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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Kurt M. Campbell is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Asia Group, LLC, a strategic advisory and capital management group specializing in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. He also serves as Chairman of the Center for a New American Security, as a non-resident Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, as a member of the Defense Policy Board at the Pentagon and is on the Board of Directors for Standard Chartered PLC in London. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, where he is widely credited as being a key architect of the “pivot to Asia.” For advancing a comprehensive U.S. strategy that took him to every corner of the Asia-Pacific region, Secretary Hillary Clinton awarded him the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award (2013) — the nation’s highest diplomatic honor. Campbell was recognized in the Queen’s New Year’s list of honors in 2014 as an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia and as an Honorary Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his work in support of American relations with Australia and New Zealand respectively. He also received top national honors from Korea and Taiwan.
Campbell was formerly the CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for a New American Security and concurrently served as the director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Washington Quarterly. He was the founder and Chairman of StratAsia a strategic advisory and consultancy that supported American firms across Asia. He was the Senior Vice President, director of the International Security Program, and Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Campbell was also Associate Professor of public policy and international relations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and assistant director of the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. He was also the Vice Chairman of the Pentagon Memorial Fund and has served on the Board of Directors of Metlife, Inc of New York.
Dr. Campbell previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and the Pacific, Director on the National Security Council Staff, Deputy Special Counselor to the president for the North American Free Trade Agreement in the White House, and White House fellow at the Department of the Treasury. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves, serving on surface ships, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and in the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Advisory Unit. For his service, he received Georgetown University’s Asia Service Award, the State Department Honor Award, the Republic of Korea medal for service, and the Department of Defense Medals for Distinguished Public Service and for Outstanding Public Service.
He is the author or editor of ten books including the recently published The Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia. He’s also the co-author of Difficult Transitions: Why Presidents Fail in Foreign Policy at the Outset of Power, and Hard Power: The New Politics of National Security. Dr. Campbell was a contributing writer to The New York Times and has written a regular column for the Financial Times. Dr. Campbell is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Trilateral Commission.
He received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, a Certificate in music and political philosophy from the University of Erevan in Soviet Armenia, and his Doctorate in International Relations from Brasenose College at Oxford University where he was a Distinguished Marshall Scholar. Campbell received his varsity blue in tennis at Oxford and rowed in the first eight in his college crew at Brasenose College when they won the London Hammersmith Regatta. He is married to Dr. Lael Brainard, Governor on the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and former Undersecretary of Treasury for International Affairs. Together they live in Washington, D.C. with their three daughters. They also maintain Iron Bell Farm, a vintage Civil War era retreat in Rappahannock County, VA.
Nirav S. Patel is President of The Asia Group, LLC (TAG), Vice Chairman of the Board of The Asia Group Capital Advisory Partners, and co-founder and Director of The Asia Group Foundation.
As President, Nirav leads TAG’s day-to-day operations, business development, and strategic growth, while managing a diverse portfolio of industry-leading corporate clients. With over fifteen years of experience at the intersection of business, communications, and public policy, Nirav’s particular areas of expertise include: developing comprehensive government relations and advocacy strategies for companies focusing on market entry and expansion opportunities in Asia; leading project management and oversight of broad-based public policy campaign teams focused on public sector tenders and license acquisition; supporting client efforts to resolve regulatory or politically-based policy decisions that present market risks; and sourcing deals for leading investment banks and private equity groups. Through these efforts, Nirav helps clients to achieve goals in virtually every industry, ranging from defense and aerospace to tourism and hospitality, Internet and communications technology to financial services, and energy and mining to commercial aviation and transportation.
Prior to his current position, Nirav served as TAG’s first Chief Operating Officer, leading the firm’s growth from a small start-up to a vibrant and dynamic industry-leading strategic advisory firm. Today, TAG has over 30 employees, business engagements in over 18 countries across the Asia-Pacific and select markets in the Middle East and Latin America, and is proud to represent leading Fortune 500 and private companies. Nirav is proud to serve as co-founder and Director of The Asia Group Foundation – the firm’s philanthropic arm, which seeks to change lives with high-impact commitments of employee time, resources, and passion.
Widely regarded as an influential voice on strategic trends in the Asia-Pacific, U.S. foreign policy, and national security policy, Nirav served at the U.S. Department of State from 2009 to 2013, first as Senior Adviser to the Assistant Secretary and then as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP). In these capacities he was responsible for the development of strategies and major policy initiatives that helped advance American strategic interests across the Asia-Pacific region. As DAS, Nirav oversaw the offices of Multilateral Affairs and Regional Security Policy, and was responsible for the Department’s engagement in Asia with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the East Asia Summit, the Lower Mekong Initiative, and broader strategic initiatives for the Secretary of State and senior officials in the U.S. government.
Prior to serving in the State Department, Nirav was a fellow and Director of the Asia-Pacific Strategy Program at the bipartisan Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Nirav has authored numerous journal articles, op-eds, and reports, including: The Power of Balance: America in Asia (with Dr. Kurt M. Campbell); Going Global: The Future of the U.S.-ROK Alliance (with Victor Cha, Randy Schriver, and Dr. Kurt M. Campbell); China’s Arrival (with Abraham Denmark); and Asia-Pacific Strategy for the Obama Administration (with Ralph Cossa, et al.). He holds a Master’s degree in International Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of North Texas, where he was a finalist in the national cross-examination policy debate tournament. Nirav lives with his wife and two sons in McLean, Virginia.
Brian Andrews is a Partner with The Asia Group, LLC, where since 2013 he has assisted clients seeking to enter and succeed in the vibrant Asia-Pacific market. Specializing in Japan and the emerging markets of China and Southeast Asia, Brian provides strategic risk advisory services and direct investment support across a range of industries, including energy, health, and tourism.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Brian served in the U.S. Department of State from 2008 to 2013 as a civil servant across the President Bush and Obama administrations. In 2012, he received the State Department Superior Honor Award for his efforts to advance U.S. diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region. While in government, Brian helped establish a series of policy initiatives to strengthen U.S. economic positions in Asia, including the “Commitment to Connectivity: U.S.-ASEAN Business Summit,” and the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership for a Sustainable Energy. He was detailed to the White House National Security Staff in 2012 as an Advisor for President Obama’s participation in the East Asia Summit and to the Department of Defense in 2009 as a Country Director for China in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His assignments at State included the China Desk, special assistant for Asia to Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, and political-economic officer in Embassy Rangoon.
A term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Brian previously served on the international staff at NATO in Brussels. Additionally he spent several years as a management consultant, first with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations Practice, then DFI International (now Avascent) where he focused on aerospace, defense and advanced technology issues.
Brian has appeared on Japan’s NHK channel to discuss regional security issues and has been published in foreign policy outlets including The National Interest and Chatham House. A native of New Jersey, Brian graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, and earned a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he focused on international relations and national security.
Jim Loi is a Partner at The Asia Group and a member of the Executive Committee.
Prior to joining TAG, Jim served for 21 years in the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer and member of the Senior Foreign Service. Abroad he served in a range of economic, political, and security related policy and management positions at U.S. embassies in Singapore, Beijing, Pretoria, and Bucharest. In Singapore, Jim and his staff monitored and led enforcement of the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement and were instrumental in concluding negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) FTA. Jim served as a non-voting board member of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), supporting the interests of the over 3,700 U.S. companies present in Singapore. From 2004-2007, he led U.S. Embassy Beijing’s Trade Policy Office and sat on AmCham Beijing’s trade policy committee. Jim and his team played a critical role in the tracking and enforcement of China’s WTO accession commitments and were the first to raise early alarm bells on, and analyze the trade policy challenges posed by, China’s then emerging indigenous innovation policies.
In Washington, Jim served as Chief of Staff to then Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Kurt Campbell and as his Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Island Affairs and Regional Security Policy. In that capacity Jim was a member of the small interagency team which negotiated the agreement on the rotational deployment of U.S. Marines to Darwin, Australia. He also played an instrumental role in reviving the U.S.-New Zealand relationship through the Wellington Declaration and normalization of bilateral security relations.
In the Bush Administration, Jim served as Director for China & Japan Trade in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and later as NSC Director for East Asian Economic Affairs. He was part of the core staff that transitioned into the Obama Administration National Security Council where he was NSC Director concurrently responsible for Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific Affairs and East Asian Economic Affairs. In that capacity he was the principal coordination point for President Obama’s participation in the APEC Forum and preparations for the U.S. APEC host year in 2012. Jim led NSC and interagency coordination on the creation of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue and was a key part of the policy team, which advocated and laid the groundwork for the Administration’s decision to join the TPP negotiations and expand relations with ASEAN, including through the President’s annual attendance at the East Asia Summit. In between his assignments at Embassy Beijing and the NSC Jim was a visiting fellow at the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.
Jim is a former commander in the U.S. Navy who served as an active duty surface warfare officer onboard two combatants in the Pacific Fleet. Following release from active service he served from 2000-2004 in a reserve capacity on the Navy Staff – Pentagon (N52). He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. Jim received a BA in international relations from Cornell University. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children and reside in Falls Church, VA.
Rexon Y. Ryu is a Partner of The Asia Group, LLC (TAG). Drawing on two decades of experience working in global diplomacy, national policymaking, and executive leadership, Rexon offers companies in-depth strategic and political insight across the Asia-Pacific region and a nuanced ability to translate geopolitical and economic trends, events, and relationships into results-oriented business development campaigns, advocacy, and government relations strategy. Having served three Presidents at the highest levels of the U.S. government since first entering public service in 1994, Rexon has worked extensively with both Republicans and Democrats, navigating political complexities to achieve actionable results. At The Asia Group, Rexon supports clients in strategic sectors through market entry and expansion strategies, efforts to address political-level policy decisions that carry market implications, and strategic communications outreach.
At the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon, Rexon has worked on the major foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States, notably in Asia and the Middle East. Through his work, Rexon has helped to expand strategic alliances and relationships, project U.S. influence globally, employ U.S. power against adversaries, prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and plan for future challenges and opportunities.
Rexon most recently served as Chief of Staff to Secretary of Defense, and former Republican Senator from Nebraska, Chuck Hagel. Rexon helped lead and manage the Department of Defense, the world’s largest organization of nearly three million personnel with a budget exceeding $500 billion. He worked closely with the Secretary and the Department’s civilian and military leaders on all priority issues, including combatting terrorism in the Middle East, the strategic rebalance to Asia, accomplishing far-reaching institutional reform, and advancing the U.S. military’s innovation and technology advantage.
Rexon also worked on the President’s National Security Council staff from 2009 to 2011, during which time he was focused on nonproliferation, Iran, and North Korea. In this capacity, he served on the U.S. delegation for several rounds of multilateral negotiations with Iran. Rexon served as the Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2011 to 2014, where he directed the Ambassador’s Washington office under both Susan Rice and Samantha Power. In this position, Rexon played a direct role in formulating, deciding, and implementing nearly all consequential national security decisions as a standing member of the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee.
Rexon served for four years in the U.S. Senate as the foreign policy adviser for then-Senator Hagel. He began his public service career at the State Department, where he served abroad in both Cairo and Jerusalem, and as special assistant to then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
Rexon also holds the following positions: nonresident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the International Advisory Board for the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, and member of the Board of Trustees for HALO USA. Rexon is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a Master of Public Policy from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rexon lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.
Sharon H. Yuan
Sharon H. Yuan is the Managing Partner at The Asia Group, LLC, where she brings over 15 years of experience as a senior policymaker and private sector attorney on China- and international trade and investment-related issues. Ms. Yuan also serves as one of the four U.S. members appointed by President Obama on the roster of arbitrators for the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Ms. Yuan served in the U.S. Department of the Treasury as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade and Investment Policy from 2009 to 2015, and concurrently as the Executive Secretary and Senior Coordinator for China Affairs and the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (from 2012 to 2015). In these positions, she helped manage the U.S.-China economic relationship for the Secretary of the Treasury, and oversee the annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). While working on the S&ED, she successfully helped to inter alia secure China’s commitment to negotiate the U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) based on a “negative” list approach, as well as conceived and secured China’s agreement to launch multilateral negotiations on official export financing disciplines. In addition, Ms. Yuan served as the Treasury Department’s lead on trade and investment policy, and was responsible for the financial services negotiations in U.S. free trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the U.S-China BIT. Additionally, she was responsible for the development of U.S. policy on official export financing, including as it relates to the U.S. Export-Import Bank. In recognition of her contributions and leadership while serving in these positions, Ms. Yuan was awarded The Treasury Medal.
Ms. Yuan also served on the staff of the National Economic Council in the White House from 1998 to 2000, where she focused on international economic matters, including China’s accession to the World Trade Organization, as well as coordinating U.S. participation in the 2000 G-7/G-8 Okinawa Summit.
Ms. Yuan previously was an attorney in the International Trade & Dispute Resolution group at Sidley Austin LLP, in Washington, D.C from 2003 to 2009. Her practice focused on counseling clients in sectors ranging from media to energy to financial services on the implications of domestic and international trade and investment rules on their global operations and to help address barriers to, as well as creating new, market access. As part of her practice, she also represented clients in international dispute settlement, both in the context of investor-State arbitrations before ICSID and disputes before the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Ms. Yuan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. She received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served as the Production Editor on the Virginia Journal of International Law and the Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Law Weekly. She received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Yuan is conversant in Mandarin Chinese.
Director of Research
Siddharth Mohandas is Director of Research at The Asia Group, where he leads the firm’s analytic efforts. He brings extensive experience on Asia-Pacific issues as a senior government official and analyst.
Prior to joining the firm, Siddharth was Principal Deputy Director of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff. In this role, he advised Secretary of State John Kerry on policy priorities for the State Department and helped lead a team of 30 professionals who prepared strategic assessments and recommendations for the Secretary.
During his tenure, the Policy Planning Staff played a significant role in a number of critical foreign-policy issues including deepening U.S. engagement throughout the Asia-Pacific region, responding to multiple crises in the Middle East, and managing relations with Europe and Russia. With respect to Asia, Siddharth was involved in strategic dialogs with China and India, developing policy to manage tensions in the South China Sea, responding to the North Korean nuclear threat, and promoting U.S. economic engagement across Asia. He regularly represented the State Department in the White House-led strategic planning process, in talks with senior foreign counterparts, and as a speaker at international conferences.
Siddharth previously served at the Department of Defense as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, in which role he advised the Under Secretary on a broad set of national security and defense policy topics. He worked on a range of issues including managing military-to-military relations with China, strengthening U.S. cyber and missile defenses, and upgrading U.S. alliances with Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Australia. He also served in the Pentagon’s Office of Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, where he was the lead action officer for South China Sea issues, and in the Office of Strategy, Plans, and Forces, where he authored a DoD-wide Asia-Pacific strategy review. Prior to that, he served at the State Department as Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
Before entering government, he was an editor at Foreign Affairs magazine. He has held research fellowships at the Brookings Institution, the Center for a New American Security, and the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. He has written for multiple publications, including Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor, and The American Prospect.
He holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, an M.Phil. in international relations from Cambridge University, and an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College.
Michael Jonathan Green works closely with The Asia Group to assess and analyze Japan’s political landscape, as well as the defense, pharmaceuticals, tourism and commercial aviation sectors.
Dr. Green is Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and chair in modern and contemporary Japanese politics and foreign policy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 through 2005, first as Director for Asian Affairs, with responsibility for Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and then as Special Assistant to the President for national security affairs and Senior Director for Asia, with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia.
Before joining the NSC staff, Dr. Green was Senior Fellow for East Asian security at the Council on Foreign Relations, Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute, and an Assistant Professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and Senior Adviser on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also worked in Japan on the staff of a member of the National Diet.
Dr. Green is also currently a nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, and a distinguished scholar at the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation in Tokyo. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, the America Australia Leadership Dialogue, the Advisory Board of the Center for a New American Security, and the editorial boards of the Washington Quarterly and the Journal of Unification Studies in Korea. He is also an associate of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Dr. Green has authored numerous books and articles on East Asian security. His current research includes a book project on the history of U.S. strategy in Asia; a survey of elite views of norms, power, and regional institutions in Asia; and a monograph on Japanese strategic culture. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from SAIS at Johns Hopkins and did additional graduate and postgraduate research at Tokyo University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Kenyon College with highest honors. He holds a black belt in Iaido (sword) and has won international prizes on the great highland bagpipe.
David Hudson is Senior Advisor to The Asia Group.
Prior to working with The Asia Group, Hudson served as Senior Advisor to Darby Overseas Private Equity’s investment operations in Asia. Mr. Hudson was previously Senior Managing Director overseeing Darby’s Asia investment activities and operations, after having joined Darby in 2008. Hudson also led Darby Overseas Investments’ Global Infrastructure initiatives and Latin America Mezzanine operations.
Mr. Hudson has over 30 years of experience in commercial and investment banking in the emerging markets. Prior to joining Darby, Mr. Hudson was at ING Group where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ING Bank and ING Securities, Asia Pacific and most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer, Americas, Wholesale Banking for ING Group. Previously, Mr. Hudson was Managing Director, Asia Pacific at Salomon Brothers and President and Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific at JP Morgan.
Mr. Hudson has extensive infrastructure sector experience in the corporate banking and investment banking fields, focusing on the Emerging Markets of Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. Throughout his career, responsibilities and successes in the infrastructure field include origination, execution, negotiation, and closing of investments, risk/credit assessments and approvals, resource allocation, managing infrastructure focused business units, and developing strategies for infrastructure opportunities.
In addition to his position with The Asia Group, Hudson serves as an Advisory Partner to Shaw Kwei & Partners, a Hong Kong-based private equity firm.
Mr. Hudson earned his B.A. and M.B.A. at University of Virginia.
Andrew Shearer provides strategic insights to The Asia Group in the defense and ICT sectors, with a focus on U.S.-Australian alliance dynamics.
Mr. Shearer is a former Director of Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Mr. Shearer has extensive international experience in the Australian Government, most recently as Foreign Policy Adviser to former Prime Minister John Howard. Previously he occupied a senior position in the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. and was Strategic Policy Adviser to former Defence Minister Robert Hill. He occupied various positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Office of National Assessments.
Mr. Shearer has honours degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne. He was awarded a UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholarship and has an MPhil degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge.
Special Assistant to the Chairman
Groslyn Burton serves as Special Assistant to the Chairman, offering a broad range of executive level administrative and advisory support. Groslyn joins The Asia Group after over 15 years of service in government, intelligence, national security, and the private sector.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Groslyn worked as an Executive Assistant to the General Counsel at TASC, Inc. She provided support in the areas of Corporate Development to the Chief Strategy Officer and the Strategic Capabilities Group.
Prior to that position, Groslyn served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant to the President for International Economics at The White House. In this capacity, she supported the President’s Sherpa for the G8 & G20 Summits and the Deputy National Security Advisory for International Economics and gained firsthand knowledge in a broad range of policy matters, including international relations, energy, trade, food security, environment, export control, and development. Groslyn worked closely with her counterparts at numerous federal agencies throughout her time at The White House, particularly with those at the Departments of State, Treasury, Energy, Interior, USAID, as well as the Congress and major corporations.
Groslyn has also worked as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Operations Coordination Center at the Defense Intelligence Agency. She served a rotational assignment at Southern Command Military Base (SOUTHCOM) in Miami, FL, where she supported the Chief of Defense Forward Element and gained extensive knowledge of military on-the-ground support efforts, with a focus on intelligence planning and human intelligence.
Groslyn is a recipient of several awards and distinctions for her service in government. She holds certifications in Six Sigma (Green Belt), Advanced Protocol, Searchlight Leadership Course (6-weeks), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Intelligence Planners Course, How to Lead: The Professional Administrative Assistant, Budget for the Administrative Professional, Division Security Officer Rep, and Unit Training Manager (Gov’t/Military).
Groslyn is an avid community volunteer. She is married to John and they have one son, Keon.
Ai Chu is an Analyst at The Asia Group specializing in the Chinese market. Ai provides research and analytical support across a variety of sectors, including media and entertainment, financial services, energy and infrastructure, and information technology.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Ai was a Research Analyst on the Business Advisory Services team at the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC), where she conducted in-depth research and analysis on the Chinese market and political climate. In particular, she focused on issues that impact U.S. companies doing business in China, including developments related to IP regulations, anti-monopoly investigations, trade barriers, the investment negative list, and market access. In addition, Ai responded to client inquiries concerning regulatory changes in China, and provided strategic guidance related to the potential impact on their operations.
Ai previously interned at Ernst & Young’s Assurance Division in Beijing, where she provided comprehensive support for a client’s annual audit. In this capacity, she was responsible for performing tests to evaluate the client’s internal controls and assess the effectiveness of the client’s accounting system. She examined the client’s balance sheet, income statement, cash flow, and contracts to evaluate data accuracy and adherence to Chinese regulatory guidelines. Ai was also responsible for engaging with domestic banks and relevant third-party organizations to verify financial assertions.
Ai holds a Masters of Public Administration in Economic and Financial Policy from Cornell University’s School for Public Affairs. She received Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in International and Area Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Ai is fluent in Mandarin and conversant in French.
Cole Florey is an Analyst at The Asia Group focusing on political and economic affairs in Japan, as well as regional developments in politics and security. In this capacity, he analyzes breaking events, monitors regional and sectoral trends, and identifies business development opportunities for clients in the pharmaceutical, tourism, and defense industries.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Cole supported the U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Political Section by analyzing breaking developments in U.S.-Japan relations. Cole previously worked for the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he performed research on political and security issues in Asia and prepared CSIS senior fellows for strategic roundtables, Congressional testimony, and press events. Prior to this, Cole was a fellow with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, where he analyzed Prime Minister Abe’s 2014 Japan Revitalization Strategy and provided reports on structural reforms specifically related to Japanese innovation and entrepreneurship.
Cole was born and raised in North Idaho, and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. He has traveled extensively through Northeast Asia and studied Japanese at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama. He is currently completing his M.A. in Asian Studies at the Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he specializes in East Asian Politics and Security. He is proficient in Japanese and also reads German.
Patrick Hanley is a financial analyst and strategy consultant with a global set of experiences ranging from executive agencies to legislative offices, from Washington D.C. to Hong Kong. Patrick holds a dual-role working with both The Asia Group corporate advisory practice and its capital advisory practice TAG Capital.
Patrick’s work with TAG Capital involves M&A transactional support, industry and economic analysis, as well as direct client engagements with funds, companies, and family offices. Patrick’s primary responsibilities include drafting and refining pitch decks, performing industry and company due diligence for buy-side and sell-side clients, conducting in-depth deal specific market and industry research, and refining client business and financial models. In 2015, Patrick helped open and run TAG Capital’s Hong Kong operations.
Patrick’s experiences in Asia range from monitoring political risk and business trends in Greater China to broad regional expertise in South Asia, focusing around Indian politics and its evolving business environment. Over three years in consulting, Patrick has led and supported client engagements with Silicon Valley tech firms, Fortune 50 industrial conglomerates, B2B and B2C growth-stage companies, and venture-stage technology companies.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Patrick assumed several public sector roles. On Capitol Hill, Patrick supported the Chairman of the Homeland Security & Government Affairs Subcommittee for Emergency Management & the District of Columbia. Patrick coordinated between a variety of federal agencies throughout the budget and allocation process. Patrick also served as paralegal assistant at the U.S. Department of Justice, supporting attorneys that specialized in admiralty and aviation tort-related cases. In the private sector, Patrick led research initiatives for a consultancy that profiled industrial and public sector leadership in key emerging markets. At The George Washington University, Patrick coordinated the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, where he was responsible for allocating its special situations budget, overseeing a private endowment, and supporting its graduate program.
Patrick also supports The Asia Group Foundation, in which The Asia Group contributes both time and resources towards underserved communities in the Asia-Pacific. This follows earlier volunteer experiences in Malang, Indonesia where Patrick taught with an international student-led NGO.
Patrick earned his graduate degree in Global Communication from the Elliott School of International Affairs and the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University. He also earned his B.A. from the Elliott School where he studied International Affairs and graduated from the University Honors Program. Patrick has completed advanced coursework in Chinese, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern markets and policy frameworks. He also studied Chinese language and politics at the Beijing International Studies University and conflict and security at the American University of Beirut.
Dominique A. Douglas Hendricks serves as the Office Manager at The Asia Group, where she provides a vast scope of office and administrative support to the firm.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Dominique served as the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to several companies in the customer service and retail industries. In these roles she handled various tasks from scheduling and vendor management to contracts and human resources.
Dominique also has a background in Theater and Administration. She serves as the Production Manager for the Dept. of Theatre Arts at Howard University. As a lecturer and mentor, she trains, guides and influences students so that they can follow their passion and fulfill their dreams in the theater and film industries, as well as, the non-profit and private sectors.
Additionally, Dominique’s experience extends to Program and Event Management. She enjoys serving and helping others to see their vision come to fruition; educating and guiding others through the completion of their projects.
Dominique holds a Bachelor’s in Theater Administration (Education) from North Carolina Central University and a Master’s in Non-profit Management from Trinity Washington University, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Martin is an Analyst at The Asia Group, where he supports clients across the ICT, financial services, manufacturing, energy, and tourism sectors, and regionally focuses on Southeast Asian markets. In this capacity, he provides insight into political and economic developments, supports market entry for foreign investment projects, and develops stakeholder management and regulatory analysis for clients across the region.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Martin worked on the Southeast Asia team at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he coordinated with Fortune 500 companies’ public policy teams on political and regulatory challenges across the region. Martin previously worked with the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Southeast Asia Office, supporting the desk economist for Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos. Previously, Martin was a Summer Associate in the Hanoi office of Vriens & Partners, a government relations and political risk advisory firm, where his work focused on ICT regulations and political risk forecasts for the 2016 CPV leadership transition.
Martin started his career working with Republican foreign policy leaders at United Against Nuclear Iran, an advocacy group supporting U.S., EU and UN sanctions against Iran. At UANI, he developed and led the MINERVA project, an international coalition of private and public stakeholders that leveraged new satellite technologies to uncover sanctions-evasions schemes in the shipping industry. His work was profiled by the New York Times: “Group Keeps Long Distance Eye on Iran and Possible Sanctions Violations.”
Martin earned a M.A. in International Economics and Southeast Asia and Emerging Markets from The Johns Hopkins Schools of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and holds a M.A. and B.A. in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews. Martin is proficient in Bahasa Indonesia.
Robert Hutton is an Analyst at The Asia Group focusing on political and economic affairs in Southeast Asia, as well as pan-regional defense trends. He primarily services clients by analyzing breaking events, monitoring regional and sectoral trends, and identifying opportunities for business development. Among other tasks, he has assisted in the creation of crisis management plans for U.S. and foreign corporates with vulnerable equities in the Asia-Pacific.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Robert worked at the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, the principal trade association for promoting business relations between U.S. companies and Southeast Asian markets. Assigned to the Council’s Vietnam, Customs, Financial Services, and Defense portfolios, he was responsible for preparing weekly and bi-weekly reports apprising Council members of relevant political and economic developments across the Southeast Asia region and organizing roundtables for senior private sector and government representatives on regional policy issues.
Robert was born and educated through secondary school in Hong Kong and has traveled extensively in China and Southeast Asia. After graduating from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Political Science, he took a year off to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain, study Chinese at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, and travel to Myanmar. He is conversant in Mandarin Chinese.
Molly A. Jones is an Associate with The Asia Group, where she provides strategic support for a range of clients across the energy, transportation, logistics, manufacturing, and food and beverage sectors. In this role, Molly develops tailored market entry and engagement strategies for clients to advance their political and corporate brand equity across a range of Asia-Pacific markets.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Molly was a Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholar at Australian National University. Over the course of this fellowship, Molly conducted research on security and sustainability dimensions of the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific while concurrently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the Crawford School. While in Australia, she served as an independent consultant to develop a market entry strategy for a leading Australian ICT company into the East Asian and Pacific Island markets. During this time, Molly cultivated a deep understanding of the political and market environments in Australia and the Pacific.
Molly previously served as a Research Analyst at NORC at the University of Chicago, an independent not-for-profit policy analysis and research institution. In this capacity, she worked to establish and grow the Security, Energy, and Environment Department to expand the firm’s work in these emerging fields. In this role, Molly led business development and strategic planning for the firm’s security portfolio as well as projects for leading philanthropic foundations and various public sector clients.
Molly graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a B.S.F.S. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs and received a Master of Public Policy from The Australian National University, where she was a Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholar.
Henry Kerins is a Vice President at The Asia Group, where he is responsible for leading the firm’s Greater China capital advisory practice and providing strategic advisory to Western and Asian multi-national corporations with geographic focus on the Greater China region, including China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Mr. Kerins’s work includes structuring and negotiating cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions transactions, capital and debt raising, and strategic partnership platforms. Based out of Hong Kong, Mr. Kerins has spent most of his life living and working in Asia, and brings to The Asia Group a wealth of experience and expertise in China’s financial markets.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Mr. Kerins was a member of the China Markets Research and Strategy team at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong. Covering a range of asset classes and industries, Mr. Kerins advised some of J.P. Morgan’s most senior multi-national corporate clients, sovereign wealth funds, and the world’s largest asset managers on investing in China’s public and private markets. At J.P. Morgan, Mr. Kerins authored several China-centric research reports touching on key political and economic issues, including RMB internationalization, agriculture, healthcare reforms, political leadership developments, and economic reforms. Mr. Kerins was also responsible for engaging and maintaining relationships with Chinese state-owned enterprises and policy agencies, as well as key think tanks and academic institutions.
Before joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Kerins served as a television anchor for Hong Kong Satellite Television (HKSTV), where he was one of the original news anchors for HKSTV’s 24-hour Mandarin speaking satellite television network broadcast throughout Asia, called “East Meets West.” Prior to his work with HKSTV, Mr. Kerins held leading roles on multiple television and film projects, including as an actor for an educational television series with Beijing Television.
Mr. Kerins fulfilled his undergraduate studies at the Beijing Institute of Technology, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Automation, and commands native-level oral and written fluency in Mandarin Chinese.
Enoch Kim is a Senior Associate at The Asia Group. He is the team lead for the firm’s technology, telecommunications & media clients, with a focus on cross-border data services and innovation. Enoch advises a range of companies – from Silicon Valley start-ups to Asia’s leading blue-chips – on developing tailored market access strategies in China, India, and across Southeast Asia. Enoch’s portfolio includes both software and hardware manufacturers, the latter focusing on large-scale next generation network infrastructure projects across the Asia-Pacific. His responsibilities include advancing multi-million dollar public sector sales campaigns in Northeast Asia and Australia, and advising clients on a number of cutting-edge trade and regulatory issues related to intellectual property, cross-border data flows, investment, and government procurement.
In 2014, Enoch led the restructuring of the firm’s philanthropic profile to advance an integrated model for philanthropy that leverages the firm’s expertise, networks, and resources throughout the Asia-Pacific and the United States. With a focus on youth education, women’s empowerment, and entrepreneurship, The Asia Group currently supports the development of schools and primary education programs in Myanmar, and is a proud partner of Running Start to support the next generation of women leaders in U.S. politics and public policy.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Enoch served in several roles at the U.S. Department of State, where he supported a number of senior U.S. government officials to advance the Administration’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. In 2012, Enoch led the staffing and development of the Department of State’s East Asian and Pacific Affairs Office of Multilateral Affairs, where his work focused on regional institutions, the ASEAN connectivity agenda, and the Lower Mekong Initiative.
Enoch graduated cum laude from the University of Chicago, and received his MA in International Relations and Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). A California native, Enoch is an avid surfer, and his favorite contemporary chess player is Magnus Carlsen.
Daniel Harris serves as Special Assistant to the President and the Managing Director at The Asia Group, delivering both administrative and substantive support. In this role he supports and facilitates the essential operations and activities of the firm, while also developing analyses and strategies for clients in the defense, aerospace, and energy sectors. He additionally provides strategic expertise for Asian clients with growing equities and exposure in the greater Middle East region. Before joining the Asia Group, Dan worked as an intelligence analyst at Strategic Social, providing clients and policymakers detailed critical analysis of events in South Asia and the Middle East. While there, Dan analyzed trends in the Iraq and Afghanistan combat theaters, writing and editing daily open source briefings for the Departments of State and Defense. In his writing, he specialized on political trends, energy, and the defense industrial sector.
After working with Strategic Social, Dan spent two and a half years living and working in Lebanon and Syria, where he worked as a freelancer for Executive Magazine, editing and writing articles focused on politics and business in the Middle East and North Africa region. Dan later spent time working as a Field Organizer for a presidential campaign during the 2012 general election in rural North Carolina, managing a field team of volunteers, interns, and full time staff.
Dan earned his M.A. in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He received his B.A. from the Elliott School at George Washington University with a major in International Affairs and dual concentrations in the Middle East and Conflict & Security, in addition to time spent at the University of Damascus in Syria studying Arabic. Dan is proficient in Arabic and has studied Korean and Mandarin Chinese. He lives in Washington, D.C., and spends his free time fly fishing, reading, fencing, and watching college football.
Yong Kwon is an Associate at The Asia Group where he provides qualitative assessments on the macroeconomic risks and opportunities for companies operating in Asia. He is primarily responsible for drafting stakeholder analyses for the company’s energy, ICT, financial services, defense, and hospitality clients – with a particular emphasis on their equities in South Korea and Vietnam. In this capacity, Yong helped calibrate strategic sales efforts for a Houston-based energy company that was engaged in off-take discussions with three of the largest conglomerates in South Korea; and advanced strategies to safeguard and expand U.S. private equity interests in Vietnam. Additionally, he helps The Asia Group’s financial service clients develop hedge strategies against currency volatility throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining the Asia Group, Yong worked as a journalist, contributing analysis on the diplomatic and economic developments in the Koreas, Japan, and the Russian Far East, with a strong sectoral focus on international energy and defense markets. Between July 2013 and March 2014, Yong tracked energy interests around the world for the stock advisory site Motley Fool, authoring monthly articles for subscribers on Gazprom’s landmark sale of Russian gas reserves to China National Petroleum Corporation, financial and governance obstacles to the development of Argentina’s oil fields, Europe’s energy diversification strategy, and others. At the Diplomat magazine, Yong contributed substantive features on the consequences of delayed IMF governance reforms on East Asia’s foreign exchange policy and trade with the United States. Yong was also honored to be the inaugural columnist for the magazine’s page on the Korean Peninsula.
Yong holds a Master of Science in Economic History from the London School of Economics where he focused on the financial policies of developmental states and the interaction between sovereign bodies and international financial institutions. He also has a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University. He is proficient in Korean.
John R. Lichtefeld
John R. Lichtefeld is an Associate with The Asia Group, where he provides strategic advisory and regulatory analysis for emerging frontier markets in Southeast Asia, as well as client support for foreign direct investment projects across the automotive, defense, hospitality, manufacturing, and telecommunications sectors. In this capacity, he is responsible for tracking regional and sectoral trends, providing insight on political developments and impending regulatory reforms, and developing sophisticated investment and government relations strategies to help clients’ investments achieve their full potential. In particular, John tracks inward investment into the ASEAN region from China, Japan, and the United States, and provides clients support through analysis of regulatory evolution, trade agreements, investment treaties, and other political and legal factors that directly impact the viability of their investments.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, John worked extensively in the emerging markets of mainland Southeast Asia, including in Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Based primarily in Yangon, Myanmar, he worked as a Foreign Legal Consultant in the local office of Singaporean law firm Kelvin Chia Partnership, working alongside other regional consultants and local attorneys. While with Kelvin Chia Yangon, he directly interfaced with clients to provide advice and guidance on Myanmar’s fast-evolving legal and regulatory regimes. He helped successfully guide investments and negotiate contracts in the telecommunications, real estate, hospitality, and energy sectors, and acted in an advisory capacity to a variety of clients on regulatory issues affecting foreign direct investment. John also served as an independent consultant to a USAID-backed development project focused on preparing the region’s small-scale agricultural sectors for impending changes due to economic development and climate change.
Prior to his time in Myanmar, John worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as a legal researcher for a Cambodian media rights and governance NGO. In this capacity, he provided senior staff guidance on proposed laws and media regulations under consideration by the Cambodian Parliament, and worked with local staff in the development of research briefings and public-facing communications. He later served as a copy editor on the country’s long-standing English language daily newspaper, the Cambodia Daily.
John is presently completing an M.A. in Security Policy Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Hung Manh Nguyen is an Associate at The Asia Group, where he supports clients active in the tourism, financial services, manufacturing, and energy sectors in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. In this capacity, he provides strategic insights into key drivers of political and economic policies, develops strategies for market entry and expansion, and delivers stakeholder engagement support.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Hung served as the Senior Economic-Political-Military Analyst for the U.S. Department of State at the U.S Embassy in Hanoi. Starting his service alongside the reopening of U.S-Vietnam diplomatic relations in 1995, he advised successive U.S. ambassadors and their Embassy teams on high-level political developments, economic policy trends, and crisis management issues in Vietnam and throughout the region. Additionally, Hung developed solutions for major U.S. companies facing regulatory challenges and other difficulties in Vietnam. During his career with the U.S Embassy in Hanoi, Hung coordinated State Visits to Vietnam by Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Obama. In recognition of his critical role in coordinating these historical visits, he was honored with multiple high performance awards.
Before joining the U.S. Embassy, Hung served as the Government Affairs Coordinator for the Vietnam-United Kingdom Boat People Repatriation Program at the British Embassy in Hanoi, and as the Assistant to the Director General for the Vietnam-Australia Minerals Mining Joint Venture, AUSTINH.
Hung started his career as a Lecturer at the Hanoi University, where he also earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Foreign Languages, graduating with distinction. Hung also holds an MBA from La Trobe University in Australia.
Hung is a native speaker of Vietnamese and English, with extensive experience interpreting for official state engagements.
Jennifer Ratner is a Vice President at The Asia Group. She works in the Capital Advisory group where she helps clients execute M&A transactions, strategic partnerships, and private capital raises. Ms. Ratner brings a deep financial analytical toolkit with investment banking and direct investing experience across multiple sectors including technology and financial institutions.
Ms. Ratner started her career in the Investment Banking group at Bank of America Securities where she advised Fortune 500 technology companies on accessing public markets, pursuing M&A opportunities, going private, and entering new sectors. She prepared board presentation materials, such as fairness opinions and financing alternatives, as well as formulated positioning, strategic rationale and industry overview pieces for client senior management. In addition, she performed comprehensive valuation analyses including comparable company, precedent transaction, and discounted cash flow for over $1 billion in transactions.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Ms. Ratner served as an Investment Officer for a $125 million senior debt fund focused on financial institutions in emerging markets. During her tenure, she led $23 million of new investments, managing the investment process from due diligence through term sheet negotiations. In addition, Ms. Ratner monitored over $110 million in investments across nine countries and developed integrated financial projections with various stress test scenarios.
Ms. Ratner has also worked with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation to establish a global risk measurement methodology for emerging markets private equity investments and to validate exit multiples and repayment risk for its private equity portfolio.
Ms. Ratner holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. She is fluent in French and has working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.
Alex Renner is an Analyst at The Asia Group focusing on the firm’s China portfolio. He provides research and analytical support across multiple sectors including energy, media and entertainment, and information technology.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Alex supported the energy and environment practice of Signal Group in Washington, D.C., a firm focused on domestic government affairs and advocacy. Alex has also completed an internship with the Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), where he focused primarily on agriculture, energy, and food safety. As a member of ASG’s China team, he worked on a variety of client projects including water rights management, industrial overcapacity in the steel and energy sectors, food safety monitoring and regulation, as well as periodic client updates regarding the current state of U.S.-China trade and investment relations.
Alex also brings experience from his work at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, where he conducted research on liquefied natural gas safety and security as well as the geopolitical dynamics of energy flows in the Caspian Sea region. Previously, Alex spent nearly three years living in mainland China, where he took courses in graduate-level economics and linguistics.
Alex is currently a Master’s candidate at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where he focuses on Chinese energy security. Alex holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Chinese and global studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He is proficient in Mandarin.
Special Projects Coordinator
Grace Riley-Adams serves as the Special Projects Coordinator with The Asia Group, where she provides a broad range of support to enhance The Asia Group’s brand. Grace assisted in the establishment of The Asia Group Foundation, the direct charitable arm of The Asia Group. She leads research and due diligence efforts to help the Foundation develop high-impact philanthropic partnerships. Additionally, Grace handles the Foundation’s social media strategy to increase outreach throughout the Trans-Pacific region and across America.
Grace is responsible for developing firm-wide initiatives, focusing on media strategies and event coordination. Most recently, she managed and provided design support for the firm’s new website to increase client engagement.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Grace focused on the creation and implementation of content strategies that included graphic design, content creation and social media marketing for a diverse range of clients that including Major League Ultimate, the Philadelphia Spinners, and Worldwide Audio.
Grace graduated cum laude from Franklin & Marshall College with a degree in Sociology focusing on global gender inequality.
David Rubin is an Associate at The Asia Group, LLC, where he helps clients develop and expand business strategies across the Asia-Pacific. At The Asia Group, Dave supports clients focusing on Japan and engaged in the defense, civil aviation, and tourism sectors. Using his deep expertise on the regional political, strategic, and bureaucratic landscape, Dave supports his clients in navigating political and regulatory hurdles, as well as in advancing capture campaigns and market entry and expansion strategies. In his current capacity, he regularly coordinates C-suite visits to the dynamic Asia-Pacific region, bureaucratic and political stakeholder engagement maps for regional government officials, and platform capture strategies for a Fortune 100 defense and aerospace firm. Dave has also led several client-specific campaigns in Japan, including two high-profile political brand development efforts with a major commercial airline, a comprehensive market entry strategy for a tourism and hospitality client, as well as numerous capture strategies for defense and aerospace platforms in South Korea, Japan, India, Australia, Thailand, and Singapore.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Dave was an analyst at Logistics Capital & Strategy, a transportation and logistics management consulting firm authoring market sizing and acquisition studies. Dave conducted an intermodal market sizing and segmentation study for a U.S. Class II railroad generating $200 million in annual revenue. He also created a revenue forecasting model for a U.S.P.S. Terminal Handling Service supplier handling over 300,000 tons of cargo annually, and assisted lane and cargo optimization for the Freight Forwarding division of a major multinational logistics firm, generating $28.5 million in savings in Q3, 2013. Prior to joining Logistics Capital & Strategy, he interned in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of Economic Policy at the U.S. Department of State supporting the U.S. host year of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). He also interned in the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he supported bipartisan-supported SME trade missions to Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.
Dave received his M.A. in International Affairs concentrating on both Energy, Resources, and the Environment and China Studies from the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Dave graduated from the American University School of International Service with a B.A. in International Studies, as well as minors in Chinese Language and International Business. He has working proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.
Yolanda A. Sanders is a Financial Analyst at The Asia Group, collaborating with the Senior Accountant to provide support in the daily financial operations of the firm.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Yolanda was a Research Assistant at Howard University, monitoring budgets and expenditures to ensure contract and funding compliance for the NIH U54 HU/John Hopkins Partnership Grant. At Howard, she also served as a Medical Credentials Specialist, collaborating with the Office of General Counsel and Risk Management to ensure Joint Commission compliance. Yolanda brings additional insights from her work as an Internal Firm Services Intern at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. In the capacity, Yolanda assisted the client strategy team with relationship development efforts.
Yolanda holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Howard University School of Business, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Jennifer Schuch-Page is a Senior Associate at The Asia Group. She is the team lead for the firm’s energy and automotive clients, with a focus on emerging technologies, energy policy, and environmental regulations. In this capacity, Jennifer advises clients on developing and executing strategies for market entry and international growth, government relations and stakeholder management, and navigating complex regulatory and political challenges. Leveraging three years of first-hand experience in Asian markets, including in Japan and Indonesia, Jennifer provides nuanced political and public policy analysis for companies to navigate complex environments. Jennifer has helped clients protect a $500 million dollar investment from political risk in Southeast Asia, build corporate brand equity in China to drive results in a multi-billion dollar market, and advance public sector advocacy campaigns to affect critical regulatory change.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Jennifer served in several roles at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) and at U.S. Embassy Manila. During that time, her worked focused on maritime security in the South China Sea, as well as U.S. economic and trade policy in Northeast Asia. Jennifer previously worked at McLarty Associates, a strategic advisory firm based in Washington, DC, where she helped Fortune 500 companies understand and address complex market and regulatory issues in the telecommunications, consumer goods, financial services, and energy sectors of Asia’s emerging market economies.
Jennifer earned an M.A. in International Economics and Southeast Asia and China Studies from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She is proficient in Bahasa Indonesia.
Ms. Nicole Wilder is a Senior Accountant at The Asia Group, LLC. Prior to joining The Asia Group, Nicole worked as a Senior Accountant for over seven years, supporting various government contract clients. In this role, she was responsible for the contract management of multi-million dollar projects, preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP, job costing and profitability analysis, forecasting, fluctuation analysis, and strategic initiatives aimed at improving business efficiencies and budgetary processes. She also has worked on various audits for non-profit organizations, which included testing internal control weaknesses and deficiencies, and making recommendations for best accounting practices.
Nicole has also worked for various consulting agencies, providing accounting support, accounting system training, and program installation. She also worked as an A/P A/R Manager supporting a Fortune 500 defense client.
Nicole serves as a volunteer for various community programs and activities for children, such as cheerleading and football. In her spare time she loves to read, watch, and attend sporting events, and is an avid fan of football, basketball, and boxing. She lives in Largo, MD.