A not for profit organisation
EBRO Global is a not for profit organization that has been established in response to the growing need for civil society, communities, states and international actors, in an ever increasingly complex and unstable world, to have access to rapidly-deployable independent and expert advice and support.
We provide and manage highly specialist and bespoke capability to offer effective, credible, flexible, and efficient solutions through transparent delivery to the highest international best practice standards.
Our team and consultant network includes leading professionals and practitioners from across the globe with specialist skill sets and decades of international experience on the world stage. EBRO provides access to a multi-disciplinary network of international experts in:
- Political, government and international affairs (domestic policy & international relations)
- Diplomacy (relationship building, dialogue, foreign relations)
- Law and justice (rule of law, constitutional law, human rights, international criminal law, international law, and transitional justice)
- Conflict and dispute resolution (consultation, outreach, mediation, reconciliation, peace talks and dialogue platforms)
- Crisis management
- Best practice and good governance (anti-corruption and asset recovery)
- Development and state building
- Strategic communications
- Campaigning and events (political, humanitarian and victim-based)
EBRO delivers solutions that promote social, economic and political stability. We offer durable solutions to pressing international and domestic challenges through the provision of seasoned advice, representation, diplomacy and mediation.
EBRO’s services are tailored for civil society, communities, states, governments, and inter-governmental institutions. We also offer services to NGOs, philanthropists and multi-national corporations operating in complex, political or high-risk environments.
EBRO also acts as an organizer and as a hub for campaigns and actions on behalf of victims (whether private individuals, organizations, or states), vulnerable groups in society and those that need their voice to be heard.
EBRO assists clients to define the challenges they face and assembles teams of experts to devise and deliver comprehensive strategies for addressing them. EBRO’s role is primarily advisory, however, our teams are also able to implement, manage and/ or monitor the strategies we propose.
Areas of engagement
EBRO’S team has decades of combined experience in providing support to states (governments, heads of state, ministries), political parties, regional and international non-government organizations, and civil society. EBRO provides expert and experienced capacity and capability to its clients on an ad hoc, project or permanent basis. Our team has provided discreet and trusted advisers, set up think tanks and implementation task forces for numerous governments, heads of state and institutions. Areas of engagement include:
- International and political diplomacy
- Law and justice
- National security and human rights
- Peace-making, conflict resolution and crisis management
- Rule of law and good governance
- Civil society
- Development and economic stability.
International and political diplomacy
Official diplomatic channels do not always provide the best mechanism for raising, testing, or negotiating the most sensitive issues. Some matters require “sampling” and exploration through discreet independent channels before being aired in an official context. Others are better presented indirectly, through channels that are perceived to be independent, professionally respected, or via established relationships that can be built upon. EBRO provides discreet, high-level channels for communication between key actors along with advice and guidance on strategies best suited to obtaining beneficial outcomes.
We can provide capabilities and openings not otherwise available. Through private dialogue and consultation with key players, influencers and validators, our team can help identify areas of achievable progress, and act as confidential envoys in the resolution of international and domestic issues and disputes.
EBRO’s role is to complement and support official diplomatic relationships - not to bypass or undercut them – and to help find solutions that may not be attainable through official dialogue alone.
Dialogue, mediation and consultation
With our team’s skills and practice in dialogue and mediation at all levels, we can provide a bespoke channel for raising and resolving domestic or international issues of concern. As well as communicating with key parties and institutions, we are experienced with engaging the increasingly diverse range of non-state actors who nowadays influence domestic and international politics and public opinion. We are skilled at providing bespoke platforms for deconfliction dialogue, talks, and consultation.
Our intervention will often consist of discreet private interaction or public interaction (through media or events) with the aim of advancing strategic policy goals or relationship building. Confidential emissaries can protect and explain public positions, facilitate trust, and produce innovative and nuanced solutions. We can also advise states on public advocacy to reinforce key messages, and on media strategies to manage the release of information into the public domain.
Law and justice
EBRO is not a law firm, but our core team and consultant network includes highly experienced international lawyers alongside our associate law firm McCue & Partners LLP, internationally recognized in the fields of public interest matters and human rights.
Legal advice and representation
EBRO’s legal network has expertise in public international law, international human rights law, international terrorism law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and international refugee law. Our lawyers also have extensive experience in commercial law, constitutional law, extradition and mutual legal assistance, and in the extra-territorial application of national criminal law. Our team includes world-leading legal experts in counter-terrorism and counter-radicalization.
EBRO can organize a bespoke team of specialist lawyers to meet any given need. Complex legal issues on the world stage require a diverse legal solution. EBRO’s role is not just to identify the specialist team needed, but also to manage all the different moving legal parts towards a successful conclusion. No single law firm has the range of components and skills required to successfully manage complex legal projects in the political space, nor has it the supporting access to supporting practitioner skill sets or knowledge of international political institutions.
EBRO can manage and arrange the very best legal representation for states and its officials in domestic and international courts and tribunals.
Commercial matters: mediation, litigation and arbitration
Some commercial disputes can be of critical importance to the stability of a state, a region or the wellbeing of a society or community. Such disputes require more than a straightforward commercial law response. EBRO can provide holistic assistance to states and corporate entities in connection with this type of dispute, litigation or international arbitration (including investment, treaty, and commercial arbitration). Our team can access high-level litigators experienced under all the major arbitration rules.
Border dispute, border recognition and independence recognition
EBRO offers a full border dispute and border recognition service to states as well as mediation and tribunal inquiry platforms for states and international bodies. Our team includes public international lawyers (with combined experience of land and maritime border disputes) and mediation experts that have had experience with historic, commercial and ethnic border disputes around the world. We have close working relationships with international institutions and are able to liaise with them in any given process.
Our team has advised and campaigned on all sides of independence recognition (IR) and have been IR Envoys to Heads of State.
International economic sanctions
The EBRO team and network includes experts on international sanctions regimes and unilateral coercive sanction measures against states. We can advise states on building a case for international sanctions, as well as states against whom such sanctions have been imposed. We also advise on remedies available and options for the removal of individuals and entities from targeted sanctions lists.
Rule of law, good governance and human rights
Our team and consultant network provide world leading legal advice on all aspects of Rule of Law, good governance, best practice, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and human rights.
EBRO’s team includes world leaders on Post-Conflict Transitional Justice. Our team pioneered the legal concept of hybrid tribunals and we have been at the forefront of advocating, where appropriate, for TJ to be prepared and carried out before the conflict concludes (as a peace-building measure in itself). We develop innovative ways to maximize transitional justice so that it delivers more for a given society: reconciliation, truth, justice, reparations, compensation and peace.
Any and every transitional justice model must be bespoke but also be built on the empirical lessons of the past - on other successes and failures across the globe. Our world-leading academic and practitioner team have had that experience and their shared knowledge and understanding will benefit and better shape any TJ model.
National security and human rights
Our team and consultant network include some of the most experienced global experts in national security policy, architecture and legislation. We are especially strong on counter-terrorism: general advice, policy, structures, the policing and prosecution of terrorist offences, counter-terrorist financing, and effective international co-operation.
EBRO provides expert advice and assistance to states on all aspects of national security policy, programmes and structures. We support Security Sector Reform, including skills training and institutional capacity-building. We are accomplished in the auditing of national security programmes and systems. We ensure the implementation of international standards and human rights obligations to enable states to comply with the highest standards in their national security programmes.
EBRO is able to facilitate the sourcing of funding and other assistance from governments and institutions.
Security sector compliance and reform
Security Sector Reform is essential to improve capacity to address national security threats and to eliminate bad practices. Ongoing reform is a necessity for an effective and durable national security policy and to ensure compliance with best practice. EBRO advises and assists in the implementation of reforms. We review existing arrangements for compliance with international standards (including human rights audits) and provide credible and independent assessments of their strengths and weaknesses. EBRO makes specific recommendations for change and carry out periodic reviews and monitoring of its implementation.
EBRO has the capacity to engage internationally recognized experts in the provision of capacity-building for national security structures.
Countering violent extremism and terrorism
The EBRO team has been directly involved in state and non-state initiatives aimed at countering terrorism and violent extremism, the appeal of armed groups and increasing social resilience to political violence.
EBRO’s network combines the experience of leading intelligence professionals, lawyers, anthropologists and social scientists who are able to advise on best practice and identify counter extremism, terrorism and radicalization strategies which are tailored to meet the needs of local conditions. We carry out reviews and recommendations and provide expert capacity to implement and monitor relevant programmes.
Our diverse team is highly experienced at dealing with key issues within counter-terrorism relating to gender, peace-building, engagement with terrorists, and victims of terrorism.
EBRO offers high-level advice to states on all aspects of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (GCTS). Our approach, which relies on the provision of a multi-disciplinary strategy for to counter the expansion of terrorism, reflects that of the GCTS.
Lawfare and victims of terrorism
The team includes world leading lawyers and practitioners who pioneered “lawfare”: supporting victims of terrorism, through asymmetrical counter terrorism methodology and civil law strategies, to provide justice, compensation and deterrents against terrorists and state sponsors of terrorism.
Our team has formulated, implemented and managed many of the world’s successful victims' justice campaigns against terrorists and rogue nation-state sponsors of terrorism. These initiatives have achieved success in attacking terror financing and in the recovery of compensation on behalf of victims. The team can advise states and international actors on such initiatives, implement and manage them, and advise how to foster such initiatives at home or abroad.
From experience we know the strengths of the strategies that have succeeded, and as pioneers in this sector, we are innovative in our methodology to meet the ever-changing threat of terrorism.
Peacemaking, conflict resolution and crisis management
The EBRO consultant network includes some of the world’s leading experts on the law of armed conflict. They have been involved, either as lawyers or as judges, in many international or internal armed conflicts to have come before international criminal tribunals. Their combined expertise relates not only to conventional armed conflict, but also to asymmetrical conflicts (terrorism) and cyber-attacks on state infrastructure.
EBRO can provide training and advice on the application of humanitarian law and on issues of military discipline and command responsibility.
EBRO is focused on reducing the impact of conflict on civilians and is able to advise states, international bodies and coalitions on military strategies for reducing the risk of harm to civilians as well as achieving accountability for violations of international law. The EBRO network includes experts on measures to reduce civilian casualties (e.g. by paramilitaries or military air strikes), conflict-related sexual violence, and the impact of conflict on women and children.
EBRO’s network can provide advice and deploy specialists in evidence preservation during conflict for later post-conflict in-country justice or international proceedings and tribunals. We also provide advice and strategies on the protection of cultural heritage, art and antiquities.
Conflict prevention, peacebuilding and peacemaking
EBRO’s team and consultant network are highly experienced in conflict prevention, dispute mediation, dialogue, talks and conflict resolution.
EBRO advises on, supports and carries out all aspects relevant to successful mediation, dialogue and conflict resolution. We have direct experience in bilateral negotiations between states, in multilateral negotiations under the auspices of the UN and AU, and in direct negotiations between governments and armed groups, as well as in soft mediation in cross-community disputes.
We also provide immediate and long-term strategic advice task forces on peacebuilding and peace processes. Our team is an essential partner (for states or international institutions) in any peace process (on strategy, drafting and implementation).
Post-conflict transitional justice
EBRO advises states on post-conflict (and during conflict) peace-building mechanisms and transitional justice. The experts in the EBRO’s consultant network have participated in many national and regional judicial tribunals, commissions for truth and reconciliation, reparation and compensation schemes, decommissioning processes, tracing missing persons, and commissions for the repatriation of human remains.
Post-conflict transitional government (development and state building)
EBRO can advise on, devise and implement bespoke strategies for post-conflict stability and enduring peace. The sustainability of peace requires focus not only on the peace process and transitional arrangements (both relating to government and justice) but also on state building. The country must develop in tandem with the peace process, both in terms of its institutions, policy and economy (See Development and Economic Stability), but also in terms of its civil society.
Rule of law, good governance (social and political stability)
The EBRO team can provide a state with all aspects of advice in relation to human rights whether relating to its responsibilities, obligations, actions or transgressions. We specialize in human rights audits of government structures and policy through reviews and recommendations followed by implementation and monitoring.
EBRO’s legal team and network has experience of acting both for and against states in some of the most high-profile international human rights litigation of the past 30 years. We can advise states on all aspects of human rights protection and, where necessary, put together legal teams to represent them.
Rule of law and judicial independence
EBRO’s distinguished lawyers and practitioners are able to offer independent and credible assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of existing state and judicial institutions. These assessments draw on international best practice and can provide a road map for institutional reform through restructuring, policy and training.
The EBRO team network can provide all levels of advice and drafting necessary to devise and formulate new constitutions or constitutional amendments.
EBRO offers advice on ethical good governance standards for governments, civil services and security forces and services.
We offer credible independent assessments of public governance, identify areas of concern, and make recommendations for reform. As well as promoting better domestic standards, independent reviews can also facilitate international engagement and overseas support/donor funding.
Independent investigations and inquiries
EBRO’s team and consultant network have a unique collective expertise in the conduct of internal investigations and public inquiries. Whether acting for a state, a government department, a company or an NGO, our lawyers and investigators have been directly involved in some of the most sensitive and far-reaching investigations and inquiries in recent years. These vary from allegations of widespread corruption (in government or sports) to investigations into coups d’etat and mass killings; from inquiries into the handling of natural disasters to the recovery of stolen assets. EBRO offers a comprehensive service for public and private investigation, with the highest levels of independence, integrity and credibility.
Anti-corruption, money-laundering and asset recovery
Our team includes anti-corruption specialists, financial investigators and lawyers with extensive global experience in asset recovery. Where significant public funds are alleged to have been stolen by regimes, public officials or third parties, EBRO has the resources at its disposal to design, organize funding, mount and manage successful and best practice international asset-tracing and recovery programs. Our team has pioneered asset recovery models into sovereign wealth funds for the redeployment of recovered funds into health, education and civil services.
Refugees and IDPs
EBRO can provide high-level strategic advice to states and institutions on the practical, logistical and legal implications of the mass movement of people (whether Refugees or IDPs), teams to conduct migration impact assessments, and experts to assist states in devising solutions that ensure compliance with international obligations and the protection and respect for human life and wellbeing.
Polling, election process and monitoring
EBRO offers a range of election monitoring and polling services, assisting states and political parties to install the due process and apparatus necessary to enable the right to free and fair elections, international acknowledgement and support, and recognition.
EBRO also provides guidance on ethical political campaigning and process for elections for states and political parties seeking domestic and international commendation and support.
National and international NGOs can be key participants in enabling an effective state and are essential pillars in any society. They have the ability to reach out to local communities, to provide help to those in need, enable consultation, protect and promote human rights and to provide shared platforms for the people and government. They can offer a means of engagement for disaffected or marginalized sectors of society, and promote the needs of those who are politically, economically or socially excluded. EBRO works with governments, institutions and NGOs to foster and energize civil society.
Fostering NGOs and civil society initiatives
EBRO works with governments to build strategies and conditions to better enable civil society development. We have extensive experience in fostering and building civil society groupings and initiatives. We design, plan, implement and guide NGOs as well as civil society projects and policy.
Safeguarding civil society
We offer mediation, consultation and legal advice/representation to civil society engagement on the state or international level and for states with civil society.
We can advise and guide NGOs on in-country engagement, legal compliance and their international obligations.
Campaigning and events
EBRO can formulate and implement domestic and international campaigns and events for states, institutions and civil society. Our events management and campaigning team have extensive experience and connections to key figures, influencers, commentators and validators.
Development and economic stability
Peace, prosperity and good governance require sustainable development and economic stability. It is essential for any peace process, post-conflict state or successful government that economic development and stability are built in tandem. EBRO believes in the promotion of best practice economic development and economic diversification to create stability and sustainability.
EBRO provides commercial diplomacy through designing strategies, policy and platforms to attract and encourage investment, economic diversification and reputable business practices. We can assist in creating the right environment with best practice and anti-corruption mechanisms to attract investment and be the foundations for economic stability. EBRO’s commercial affiliates act as a best practice gateway for business and investment across all sectors.
Social reinvestment schemes/regimes
EBRO can design and develop (or review and recommend) bespoke state corporate social reinvestment schemes to enable governments to maximize their impact for the benefit of a country and its people.
Commercial dispute management
Disputes between states and key investors can arise for a variety of reasons. The impact of such disputes on a state can be damaging, particularly when the matter affects the economic stability and the reputation of the country. EBRO’s expert consultant network (with government, legal and commercial experience) is best placed to advise and assist the parties in resolving disputes through negotiation, dialogue, mediation, arbitration or litigation.
Economic sustainability is becoming synonymous with environmental sustainability and protection. EBRO assists governments to meet environmental challenges and imperatives within government policy, actions and commercial activity.
Philip Boulton is a former senior British government official. He has advised a number of governments on strategic issues and has acted as a channel for dialogue and exchange on sensitive matters between opposing states, parties and groups. His work as an adviser has relied heavily on his ability to build discreet relationships, providing the means to assist the formulation of policy to promote effective engagement with international partners and achieve steps towards conflict resolution, stabilization and political and economic rehabilitation. Since leaving government service, he has used his skills to develop high level relationships in a number of frontier, emerging, and politically complex markets. He also advises and supports investors seeking to achieve their commercial objectives to the benefit of environments shaped by cultural differences, conflict and political disharmony.
Jason McCue is an experienced international litigator, and an expert in diplomacy, counter-terrorism law, conflict resolution, transitional justice, state-building, commercial diplomacy and foreign direct investment. He has acted as political and foreign affairs adviser to heads of state, governments, opposition groups, international bodies and companies; and has a long-established working relationship with the political, cultural and governmental infrastructure of many states in Africa and the Middle East. He is well-known for his work in pursuit of justice for victims of terrorism through the civil courts.
Among other roles, he has acted as Presidential Envoy for Somaliland in its efforts to achieve international recognition of its independent status; as facilitator to the joint UN/AU Darfur Peace Process; as adviser on foreign diplomacy and transitional justice to the Transitional Government of Libya; as head of the Libya-UK Reconciliation Group, supported by the UK Foreign Office; as adviser to the Government of Somalia on their anti-piracy, coastguard and fisheries policy; as adviser to the Government of Djibouti on policing, counter-terrorism and anti-piracy measures; and as lead adviser to the Government of Somaliland on development of the Berbera Port and the Berbera Corridor.
In the commercial sphere, he has represented private clients on overseas investment opportunities in developing states and frontier markets, providing advice on local operating conditions, government access and social re-investment schemes.
Jasmine Zerinini is a former French diplomat, with a background in human and hard security issues and regional expertise in Asia. She served as Director for South Asia and Afghanistan in the Quai d’Orsay between 2008 and 2011. She also acted as French Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. In this capacity, she was responsible for reconstruction and civilian assistance to Afghanistan and Pakistan. She has held policy-level positions in the French Ministry of Defence and the Prime Minister’s Office in relation to security, the coordination of intelligence, and Asian affairs, during which she helped develop institutional relationships between France and countries in Asia and Oceania in the security field. She is a member of the Bar in London and an accredited mediator with the ADR group. She is a Trustee of Inter-Mediate, a charity dedicated to mediation and conflict-resolution, and a member of the Council of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs).
Matthew Jury is an expert in public international law, domestic and international human rights law, litigation (counter-terrorism and multi-jurisdictional), and campaign management. Matthew is a Ministry of Defence panel solicitor, a former Foreign and Commonwealth Office Consultant, and a previous nominee for the Law Society of England and Wales’ Solicitor of the Year and Junior Solicitor of the Year. His clients include victims of terrorism (representing them in a number of ground-breaking civil prosecutions against the perpetrators, supporters and financiers of global terrorism, including the IRA, HAMAS and Muammar Gaddafi); families of British soldiers killed in the Second Iraq War (Matthew litigated on their behalf against the Iraq Inquiry to secure a timely publication of the Chilcot Report); British Army veterans (in inquests and other matters); state governments (advising on counter-terrorism and human rights issues) and victims of international abuse of the INTERPOL Red Notice system (Matthew has represented a number of clients in quashing international warrants circulated to target political opponents and for improper purposes).
Matthew formerly represented death-row inmates in Virginia and South Carolina, US, and has advised and represented a number of political prisoners and UK citizens detained overseas in circumstances absent of due process and/or in breach of international standards of detention and human rights in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He is a regular commentator for newspapers, radio and TV.
McCue & Partners LLP
is a specialist international law firm that is internationally acknowledged as a leading practice in human rights, litigation, criminal defence and prosecution, transitional justice, and reputation management. The media has dubbed the firm as “The Enforcers” and as “Someone to Watch Over Us”. The firm is one of the UK’s most highly recommended (Legal 500 and Chambers Directories) law firms, including lawyers that are acknowledged as leaders in their fields. This enables EBRO to be in the unique position of providing clients with on demand legal advice or direct formal representation through the law firm. See www.mccue-law.com.RIGEL Corporation Ltd
is a multi-disciplinary consultancy that has a strong track record of delivering solutions to clients in the public sector (states, governments, political leaders), the non-government sector (NGOs and domestic, regional and international institutions) and private sector (companies, businesses, and investors). RIGEL operates discreetly at the highest levels, making use of direct access to leaders, advisors, key influencers, decision makers and validators. Rigel has strong relationships with governments, security and intelligence, the international community, the media and the private sector in areas of value to any client.
RIGEL’s principals and senior team members have backgrounds in:
- International, political and private diplomacy & international affairs
- Foreign and domestic policy
- Overseas business and Inward Investment
- Law (international and domestic)
- Intelligence and security
- Conflict and dispute resolution
- State building and development (including peace-making/truth and reconciliation)
- Media, communications and PR
- Campaigning and lobbying
- Project management (research, design & implementation).
RIGEL provides the following services:
- Commercial diplomacy
- Private diplomacy
- Legal solutions
- Project solutions
- Reputation management
- Intelligence and research
- Crisis management.
Please see www.rigelcorporation.comFields PLLC
, a USA law firm with offices in Atlanta and Washington, has established relationships with world-class litigation teams, leading consulting firms and specialists. It can field a first-rate multi-disciplinary team to recover claims for states, sovereign Indian tribes, corporations and individuals. Our consultants have unique
practices in identifying litigation opportunities in antitrust, insurance and other related fields; developing settlement models; and managing large data analytics projects.Blue Star Strategies (BSS) LLC
is a dynamic, interdisciplinary strategic consulting, public affairs, and government relations firm based in Washington, DC with offices in Europe and Latin America. Blue Star Strategies SAS expands the firm's work in Europe, serving clients in Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium.
Their principals, who previously served at the highest levels of the U.S. government in the White House, Department of Commerce, Department of State, Congress, as well as in the private sector and labour institutions, provide full and personalized attention to clients for the duration of a project. They lead a team with decades of experience working with, government, business, labour, multilateral and public policy institutions, think tanks, non-profit advocacy organizations, and the media and are focused on achieving concrete results and success for clients.Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy & Development (SCDDD)
is a not for profit organisation promoting global peace & development through policy analysis, advocacy and strategic partnerships.
After years of working in the UN and shuttling between tough terrains, mediating crises, resolving conflicts as well as preaching the gospel of global peace, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, CFR decided to return to Nigeria to use his expertise and experience to help address the enormous developmental challenges that Nigeria, ECOWAS and Africa are grappling with. He established Savannah Centre to focus on the nexus between peace, democracy and development. SCDDD has a dedicated team of African and international expertise appropriate to carry out the centre’s mission.
Savannah Centre was established on the underlying principle that peace, development and democracy are inextricably linked. Professor Gambari was inspired by two UN Secretaries-General, both Africans - Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Kofi Annan. They both wrote seminal reports that dealt with peace, development and democracy in the world.
Advisers and consultants
International and political affairs advisers
Mohammed Yonis is a former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. He was Minister for Foreign Affairs for Somaliland from 2013 to 2015 and is a seasoned diplomat with over 40 years’ experience in international development and conflict management. He is a former Director and Adviser to the President of the African Development Bank and, from 2009 to 2013, he worked as Deputy Joint Special Representative of UNAMID in Darfur, coordinating efforts between the UN, the African Union and the Government of Sudan. Amongst other roles, it was his responsibility to conduct hostage negotiations. Mr. Yonis was the Foreign Minister of Somaliland for over two years until October 2015. While in that capacity, he co-hosted the first Investment Conference for Somaliland with the UK Government in London; led a high-level delegation to the first Somaliland Conference at the European Union Parliament in Brussels in January 2015; and participated as an observer at the African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings in May 2015.
Mr. Yonis holds an MPA from Harvard University where he was a Mason Fellow, and a BA in Political Science and Business Management from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He also holds diplomas in conflict resolution and in education obtained in Canada, Somalia and Germany. He is an expert on public policy, particularly, in relation to governance, management and peace building in Africa. He speaks fluent English and Arabic.
Lord David Trimble is a British politician who was the first First Minister of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2002, and the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) from 1995 to 2005. He was also the Member of Parliament for Upper Bann from 1990 to 2005 and the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Upper Bann from 1998 to 2007. In 2006, he was made a life peer in the House of Lords and a year later left the UUP to join the Conservative Party.
Lord Trimble began his career as a Professor of Law at The Queen's University of Belfast in the 1970s until being elected as the MP for Upper Bann in 1990. He was instrumental in the negotiations that led to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, and (along with John Hume) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998.
Cofer Black is a former CIA official who was appointed Ambassador-at-large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism by President George W. Bush and led the Office of Counterterrorism in the U.S. State Department. Previously he served in the Directorate of Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) and Director of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center (CTC). Cofer is an internationally recognized authority on counterterrorism, cyber security, national security, and foreign affairs.
In the recent years, Cofer has provided strategic guidance, business development, and high-level consulting to leading global companies, corporate support to US Government and international customers and is currently on the board of several companies including the Baltic International Bank.
Dr. Abdalla Hamdok is an economist, senior policy analyst and an author with over thirty years of experience in addressing diverse development challenges in Africa primarily in the fields of governance, institutional analysis, public sector reforms, regional integration, and resource management.
Since 2011 Dr. Hamdok has been the Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Previously, Dr. Hamdok: headed ECA’s portfolios of activities on development policy management, NEPAD and regional integration, and governance and public administration (2001 onwards); served the International IDEA as Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East; was Chief Technical Advisor (1995-1997) at the International Labour Organization, Zimbabwe; Principal Policy Economist (1997-2001) at the African Development Bank, Cote d’Ivoire; Head of the Public Sector Group and Member of the management committee (1993-1995) at Deloitte & Touche Management Consultants, Zimbabwe; and senior official (1981-1987) at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of Sudan.
Dr. Hamdok sits on a number of boards and panels: Eminent Persons Panel of Trade and Development Bank; Chair of the Advisory Council of Mo Ibrahim Foundation; member of Human Science Research Council of South Africa; Chair of the Technical Committee of the High-level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa. He holds a PhD and MA in Economics from the School of Economic Studies, University of Manchester, UK, and a BSc. (honours) from the University of Khartoum, Sudan.
Sir Ronald Flanagan GBE, QPM was Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and its predecessor the Royal Ulster Constabulary. He was subsequently appointed as the Home Office Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Since leaving the UK police force, he became the strategic advisor to the Abu Dhabi police force and chairman of the international cricket council’s anti-corruption and security unit.
Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari is a Nigerian scholar and diplomat. He was the Nigerian Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985 before having a career within the United Nations and African Union. He served from 2005 as the Under-Secretary General of the UN (USG) for the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). He was appointed by the Secretary-General of United Nations and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission as Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur from 2010. He was also the Special Adviser on the International Compact with Iraq and Other Issues for the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Professor Gambari has had a long career in education. He taught at City University of New York, the University of Albany and the Ahmadu Bello University. He was a visiting professor at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (he is a member of the Johns Hopkins University's Society of Scholars), Georgetown University and Howard University and a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Chancellor of the Kwara State University. He is co-chair of the Albright-Gambari Commission, a Commander of the Federal Republic by the Government of Nigeria and founder and head of the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy & Development (SCDDD) - a non-profit organisation promoting global peace & development through policy analysis, advocacy and strategic partnerships.
Charlotte Leslie is Director of the Conservative Middle East Council, enabling MPs and policy makers to gain a first-hand understanding of the region, through delegations, publications and debates. In Autumn 2017, she was appointed as the Government's trustee for 'The Football Foundation'.
From 2010 to June 2017, Charlotte served as the Member of Parliament for Bristol North West. She specialised in education, health, and the Middle East and was awarded the Spectator's "Backbencher of the Year" award for her work on the NHS. She was Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Saudi Arabia. A keen boxer, Charlotte was also Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Boxing and remains an Honorary Steward of the British Boxing Board of Control.
Prior to entering politics, Charlotte worked in television production at the BBC, at charities including the National Autistic Society, at the think tank "Policy Exchange". She attended Balliol College, Oxford where she read Classics. She is a regular contributor to national newspapers and television and in her spare time enjoys surfing.
International and political affairs consultants
Justin Marozzi is a political and strategic communications advisor, journalist, author, and broadcaster with extensive experience in international project management and a proven track record of working with senior political leadership at Head of State level and across international governments, UN agencies, European Union, African Union, and NATO. Highly experienced in conflict and post-conflict environments, with many years working in the Middle East and Arab word, he is also a professional communicator with the highest academic qualifications and a proven ability to achieve outstanding results in the most testing situations.
He is a member of the UK government Stabilisation Unit’s Deployable Civilian Experts in Strategic Communications, with UK government / NATO security clearance. He is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Policy Institute at King’s College London and a Senior Research Fellow at Buckingham University’s Humanities Research Institute. He was a Trustee of the Royal Geographical Society 2011-2014.
He has extensive experience as a political and strategic communications advisor to: The Office of the Prime Minister of Libya; NATO (Norway) and Allied Rapid Reaction Corps; Strategic Communications Evaluation, UN, Geneva; Senior Communications Advisor to the President and Prime Minister of Somalia; Senior Communications Advisor to Director of UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit; Director of Government Relations, Aegis, Iraq; Senior Advisor, Albany Associates.
He is a writer, historian and journalist and regularly contributes to national and international publications and broadcasters, including BBC, FT, Newsweek, Spectator, Times, Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, Evening Standard. He was a former contributing editor to The Spectator.
Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy PhD is a geographer and research fellow at CNRS, France. He specializes on the geography and geopolitics of illegal drugs (opium and cannabis) in Asia and in northern Africa. He has fieldwork experience in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Morocco. He is the author of numerous books and academic articles. He regularly advises Western governments.
Abdeljellil Bouzidi combines expertise in financial markets, green finance, industrial economics, investment and economic governance with a strong strategic focus. He executed and managed several assignments for leading investment banks and asset managers in Europe. Before creating Emena Advisory, an independent strategy and market finance consulting firm, he worked as a senior adviser on innovative and strategic projects within a large investment bank. Abdeldjellil is member of the French Official Statistical Authority and several leading think tanks where he is responsible for the economic teams. Abdeldjellil has been named by Revue Banque as one of the most consulted experts. He contributed to the first report on Positive Economy for the French President in 2013 and to the book led by Jacques Attali, “Vers une Révolution Positive”, presented to the G20 in 2018.
Ben Emmerson QC is an international lawyer specialising in national security and counter-terrorism, international human rights and humanitarian law, and international and extra-territorial criminal law. He regularly advises and represents states and heads of state on a range of issues connected with national security, armed conflict, and rule of law issues. Emmerson’s commercial practice has been focused upon the representation of multi-nationals in connection with alleged violations of international and extra-territorial criminal law. He was formerly Special Adviser to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, and Special Adviser to the Appeals Chamber of UN-backed Khymer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. Between 2011 and 2017 Emmerson was UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights. He currently sits part time as a judge on the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia. He is a Deputy High Court Judge in England and Wales, and a Visiting Professor in Law and Security at the University of Oxford. He is also an accredited mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.
Richard W. Fields, the founding partner of Fields PLLC, is an innovative lawyer whose creative approach to the practice of law has earned him the reputation as a pioneer in settling complex large-scale litigation and the creation of the modern litigation finance market. His strong ability to solve problems by bringing in different perspectives has been key to his long track record of success.
Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Fields has recovered billions of dollars for numerous Fortune 500 clients and in 2006, he was named a “Leading Lawyer” by Lawdragon magazine. Mr. Fields has litigation experience in disputes involving insurance coverage, products liability, professional negligence, securities fraud, pollution, asbestos, and mass torts. He has represented hundreds of Fortune 500 companies in the oil, gas, electric, chemical, banking, and manufacturing industries. He has resolved some of the largest claims presented to London market insurers, leading to recognition as an authority on the resolution of insurance and reinsurance disputes, and he has represented victims of terrorism in numerous cases.
As a premier litigator working as a fund manager from 2008-2015, Richard managed $600 million in private and public litigation funds. As the founder and CEO of Juridica Asset Management Limited (“JAML”), Mr. Fields launched the first publicly-traded fund for complex lawsuits involving business-to-business disputes on the London Stock Exchange.
In addition to his experience as a litigator and fund manager, Mr. Fields has raised over $1.0 billion in capital for various start-ups and early-stage companies, is an active member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the McKinney School of Law at Indiana University, the Audit Committee of Human Rights Watch and previously served as co-chair of the New York Committee of Human Rights Watch and on the Advisory Board of Rand Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice.
Jason Wright is a former US Army judge advocate (JAG). He is currently in private practice in New York City and Washington DC, serves as Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University and Professor of Practice at Washington and Lee University School of Law. During his ten-year active-duty military career, Wright was a military public defender in Europe and Guantánamo Bay, an aide-de-camp to a division commander in Iraq, and a military legal planner in Europe and Iraq where he advised on international law, national security, humanitarian law and military intelligence. He was military defence counsel for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, in trial proceedings held in Guantánamo Bay (the largest ever criminal case in US legal history). Since establishing his own private practice in 2015, Wright has been handling a range of cases including government investigations, cases concerning national security law and sanctions, civil and appellate litigation, and public international law matters for private clients, multinational corporations, defence and intelligence contractors, as well as certain states. Wright, awarded the Bronze Star Medal for combat service in Iraq and the U.S. Secretary of Defence’s Meritorious Service Medal for his representation of Guantánamo Bay detainees, continues to serve as a Major in the US Army Reserves where he holds a top- secret security clearance.
Faisal Osman is a leader in international asset recovery on behalf of governments and commercial organisations, and the worldwide enforcement of judgments and awards. He acts as co-ordinating counsel and chief strategist in multi-disciplinary recovery teams and advises clients on all aspect of a recovery process, including merits and financing. Faisal is called to the Bar of England and Wales and registered before the Dubai Financial International Centre Courts in the UAE and practices world-wide.
Mary Johnson is an international human rights lawyer and consultant with a practice focusing on human rights and business in areas of conflict. She has extensive advocacy experience on diverse human rights issues including the prohibition against torture in the context of counter- terrorism, migrants’ rights, the death penalty, labour rights, racial discrimination, and reproductive rights. Mary has contributed to a variety of cases in both state and federal court in the United States, including the US Supreme Court decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell, as well as contributing to cases in various lower courts in Colombia. She has drafted and delivered oral and written interventions at the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on human rights situations in the US, Spain, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Dominican Republic, and Mexico, to name a few. Mary also has experience as a teacher and trainer in international human rights law, US constitutional law and criminal procedure, and took a brief hiatus from legal practice to launch a social enterprise in northern Thailand. She received her J.D. in Public Interest Law from the University of San Francisco School of Law and an LL.M. with distinction in international law from SOAS University of London. Mary is admitted to practice as an Attorney-at-Law by the State Bar of California.
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James O’Keefe is an experienced political and strategic communications adviser. He has devised and implemented communications campaigns and strategies for multinational companies, NGOs, global brands, political parties, national governments and Individuals in the public eye. He has worked both in the UK and internationally across Europe, Middle East, Asia and Latin America. His areas of expertise - International Affairs, Energy and Industrial, Litigation PR and Reputation Management.
James was a former political adviser and staffer to the British Labour Party and has advised on UK General Elections since 1997, including focus on US relations when he was based in Washington DC. He has been a Director of several UK public affairs and PR agencies from 2001- present.
Rupert Wright is a strategic communications counsellor who has advised numerous governments and in particular those in the gulf states and the Caribbean. Before Ashbright, he was Middle East Chairman of Edelman, the world’s largest public relations company. He has worked with Shell, ADCB, General Electric and Mubadala, a sovereign wealth fund, among others. He has run media training courses for government and corporate clients including Shell, BlackBerry and Etihad Airways.
He began his career in London at Euromoney in the 1990s, reporting from emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, Poland and Indonesia. In 1996 he joined The European under the editorship of Andrew Neill, where he was business and finance editor. In 2000 he consulted for the World Bank, developing its Water Media Network, as well as LTP Trade and Deutsche Bank in London. He has written books on water and the Languedoc. He has also written for most of the world’s major newspapers including the Financial Times, Washington Post, The Times and Wall Street Journal. He was instrumental in the start-up of the National newspaper in Abu Dhabi in 2008, where he was business comment editor.
Toby Burnham is an expert in global communications with a demonstrated depth of experience working successfully in public relations across multiple sectors and different continents. He is skilled in crisis management and building campaign narratives through strategic communications, corporate social responsibility aspects, event management and worldwide media relations.
Toby’s twenty years’ experience at running global news events along with an in-depth working knowledge of the technologies and architecture of modern news coverage, allows him to design, build, and run campaigns or crisis management very effectively. While adept on any continent, Toby has focussed much of his work across Africa, working in Sudan, Republic of South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco and Libya; and the UAE and Qatar.
Added to that is a record of significant high-level consultancy work in a range of global sectors, such as health and development (World Health Organisation, RED, Malaria No More, The Global Fund, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), energy (National Oil Corporation of Libya), sport and entertainment; creating a rare mix of connectivity and knowledge of many types of content and story-building across the world.