What We Do

Horizon provides investors with a superior understanding of how politics impact their businesses in complex environments around the world.

Founded in 2003, we work with top management, regional and country managers, and business development groups as a trusted advisor to help make the most informed and well considered decisions.

Our clients reflect our global nature. About 40% are in the Americas, 30% are in Europe, 20% are in Asia Pacific and 10% in the Middle East and Africa.

Our Team

Joe Goldberg

Partner & Head of Business Development

Location: New York

Joe is one of two co-founders of Horizon. Since the firm’s inception, Joe has led the development of Horizon’s research products and client base, which includes supermajor, major and independent energy companies from the United States, Europe and Japan. Joe oversees a business development team based in New York that interacts with Horizon’s analysts worldwide to deliver actionable research on key power-brokers, energy-sector agencies, competitive landscape, and political and regulatory environments in target countries.

Before co-founding Horizon in 2003, Joe worked as head of business development at Eurasia Group in New York and as an analyst for Ernst & Young in Moscow. Joe received a master’s degree in finance from New York University.

Alexander Zaslavsky

Partner & Head of Research

Location: New York

Alexander (Sasha) is one of two co-founders of Horizon. He coordinates global research for Horizon’s clients. His research specialization is energy politics in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Before co-founding Horizon in 2003, Sasha worked as head of research at Eurasia Group in New York and in corporate finance at SBC Warburg in London.

Sasha received a bachelor's degree in philosophy, politics and economics and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University. He is an author of Power, Personalities and Political Risk: Inside Russia’s Oil and Gas Industry (London, Euromoney Books).

Michael Knights

Head of Research for MENA

Location: Boston

Michael joined Horizon in 2012 to lead the firm's research on Middle East and North Africa energy and security. From 2006 to 2012, Michael served as vice president for analysis at Olive Group, a Dubai-based security and life support provider, assisting numerous companies with their market entry and operations within Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. He is also a Lafer fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, covering military and security affairs in Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen and the Gulf Arab states.

Michael has specialized in Iraqi political and security risk analysis since the mid-1990s. He has traveled extensively in the region and published widely on security issues as a defense journalist for the Gulf States Newsletter and Jane's Intelligence Review.

Michael earned his doctorate in Iraqi military history at the Department of War Studies, King's College London. His doctoral thesis was published as Cradle of Conflict: Iraq and the Birth of the Modern U.S. Military (U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2005). His other publications include the compendium Operation Iraqi Freedom and the New Iraq: Insights and Forecasts (The Washington Institute, 2004); Troubled Waters: The Future of US Security Assistance in the Gulf (Washington Institute, 2005); Cradle of Conflict: Iraq and the Birth of the Modern U.S. Military (U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2005); Calm Before the Storm: The British Experience in Iraq (The Washington Institute, 2006); Provincial Politics in Iraq (The Washington Institute, 2008); Kirkuk in Transition (The Washington Institute, 2010); Iran’s Influence in Iraq: Countering Tehran’s Whole of Government Approach (The Washington Institute, 2011); and The Iraqi Security Forces: Local Context and U.S. Assistance (Washington Institute, 2011).

Mark Boulware

Senior Advisor, West and Central Africa

Location: New York

Mark Boulware is Horizon’s senior advisor focusing on West/Central Africa. His areas of expertise are political and commercial outlook in major West/Central African states including Mauritania,
Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, The Gambia, Chad and
Burkina Faso.

Mark joined Horizon after a distinguished career in the US State Department, which culminated in his service as the US ambassador to Mauritania (2007-2010) and the US ambassador to Chad (2010-2013).

His previous postings included service as US consul general in Rio de Janeiro, deputy chief of mission at the American embassy in San Salvador and deputy chief of mission in Yaoundé, Cameroon (concurrently accredited to Equatorial Guinea). He also served in Mali, The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Venezuela and Indonesia.

A native of Oklahoma City, Mark studied at the University of Rennes 2 – Upper Brittany in Rennes, France and at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He also graduated from the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Mark is an honorary citizen of Rio de Janeiro and an honorary chief of the Nso people of Cameroon. His speaks Portuguese, Spanish, French and Indonesian.

Eric Benjaminson

Head of Research for Sub-Saharan Africa

Location: New York

Ambassador Eric Benjaminson joined Horizon as a senior advisor in 2014 after a lengthy career in the US State Department spanning more than 30 years. Eric’s professional focus in his diplomatic work centered on international finance and African issues. He previously served in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Washington, D.C., China, Sweden, Belgium, Burkina Faso and Namibia. Eric was later appointed as US ambassador to Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe, a post he held from 2010 to 2013.

Scott Barber

Vice President, Business Development

Location: Houston

Scott’s career in the oil and gas sector has spanned over 25 years. He has served in executive positions at Repsol, Devon Energy, Saudi Aramco, Occidental Petroleum and Unocal and worked in a wide variety of environments including Russia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and North America.

Scott has received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from University of Michigan, a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MBA degree from The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business.

Tetsuya Uchida

Senior Advisor

Location: Tokyo

Tetsuya Uchida joined Horizon as senior advisor and representative in Japan in 2017 after a distinguished career in major Japanese and international corporations and financial institutions. Most recently, Mr. Uchida worked for Hitachi, Ltd. as general manager in charge of financing overseas projects.

His previous assignments included service as representative of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) in London covering Europe and Africa and chief representative in Moscow in charge of Russia and CIS countries.

Mr. Uchida also served for European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as head of the St. Petersburg office and Senior Banker in charge of Japanese investment at EBRD headquarters in London. He also worked for Japan National Oil Cooperation (JNOC) where he was responsible for financing oil and gas exploration projects.

Mr. Uchida has a bachelor’s degree in law from Waseda University in Tokyo.

Rodrigo Inurreta

Senior Analyst, Mexico

Location: New York

Rodrigo is Horizon's senior analyst for Mexico. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, he worked at the Abdul Latif Jamel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), an academic research association based at MIT. Rodrigo's work focused on public policy analysis, specifically of Mexican government programs to combat organized crime since 2012.

Rodrigo is an expert on Mexico’s political, security and investment climate, with in-depth knowledge of the country’s organized crime groups, bilateral relations with the US, and fiscal policies in the oil and gas sector.

Rodrigo holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), where he graduated with honors. His dissertation focused on the diversification strategies employed by organized crime groups and their impacts on extractive industries.

Russell J. Hanks

Senior Advisor, Africa

Location: New York

Russell Hanks joined Horizon in 2015 as senior advisor for Africa, specializing in Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal.

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Russell earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1977 before embarking on his career. After stints in the construction, textile, printing and power industries, as well as working with a labor union and consulting on employment issues, micro-economic development and political campaigns, he earned a master’s degree in public administration at Northern Arizona University in 1987. He then joined the State Department in 1988.

With a knack for understanding the internal political dynamics in organizations and governments, he spent over 25 years as a diplomat. He filled Foreign Service leadership positions on four continents, experiencing plane crashes, hostage rescues, social upheaval, coups and insurgencies.

During this time, he was tasked with applying his leadership and negotiating skills to the coordination of the interests of the US government with a variety of international organizations and private companies. The challenges he faced included crisis resolution, logistical and administrative problems, and political disputes across the interagency spectrum. He coordinated strategic and tactical planning and communications with NATO facilities, the US European and African Commands, USAID, DOT, HSA, DOE and other agencies in a variety of operations around the globe.

In between other assignments, Russell was sent to the National Defense University, where he earned a master’s degree in national resource strategy in 2008. Through it all, his calm demeanor and sense of humor served to empower his colleagues, helping to focus on results in any situation. Along the way, Russell learned Portuguese, Arabic, and smatterings of numerous other languages.

Mike Davies

Senior Analyst, Southern Africa

Location: Cape Town

For the last 20 years, Mike has specialized in the analysis of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues across sub-Saharan Africa. Mike is an experienced analyst with specialist knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly southern and eastern Africa, across a broad range of sectors, including mining, energy and retail.

Previously, Mike worked for three of the top political and global risk consultancies in the United Kingdom. He has briefed numerous FTSE100 and S&P500 firms and financial sector clients, including asset managers and international financial institutions, on the risks and opportunities of investing sustainably and responsibly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Mike received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Cape Town and a master's degree in international relations from the University of Warwick.

Cody Pope

Senior Analyst, Africa

Location: New York

Cody joined Horizon in 2014 as a senior analyst for Africa. He has nearly a decade of experience working on energy politics, economic policy and security in central Africa, with a particular focus on the Great Lakes region, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Congo-Brazzaville, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. He has also live and worked in Kenya and Mozambique.

Before joining Horizon, Cody worked for the World Wildlife Fund in the DRC, and had also worked on security and anti-poaching projects in Mozambique and Uganda. Cody has a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, specializing in international security policy and focusing on sub-Saharan Africa. At Columbia he was awarded the AC4 Fellowship, and did extensive research on Congolese mining projects.

Cody has lived and worked in various countries in the Great Lakes region on and off since 2007. He is fluent in French, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese and Spanish.