Raul Gallegos

Director

Bogotá

Raul Gallegos is a Director at Control Risks and the head of the political risk practice in the Andean region. He is an award-winning author and political commentator who uses strategic foresight to advise clients on how to anticipate and mitigate adversity and high-risk situations.

  • Americas
  • Political and Economic Risk Consulting
  • Scenario Analysis and Strategy Consulting
  • Business Intelligence

Raul Gallegos is a Director at Control Risks and the head of the political risk practice in the Andean region. He is an award-winning author and political commentator who uses strategic foresight to advise clients on how to anticipate and mitigate adversity and high-risk situations. Raul has briefed officials at the US Department of Energy and the US State Department on politics and security issues in the Americas.


Raul’s recent projects include:
  • Lead a large business intelligence project tasked with investigating the footprint in Colombia’s armed conflict of a multinational mining company. The 3-year project, the first of its kind in Colombia, involved reviewing years of company files and debriefing employees to establish the client’s potential links with armed groups in the past, assessing its reputational and legal risk, and developing a stakeholder management strategy.
  • Building tailored risk scenarios for a global food company operating in Venezuela. The consulting project involved considering the likelihood of events such as government nationalizations from a radicalized and criminalized government, or looting amid a widespread crisis, that could impair the company’s operations, cause permanent damage to its assets, and place employees at risk. 
  • Conducted a threat assessment for a multinational energy company in Ecuador. The project involved anticipating the potential threats to a company advisor coming from political, social and community adversaries. 
  • Led the creation of the Colombia Social Risk Index (IRIS), which is meant to gauge the likelihood that protests, blockages, or social unrest can obstruct company operations, the first of its kind in the country.

 

Before joining Control Risks, Raul had a 15-year career as an international journalist, including as a foreign correspondent for Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Thomson Reuters and reporter for the LA Times. His columns and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs magazine, Reuters, and Bloomberg. Raul is the author of Crude Nation: How Oil Riches Ruined Venezuela (Potomac Books 2016), a widely praised work recommended by The New York Times, the Financial Times and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria as a must-read book to understand the Venezuelan crisis. 

Raul holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a master’s from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He was a 2010 Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Business School. 

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