Rebecca Hughes

Associate Director

  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Investor Services
  • Ethics, Compliance and Governance
  • Crisis Readiness, Response and Recovery

Rebecca is a London-based associate director in Control Risks’ Business Intelligence practice covering the Middle East and North Africa. Rebecca leads complex, multi-country business intelligence, investment-support due diligence, fraud-focused network analysis and crisis- and dispute-support projects. She has a particular focus on emerging markets and operationally challenging jurisdictions.

Recent tasks that Rebecca has worked on include:

  • Long-running risk management support for an international client involved in a dispute with a North African state-owned entity
  • Multiple market entry due diligence and network mapping assessments in the Gulf region, to support clients considering investment opportunities and politically exposed partners
  • Business intelligence assessment focused on corruption issues in the Maghreb’s industrial ports and customs environment
  • Sanctions evasion investigations in the Gulf region and Iran’s maritime sectors
  • Conflict-of-interest investigation spanning several jurisdictions in the Maghreb, to support a client’s internal investigation of a long-standing distributor
  • Multiple business intelligence assessments in Libya, Yemen, and Iraq, responding to specific concerns, threats and corruption issues impacting business operations
  • Rebecca spent three years in Control Risks’ MENA hub in Dubai, before relocating to the company’s headquarters in London in 2020.

    Prior to joining Control Risks, Rebecca worked for a UK-based charitable arts organisation and for a London-based think tank, focused on nuclear security issues in the Middle East. She has worked and travelled extensively across the MENA region, including in Iran, Syria, and Iraq.

    Rebecca holds a master’s degree in English Literature and Persian from the University of Edinburgh.

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