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Former advisor to heads of state and sovereign wealth funds
What I do: bring business ideas to life

What I love: when good people succeed

But enough about me... 

What brings you here?


Bloomberg may have called me a "Berkeley-educated finance whiz" back in the ancient days (2016)...

...but there is nothing textbook about my life story.

When I was a little over 30, I founded the first full-service investment company in a small country in Central Asia. I helped manage hundreds of millions of dollars for a sovereign wealth fund and even the President's immediate family. I served as a strategic advisor to heads of state.

I also barely survived a violent coup d'etat, escaped as a hostage, evaded an Interpol Red Notice, matched wits with the FBI's elite Eastern European organized crime unit, and ultimately sank its high-stakes criminal investigation before serving out a 63-month sentence at a "camp fed" in the fine state of Alabama. 



My life path has been anything but ordinary, and it's this unique journey that allows me to provide exceptional value to my customers. I draw on a solid theoretical framework, as well as rich, practical experience across a range of business contexts, to offer tailored solutions that meet the unique needs of each client. You can trust that my approach is grounded in both theory and practice, delivering results that drive success.



I can help you:

  • Identify opportunities in emerging and frontier markets;

  • Develop your business plan and investor pitch;

  • Develop critical relationships and present your idea to investors;

  • Get your existing business out of trouble 


 I am not a broker. I am not an investment adviser. I don’t manage a mutual fund, a hedge fund, or any other kind of fund. I have years of experience in the highest echelons of finance (more on this later), but I am not out here to sell anything to you. I am here only to lift up the curtain a little bit. To explain how the machine really works. To show you how you CAN use it to your advantage if you put in a little time and effort.

My area of expertise includes:

  • Stocks and bonds;

  • Derivatives (options and futures);

  • Cryptocurrencies;

  • Private equity and other exotic instruments.



In the past, I have witnessed some of the most sophisticated episodes of international fraud. From money laundering to tax evasion and securities fraud, I have developed a nuanced understanding of the nuances of the white collar criminal mind and practice.

Like a white-hat hacker, the difference between me and the next best option is that my knowledge comes from first-hand, hard fought experience.

I have access to a network of confidential sources, attorneys and accountants who can take on a case of any complexity.

I am available to assist with complex investigations, design of fraud prevention controls, and stolen asset recovery. 



I have delivered addresses and participated in high-profile roundtables at numerous events, including Euromoney Central & Eastern European Forum, Global Finance, SIBOS and the International Banking Conference.

Today, I draw on my experiences as an international banker, trader, high-stakes Interpol fugitive, and hostage to entertain and educate audiences.  

Examples include:

  • The Shadow Advisor: A Story Of Survival

  • Under Pressure: How to Thrive in High-Stress Situations

  • The Secrets Wall Street Doesn't Want You To Know About (And What To Do About It)

  • Why The World Is Losing The Fight Against International Money Laundering (And What To Do About It)   

Somalia, ca 2000

"Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you."

Aldous Huxley


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