Global Team

Partners

Jan Kallmorgen

Jan Kallmorgen

CEO and Founder
Jan's Bio

Jan is BGA’s Founder and CEO combining a background in finance, foreign policy and international public affairs. He advises clients on complex investment situations and transactions and has a strong transatlantic focus.

He has worked at Goldman Sachs, the German Council on Foreign Relations, the European Group for Investor Protection, Bohnen Kallmorgen & Partner and the global public affairs firm Interel Group. Jan is also founder & chairman of the non-profit think tank Atlantic Initiative and a regular speaker at international conferences and universities. See him in action

Education
Jan holds a Master’s in history and international relations from Freie Universität Berlin and from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC. He is an alumnus of several transatlantic Young Leader programs.
Dierk Brandenburg

Dierk Brandenburg

Managing Partner
Dierk's Bio
Dierk is Managing Partner at BGA following a 25 year career in asset management, banking and financial regulation.  As senior analyst and director of research at Fidelity Investments for more than 13 years, Dierk led fixed income research for US and European financial sector and sovereign strategy.

Before Fidelity, he worked for Deutsche Bank in London and as Deputy Head of Credit Risk for the BIS in Basel, where he advised central banks and regulators on bank capital and risk management.

Education
Dierk holds a PhD in public finance from the London School of Economics (LSE).

 

Bashir Siman

Bashir Siman

Partner
Bashir's Bio
Bashir Bernard Siman, O.B.E. is a Partner at BGA. He has spent his career as an investment and banking professional with a strong bias towards strategic risk analysis and geopolitical advice. He actively advises investors and insurance operators from the Middle East, Japan and Europe on their global investment and business strategies, and leads on originating and structuring specific investments.

He has worked for Jardine Fleming, UBS and Nomura in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, Turkey and Japan, where he obtained an International Graduate Diploma from Kyoto University’s Engineering Faculty. He also advised governments on privatisation and economic liberalisation options.

He speaks Japanese, Arabic and Dutch in addition to English. He is an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Robert Lacoursiere

Robert Lacoursiere

Partner
Robert's Bio
Robert has over 25 years of experience in the global financial sector. Prior to BGA, where he is Partner, Robert was the CIO & Co-founder of Petrarca Capital, a global financial sector equity long / short hedge fund. Previously he was a partner at Paulson & Co. where he was the Head of the Global Banks team and worked for more than 20 years at leading international investment banks.

Prior to Paulson, he covered US Mortgage & Specialty Finance as a widely-respected sell-side equity research analyst at Banc of America Securities. He was the first sell-side analyst to downgrade companies to sell ratings on the basis of an impending mortgage credit crisis.

Previous to that, Robert was Head of Financial Strategy at Capital One, leading the team charged with ascertaining acquisition opportunities to aid the firm’s transformation to diversified consumer bank. He covered U.S. mid-cap banks at Lehman Brothers where he had also been the Head of Latin American Equity Research.

Prior to Lehman Brothers, Robert headed the Latin American Financial Institutions Equity Research Group at Bear Stearns as well as at Santander Securities. Before his time on the sell side, Robert worked at the Bank of Nova Scotia involved with the bank acquisitions in Latin America.

Education
Robert holds an MBA from I.E.S.E. in Spain and a HBA from the Western University in Canada.
Jürgen Chrobog

Jürgen Chrobog

Partner
Jürgen's Bio
Ambassador Chrobog is a BGA Partner and a former State Secretary at the German Foreign Office and was Germany’s Ambassador to the United States. As State Secretary of the German Foreign Service​, he was directly responsible for Asia, Africa, the Near and Middle East and Latin America and dealt with Foreign Trade and Economic matters comprising Export Control and Export Guarantees.

His experience spans countries such as Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Jordan, Yemen, Tunisia and the Gulf States, where he consulted with leading politicians for many years. After his diplomatic career, Ambassador Chrobog served as Chairman of the BMW Foundations Herbert Quandt from 2013 to 2015 and was a board member of MAN Ferro Stahl. ​

Eberhard Sandschneider

Eberhard Sandschneider

Partner
Eberhard's Bio
Professor Eberhard Sandschneider is a Partner at BGA. From 2003 to 2016, he was the Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations, one of the leading European think tanks. He has held a chair in Chinese politics and international relations at the Freie Universität Berlin since 1998. Between 1995 and 1998, he was professor of international relations at the Johannes-Gutenberg Universität in Mainz. An author of numerous books he is a much sought after speaker on global risks and frequently appears in the media. 
Books
Eberhard Sandschneider’s books include Globale Rivalen: Chinas unheimlicher Aufstieg und die Ohnmacht des Westens (Global Rivals: China’s Uncanny Rise and the Helplessness of the West, 2008) and Der erfolgreiche Abstieg Europas: Heute Macht abgeben um morgen zu gewinnen (Europe’s Successful Descent: Giving Away Power Today in Order to Win Tomorrow, 2011).

Staff

Lisa Heimann

Lisa Heimann

Head of Legal
Lisa's Bio
Lisa is Head of Legal at BGA.  She has over 10 years of legal sector experience including as a lawyer at Magic Circle law firm Clifford Chance and as the Associate Director for Germany and CEE region at global pharma and bio-tech company Shire. Her legal experience also includes her time in the German Consulate General’s office in Cape Town, South Africa where she completed part of her legal traineeship.
 
Education
Lisa earned a degree in Law from Humboldt University Berlin and a Master in Laws from University College London, UCL. During her studies in London she held a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and is the author of several publications including specialised legal books and magazines.

 

Sean Costello

Sean Costello

Director of Sales & Marketing
Sean's Bio
Sean is Director of Sales & Marketing, London with over 20 years of professional experience.  He established his own consulting company Synapse Global in 2014 to advise individuals and institutions seeking to build their brands, improve profile and raise funds from UHNW individuals and financial institutions. Sean was formerly Head of Business Development for the GCC & India for Jersey Finance – prior to that he was Business Development Director for PwC’s global Sovereign Wealth Fund clients, (principally ADIA and Mubadala) headquartered in Abu Dhabi.

Sean has 12 years’ experience of working in two of the world’s leading ‘Big 4’ firms, (PwC and Deloitte) in marketing communications and business development roles, across the firms’ accountancy, tax and management consulting practices.

He is a Chartered Marketer and Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR UK). He is a former regional Chairman of the Professional Marketing Forum International and a Business Leader of the Marketing Society (UK).

He is a national CIPR President’s award winner for strategic internal communications. Sean is a former Non-Executive Director of Leeds Media – promoting the City’s creative industries. He served with a British Army Cavalry Regiment on training missions and operations in Norway and the Balkans.

Matthias Hieber

Matthias Hieber

Senior Consultant

Matthias' Bio
Matthias is a Senior Consultant at BGA. He started his career as Research Assistant at Revue Défense Nationale, a French journal on security policy, in Paris and at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London. Before joining BGA, he worked in Chambers at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (UN-ICTY), within the Terrorism Division of the Council of Europe and at the Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS) in Berlin. He also gained experience as Consultant for the private sector.

Matthias is also member of several professional networks, including the Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale (IHEDN) and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

Education
Matthias studied Political Sciences and International Law at University of Zurich and University of Vienna. He is bilingual French-German and proficient in English. Furthermore, he received enhanced professional training in Terrorism Studies from University of St. Andrews.

Wei Wang

Wei Wang

Senior Consultant
Wei's Bio
Wei Wang is a Senior Consultant with BGA. She is a seasoned public policy advisor who has been advising a number of large multi national corporations on the macroeconomic environment, regulatory affairs and industrial policies in China. She is also a non-residential fellow at the largest independent think tank in China specialized on Chinese companies’ outbound investment.

Prior to that, she was a senior consultant at the Hill and Knowlton Strategies, a US-based international PR firm, on Chinese companies going abroad, following a decade-long journalism career at Xinhua News Agency based in China, the Philippines and the United States, consecutively.

Education
Wei received her bachelor degree from China’s Foreign Affairs University and a Master’s Degree from the School of Foreign Service at the Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.. 
Todd Williamson

Todd Williamson

Senior Consultant

Todd's Bio
Todd is a Senior Consultant at BGA. Immediately prior to joining the firm,  he was a Robert Bosch Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. At GPPi he was a member of the Rising Powers & Global Governance team focusing on emerging markets, multilateral institutions, US and EU foreign policy.

His private sector experience includes the international government relations group at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York and the firm’s federal government relations team in Washington, DC. From 2009 until 2011, he was a presidential appointee in the Obama administration with the Office of Congressional Relations (OCR) and the Rural Development Agency at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). During this period, he also worked on the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers.  On Capitol Hill, Todd served as a legislative assistant in the office of Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-4) covering financial services, education, and budget policy.

Education
He received his MA in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University and his BA from the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University.

Andreas Beckmann

Andreas Beckmann

Senior Analyst
Andreas' Bio
Andreas Beckmann supports BGA as a Senior Analyst. Since 2006, he has been an independent political analyst and consultant based in Berlin and Brussels.  He works closely with BGA partners  on numerous projects. His main areas of expertise include financial regulatory issues –particularly the manifold aspects of the Eurozone sovereign and bank debt crisis, defense and security issues on a domestic German and international level – including IT security, and the German residential real estate market.

Andreas has a combined 30 years of work experience. He served for two years as an officer cadet in the German Army, and worked more than 14  years in the academic field as research and teaching assistant in the area of applied political science. Moreover, Andreas has a record of active engagement in German party politics, including several years in party and (local level) public offices.

Education
Andreas studied Political Science, Public/Administrative/EU/International Law, and English, at Kiel University (CAU) and Penn State University (where he also worked as grading assistant) before graduating with honors in Kiel. While continuing to work as a political scientist in Kiel, Andreas also served five months in the EU Commission, and worked in the State election campaign headquarters of a major German political party.

Advisors

Rudolf Adam

Rudolf Adam

Munich
Rudolf's Bio

Rudolf Georg Adam serves as an Advisor to BGA. As a former German diplomat and security analyst,  he began his diplomatic career in 1976 when he joined the German Foreign Service. Following his service as Second Secretary in Singapore and First Secretary in Beijing, he was speechwriter for German President Richard von Weizsäcker in Bonn, political counselor at the German Embassy in Moscow and worked in the Planning Staff at the German Foreign Office in Bonn.

In 1995, he became director of global disarmament and arms control in the Foreign Office and in 1998 European correspondent (EU foreign relations, since 1999 including security and defence policy). In 2001, he became vice president of the Federal Intelligence Service. From 2004 to 2008 he was president of the Federal College for Security Policy.

In 2008 he became the German Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow and in 2011, he held the same position in London. He retired in 2014 after a year as Chargé d’Affairs at the German Embassy London. He is currently an external lecturer at the Bundeswehr University, Munich, and president of CSASC.

Education

He holds a BA, MA and D.Phil. in Modern History from the University of Oxford.

Norbert Baas

Norbert Baas

Berlin
Norbert's Bio
Dr. Norbert Baas serves as an Advisor to BGA. Until 2012, he was German Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia, ASEAN, and East Timor. Prior to this, Norbert served as Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and Special Envoy for Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus at the German Foreign Office. In this capacity, he was Coordinator for the Group of Friends of the UN-SG for Georgia/Abkhazia.

Before, he served as Ambassador at Large for security issues. From 1995 to 1998, he was Ambassador in Georgia and Head of Division East-Central Europe; in a former position, he served as Private Secretary to State Ministers Möllemann and Schaefer at the Foreign Office. At an earlier stage, he worked in Moscow, Baghdad, and the German OECD Mission in Paris.

Education
Norbert Baas studied economics at the TU Berlin and at the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna and received a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence.
Richard Barrons

Richard Barrons

London
Sir Richard's Bio
Sir Richard Barrons is a BGA Advisor and served as Commander Joint Forces Command, one of the six ‘Chiefs of Staff” leading the UK Armed Forces until April 2016. He was responsible for 23,000 people worldwide and a budget of £4.3Bn, delivering intelligence, Special
Forces, operational command and control, information systems and communications, logistics, medical support, and advanced education and training across the Armed Forces.

​His military career includes leadership from Captain to General on military operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan – often as part of US-led coalitions. 

Joachim Bitterlich

Joachim Bitterlich

Paris
Joachim's Bio

Joachim Bitterlich is a BGA Advisor and was Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO and Spain. Before holding these roles, he was the Foreign and Security Policy Advisor to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, working primarily on European Integration Policy.

Entering the Federal Foreign Service in 1976, he also held posts in Algeria and Brussels. From 1993 to 1998 he was Head of the Chancellery’s department for Foreign, Security, and Development Policy.  More recently, he was Executive Vice President International Affairs of Veolia Environment in Paris, where he was responsible for the German market.

Education
He studied Law, Economics and Politics at the University of Saarbrücken, and was research assistant at the same university. He was also student at the French National School of Administration (ENA) in Paris (1974-75).
German Luis Buceta

German Luis Buceta

Madrid
German's Bio
Germán Luis Buceta serves as an Advisor to BGA. Since 2012, he has been an independent political analyst  and advisor in media,  based in Hamburg and Madrid.

He started his professional career 27 years ago at Axel Springer and has worked in international media, holding executive and board positions at companies like Publigroupe, Havas and Burda. He works closely with BGA partners on numerous projects. His main areas of expertise include policy matters in Spain as well as media advisory in the Adtech ecosystem.

Education
He holds a degree in Law by the University of Madrid. A native Spanish speaker, he is fluent in German, English and French.
Chester Crocker

Chester Crocker

Washington, DC
Chester's Bio
Dr. Chester Crocker is a BGA Advisor and served as the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. He is currently the James R. Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

He was chairman and member of the board of the United States Institute for Peace between 1992 and 2011 in Washington, DC. He is also a founding member of the Global Leadership Foundation and a member of the World Bank’s Independent Advisory Board on governance and corruption.

Education
He has a BA from the Ohio State University, an MA from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from its School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Amr Diab

Amr Diab

London
Amr's Bio
Amr Diab is a BGA Advisor and the former co-head for the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and a Member of the Executive Committee for Morgan Stanley – MENA. During his tenure at Morgan Stanley, he oversaw and participated in the execution of some of the largest capital markets and M&A transactions in the region. Amr is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a B.A. from the American University in Cairo and an MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School.

​Splitting his time between Berlin, London and Cairo he remains an advisory director at Morgan Stanley and is also an Independent board member of Apex International Energy and a Member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

Peter Dietlmaier

Peter Dietlmaier

Düsseldorf
Peter's Bio
Peter Dietlmaier serves as an Advisor to BGA. As Founder and Managing Director of CCounselors, he provides communication advice to corporates, institutions and individuals to enhance leadership, agenda setting, business results, customer growth and the societal license to operate. Peter worked in strategic communications and change management for decades and has held leadership positions at Goldman Sachs, Allianz, Swiss Re, Deutsche Bank and RWE. 
Michael Gerdts

Michael Gerdts

Berlin
Michael's Bio
Michael H. Gerdts is an Advisor with BGA and previously served as the German Ambassador to Italy (2004 – 2007 and 2010 – 2012), to Poland (2007 – 2010), and to Kenya (1995 – 1999). He was the Private Secretary and Deputy Head of the Minister’s Office of then Foreign Ministers Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Klaus Kinkel from 1988 – 1992 and worked as the Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry from 1992 – 1995.

During his diplomatic career Michael Gerdts held positions at the U.N. Missions in Geneva and New York, and served as Deputy Head of the Department for Global Issues, the United Nations, Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid and as the Head of Department for Communication, Public Relations and Media of the German Foreign Office in Berlin.

Education
Michael H. Gerdts studied Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne and at Pennsylvania State University.
Dominik Hesse

Dominik Hesse

Munich
Dominik's Bio
Dominik Hesse is a BGA Advisor and the founder and Managing Partner of Cannonball Capital. Having lived in London and New York for over 10 years, Dominik possesses more than 18 years of international management and investment experience. His most recent role was for a Family Investment company in Monaco, where he spent over 6 years as CFO and Head of Business Development. During his employment, Dominik contributed significantly to the quadrupling of the NAV and was instrumental in ensuring that the company deleveraged completely and was safeguarded before the financial crisis.

Dominik has worked exclusively for family companies and specialises in Value Investing with a focus on execution. He has been active in the fields of shipping, private equity and real estate.
Dominik holds MBA degrees from Columbia Business School (Beta Gamma Sigma) in New York, London Business School (Distinction) and a Master of Science from Cass Business School in London.

As alumnus of the World Young Leader Forum and two Europe-Asia Young Leader Forums Dominik has, in combination with his Alma Mater, an international and diverse network. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Institute of Logistics and Transport (both London) and has a completed apprenticeship as a Shipping Merchant.
Away from the business arena, he has been actively involved for several years with „Die Komplizen“, which offers a charitable mentoring service for high school students.
Ben Hodges

Ben Hodges

Frankfurt
Ben's Bio

Lieutenant General (Retired) Ben Hodges is a BGA Advisor and is a former Infantry Lieutenant in Germany. He commanded Infantry units at the Company, Battalion and Brigade levels as the 101st Airborne Division and in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  He also served in an operational assignment as Director of Operations, Regional Command South, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Lieutenant General (Retired) Hodges has also served in a variety of Joint and Army Staff positions to include Tactic Instructor at the Infantry School; Chief of Plans, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Army Congressional Liaison Officer; Task Force Senior Observer-Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA: Coalition/Joint – 3 (CJ3) of Multi-National Corps-Iraq in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg; and Director of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell on the Joint Staff, Chief of Legislative Liaison for the United States Army, and Commander, NATO Allied Land Command.  His last Military assignment was as Commander, United States Army Europe from 2014 to 2017.

Lieutenant General (Retired) Hodges currently holds the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis.

Ben's Education

Ben graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned in the Infantry.

Oliver Gnad

Oliver Gnad

Frankfurt
Oliver's Bio
Oliver Gnad is a BGA Advisor and the co-founder and managing director of the „Bureau für Zeitgeschehen” (Bureau of Current Affairs), a Berlin-based think-and-do-tank specialized in strategic foresight and scenario planning. He is a member of the pan-European Think Tank “New Pact for Europe”, a Fellow of the Dahrendorf Forum and a Certified Senior Instructor of Globalytica Ltd., a Washington-based thought leader in building analytic cultures.

Since 2015, he is also an adjunct faculty member of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. From 2008 to 2016, he served as Director of GIZ AgenZ, an in-house consultancy of “Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammen­arbeit” (GIZ, German Development Cooperation). Between 2003 and 2007, he was the Director for International Programs of the “Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius ZEIT Foundation” in Hamburg. Before his stint at the ZEIT Foundation, Oliver Gnad was research assistant at the Chair for Contemporary History at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and at the Chair for Political Science at the Ruhr University Bochum.

He is the author of several books and articles on the Cold War, the German party system, sustainable development as well as foreign and security policy issues. He holds a doctoral degree in contemporary history from Goethe University Frankfurt.

Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna

Singapore
Parag's Bio

Parag Khanna serves as an Advisor to BGA. He is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. Parag is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a leading content branding agency.

Parag’s latest book is Technocracy in AmericaRise of the Info-State (2017). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”

He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

 

Ioannis Kofinis

Ioannis Kofinis

Athens
Ioannis' Bio
Ioannis A. Kofinis is a BGA Advisor and the founder and Managing Partner of Rollerdeck Associates. He has enjoyed an extensive career in public service. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) in 2009. Before that, he served as the Head of Cabinet of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-2007) and was Special Advisor to the Hellenic Parliament from 2002 to 2004.

Ioannis has also established a strong presence in the think-tank community. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM), the Greek Foreign Ministry’s institute responsible for drafting policy proposals related to European policy issues. Prior to this, he was a Research Fellow at the International Center for Black Sea Studies, focusing on energy security issues.

Education
He holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from the Edmund A. Walsh School, Georgetown University and received his Bachelors degree from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens.
Henneke Lütgerath

Henneke Lütgerath

Hamburg
Henneke's Bio
Dr. Henneke Lütgerath is a BGA Advisor and member of the Shareholders‘ Committee of M.M. Warburg & CO, where he was Partner until the end of 2017. Henneke has more than thirty years experience in the financial sector and has held various management and supervisory board positions.

​A member of the federal Presidium of the Economic Council (Wirtschaftsrat der CDU) and the council’s Hamburg chairman, Henneke uniquely combines in-depth financial knowledge with a strong political network and extensive advocacy experience. Furthermore Henneke is the Chairman of the Executive Board of Joachim-Herz-Stiftung, one of Germany’s largest charitable foundations.

Helmut Kranzmaier

Helmut Kranzmaier

Berlin
Helmut's Bio
Helmut Kranzmaier is a Founding Partner at BGA with 20 years of experience in the communications and financial sector. He has provided his consulting services in a variety of complex transactional, crisis and special situations, both in Germany and abroad.

Prior to BGA, Helmut was a partner of the international communications consulting firm CNC and held various management positions at Deutsche Bank in Germany and the UK.

Education
He studied business administration and holds an Executive MBA from the City University London/Ashridge Business School. He is a Certified Investor Relations Officer with accreditation by the Deutsche Investor Relations Verband e.V. (DIRK).
Marek Matraszek

Marek Matraszek

Warsaw
Marek's Bio
Marek serves as an Advisor to BGA and is the Founding Partner of CEC Government Relations and specializes in designing and implementing strategic communications and lobbying campaigns for major US, UK and European multinationals in Poland, and advising on their political strategy in the Central European region as a whole. Although his experience stretches across most industrial sectors, he has a special expertise in defense, aviation and energy, and currently advises Lockheed Martin, and a number of other Western defense companies, in Poland.

Marek specialises in designing and implementing strategic communications and lobbying campaigns for major US, UK and European multinationals in Poland, and advising on their political strategy in the Central European region as a whole.

Education
Marek was born in the UK in 1962, and studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1984. He obtained a Master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies in 1987 and continued his studies at Oxford, reading for a doctoral dissertation.
Gunnar Palm

Gunnar Palm

London
Gunnar's Bio
Gunnar is a BGA Advisor and focuses on bridging European and US businesses with emerging markets.

Prior to joining RPP, Gunnar was Managing Director and Co-Head of HSBC Global Banking, Coverage and Client Management for EMEA. He joined HSBC from Barclays Capital, preceded by Credit Suisse, where he was a Managing Director working with European and closely held US clients. Gunnar has advised on cross-border mandates in the Middle East, Africa, India, Europe and the US.

Gunnar began his career with The Boston Consulting Group in Munich. In 1984, he joined First Boston Corporation in New York. In 1995 he rejoined First Boston Corporation in London (Credit Suisse) from Dillon, Read & Co. in New York

Education
Gunnar holds a M.Sc. from the Stockholm School of Economics and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Thomas Pütter

Thomas Pütter

London
Thomas' Bio
Thomas Pütter is a BGA Advisor and serves as the Chairman & Chief Executive to the Ancora Finance Group, a financial advisory and management consulting firm. Between 1998 and 2010 he was Chairman/CEO of Allianz Capital Partners Group and Managing Director of Allianz Alternative Assets Holding GmbH and was co-responsible for Allianz Group’s alternative asset investment programme. Prior to joining Allianz, Thomas’ career spanned commercial and investment banking, including CFO at a privately owned financial services group and working in the investment banking and principal investment areas at Goldman Sachs.

Thomas is a member of the Commission on Growth and Innovation of the German CDU’s Economic Council and is a member of the Advisory Board of the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. He is an active investor in the small to mid-cap space and holds a number of board and advisory positions.

Education
Thomas has an M.A. (Oxon) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the Queen’s College, Oxford.
Richard Rands

Richard Rands

London
Richard's Bio
Richard is an Advisor to BGA and the founder and Chief Executive of Burton Rands Associates. After more than a decade of supporting government-sponsored political and security sector initiatives in Africa he has evolved the business to its current specialization in Africa-focused political risk consulting, strategy development and advice for governments, companies, individuals and investors.

Richard is a strategic and policy development adviser with extensive experience throughout Africa. He provides analysis on politics, security and economics in sub-Saharan Africa to regional and international public and private sector actors. As an experienced mediator, Richard also advises on the development of political and security strategies to resolve disputes and facilitate political and economic processes. Richard continues to assist investors in Africa in the development of commercial strategies in high-risk environments.

A former managing director for a leading risk management consultancy and a regular military officer with elite forces, Richard has held multiple senior leadership and management appointments over a 30-year career. He is currently an adviser to a UK government department on African strategy development.

Patrick Rarden

Patrick Rarden

London
Patrick's Bio
Patrick Rarden, MBE is a BGA Advisor and was previously the Finance Lead in the HMG C-Daesh Taskforce from October 2015 to end of March 2017. This involved providing subject matter expertise on counter threat/terrorist finance from a government and private sector perspective taking into account the particular challenges that Daesh represented. He represented HMG at the Counter ISIL Finance Group Coalition meetings in addition to giving evidence before the Foreign Affairs Committee investigation into Daesh Finance and presenting at the UN Counter Terrorism Conference in New York in December 2016. He has worked closely with the United States Treasury and other co-leads in the C-ISIL Coalition. In particular he worked with the US State Department and the oil industry in putting together a list of spare parts that the Daesh needed for their hydrocarbon activities and has an extensive knowledge of the issues of dual use goods and the challenges that regulating these in regard to non-state actors bring.

Patrick has a unique mixture of experience in law enforcement, military and the front office institutional side of investment banking. He remains a Reserve Army Officer and was appointed MBE for Services to Policing in 2014 through support provided to the City of London Police in their function as national lead for fraud investigations. In banking he worked as an equity trader, sales person and sales trader after graduating from Worcester College, Oxford in 1989 and has extensive experience in the trading and managing of asset classes and working across Europe with a multi jurisdictional client base. He is a fluent German speaker and has worked in Germany, France, Switzerland, Ireland and the UK in his 26 year career in banking.

Patrick was a Trustee Director of the national Fraud Advisory Panel from 2011 to 2015 and is a member of the UK Institute of Directors.

Albert Schander

Albert Schander

Frankfurt
Albert's Bio
Dr. Albert Schander serves as an Advisor to BGA and is also the founder & managing partner of Clairfield in Germany and a member of the board of Clairfield International. Prior to Clairfield, Albert worked as co-head of corporate finance for an international investment banking group where he was responsible for international equity financing projects and IPOs. Further milestones in his career were BAI (Deutsche Bank Group) in Milan, KPMG in Milan, and Lehman Brothers in Frankfurt where among other responsibilities, Albert advised on numerous crossborder M&A transactions.
Education
Albert studied law and economics at the Universities of Passau, Pavia in Italy and Munich and is qualified as an attorney-at-law in Germany. He earned his law degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and his Ph.D. from Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena.
Julianne Smith

Julianne Smith

Washington, DC
Julie's Bio
Julie is an Advisor to BGA and previously served as the Deputy National Security Advisor to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden from April 2012 to June 2013. Prior to that role, she was Principal Director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. She is currently the Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She has also held various leadership positions at leading international think tanks. 

Prior to joining the Obama administration, Ms. Smith served as the director of the CSIS Europe Program and the Initiative for a Renewed Transatlantic Partnership, where she led the Center’s research and program activities on U.S.-European political, security, and economic relations. 

Education
She received her BA from Xavier University and her MA from American University.
Ansgar Tietmeyer

Ansgar Tietmeyer

Berlin
Ansgar's Bio

Dr. Ansgar Tietmeyer is a BGA advisors and Member of the Executive Committee of the Maleki Corporate Group in Frankfurt.

He has more than 20 years of professional experience in banking and the financial, sector including management functions in the area of strategic positioning and representation of companies in the realm of politics, media and society – nationally and internationally, as well as in government & regulatory affairs. He was responsible for the dialogue with national and European politics, most recently as Head of Public Affairs at Deutsche Bank, and refers to career stops with the bank in Paris, Brussels and Berlin.

His areas of specialization include finance, political communication, agenda setting, advocacy in politics and regulation, and advising on political processes and networks, both at national and EU level. He’s specialized in European financial policy and has lasting experiences in German-franco relations.

Based in Berlin, he is responsible for public affairs, government relations and strategic positioning for the Maleki Corporate Group.

Education
Ansgar Tietmeyer studied economics at the Universities of Münster, Paris-Dauphine and Bonn and earned his doctorate in monetary and fiscal policy at the University of Bochum.

 

Hans Vriens

Hans Vriens

Singapore
Hans' Bio

Hans W. Vriens is an Advisor to BGA and is managing partner of Vriens & Partners Pte Ltd. Hans has lived and worked in Asia since 1990, during which time he has been counsel to clients on many of the region’s most sensitive issues. A regular political commentator, he is often asked to provide background briefings to visiting executives to help them better understand political, economic, cultural and business developments in the region.

Prior to establishing V&P, Hans was Vice Chairman, Asia at APCO Worldwide overseeing the expansion of the firm in Southeast Asia. Before this he established and served as Managing Director of the Indonesia practice for six years, and prior to this was a political economist at the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy in Hong Kong. He earlier practiced law at Clifford Chance and was the Asia correspondent for a leading Dutch financial and economic daily. In 1995, he was elected president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong, then the largest in the world.

Education
Hans studied economics and history at the Bologna Center of Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. He also did stints at the Universities of Grenoble in France, and Krakow in Poland.

Associates

BGA vetted and contracted more than 200 subject matter experts worldwide working hand-in-hand with the team to provide research, intelligence and access on the ground in all G20 countries and frontier markets.