Our Team

Our advisors, analysts, and consultants have decades of experience in the Middle East and other corners of the world.

Based in the GCC, across Europe, and in the United States, they work in both the public and private sectors and have backgrounds in political science, international relations, economics, public policy, communications, military affairs, and business administration.

Giorgio Cafiero
Giorgio Cafiero

Founder and CEO

Ahmad Sayer Daudzai
Ahmad Sayer Daudzai

Senior Advisor

Cinzia Bianco
Cinzia Bianco

Senior Advisor

Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Advisor

Dr. Theodore Karasik
Dr. Theodore Karasik

Senior Advisor

Dr. Ali Bakeer
Dr. Ali Bakeer

Advisor

Sina Azodi
Sina Azodi

Advisor

Dr. Annelle Sheline
Dr. Annelle Sheline

Advisor

Khristo Ayad
Khristo Ayad

Advisor

Alissa Pavia
Alissa Pavia

Analyst

Feyza Gumusluoglu
Feyza Gumusluoglu

Analyst

Chiara Bitetti
Chiara Bitetti

Analyst

Rauf Mammadov
Rauf Mammadov

Senior Advisor

Hafed Al Ghwell
Hafed Al Ghwell

Advisor

 
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Dr. Bulent Aras
Dr. Bulent Aras

Advisor

Shehab Al-Makahleh
Shehab Al-Makahleh

Senior Advisor

Loaai Alakwaa
Loaai Alakwaa

Advisor

Dr. Fouad Gehad Marei
Dr. Fouad Gehad Marei

Advisor

Dr. Kristian Alexander
Dr. Kristian Alexander

Advisor

Enrica Fei
Enrica Fei

Analyst

Dr. Jean-Marc Rickli
Dr. Jean-Marc Rickli

Advisor

Adam Dempsey
Adam Dempsey

Advisor

Dr. Sergey Sukhankin
Dr. Sergey Sukhankin

Advisor

Tristan Ober
Tristan Ober

Analyst

Abdullah Khurram
Abdullah Khurram

Consultant

Justin McCauley
Justin McCauley

Analyst

Daniel Wagner
Daniel Wagner

Advisor

Grant T. Huxham
Grant T. Huxham

Advisor

Dr. Edward Lemon
Dr. Edward Lemon

Advisor

Yuri Lobunov
Yuri Lobunov

Analyst

Tobias Borck
Tobias Borck

Analyst

Abdulrahman Al-Eryani
Abdulrahman Al-Eryani

Advisor

Marco Túlio Lara
Marco Túlio Lara

Analyst

Dr. Qamar-ul Huda
Dr. Qamar-ul Huda

Advisor

Steven Terner
Steven Terner

Advisor

Antonino Occhiuto
Antonino Occhiuto

Analyst