People

Altai Consulting leverages a core team of multidisciplinary experts supported by local staff and networks in the countries where we operate

  • Rodolphe Baudeau - Lead Partner

    Rodolphe Baudeau is a founder and lead partner of Altai Consulting. He oversees Altai’s large telecom, media, FMCG and industrial development projects in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Rodolphe also works with multilateral and bilateral agencies as well as governments on strategic planning, program design, and private sector development.

    Rodolphe has worked on engagements covering more than 30 different economic sectors in more than 20 countries, allowing him to develop a thorough understanding of the dynamics of emerging markets.

    Prior to launching Altai Consulting, Rodolphe was a Marketing Manager at the L'Oréal Consumer Goods Division in Paris (France), in charge of eight international brands, and a brand manager for LVMH Group in Sydney (Australia).

    Rodolphe holds an MBA from ESSEC-Paris, one of the leading business schools in Europe.

  • Emmanuel de Dinechin - Lead Partner

    Emmanuel is a founder and lead partner of Altai Consulting. His main area of expertise is strategic advisory in emerging markets with a focus on telecom and media, utilities, FMCG, retail and financial services. Emmanuel serves a wide range of clients in Africa and in the Middle East, ranging from global players and industry leaders to smaller local actors.

    Prior to launching Altai, Emmanuel was a strategy consultant for Monitor Group, a US-based consulting firm. There he worked extensively with private businesses and public organizations. He developed strategic marketing plans for the European operations of a US-based telecom company and for the French branch of Europe’s leading brewer. He also advised the municipality of Port Elizabeth, the fifth largest in South Africa, on its socio-economic strategy.

    Emmanuel holds an MBA from HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales), the leading European School of Management, with a Major in Economics. Emmanuel is a Professor of International Affairs at the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po Paris), France’s leading school of international relations.

  • Guillaume de Chorivit - Director

    Guillaume de Chorivit oversees large strategy consulting assignments in the areas of telecoms and media, FMCG and retail.

    Guillaume manages projects in Asia, the Middle-East and Africa for a wide range of international clients. His main area of expertise is strategic advisory, marketing and consumer research in emerging markets.

    Prior to joining Altai Consulting, Guillaume was a strategy consultant at Advention Business Partners, a strategy consultancy, where he dealt extensively with large private ventures and private equity funds, and developed entry-strategy plans and conducted strategic due diligences.

    Guillaume worked in Pakistan as the CFO of ACTED, one of the largest European NGOs, and as an analyst for Messier Partners, a French M&A boutique.

    He graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po Paris), and holds an MSc in Business from Paris Dauphine University. 

  • Matthieu Dillais - Project Director

    Matthieu Dillais is a Project Director at Altai Consulting and Country Representative in Kenya and in Somaliland. Matthieu has supported Altai’s activities for the past three years in Afghanistan and in Libya, and has moved recently to East Africa to oversee projects in Somalia and in the Horn of Africa. Through his work with The World Bank, DFID, USAID/OTI, MercyCorps, Internews and other international organizations, he has developed a robust expertise in sub-national governance and public services delivery, community development and civil society as well as monitoring and evaluation of resilience programming in conflict-affected areas. Matthieu has also conducted research on the development of media in Afghanistan, Libya, East DRC and Burundi and has managed various projects in the fields of economic growth, private sector development, as well as livestock and agriculture.

    Prior to joining Altai, Matthieu worked as a consultant in Europe and in India, where he conducted socio-economic impact assessments of waste management systems and renewable energy power plants for the French Energy Agency and international companies specifically investing in clean technologies. He also contributed to set up and develop ‘L’Alliance des Avocats pour les Droits de l’Homme’, an association that connects some of the most prestigious law firms in the world with international NGOs to provide them with high standard pro bono legal services in support to their Human Rights and Advocacy programs.

    Matthieu holds an MA in Political Science with a specialization in Sustainable Development and Risks from the French Institute of Political Science (‘Sciences Po’, Paris) and an MA in Sociology and Philosophy from the Sorbonne University (Paris).

  • Arezo Malakooti - Project Director

    Arezo Malakooti is a Senior Consultant at Altai Consulting. She specializes in rule of law and governance and social research for policy in Australia, East Timor, Cambodia and Afghanistan.

    Over the past nine years, Arezo has led numerous social research projects in the areas of minorities, sub national governance, women’s rights and civic participation, and media for development and democratization for donors and international organizations that led to programmatic recommendations. Recently, Arezo has trained and managed teams of local researchers in sensitive areas of Afghanistan to conduct ethnographic studies on the impact of the media on opinions and behavior and social behaviors and attitudes in communities of returnees.

     She has also coordinated program Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) projects as well as large scale assessments of the civil society sector around Afghanistan, and coordinated the implementation of access to justice and rule of law projects, with a focus on civil society, vulnerable groups, and human rights.

    Arezo is an Australian trained lawyer and holds a BA in Business (economics). She speaks fluent Dari/Farsi.

  • Antoine Fine - Business Venture Manager

    Antoine has a 9-year experience in private equity and business development.

    He first joined Lazard in 2003, one of the world's preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, as part of the midcaps private equity team and was promoted Investment Director in 2006. He worked on 15 deals in a variety of situations (LBO, majority & minority stakes, mezzanine & bonds financing, mergers, expansion capital, debt refinancing) and monitored two companies up to exit. Antoine then founded Financière Avanti in 2010, an investment & business development structure and managed four different projects in various sectors (FMCG, sports & leisure and Internet) before joining Altai in 2012.

    Antoine holds an MBA from HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales), the leading European School of Management.

  • Daniel Skillings - Project Manager

    Daniel Skillings is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting and specializes in value chain analysis and private sector development.

    Daniel has coordinated Altai Consulting’s activities on large-scale projects such as an in-depth assessment of the Afghan construction sector, as well as capacity building and program design for the USAID-funded Purdue University Strengthening Afghan Agricultural Faculties (SAAF) program at the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL).

    Prior to joining Altai Consulting, Daniel was the Program Coordinator for the East West Institute’s Preventive Diplomacy Initiatives at the Brussels Centre. Projects included strengthening EU-DPRK relations, analyzing Sino-DPRK relations, global preventive action policy analysis, and advancing preventive action in ASEAN.

    Daniel holds an MA in International Relations (Distinction) from the University of Kent, Canterbury, where he specialized in East Asia Politics and Security, and also a BCom in International Business and Entrepreneurship from the University of Victoria. 

  • Maxime de Lisle - Consultant

    Maxime de Lisle’s main areas of expertise are marketing and corporate strategy.

    Maxime is currently managing Altai’s Iraq office in Sulaimaniyah, from where he is involved on a wide array of projects in the area of mobile telephony, FMCG and retail. Maxime has contributed to the delivery of more than 25 strategy consulting and research projects in Iraq, thus developing a thorough understanding of the dynamics of this fast-moving market.

    Prior to joining Altai, Maxime was working as an internal auditor for the US-based FMCG company Kraft Foods, and was an officer in the French Navy.

    Maxime holds an MSc in Business from Paris Dauphine University, with a major in Finance. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategy and Management from ESSEC Business School, one of France’s leading business schools.

  • Kamran Parwana - Project Manager

    Kamran Parwana’s main areas of expertise are Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), private sector development and capacity building.

    Kamran has managed several large-scale data collection and analysis efforts for development and stabilization programs in the least permissive districts of Afghanistan, mapping the dynamics of priority areas to the central government of Afghanistan and to the international community. Kamran has also been involved in several market sector assessments of complex economic sectors including construction and agriculture with a view to improve the programming of on-going and future private sector development endeavors.

    Prior to joining Altai Consulting, Kamran worked primarily in the education and development sectors, teaching at universities in both the United States and Afghanistan, and has participated in innovative online teaching programs.

    Kamran holds an MA in Political Science from Northeastern University with a focus on International Relations, and a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany. 

  • Augustin de Choulot - Consultant

    Augustin de Choulot is a project manager at Altai Consulting. His main areas of expertise are data analytics and consumer understanding.

    Augustin has been working on major projects for Altai Consulting in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia for telecom operators, combining field research and data analytics to produce analyses and strategy recommendations.

    Prior to joining Altai, Augustin was a consultant in telecommunication and media at Paris-based Greenwich Consulting, where he worked on numerous due diligence projects related to Africa. He also conducted several implementation projects in emerging markets including in Chad where he designed and implemented a low-cost solution to optimize energy consumption of a large hospital in N’Djaména.

    Augustin holds an MSc in Engineering and Telecommunication from Supelec, one of the leading French Engineering schools, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po Paris).

  • Jain Holsheimer – Analyst

    Jain has lived in Afghanistan since 2009 working on several sub-national governance projects, including a World Bank funded in-depth assessment of critical constraints to public service delivery in links with the Ministries of Public Health and Education.

    Jain holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam, where he specialized in Afghanistan’s post-conflict development and state building process, and holds a Bachelor of Science in socio-economic research from the University of Tilburg.

  • Tahar Benattia - Project Manager

    Tahar Benattia is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting. His main areas of expertise are socio-economic research, market development and value chain analyses in North and East Africa. Over the past year, Tahar has managed livelihoods research projects in Somaliland and Puntland, a market assessment in South Sudan, and is currently working on mapping value chains in Eastern Sudan. He has also contributed substantially to Altai’s migration mapping work in Eastern Africa, which focused on interviewing migrants in Sudan, Libya and Niger.

    Prior to working for Altai, Tahar worked in Chad on an evaluation of the Telecom sector for the Government of Chad, where he developed a strong interest in African and Middle Eastern socio-economic affairs. Tahar holds an MSc in Management from Grenoble Business School and is a fluent English, French, Arabic and Spanish speaker.

  • Eric Davin - Lead Partner

    Eric Davin is a founder and lead partner of Altai Consulting, heading Altai’s Public Policy practice.

    Eric has worked on a large number of strategic assignments to support aid and development programs funded by major donors such as the World Bank, USAID, DFID, UK FCO, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM and other organizations in Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

    With more than 10 years of experience in post-conflict countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, the West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Libya and the Horn of Africa, Eric has designed a wide array of innovative methodologies to collect and analyze information in the most challenging environments. As such, Eric has led the evaluation effort of several $500m+ programs leading to improved delivery and programming.

    Eric has prior experience in strategy consulting and new media advisory in Australia, USA and France, and holds an MBA from HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales), the leading European School of Management, with a Major in Entrepreneurship.

  • Laurence Hargreaves - Director

    Laurence Hargreaves oversees Altai Consulting’s activities in Libya and in East Africa.

    Laurence specializes in socio-economic research and programming, and has directed numerous assignments and evaluations in the Middle East, Central Asia and more recently in North and East Africa. In 2011, Laurence started the Altai Libya office in Tripoli, setting up large field research teams and developing methodologies to conduct quantitative and qualitative research and analysis in all regions of the country.

    Laurence has extensive experience working in the Middle East, including for the Jordanian and Iraqi Governments, and is an Arabic speaker.

    Laurence holds an MEng from the University of Cambridge, and an MA in International Security from King’s College London.

  • Geraldine Baudienville - Director

    Geraldine Baudienville has over nine years of experience in international development, working on strategy consulting and project financing in a variety of emerging countries in Asia and in Africa.

    Geraldine’s core areas of expertise are strategy consulting, market entry and investment strategies for large utility companies (energy, transport), financial institutions as well as SMEs in a variety of sectors (consumer goods, retail, etc.). Prior to joining Altai Consulting, Geraldine worked as an investment manager at Agence Française de Développement/Proparco and worked for the British think tank Overseas Development Institute. 

    Géraldine holds an MBA from ESSEC-Paris, one of the leading business schools in Europe. 

  • Philibert de Mercey - Project Director

    Philibert de Mercey is a social research specialist with ten years of professional experience in strategy consulting and research.

    Philibert’s core area of expertise is Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and data management projects.

    Philibert has managed large M&E projects including the evaluation of the facilitating partners of the National Solidarity Program (NSP) in Afghanistan for the World Bank, and the evaluation of USAID-OTI’s Afghanistan Stabilization Initiative (ASI).

    Philibert has developed innovative methodologies and geo-localized tools to capture information and produce solid analytics in frontier countries, and has created several databases and wiki-like search engines to gather program-related information for agencies and governments.

    Philibert has also being involved in several poverty eradication programs and was the team leader of the research project “Moving Out of Poverty” conducted by Altai Consulting for the World Bank in Afghanistan, analyzing the dynamics of poverty in rural and urban areas of the country.

    Philibert is a Professor in the Masters of International Relations program at the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po Paris).

    He holds an MA in Political Sciences from Sorbonne University.

  • Adrian Carriere - Project Director

    Adrian Carriere is a Project Director at Altai Consulting and Country Representative in Libya.

    Over the past three years with Altai, he has directed or supported research and consulting assignments for a broad range of clients including the World Bank, USAID, DFID, UN agencies, international NGOs, and foreign governments. Although his primary focus has been on socio-economic research, he has also worked on monitoring and evaluation, fiscal sustainability and budgeting, and capacity building.

    Before joining Altai, Adrian worked on programme design and implementation for a French medical NGO and supported research on the effects of conflict on education in Colombia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador for the World Bank. He has more than six years of experience working on development in fragile or conflict-affected countries.

    Adrian holds an MA in International Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po Paris), with specializations in Security and Development.

  • Fabien Dany - Project Manager

    Fabien Dany is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting. His primary focus is public sector and private sector development.

    Fabien is managing research and consulting projects for Altai Consulting in Central Asia in the areas of private sector development, capacity building and workforce development in industries such as mining, oil and gas, and construction.

    Fabien has more than ten years of experience in management consulting and was previously senior consultant at ATOS and Sopra Group providing strategic and operational Information Systems advisory services to managers in French ministries.

    Most recently, Fabien has been a competitive intelligence consultant, managing market research projects and conducting supply chain management projects in the Middle East and in Central Asia for European companies. 

    Fabien holds an MBA from Rouen Business School with specializations in Strategy and Information Systems Management, as well as a MA in Geopolitics from Paris 8 University. He speaks fluent Farsi/Dari. 

  • Chashah Nicholas - Project Manager

    Chashah Nicholas is Project Manager at Altai Consulting and Country Representative in South Sudan. Chashah specializes in private sector development and financial management. Chashah is currently based in South Sudan where she oversees research and consulting projects for the firm. Chashah previously worked on Altai projects in Somaliland, Ethiopia and Afghanistan. Her previous assignments with Altai include assessments of the agriculture, livestock, mining and clean energy sectors. She has trained and managed large teams to carry out research in challenging environments, such as Kandahar and Helmand in Afghanistan.

    Prior to joining Altai, Chashah worked in the banking sector, at the headquarters of major international banks including Barclays and RBS. She worked in this industry during the financial crisis to design risk management strategies, policies and processes to protect multi-billion dollar portfolios. More recently, Chashah was contracted by the Government of Afghanistan on the redesign of a rural SME development program. Chashah studied at the London School of Economics. 

  • Alice Bodreau - Consultant

    Alice Bodreau’s main areas of expertise are Marketing and Brand strategy.

    Alice currently leads strategy consulting efforts for mobile network operators in emerging markets in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.

    Most recently, Alice has worked on a market-entry strategy for an international mobile operator in three East African countries.

    Alice is managing projects in more than ten countries where Altai Consulting operates, combining consumer research, market assessments and data analytics to provide advisory services to CEOs and CMOs.

    Prior to joining Altai, Alice worked for several communication agencies. She was a strategic planner at the New York office of SelectNY, a German communication agency. There, she participated in the design of communication strategies for several clients as well as in the brand repositioning of major international clients.

    Alice holds an MBA from EDHEC-Lille business school in France.

  • Henri van den Idsert - Project Manager

    Henri van den Idsert is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting. His main areas of expertise are M&E, capacity building and research. Based in Kenya, Henri supports a range of public policy and corporate research projects in Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan.

    Prior to joining Altai, Henri worked with NGOs in South Sudan, and also worked with UNDP and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Henri holds an MA in Advanced Development Studies from the Radboud University and an MA in Economic Development from the University of Amsterdam.

  • Guleid Hassan Dirrir - Project Manager

    Guleid Hassan Dirrir is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting. His main focus is M&E and socio-economic research in the Horn of Africa.

    Over the past seven years working in Somaliland, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, Guleid has designed advanced M&E protocols and managed large socio-economic projects. Recently he supported a large-scale field-based mapping effort on migration flows from Eastern Africa to North Africa, and participated to a research engagement on community-strengthening programs in Somaliland and in Somalia.

    Before working with Altai Consulting, Guleid was an M&E team leader across Somaliland, Puntland and South-Central Somalia for national and international NGOs, including the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and CARE international as an external consultant. During his time with DRC, he supervised major assessments for a wide variety of humanitarian and development programs. He has also developed an extensive network of experienced professional researchers that reaches out to each areas of the Somali area.

    Guleid has a background in business administration and speaks fluent Somali and Amharic.

  • Naji Abou-Khalil - Project Manager

    Naji Abou-Khalil is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting. Naji specialises in security sector reform and governance projects in Arab countries, with a particular focus on Libya. Over the last year, Naji has been involved in a number of research projects for the international actors operating in Libya. Through this he has developed an in-depth knowledge of the political and security landscape in Libya.

    Prior to joining Altai, Naji worked as a corporate security analyst in charge of the MENA region at Total’s Security Department in Paris, where he had developed an expertise in security and political risk analysis, political economy of armed groups and crisis management procedures. Naji Holds a masters in International Security from Sciences Po, and an MA in International Law from Lille II University. Naji speaks fluent English, French and Arabic.


     

  • Clara Tardy - Project Manager

    Clara Tardy is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting. Clara specialises in governance and media issues in the Middle East and North Africa. Based in Libya, she has an in-depth knowledge of the country’s media sector and its political landscape and has managed several media and communication studies for diverse range of clients.

    Prior to joining Altai Consulting, Clara has worked as a Middle East specialist notably with the United States Congress, the French Prime Minister’s Office for National Defense and Security and The Elders’ Foundation, a group of independent world leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela. Clara holds a B.A. from the Sciences Po Paris, and a dual master degree in International Security from the London School of Economist (LSE) and Sciences Po Paris. Clara speaks French, English, Arabic and Spanish.

  • Careers

    Altai Consulting is currently seeking high-potential candidates with strong analytical skills and experience in emerging markets.

    Please send your CV and cover letter to: careers@altaiconsulting.com

  • Alumni

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