MORGAN KEAY, CEO & FOUNDER

  • Conflict & Stabilization Advisor to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) in Stuttgart, Germany
  • U.S. Department of State/Bureau of Conflict & Stabilization Operations Nigeria Team Lead
  • USAID Foreign Service Officer and director of interagency task force in Afghanistan
  • U.S. Department of Defense governance advisor
  • Founder of The Itgel Foundation, a social transformation NGO focused on Mongolia
  • Senior Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) consultant at Rio Tinto/Oyu Tolgoi
  • Master’s in International Policy from The George Washington University’s Elliott School

LT. GEN. (RET) STEVEN HUMMER, ADVISOR

  • Deputy Commander for Military Operations at U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)
  • Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve
  • Director of Operations for U.S. Forces Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Chief of Staff, U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)
  • Extensive experience in Joint and Marine Special Operations Commands
  • Master’s in International Security Studies from the Air War College
  • Professional military education in amphibious warfare and advanced war-fighting

TUNJI LARDNER, ADVISOR

  • CEO & Founder of the West Africa NGO Network (WANGONET), Lagos, Nigeria
  • Ford Foundation Consultant for The West African Internet Project
  • Sr. Advisor on Nigerian Presidential Steering Committee for petroleum sector
  • World Bank consultant in water, petroleum, and communications sectors
  • Vast UN experience as consultant, coordinator, and electoral observer
  • John S. Knight fellow and Reuters Scholar at Stanford University

CLAUDE ROXBOROUGH, III, LEGAL ADVISOR

  • Managing Partner at Wilson Keadjian Browndorf law firm
  • Structured finance and securities attorney at Thatcher Proffitt & Wood
  • Vice President of regulatory consulting firm
  • Legal counselor for Fortune 500 companies, enterprises, and non-profits
  • Co-President of the South African Chamber of Commerce in America (SACCA)
  • Juris Doctorate from Columbia University’s School of Law

SALAMAH MAGNUSON, CONFLICT MONITORING & EVALUATION SPECIALIST

  • U.S. Department of State Bureau of Conflict & Stabilization M&E Advisor, Nigeria Team
  • Adjunct Professor of the Conflict Management Program at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
  • Peace Building Specialist for the Academy for Educational Development
  • Lead author of USAID Conflict Management and Mitigation Peacebuilding Final Report
  • Conflict Assessment Lead in Georgia as the DAI's Development Specialist, Stability Group
  • Ph.D. candidate in Conflict Management at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS

ELON WEINSTEIN, ADVISOR

  • President and Founder, International Sustainable Systems (IS2) consulting firm
  • Conflict specialist and post-conflict reconstruction planner for U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of State for efforts in Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, & Haiti
  • Consultant to urban planners and architects
  • Published in Hastings Comparative Law Review; Journal of Intervention & Statebuilding
  • Frequent lecturer to military, civilian government, and academic audiences
  • Master’s in International Affairs from The George Washington University’s Elliott School

DAN SILVERSTEIN, ADVISOR

  • Managing member of Heuristic Management, LLC and The Investment Edge, LLC
  • Wall Street career in agriculture and economic development investment advising
  • Strategic advising for capital markets in emerging and frontier states
  • Senior Partnership Advisor to the Office of Markets, Partnerships and Innovation at USAID
  • Co-creator of USAID's Feed the Future Public-Private Partnership Opportunity Explorer
  • Advisor to The Catherine A. Bertini Trust Fund for Girls' Education
  • Board of Directors member of Palms for Life Fund in New York City
  • Member of the Advisory Council at The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden in Washington, DC

RAMESH RAMAN, FINANCIAL ADVISOR & PROJECT FINANCE EXPERT

  • Associate Principal, Energy Leader, Arup Inc.; Specializing in new energy markets
  • Managing Director, Taylor DeJongh; Developed $4B in projects
  • Lead Advisor to Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN)
  • CEO of Magnolia Nitrogen Idaho, LLC and Refined Energy Holdings, LLC
  • Formed Galena Advisors (Kenya), from Power Engineers, Inc., and served as President
  • CEO of Energy Development Group, LLC; Developed total of 5,500MW in power projects

DENNIS MAGNA, FINANCIAL ADVISOR & PROJECT FINANCE EXPERT

  • Principal and Founding Partner of Global Development Advisors, LLC
  • Sr. Financial Advisor, Global Clearinghouse for Devel., UN Capital Devel. Fund (Africa)
  • Senior Vice President, Syndication & Energy Capital Markets, HSH Nordbank
  • Managing Director of Syndications, Duke Capital Partners
  • Director, Project Finance & Syndication, Bank of America; Winner, "Deal of the Year"
  • Ranked #1 in League Table rankings for 4 consecutive years

MELISSA LLOYD, STRATEGY & PLANNING SPECIALIST

  • Founder of Lloyd Advisors, LLC supporting governments, corporations, and NGOs in policy and program design, implementation, and evaluation. Experience living and working across Europe and Africa including Somalia, Kenya, Mali, and Nigeria
  • Chief Operating Officer, myAgro social enterprise operating across Mali and Senegal
  • Embedded advisor to Nigerian Government
  • Strategist and manager for implementing partners to Bill and Melinda Gate and USAID food security portfolio across sub-Saharan Africa
  • Management consultant with Dalberg Development Advisors
  • Certified in adult learning and pedagogy from Georgetown University and change management from Stern School of Business
  • Master's in Community Engagement from Leicester University, England

MANNY COSME, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

  • CEO & Founder, CFO Services Group
  • Chief Financial Officer, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Accounting manager, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
  • Bought and sold a payroll processing business to a Fortune 500 payroll company
  • Financial statement auditor at a national public accounting firm
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor
  • Bachelor's in Science, Accounting & Economics, Saint Mary's College of California

HIBBAH KAILEH, COURSE COORDINATOR

  • Master’s Candidate in Security Policy, The George Washington University
  • Program Assistant, FAO Regional Sustainment Initiative
  • Bachelor's in International Studies and Arabic Language Minor, University of North Texas

KELLEN COMER, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

  • Bachelor's in International Affairs, Middle East Studies and Arabic Language Minor
  • The George Washington University Elliott School, 2016
  • Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center - Arabic Studies Program 2016-2018
  • Arabic & Area Studies - AMIDEAST Fall 2014 - Amman, Jordan