Latin America (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Keith has broad experience analyzing and managing political and social risks and stakeholder relations in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. As a permanent resident of Brazil, he has worked as an advisor for a wide range of public and private sector entities, including Vale, Aon, the IFC, MIGA, and OPIC. Keith has been involved in various Brazilian business missions with senior government ministers and the President of Brazil and served as part of the President’s delegation to the 2013 Africa-South America Summit. Keith has an extensive track record publishing, speaking, and teaching on topics such as political and regulatory risk analysis and mitigation, project finance, fragile and conflict-affected states, and investments and trade between emerging markets. Keith received his BS in international affairs from Georgetown University and his MA and PhD (ABD) from McGill University. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, and Turkish, among other languages.
Sub-Saharan Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Audace worked for BHP Billiton in a range of positions in Africa over an 18-year period to June 2012. For several years prior to leaving BHP Billiton, Audace held the position of Government Relations Manager for Africa, leading the company’s interactions with governments across Africa in respect to exploration projects and acquisition of new business opportunities within the African continent. He has wide experience both internationally and within Africa, including in Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Audace worked as Director General of Geology and Mines in Burundi and lecturer at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Burundi. Audace holds a PhD in Geology from University of Gent in Belgium and speaks French and Swahili.
Middle East/North Africa
Frank served as an officer in the Central Intelligence Agency for 26 years, where he held several chief-of-station positions, headed the Afghan Task Force, and retired as the Chief of the Near East and South Asian Division. Over the past decade he has engaged extensively on major due diligence and political risk consulting projects throughout Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Frank also formerly served as President of the Middle East Policy Council, where he worked with a wide range of officials in the Middle East. He speaks Arabic and French.
East Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)
Wilson served for a decade as Kenya’s top intelligence official and recently retired as the first Director General of Kenya’s National Security Intelligence Service. He also served as Chief of Military Intelligence in Kenya’s Defense Ministry and as a military aide to the president. Wilson also commanded peace-keeping operations in Mozambique and was an advisor and special envoy to the peace process in Chad. In addition, he served as the commanding officer for the Kenyan contingent to the Rhodesia/Zimbabwe election process. Wilson is a graduate of the National Defense University in Washington DC and speaks Kiswahili.
Mel served for four decades as an operations officer in the Central Intelligence Agency, where he was Chief of the Africa Division and Deputy Chief of the European Division. As a senior intelligence officer he worked closely with the US National Security Council and the Departments of Defense and State on Africa matters, and has extensive experience managing operations in areas such as counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism, and counter-proliferation. Mel speaks French, Spanish, and German.
Mary Ellen Havlik
West Africa (Abuja, Nigeria)
Mary Ellen has extensive diplomatic and consulting experience in Nigeria and has a detailed understanding of the political and business landscapes in the country. She served for four years as the Management, Consular, and Security Officer at the Canadian High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria where she managed a wide variety of bilateral government issues and interacted with senior Nigerian officials. Additionally she has worked in the local Nigerian NGO community, particularly in the education sector. Mary Ellen previously worked in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a member of the Division Executive Committee (Ontario) and in management positions including Information Management and Technology, Corporate Services, Media Relations, and Strategic Planning. She speaks French.
Nigel Inkster, CMG
Nigel served in the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) for 31 years where he held posts in Asia, Latin America, and Europe and worked extensively on transnational security issues. He spent seven years on the Board of SIS, the final two as Assistant Chief and Director for Operations and Intelligence. Nigel currently is Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) where he writes and speaks regularly on a range of issues including, terrorism, insurgency, organised crime, cyber security, intelligence, and political risk. He is the co-author of Drugs, Insecurity and Failed States: the Problems of Prohibition and has contributed a chapter on China inCyberspace and National Security which will be published in November 2012. He is a graduate of St John’s College Oxford and speaks Chinese.
Laurent is an international authority on investment, energy, and politics throughout Eurasia. He has had a long career as an energy and business consultant, heading the Eurasia division at a major political risk consultancy, advising oil and gas companies active in the region, and serving as an energy trader in Baku, Azerbaijan. Laurent continues to work with Cambridge Energy Research Associates, where he is Principal Consultant to the World Bank and the European Commission, and where he has advised the energy industry on Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan. He has published widely and speaks Russian.