May 24, 2007

Profile : Ivan Howden former British Army officer joined International Risk Ltd

by Nagesh Bhushan

After working for several years in the private security field, former British Army officer Ivan Howden has been appointed chief of the Singapore office of the business intelligence firm International Risk that focuses on Asia and has its headquarters in Hong Kong .


Ivan is a Vice President and is in charge of International Risk’s South East Asia regional headquarters based in Singapore. He is responsible for the delivery of a broad range of risk consulting and investigative services, including consulting assignments involving political, security and associated risks both within the Asian Pacific region and globally, on behalf of International Risk multinational clients. He also coordinates high-level liaison with military, police and relevant government departments to provide logistical support in multi-jurisdictional cases.

Prior to joining International Risk in 2006 Ivan was responsible for security issues, crisis management and disaster recovery/business continuity for an IT consultancy firm in the financial services sector in the City of London. Prior to this Ivan worked in Baghdad from 2003 to 2005 where he was initially responsible for executive protection services to press and senior military officers before moving to the recruitment and management of the Oil Protection Force (OPF). In this position, Ivan was the national training officer for an armed security force of 15,000 men and, with the equivalent rank of Colonel was in joint operational command of 5,000 officers and men of the Central Region OPF and personal operational command of 1,200 men. He provided armed, paramilitary security, including mobile and air assets, for 15-months during the insurgency for fifty fixed sites and six hundred kilometres of pipelines comprising the natural gas and petrochemical infrastructure in the centre of Iraq. His team also set up an active local intelligence cell, worked closely with Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces, and acted as liaison between the US military and Iraqi ministry officials. In 2005 Ivan left Iraq to become the Special Projects Manager for a security firm based in Hereford, UK.



Ivan is a former British Army officer. He worked and trained with the armed services from many NATO countries, including several specialist units from the US Army and USMC. He completed operational tours in Northern Ireland and in the Balkans before leaving the army in 1997.


Ivan holds an MA in Modern Languages (French & German) and Law from Cambridge University and has a background in accountancy and IT project management. He is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security



The newly expanded operation will be headed by Ivan Howden, a key member of our senior management team as Vice President in charge of South East Asia.

Ivan has over twelve years experience in Risk Mitigation and crisis containment. Before joining International Risk in 2006 Ivan was responsible for security issues, crisis management and disaster recovery/business continuity for an IT consultancy firm operating in the financial services sector in the City of London. Prior to this Ivan worked in Baghdad from 2003 to 2005 on a variety of high level consultancy tasks before leaving Iraq to become the Special Projects Manager for a risk and security firm based in Hereford, UK. Ivan was commissioned at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, holds an MA in Law and Modern Languages (French & German) from Cambridge University and also has a background in accountancy and IT project management.

Tel: (65) 6324 0603
E-mail: ivan.howden@intl-risk.com


Above report compiled from intl-risk.com

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