The Consulting Report is pleased to announce The Top 50 Government Consultants of 2021. These individuals were selected after conducting an extensive evaluation of consultants with expertise advising at the federal, state, or local levels. We paid particular attention to their career achievements and demonstrated leadership capabilities as corroborated by industry peers.
These leaders are providing public and private-sector organizations with insights and strategies to improve operational performance in achieving mission-based objectives. With government expenditure accounting for approximately 20% of the $60 trillion global economy, the need for expert guidance from consulting professionals is at its zenith. Furthermore, recent regulatory changes and stimulus funding have shaken up the public-private entity demarcation and created a niche for firms specializing in navigating such matters. The listed executives have shored up their firms’ innovative offerings related to privatization, IT infrastructure, economic strategies, risk management, and other concerns to best assist their clients.
A leading example in public-sector consulting excellence is Roz Brooks, PwC’s U.S. Public Policy Leader, who represents PwC in its dealings with Congress and the White House. Brooks has also spearheaded a busy schedule of business strategy events such as PwC’s upcoming Global Tax Symposium in Washington, D.C. Oftentimes, international reach is what sets consulting companies apart. For instance, Global Head of Infrastructure, Government, and Healthcare at KPMG Liz Forsyth has helped establish human and social services practices in countries around the world, giving governments strategic guidance to handle the needs of vulnerable citizens.
Each nominee was evaluated based on a series of factors including their industry tenure and proven capabilities in advising some of today’s most important government and government-related organizations. Candidates were also appraised for their ability to uphold values of integrity and inclusivity in their work culture while playing key roles in helping their practice and overall firm achieve important milestones. Please join us in congratulating The Top 50 Government Consultants of 2021.
1. George Atalla, Ernst & Young
Title: EY Global Government & Public Sector Leader
EY Global Government and Public Sector Leader George Atalla is tasked with honing and executing EY’s strategy for advising international governments. While maintaining an open line of communication with clients, he identifies critical public sector issues and guides the ongoing development of new client services and offerings. In what amounts to a consulting career of nearly 30 years, Atalla has dug his heels into more than 30 developed/developing markets and brought his unique know-how to operations for public private partnerships and outsourcing, restructuring and organizational transformation, and policy reform and investment prioritization.
Prior to his impressive work with EY, Atalla was a partner and vice president at consultancy firm Booz & Co, heading its government public sector practice across the Middle East and Africa. He also served six years as a partner and vice president of the public sector for Strategy&. Atalla received a Master of Science in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in transportation from Northwestern University, and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University.
2. Roz Brooks, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Title: U.S. Public Policy Leader
Roz Brooks has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 25 years, working her way up the ranks to reach her current position of Principal and U.S. Public Policy Leader. In this capacity, Roz leads PwC interactions with local, state, and federal agencies in matters of business strategy, and is responsible for representing the firm in its engagements with Congress, the White House, and industry think tanks and NGOs. Under Brooks’ leadership, PwC has conducted critical training and business strategy events in Washington and beyond, incubating the next generation of business leaders and transforming major enterprises to better meet modern challenges.
Above and beyond her impressive tenure at PwC, Brooks currently serves on the boards of directors of diversity nonprofits GlobalWIN and Financial Services Professionals. With an extensive history of excellence on matters of tax consulting and public policy, Brooks has led PwC initiatives related to leadership and brand communications, and formerly served as the company’s government relations director for over a decade. Brooks earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and psychology from Stanford University, a master’s degree in law from Wayne State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan.
3. Marc Reinhardt, Capgemini
Title: Expert in Digital Government, E-gov
With a wide swath of expertise in fields including healthcare, data, and growth management, Marc Reinhardt is a trusted public sector global industry leader as Capgemini’s Expert in Digital Government and E-gov. Based in the company’s Berlin office, Reinhardt analyzes business industry trends and builds scalable solutions for social and public administrative offices. Reinhardt brings his 14 years of experience in Capgemini leadership to bear on bringing about interactive government (i*Gov), the more effective next generation of eGovernment.
Before his current career with Capgemini, Reinhardt worked for Capgemini Consulting for nine years, heading the company’s biotech and life science divisions in Europe and globally. He also worked for five years as a managing consultant with Ernst & Young. Reinhardt holds degrees in business administration from the University of California Los Angeles and ESCP Business School as well as a diploma in international management, marketing, and entrepreneurship from the University of Hohenheim.
4. Liz Forsyth, KPMG
Title: Global Head of Infrastructure, Government, and Healthcare
For 19 years, Liz Forsyth has been an industry leader in her capacity as management consultants KPMG Australia’s Global Head of Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare. Forsyth made a name for herself in this position by exploiting insights from global and local firms to help secure better outcomes for clients and their communities. Over her extensive tenure with KPMG, Forsyth previously worked as national sector lead and lead partner in health, aging, and human services, and for six years she held the position of deputy chairman of the company.
In addition to her duties with KPMG, Forsyth has been a member of the health sciences faculty board at the University of Sydney for nearly a decade, and was recently named CEO of APM Human Services International’s Disability and Aged Care business. Prior to joining KPMG, Forsyth served as director of health, education, and community services with Dutch management consulting firm BearingPoint. Forsyth has a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of New South Wales.
5. Leo Farber, Novartis
Title: Vice President and Head, Federal Government Affairs
Leo Farber is Vice President and Head of Federal Government Affairs at pharmaceutical firm Novartis, specializing in matters related to public affairs, government, and public policy. Prior to his current position, Farber was executive director of federal government affairs for over five years. Novartis has shown remarkable growth over the last decade, and Farber has helped coordinate the company’s advances in healthcare and biotechnology with governments to achieve better health outcomes the world over. He also represents Novartis as an employer trustee of the Pharmaceutical Industry Labor-Management Association.
Before joining Novartis in 2014, Farber served as deputy vice president of international and federal affairs at biopharmaceutical research company PhRMA, and was counsel and director of government relations at Hall & Associates. Farber earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University as well as a master’s degree in international affairs and a Doctorate of law from American University.
6. Kristine Martin Anderson, Booz Allen Hamilton
Title: Executive Vice President, Civilian Services Group Lead
Over her more than 15 years with storied infotech firm Booz Allen Hamilton, Kristine Martin Anderson rose from a senior vice president position to her current titles of Executive Vice President and Civilian Services Group Lead. Martin Anderson is recognized as a leader in the industry on all matters related to health information technology, and holds numerous distinctions in payment reform and health data exchange. She is a current board member of the eHealth Initiative as well as the Cost and Resource Use Standing Committee of the National Quality Forum.
Before she began her work with Booz Allen, Martin Anderson distinguished herself over 13 years as vice president of operations and strategy with care management technology provider CareScience, and was a consultant with The Moore Group for three years. In 2019, Martin Anderson’s excellence in her field was recognized with the Joseph Wharton Award from her alma mater. Martin Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School.
7. Tom Dohrmann, McKinsey & Company
Title: Senior Partner, Washington DC
Tom Dohrmann is a Senior Partner in the Washington, D.C. metro area with McKinsey & Company, having previously worked as a partner with the firm for 15 years. Founder of McKinsey’s Public Sector Practice, Dohrmann leads this division in its mission to contribute industry expertise to local and national governments around the world. Dohrmann boasts a great deal of professional expertise in the fields of public and social sector works, postal and parcel services, and public finance, and he has worked with senior leaders in major government agencies to significantly enhance operations through analytics and digitization.
Dohrmann is a prolific writer on the subjects of government management and technology, and has recently published professional articles on climate risk and campaign management. Dohrmann holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Macalester College, and as a Fulbright Scholar he earned a master’s degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University.
8. Rima Assi, McKinsey & Company
Title: Senior Partner
Rima Assi is Senior Partner with McKinsey & Company, having worked her way up the ranks at the firm over the past 15 years. Leading measures focused on sovereign balance sheets and fiscal cycle management, Assi heads public finance work conducted by McKinsey throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Assi’s particular areas of expertise include public finance, public and social sector works, and diversity and inclusion throughout the region.
Before joining up with McKinsey & Company in 2006, Assi held the position of risk analyst at French multinational investment bank Société Générale. A lifelong advocate of gender equity and female empowerment, Assi is a frequent speaker at diversity events, and leads the workplace parity conversation series Intimate Dialogues. Assi holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Saint Joseph and a master’s degree in the same field from HEC Paris.
9. Vincent Chin, Boston Consulting Group
Title: Managing Director & Senior Partner; Global Leader, Public Sector
A stalwart figure in the world of public and private sector consulting, Vincent Chin is Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) Managing Director and Senior Partner in Singapore, and also holds the title of Global Leader, Public Sector. In his work with BCG, Chin leads the global public sector team to deliver cutting-edge solutions to government officials and private sector stakeholders alike. Chin began his work with BCG as principal, then partner and managing director of the company’s Malaysian team, rising after a celebrated decade in the field to lead the firm’s ASEAN division as senior partner and managing director.
Prior to his distinguished tenure with BCG, Chin held a manager position with Malaysian consulting firm Accenture, and cut his teeth in management and logistics as station manager for Singapore Airlines. Chin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in information systems from the National University of Singapore as well as a master’s degree in business administration and management from Edinburgh Business School.
10. Sam Espinosa, Mercer Management and HR Consulting
Title: Partner and Government National Practice Leader
Sam Espinosa, Partner and Government National Practice Leader with Mercer Management and HR Consulting, brings decades of financial and executive management experience to serve Medicaid and Medicare clients. A Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist, Espinosa has helped government organizations in more than 20 states reinvent their funding streams and agency operations to achieve better outcomes for patients and employers. Espinosa is a seasoned consultant who is adept in matters related to long-term care budgeting, Medicaid managed care, health exchanges, payment reform, and person-centered planning.
Before joining Mercer in 1997, Espinosa worked as an underwriter for health and wellness firm CIGNA, and was previously vice president of government services with iHealth Technologies. An avid volunteer and active mentor in his field, he has long served on the boards of Crisis Nursery and the Foundation for Senior Living in Arizona. Espinosa holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and psychology from the University of Arizona.
11. David Downer, Willis Towers Watson
Title: Senior Director, Client Management
As Senior Director of Client Management with Willis Towers Watson, David Downer is responsible for leading the company’s coordination with client needs and risk analysis. Downer also heads Willis Towers Watson’s Aerospace, Defense & Government Services Industry Group, bringing his considerable experience in the industry to help government clients find solutions that make the most of their unique needs and human capital.
Downer previously distinguished himself as a principal at Hewitt Associates, and held a vice presidential position at Sibson Consulting for the better part of a decade. As an active volunteer, Downer has served as a business mentor with The Posse Foundation, sits on the board of the Tackle Tomorrow Foundation literacy nonprofit, and was a founding trustee of the Equal Footing Foundation. In addition to his status as a licensed chartered financial consultant and certified life underwriter, Downer earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration, marketing, and management from the University of Richmond.
12. Phil Kleweno, Bain & Company
Title: Partner, Washington DC
As Managing Partner of Bain & Company’s Washington, D.C. office, industry standout Phil Kleweno makes the most of his decades of experience in organizational growth and management. A lifelong veteran of the management world, Kleweno has experience working in sectors ranging from hospitality to food service to specialty retail. In addition to his central duties as partner, Kleweno heads Bain’s global Leadership Center of Excellence to coordinate transformational leadership practices in C-suites around the world.
Kleweno worked with Bain for nearly 12 years at the outset of his career, leaving to serve as president of Princess Cruises and CEO of Teleflora before returning to the company in 2008. As a notable expert in the industry, Kleweno has been featured in professional trade publications in addition to appearing on Reuters TV and newspapers such as The Washington Post. Kleweno holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from Arizona State University as well as a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
13. Marc Berman, Bain & Company
For over 15 years, Marc Berman has been a valuable member of the Bain and Company team and is currently a partner in the firm’s London offices. One of the “Big 3” of management consulting, Bain & Company provides strategy and consulting to public, private, and non-profit organizations in a wide number of industries, including aerospace and defense, financial services, technology, government, and the public sector. With nearly two decades of industry and consulting experience, Berman advises clients across a range of sectors, including fast-moving consumer goods, luxury goods, apparel, retail, aviation, utilities, government, mining and private equity, drawing on his deep expertise to drive bold ideas and pragmatic solutions.
Berman is an expert in the consumer products, public sector, government, and organization sectors. Prior to joining Bain, he was a consultant for McKinsey & Co. and Euromonitor, as well as the consumer products manager with Enterprise Ireland, an Irish government organization responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. He earned a Bachelor of Science in East Asian studies from Stanford University, a Master of Science in economics and International Relations from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from London Business School.
14. Christopher Padilla, IBM
Title: Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs
IBM’s Vice President of Government & Regulatory Affairs Christopher Padilla advocates for the company’s interests with the governments of three dozen countries around the world. Padilla’s team is responsible for launching IBM’s new Policy Lab and managing future implementation and regulation of technologies including blockchain and quantum computing. In his position at the top of IBM’s government division, Padilla leverages his extensive experience working within the federal government, having previously held positions with the International Trade Administration, the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Padilla began his career in management positions with AT&T and Eastman Kodak, holding government affairs and international trade positions, respectively. On top of his wave-making leadership at IBM, Padilla is a member of the boards of AS/COA, the National Foreign Trade Council, Software.org’s BSA Foundation, the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., and the YMCA of the National Resource Office. Padilla earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a master’s degree in international economics and U.S. Foreign Policy from The Johns Hopkins University.
15. John Goodman, Ph.D., Accenture Federal
Title: Chief Executive
John Goodman is the Chief Executive of Accenture Federal Services (AFS), which serves clients across all sectors of the US federal government — defense, intelligence, public safety, health, and civilian. Since joining Accenture in 1998, Goodman has held a variety of leadership roles, including managing director of Accenture’s defense and intelligence portfolio, head of management consulting for the global public service operating group. Before his current role, he served the firm as its chief operating officer. AFS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, is a U.S. company with offices in Arlington, Virginia.
Accenture’s federal business has served every cabinet-level department and some of the largest federal organizations for more than 30 years. With 9,000 dedicated colleagues and change makers, Accenture Federal Services transforms bold ideas into breakthrough outcomes for clients at defense, intelligence, public safety, civilian, and military health organizations. Before joining Accenture, Goodman was a deputy undersecretary of industrial affairs and installations for the U.S. Department of Defense. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Middlebury University as well as a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
16. Alicia Backous, Guidehouse
Title: Director, National Security
Guidehouse Director of National Security Alicia Backous specializes in all matters related to technology solutions and operational effectiveness for government and nonprofit programs. Over her three years in her current position, Backous has led projects with the Department of Homeland Security that focused on areas including cybersecurity, strategic planning, operational effectiveness, and information technology. During Backous’ tenure, Guidehouse was spun off from PricewaterhouseCoopers, growing to its current status at the top of the management and technology consulting world with more than 1,600 employees in 20 locations.
In addition to her time with Guidehouse, Backous has a great deal of experience in consulting and political finance; prior to holding a directorship with PricewaterhouseCoopers for nearly a decade, she worked as finance director for a U.S. Senate candidacy and for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. A Certified Project Management Professional, Backous holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Michigan as well as a Master of Business Administration from Boston College.
17. Nick Vantzelfde, EY Parthenon/CMA Strategy Consulting
Title: Digital Infrastructure Partner
Since 2007, Nick Vantzelfde has served CMA Strategy Consulting as a managing partner, and now that the firm has been acquired by EY Parthenon, he has been tasked to take on the role of DIgital Infrastructure Partner. Vantzelfde boasts extensive experience advising senior executives on strategy, regulation, and competition issues in the communications, video, and media sectors. With a staff of about 50 professionals, the Boston-based CMA focuses on providing strategic advisory for the digital infrastructure space – including data centers and internet infrastructure, fiber networks, towers and small cells, satellite operations, communications services, and enterprise IT. The company has also specialized in supporting the technology, media, and telecommunications sector, as well. EY Parthenon is the global strategy consulting wing of EY, one of the largest professional services networks in the world.
Vantzelfde has led nearly 300 consulting projects for his clients since 1999. He has conducted due diligence on new business models across the world, including in Haiti, Brazil, Mexico, India, Japan, China, Martinique, Spain, Germany, and other countries. He has worked with service providers, investors, and government agencies to assess the market for new opportunities, anticipate competitive challenges, increase marketing effectiveness, implement new technology, and evaluate potential mergers and acquisitions. Vantzelfde is also a certified Chartered Financial Analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
18. Julia Harrison, FTI Consulting
Title: Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Public Affairs & Government Relations
At the outset of 2020, public affairs wizard Julia Harrison rose from her longtime position of managing partner to become Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Public Affairs & Government Relations with FTI Consulting. Specializing in political and strategic communications with more than three decades of public affairs experience, in her professional life Harrison emphasizes delivering board-level advice to manage change and resolve disputes.
Harrison is a founding board member of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society and has worked extensively to raise funds for her alma mater of Downing College. Previous to her achievements working with FTI Consulting, Harrison founded Brussels-based public affairs consulting startup Blueprint, a company that was eventually sold to FTI. She also held the title of CEO of public affairs for Europe with Fleishman-Hillard for 16 years. Harrison earned a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Cambridge.
19. Shoshana Krilow, Vizient, Inc.
Title: Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations
As senior vice president of public policy and government relations, Shoshana Krilow leads Vizient government relations, monitoring federal legislative and regulatory developments of importance to Vizient and its members. Vizient is the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the United States, providing solutions and services that improve the delivery of high-value care by aligning cost, quality, and market performance for more than 50% of the nation’s acute care providers, which includes 95% of national academic medical centers, and more than 20% of ambulatory care providers.
Prior to joining the company, Krilow served as director of health and clinical affairs for the University of California, focusing on issues related to health policy and biomedical research for the UC Health system. She also has deep legislative expertise, having spent several years on Capitol Hill, where she worked as a health policy advisor for Rep. Marion Berry and Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Before that, Krilow worked as an analyst, investment advisor, and regional internal wholesaler for Goldman Sachs and Co., Smith Barney, and J.P. Morgan, respectively. She received her law degree from Ohio State University in 2007 and became a member of the Ohio State Bar that same year. She is also a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she received her bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology.
20. Anshu Vats, Oliver Wyman
Title: Partner and Global Lead of Public Sector and Policy Practice
As Partner and Global Lead of Public Sector and Policy Practice for management consulting titan Oliver Wyman, Anshu Vats works tirelessly to improve the competitiveness and efficacy of the world’s economic policies. Vats currently wears many hats at Oliver Wyman, including serving as market leader for the UAE, leading the firm’s Global Leadership Team, and sitting on the MMC Global Leadership Council. Among the issues at play in his work are localization, human capital, and sectoral development in industries ranging from retail and corporate banking to leisure and tourism.
Over the course of his 30-year career in finance and policy, Vats has worked with some of the most storied names in the business, holding top-level positions with Kearney, Capgemini, and Oracle as well as startups in the Asia–Pacific market. Vats holds a Master of Business Administration focusing on marketing and operations from Massey University, and earned further business certifications from London Business School and the University of Oxford.
21. Michael Carrasco, Alvarez & Marsal
Title: Managing Director, Public Sector Services
In the latest chapter in his career of excellence in law, Michael Carrasco is currently Managing Director at Houston-based consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal, working to lead the company’s Public Sector Services division. Carrasco contributes his decades of experience working with government agencies to steer organizational transformation projects, specializing in matters including risk management and IT strategy. A veteran officer in the U.S. Air Force and former director of criminal justice operations at the U.S. State Department, in his work with Alvarez & Marsal Carrasco has delivered unmatched legal guidance to public and private sector clients including the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Before beginning his tenure at Alvarez & Marsal, Carrasco was a partner with Gartner, a director at PwC accountants, and an attorney at Wilson Elser. A member of the New York State Bar, Carrasco holds certifications in military law, project management, and communicating about culturally sensitive issues. Carrasco earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Binghamton University, and a Juris Doctor of law from the University of Pittsburgh.
22. Andrew Montgomery, BearingPoint
Title: Global Leader of Government and Public Sector
For nearly two decades, Andrew Montgomery has worked to increase the resilience of public services in communities struggling to keep up with the new economy, and he has done so to great acclaim in his current position as Global Leader of Government and Public Sector with European management consulting firm BearingPoint. Montgomery uses his nearly 30 years of expertise in the field to help clients transform their organizations with cutting-edge business and technology solutions. Some of Montgomery’s particular areas of emphasis include operational effectiveness and designing custom business models for local and national government offices.
Before beginning his work with BearingPoint, Montgomery worked for nearly a decade with multinational accounting firm KPMG, moving through the ranks from technical team lead to principal of ERP applications and consumer and industrial markets. Montgomery holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in management science and industrial systems studies from Trinity College Dublin, and earned diplomas in management and executive leadership from Yale.
23. Kevin Smith, Crowe LLP
Title: Managing Partner, Public Sector
Kevin Smith is the managing partner of the Crowe LLP public sector services group and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of accounting and consulting services for higher education, not-for-profit, and governmental entities. With offices around the world, Crowe has more than 4,000 personnel delivering exceptional client service while upholding its core values and strong professional standards. Crowe uses its deep industry expertise to provide audit services to public and private entities, such as banking, financial services, insurance, healthcare, and more. As Managing Partner, Smith boasts more than 25 years of experience assisting public sector organizations with audit and advisory services in the areas of financial statements, compliance reviews, internal audits, and federal grants and awards.
Smith is an American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Finance Officers Association, among many professional affiliations. Prior to joining Crowe, Smith worked in the KPMG government practice. He graduated from East Central University, Harland C Stonecipher School of Business.
24. Amanda Bonser, Huron Consulting
Title: Managing Director
For 15 years, Managing Director and Federal Government Leader Amanda Bonser has steered Huron Consulting to new heights in delivering top-tier enterprise growth strategy solutions to its government clients. Specializing in high-reliability organizations such as hospitals and healthcare systems, Bonser leads her team to improve engagements in workforce optimization, organizational change management, and safety transformation. Bonser has also worked to bring greater equity to the workplace, co-chairing the Huron Diversity and Inclusion Council and sponsoring their Women iMatter Team resource group.
A passionate volunteer in addition to her significant career accomplishments, for over seven years Bonser has worked with international social services organization Dress for Success Worldwide. This year, Bonser’s achievements in the field of consulting were honored by being named one of Consulting magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting for 2021. Bonser has a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
25. Laurie Tish, Moss Adams
Title: Partner, National Practice Leader, Government
Laurie Tish is Partner and National Practice Leader in Government with Moss Adams. With more than 16 years under her belt in this position, Tish brings an incredible store of knowledge to bear in helping municipal and federal government offices improve their sustainability reporting, regulatory compliance, and financial matters of all stripes. Though Tish has achieved great success with clients in a huge array of industries, her main areas of expertise lie within special enterprise funds, nonprofits, and food and beverage clients.
A Certified Public Accountant and recognized expert in her field, Tish has frequently spoken at professional conferences on subjects including sustainability and regulation, and has several widely circulated industry publications to her name. She has also served on the Washington State Board of Accountancy and the board of directors of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, among other industry associations. Tish holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business.
26. Beth Howen, Atos
Title: Head of Public Sector & Defense
IT services provider Atos’ Public Sector & Defense division is headed by Executive Vice President Beth Howen, a longtime leader in bringing the latest technological solutions to public and private organizations. Howen’s work with Atos has helped inform decision-making in a great many municipal governments over the last five years, facilitating the use of data to improve the outcomes of safety, mobility, and sustainability.
Among Howen’s previous accomplishments in her storied career are stints as a member of the Metropolitan Information Exchange, four years as chief information officer of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and three years working as director of information technology with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Howen is an ardent supporter of women in STEM professions, and is a longtime member of the nonprofit organization Women & Hi Tech. Howen earned a Bachelor of Science in information technology from Purdue University.
27. Michael LaRouche, SAIC
Title: President of National Security and Space Sector
President of the National Security and Space Sector at SAIC Michael LaRouche has consistently achieved major success leading the company’s business with the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense agencies as well as the intelligence community at large. LaRouche has contributed his masterful leadership to the firm’s recent advancements in automation, satellite systems, and digital transformation.
LaRouche made a name for himself in his 11-year tenure as vice president of Raytheon, delivering innovative space, defense, and cyber products to international clients. He also held executive positions with both Hughes and Lockheed Martin before working with SAIC. As a member of the board of directors of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and the Council on Technology, LaRouche has invested a great deal of time and effort in training the next generation of STEM experts. LaRouche holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan as well as a master’s degree in the same field from the University of Colorado.
28. Darcy Allen, Milliman
One of the top names in the health actuarial space, Darcy Allen has served as Principal at Milliman for the last nine years, having previously worked as a consultant for the company for the better part of two decades. Allen collaborates with health care and insurance organizations nationwide, working with these companies as well as government agencies to improve efficiency and outcomes. Among Allen’s major accomplishments at the Seattle-based consulting firm is her actuarial support of a Medicare risk program, steering it to grow by more than 80,000 members.
By the beginning of her tenure with Milliman, Allen had already built a reputation as a leader in healthcare and leadership: she worked as director of analysis for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island for over 11 years, after which she was the director of actuarial services for Keystone Health Plan East/IBC. Allen earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rhode Island.
29. Dan McKone, L.E.K. Consulting
Title: Managing Director and Senior Partner
As Managing Director and Senior Partner at L.E.K. Consulting, Dan McKone boasts a vast array of responsibilities that consistently lead the firm to unparalleled success. A former member of L.E.K.’s Global Leadership Team and Management Committee, McKone now leads the company’s relationships with major corporate and financial sponsor clients. He is also the current head of L.E.K.’s Customer Engagement & Loyalty service line, its Edge Strategy service line, and its American Travel & Transportation practice.
McKone’s quarter-century with L.E.K. has been distinguished by critical strategy and optimization solutions delivered to more than 600 engagements and 200 M&A deals. An honoree of Consulting magazine’s Top 25 Consultant list, McKone boasts more than three dozen publications in major industry and general interest publications on subjects related to technology and leadership. McKone graduated from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and government, and holds a master’s degree in business administration and finance from The Wharton School.
30. Manfred Hader, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
Title: Senior Partner
Manfred Hader leads Roland Berger’s Global Aerospace & Defense Practice as a Senior Partner and operates out of the firm’s Hamburg office. Roland Berger consults in a wide array of industries, including aerospace, defense, consumer goods, energy, healthcare, and more. In his role, Hader focuses on consulting large international companies and institutions in the fields of aerospace and defense, engineered products, and utilities on issues of strategy development, strategic transformation, and operational performance improvement. He has a passion for bringing different people together and is known for applying a personal approach to the work he carries out for his clients
Prior to joining Roland Berger in 1998, he began his career with an eight-year stretch in industrial marketing and sales at various high-tech companies across Europe, working as a consultant, sales director, and product marketing manager with a variety of companies. Hader studied business administration, finance and marketing at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany; as well as the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona. He holds a Franco-German Baccalaureate from the Lycee International in St. Germain-en-Laye, France.
31. Mark Brett, PA Consulting Group
Title: Head of Public Services
Mark Brett is a Partner and the Head of Public Services for PA Consulting Group, a management consultancy specializing in strategy, technology, and innovation. With headquarters in London and global offices across Europe, PA Consulting provides services for an array of industries, including defense and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, and more. For 25 years, Brett has been a valued member of the PA Consulting team, managing a number of significant government sourcing projects and serving as an advisor to many clients.
During his time at PA Consulting, Brett has previously led the firm’s Department of Energy and Climate Change advisory, established a national communications network across the UK, and advised on several large-scale commercial deals within public and private sectors. He is also the proud partner sponsor of the firm’s Pride Network, which supports LGBTQ+ issues as part of the overall Inclusion and Diversity networks and initiatives. He attended the University of Bristol and holds a degree in psychology and business from Aston University in Birmingham, England.
32. Eric Bernardini, AlixPartners LLP
Title: Managing Director, New York
With over 36 years of experience in business transformation, Eric Bernardini is a Managing Partner with AlixPartners LLP, an American consulting firm specializing in turnaround management. Founded in Metro Detroit in 1981, AlixPartners has advised on some of the largest Chapter 11 reorganizations, including General Motors. The firm also consults within the aerospace, defense, transportation and infrastructure, and telecommunications sectors, among more. The company was named one of the Best Management Consulting Firms of 2021 by Forbes. In his current role, Bernardini is the Global Leader of Aerospace, Defense & Aviation with the firm, leading transformation programs within most segments.
Bernardini is a seasoned veteran in government service, technology, and business management and has earned a reputation for finding creative solutions to difficult challenges. He is also sought as an executive by companies in transformations, restructurings, and turnarounds. Prior to his 15-year career with AlixPartners, he served as the vice president of aerospace and defense at A.T. Kearney, president at Headstrong, VP at Gemini Consulting, and a divisional COO at Dassault. He holds degrees from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
33. Fabian Farkas, Simon-Kucher & Partners
Title: Senior Director
Fabian Farkas is a Senior Director at Simon-Kucher’s Cologne office and is responsible for the firm’s operations in the Public and Social Sectors. He is also the Head of Simon-Kucher’s Global CSR Committee. His firm specializes in marketing, pricing, and sales growth strategy. As a Senior Director, Farkas specializes in earned income optimization, pay for performance, commercial strategy, and consumer price and portfolio optimization. Since joining Simon-Kucher in 2011, he has worked on projects for national and international clients in numerous European and Asian countries.
Outside of Simon-Kucher, Fabian has consulted with social sector foundations, startups, and municipalities in the U.S., Ecuador, Ghana, and Indonesia. In 2016, he served as an Inspire Impact MBA Fellow for Inspiring Capital’s summer MBA fellowship program. He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management; and undergraduate business degrees from Budapest, Hungary and Oxford, U.K.
34. Francisco Salazar, Monitor Deloitte
Title: Principal, Global Leader
For more than 20 years, Francisco Salazar has been a vital and trusted member of Monitor Deloitte’s global team, now serving as its Global Leader. Founded in 1983, Monitor Deloitte is the multinational strategy consulting practice of Deloitte Consulting, one of the world’s “Big Four” professional services networks. Monitor Deloitte serves as a trusted advisor to clients, helping them to make clear data-driven choices that drive growth and enterprise value amidst significant societal and technological disruption. Salazar also functions as the firm’s Global Strategy and Business Design Leader.
Throughout his career, Salazar has worked closely with client executive teams in developing their corporate and competitive strategies, driving large scale transformations, supporting organizational and operational restructurings, and delivering strategic capability building programs. Before joining Deloitte, Salazar was a senior partner of Monitor Group, where he held several leadership roles, including leading the Latin American region and serving in the firm’s Executive Committee. Previously, he was also the director of sales and marketing for Itaú Unibanco in Brazil, COO at Caloi, and engagement director at McKinsey & Company. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences from the University of Brasilia, and an MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
35. Andrew Sherman, The Segal Group
Title: Senior Vice President, National Director of Public Sector Market
Andrew Sherman is a Senior Vice President and the National Director of the Public Sector market for The Segal Group, where he has enjoyed a 35-year career in multiple roles. The Segal Group is a privately owned consulting firm headquartered in New York City, with nearly 1,000 employees throughout the U.S. and Canada. The firm is a leading architect in the design, implementation, and communication of retirement and health plans in the public sector. Sherman boasts over three decades worth of experience leading consulting practices, with specialties that include plan design, benefit strategies, funding, and plan management.
Sherman splits his time between the Washington, D.C. and Boston offices of Segal, where he provides consulting services to public and private markets. His consulting expertise includes total health management, Affordable Care Act compliance, prescription drug benefit plan design, and retiree health benefit programs including Medicare. Previously, he also managed the consulting practices for the firm’s Boston and Hartford offices, and served as a member of The Segal Group’s Board of Directors from 2007 to 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Brandeis University, and a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in health policy from The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
36. Tim Conway, NTT DATA
Title: Executive Vice President & Group President, Public Sector
Thirty-year consulting veteran Tim Conway is the Executive Vice President and Group President of Public Sector with the professional services company NTT DATA. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, NTT DATA is the IT and management consulting division of the NTT Group, with over 800 professionals and experts in its employ. The subsidiary leverages consulting and deep industry expertise to help clients accelerate and sustain value throughout their digital journeys. Conway drives the firm’s business to deliver technology-enabled solutions to federal, state, and local governments in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Conway is a seasoned leader, providing management and technology consulting services to the public sector for Fortune 500 companies and multinational corporations over the course of his extensive career. He joined NTT DATA as its Public Sector President in 2010, overseeing notable acquisitions and delivering high customer and employee satisfaction for ten years. Before joining NTT, Conway served as a senior VP and senior managing director for ACS, a Xerox Company, as well as a partner with IBM. He was also a program manager at Lockheed Martin. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia and has attended professional programs at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Hood College.
37. Wayne Messina, North Highland Company
Title: Vice President and Public Sector Lead
Wayne Messina is Vice President and Public Sector Portfolio Lead for North Highland Company, a worldwide consulting company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. With a strategic focus on change and transformation, North Highland offers services in a wide variety of industries, including energy and utilities, financial services, telecommunication, the public sector, and more. Driven by its workforce of nearly 800 professionals, North Highland is an employee-owned firm that has been named as a Best Firm to Work For every year since 2007 by Consulting Magazine. Messina boasts over 25 years serving the public sector and helping clients through complex transformations. Specific areas of his expertise include strategy development, project and program management, financial planning, business case development, procurement, and cost analysis.
Messina, who is a certified Project Management Professional, began his tenure with North Highland in 2006 as a manager before becoming a principal in 2010. Preceding his current role, he was the associate VP and South Region public sector lead. Prior to joining North Highland, he served as a manager with Unisys.
38. Alexander “Sasha” Aganin, Ph.D., Cornerstone Research
Title: Senior Vice President
As a Senior Vice President of Cornerstone Research, Dr. Sasha Aganin heads the firm’s financial institutions practice. With more than 700 employees across eight offices in the U.S. and U.K., Cornerstone Research provides economic and financial analysis in all phases of commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings in many industries. The firm’s staff consultants contribute expertise in economics, finance, accounting, and marketing, as well as business acumen, familiarity with the litigation process, and a commitment to produce outstanding results. In his current position, Dr. Aganin plays a leading role in the firm’s securities and commodities work, as well as in antitrust matters related to financial markets and institutions.
Dr. Aganin has extensive experience with regulatory and litigation matters involving private equity, bankruptcy, asset management, M&A, and corporate governance. He has co-authored publications on securities class action filings, damages in bankruptcy matters, corporate ownership, valuation, and equity financing. He began his two-decade career with Cornerstone in 2000. He holds an ABD in applied mathematics from Moscow State University, a Master of Arts in economics from the New Economic School, Moscow, and a Ph.D. in economics with a concentration in finance and contract theory from Harvard University.
39. Rick Eichmann, NERA Economic Consulting
Title: Managing Director
Based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Rick Eichmann is a Managing Director in NERA Economic Consulting’s Intellectual Property and Securities and Finance Practices. NERA is a global firm of nearly 700 experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For half a century, NERA’s economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations. In his role with the firm, Eichmann utilizes his expertise in damages modeling, business valuation, econometrics, statistics, sampling, and survey research methods for clients across the public and private sectors.
Prior to joining NERA, Eichmann was a managing director for FTI Consulting, a research associate at Cornerstone Research, a senior consultant with EY, and a consultant at KPMG US. Eichmann is a Certified Valuation Analyst with the National Association for Certified Valuators and Analysts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and philosophy, a Master of Arts in applied economics from the University of Michigan, and has also studied doctoral econometrics and mathematical economics at George Mason University.
40. John Drake, Kaiser Associates
Title: Vice President, Kaiser Public Sector Practice
With over 20 years of consulting experience, John Drake is a Vice President in Kaiser’s Public Sector Practice. With more than 300 professionals across offices in Washington D.C., London, São Paulo, and Hong Kong, Kaiser is a multinational boutique strategy consulting firm specializing in research, external insight and analysis, and commercial diligence. The firm caters to a highly selective and elite client base comprised of many Global 500 corporations, private equity firms, and government entities, creating a successful environment even during times of crisis. Since 2013, Drake has served as a VP in the firm’s Public Sector practice, consulting across nearly all Federal departments and agencies as well as state and local governments and organizations.
Drake brings experience and expertise in strategic planning, business process reengineering and improvement, and organizational development, among others. He has helped senior level C-Suite executives become true business partners with their customers, and enable mission success through improved operations and support. Before joining Kaiser, he was director of operations and strategy with Voorthuis Opticians, Inc.; and he began his career with a ten-year stint as a senior manager with Grant Thornton LLP. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the College of Wooster and is a certified Balanced Scorecard Professional (BSP).
41. Cory Capps, Ph.D., Bates White Economic Consulting
Title: Partner, Washington, DC
Dr. Cory Capps is a trusted expert with 20 years of economic experience, specializing in industrial organization, empirical methods, and antitrust, with a focus on the healthcare industry. Since 2007, Dr. Capps has served Bates White Economic Consulting as a Partner, advising private firms and government agencies on issues relating to market power and competition in the healthcare sector; and he has experience analyzing mergers, joint ventures, price-fixing and market allocation, and exclusionary conduct. Founded in 1999, Bates White is a privately held economic consulting firm specializing in advanced economic, financial, and econometric analysis. The firm provides economic consulting and expert testimony for law firms, companies, and governmental agencies.
In addition to his professional work, Dr. Capps has testified before the U.S. Senate on the competitive implications of vertical mergers in healthcare. Prior to joining Bates White, he was a staff economist at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he concentrated on the analysis of competition in healthcare markets. Since 2012, Dr. Capps has been named among Who’s Who Legal of Competition Economists and was recognized as a Competition Thought Leader in 2021. He previously had a successful academic career including professorships at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from The University of Texas, Austin, and a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University.
42. Murtaza Shaikhally, Cedar Management Consulting
Title: Associate Partner
Murtaza Shaikhally is an Associate Partner in Cedar Management Consulting’s Dubai and India offices, and has over 25 years of experience in assisting global banking and government clients in a variety of strategic areas. Shaikhally is a subject matter expert in the area of Islamic banking via his extensive experience in the banking industry. Founded in 1985, Cedar is a global strategy consulting, research, and analytics firm; with clients across multiple industry sectors. The company operates offices across North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, with a workforce of around 250 skilled employees and consultants. As associate partner, he plays an active role in Cedar’s government and non-financial services practices across a number of areas.
Shaikhally’s expertise spans across various strategic areas including Balanced Scorecard, strategy formulation, market strategy, integration, and process transformation, among others. Prior to joining Cedar, he was a director-in-residence in the fintech labs of IBS Technology, a partner at Qualient Advisors, a senior VP at Amlak Finance PJSC, and head of business planning and strategy at the Dubai Islamic Bank. He also spent several years as an associate director of financial services consulting with Cedar early in his career. He has a Master of Business Administration from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, India.
43. Mark Mundey, Pearl Meyer & Partners
Title: Vice President
Mark Mundey is a 30-year industry veteran currently serving as a Vice President of Pearl Meyer & Associates. Pearl Meyer is a leading advisor to boards and senior management on the alignment of executive compensation with business and leadership strategy, with global clients ranging from emerging high-growth, not-for-profit, and private companies, to the Fortune 500 and FTSE 350. The firm employs more than 100 consultants and professionals across offices in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New York, Raleigh, and San Jose. In his VP role, Mundey specializes in executive, broad-based employee pay and board of director compensation.
Mundey has more than 15 years of compensation experience, including ten years as a compensation consultant in the Houston office of Pearl Meyer. Prior to joining Pearl Meyer, he was a senior compensation analyst with Service Corporation International, in addition to spending several years as an independent consultant. He is a member of Houston Compensation and Benefits and WorldatWork, and he is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and Global Remuneration Professional (GRP). Mundey is a graduate of the University of Houston and The University of Texas, Austin.
44. Andrew Gould, CBPartners
Title: Senior Principal
Andrew Gould is a Senior Principal in CBPartners' Value, Access, and Pricing practice, where he leads the U.S. Center of Excellence and focuses on managed markets strategy engagements. Gould’s experience has emphasized the development of numerous pricing and access strategies for both pre-launch and in-line assets within the United States. He supports asset development through various engagements, including early-stage and launch pricing, innovative and traditional contracting strategy, market access assessment, target product profile and optimized trial design review, and value message development and testing.
Gould also has extensive experience engaging with payers and other healthcare stakeholders through various qualitative research methodologies, including in-depth interviews, dyads, live panels, ad-boards, and virtual panels. Additionally, he has led engagements involving quantitative surveys and comprehensive data analyses. Prior to joining CBPartners, Gould spent over five years with PriceSpective (ICON). He holds a Bachelor of Science in biomedical science from Auburn University and a Master of Science in biotechnology from Middle Tennessee State University.
45. Melissa Anderson, The Chartis Group
Melissa Anderson is a Director with The Chartis Group and a member of the firm’s Strategy practice. Anderson has a public health and healthcare administration background with more than 15 years of healthcare consulting experience. In her current role, she leads consulting engagements in the areas of enterprise strategy development, service line, and ambulatory network development; and has supported the development of numerous mergers, affiliations, and partnerships. The Chartis Group is a comprehensive advisory and analytics services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry, with over 500 professionals working from eight offices across the United States.
Anderson previously served Chartis as an associate partner and partner, working with a wide range of healthcare providers including hospitals, health systems, integrated delivery networks, academic medical centers, and children’s hospitals. Prior to joining Chartis, she worked as a senior manager for the healthcare practice of Kurt Salmon (acquired by ECG in 2016), where she led strategy-focused engagements. She also served as a senior consultant with Pershing Yoakley & Associates and a program supervisor for the Kent County Health Department in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Science in public health education and a Master of Healthcare Administration in finance from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
46. Andrei Perumal, Wilson Perumal & Company
Title: Co-founder, Managing Partner
Andrei Perumal is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner for Wilson Perumal & Company, a management consulting firm based in Dallas, Texas. The firm was launched by Perumal and Stephen Wilson, both experienced consultants and bestselling authors, and is driven by a concentrated staff of nearly 40 professionals. Wilson Perumal & Company was launched specifically to help companies compete in a complex world, and the firm impels digital transformation in the public and private sectors. As a Managing Director, Perumal is a seasoned advisor to senior leaders in both industry and government; and an innovative thinker on complexity, strategy, and operations.
Perumal has deep business and technical expertise across a variety of disciplines, and draws from his broad base of experience to help clients solve their most critical strategic and operational issues. Before founding Wilson Perumal & Company, he was a senior executive at Accenture and a principal at George Group Consulting (acquired by Accenture). He was also director of strategic operations at Beal Bank and a senior associate consultant at Bain & Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
47. Derrick Moreira, Censeo Consulting Group
Title: Chief Executive Officer, President
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Censeo Consulting Group, Derrick Moreira brings more than 20 years of management consulting and industry experience, leading and delivering complex supply chain, organizational transformation, and operations strategy solutions. Based in Washington, D.C., Censeo is a management consulting firm recognized for its focus on its people and unique business model by the world’s leading business newspapers and the most respected industry magazines, including Forbes. With a workforce of nearly 50 professionals, the company helps public sector organizations and governmental agencies drive sustained operational excellence. In addition to his executive leadership role, Moreira leads Censeo’s Organizational Effectiveness practice.
Moreira is a sought-after expert in strategic acquisition and in transforming organizations to better enable exceptional mission outcomes. He has directly led projects at over a dozen agencies across the federal government. Prior to joining Censeo, he worked as a project team leader and consultant for A.T. Kearney and as a process improvement manufacturing engineer for Boston Scientific Corporation. He is also a multiple-time honoree of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s Pros to Know list. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in manufacturing engineering from Boston University.
48. Brad Terry, The Keystone Group
Brad Terry is a Partner at The Keystone Group, a boutique business management consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Los Angeles and Atlanta. Keystone’s workforce of 30 professionals collaborates with mid-market manufacturing and distribution clients to develop and execute strategy, improve operations, restructure finances, and integrate acquisitions. Terry joined Keystone in 2009 and has broad experience working with manufacturing, distribution, transportation, and logistics businesses across all of Keystone’s service offerings, with extensive experiences in turnaround and restructuring, M&A, strategy, and interim management.
Terry, who is a Certified Public Accountant, was a member of the team that received the award for TMA National Large Company Turnaround of the Year and TMA Chicago/Midwest Large Company Turnaround of the Year. Outside of Keystone, Terry volunteers his time and consulting experience in support of Imerman Angels, a nonprofit which provides one-on-one support to cancer fighters and caregivers. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and accounting and a Master of Accounting in accounting, finance, and strategy from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
49. David Coleman, The NorthBridge Group
Since 2011, David Coleman has served The NorthBridge Group, a leading economic and strategic consulting firm primarily serving the electricity and natural gas sectors. Based in Concord, Massachusetts, NorthBridge’s team consists of 25 dedicated professionals with many years of consulting and energy sector experience, as well as high-performing rising stars. In his current role, Coleman focuses on asset valuation, price forecasting, and commodity risk analysis. He was an associate in the same sectors from 2003-2011.
In his nearly 25-year career, Coleman has become an expert consultant on asset valuation, market price forecasting, commodity risk management, and strategic analysis for clients in both the electric and natural gas industries. Before joining NorthBridge, he was a treasury intern at ExxonMobil. He began his career as an analyst at NorthBridge, as well. He holds an AB in physics from Dartmouth University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University.
50. Oliver Elirani, Ollen Group
Title: Managing Partner
Oliver Elirani is the Managing Partner of Ollen Group. He has 12 years of institutional and entrepreneurial experience in different industries and capabilities, mainly in agribusiness, consumer goods, food & beverage, and healthcare. Based in Dubai, Ollen Group is a global consulting firm dedicated to helping the world's most ambitious changemakers shape the future and achieve practical results with real impact. The company’s staff of 25 experts and professionals provides consulting services from idea to execution and covers capabilities such as research, analytics, strategy, innovation, planning, improvement, design, supervision, activation, and support. Elrani has been a valued member of the Ollen Group team since 2020.
Elrani is a CFA Charterholder, Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Six Sigma Black Belt, and Financial Modelling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA). Before joining Ollen Group, he was deputy chief executive officer of Badia Farms, a leading AgTech company in the MENA region. He was also a senior manager of strategy consulting and deals advisory at PwC Middle East, and held several other leadership roles with firms across the region. He started his career by establishing a sports training startup and was in parallel handling the financial management of his family-owned carpet factory. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in banking and finance from Lebanese University.