Staff: Trade Capacity Building

Key Staff

Zey Akalin

Managing Associate, International Development Economics

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

Rachid Benjelloun

Vice President, Trade & Logistics

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

Mike Blakeley

Managing Director, Enterprise & Industry Development

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

Timothy Buehrer

Chief of Party, ASEAN Connectivity Through Trade and Investment Project

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

Ann Katsiak

Principal Associate

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

Stephen Magiera

Principal Consultant

With nearly 30 years of experience in trade policy, Mr. Magiera spent nearly 12 years in Indonesia, much of the time working in the Ministry of Industry and Trade on Nathan’s PEG project. He analyzed issues related to the WTO, APEC and ASEAN; built the analytical capacity of Indonesia’s tariff...

Ashok Menon

Principal Associate

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

Peter Miller

Managing Associate

Mr. Miller brings an impressive range of quantitative and technological skills to his role as an economic analyst and program manager at Nathan Associates. He is versed in Access, Excel, and SAS, as well as Cloud technology and website development. During multiple assignments at Nathan, Mr. Miller...

Paul W. Moore

Senior Vice President, International Services

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

Steve Parker

Principal Associate

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

B. Lynn Salinger

Principal Associate

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

Jeremy Schanck

Principal Associate

Jeremy Schanck is a versatile trade capacity building professional with more than 12 years of experience managing large, complex technical assistance programs throughout the developing world. As deputy chief of party for the $11 million USAID Worldwide Support for Trade Capacity Building (TCBoost)...

Victoria Waite

Principal Associate; Chief of Party, US-ATAARI

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

Mark Walter

Managing Director, Trade Policy

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

Louise Williams

Principal Associate, Trade

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

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