Special Advisor, Malaysia
Alan has more than a decade of experience assisting companies with risk assessment, due diligence, and market analysis in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, primarily in the financial services, reinsurance, and technology sectors. He has conducted due-diligence and political risk assessments and evaluated risk probabilities related to issuance of sovereign debt. He previously worked for over 10 years as a business journalist with a variety of US-based publications.
Regional Advisor, Sub-Saharan Africa
Audace worked for BHP Billiton in a range of positions in Africa over an 18-year period. In his most recent post at BHP Billiton, he was the government relations manager for Africa, leading the company’s interactions with governments across the continent on exploration projects and acquisition of new business opportunities. He has broad 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 as a lecturer at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Burundi. Audace holds a PhD in geology from the University of Gent in Belgium and speaks French and Swahili.
Ambassador Cameron Hume
Regional Advisor, Indonesia
Ambassador Hume is a career foreign service officer with more than 40 years’ experience, having served as a United States ambassador to Algeria, South Africa, Sudan, and most recently Indonesia. Since retiring from his last ambassadorial post in 2010 he has worked as a business consultant in Indonesia and in 2018 was appointed chairman of the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Hume is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of New York, has published widely on the geopolitical dynamics of the regions in which he served, and speaks Arabic, French, and Italian.
David Handley, CMG
Regional Advisor, Middle East
David Handley CMG returns to Veracity after having previously served as the firm’s managing director, Europe, from 2012 to 2014. David first joined Veracity following a 27-year career with the UK Intelligence Service (MI6) and, subsequently, a senior role at BAE Systems, the UK’s largest defense and aerospace company. At MI6, David served in Egypt, Guatemala, Hungary, and Lebanon, as well as in operational roles in London, including as a secondment to the UK Security Service. He concluded his MI6 tenure as director for the Middle East and Africa and as main board director responsible for finance, personnel, and technology issues. At BAE Systems, David was the head of group strategic analysis, providing the company’s senior executives and board with daily analysis and assessment of countries and sectors of strategic interest to the firm. David is proficient in Spanish, Arabic, and French.
David McKean most recently served as US ambassador to Luxembourg and, from 2013 to 2015, as the US Department of State’s director of policy planning. A distinguished strategic policy advisor and scholar, David has broad diplomatic and development expertise. Over the course of his nearly four-decade-long career, he has served in numerous high-profile government and academic positions, including as chief of staff to Senator John Kerry, CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and minority staff director at the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He has authored four books on American political history and been recognized with the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. He holds a BA from Harvard College, a JD from Duke University, and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He speaks French.
Regional Advisor, South Asia
Forrest has 25 years’ in-country experience in both the public and private sectors. He divides his time between Dhaka and Bangkok, working as an economist, professor, and advisor to the Thai Government, and as the founder and former president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh. He has led numerous studies and projects in Bangladesh, including for the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, on financial, judicial, and energy reforms.
Regional Advisor, 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 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.
Special Advisor, Indonesia
James has extensive experience in the financial services and technology sectors in both Asia and Europe. He has worked in Indonesia since the early 1990s, most recently as country head for Morgan Stanley’s Indonesian equities practice. James is the founder and former managing director of Signifo, the company behind the award-winning ‘webexpenses’ software solution. A native of New Zealand, James received his MBA from INSEAD and speaks fluent Swedish and conversational Bahasa Indonesia.
Special Advisor, Eurasia
John is an internationally recognized expert on politics and business in Eurasia with deep experience in the energy industry. He has also advised clients in the agriculture, banking, defense, and telecommunications sectors, among others. He was a NATO representative in Russia and later worked for TNK-BP as an international affairs advisor. He speaks and writes regularly on behalf of the international affairs think tank Chatham House, and is particularly interested in anti-corruption reforms. John received his undergraduate degree in modern languages from Cambridge University and a diploma in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He speaks French, German, and Russian.
Regional Advisor, Eurasia
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, where he advised oil-and-gas companies. He was also an energy trader in Baku, Azerbaijan. Laurent currently works with Cambridge Energy Research Associates as a principal consultant to the World Bank and the European Commission. In that capacity, he has advised the energy industry on the regions of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan. He has published widely and speaks Russian.
Mary Ellen Havlik
Regional Advisor, West Africa
Mary Ellen has extensive diplomatic and consulting experience in Nigeria and a detailed understanding of the political and business landscapes in that 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. Additionally she has worked in the local Nigerian NGO community, particularly the education sector. Mary Ellen previously worked in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a member of the Division Executive Committee (Ontario) and has held management positions in information management and technology, corporate services, media relations, and strategic planning. She speaks French.
Regional Advisor, Sub-Saharan Africa
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. He has extensive experience managing operations in areas such as counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism, and counter-proliferation. Mel speaks French, Spanish, and German.
Ambassador Otto Reich
Regional Advisor, Latin America
Ambassador Reich is an expert on Latin America, having served in multiple US presidential administrations over his long career in politics. He was assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs under President George W. Bush, and subsequently Bush’s special envoy for Western Hemisphere initiatives. Reich also served under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush as US ambassador to Venezuela. He has held senior roles in public diplomacy and at USAID with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean, and served as Washington director of the Council of the Americas. Reich was a lieutenant in the US Army and served in Panama, and he holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA from Georgetown University.
Ted recently returned to the United States after living and working in Asia for 26 years, namely Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Singapore. During his time overseas, Ted was a research analyst, fund manager, and ultimately the chief investment officer for JP Morgan Asset Management Asia Pacific. In addition, Ted has spent significant time in India, South Korea, and the Philippines. The Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong invited Ted to serve two terms on its Public Shareholder Group Committee, and he is a current member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ted graduated from Princeton University with a BA in history.
Tom directed the Center of Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Transnational Threats Project between 2002 and 2017. He has conducted field work in more than 70 countries and testified before the US Congress, and provides regular briefings to the US National Security Agency, the US National Intelligence Council, the Australian Intelligence Community, and French, German, Japanese, and Singaporean intelligence agencies. He has also shared his unique insights with Google, Marriott, Bank of America, Statoil, Raytheon, and others.
William C. McCahill, Jr.
Regional Advisor, China and Hong Kong
Mr. McCahill has nearly 40 years’ experience in Chinese politics and government. He served for 25 years in the US Foreign Service, culminating in the role of Chargé d’Affaires of the American Embassy in Beijing, where he played a key role in concluding the Sino-American Bilateral WTO Agreement. He has also directed political, commercial, and economic efforts in Hong Kong and Beijing for the Foreign Service. Following government service, he was the senior international business advisor of the WilmerHale law firm, where he assisted companies in overcoming the challenges of doing business in China. In 2005 Mr. McCahill co-founded Pacific Epoch LLC, an independent market research firm based in Shanghai that focuses exclusively on China. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to Mirabaud (Asia) Limited, part of the Mirabaud Swiss private banking group. Mr. McCahill has been based in China for the past two decades, appears regularly in international media, and holds degrees from Boston College and Harvard University.
Regional Advisor, East Africa
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 commanded peace-keeping operations in Mozambique and was an advisor and special envoy to the peace process in Chad. He also served as the commanding officer for the Kenyan contingent to the Rhodesia/Zimbabwe election process. Wilson graduated from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and speaks Kiswahili.