The Authors

Charles Krakoff

Charles is publisher and principal author of Emerging Markets Outlook, as well as founder and Managing Partner of  Koios Associates LLC, a firm specialized in investment, trade, and financial strategy in emerging markets. He  has over 20 years of corporate, financial, and consulting experience, and has worked in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. He speaks and writes French fluently and has a basic knowledge of Russian.

Charles has served as an advisor to cabinet ministers, investment and trade promotion agencies, financial institutions, private and institutional investors, and senior corporate executives. His consulting clients have included over 20 corporations, banks, consulting firms, and fund managers, including Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Monitor Group, Bain, McKinsey, KPMG, D.E. Shaw, Rockwell International, NCR Corporation,  Unitrans (South Africa), Unity Bank (Nigeria), as well as the World Bank and regional development banks, the European Union, DFID, USAID, The Millennium Challenge Corporation, and over 30 national and provincial/regional governments.

Before founding Koios Associates, Charles was Chief of the Office for Africa of the International Trade Centre, responsible for trade-related technical assistance in more than 15 African countries, prior to which he was Senior Trade and Investment Advisor to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Previously, as Head of Africa Consulting Services for Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank South Africa, he built and managed a successful  pan-African privatization and financial advisory service. Earlier in his career Charles was a Senior Associate with Abt Associates, a leading U.S. economic development consultancy firm. He has worked with several start-up companies, including an Africa-focused internet-based business information publisher that he co-founded, a pan-African TV broadcaster, and a pan-African internet information and e-commerce portal.

Charles earned an MBA in finance and international business from Columbia University, and a BA in anthropology from Reed College. He has lived for extended periods  in ten countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, in addition to the United States. His interests and hobbies include skiing, cycling, kayaking, hiking, literature, jazz and blues, and cooking.

Cecilia Lorena Brady

Cecilia, a Koios Associates Senior Associate, brings more than 15 years of legal and private sector experience to her work in economic development, where she has expertise in investment promotion, public-private partnerships and competitiveness analysis.  She has conducted business climate surveys of foreign investors in Jordan and Vietnam, and has shaped policy recommendations to increase competitiveness and foreign buyer activity.

Cecilia has worked on promotion strategies and staff training programs for investment promotion agencies of several countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and four Eastern Caribbean countries.  Her work on Iraq included researching and writing all of the content for Iraq’s investment promotion agency website, covering inter alia economic activity and the investment potential in each Iraqi province and several industry sectors, and the legal climate for investment.  Cecilia has also investigated new markets for exporters from Colombia and Thailand.  She has done significant consulting work with the World Bank, including authoring or co-authoring studies on topics such as Aid for Trade and public-private partnerships in the Middle East, and collaborating on key reports for lending operations and financial sector analyses in Latin America.  Most recently, Cecilia has been developing a series of sector-specific, public-private partnership resource guides for USAID.

Cecilia earned an M.A. in International Relations, with an Emerging Markets focus, from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in Government from Oberlin College.  Cecilia studied for two years in Thailand, including a year at Chiang Mai University.  She is fluent in Spanish and Thai, and has a working knowledge of Mandarin, Indonesian, and French.

 

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