Tara O’Connor brings to ARC 25 years of specialist information-gathering and risk management experience. Tara’s areas of particular expertise are francophone and southern Africa. Since founding ARC in 2006, she has advised at board level on pre-investment and expansion strategies for Algeria, Angola, Nigeria, Congo-DRC, Cote d’Ivoire, Republic of Congo (ROC), Guinea-Conakry, East Africa and the Horn (as a region); the Franc Zone (as a region) Gabon, Liberia, Libya, Senegal, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. She has also structured and managed a series of cases that include due diligence investigations into companies and people, asset tracing, litigation-support, political profiling and political risk assessment. These also include more complex investigations, often spanning several countries.
Formerly, as Managing Director of Kroll Associates’ Africa Practice, Tara ran a business unit of specialist investigators and political analysts based in London and Johannesburg. Before Kroll, Tara spent 11 years at Control Risks in several senior management roles. She spearheaded the group’s expansion in Africa before taking a similar role for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Tara’s career began as a political researcher with the Social Change Assistance Trust, a Norwegian and Commonwealth funded NGO based in South Africa, before moving into journalism. Born in Zimbabwe, brought up in Zambia, Tara is a graduate of the University of Cape Town.
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