Our People

Country Acuity Advisors have extensive experience in assessing risks and finding mitigation strategies for multi-million dollar projects in Asia and globally. Our experience ranges from working with clients in support of project finances, political risk insurance and syndicated loans, and lending to commercial corporations, state owned enterprises and sovereigns. 

 

We have worked with multinational companies, bankers, investors and exporters as they look to expand globally and done assessments and helped clients in Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa and the Middle East.  Our core strengths and focus remain Asia.   

 

We have worked on assessing risks and advising clients across -

  • Aerospace 

  • Mining 

  • Oil and gas Manufacturing

  • Information and technology

  • Public sector 

  • Defense 

  • Higher Education 

Nate Cairney

President

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Nate Cairney has more than two decades of experience helping organizations around the world solve problems in a variety of industries, including defense policy, energy, food/beverage, automotive, entertainment and higher education. He has an extensive background in geopolitical analysis, risk management, change management, uncertainty analysis and strategic content marketing.

Before joining Country Acuity Advisors, Nate served as an independent consultant who focused on helping small to medium-sized organizations develop resiliency competencies. Prior to that, he spent the better part of a decade with Northern Arizona University, where he established and led teams dedicated to internal consulting, marketing and fundraising. Nate began his career with MGP Ingredients, a U.S.-based small-cap public firm with a global client base, and later served as a civilian employee for the U.S. Air Force. As a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, he specialized in risk/uncertainty analysis and international business.

Malavika Krishnan

Research Intern

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Malavika Krishnan is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she focuses on law and development and international political economy. She hopes to strengthen governance initiatives to promote sustainable and inclusive development, and has an interest in leveraging public-private partnerships and market-based solutions.

 

A consultant with demonstrated experience in the legal services industry, Malavika previously worked at Fragomen in Singapore, an international immigration services firm, where she guided large multinational corporations on visa and work permit matters, as well as strategic compliance advice. Malavika has also spent stints at Kirby McInerney LLP (New York) as a Litigation Paralegal, and an intern at the Connecticut Commission for Human Rights and Opportunities (Hartford) and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (Washington, DC). 

 

Malavika holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government, with a Certificate in International Relations from Wesleyan University.

Our Expert & Advisory Network

Country Acuity draws on a network of country and regional experts and industry experts.  Please talk to us to find more about our network or if you would like to collaborate. 

Independent Advisory Network 

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Ivan Willis Rasmussen is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Political Science at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College and a Research Fellow with the International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.

 

His research has appeared in the Asian Journal of Public Affairs and the Chinese Yearbook of International Law and Affairs with a recent co-authored book, At the Dawn of Belt and Road: China in the Developing World (RAND Report).

Professor Rasmussen has taught and researched at a variety of institutions including Hamilton College, Tufts University, Harvard Kennedy School, Boston College, and Renmin Daxue (People’s University in Beijing). He previously worked for the US Department of State, Duke University/Gates Foundation, and the RAND Corporation. Professor Rasmussen is a member of the American Political Science Association, International Studies Association, and Association of Asian Studies along with acting as a reviewer for various journals such as International Security and Foreign Policy Analysis. 

Prakash Mirchandani is a seasoned entrepreneur, business leader and Board Director with over 40 years of experience across emerging markets and in North America.  He has set up and run business ventures in countries such as Sri Lanka and the Maldives. He also established a businesses in the United States in the apparel industry and was a pioneer in establishing apparel sector supply chains between Sri Lanka and the United States servicing companies including Gap Inc, London Fog, and The May Company.


Prakash's advice and insights on international marketing, business development and international business are sought after by business leaders and academic institutions. 


Prakash recently set up his latest venture. Achilles Consulting, a boutique advisory firm based in Melbourne which advises companies how to connect between emerging and developed markets. 
Prior to that Prakash was a Managing Director at the Favourite Group, Sri Lanka, a conglomerate with activities spanning apparel production and exports, real estate, domestic aviation and premium beverage distribution and strategic and financial investments.

Prakash was also a faculty member at Berkeley College in New York and an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (State University of New York, New York City) lecturing on International Trade, Business Organization and Management, and Global Marketing.


He holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor’s  degree from Columbia University.   

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