Giulia Zino


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Giulia is responsible for Control Risks’ analysis of political, economic and security development in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia. She has 6 years of professional experience in political risk and has advised many clients on doing business in Myanmar. Giulia has worked on numerous bespoke consulting projects across diverse sectors. Recent projects she has worked on include:

  •  A detailed corruption risk assessment of Myanmar’s oil and gas sector focusing on the corruption risks the client would face through the project lifecycle, to support internal planning and the management of potential risks presented by the complex and rapidly evolving business environment.
  • Full-country security assessments for companies looking to enter Myanmar, comprising analysis of the threats posed by communal tensions, social unrest, crime, ethnic insurgencies and terrorism.
  • Market entry assessments for several oil and gas companies participating in Myanmar’s onshore and offshore bidding rounds, focusing on political dynamics and outlook, business and macroeconomic environment, corruption and security risks.
  • A proactive monitoring service for an oil and gas company with operations in Myanmar, analysing changes in operational, political, regulatory and reputational risks through regular updates, briefing calls and quarterly in-depth reports.
  • Scenarios for the Myanmar 2015 general elections, including an assessment of how the client’s local business partners would fare under each scenario in light of their connections with the ruling party and the military, their commercial viability and business practices.

Prior to joining Control Risks, Giulia was a Senior Asia-Pacific Analyst at a UK-based global risks and investment advisory company, providing risk assessments to commercial subscribers and producing bespoke reports and consulting projects for clients in the extractive, financial, retail, pharmaceutical, agricultural and telecommunication sectors. She has also conducted research for the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews.

Giulia holds a Master’s degree in International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews, and an undergraduate degree in Political Communication Studies from LUISS University in Rome. She also studied in Beijing and Hong Kong during her high school and university years.

Giulia is a native speaker of Italian, speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese and is learning Burmese.



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