Team

John Hedden

Partner

Leader, mentor, and strategist. Over 34 years of experience in corporate development, risk management, compliance and auditing across North America, Asia, and Europe. Held positions at Capital One, AT&T, PolyOne, and BP. Jazz enthusiast and supporter of mental health initiatives. BA, Middlebury College. MBA, University of Chicago.

Matt Polak

Partner

Delivers intelligence and advisory services to industry, private equity, and hedge fund clients. Expertise in cyber security, risk management, M&A, and international intelligence. Published author. Avid golfer and fisherman. BA, James Madison University. MBA, UCLA Anderson School of Management and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez Escuela de Negocios.

Tapan V. Gandhi, CFA

Principal

Global business executive, experienced in structuring investments across various industries. President, Forward Thinking (India). Former Principal, ASK Pravi Capital (India). Former Head of Strategy and Corporate Development, Lehman Brothers (India), and Director of Corporate Development, Capital One. MA, Mumbai University. MBA, Yale University. CFA charter holder.

Courtney Matson

Principal

Experienced team leader delivering high-performance outcomes for organizations engaged in healthcare, technology, and international security work. Deep overseas experience in China and Francophone Africa. Extensive work in Southeast Asia, West and Southern Africa, Latin America, and Europe. BA, Middlebury College. MA, University of Bradford (England). Rotary International Peace Fellow (2011-2012).

Yuan (Alice) Zong

Director

Delivers strategy, research, and supply chain products, specializing in the healthcare, energy, and IT industries. Prior management consulting experience at Booz & Co. and Maryland Small Business Development Center. Founder, National Association of Asian MBA&MS@UMD chapter. Skiing enthusiast. BA, East China Normal University. MSB, University of Maryland.

Marco Gomez

Senior Associate

Prior experience in investment analysis at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), business development with several international startups, and project management with various nonprofits in Latin America and Southeast Asia. World traveler, avid reader, and triathlete. BA, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. MA, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Will Buchanan

Senior Associate

Prior experience in organic growth strategy and commercial due diligence for life science, industrial, venture capital, and IT clients. Former teacher, coach, and education entrepreneur. Passion for consumer behavior and leveraging data to inform strategic thinking. Avid traveler, skier, and grill master. BA, Trinity College. MBA, UVA Darden School of Business.

John Hambleton

Senior Associate

Strategy and finance professional, delivering strategy and market analyses across a range of sectors. Previous experience providing public and private sector clients with support on a variety of needs, including due diligence, strategic budgeting, revenue forecasting, and business operations strategy. Skier, biker, and aspiring cook. BA in Economics, Hamilton College.

Kendall Arthur

Associate

Tackles strategic challenges across a wide range of sectors to deliver action-oriented recommendations. Background in Cognitive and Social Psychology as well as prior experience in fundraising and education. Cycling fan, book lover, and enthusiastic trivia-goer. BA, Middlebury College. Business Essentials Certification, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Griffin Jones

Associate

Experienced in brand management and strategy consulting with hands on involvement in manufacturing, supply chain, and business development initiatives for public and private clients. Constantly curious and driven by detail. Fisherman, traveler, writer, and rugby fan. BA in Philosophy, Middlebury College.

Bailee Ahern

Associate

Researcher and analyst who leverages an eye for detail and a passion for messaging to solve strategic challenges and deliver insightful products. Experience covering various policy issue-areas and industries. Background in journalism, political organizing, and international affairs. Writer, concert-goer, and sushi lover. BA, University of Southern California.

Imani Herring

Associate

Passionate about using business and innovation to better help clients achieve their strategic visions. Background in health policy, non-profits, and sustainability. Cook, amateur photographer, and water polo enthusiast. BA in Science, Technology, and Society, Brown University.

Donna Wilkerson

Administrative Officer

Internal control and compliance expert, supporting a range of domestic and global industries. President, Wilkerson and Associates. Former Director of Internal Audit, ICMA-RC, and Audit Manager, Deloitte & Touche. Certified Public Accountant, Internal Auditor, and Fraud Examiner. Cook, baker, and sometimes marathoner. BA, University of Notre Dame.

Mark Adamczyk

Senior Advisor

Thought leader in global growth strategies, international M&A, and post-merger integration. Senior executive/corporate officer roles at United Technologies, Armstrong World Industries, and Digitas. Restructuring experience with Bain Capital. Recognized developer of talent, and McKinsey & Company engagement leader. Consultant to non-profits in conservation and education. BSEE Kettering University (first in class). MBA, Harvard Business School (GM Fellow; Tau Beta Pi Spencer Fellow).

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