Staff: International Development

Key Staff

Zey Akalin

Managing Associate, International Development Economics

Involved in international development since 2005, Ms. Akalin specializes in development economics and policy. Since joining the firm she has managed and supported five USAID projects and three World Bank projects, honing her technical skills in economic impact evaluation, economic analysis of trade...

Rachid Benjelloun

Vice President, Trade & Logistics

Since his first assignment at Nathan Associates criss-crossing Africa, Mr. Benjelloun has worked passionately to build developing countries' capacity for trade. He now oversees operational, technical, and strategic aspects of the firm’s diverse, expanding trade and logistics business.Mr. Benjelloun...

Mike Blakeley

Managing Director, Enterprise & Industry Development

Michael Blakeley is a former exporter and business owner who applies his hands-on experience to design, manage and implement economic development programs. With 20 years of experience in emerging markets, Mr. Blakeley is an expert in developing strategies for industry and enterprises to optimize...

Bruce Bolnick

Principal Consultant, International Group

A development economist with more than 35 years of experience as a professor, technical adviser, project manager, and international consultant, Dr. Bruce Bolnick joined Nathan Associates in 2003 as Chief Economist for the International Group. At Nathan, he has served as Chief of Party for the first...

Timothy Buehrer

Chief of Party, ASEAN Connectivity Through Trade and Investment Project

An economist and lawyer, Dr. Buehrer has advised governments on reforming economic and trade policy, working in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, Micronesia, and the Middle East. His record for directing complex policy-reform initiatives has earned him recognition at the U.S. Agency for...

Niall Condon

Consultant, Nathan Associates London Ltd

Niall Condon is a consultant with experience in private sector development, trade and investment policy analysis, and business environment reform. Since joining Nathan Associates in 2012, Niall has advised the Government of Mauritius on the development of a new Africa-focused trade and investment...

Darrell Freund

Managing Director, Economic Policy and Governance

Darrell Freund helps put countries on the path to sustained growth through sound economic and fiscal policies, good governance, and supporting and sustaining institutional reforms. He specializes in assuring proper management of public finances, improving the performance and accountability of the...

Ann Katsiak

Principal Associate

Ms. Katsiak directs the firm’s Regional Economic Integration Unit, providing home office technical oversight for a portfolio of more than $45 million. She also serves as acting chief of party for the US–APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) Project, Nathan’s largest...

Janine Mans

Managing Associate

Ms. Janine Mans is an international development practitioner with over eight years in economic policy analysis and project management. She provides technical assistance for Nathan Associates’ projects, including research and writing  for program design and deliverables, and  provides guidance on...

Ashok Menon

Principal Associate

For the past 16 years, Mr. Menon has been helping developing countries identify trade capacity building needs, understand trading rules and institutions, benefit from the world trading system, improve their business environments, and pursue economic reforms. He supports business development and...

Paul W. Moore

Senior Vice President, International Services

Paul Moore directs Nathan’s Associates’ International Services practice, overseeing the operations, staffing, and management of a portfolio of economic policy, trade capacity building (TCB), and competitiveness projects. In this role, he draws on his 20 years of experience as a US trade negotiator...

Jaleen Moroney

Vice President, Corporate Operations

An economist with Nathan for 27 years, Jaleen Moroney has spent the last 21 working in Egypt on USAID and World Bank projects. Her current and previous two projects were devoted to improving Egypt’s system of intellectual property protection: Intellectual Property Rights Assistance (IPRA),...

Steve Parker

Principal Associate

As resident adviser in Myanmar under the ACTI Project, Steve Parker will be assisting the government in implementing its Framework for Economic and Social Reform. Previously, he was Chief of Party for the LUNA-Lao project (Laos-United States International and ASEAN Integration) in Ventiane. That...

Pooja Pokhrel

Managing Associate

Ms. Pokhrel designs and manages complex international development projects. In addition to performing economic analysis that supports macroeconomic and public financial management, private sector development, and trade expansion, she has expertise in economic measurement and creating analytical...

B. Lynn Salinger

Principal Associate

Lynn Salinger is an expert in multiple facets of development economies—trade, labor and workforce development, and agriculture and food policy. She has been helping governments, associations, firms, and individuals in middle- and low-income countries acquire the skills necessary to benefit from...

Ram Tamara

Vice President and Senior Economic Adviser; Acting Executive Director, Nathan India

Dr. Tamara, a Nathan Associates vice president and the firm's senior economic adviser, is an expert in industrial organization as well as behavioral and financial economics. He also serves as acting executive director of Nathan’s Indian subsidiary, Nathan Economic Consulting India Private Ltd. (...

Carla Tena Unna

Managing Associate

Ms. Tena has more than ten years of experience working with governments, development agencies, corporations, and nonprofits on trade facilitation, border management, customs modernization, and regional integration. With Nathan, she oversees the trade facilitation component of our Regional Trade...

Mark Thomas

Director, Nathan Associates London Ltd; Director, Agriculture and Rural Development

Mark Thomas is a Director of Nathan Associates London and leads the firm’s Agriculture and Rural Development practice. Having worked as a development economist in Africa and the Caribbean for 30 years, Mr. Thomas has an advanced understanding of the process of agricultural and rural development and...

Maria Valenzuela

Business Developer, Nathan Associates London

Ms. Valenzuela is Head of Business Development at Nathan Associates London and has 10 years of professional experience on donor-funded technical assistance projects. She identifies and prioritizes opportunities for new business in the public and private sector, manages the business development team...

Victoria Waite

Principal Associate; Chief of Party, US-ATAARI

With more than 19 years of professional experience, Ms. Waite is the Chief of Party of the US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) project. She manages the US$27 million project and is its key point of contact, having developed collaborative working relationships...

James Wallar

Senior Adviser, International Development; Program Manager, LPFM II

James Wallar is program manager of the Leadership in Public Financial Mangement II project, which started in October 2014. He was Senior Vice President of the firm's International Group from 2010 to 2014. From 2006-2008, he was chief of party and resident trade specialist for the firm’s ASEAN-US...

Mark Walter

Managing Director, Trade Policy

Leading Nathan’s work in developing country legal reform and capacity building related to compliance with trade agreements, Mark Walter oversees new business development, program management, and technical work. His technical specialization is in trade and business regulatory and capacity...

Louise Williams

Principal Associate, Trade

Louise Williams is a lawyer who has contributed to the U.S. government's promotion of sound commercial law and institutional governance since 1997, when she first supported a USAID commercial law reform project in Skopje, Macedonia. Since then, she served as counsel to the International Committee...

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