Yifei Zhang

Director

Beijing

Yifei leads Control Risks' operations in North China and advises international and domestic companies in China on risk management solutions. He helps companies to better understand what specific risks their businesses face and assists them to design mitigation solutions so they can seize opportunities for growth. 

  • Asia Pacific
  • Competitor Intelligence
  • Risk Assessment & Monitoring
  • Scenario Analysis and Strategy Consulting

Yifei leads Control Risks' operations in North China and advises international and domestic companies in China on risk management solutions. He helps companies to better understand what specific risks their businesses face and assists them to design mitigation solutions so they can seize opportunities for growth. 

Yifei has extensive experience providing multinational companies in China with solutions in business intelligence, reputational due diligence, and compliance-related reviews. He routinely helps clients to evaluate risks in their investment decisions, responding to and collecting information on fraud, and providing context on Chinese regulatory issues.

Yifei also regularly supports Chinese companies in going-abroad projects, and helps them to understand and prepare for dealing with complex security matters, conducting threat assessments, providing context on local political and social relationships that may affect the sustainability of their operations, and evaluating foreign business partners. 

Yifei works closely with the aviation and automotive sectors, ICT companies, as well as financial services and banking clients.


Yifei has recently led the following cases:
  • Conducted commercial due diligence, strategy setting, competitor intelligence and distribution chain analysis for a leading US construction materials manufacturer set to expand into new locations in China. 
  • Carried out in-depth background checks into Middle Eastern entities as potential partners, to assess integrity, sustainability, and availability of capital, for Chinese investment funds focused on Belt and Road initiatives.
  • Conducted reviews into compliance breaches, including whistle-blower management, for multiple multinational companies in the healthcare sector.
  • Helped numerous Chinese companies looking into investment decisions in high-risk overseas areas to evaluate their crisis and security management structures, training programmes, and market entry approaches.
  • Helped a Chinese state-owned company re-assess its security management structure for West Africa and conduct threat assessments and reviews of its plants in the region.
  • Helped design security incident response scenario-based training for a large Chinese conglomerate’s Latin America operations.


Prior to joining Control Risks, Yifei worked extensively on rare earth and mining analysis for a US-based think tank which focuses on political risk and strategic industries. He has also designed and advised on simulations and war games for various institutions in the US. Yifei graduated from Georgetown University with a master’s degree in security studies and from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He is a native speaker of Mandarin and English.

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