Our network of associates include former ministers, senior military commanders, ambassadors, military attaches and other senior professionals with deep expertise across the globe, including Latin America, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Horn of Africa, Australasia, Asia and Central & Eastern Europe.
By working with Strategia you benefit from the ‘value add’ of our regional expertise as well as our network of industry and technical specialists. All our teams can deploy worldwide, sometimes at very short notice, in order to properly understand the environment in which you operate. By being independent, ‘on-the-ground’ and by ‘walking and talking’ inside the company, in the communities and with the key stakeholders, including governments, media and NGOs, we are able to identify and gain a deep understanding of the source of the issues and risks facing your company which may not always be apparent to the boardroom. As well as providing an experienced ‘boots on the ground’ capability, our teams can also reach back for advice and expertise from our wider associate and partner base, giving you access to the extensive combined knowledge and experience of our people.
CASE STUDY – COTE D’IVOIRE
A mining company with a concession to establish a gold mine in Cote D’Ivoire were given 12 months to monetize the mine. They asked for a full ‘360’ – technical and non technical – review of the risks to achieving this.
We partnered with a technical consultancy to conduct a risk assessment which identified that of the ten ‘showstoppers’, eight were ‘non-technical’, ESG and security related risks.
The findings were a revelation for the CEO who admitted that he and his team had spent 80% of their time focused on only 20% of the (technical) risk. We put together an integrated risk management plan for the company to take to their investors.
CASE STUDY – AFRICA
Incoming CEO of a major African conservation charity requested a comprehensive risk assessment and risk register and security review.
Our Africa specialists conducted a bespoke ‘360’ risk assessment of the operations across Sub-Saharan Africa together with a detailed security review of the Head Office operation in Nairobi.
Risks which affected the client’s strategy were identified, followed by clear and incisive recommendations, giving the new CEO the basis for his 5 year strategic plan.
CASE STUDY – PAKISTAN
A leading sports broadcaster required a comprehensive risk assessment in order to satisfy their insurers that they could safely cover a high-profile sporting event in Pakistan which – if successfully televised to the world – could set the conditions for Pakistan to return to the international cricket stage after an absence of 9 years due to the security situation in the country.
A two-man team from Strategia Worldwide with extensive experience in Pakistan conducted an initial reconnaissance followed by an in-depth analysis of the risks associated with the client delivering the task. An Associate Director then deployed with the client to provide day to day risk assessment and high-level liaison with the Pakistan security forces.
Armed with the Strategia Worldwide risk report, the client was able to secure insurance cover for the duration of the deployment. Not only was the original task a complete success, but the client was also able to compete for and win a further high profile event from a major media company as a direct result of being able to demonstrate their ability to operate in Pakistan.
CASE STUDY – CAUCASUS
Prevention of access to mine by violent protesters leading to project delay and an unforeseen cost, tens of $m per week, that was threatening the company’s balance sheet.
A partner deployed to assess the situation working with the client’s security manager – supported up by Strategia’s regional and ESG expertise on a ‘reach back’ basis. Consultation with company staff, local and national level stakeholders, along with physical reconnaissance of the area, revealed that the issue was multi-dimensional, involving third parties who were active ‘behind the scene’. We then ran a workshop with the mine’s management to explore options to resolve the impasse.
our recommendations prevented an escalation of the situation that would have been disastrous for the company’s long-term License to Operate.
CASE STUDY – KAZAKHSTAN
At very short notice we were tasked to conduct a risk assessment for a company considering the purchase of a mine in Central Asia.
We deployed within 36 hours and delivered an in-country risk assessment within 10 days.
Our report played a vital role in the Board decision making process.
What our clients say
“Strategia’s Africa specialists conducted a bespoke ‘360’ risk assessment of AWF operations across Sub-Saharan Africa together with a detailed security review of our Head Office operation in Nairobi. Risks which affected our strategy were identified, followed by clear and incisive recommendations. Strategia’s deep knowledge of the geo-political space we operate in, combined with their unparalleled on the ground practical experience gave us a unique opportunity to review our approach to risk.”Tom Ogilvie-GrahamCEO African Wildlife Foundation
“Strategia’s proactive, integrated approach to managing risk in complex, difficult and challenging environments is unique. It has particular relevance to the mining industry, both for new projects, and for existing businesses which are in challenging circumstances.”Tom AlbaneseCEO Vedanta
“Partnering with Strategia Worldwide for the production of a strategic risk assessment, for our work in support of the Pakistan Cricket Board, was an inspired choice. Not only was their team of risk experts able to identify and mitigate the complex challenges associated with working in Pakistan before our team deployed, but their support on the ground ensured not only the complete success of our original contract but also allowed us to successfully bid for further work in the region. We have complete confidence in Strategia’s ability to deliver the support we need, where and when we need it and would have no hesitation in using their services again.”Sara BondHead of Legal, Sunset & Vine