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Management Team
Management Team
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Oleg Babinov
Oleg heads the Group’s Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia practice.  He is a regular commentator at conferences and in the media on politics and business in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He was a founder of the Group.

Josu Beristain
Josu joined Risk Advisory in 2012 as head of Finance.  Josu has over 20 years’ experience and has worked in both accounting and international corporations in senior finance management and audit roles.

David Claridge
David was a founding member of our Security Intelligence and Analysis practice in 2001. He was head of this practice until 2012 when he was appointed Chief Information Officer for the company. He is a specialist in terrorism and was involved in the establishment of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews.  He is the author of numerous papers, essays and articles on international security.

Walter Courage
Walter had a career in the British Army, retiring at the rank of major general. During his army career he commanded the UN force in Cyprus and also played a key role in negotiating and implementing the drawdown of British Forces from Germany in the early 1990s, for which he was made a Companion of the Bath. He was a founder of the Group.

Brendan McGloin
Brendan is Head of Risk Advisory’s Hong Kong office and also manages the Business Intelligence Asia practice. He joined the Group in 2009 and has been responsible for projects across South-East Asia and Greater China.

Rebecca Palser
Rebecca joined the Group in 2003 and is Risk Advisory’s Global Product Director. A trained barrister, she was head of the Litigation Support team, and subsequently Head of our Hong Kong office, before returning to London to develop LUMA, our online due diligence portal.

Chris Rowley
Chris is head of the Washington DC office of Risk Advisory. He joined the Group in 2003 and worked at the headquarters office in London before relocating to the USA in 2010. He has particular expertise in Latin America and is a Spanish speaker.

Tom Russell
Tom re-joined Risk Advisory as director of Business Intelligence EMEA and Asia after nine years at KPMG, where he led a 20-strong Forensic Corporate Intelligence team. He has 15 years’ experience of managing and leading hundreds of complex due diligence and investigative research projects across multiple sectors and geographies. Tom is a fluent French and German speaker.

Evgeny Tarasov
Evgeny was a founder of the Group in 1997.  He is Head of Operations of Risk Advisory’s Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia practice, and head of the Moscow office.

Günther von Billerbeck
Günther is the head of operations for the Business Intelligence practice.  He has some 15 years’ experience in international affairs, including with NATO, the UN, and consultancies in the business intelligence and strategic advisory industries.

Michael Whittington
Michael joined the company in January 2013, as Head of the Employee Screening practice. Michael has over 20 years’ experience in the employee screening industry at senior management level, and spent several years in a global HR Risk and Governance role.

Henry Wilkinson
Henry joined Risk Advisory in 2006 and was appointed Head of Intelligence and Analysis in 2012. He has overall responsibility for the Group’s worldwide political and security intelligence gathering, risk and threat assessments and analytical products and services.

Gary Wood
Gary founded our Security Consulting practice in 2001. He was formerly in the British Army and served for some years in UK Special Forces. He is the head of the Group’s Dubai office and oversees our global security operations.

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