Country Risk Team
Gavea's specialists in country risk are tested professionals who bring a unique
perspective to their analyses - one that designed specifically for firms and
investors with assets in developed, emerging, and frontier markets. Kindly
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Jeremy Weltman (Europe, Latin America, select Frontier Markets)
Jeremy has a Master’s degree in Macroeconomics from the University of Liverpool and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northumbria, both UK institutions. He is currently Managing Director of a boutique economics survey firm, MJEconomics, producing Euro Zone Barometer and Nordic Barometer, two electronic monthly surveys of economic forecasts by prestigious economists. Jeremy has extensive economics, forecasting and country-risk writing experience working for commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle and as Editorial Director at Consensus Economics, an international survey firm, where he inaugurated several of their newsletter publications and travelled extensively worldwide. Previously Jeremy worked for more than 15 years as a freelance contributor to Dun & Bradstreet Country Risk Services and on a similar basis for Catella Property Consultants.
Kissy Agyeman- Togobo (Africa)
Kissy holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Sciences Politiques (France) and an LLB from the University of Leicester. She is Partner and Co-Founder of Songhai Advisory LLP, a bespoke business intelligence consultancy focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa, and one of Gavea’s strategic partner firms. Based Accra, Ghana, Kissy frequently moves between countries in the sub-region, expanding the company’s network and reach into the continent. Kissy also serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Council for Africa and on the Advisory Board of JLT’s World Risk Review.
Nelson Rand (Southeast Asia)
Nelson has a Master’s degree in Asia Pacific Policy Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Asian Studies, both from the University of British Columbia. Nelson has been based in Southeast Asia for over a decade working as a journalist and political consultant. He currently provides political risk analysis and due diligence assessments on companies in various sectors throughout Southeast Asia, with a focus on Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. He previously worked as a contractor for the political section of the Embassy of Canada in Thailand and as a regional correspondent for France24 TV. He is author of the book Conflict: Journeys through war and terror in Southeast Asia and co-producer of the documentary film The Longest War about ethnic conflict in Myanmar. Nelson resides in Bangkok, Thailand.
Nana Adu Ampofo (Africa)
Nana holds a Master’s degree in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from the University of Nottingham and a BA in Politics and Economics from York. Nana is a Nana is Co-Founder and Partner at Songhai Advisory LLP. Prior to launching Songhai Advisory, Nana worked with the international market intelligence company, IHS, as an economist and country analyst and before that with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development as an associate economic affairs officer contributing to investment policy advisory initiatives for Ghana, Nigeria et al.
Primoz Manfreda (Asia, Middle East, North Africa)
Primoz received his Master’s degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University, having majored in political science with a focus on the modern Middle Eastern state. Primoz specializes in political risk forecasting covering a number of markets in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. During his time at a UK-based think-tank, Primoz co-authored several reports on the security situation in Afghanistan and youth employment issues in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Primoz has lived and worked in Syria and the UAE, which includes studies of Arabic at the University of Damascus, Syria.
Gregory Zalasky (Eastern Europe)
Greg received his Master’s degree in International Affairs with a focus on Europe and Eurasia from the George Washington University and his Bachelor’s degree in Russian studies and world politics from Hamilton College. In addition, he is an alumnus of the Middlebury College School in Russia program in Yaroslavl' and the American Council's Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies program in St. Petersburg. Gregory has experience consulting with government clients on a variety of national security, media monitoring and intelligence projects. Besides his work as a consultant, he has served as an adjunct professor at Christopher Newport University, where he has taught courses on terrorism. He also has published articles on ForeignPolicy.com and in the Johns Hopkins University's Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst journal.
Dr Robert Weiner, Director of Petroleum Risk Assessment and Management
Robert J. Weiner is Professor of International Business, Public Policy & Public Administration, and International Affairs, at the George Washington University School of Business, Washington DC. He is also Senior Advisor to the Brattle Group, and Membre Associé, GREEN (Groupe de Recherche en Économie de l'Énergie et des Ressources Naturelles), Département d'économique, Université Laval, Québec, and was the 2005-2006 Gilbert White Fellow at Resources for the Future.
Professor Weiner received his Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics, and Master's and Doctoral Degrees in Business Economics, all from Harvard University. He has authored or coauthored four books (Energy and Environment, Oil Shock, Oil and Money, and Oil Markets in a Turbulent Era), and more than fifty articles on energy economics and finance.
Professor Weiner has been Research Fellow in the International Energy Program, Center for Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and consultant to Amoco; Mobil; Phillips; Texaco; the International Petroleum Exchange; the New York Mercantile Exchange; the U.S. Department of Energy; the U.S. International Trade Commission; the Harvard Institute for International Development; and the World Bank. He has won research awards from the Ministère des Affaires Internationales, Québec; Resources for the Future; the Columbia Center for the Study of Futures Markets; and the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Jack Daly, MA (Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa)
Jack Daly is a graduate of North Carolina State’s Masters of International Studies program and covers Asia and parts of Sub-Saharan Africa for Gavea and the PRS Group. Additionally, Jack works as a Research Associate at Duke University’s Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, providing research and consulting services for national governments, intergovernmental organizations, industry associations and private businesses. Since 2012, Jack has provided country risk assessments to Gavea, The PRS Group, and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Jack's academic research has focused on government responses to recent crises within automotive value chains in Sweden, Germany and the United States.