Chris Robinson

Managing Director

Chris founded CRI in 2012 after eight years working in-house and as a consultant for leading international business intelligence consultancies in London and New York. He has managed thousands of intelligence gathering projects globally working for a range of corporate clients including investment banks, fund managers, corporations, private equity, law firms and financial services firms in addition to non-governmental and cultural organisations. A dual UK-US national, Chris is recognised as an expert at conducting and managing investigations in both markets.

Chris previously worked at GPW, overseeing long-running investigations in Russia and the Middle East, interviewing whistleblowers globally and advising senior executives. He has worked for Control Risks in London and New York managing their largest investment banking client relationship and he started his career at Quest Investigations.

Chris graduated from Cambridge University and has a MA in Social and Political Sciences.


Hugo Goodchild

Head of Operations

Hugo joined CRI from a boutique corporate intelligence firm based in Switzerland where he worked as an analyst focusing on emerging and frontier markets. He previously worked for Ascent Africa, a private equity firm investing in Sub-Saharan Africa, supporting its research and analysis for its East African based fund.

Hugo has a first-class BSc in Geography and a MSc in International Development from the Global Development Institute, both from the University of Manchester.

Julia Wilton


Based in DC, Julia has seven years of experience as an investigator, most recently as a senior director in K2 Integrity’s Investigations and Risk Advisory practice. She previously worked as a consultant for the UN Development Programme’s Regional Bureau for Arab States in Amman, Jordan.

Julia has an MS in global affairs, summa cum laude, with a concentration in transnational security from New York University and a BA (Hons.) in political science and peace, conflict, and justice studies from the University of Toronto. She has working level proficiency in both French and German.


Varvara Vassilieva

Senior Analyst

Varvara graduated from Cambridge University with a triple first-class BA in Human, Social and Political Science with a focus on political science and international relations.

Whilst at Cambridge Varvara worked as a Research Director at London Politica, a student-run political risk and intelligence consultancy. Varvara has previously conducted research on human rights in the former Soviet Union for the Eastern Europe and Central Asia office of Amnesty International and authored a paper for the OSCE on Central Asian integration. Her research on legacies of authoritarianism in Russia was published in the Cambridge Journal of Political Affairs in 2020.

Varvara speaks Russian and German.

Toby Chitayat


Toby previously worked at a research firm in Bahrain, supporting a range of private and public sector entities across the MENA region on questions of public policy, procurement, supply chain security and border defence.

Toby has a first-class BA in English from King’s College London and an MA in War Studies from Oxford University. He speaks German, French and Italian.


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