We help clients navigate political, regulatory and commercial risks and assess key stakeholders for their projects.
Headquartered in New York since 2003, we work with top management of global companies to help them make the most informed business decisions.
We focus on the roles and influence of key decision-makers, government and regulatory stability, policy implementation, and outlook for deal flow.
Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies to independent firms across a variety of sectors pursuing opportunities in emerging market states.
Our experts are best in class, providing clients with practical advice and clear recommendations to facilitate strategic decisions.
Joe is one of two co-founders of Horizon, establishing the company in 2003.
Since the firm’s inception, Joe has led the development of Horizon’s research products and client base, which includes Fortune 500 companies from the United States, Europe and Japan. Joe oversees a business development team based in New York, which interacts with Horizon’s analysts to deliver actionable research on key power-brokers, competitive landscape, and political and regulatory environments in target countries.
Before Horizon, Joe worked as head of business development at Eurasia Group in New York and analyst for Ernst & Young in Moscow.
Joe received a Master’s degree in Finance from New York University.
Alexander (Sasha) is one of two co-founders of Horizon, establishing the company in 2003.
He coordinates global research for Horizon’s clients. His research specialization is energy politics in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Before Horizon, Alexander worked as head of research at Eurasia Group in New York and in corporate finance at SBC Warburg in London.
Alexander received a B.A. degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a Ph.D. 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 joined Horizon in 2012 to lead our research on the Middle East and North African energy and security. From 2006-2012, Michael served as Vice President for Analysis at Olive Group, a Dubai-based security and life support provider, supporting numerous companies as they undertook market entry and operations within Iraq and the KRG. He is also a Lafer fellow at The Washington Institute, 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, 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 Ph.D. thesis was published as Cradle of Conflict: Iraq and the Birth of the Modern U.S. Military (U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2005).
Dennis Hays leads Horizon’s research on Latin America and the Caribbean. His areas of expertise include the political and commercial outlook in Guyana and Suriname and the role of foreign investors in the development of the energy and natural resources sector in those countries.
Dennis joined Horizon after a distinguished career in the US State Department, during which time he served as Ambassador to Suriname and acting Ambassador to Guyana, as well as Director for the Office of Mexican Affairs.
Ambassador Eric Benjaminson joined Horizon as Head of Research for Sub-Saharan Africa 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, 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.
At Horizon, he coordinates our work on resource-rich states in Sub-Saharan Africa. Eric advises executive management in energy and mineral resource companies as well as
financial institutions on regional and country-specific political developments and engagement strategies.
Tetsuya Uchida joined Horizon as Senior Advisor and Representative in Japan in 2019.
Previously, he had built a highly successful global career as an executive in major Japanese and international corporations and financial institutions. Most recently, he worked for Hitachi, Ltd. as General Manager in charge of financing overseas projects.
As Representative of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) in London, Tetsuya Uchida was responsible for Europe and Africa, while in Moscow he served as JBIC's Chief Representative in charge of Russia and CIS countries.
Mr. Uchida was an executive for the 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 Corporation (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.
Mark Asquino joined Horizon in 2018 after a distinguished diplomatic career, which included postings in Latin America, Europe, Central Asia and Africa. During 2012-2015, he served as US Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea.
Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Sudan and in Kazakhstan. In Washington, he was Chief of Staff in the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at the U.S. Department of State.
Mark is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of French, Russian and Romanian.
Mark Boulware is Horizon’s senior advisor focusing on West/Central Africa. He joined Horizon in 2016 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).
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.
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.
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.
Sir John Grant joined Horizon in 2020 as a Senior Advisor on product and business development.
As a senior British diplomat, Sir John served as Ambassador to Sweden and the UK Permanent Representative to the European Union. He then served in executive roles at BHP Billiton (2007 – 2008), BG Group (2009 – 2015) and Anadarko (2015 – 2019).
At BG he led the company’s work on government relations, sustainability, social performance and external communications in a broad range of countries from Australia to Tanzania, Egypt, Tunisia, Brazil, Bolivia, the US, and Kazakhstan. This included work on the preparation of new country entry decisions in respect of political and social risk.
At Anadarko he oversaw government relations for a $20bn LNG project in Mozambique, which took FID in 2019. He also worked closely with the Algerian Government and Sonatrach in relation to Anadarko’s extensive interests in Algeria.
Rachel is Horizon’s Senior Advisor specializing in the economic impact of sanctions and other coercive policies. For almost two decades, she has advised government, investors and corporate clients on the country risk of emerging and frontier markets, especially energy-rich countries and China.
Since 2017, Rachel has been affiliated with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) where she focuses on the economic and political impacts of coercive economic policies such as financial sanctions, export controls, trade and investment restrictions as well as the role of state-owned investors in the global and regional economies. In that capacity, Rachel has briefed Congress and government bodies in the US, Canada and EU on impacts of economic sanctions on Iran, Venezuela, Russia, sovereign funds and Chinese economic coercion.
Rachel previously served as head of emerging and frontier markets and co-head of research at Roubini Global Economics, a macro strategy and country risk firm. Before that, Rachel worked for the Canadian International Development Agency in Cairo, Egypt, and the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago with honors and a Master of Philosophy degree in international relations with a specialization in international political economy from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.
Robert Jackson advises Horizon's clients on political and commercial risks in West Africa. From 2016-2018, Robert served as the US Ambassador to Ghana. Previously, he served as the US Ambassador to Cameroon.
From 2013-2015, Robert served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. In this capacity, he led reorganization of Bureau of African Affairs, directly supervised Nigeria Policy and Operations Group, overseeing 2015 elections and fight against Boko Haram, and coordinated State Department’s efforts to contain Ebola.
Robert received a B.A. degree from Bowdoin College, an M.A. from The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and an M.S. from National Defense University.
Michael Lerner joined Horizon in 2017 to lead the editorial team. Fluent in Spanish, Michael was previously a global business journalist and an editorial consultant. He also wrote a report on natural resources and sovereign wealth funds for the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean branch in Buenos Aires.
Michael received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from New York University. He specialized in international politics and business, and wrote a graduate thesis on Argentina’s nationalization of YPF.
Mark Langevin joined Horizon as senior advisor for Brazil in 2017. Mark has analyzed Brazil’s political and commercial environment for over 25 years. He has advised Horizon’s clients on the changing political dynamics in Brazil and engagement strategies for foreign investors. He is an author of several ground-breaking reports analyzing President Bolsonaro’s inner circle, Petrobras structure and decision-making and the role of second-tier figures in Brazil’s economy.
In addition to his work at Horizon, Mark serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, and a Visiting Professor at the Department of International Relations of Centro Universitário de Brasilia (UniCEUB).
Mark received his Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Mike Davies is a leading expert on political, environmental, social and governance issues across sub-Saharan Africa. For the last 20 years, Mike has specialized in the analysis of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues across southern and eastern Africa. He has covered a broad range of sectors, including mining, energy and retail.
Prior to joining Horizon in 2013, Mike served as Head of Africa at Maplecroft, a UK strategy consulting firm, where he managed a team of political risk analysts and coordinated monitoring of political, economic and security developments across the 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, Mike served as political risk analyst for at Eurasia Group and Control Risks Group in London.
Mike graduated from the University of Warwick in the UK with a Master’s degree in International Relations. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town.
David Maravilla joined Horizon as senior analyst for Mexico in 2018 after a track record of serving in the country’s government and researching its political system. David focuses on policy and stakeholder analysis in Mexico as well as regulatory changes that affect the environment for foreign investors.
A Fulbright Fellow, David received a master’s degree in public administration and energy from Columbia University in New York. He holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and public administration from El Colegio de Mexico (COLMEX), a top research center in Latin America.
Alex Almeida joined Horizon in 2014 as Middle East and North Africa security analyst. He specializes in Iraq, Yemen and Gulf states security and military forces. Alex has published extensively on Middle Eastern terrorism and insurgency issues for the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and the Washington Institute for Near East Politics.
Alex received a B.A. degree in international relations and history from Georgia State University and an M.A. in military history from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, with a thesis on South African mobile warfare doctrine.
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Please read the following arbitration agreement in this Section (“Arbitration Agreement”) carefully. It requires you to arbitrate disputes with us and limits the manner in which you can seek relief from us.
16.1 Applicability of Arbitration Agreement. You agree that any dispute or claim relating in any way to your Order, the Services or these Terms, will be resolved by binding arbitration, rather than in court, except that (a) you may assert claims in small claims court if your claims qualify, so long as the matter remains in such court and advances only on an individual (non-class, non-representative) basis; and (b) you or we may seek equitable relief in court for infringement or other misuse of intellectual property rights (such as trademarks, trade dress, domain names, trade secrets, copyrights, and patents).
16.2. IF YOU AGREE TO ARBITRATION WITH US, YOU ARE AGREEING IN ADVANCE THAT YOU WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN OR SEEK TO RECOVER MONETARY OR OTHER RELIEF IN ANY LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST US ALLEGING CLASS, COLLECTIVE, AND/OR REPRESENTATIVE CLAIMS ON YOUR BEHALF. INSTEAD, BY AGREEING TO ARBITRATION, YOU MAY BRING YOUR CLAIMS AGAINST US IN AN INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION PROCEEDING. IF SUCCESSFUL ON SUCH CLAIMS, YOU COULD BE AWARDED MONEY OR OTHER RELIEF BY AN ARBITRATOR. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED THAT YOU MAY CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY IN DECIDING WHETHER TO ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT.
16.3 Arbitration Rules and Forum. The Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this Arbitration Agreement.
16.4 You may choose to have the arbitration conducted by telephone, based on written submissions, or in person in the country where you live or at another mutually agreed location. Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.
16.5. Authority of Arbitrator. The arbitrator, and not any federal, state or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute related to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability or formation of this Arbitration Agreement including, but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this Arbitration Agreement is void or voidable. The arbitration will decide the rights and liabilities, if any, of you and us. The arbitration proceeding will not be consolidated with any other matters or joined with any other cases or parties. The arbitrator shall have the authority to grant motions dispositive of all or part of any claim. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award monetary damages and to grant any non-monetary remedy or relief available to an individual under applicable law, the arbitral forum’s rules, and the Agreement (including the Arbitration Agreement). The arbitrator shall issue a written award and statement of decision describing the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based, including the calculation of any damages awarded. The arbitrator has the same authority to award relief on an individual basis that a judge in a court of law would have. The award of the arbitrator is final and binding upon you and us.
16.6 Waiver of Jury Trial. YOU AND WE HEREBY WAIVE ANY CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORY RIGHTS TO SUE IN COURT AND HAVE A TRIAL IN FRONT OF A JUDGE OR A JURY. You and we are instead electing that all claims and disputes shall be resolved by arbitration under this Arbitration Agreement, except as specified herein. An arbitrator can award on an individual basis the same damages and relief as a court and must follow this Agreement as a court would. However, there is no judge or jury in arbitration, and court review of an arbitration award is subject to very limited review.
16.7 Waiver of Class or Consolidated Actions. ALL CLAIMS AND DISPUTES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT MUST BE ARBITRATED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT ON A CLASS BASIS, ONLY INDIVIDUAL RELIEF IS AVAILABLE, AND CLAIMS OF MORE THAN ONE CUSTOMER OR USER CANNOT BE ARBITRATED OR CONSOLIDATED WITH THOSE OF ANY OTHER CUSTOMER OR USER. In the event that this subparagraph is deemed invalid or unenforceable neither you nor we are entitled to arbitration and instead claims and disputes shall be resolved in a court as set forth in herein.
16.8 30-Day Right to Opt Out. You have the right to opt out of the provisions of this Arbitration Agreement by sending written notice of your decision to opt out to the following address: Horizon Client Access, Inc. 110 Lafayette St, Ste 603, New York, NY 10013, USA, with a copy to Fridman Law Group PLLC, 169 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, USA or email@example.com, within 30 days after first becoming subject to this Arbitration Agreement. Your notice must include your name and address, your email address, and an unequivocal statement that you want to opt out of this Arbitration Agreement. If you opt out of this Arbitration Agreement, all other parts of this Agreement will continue to apply to you. Opting out of this Arbitration Agreement has no effect on any other arbitration agreements that we may currently have, or may enter in the future.
16.9 If any part or parts of this Arbitration Agreement are found under the law to be invalid or unenforceable, then such specific part or parts shall be of no force and effect and shall be severed and the remainder of the Arbitration Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.
16.10 This Arbitration Agreement will survive the termination of our relationship.
16.11 Notwithstanding any provision in these Terms to the contrary, we agree that if we make any future material change to this Arbitration Agreement, it will not apply to any individual claim(s) that you had already provided notice of to us.
17. Governing Law
17.1 The laws of the State of New York, excluding its conflicts of law rules, govern your access to and use of the Services. Your access to and use of the Services may also be subject to other local, state, national or international laws.
17.2 Exclusive Venue. To the extent the parties are permitted under these Terms to initiate litigation in a court, both you and we agree that all claims and disputes arising out of or relating to these Terms will be litigated exclusively in the state or federal courts located in New York, New York, U.S.A.
18. Modifications to the Services
We reserve the right to change, suspend, remove, discontinue or disable access to the Services or particular portions thereof, at any time and without notice. In no event will we be liable for the removal of or disabling of access to any portion or feature of the Services.
We reserve the right to terminate your right to access and use the Services if you violate these Terms or any other terms or policies referenced herein, or if you otherwise create risk or possible legal exposure for us.
If any provision of these Terms is deemed unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision will be deemed severable from these Terms and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
You may not assign these Terms or any of the rights granted hereunder without our prior written consent, and any attempted assignment without such consent shall be void. Subject to the foregoing restriction, these Terms will be fully binding upon, inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable by us and our respective successors and assigns.
Any failure by us to insist upon or enforce performance by you of any of the provisions of these Terms or to exercise any rights or remedies under these Terms or otherwise by law will not be construed as a waiver or relinquishment of any right to assert or rely upon the provision, right or remedy in that or any other instance; rather, the provision, right or remedy will be and remain in full force and effect.
Last Updated: 21 January 2021
INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND HOW WE USE IT
When you use the Services and/or contact us, we collect different types of Information from or about you. We obtain this Information when you use our Services to inquire about employee training or any other services we may offer.
The table below lists the different types of Information that we (or our service providers) may obtain. The table also indicates for what purposes we use such Information.
Types of Information
Contact information, including your:
● first and last name
● email address
● phone number
● company name
● company size
● desired services
How We use That Information
● To communicate with you about the Services and respond to your questions or requests
● To send you promotional or marketing materials and other communications
● To contact you about, and administer your participation in, special events, programs, surveys, and other offers or promotions
● To generate and analyze statistics about your use of the Services, improve the Services and customize content and your experience with the Services
● To provide you with the Services and support our business operations
INFORMATION AUTOMATICALLY COLLECTED ABOUT YOUR VISIT
WITH WHOM WE MAY SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
We may share the information listed above with business partners, as needed or appropriate.
We may share your Information:
● with service providers who work on our behalf, such as cloud storage providers, and other third-party partners that provide features or functionalities which we integrate into our Services
● as necessary or appropriate, with our attorneys, accountants, auditors or other advisors
● as required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena or other legal process, or to comply with government reporting obligations
● when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary (a) to protect our rights, the integrity of the Services, or your safety or the safety of others, or (b) to detect, prevent, or respond to theft or fraud, violations of law or our policies, or other misuse of the Services, and
● to the extent reasonably necessary to proceed with the negotiation or completion of a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of our assets (including in the event of a reorganization, dissolution or liquidation).
In addition, we may share aggregated, de-identified data with third parties for any purposes.
SOCIAL MEDIA FEATURES
The Site includes social media functions, such as the Facebook Login or Sign In features, or Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube widgets. These functions and widgets may collect information about which pages users visit on the Site and the IP address of the device you use to connect to the Internet. The widgets may also set a cookie to ensure the features are functioning properly. Your interactions with the social media functions and widgets located on the website or provided in connection with the Services are governed by the privacy policies of the companies that provide these functions and widgets. If you use any of the social media functions or widgets on this Site, we strongly suggest that you review the privacy policies of the companies that provide those functions and widgets.
LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES, APPS OR SERVICES
Our Services may contain links to other websites, apps or other online services for your convenience or information. These websites, apps and services are operated by companies not affiliated with us. Linked websites, apps or services may have their own privacy policies or notices, which we strongly encourage you to review. We are not responsible for the content and data handling practices of any third-party websites, apps or services.
Our Services are not intended for and may not be used by children under the age of eighteen (18). We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 18 and we do not target our website to children under the age of 18.
PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We maintain appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards designed to safeguard the personal information collected in connection with the Services. However, no information system can be 100% secure, so we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your information. Moreover, we are not responsible for the security of information you transmit to the website over networks that we do not control, including the Internet and wireless networks.
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