Crispin Hawes, Political, Economic & Security Specialist, Middle East & North Africa

Crispin has been working on political, economic and security risks in the Middle East and North Africa since 1990. Over those 30 years he has advised companies, finance houses and governments on risks to investment, operations and policy in countries from Algeria to Iran and Egypt to Tanzania.

In addition to the traditional energy sector, Crispin has worked for clients in investment banking, telecoms, renewables and NGOs. In recent years, he has become increasingly involved in energy transition projects, especially in the GCC and North Africa. These currently include investment in solar and wind projects in Egypt and hydrogen prospects in the Gulf.

Having worked with consulting and analysis companies from Control Risks Group to a boutique firm focusing on upstream projects in Libya and Iraq, he established his own firm, Idrisi Advisors, in 2018.

Crispin has a BA in Arabic and a Masters in Middle East Studies including Economic Development and Islamic Law from the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS).