Zainab Animashaun

Senior Analyst

  • Africa
  • Risk Monitoring
  • Ethics, Compliance and Governance
  • Risk Assessments
  • Litigation and Dispute Support
  • ESG and Sustainable Business
  • Political and Country Risk
  • Investment Support
  • CORE

Zainab Animashaun is a Senior Analyst in Control Risks, based in Lagos. She advises on political and economic risks across Anglophone West Africa, with a focus on Nigeria. She has over 10 years’ experience as a legal, risk and compliance professional and has advised many public and private sector organisations across the African continent.

Zainab regularly contributes to Control Risks’ online risk-monitoring subscription service – CORE – and supports clients operating across the region with bespoke consultancy engagements. 


Examples of Zainab’ engagements include:  
  • Conducting stakeholder mapping exercises and assessing the associated political and regulatory risks to market entry in various countries including Ghana and Nigeria. 
  • Preparing political and operational risks monitoring reports on various countries including Ghana and Nigeria.  
  • CORE monitoring, analysis, and scenarios forecasting on political and operational risks across various sectors. 

Before joining Control Risks, Zainab was a Legal Advisor in the Chief Investment Office at Rwanda Development Board, where she reviewed national investment policies and negotiated strategic investment agreements on behalf of the Government of Rwanda. She had prior experience as a Partner at Primera Africa Legal, where she advised the Government of Nigeria on public policy, public-private partnerships (PPP), and assisted multinationals with entry into and doing business in Nigeria. She was also Policy and Strategic Planning Adviser at the Nigerian Bar Association, where she advised on access to justice, conflict, and security issues. 

Zainab holds a Master of Laws in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick and is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor in Nigeria. She is an Oxford Policy Fellowship Alumna and has published articles on public policy and economic development issues in Africa. 

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