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 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.
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.
Pia joined CRI from the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Mexico City, where she conducted research in the international trade and industry unit. Previously, she gained professional experience at the trade department of the Austrian Embassy in Buenos Aires as well as the political section of the Austrian Embassy in Mexico City.
Pia has a first-class MSc in Emerging Economies and International Development from King’s College London and a BSc in International Business and Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Pia speaks German, Spanish and French, and she is currently learning Portuguese.
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