Our Team


We are a diverse group of innovators hailing from the worlds of policy, international development, defense, civil society, and business. 



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



  • 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



  • Founder & CEO 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
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from University of Lagos


System & Design Expert

  • Director of International Development and Partner Capacity at Mission Essential
  • Executive Vice President at Caerus Associates, LLC
  • Senior Conflict Specialist and Civil-Military Advisor at USAID
  • Term Member at Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) 
  • Board Member at Ascend, an NGO focused on conflict-affected countries
  • Ranked as one of top “Forty Under Forty” leaders in development by Devex
  • Master’s in Political Economy of Violence, Conflict, and Development from University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies
  Harold Bennett   The following is placeholder text known as “lorem ipsum,” which is scrambled Latin used by designers to mimic real copy. Donec ac fringilla turpis. Aliquam bibendum, turpis eu mattis iaculis, ex lorem mollis sem, ut sollicitudin risus orci quis tellus.


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


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



  • 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



  • 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-created USAID' 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 DC


Financial Advisor & Project Finance Expert

  • Associate Principal, Energy Leader, Arup Inc.; Specializing in new energy markets
  • Managing Director, Taylor DeJongh; Developed $4 billion 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 Devel. Group, LLC; Developed total of 5,500MW in power projects


Strategy & Planning Specialist

  • Managing member of Lloyd Advisors, LLC
  • Career advising on the intersections of economic development, food security, and stability
  • Strategic advisor to governments and global NGOs on analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Technical expertise in food security, value chain development, youth employment, and Africa
  • Advisor to Global Youth Incubator Network
  • Masters in Community Engagement
  • Certification on Change Management from NYU Stern Business School and International Coaching Federation Certified Executive and Leadership Coach from Georgetown (Spring 2017) 




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; Won "Deal of the Year"
  • Ranked #1 in League Table rankings for 4 consecutive years



Kellen Comer

Business Development Associate