Our Team

 

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

 

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

  • 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

ALEXA COURTNEY

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
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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

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

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-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

RAMESH RAMAN

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

MELISSA LLOYD

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) 

 

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

MANNY COSME

CFO

STEPHANIE CHRISTEL

Business Development Associate