Meet Some of Our Consultants
Dr. Glenys A. Babcock is President of the Pragmora Consulting Group. For 20+ years Glenys has provided sophisticated research and sound counsel to diverse clients, including the World Bank and RAND Corporation. She has worked in Russia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and South Asia. MORE
Guy Charlton is a lawyer and professor with expertise in indigenous people’s rights related to land claims, natural resources – and a strong interest in the Asia Pacific region. He has taught at universities in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and Hong Kong. Previously, Guy was Counsel for a US Indian Tribe. MORE
Peter Gizeski is a civilian Defence Scientist and Strategic Analyst with Canada’s Department of National Defence. He is a specialist in futuring, forecasting and scenario development; threat assessment; population/ environment/ security linkages; and Pakistan/ South Asia. Peter is a prolific writer on security-related issues. MORE
Robert Nalbandov, PhD, is an expert in terrorism, ethnic conflict, and energy security in Eurasia, the former Soviet Union, and the Caucasus. Robert has taught at universities in the US, UK, Russian and Georgia, as was previously Second Secretary in the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His many publications include Terrorism 2.0 in Eurasia. MORE
Loes Weijers is a specialist in international development communications, conflict resolution analysis, and the refugee-aid worker relationship. Her work focuses on Nepal and the DR Congo. Loes has lived and/or worked in Nepal, South Africa, Israel, and Syria, and speaks, in varying degrees, English, Dutch, French, Italian and German.
Guelord Mbaenda works in eastern DR Congo on a range of peacebuilding issues, including reintegration of former child soldiers, post-conflict reconstruction, and local acceptance of foreign actors. He holds a BA in Development and completed Columbia University’s Executive Programme in Non-Profit Management. Guelord speaks Swahili, French and English.
Tim Fadgen, JD, PhD, is a lawyer and political scientist whose interests include mining, labour, and indigenous peoples in the Pacific Region. Tim is a Special Assistant to the Attorney General of Samoa, and is conducting research on traditional governance institutions in Samoa (as a Fulbright scholar). He previously lectured in Business, Law and Public Policy at universities in New Zealand.
Brian Gibson is the former Dean of Comparative and International Programs at the Columbia University Law School. He is an expert in African customary law, traditional courts, and conflict mediation. Brian was previously Director of African Programs at the Institute of International Education. He has worked in Africa, Egypt and Papua New Guinea. MORE
Jessica Anderson is a specialist in forced migration, traditional justice, DDR, social cohesion interventions, and measurement of peacebuilding effectiveness. She has lived and worked extensively in northern Uganda. Jessica holds an M.A. in Forced Migration Studies, and is conversational in French and a beginner in Xhosa.
Bilal Javed is a Pakistani development professional who manages projects for leading aid agencies (e.g., UNICEF, UNHCR, Asian Development Bank, USAID, and DFID-UK). He has worked on IDP, IDP camp and water supply issues in FATA and KPK regions. Bilal holds an MSc in Agriculture, and certificate in emergency planning (Columbia University).
Salim Binbrek is a Canadian specialist in food security, youth unemployment, and natural resources issues – as they relate to security and stability. He has worked for policy think tanks in the UK, where he focused on Yemen, Afghanistan, UAE, Brazil and India. Salim holds an M.Sc. in International Development, and is conversant in Arabic and Swahili.
Amna Bakhtiar is a strong qualitative and quantitative researcher, who specializes in message testing for effective communications with target audiences. Past employers include Goldfarb Intelligence Marketing, and the Assn for Women’s Rights in Development. Amna holds an MBA, and is fluent in Urdu and Pashto.
Raphael Mugabonejo works in Uganda, where he has undertaken needs assessments for street children, evaluated factors impacting the enrollment of girls in school, and interned with UNICEF. Raphael holds a Master’s degree in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid; he speaks English, French, Rwandan and Luganda.