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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Dr Rosenbaum is an economist with a PhD in business economics. He is currently Associate Professor and Director of the MBA programme at the University of Southern Denmark, as well as a Visiting Professor teaching global strategy courses to MBA and EMBA students at various top business schools around the world. Dr Rosenbaum has many years of experience in the areas of consultancy and Private Banking, and has worked on assignments in over 50 countries on 5 continents. In addition to being a prize-winning professor and researcher, he has presented strategic solutions to interest groups and private think tanks in different European countries.
Safa is a senior consultant with Mashora. She is a renowned development expert and a recipient of numerous international awards for her remarkable contribution to the development of Yemeni women. Safa has on the ground experience on development initiatives in some of the most fragile and difficult contexts. In Yemen, she has managed numerous projects with a focus on youth and women empowerment; and CSOs capacity building. Safa additionally has strong experience in peace-building and conflict resolution. She has an MA in International Development & Gender at the Gender & Development Research Center, Sana'a University.
Njeri is a seasoned investment professional with a particular focus on the East African market. Njeri has a strong background in debt finance and portfolio management with a focus on the sourcing and origination of impact opportunities. Njeri has worked in both the United Kingdom and Kenya and runs an impact investment consultancy firm. Njeri has a BSc in Business Management (Kings College London 2013-16) and has received her Investment Management Certification (CFA Society) in 2017.
Mundher is a consultant with Mashora. His expertise lies in decentralisation, negotiations and mediation, facilitating non-official meetings to build trust and find common ground between non-state actors. He has worked as a consultant for several international NGOs, writing reports and conducting mappings on the political and social structures in Yemen. In addition, he has been a speaker in numerous international roundtables and meetings related to peacebuilding and conflict resolution in Yemen. He holds a BSc in Psychology from the Heinrich-Heine University and a MA in Public Policy from the Erfurt University.
Dr Lu is an international relations scholar with a PhD in Politics at University of Oxford. He is a research fellow at Strategic and Defense Studies Centre the Australian National University and teaches international security and development courses to research students and practitioners. He previously worked as a programme associate and consultant at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and as a political advisor to elections in regime transitions and in developing countries. He conducted field missions to Syria, Lebanon, Colombia, Venezuela and Myanmar, engaging with policy communities on conflict mediation and post-conflict building, and researching China’s emerging role in conflict-affected regions. In addition to his academic publications, his works have appeared in Guardian, the Diplomat, Los Angeles Review of Books, BBC Chinese, Lifeweek and has been cited in Der Spiegel, the Economist, El Pais and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Help governments, the private sector and international institutions analyze public policy challenges combining international comparative experience with in-depth local insights.
Presenting the most effective solutions to address the policy challenges in fragile contexts.
Provide businesses with strategies for effective access to emerging markets in the Middle East and Africa.
Assisting in the implementation of the proposed solutions and strategies.