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.

Dennis Grubb

Has been working as a development financial services specialist for 25 years, responsible for securing and evaluating consulting projects, with clients, such as USAID, IMF, World Bank, and ADB. Mr. Grubb has been engaged by the international practices of Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu , and PwC, for corporate and public sector clients. Recently in Iraq, he worked with the Ministry of Education and the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business to establish accreditation for Iraq business schools. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. Mr. Grubb holds a B.A. from Southern Illinois University, an M.A. from American University, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Capital Markets from the London School of Economics.

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.

Salem Abdulla

Salem Abdulla. He is a senior lecturer in Finance at Faculty of Commerce at Azzaytuna University, Libya. His expertise has focused mainly on various Middle East and North Africa economics, in particular on investment climate. He has published seven book related to economics of Middle East and North Africa region, with a focus on Libya and other Arab Uprisings economics. Mr. Abdulla holds a B.Sc. in Accounting and Finance from Tripoli University, an M.Sc. in Finance and Banking from the Libyan Academy of Graduate Studies, and a Ph.D. in Government and International Affairs from the Durham University.

Asim Malik

As ITIL v3 Expert and Project Management Professional (PMP) certified by PMI. For the past 13 years, he has acquired extensive experience with researcinstitutions in the United States related to International Business and Information Systems. His core competencies include: project & program development / management, technology transfer, financial and budget management, client relations, quality assurance, and staff training and development. Mr. Malik holds a B.A. in Business Administration (with specialization in Information Systems) and a Masters of Science in Project Management from The George Washington 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

Her experience consists of working for international institutions: 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. She currently works as a Program Associate at an organization working to promote civic engagement and social responsibility across the United States. 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.

Heather MacCleoud

Has extensive experience with the evaluation of public sector services, primarily post-secondary education programming. She oversaw accreditation and quality assurance processes for higher education programs in the state of Missouri for many years. In addition, she assisted government-led tasks forces in developing financing strategies and in creating policies and legislation to improve education services. She has developed and directed public-private partnerships to increase international trade of higher education services for the state. She currently is engaged in helping universities in North America to develop international partnerships. She has experience in grants management, strategic planning, coalition building, market development, policy development, policy implementation, and in quality assurance for both the public and private sectors. She is currently writing her PhD dissertation on the efficient use of public resources for delivering post-secondary education services and is based in Washington, DC.

Fizza Malik

Possesses more than eight years of experience in real estate. Having been involved in the real estate industry since 2003, she has a broad knowledge and expertise in sales, marketing, property management, contract negotiation, leasing, site selection and demographic/ psychographic trends. She holds a B.S. in Economics from James Madison University, and an M.S. in Real Estate Development from Georgetown University. She is affiliated with the District of Columbia’s Building Industry Association (DCBIA) and is knowledgeable of markets and consumers around the country in both urban and suburban areas.

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.

Juan Tellez

He is an applied econometrician with experience in several areas of Development such as Education, Public Health, Economic Growth, Social Policy and Gender and Social Group Inequality. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, working in projects with governments analyzing the opportunities to generate sustainable and inclusive growth and their corresponding public policies implementations; as well as doing research in order to bring new insights in the product and country capabilities that impact international trade. He also studies inequality between regions, industries and their relationship; as well as the influence of the informal sector. He worked with the French Government (French Institute of Health and Medical Research) in the "Alzheimer Plan" with the objective of assessing well-being in a multidimensional perspective of older people in France, especially for those having Alzheimer disease and suggesting appropriate public health policies . He was a visiting researcher at McMaster University, a teaching assistant in the Department of Economics of the University of Geneva and a research assistant at the Laboratory of Applied Economics of the University of Geneva. He was also a Board member, Geneva’s Team Coordinator and Member of the Executive Committee of Economics Section of Puntolatino, the main Swiss-Latin American web portal . His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, books, official reports and conference proceedings. He holds a Bachelor and Master in Economics, a Master of Advanced Studies in Econometrics and PhD in Econometrics and Statistics from the University of Geneva.

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.






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