Strategic intelligence

Make the right decisions with the right insights. Work with a team of leading strategic intelligence consultants to navigate the local and global dynamics impacting your business.


Get timely and actionable intelligence to inform your decisions, policies and programmes. Our team cuts through the noise to help you make sense of the diverse dynamics in your industry and jurisdictions, providing you with high-quality insight, every time.

With a deep understanding of the operating environment, global network and customer-tailored approach, I was able to get exactly what I needed from S-RM.

Chambers & Partners, Crisis & Risk Management 2023

Why S-RM?

Bespoke solutions

We map your precise intelligence requirements based on your unique exposure and objectives, answering your direct questions.

Partnership approach

We are your go-to provider for ongoing expertise or added support when you need it most.

Chambers ranked

Ranked in Chambers & Partners Crisis & Risk Management Guide 2023 for Global-Wide Political Risk.


Understand global developments

Global developments can affect your business and your bottom line. At S-RM, we help you identify, prioritise and mitigate the unique set of risks your organisation faces.

  • Geopolitical analysis that’s driven by an understanding of the consequences of global developments on your business.
  • Support with political risk analysis, as part of an investment or operational feasibility considerations. 
  • Comprehensive threat assessments, tailored to your unique exposure or jurisdiction.

Anticipate impending issues

We know your business can be faced with impending change, challenges, or crises. We’ll help you take a horizon scanning posture within your business, and proactively monitor changing security, geopolitical, and social dynamics to elevate your risk management capabilities.  

  • Regular intelligence reporting to track key trends and shifts in your markets.
  • Systematic horizon scanning to identify emerging issues which may present threats or opportunities to your business.
  • Scenario mapping that defines critical uncertainties and develops plausible descriptions of future events or developments.
  • Support with targeted intelligence monitoring and informing scenario planning and risk management processes. 
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Case Study

Tailored intelligence providing over-the-horizon insights

We provide regular, relevant intelligence reporting to a large multinational food and beverages company that covers key issues critical to their objectives. With insights into the latest sustainability practices in their sector, shifting regulations relative to their global footprint and wider geopolitical and macroeconomic trends that can impact their value chain, from sourced commodities to point-of-sales, we help our client identify emergent risks and opportunities for their business.

Dependable, predictably good results; thorough, transparent communication

Multinational food and beverages company

Case Study

Scenario mapping to navigate shifting political risks

Ahead of an investment in South Africa, a UK-based financial services firm approached S-RM to analyse political risk in their new market. With elections around the corner, and concerns over the country’s foreign policy posture toward Russia, we developed a tailored assessment embedded in a bespoke scenario mapping exercise to assess the current and emergent political risk factors in the country. Our scenarios were designed to help our client in anticipating the development of a specific path unfolding, alongside ‘signals’ of a pending future and its associated political risk(s) relative to their investment.

The biggest strength we perceive is the openness and responsiveness of all the teams we work with. Always willing to help us and our clients out and turn around requests quickly

Global insurance provider 

Case Study

Threat landscaping and monitoring across a growing footprint

A leading technology company tasked S-RM with the design and delivery of a tailored threat assessment alongside regular threat monitoring. The objective was to help our client better understand the capabilities of nation-state actors, criminal groups, and socially or politically motivated actors and their intent to act against our client. Having mapped out the threat landscape relative to the client’s profile and footprint, we provided ongoing monitoring of the key threat actors which could present a threat to our client’s operations and strategic objectives.

S-RM has been consistently fast to respond, and always at the right level.

Chambers & Partners, Crisis & Risk Management Guide  2023

Meet our experts

Industry-leading strategic intelligence requires sharp-minded individuals. At S-RM, we’re proud to champion our talented team. We’re able to provide consultative services for the world’s largest businesses. 

Gala Riani
Gala Riani
Head of Strategic Intelligence

Gala started her career working for the then nascent Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), initially as a political advisor to the KRG’s Nordic representative in Stockholm and subsequently as an advisor to the Minister of Sports and Youth in Erbil. She later moved to London to join IHS Global Insight (now IHS Markit) as a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) analyst, and subsequently managed the company’s MENA regional desk. She spent five years with Control Risks, leaving that company as a Director in the Global Risk Analysis department, where she managed consulting engagements, subscription products and the company’s MENA analysts. Before joining S-RM in 2020, Gala worked as a freelance political risk and due diligence consultant covering MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Gala has a BA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University, an MSc in Theory and History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic. Gala speaks Kurdish, Swedish and basic Persian.

Gabrielle Reid
Gabrielle Reid
Associate Director, Strategic Intelligence

Gabrielle Reid is Associate Director for S-RM’s Strategic Intelligence practice. With over 10 years in the industry, Gabrielle works closely with our clients to develop tailored strategic intelligence and risk management solutions based on their locations, exposure and objectives, analysing changing (geo)political, security and regulatory landscapes to better inform decision-making. She has led on the development of S-RM’s methodology-led approach across our threat assessments, (geo)political risk analysis, scenario mapping and horizon scanning products, working hand-in-hand with our clients to help address their unique needs. Prior to joining S-RM, Gabrielle worked for a travel risk advisory firm, and assisted in the planning and coordination of non-medical evacuations.

Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Politics and Psychology, a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Justice and Transformation (Conflict Resolution), and a Master’s Degree in International Relations, specialising in terrorism threats in East Africa.

Markus Korhonen
Markus Korhonen
Senior Associate, Strategic Intelligence

Markus has over a decade’s experience in political analysis and risk consulting. He joined S-RM in 2018, and since then he has led on a range of projects globally. Within the Strategic Intelligence practice, Markus works with clients to develop tailored intelligence outputs, as well as overseeing S-RM’s Global Security Insight threat intelligence platform.

Before joining S-RM, he worked as a lecturer at the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, and at Webster University’s campus in Accra, teaching a variety of political science courses including International Political Economy and Comparative Politics. He also worked as a writer for Africa Check, the continent’s first fact-checking organisation. Markus holds an MSc by Research in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and an MA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen. He also holds an International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management (IRMCert).

Gala Riani
Gala Riani

Head of Strategic Intelligence

Gabrielle Reid
Gabrielle Reid

Associate Director, Strategic Intelligence

Markus Korhonen
Markus Korhonen

Senior Associate, Strategic Intelligence

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