Robert has more than 30 years’ global experience with the UK Diplomatic Service and two major UK-headquartered companies, Rio Tinto (mining) and GlaxoSmithKline (pharmaceuticals). His diplomatic career included postings in London, Bangkok, Brussels (NATO and the European Union), and Canberra, where he was deputy high commissioner. At Rio Tinto he served first as group coordinator for sustainable development, and later as global head of external affairs. During his tenure at GlaxoSmithKline, Robert was the head of international government affairs. Robert applies his public-private background to helping organizations understand and address the political, social, and stakeholder contexts in which they operate. This includes issues regarding geopolitics, sustainable development, and human rights, and delivering stakeholder-engagement strategies to enhance and protect value. Robert speaks fluent French, German and Thai, and is proficient in Italian and Spanish.
Sarah Alexander is a leading authority on private equity investing in emerging markets. She currently advises funds, institutional investors, and related organizations, leveraging over two decades of experience in emerging markets as an investor and analyst of economic and political trends. Previously, Sarah was a managing director with The Abraaj Group, a global private equity firm with interests throughout the emerging markets. For nine years, she was also the founding president and CEO of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), which she grew from an idea into a global concern with more than 300 fund manager and institutional investor members representing 60 countries and more than $1 trillion in assets under management. Sarah has also worked in government and multilateral institutions, including the World Bank, the US Department of State, and the US House of Representatives. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master’s of Public Administration from Princeton University and a BA from Emory University. She is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.
Andras Fehervary joins Veracity with 20 years’ experience in market access and public affairs with leading consumer goods, biopharmaceutical, and medical technology companies. He has deep policy expertise in healthcare and is well-networked in Washington, Geneva, and Brussels. He formerly served as vice president of government affairs for Varian Medical Systems, and as head of European government affairs for Novartis, head of market access for Novartis’ oncology division, and head of European public affairs for Eli Lilly & Company in Brussels. Andras has also served on the European Union Committee of Experts on Rare Diseases and the European Commission Expert Commission on Cancer Control. He was co-chairman of Global DITTA Public Health Task Force, an NGO representing industry with the UN, and has been an advisor on health affairs to the European People’s Party. Andras received a BA in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins University and master’s degrees from the University of Geneva, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, and the Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Center. Andras also holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
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. 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.
William C. McCahill, Jr.
Regional Advisor, China and Hong Kong
Bill 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 Bill 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. Bill 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, Latin America
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 entities in the public and private sectors, 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 of publishing, speaking, and teaching on such topics 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Special Advisor, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong
Lloyd focuses on the Greater China Region and has lived and worked in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore, where he is currently based. Between 2008 and 2012, Lloyd served as chief representative of the Singapore Exchange in Beijing and developed extensive networks in Chinese financial, professional services, and regulatory circles. He has deep expertise in corporate governance and due-diligence issues in the Greater China financial market. Lloyd is trained as a lawyer and licensed to practice law in New York, and holds degrees from Taipei University and Southern Methodist University. He is a fluent Mandarin speaker.
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.