Management Team

Chief Executive and Lead Analyst
Arezki Daoud | Boston & Miami

Arezki DaoudArezki Daoud is MEA Risk’s Chief Executive and Lead Analyst. He is also the founder and current Editor of The North Africa Journal. He oversees all aspects of MEA Risk research and country risk tracking activity, focusing on Africa. Arezki studied oil, gas and international economics in Algiers and Boston. He previously worked for oil company Sonatrach, then held research, forecasting and consulting positions for Harvard University, International Data Group and IDC. As an expert on North African affairs, Arezki delivers presentations on North African affairs to a wide range of institutions, including global corporations, conferences, think thanks such as Washington DC’s Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), etc. He has been a commentator in the international press, from Al-Jazeera TV and CTV News to CBS Radio and many newspapers. Currently based in Boston, Arezki was born and raised in Algeria and witnessed the rise of religious fundamentalism in the late 1980s, bringing an unique perspective to conflict analysis.. Contact info:  |  US+508-981-6937

Senior Vice President, Research & EMEA Business Development  

Dr. Cyril Widdershoven | The Netherlands

cyrilCyril Widdershoven is MEA Risk’s Senior Vice President for the EMEA Region overseeing research and business development. Dr. Widdershoven is a Middle East and oil-gas Analyst with broad and deep knowledge of the sector and issues of security, defense and strategy. Cyril’s professional experience extends to mergers and acquisitions and geopolitical risk analysis. In his role at MEA Risk, Cyril helps the company in improving its research capabilities, consulting engagements and business development Europe and the Middle East. Contact info: | Holland: +0031-6-53-81-92-65


Chief Research Officer | North Africa/Sahel Track
Hakim Aftab | Tunis, Tunisia

Hakim overseas research and planning of our core services. He manages and oversees a group of Analysts and Trackers located throughout the monitored countries.   Hakim brings critical security analysis capabilities. Specific to the MENA region, Hakim has consulted for leading global corporations on security strategy and posture, including Baker Hughes, General Electric, Turbomach (Caterpillar),  the Japanese International Cooperation Company, and others.  Hakim is multilingual.    Contact info: | US: +1-305-901-6389 |  UK: +020.3287.9833

Vice President, Africa Business Development | Sub-Sahara Africa Track | East Africa Zone
Musyoka Fred Kyendo | Neirobi, Kenya

Musyoka KyendoFrom Nairobi, Kenya, Musyoka’s task is to develop our Sub-Sahara Africa-wide Analyst infrastructure while overseeing data collection and dissemination as well as research specific to East Africa.  Musyoka is an experienced researcher and publication editor, having been head of research on economic issues, while tracking investment flows in Africa’s infrastructure sector. Musyoka is a well-know media commentator and makes frequent appearances in Kenya TV. Contact info: | US: +1-305-901-6389 |  UK: +020.3287.9833



Managing Director & Principal Analyst, West/Central Africa
Vincent Nanna | Cotonou, Benin

Vincent NannaVincent is a veteran Analyst and reporter on African affairs. He has worked as correspondent and analyst for the BBC World Service and has held editorial positions with various institutions, including Emanuel TV in Lagos, Nigeria. Vincent is in charge of tracking and monitoring the large West and Central Africa sub-region and is currently working to develop MEA Risk infrastructure there. Contact info: | US: +1-305-901-6389 |  UK: +020.3287.9833



Managing Director & Principal Analyst, Southern Africa Zone
Kingsley Ibokette | Johannesburg, South Africa

Kingsley Kingsley heads MEA Risk’s Southern Africa unit, from Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 2009, Kingsley has been the Regional Administrator Southern Africa for Business Times Africa Magazine, helping the brand growth expand its presence in over eighteen African countries and beyond.  As such he is uniquely qualified to manage MEA Risk Southern Africa business. As part of the leadership team, Kingsley’s primary responsibilities include building a team of trackers for the southern region and oversee research and product delivery to our customers specific to the Southern Africa zone. Contact info: | US: +1-305-901-6389 |  UK: +020.3287.9833


Vice President of IT and Technology Platforms
Chetan Sharma | Miami & New Delhi (India)

Chetan SharmaChetan is responsible for the development, maintenance and and future growth of MEA Risk’s propriatory technology platforms. That includes designing all the components of the user interface, the databases, the analytics system, and the tools used by our analysts on the ground to capture and disseminate information. This includes also the tools used by our customers.  He is currently overseeing the expansion of our services to the next generation of mobile platforms. Chetan’s role is critical not only in designing the backbone of our core activity, but he is central in selecting technologies and vendors, and in influencing what we, as a company, can and cannot do. With 14+ year of experience in Mobile & Software development, he has played many roles as a Project Manager, Business analysts, and has been a Operations Head of a CMM Level 3 Software company. He has worked on almost all the technologies prevalent in the industry and always keeps updated with new technologies and trends. He has consulted for top blue chip companies including , PEPSI CO, Max New York Life Insurance , Max Bupa Health Insurance, AVIVA, Frito Lay, Apollo Hospitals, Qatar Airlines, and many more, completing more than 2,500 projects. Contact info: | US: +1-305-901-6389 |  UK: +020.3287.9833

Vice President Research & Canada Business Development
Alessandro Bruno | Toronto

Alessandro BrunoAlessandro is a MEA Risk’s Vice President of Research and lead executive in Canada. He is responsible for content development and advisory services. Alessandro was also an analyst in the global investment banking sector for a leading international advisory group responsible for putting sustainability and corporate responsibility on the finance map; specializing in aerospace, transportation, energy, and mining sectors. As a Deputy Editor of The North Africa Journal, Alessandro has been published extensively and is a frequent guest on television news programs including the BBC, CBC, and CTV. Alessandro has served as a United Nations officer in North Africa. Contact info: | US: +1-305-901-6389 |  UK: +020.3287.9833


Vice President Customer Relations and Service Quality 
Denny Cristina Peralta | Miami

Denny PeraltaOur success depends on the quality of our products and people. And so we want to have the eyes and ears of our customers in our midst. Denny is tasked to be the advocate of our clients. As a senior member of our team, she brings strong experience having worked in the high-end luxury goods market, a sector that requires a great deal of details and attention. She comes to us from the highly competitive Miami market where winning the trust of demanding customers is what made her successful.  Denny oversees customer relations and makes sure they are constantly in our minds. Denny is fluent in English and Spanish. Contact info: | US: +1-305-901-6389 |  UK: +020.3287.9833



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Elshardt 7
7041 SW, s Heerenberg, The Netherlands
Phone: +0031-6-53-81-92-65

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