst for the UK government. She was responsible for analysing the intent and capability of militant networks based in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Southeast Asia and Central Asia to harm UK assets in those countries and in the UK. Nicola has a BA Joint Honours degree in French and German from the University of Kent and has lived in Germany and Switzerland.