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Steven Fox

New York

Steven is the founder and CEO of Veracity. He regularly advises business leaders worldwide on political and corruption risk issues in emerging markets with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. He has extensive experience in the mining, energy, and telecommunications sectors and has presented at the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, and the Harvard Business School. In July 2013, his anti-corruption advisory work in Guinea was profiled in The New Yorker magazine. Prior to founding Veracity, Steven served as a US diplomat in Burundi, France, Washington, and Algeria. Steven holds degrees from Princeton, Cambridge, and INSEAD, and speaks French.



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Client Contacts

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William Hannay

New York


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New York and Tokyo


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Senior, Regional, and Special Advisors

Alan Vaughn

Special Advisor

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.

Audace Ntungicimpaye

Regional Advisor
Johannesburg, South 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

Washington DC
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

Senior Advisor

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.

Forrest Cookson

Dhaka; Bangkok
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.

Frank Anderson

Regional Advisor
Middle East and 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.

George R. Trumbull IV, PhD

Special Advisor
Middle East and North Africa

George R. Trumbull IV is an expert on the Maghreb region and, in his long academic career, has focused on both politics and history with an emphasis on African studies. He has taught at Tulane University, NYU, and most recently Dartmouth College, where he was Associate Professor of History and African Studies. He holds degrees from Princeton (BA) and Yale (PhD). He has also worked as a consultant focused on political risk issues in Morocco, Algeria, Libya, and Egypt. He speaks Arabic, French, and Portuguese.

James Brewis

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.

John-Bosco Tindyebwa

Regional Advisor
East Africa

John-Bosco Tindyebwa is a Tanzanian geologist with more than 30 years’ experience in the mining industry, in both the public and private sectors. He has held senior roles in Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals, advised the governments of Uganda and Kenya on regulatory issues, and worked with mining majors on projects throughout Africa. Based in Dar-es-Salaam, he is fluent in English and Kiswahili and has working knowledge of French and Kinyarwanda.

John Green

Senior Advisor
New York

John advises Veracity on European and American engagements. In his 20 years as a consultant, John has built and managed world-class political and policy analysis teams, with engagements across Asia, Africa, and Europe. John was head of research for the geopolitical intelligence team at a major business advisory firm. He also spent 12 years at the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, where he held a number of senior research and management positions. John earned his BA in politics at Princeton University and his master’s in international affairs at Columbia University, and spent four years as an infantry officer in the US Marine Corps.

Laurent Ruseckas

Regional Advisor

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
Abuja, Nigeria

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.

Mel Gamble

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 Pulling

Senior Advisor

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 Sanderson

Senior Advisor

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.

Wilson Boinett

Regional Advisor
ast 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.

Advisory Board Members

Robert C. Dinerstein


Mr. Dinerstein served as the global co-chair of the financial institutions practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP and as a senior executive with UBS investment bank, where he held positions as vice chairman, Americas; global general counsel; and management committee board member. His tenure at UBS included oversight of all legal, compliance, and regulatory matters. He also served as executive vice president and general counsel at Shearson Lehman Brothers and as vice president and general counsel at Citicorp’s investment bank. He was a member of the board of Medarex, Inc., until its acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2009, and chairman of Crossbow Ventures, Inc., a Florida-based venture capital firm. Robert is currently on the boards of Amalgamated Bank in New York City and the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Michigan Law School.

John W.H. Denton AO

Chairman, Asia Pacific

Mr. Denton is a partner and the chief executive officer of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia’s leading independent law firm. A former Australian diplomat, he serves as chair of the Business Council of Australia’s Global Engagement Taskforce, board member of Human Rights Watch and Asialink at the University of Melbourne, and chairman (emeritus) of the Experts Group on Trade and Investment in Indonesia, and he was a founding member of the Australia China CEO Roundtable meetings. An originating member of the B20—the business reference group of the G20—Mr. Denton was recently named first vice-chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has been an advisor to the Australian government on Asia policy issues, and has been chairman of the UN High Commission for Refugees Australia for more than a decade. Mr. Denton is an alumnus of the University of Melbourne and Harvard Business School.

Dr. Allen Sanginés-Krause

Allen joins Veracity with more than 30 years’ experience in international investment banking. He is the founder and managing director of the investment advisory firm BK Partners Ltd., and from 1993 to 2007 he held a series of senior positions at Goldman Sachs, where he focused on Latin America, Spain, and Russia, among other CIS states. Allen has also served as the group executive chairman of the Good Governance Group (G3), and was a founding partner of Fidem, S.C., a Mexico-based investment bank. He sits on the boards of numerous cultural and business organizations, the Historical Royal Palace of Great Britain and the Council of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Allen received his B.A. in economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico in 1982 and his PhD from Harvard, also in economics, in 1987.

The Hon. John Howard OM AC

Mr. Howard served as Australia’s prime minister from 1996 to 2007, and was previously a member of parliament for 33 years. During his tenure as PM, Australia saw major reforms in taxation, workplace relations, privatization, and welfare. When he left office in 2007 the Australian government had no net debt, and its budget was in surplus. Under his leadership, Australia led the UN-sanctioned Interfet force following East Timor’s vote for independence, strengthened bilateral ties between Australia and nations throughout Asia, and established China as Australia’s largest export destination. Mr. Howard is a Companion of the Order of Australia and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, by President George W. Bush. In 2012 Queen Elizabeth II appointed Mr. Howard to the Order of Merit.

Nancy Boswell

Ms. Boswell is the director of the US & International Anti-Corruption Law Program at the American University Washington College of Law, where she is also an adjunct professor. She was, until recently, president and CEO of Transparency International-USA and a member of the TI board of directors. She serves as an advisor to USAID and was an advisor to the US State Department and USTR. She also serves on the board of the Ethics Resource Center and as an advisor to the ABA Rule of Law-Asia, the Hills Program on Governance at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the International Senior Lawyers Project. Ms. Boswell is on the steering committee of the ABA Section on International Law and Practice Committee on Foreign Corrupt Practices and is a member of the Securities Law Committee of the Federal Bar Association. She practiced public international and trade law at Steptoe & Johnson and international finance at Citicorp. Ms. Boswell received her law degree, summa cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law.

Sir Richard Dearlove, KCMG, OBE

Sir Richard served as chief of MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, from 1999 to 2004. Previously, he was director of operations and assistant chief of the same organization. Sir Richard’s intelligence career spanned 38 years and included postings in Nairobi, Prague, Paris, Geneva, London, and Washington. He is currently master of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Sir Richard holds an MA from Queens College, Cambridge.

Roberto Dañino

Mr. Dañino served from 2001 to 2002 as the prime minister of Peru and from 2002 to 2003 as ambassador of Peru to the United States. He also served as senior vice president and general counsel of the World Bank Group and as secretary general of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. Additionally, Mr. Dañino served as a corporate lawyer for more than 30 years, including as a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where he headed the firm’s Latin American practice. He also was the founding general counsel of the Inter-American Investment Corporation in Washington, D.C. Mr. Dañino serves on several corporate and non-profit boards and is currently the non-executive deputy chairman and special advisor at Hochschild Mining PLC. He is an alumnus of the Georgetown University International Leadership Program and holds law degrees from Harvard Law School and the Catholic University of Peru.

Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat

Ambassador Eizenstat has served as deputy treasury secretary, undersecretary of commerce, undersecretary of state for economic and business affairs, and US ambassador to the European Union. He is currently a partner and head of the international practice, including international finance and trade, at Covington & Burling LLP. Eizenstat holds degrees from the University of North Carolina (BA) and Harvard Law School, as well as seven honorary doctorates and numerous civilian awards from the US and foreign governments.

Admiral Walter Doran

Admiral Walter F. Doran served in the US Navy for 38 years, rising to the post of Commander, US Pacific Fleet, the world’s largest combined fleet command, before retiring and joining Raytheon Company as Navy Service Executive in 2005. In that capacity, he helped Raytheon pursue strategic growth opportunities for the Navy, and was subsequently named president of Raytheon Asia, of Raytheon International Inc. During his military service, Admiral Doran commanded multiple vessels, served as the military assistant to Vice President George H. Bush during the Reagan administration, and achieved Flag-rank status in 1993. He has been recognized with the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; serves on multiple business- and military-oriented boards; and is an instructor in world history at the College of William and Mary. Admiral Doran received a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, a master’s degree in defense studies from the Indian Defense Services Staff College in Wellington, India, and a second master’s in communications from the University of Oklahoma.

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.