In 2017 I decided to leave the “safety” of a full time job in Iraq to start my own Risk Consultancy business with partners in Canada. This was a huge step away from my experience of working as a consultant for Marsh and Zurich in the early 2000’s as well as from my roles as risk manager at various organisations across Asia and the Middle East.
I am a keen traveler and have visited, lived and worked in countries across the world. One of the most interesting aspects of travel is getting a deeper understanding of culture and society. I think this is one of the reasons Iraq was such an attractive proposition for me as it offered me a unique opportunity to visit a country in a very specific situation which I would otherwise never be able to experience through normal travel. However a new challenge was sought and my own business has so far been the right decision for me.
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I initially decided to write about my experiences in Iraq and make this a dedicated blog on risks in Iraq. I have since decided that there are many regular risks I have been exposed to in this job as well as throughout my career and have therefore decided to extend the blog to Risk Management in general alongside the specific experiences of Iraq.
I am hoping to share my knowledge & experience of best practice risk management, specific risks, setting up a business as well as providing insight into what it’s like working in Iraq, in the extreme heat, confined to a camp and working on a shift rotation basis. What kind of risks can you expect to find working in Iraq? I hope to share some of the strategic, project and operational risks of working here. Some I will cover more generally and some I will be more specific about. Some of my findings I intend to share may be unexpected.
About Me – Alexander Larsen
President of Baldwin Global Risk Services Ltd, I am a Middle East & Africa “Risk Manager of the year” award winner & Certified Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management holding a Risk Management degree. I have a passion for, and proven track record of, building successful risk cultures within organisations and creating/implementing sustainable Risk Management Frameworks even in the most challenging circumstances.
Other key areas of expertise are Business Continuity Management, Project Risk Management and Partnership Risk. Whilst having on-site & hands on Oil and Gas experience across MENA with the largest companies & projects in the world, I also have extensive consulting experience in finance, utilities, transport, education & public sectors from the UK and globally.
Throughout my career I have provided thought leadership, writing articles on Risk Management issues, being an expert speaker and chair at conferences on a wide range of risk management topics and running full day masterclasses. More recently, I have contributed chapters in a couple of Risk Management Books published in the USA and in October 2016, I was awarded the Middle East & Africa (MEA) Risk Manager of the year award by my peers, a highlight of my career. I am available on Twitter and Linkedin (Twitter – @AlexLarsen_Risk) (Linkedin – Alexander Larsen)
Most recently I have left Iraq after 4 years back and forth in the country to set up my own Company, Baldwin Global Risk Services Ltd, based out of Scotland and servicing clients across Europe & the Middle East. We are a consortium member of the Baldwin Global Brand (website – www.baldwinglobal.com) (Twitter – @baldwinglobal) (Linkedin – Baldwin Global) (Facebook – @BaldwinGlobalRisk)