With offices in the UAE, Uganda, and the United States, Dunia Frontier Consultants (www.duniafrontier.com) provides financial consulting, market research and competitive intelligence services to investors and corporations in the world’s most challenging emerging markets. We understand that obtaining accurate, actionable information in these rapidly changing markets is challenging and time consuming. Dunia expertly handles these issues. Our consultants and researchers have lived and worked in emerging markets throughout the world and further extend their reach through a global network of partners. The people who make up the Dunia team combine entrepreneurialism, sound analysis and managerial experience with Fortune 500 companies.
Kyle Stelma is the Emerging Markets Managing Director of Dunia Frontier Consultants, an investment advisory services firm based in Dubai, UAE. He has worked with CitiGroup in Mumbai, India, performing financial consulting for Indian conglomerates and later with a management consulting firm on private equity transactions in the Middle East and South Asia. Mr. Stelma has lived and worked in Mumbai, Dubai, and Germany for a number of years. He holds a B.S. in systems engineering from the United States Military Academy, and a M.A. in international finance from Johns Hopkins University SAIS.
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Geopolitical Advisory Partners (www.geopoliticalAP.com) provides expertise and guidance on doing business in sub-Saharan Africa working alongside clients to develop country-specific risk assessments, stakeholder engagement plans and corporate social responsibility initiatives. GeopoliticalAP helps clients to create value and mitigate risk through responsible investments with the belief that fostering the private sector in emerging markets will contribute greatly to these economies, as well as achieve great success for the firm.
Jillian Ryan is the founding partner of Geopolitical Advisory Partners, an Africa-centric business consultancy based in Dallas. Jillian has advised Fortune100 companies on complex country risk issues for more than a decade, focusing primarily on Africa and development in the natural resources, telecommunications, and financial services sectors. She holds a BS in Economics from Texas A&M University, and an MA in International Commerce and Public Policy from George Mason University.
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Inle Advisory Group (www.inleadvisorygroup.com) specializes in providing market entry strategies and identifying and finding creative solutions to challenges that could arise with client projects, including legislative policy changes, capacity issues, local community concerns, and potential sanctions violations in Myanmar and Southeast Asia. Inle Advisory Group’s principals and associates have worked in and around the region for decades and have established an understanding of Myanmar’s history and complexities as well as a network of contacts that provide unique insight. Inle Advisory Group has provided consulting services to clients across sectors, including health, oil and gas, infrastructure, and consumer product industries.
Erin Murphy is a subject matter expert on Myanmar and the greater Asia region, having worked in Asia since 2001. Prior to founding Inle Advisory Group, Erin served as the Special Assistant to the State Department’s first ever Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Myanmar. She participated in the most significant U.S. policy shift on Myanmar in decades, joining Secretary of State Clinton on her historic trip to Myanmar in December 2011 and overseeing the easing of economic sanctions. Erin previously worked as an analyst on Asian issues at the Central Intelligence Agency. Erin also participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, where she discovered her passion for Asian history, politics, and regional ties. She holds a BA in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University and an MA in Japan Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies.
Peter Kucik is a regulatory and sanctions expert who has focused on Myanmar issues since 2007, including with the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), before joining Inle Advisory Group in March 2014. His extensive experience from nearly seven years at OFAC, which administers and enforces U.S. economic and trade sanctions, he assisted in the development of new sanctions programs regulatory schemes to respond to and implement policy changes across OFAC programs, with concentration on Myanmar, Cuba, Counter Narcotics, Iran, Libya, and Non-Proliferation sanctions. Prior to OFAC, Peter worked for Congressman Chris Van Hollen. He holds a BA in American Government from the University of Virginia and a JD from William & Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law.
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Prospect Global Strategies LLC (www.prospectglobalstrategies.com) is a boutique international consulting firm that advises U.S. and multinational companies on national security and global policy issues. PGS helps clients identify and mitigate compliance risks, understand global risk trends, and develop solutions to complex problems. PGS advises companies on compliance with new regulations, conducts political and economic risk assessments, and advises on due diligence and regulatory licensing matters.
Peter E. Harrell is the founder and Principal of Prospect Global Strategies LLC. Prior to founding Prospect Global Strategies, Mr. Harrell served from 2012 to 2014 as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. In that role, Mr. Harrell was instrumental in developing U.S. economic sanctions policy, including U.S. and international sanctions against Iran, Russia, and Syria, and in easing sanctions against Myanmar and Cuba. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Harrell served on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff. Before joining the State Department, Mr. Harrell served on President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. He is a frequent public commentator and has been quoted in Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and other major publications. Harrell is a graduate of Princeton University and the Yale Law School.
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