Project Management/ Hostile Environment


Last Updated: 29th October 2018 (over 3 years ago)

Address
Chicago, United States

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Gender
Male

Age Range
45 to 54

Qualification Level
Degree

Languages
Arabic, English, Thai

Summary

Efficient and highly educated professional with strong problem solving and analytical skills and exceptionally broad general knowledge, able to quickly discern the real causes behind a problem and propose multiple possible responses. Proven ability to organize and manage culturally and technically diverse teams, with outstanding results. Sought-after innovator with a reputation for transforming broad program goals into effective, successful implementation strategies. Seeking positions that require strong cross-functional team leadership skills, advanced technical/mathematical ability, or outstanding writing/ public speaking skills. Interested in being part of a highly motivated team and in ambitious projects that will break new ground.

Education

Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Southeast Asian Studies

   Jun 2011
— Oct 2013

Archaeology: Conducted archaeological research at the Banteay Chmar site in northwestern Cambodia, to determine the Khmer military structure during the reign of King Jayavarman VII. Presented findings at the World History Association's 2011 Annual Symposium.

Policy: Explored ways that diverse Southeast Asian cultural heritage could be reconciled into a coherent contemporary ASEAN identity. Findings were presented at an in-school symposium and were also the subject of an article in the country's leading English-language national newspaper.

Econometrics: Performed quantitative research in economics / econometrics, applying Anderson-van Wincoop gravity model of international trade to logistics network of Southeast Asia.


Publications & Interviews

   May 2004
— Current

Defeating VE Through Non-Kinetics, Interviewed by the Stability Institute, published April, 2014.

Assessment of Air Quality in the Vicinity of Delmira Power Station, Baseline Analysis 2009-2012, Malta Environmental and Planning Authority website, September 1, 2013.

Cambodia: sliding towards a ‘Jasmine spring’? appearing in The Nation, August 31, 2013.

On the Use of Aid and Development to Induce Political Change: Lessons From a Failed State, appearing in Small Wars Journal, September 5, 2012.

ASEAN Identity: Doing it Right, appearing in The Nation, June 16, 2012.

The Weapon of Customer Service, appearing in Quality Digest, November 18, 2009.

Going Low Profile in Afghanistan, appearing in Quality Digest, June 15, 2009.

Ensuring Quality in a War Zone, appearing in Quality Digest, June 10 2009.

University of Illinois
BS, Mechanical Engineering

   Jan 1996
— Jan 2002

Experience

independent
Predictive Analytics

   Nov 2017
— Current

• Using applied mathematics to produce actionable intelligence suitable for corporate security operations.
• Innovation: Developing advanced algorithms and other data science tools to analyze large databases, identifying precise threat levels of the near future; able to achieve excellent specificity in regards to time span and geographic area.
• Critical Thinking: Current operations include forecasting hostile activity against selected minority populations at selected locations in the Middle East. Per client request, can forecast threats to foreign business travel, threats to supply chain operations, large-scale military operations, etc.
• Analysis: Providing quantitative risk management tools: generating objective security metrics through advanced statistical data analysis of datasets at a level of numerical precision and statistical reliability that cannot be attained through traditional intelligence methods.
• Research: Conducting statistics research into the mathematical behavior of Hidden Markov Models and James-Stein Estimators, especially as they apply to an n-dimensional event space, using SQL, R, and Excel. Quantitative analytics of open source databases such as GDELT.

Anvil Group
Lead U.S. Analyst

   Apr 2016
— Oct 2017

• Currently working on predictive analytics and on mathematical modeling of supply chain risk. The latter involves applying Gauss-Seidel regression to logistics mathematical model, assuming a Poisson distribution due to heteroscedasticity of the data, combined with a parallel routes model of my own design. Data mapping through OpenStreetMap GIS.
• Leadership: Team management of seven intelligence analysts monitoring world events and providing both real-time and in-depth intelligence analysis and threat assessment to clients by means of company's proprietary information technology platform; trained team in writing, reporting, and analysis skills. Used organization skills to prepare special reporting, briefings, and other projects. In first three months, raised team composite performance score from 70% to 96%. In first six months, four team members were promoted to advanced positions
• Creativity: Developed novel airline safety analytics technique that eliminated subjective judgements, improved clarity, and reduced liability
• Analysis: Through business analytics of client-supplied data in Excel, developed business intelligence research methods that identify client travel patterns, deduce clients’ business goals, and pinpoint subsequent sales opportunities. Examples include a food manufacturer’s low-profile search for new suppliers in a certain foreign region and an avionics firm’s unpublicized involvement in future construction of a major new airport.
• Technical: Introduced stochastic modeling of in-country services, resulting in 50% savings to the client.
• Communication: Wrote bespoke travel risk assessments, special reports, and risk updates for corporate clients. Prepared recurring reports and responsible for project delivery on Brazil, India, China, Russia, Colombia, Egypt, Mexico
• Teamwork: Collaborated on corporate travel policies and emergency response plans. Composed war game exercises to test plans and to train corporate personnel

Anvil Group
Lead U.S. Analyst

   Apr 2016
— Oct 2017

• Currently working on predictive analytics and on mathematical modeling of supply chain risk. The latter involves applying Gauss-Seidel regression to logistics mathematical model, assuming a Poisson distribution due to heteroscedasticity of the data, combined with a parallel routes model of my own design. Data mapping through OpenStreetMap GIS.
• Leadership: Team management of seven intelligence analysts monitoring world events and providing both real-time and in-depth intelligence analysis and threat assessment to clients by means of company's proprietary information technology platform; trained team in writing, reporting, and analysis skills. Used organization skills to prepare special reporting, briefings, and other projects. In first three months, raised team composite performance score from 70% to 96%. In first six months, four team members were promoted to advanced positions
• Creativity: Developed novel airline safety analytics technique that eliminated subjective judgements, improved clarity, and reduced liability
• Analysis: Through business analytics of client-supplied data in Excel, developed business intelligence research methods that identify client travel patterns, deduce clients’ business goals, and pinpoint subsequent sales opportunities. Examples include a food manufacturer’s low-profile search for new suppliers in a certain foreign region and an avionics firm’s unpublicized involvement in future construction of a major new airport.
• Technical: Introduced stochastic modeling of in-country services, resulting in 50% savings to the client.
• Communication: Wrote bespoke travel risk assessments, special reports, and risk updates for corporate clients. Prepared recurring reports and responsible for project delivery on Brazil, India, China, Russia, Colombia, Egypt, Mexico
• Teamwork: Collaborated on corporate travel policies and emergency response plans. Composed war game exercises to test plans and to train corporate personnel

Solum Marmore United Arab Emirates FZC
Chief Operations Officer

   Apr 2013
— Mar 2016

• Organized and developed startup company seeking to bring Afghan marble and onyx to the world market
• Negotiation: Presented business model to investors and potential investors in Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region; negotiated investment terms. Identified networks and negotiated logistical contracts in Afghanistan, UAE, and elsewhere. Negotiated marble purchases with quarry owners, tribal khans, and other stakeholders.
• Technical: Reviewed and approved engineering solutions for Afghan quarries, developed plans based on USGS remote sensing data for Afghanistan. Inspected marble quarries in Helmand, Nangahar, and Kabul Provinces, Afghanistan
• Finance: Prepared financial reports (income statement, balance sheet, cash flow), handled all legal filings for Delaware LLC and UAE Corporation
• Communication: Developed written media such as catalogs, marketing materials, and website; attended trade shows

various NGO firms
Project Manager / Independent Contractor

   May 2008
— Current

• Managed aid and development program in the conflict environment of southern Afghanistan. Organized innovative implementation strategy that resulted in 100% success of all initiatives in all villages. Managed teams of Afghan engineers and field workers, in partnerships with rural elders to deliver infrastructure construction, livestock distribution, water resource management, vocational training.
• C-Suite: Advised various government leaders at the ambassadorial and ministerial levels about project progress. Due to unprecedented successes, collaborated with foreign diplomats, cabinet members, and staff-level military officers, thereby ensuring program extension. In coordination with the local battlespace commander, succeeded in wresting rural villages, permanently and non-violently, from Taliban control.
• Management: Construction management of road projects with individual budgets as large as US$20M+, and an aggregate budget of $40M-$60M at any one time. Project engineering responsibilities included negotiating with vendors and contractors, signing off on contractors’ completed work, review of engineering drawings/ construction drawings, purchasing, performance of contractors, and for oversight of project finances.
• Teamwork: Programming of peacebuilding and livelihood projects with aggregate value of over US$100M and an in-house staff of 60+ people. Responsible for managing staff, pre-construction meetings, asset allocation, contract administration, collating progress reports, reviewing and responding to Quality Control inspections, etc.
• Implementation: Traveled throughout Kandahar Province, including 100 miles into the Registan Desert, for reconstruction of Faqir Well, a 300-year-old hand-dug well now supporting three nomadic communities.
• Network: Implementing partners included Agriteam Canada, Central Asia Development Group (CADG), FAF Development, FCEC/UIProjects, and International Relief and Development (IRD). Donor agencies included USAID, CIDA, USACE, and SOCOM.

Parkson Corporation
Quality Inspector

   Jan 2006
— Jan 2007

-QA/QC inspector for the Parkson Corporation, an ISO-certified manufacturer of water treatment equipment.

-Monitored performance of subcontractors, including review of all quality documentation and procedures.

-Advised design engineers on new parts design, to allow for better quality control.

-Created a new inventory control procedure that allowed for a 10% reduction in standing inventory.

PEAK Technical/ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Construction Inspector (contractor)

   Oct 2005
— Dec 2005

-Safety monitor and inspector under contract to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, supervising federal recovery operations after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

-Monitored HAZMAT removal crews operating, ensuring safety of work crews, residents, and property.

-Achieved impeccable, zero-injury record while supervising safety of loading operations.

-Interacted daily with the public, providing reassurance and a positive outlook to local residents at a time of intense distress.

Kellogg. Brown, & Root
QA/ QC Inspector

   Jan 2004
— Jul 2005

-Served as a QA/QC Inspector conducting internal inspections and audits of services provided to the U.S. military by Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR).

-Conducted internal inspections and audits of all services provided to U.S. Marines in Camp Fallujah, Iraq; increased company performance by identifying discrepancies between actual work methods of various company departments and standard operating procedures.

-Investigated unusual incidents and situations, such as food delivery problems between main and satellite dining facilities, potable water contamination incident, and living conditions at several camps.

-Advised company personnel on interpretation of standard operating procedures.

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