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David Nyheim (Managing Partner)


David is the Chief Executive of ECAS and Managing Partner.  He is also the Chairman of INCAS Consulting Ltd. (Malta).  He has extensive experience in dialogue process design and facilitation, stabilisation strategy development, early warning and risk assessment, and work on armed violence reduction. Prior to joining ECAS, he served for six years as the Director of the Forum for Early Warning and Early Response (FEWER) and held several policy and research positions in the European Commission and universities (Belgium and United Kingdom). As a consultant, David has worked for governments, United Nations agencies, and corporations in the North Caucasus, West and East Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. He is trained in political science (McGill), public health (Louvain and LSHTM), and economics (London School of Economics). Based in Malta, David is fluent in English, French, Norwegian, and Italian; and proficient in Spanish.



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Anton Ivanov (Managing Partner)


Anton is an ECAS Managing Partner and heads up our work in the CIS countries. He has consulted with Shell, BP, TNK-BP, UK and German governments as well as intergovernmental organisations on a range of projects such as reputation management and external stakeholder engagement in business, reconstruction and development analysis in the government sector, and community engagement and grassroots dialogue for conflict prevention in the nongovernmental sector. Anton received his PhD in social anthropology from IEA-RAS in 1996. Based in Moscow, Anton is fluent in English and Russian.

Donata Garrasi (Managing Partner)


Donata is an ECAS Managing Partner. She is a political scientist who specialises in political economy analysis, and policy and programme design and implementation in crisis affected contexts.  Donata has worked over the last twenty years with leading international organisations, including the United Nations, the UK Government Department for International Development and Stabilisation Unit, and the World Bank in transitional countries in Africa and Asia. Her key expertise is in crisis prevention and stabilisation strategies and support to political transitions. Donata is currently working on new approaches to promote business and investment in crisis-affected areas in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and North Africa region. Based in Milan, she is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Italian.


Emmanuelle Diehl (Managing Partner)


Emmanuelle is an ECAS Managing Parnter and consults for a range of organizations, including UNODC, Arab League, Rio Tinto Plc, BG Group Plc, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, and the London Business School.  Her areas of work in fragile and conflict-affected countries include corporate social performance, employment generation, conflict analysis and impact assessment, gender and youth issues.  She sits on several non-profit boards focused on youth empowerment and inter-cultural dialogue in Egypt. She holds MAs in international security studies, public administration and international relations, and BAs in public administration and international law.  Based in Cairo, Emmanuelle is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and is proficient in Arabic.


Currun Singh (Managing Partner)


Currun is an ECAS Managing Partner and an expert on prison reforms, armed groups, and organized crime. He has extensive experience living and working internationally, including in Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, and India. As the Libya country director for the World Organization Against Torture, he led a nationwide campaign to document hundreds of cases of torture and bring detention centers under civilian control. Currun has also conducted in-depth research on Somali piracy and militant Islamism, and published his findings in The New York Times and academic journals. He earned his BA in Social Studies from Harvard University, an MA in Governance & Democracy from the Institute of Social Studies – The Hague, and an MA in Peace & Security from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies. Based in Tunis, Currun speaks English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi.


Jean-Jacques Frere (Partner)


Jean-Jacques is an ECAS Partner and has 35 years of experience in the international development field with a career that encompasses leadership and senior management with NGOs, the United Nations, bilateral institutions and the World Bank. He has designed, managed and monitored numerous large projects in challenging environments and crisis affected settings in East Asia, South Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East.  Jean-Jacques began his career with Medecins sans Frontieres and was the organisation's first Medical Director. He then served as a Regional Health Advisor for UNICEF and cover 22 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. He also worked for 10 years with several USAID contractors on project design and management in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and the Middle East.  Jean-Jacque then joined the World Bank and became involved in project development and implementation, analytical work in the areas of health systems, health policies and governance, as well as high level contacts with government counterparts and other development partners.  His areas of expertise include post-conflict reconstruction, sector development in fragile states, global health issues and pandemic response, public-private partnerships and corporate social responsibility.  Jean-Jacques currently lives in Washington DC, is fluent in French and English, and conversational in Thai and Bahasa Indonesia. He holds MD and MPH degrees.


Marc Cohen (Partner)


Marc is an ECAS Partner and a development practitioner with over 20 years of experience in multilateral development agencies. He has worked in some 30 countries in conflict, post-conflict, or transition in South-East Asia, Central Asia, Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Eastern Europe. His areas of expertise include poverty reduction analysis; education and labour market policies; fragility assessments; design, monitoring and evaluation of development interventions; institutional analysis; development effectiveness and the results agenda. He has a keen interest in advancing inter-disciplinary approaches to security and conflict issues as well as to development practice in general. Marc has post-graduate degrees in economics, business administration and political science from the Universities of Oxford, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, Paris-IX Dauphine and Paris-I Sorbonne. Marc is a visiting lecturer at the Paris School of International Affairs / Sciences-Po. Based in Lisbon, he currently lives in Abidjan and works in French and English.

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Charles Krakoff (Partner)


Charles an ECAS Partner, has over 25 years of experience helping companies develop and implement strategies to enter, expand, invest, raise capital, and source in emerging markets worldwide, and helping governments and government agencies develop and implement strategies to attract foreign investment and increase exports. He has worked in more than 6o countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.  He has extensive experience in private equity, investment banking, corporate finance advisory, and development banking, especially in Africa. He previously worked in Sierra Leone with the World Bank, evaluating barriers to investment and advising on tax reform. Charles earned an MBA in finance and international business from Columbia Business School.

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