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Jean Devlin
Partner at Control Risks


Jean leads political risk consulting engagements for Control Risks’ clients across Europe and Africa. She has extensive experience advising clients on investment decisions, ethics and compliance issues, operational analysis and complex problem solving. She has particular expertise in the field of business and human rights, including investment in post-conflict environments, as well as in extractives, power and infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and agriculture.

Jean has regional expertise in sub-Saharan Africa developed over ten years, and is a regular media commentator and public speaker on business implications of political and security dynamics on the continent. Before Control Risks, Jean worked at the UN as part of the Young Professionals’ Programme of United Nations Industrial Development Organization where her work focused on developing innovative financing mechanisms for agribusiness in sub-Saharan Africa, with frequent travel to the region. She previously worked as part of the UN advocacy team of International Crisis Group in New York and in the Financial Institutions Group of Goldman Sachs in London, covering banking, insurance and private-equity clients. 

Jean holds a Masters of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin, both first-class. She holds a certificate in risk management from the Institute of Risk Management. She has authored and contributed to peer-reviewed publications on topics in development finance. In addition to her native English, Jean speaks Irish and proficient French. 

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  • Conducting business with emerging markets