Principals




Sulaiman S. Wasty

James A. Hanson

M.G. Sri Ram Aiyer

Possesses extensive experience in economic development and emerging market economies during a career of over 31 years at the World Bank--holding several director-level positions in the Country and Technical departments covering East Asia and Latin America. Lately, his consulting assignments have included advising the governments of OECS countries, Afghanistan, India, China, Netherlands Antilles, and several others in the Caucuses and Africa on reforming corporate governance. He is fluent in Spanish, French, and Russian. Mr. Aiyer attained Masters degrees from Manchester University (Production Technology and Management) and holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He was also a participant in the Senior Executive Development Program at the Harvard Business School.

Jose B. Sokol

Has worked on macroeconomic, debt, fiscal policy, poverty, governance, trade and customs administration, quality assurance, and capacity building issues for about 35 years at the World Bank, first as a staff member and then as a consultant. Served as the World Bank’s Lead Economist for Latin America’s Southern Cone and Caribbean countries, as well as for West African ones. Led economic missions that advised country governments and authored numerous country and regional reports, and also co-authored two customs administration books. Led a major review on the Bank’s analytical work that included most developing country members. Was a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank on Development Effectiveness. Began his professional career as an economist at the Planning Directorate of Panama where he became Director of Planning, Deputy Director General, Deputy Minister, and also Acting Minister of Planning and Economic Policy. When in government was a Board member of the National Banking Commission, Power Company, Telephone Company, and Civil Aeronautics Board, and also member of Cabinet. Mr. Sokol holds a B.A. from the University of Panama, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, and undertook PhD studies at the University of Chicago.

Bruce Zagaris

Mr. Zagaris is a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Berliner Corcoran and Rowe. His practice includes structuring international business transactions, representation of foreign governments, and litigation, He has counseled in international estate planning, including tax issues and shelters. Mr. Zagaris was a member of the Law faculty at the University of West Indies, and has worked on financial regulatory and enforcement issues with the Government of Barbados.. In addition, he has worked with a number of other CARICOM governments--focusing on international tax enforcement, AML due diligence, anti-corruption, financial fraud, and cyber/white collar crimes. Mr. Zagaris is author and editor of the International Enforcement Law Reporter, six books, and over 80 articles on international tax and business law. He is fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Swedish. Mr. Zagaris holds LL.M degrees from Free University (Brussels) and Stockholm University in addition to a J.D. from George Washington University.

Agha Imran Hamid

Based in Islamabad, Pakistan, Mr. Hamid’s experience in consulting dates from 1977. His major interests are participatory development with emphasis on community and grass roots levels, health, education, and micro-credit. From 1985 to 1988 and 1994 to 2000, he was CEO of Economic Policy Research Unit (Private) Ltd. He was a member of the Board of the Association for Development of Human Resources (ADHR) from 1995 and its Chairman from 1997 to 1999. He was a member of the Board of the Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE) during 2003-04. He has worked with most major bilateral and multilateral donors in Pakistan including DFID, IFAD, UNIDO, ODI, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Swiss Development Cooperation, The Asia Foundation, UNDP, FAO, USAID, WFP, CIDA, GTZ, Netherlands Embassy, international NGOs such as Novib, and domestic NGOs as well as government agencies and the private sector. He has worked internationally with IFAD, UNIDO, WFP, and Novib in Afghanistan, Jordan/Iraq, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. His recent work has been mainly in program design including MIS and M&E systems, especially in Voice and Accountability including reproductive health/MNH and education. Mr. Hamid holds Economics degrees from the University of Sussex and Columbia University.

Sulaman Nasir

Possesses seven years’ experience in Wateen Telecom (A leading Abu Dhabi based company in Pakistan). His main expertise includes: Project Management/Deployment, Budgeting and Business planning, Auditing and supervision of the Projects, Financial analysis for Budgeted VS Actual Spending. By successfully executing the Projects like HEC Universities Interconnect, USF (Universal Service fund for un-served areas), Implementation of Management & Information system of Board of Revenue, Provision of Internet & data services country-wide, he has gained substantial experience in enabling every Man, Woman and Child in the country through leading edge technology and services, thereby transforming their lives. Mr. Nasir is an Intermediate Cost and Management Accountant, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from University of the Punjab.

Christine Martin

Christine Martin is an advocacy and research officer for an international nongovernmental institution focused on emergency medical aid. Previously, she has worked for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Justice Rapid Response (JRR)--preparing financial and narrative reports, policy recommendation articles, conducting political and legal research, and implementing projects. Her published work focuses on socio-economic reconstruction and reconciliation, as well as ethno-sectarian governance recommendations in the Middle East. Ms. Martin received her M.A. in International Relations from New York University, and her B.A. in International Development Studies from McGill University. She is fluent in English and French, and proficient in Spanish. She also began studying Arabic at the introductory level.

Ismael Alsodani

Has 30 years of military, diplomatic, management and strategic analysis experiences--lately serving as Iraqi Defense Attaché in Washington. Is experienced in providing advice related to procurement and budget projections of defense and security-related industries. General Alsodani graduated from the Royal Jordanian National Defense University, and was commissioned from the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun.

Amer A. Qureshi

Commenced his career as a Mechanical Engineer teaching at National University of Science & Technology. Furthered his career in the field of Engineering Management and with concentration in Software Engineering & Information Systems Management. Worked with Leading Satellite communication provider (Hughes Network Systems) for eight years in various capacities and was recognized each step of the way for his innovative and inquisitive aptitude. Worked for Comcast in various capacities and was part of the CDV (Comcast Digital Voice) platform launch. He recently has been venturing as an independent consultant for varying clients, which include JPMorgan Chase, SUN National Bank and TD Bank in the capacity of Senior Project/ Program Manager, providing solutions in the fields of IT, Mortgage Lending and Credit Card Business. Mr. Qureshi holds a BSc in Physics and Mathematics from Peshawar University, a BE in Mechanical Engineering from University of Engineering & Technology, Rawalpindi, and an MSc from George Washington University.

Abeer Shaheen

Throughout her academic and administrative career, she worked on educational development, management, strategic planning and analysis, private sector projects’ evaluation, public relations and fund raising for about 15 years at Birzeit University, Columbia University (in New York City and its overseas programs) and Rawabi City, the largest private sector project in the Levant. She served as the Administrative Director of the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute for International Studies – Birzeit University and taught a variety of courses in the departments of Political Science and Philosophy & Cultural Studies. At Columbia University, she worked as a teaching fellow, co-instructor and lecturer for a wide range of courses. Additionally, she served as an assistant director for several summer programs. Ms. Shaheen holds a B.A. in English language and literature from An-Najah National University in Palestine; an M.A. in International Studies from Birzeit University in Palestine; an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University; and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University.

Margaret Buchanan

Is a Public Policy Analyst focusing on micro-finance in transition economies. Her published work includes research on methods of poverty alleviation centered in Nigeria, and she is currently working on research on the social impact of the development of small businesses for the delivery of essential public services. She has worked in the non-profit sector for many years. She holds a BA in Public Policy from Bentley University, along with a minor in Economics and another minor in Business Studies.

Ban Mahmood Yaseen

Commenced her professional career at Iraq's Ministry of Planning and Development Cooperation/National Mine Action Authority (NMAA), where she gained substantial experience in Training and then worked as Acting head of the Quality Management section. She was Program Officer at Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), Geneva, from 2007 to 2008. Subsequently, she worked as Consultant in Iraq's Ministry of Environment-Directorate for Mine Action, and Information Management Her most recent assignment with the UN was for the UNDP's -IRAQ Outcome Evaluation (2011– 2012). Exercising her professional expertise has enabled her to contribute qualitatively in the various assignments under the UNDP, UN Agencies, and key national and international partners working in MENA. Ms. Yaseen holds a degree of Bachelors of Science, Electrical Engineering, and a Master of Risk Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt.

Lauren Hansen Restrepo

With seven years of on-the-ground experience as a journalist, entrepreneur, and researcher, Lauren Hansen Restrepo has built broad expertise in business and governance practices in China. She founded a successful education start-up and has both taught and managed educational institutions at the secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. She specializes in planning for social resilience, inclusive governance, and post-conflict redevelopment, and has experience in grant project evaluation for state-funded pilot projects. Her current research focuses on the roles of urban development and local planning practices in escalating/de-escalating ethno-political conflict within deeply-divided regions. Dr. Restrepo holds a BA from New College of Florida; an MA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Ph.D in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. She is fluent in Chinese, proficient in Spanish, and speaks basic Uyghur.

Cadman Atta Mills

An economist with almost 45 years of post-PhD professional experience. From 2013 – 2017 was Senior Advisor to the President of Ghana providing strategic advice on economic policy. He is also a Co-Founder of the John Evans Atta Mills Memorial Foundation and a Co-Chair of the Board of Directors. Has considerable experience in leading international negotiation missions and as emissary to several African Heads of States. Very active in the development debate in Africa, on Structural Adjustment, Trade and Competitiveness, and Socio-Economic Indicators. Specializes in the Political Economy of Policy Reform and in Macroeconomic Policy Analysis. Has authored many publications: seminar reports; articles on trade and industrialization, socio-economic indicators, and social science and economic research; and articles on various economic subjects. Previously, worked in the World Bank for over 20 years on Macroeconomic Policy Analysis, Monetary and Exchange Rate Policies, and International Development issues. Graduated from Brandeis University (B.A. Economics), and attained Ph.D. (economics) from Boston College.






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