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.
David Lynch, Analyst
David received degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from Columbia University. He speaks Arabic and lived in Yemen for two years from 2012-2014, working as a journalist and security consultant. David's research at C4ADS focuses on illicit networks and natural resource constraints in Africa and the Middle East.
Varun Vira, Chief of Analysis
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 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.
Jackson Miller, Analyst
Jackson Miller received his degree in international politics and Chinese studies from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.The coauthor of the 2014 C4ADS report Out of Africa, Jackson's work highlights transnational wildlife crime and East Asian security issues. He has worked and researched throughout China, including Xinjiang, and Kenya, and speaks Mandarin and French.
Satori Shimizu, Analyst
Satori Shimizu holds degrees in International Relations and History from Tufts University. She spent a year in Tajikistan as a Fulbright Fellow and has experience at the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center, Global Rescue, and Mercy Corps. She speaks Japanese, Spanish, functional Tajik (Persian), and is learning Russian. Her research focuses on Eurasia, East Asian security, and Latin American criminal networks.