Our Team

Languages Spoken:

 

Arabic

Bambara

Dari

Farsi

French

Hindi

Kannada

Kiswahili

Konkani

Korean

Mandarin

Russian

Spanish

Urdu

 

Overseas Experience:

 

Afghanistan

Bosnia

China

Egypt

India

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Jordan

Kenya

Korea

Lebanon

Mali

Russia

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Somalia

Ukraine

 

Analytical Technology:

 

ArcGIS

CASOS ORA

Palantir

Python

QGIS

R

David Johnson, Executive Director

 

LTC David Johnson, US Army (Ret.) is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point; the Command and General Staff Course; the Joint Defense College at the Ecole Militaire in Paris; and holds a Master's degree in the History of Strategy from La Sorbonne. David served 23 years in the US Army in the Infantry and Special Forces. A decorated combat veteran and Army strategist with service on six continents and multiple overseas contingency operations, his career is outlined in the Congressional Record. Before coming to C4ADS, he worked for Intel Corporation as Director of Digital Security Products in the Software and Solutions Group. He speaks French, Russian, and Arabic.

Farley Mesko, Chief Operating Officer

 

Farley received his degree in Natural Resource Policy and Economics from Bowdoin College. He coauthored the 2013 World Bank study The Pirates of Somalia: Ending the Threat, Rebuilding a Nation and has briefed flag officers, ambassadors, and executive-level leadership at US combatant commands, joint task forces, the national security staff of the Vice President, and various embassies. Farley also works as a freelance journalist and has authored reports for the United Nations and Brookings. He has presented his research at New America Foundation, Yale University, Google Ideas, and American University. Farley has worked extensively in conflict zones across Africa, and speaks Arabic.

Jonathan Dixon, Analyst


Jonathan received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Asian Studies from Furman University, and his Master's in International Politics from American University. Jonathan’s research at C4ADS focuses on the China-Korea-Japan security triangle. Jonathan has lived in China and Korea, and speaks Mandarin and Korean.

Varun Vira, Senior Analyst

 

Varun received his undergraduate degree in International Relations and Economics from Syracuse University, and his Master's in International Affairs from George Washington. Varun previously worked in then-Senator Kerry’s office and at CSIS. Varun’s research at C4ADS focuses on South Asia and the Middle East. Varun has lived in India, Singapore, and the UK, and speaks Hindi and Urdu.

 

Tom Ewing, Analyst

 

Thomas Ewing received degrees in Russian, Political Science, and International Studies from the University of Iowa, where he was inducted into the national Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He is the coauthor of the 2014 C4ADS report Ivory's Curse, and is currently investigating illicit networks in Africa and Asia. He speaks French, Russian, and Spanish, and is learning Mandarin. He has worked and studied in China, Cuba, and Russia.

Sonia Pinto, Analyst

 

Sonia received her undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas, and her Master's in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins. She previously worked at the Congressional Research Service, Altai Consulting, and Asia Society. Her research at C4ADS focuses on the intersection of development, governance, and conflict in South Asia and the Middle East. Sonia has lived in Afghanistan, India, Iran, and Lebanon, and speaks Kannada, Konkani, and Farsi/Dari.

Eric Wulf, Analyst


Eric received his undergraduate degree in Foreign Affairs and French from the University of Virginia, and previously worked at the International Monetary Fund and as a Peace Corps volunteer. Eric’s research at C4ADS focuses on humanitarian aid and conflict in West Africa. Eric has lived in Mali, and speaks French and Bambara.

Leigh Anne Miller, Advisor

 

Leigh Anne Miller is passionate about the intersection of technology and development; she is a recent graduate of the Stanford University School of Education with a focus on mobile technology for literacy and entrepreneurship for youth in fragile states. Prior to Stanford she founded and ran a government school in a slum in India for preschool to fifth grade and she served for ten years as the Special Projects director for the Smith Richardson Foundation's International Security and Foreign Policy Program.