Roger D. Carstens recently served as the Senior Civilian Advisor on the Commander, International Security and Assistance Force (COMISAF) Advisory and Assistance Team, located in Kabul, Afghanistan. In this capacity, he led a team of 50 military, governance and development, rule of law, and information operations experts tasked with advising and assisting military forces from the platoon to the Corps level. He previously served as the Project Director for Bancroft Global Development’s efforts in Somalia, where he was responsible for 100 military, engineering, and medical advisors in support of the African Union’s Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Army.
Prior to accepting a position at NAF, he served as the Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor on the COMISAF Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT) from 2009 to 2011. Roger is a retired Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel whose last posting was as an advisor to the Iraqi National Counter Terror Force in Baghdad, Iraq. A writer on national security affairs, he has been published in Foreign Policy Online, USA Today, The Washington Times, U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, National Review Online, Christian Science Monitor and has been a featured guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Fox News Live, and National Public Radio. Roger is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), where he is writing a book about his embed with the Puntland Maritime Police Force as they routed out pirates from their enclaves on the coast of the Indian Ocean. His time in Puntland was documented in “The Project,” a film that he co-produced.
Michael Malinics is a Senior Associate and the Director of Conflict Resolution Engagement at Buffaloe Global Development Corp. Michael is a recent graduate of Georgetown University with a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution and a 2016 Presidential Management Fellowship Finalist. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in December 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and International Relations. Michael has interned at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Policy, Regional and Functional Organizations; and the Office of Peace Operations, Sanctions and Counterterrorism. Throughout his graduate career, he also worked as an intern at the United Nations Development Program, as an Executive Programs Coordinator for Georgetown’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development, and as a research assistant for Professor Marc Howard at Georgetown University. Michael specializes in conflict analysis, peacebuilding, stability operations, and sustainability.
Over the course of a 32-year career with the United States Department of State, Cheryl Sim specialized in countries emerging from conflict and their respective quests for security and stability. Ms. Sim served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commanding General of the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti; the only enduring U.S. military presence in Africa. She advised the Command on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues related to East and Central Africa. Elsewhere in Africa, Ms. Sim led and managed the daily operations of the U.S. embassies in Cote d’Ivoire (2012-2014) and Rwanda (2007-2009). Ms. Sim is an acknowledged authority on Somalia and was assigned as the Counselor for Somalia Affairs and the Deputy Special Representative for Somalia at the U.S. Mission in Nairobi (2010-2012). Her other assignments in Africa were at the U.S. embassies in Antananarivo, Madagascar and Mogadishu, Somalia. She directed the Bureau of Intelligence and Research’s Office of War Crimes, Atrocities, Human Rights and Democracy (2009-10). She served as the Counselor for Political and Specialized Agencies Affairs (1999-2002) at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, and in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (1994-96). She holds six Department of State Superior Honor Awards and six Meritorious Honor awards.
Making Peace and Prosperity Go Hand-in-Hand
Silas Agbo is a skilled business development professional currently assisting companies in Europe and Africa to develop their business strategies, and creating a non-profit project fostering innovative challenges to global social challenges. Silas is dedicated to helping people become agents of social change. He has previous banking experience with extensive expertise in the SMB segment.
Lanre Akinbo is a corporate and transactions services professional with extensive experience in financial analysis/modelling, valuation, financial due diligence, feasibility studies, business strategy development, training and research. He worked for about 8 years in the Corporate Finance, Transactions Services and Tax practices of Arthur Andersen and KPMG in Nigeria; where he completed several engagements on investment appraisal, valuation, mergers and buyouts for various clients. These assignments involved several cross-border teams in Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, the US and the UK.
Lanre currently works with Wizer Resource & Advisory Limited, a Company he founded in October 2006, specialising in financial advisory, training and outsourcing services.
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Matthew Parkes is currently pursuing his MA in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University. He is originally from Massachusetts and has a BA in Political Science and Genocide studies from Keene State College in New Hampshire. His academic and professional interests include transitional justice, international law, peace education, socially responsible investing, and peace economics. In his free time he enjoys playing sports, reading, listening to and playing music, fishing, watching the New England Patriots, and the endless pursuit of finding cheap places to eat and drink in DC.
Barclay Adams is an accomplished intelligence professional with a solid background analyzing and identifying opportunities to stabilize complex environments. As a former Army Intelligence officer and senior Defense Department civilian, he has been focused exclusively on Afghanistan and the surrounding region for more than a decade. He has advised top U.S. and NATO Commanders in Afghanistan, Commanders of U.S. Central Command, the Joint Staff and policymakers in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Ambassadors, and Members of the U.S. Congress. Combining his technical expertise as an intelligence professional with his broad knowledge and understanding of state building, governance, culture, development, and security issues, he has supported the full range of military operations, diplomatic engagement, strategic planning, and policy development; in 2012, he even worked alongside the UN, U.S. State Department, Afghan government agencies, and international donors to develop and implement conflict resolution initiatives designed to empower the Afghan government. Barclay currently leads a team of 60 analysts in direct support of the Commanding General of U.S. Central Command.
Isabella Bennett is a Senior Associate and the Director of Strategy and Business Development at Buffaloe Global Development Corp. Previously, she was the assistant director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she produced the inaugural Report Card on International Cooperation, which has been featured as a metric for understanding the status of transnational efforts to tackle shared problems on platforms such as NPR and on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Prior to that, she was a Fulbright scholar in Brazil researching China’s market-entry strategies, and how countries receiving influxes of Chinese investment can negotiate projects that are more beneficial for their populations. Her research was summarized in her article, “China in Brazil: The Quest for Economic Power Meets Brazilian Strategizing,” in Carta Internacional, the journal of the Brazilian Association of International Relations. Previously, she worked as a research associate and program coordinator at the Council on Foreign Relations, focusing on transnational crime, global finance, terrorism, and armed conflict. Her publications have been featured on CFR.org, the Atlantic, the National Interest, and CNN.com. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin), and basic French and Italian.
Sam Meyer is the founder and CEO of WayPoint Strategies, LLC, an international consultancy firm focused on “Building Capacity in Uncertainty”. Sam has more than 30 years of service in both the government and private sectors, involving counter-intelligence special operations, force protection investigations, intelligence analysis and stability initiatives in the interest of international, national and village level leaders. His experiences include special response team leader, principal instructor regarding CI/HUMINT collection, worldwide protective services analyst and Task Force Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) management. Sam has operated in various environments where success has been measured by lives impacted through meeting challenges, overcoming adversity and exceeding expectation. He has attained recognition from the United Nations in Civil-Military Coordination, International Conflict Resolution, International Law during armed conflict, and the Conduct of Humanitarian relief operations and management.
Sam holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Almeda University with recent experience in Department of State High Threat Protection – Iraq, Task Force Business and Stability Operations – Afghanistan. His publications include: “Pashtun Culture on the Frontier”- Foreign Military Studies Office; “The Newest Great Game”- Wikistrat; and “Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies: Comparing Theory and Practice”- (Contributor), Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism (CTC) Leiden University, The Hague.
For more information regarding WayPoint Strategies, please visit www.waypointstrategies.us
Director of Conflict Resolution Engagement
International Relations and Diplomacy Strategist
Retired U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer
Dave Buffaloe retired after a very distinguished 21-year military career. After commanding U.S. Army Paratroopers and indigenous militia forces in both Afghanistan in 2003 and Iraq in 2004, he became a top-tier strategist routinely hand-picked to solve the world’s most pressing international security issues. In 2009, he drafted General McChrystal’s multi-year campaign design in Afghanistan focusing on security, governance, development, and reducing corruption. He most recently served as the Military Advisor for Peacekeeping Operations at the Department of State, where he authored numerous UN Security Council Resolutions on Africa and the Middle East. In 2013, he developed the African Union and the United Nations’ comprehensive strategy for Somalia to defeat al-Shabaab and secure governance and democracy. In each case, he achieved unity of effort from the military, government, and the international community. Now, he and his team work relentlessly to make the private sector the cement of the peacebuilding architecture in post-war countries.
WayPoint Strategies, LLC
Conflict Resolution Expert
Director of Business Development
Retired U.S. Army Special Forces Officer
Principal and CEO
Bill Lynn is a Co-founder and Vice President of Veritas Bellator, LLC (VBI-INTL), a full service global security consulting company. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University and is a retired FBI Agent with more than 45 years of experience having specialized in international criminal investigations, special operations, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism. He served in New York City as the FBI’s Chief of Special Operations and in Ottawa, Canada as the FBI’s Legal Attaché at the US Embassy. Since his retirement from the FBI in 2007 he has been assisting the U. S. Military and NATO in counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan. He spent more than 42 months in Afghanistan embedded as a special staff officer advising infantry commanders on how to enhance intelligence processes by incorporating civilian criminal investigative principles into military planning and operations. He pioneered ways to counter the illicit corrupt practices of Afghan criminal patronage networks that undermines Afghan progress toward legitimate democratic governance. He is a subject matter expert on all aspects of Afghan government, law and culture. His extensive professional investigative experience and time on the ground in the South-Central Asia region has provided him unique insights into the threat from the militant Islamic State and how to apply practical countermeasures.
For more information about Veritas Bellator, please visit http://www.vbi-intl.com
Senior Intelligence Analyst at CENTCOM’s Joint Intelligence Center
CEO of Wizer Advisory Limited, Lagos, Nigeria
Rule of Law Strategist
Co-founder and Vice President of Veritas Bellator, LLC
Jordan Wilhelm is a logistics professional working in international development. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and is currently enrolled at Georgetown University pursuing a Master’s of Emergency and Disaster Management. Prior to working at Buffaloe Global Development Corp., Jordan served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company Commander, CBRNE, and Logistics Officer in the US Army for ten years. She conducted and managed humanitarian and expeditionary logistics operations, emergency response, and homeland security missions in the United States, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has experience working with USAID and USDA supporting capacity building and conservation efforts and speaks basic French.
Civil Society Engagement and Social Capital Strategist
Co-Founder of Koryx.org, the Citizen Lab
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