Raúl Gallegos is Practice Leader for Control Risks’ political risk analysis team in the Andean region. He is a leading expert in Venezuela and provides clients with a view of economic, political and security risks and how they impact business in the Andes and frontier markets like Guyana. Raúl has expertise advising Fortune 500 companies, especially in the oil and gas business, on how to operate in challenging environments. Raúl’s columns and articles have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, and Foreign Affairs magazine. He has been a guest commentator on CNN and CNBC and has been called to provide expert opinion on Venezuela to officials at the US Department of State. Before joining Control Risks Raúl worked for more than 15 years as an international journalist, as a staff writer and columnist for the LA Times, Reuters, and Bloomberg. For years he led a team of journalists covering Wall Street for Institutional Investor in New York. Raúl served as the Caracas-based oil correspondent for Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal and he also covered OPEC meetings in Vienna. Raul is the author of Crude Nation: How Oil Riches Ruined Venezuela (Potomac Books 2016), a book widely praised and recommended by The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, as indispensable to understand the Venezuelan crisis. Crude Nation was awarded the 2017 Chris Welles Memorial Prize by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Raúl holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a master’s from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He was a 2010 Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Business School.