Based in Control Risks’ Paris office, Valentin provides political, operational and security risk analysis on West and Central Africa, including Côte d’Ivoire, Chad, Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville. He is a regular contributor to Control Risks’ subscription services CORE, and undertakes bespoke consultancy engagements for clients operating in the region.
Valentin works across a broad range of sectors, including oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, telecoms and international development. He has particular experience advising extractives clients as they enter new markets in the region, and supporting clients operating in complex security environments. Valentin also works with French companies operating or considering operations across sub-Saharan Africa.
Recent tasks that Valentin has worked on include:
Before joining Control Risks, Valentin worked for the International Crisis Group (ICG) in Brussels, covering political and security developments in sub-Saharan Africa. He also worked for the Fund for Peace (FFP) in Washington, DC, undertaking research on violence in Nigeria and on issues of state fragility.
Valentin holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Political Science from McGill University. He is fluent in English and French, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.