Ariana Issa

Director, Head of Europe and MENA



Ariana Issa

Director, Head of Europe and MENA

London, UK

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Ariana Issa is Head of Risk Advisory’s Europe, Middle East, and North Africa practice. She has extensive experience in managing complex due diligence investigations and strategic intelligence projects across Europe. 

Ariana has particular expertise in the investment banking and private equity sectors. Over the last seven years she has specialised in supporting clients in these areas with their strategic intelligence and deal-driven due diligence requirements. She has also spent time managing source of wealth assignments for private banking clients in a range of jurisdictions across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. 

Ariana joined Risk Advisory in 2018 following seven years at another London-based intelligence consultancy. She holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy and a first-class degree in Oriental Studies, both from the University of Oxford.

Project highlights:

  • Oversaw detailed investigation into the Serbian technology sector, involving extensive analysis of the wider sector and legal framework governing it, as well as the key challenges at play, combined with an analysis of external risk factors including Serbia’s EU accession. 
  • Conducted an in-depth investigation into a Scandinavian telecoms executive, including a deep dive into their integrity profile and investigation into claims they had been the subject of serious workplace complaints. 
  • Coordinated a targeted investigation into the use of commercial agents by foreign defence companies operating in Egypt. This included a sensitive set of source enquiries on the ground in Egypt in order to unpack how laws on the subject were – or weren’t – being followed.
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
    • Spanish
    • Chinese
  • Countries of expertise

    Western Europe, Middle East

  • Capabilities
    • Particular focus on integrity due diligence, including pre-transaction investigations and source of wealth investigations
    • Expertise running more strategic projects, including sector-focused market entries
    • Additional expertise conducting cultural due diligence assignments requiring detailed source enquiries 
    • Renewable energy, gaming, financial services, private equity, real estate
  • Education
    • MSc Global Governance and Diplomacy
    • MA (Hons) Oriental Studies – Chinese
    • BA Oriental Studies – Chinese

Get to know Ariana Issa

My area of expertise

A deep understanding of how to operate across the complex and heterogeneous landscape of western Europe and the Middle East. I have covered both regions for over 10 years and have particular expertise in discreet intelligence gathering, whether it’s in support of anti-corruption investigations, strategic market entry assignments, or political analyses.

Why I love what I do

Because no two projects are the same. I love the challenge of approaching every case with a fresh pair of eyes and finding answers to each client’s unique set of questions.

What sets Risk Advisory apart

Staying until the job is done.


Intelligence delivered ingeniously

Helping key decision makers, make the right commercial decisions