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Ian Betts

Direct, Mainland Southeast Asia and Head of Risk Intelligence

Tel: +66 95 369 0300 | Email: Ian.Betts@hill-assoc.com


Ian Betts is the Service Line Leader for Risk Intelligence for Hill & Associates, based in Bangkok, where he serves as Country Manager for Thailand. Ian specialises in country and political risk analysis, producing reports for corporate clients across the region. Ian has also led numerous investigations and crisis and security engagements in Indonesia and Thailand with more than 20 years of security and consulting experience in Asia.

Ian’s recent consulting experience includes:

•Led an investigation into suspected Plant Variety Protected (PVP) seed theft, cultivation, harvest, processing and sale across Thailand for a major MNC agribusiness company. The investigation was comprised of multiple work streams including field work, due diligence, DNA testing and other methodologies.

•Led a study into sentiment perception and analysis utilising online monitoring platforms and tools during the ongoing political risk crisis in Hong Kong for a major US MNC corporation.

•Led the company’s Asia Viewpoint report series on topics ranging from cyber security and election risk to geopolitical threats and trends and developments in regional terrorism, with briefings and presentations in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta and other capitals.

•Led an intensive study for a major US gaming and entertainment corporation into the market and business environment for a new venture in the Maldives amid the contentious political environment there.

Ian worked in business consultancy between 1996 and 2006, joining Hill & Associates in 2007 to lead the company’s Risk Intelligence Service in Indonesia and establishing the company’s Viewpoint Report Series, earning him a reputation as a prominent researcher on country and political risk. Ian served as Country Manager for Hill & Associates in Indonesia from 2009 to 2014, relocating to London in 2015 as Global Head of Risk Analysis for G4S Risk Consulting, leading a team of analysts there alongside Hill & Associates’ own analysts in Asia. In 2017 he returned to Southeast Asia to lead the company’s operations in Thailand, Vietnam, and the broader Mekong sub-region. As Service Line Leader for Risk Intelligence, he manages a team of analysts throughout the region. In April 2018 he was designated Director for Mainland Southeast Asia. Ian graduated from Exeter University with a Master’s degree in International Studies, majoring in governance, political Islam and political risk analysis. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in the Humanities (Politics and Philosophy) and is certified in Intractable Conflict Training, Comparative Community Development and Islamic Studies. Ian speaks fluent English, Danish and Indonesian.