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Mashora Group is a boutique consultancy that provides services to government, institutional and private clients who pursue projects in the Middle East and Africa. We provide our clients with the most qualified expertise in each of our service areas. We provide services that are based on our candid advice and reliant on solid data.

The Team

  • Managing Partner

    Alia Eshaq

    Alia Eshaq is the managing director of Mashora Group. She is responsible for overseeing the implementation of all projects and activities. Alia has a strong background in public policy with a focus on peace-building and negotiations. She has worked for several years in designing and implementing peace-building projects. She has been speaker at a number of international conferences and workshops focusing on the future of the Middle East. Alia worked in Yemen for a few years where she was closely involved with the National Dialogue Conference and the political transition process (2012-2014). Alia has an MA in Public Policy (St Hilda’s, University of Oxford 2014-15) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA, Hult International Business School 2018-19).

  • Partner

    Luai Eshaq

    Luai Eshaq is a partner at Mashora group, leading the green economy and energy division. Luai has over a decade of diversified experience in the energy sector in Canada. He worked for several years performing economic analysis for oil & gas projects as well as many green initiatives that reduce carbon emission for large oil and gas companies. Utilizing his data analytics he built several green house gas (GHG) tracking mechanisms to track and monitor emissions in complex plants. He has a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a practicing professional engineer in Canada as well as a project management professional (APMP). Luai is also a well-rounded business opportunity professional and a serial entrepreneur with experience on digital start-ups as well as brick and mortar businesses. He is passionate about finding value and developing new business opportunities.

  • Senior Consultant

    Sara Hassan

    Sara has worked as a consultant on range of political, security and conflict resolution projects. She previously managed the Middle East Programme at the Oxford Research Group, a global think tank focused on conflict resolution. She was a mediation adviser on Syria as part of an initiative co-convened by King’s College London, the Department of War Studies. Sara was a Middle East analyst and then senior Middle East analyst with IHS Global Insight where she advised companies, banks, governments and NGOs on risks in the region. She also worked for number of think tanks including the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Sara wrote, edited and commissioned for Jane’s security publications and spent time as a reporter. She completed her training with Reuters in Cairo. Sara has an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Sara has experience covering most of the MENA region, but has a specific interest in Egypt, Syria, Yemen, the Palestinian Territories, Israel and the GCC region.

  • Consultant

    Dr. Judit Kuschnitzki

    Judit Kuschnitzki is an expert in the public sector and government in the Middle East. She holds an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (University of Oxford) and a PhD in Political Geography (University of Cambridge). Her research has focused on state-building, the state and transition processes in the Middle East, including the politicization of religious movements and the resilience and reform of state institutions. Having worked and conducted research in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, and Yemen, Judit has published widely on these topics, while also presenting her empirical findings at international conferences and workshops. Her academic track record is complemented by experience in the fields of journalism (Yemen), public policy (UK), and consultancy (international). At Mashora Group, Judit is responsible for public sector reform projects, while also working on green economy and peacebuilding topics. Given her background as managing editor for the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, she is also responsible for managing and editing Mashora Group publications.

  • Consultant

    Charlene Rahall

    Charlene consults on Mashora’s International Business Strategy projects on the Middle East and Africa. Charlene was a Senior MENA Analyst with Arabia Monitor, where she advised clients on the region’s emerging trends, risks and opportunities. She also led the production of thematic papers aimed at identifying and analysing medium to long term economic and geopolitical trends including China’s One Belt One Road and its impact on MENA. Born and raised in Sierra Leone, Charlene worked with the United Nations Development Fund in Freetown, where she assisted in implementing a youth empowerment programme. Charlene holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Liverpool. She is fluent in English and Arabic.

  • Project Assistant

    Hadi Halabi

    Hadi supports Mashora’s International Business Strategy projects on MENA. In his previous role as Associate at EY, Hadi worked with several top financial services companies. He was involved in the audit of one of the largest banks in the Middle East as well as of regional and multinational investment banks and hedge funds. Hadi recently worked on creating a strategy and an implementation plan to improve the position of a European consultancy within sustainability services. Born and raised in Lebanon, he founded a charity in Beirut that aims to provide basic needs to individuals and families. Hadi holds a MSc degree in Economics and Strategy from Imperial College London. He enjoys breaking down complex situations into simpler ones.

  • Affiliates

    In addition to our in-house expertise, we cooperate with a network of highly experienced consultants who enrich our knowledge and help us provide the best service to our clients

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