Speaker Profile

HECKER Charles

Job TitleSenior Partner

Company NameControl Risks



Charles Hecker, Senior Partner

Charles is responsible for shaping Control Risks’ thought leadership on geopolitics, global security, political risk and their impact on international business. Charles speaks at industry, policy and academic conferences and represents the company’s work to the international media.

Charles has lead responsibility for the company’s annual flagship publication, RiskMap. Charles is additionally on the steering committee of Control Risks’ joint venture with Oxford Economics, a world leader in macroeconomic forecasting.

Prior to assuming his current role, Charles was Director, Europe & Africa, Corporate Investigations. In this capacity, Charles supervised Control Risks’ investigations activities across one of the company’s largest regions. These included due diligence, business intelligence, problem-solving, and anti-fraud/anti-corruption services. Charles oversaw more than 100 professionals and staff across the region, covering offices in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Moscow, Lagos and Johannesburg.

Prior to joining Control Risks, Charles was a reporter for The Moscow Times, an English-language daily newspaper in Russia. Charles also worked as a reporter for The Miami Herald in Florida, where he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, US journalism’s highest award. He has an honours BA in Russian and Soviet Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He also has an MA in Soviet Regional Studies from the Russian Research Center (now the Davis Center) at Harvard University. He is a fluent Russian speaker.


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