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Robin Raphel

Senior Advisor

Robin Raphel is a veteran political and development strategist and leader with four decades of service in U.S. foreign policy agencies.

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Ambassador Robin Raphel is a veteran political and development strategist and leader with over 40 years of service in U.S. foreign policy agencies, including as Ambassador to Tunisia and Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia. A seasoned diplomat, Robin understands cultural and political relationships and lines of authority within the US government, and foreign governments, and how to best leverage such relationships to promote the desired outcome. With a vast network of contacts in key U.S. agencies and in foreign governments who deal regularly with the challenges that confront contractors and businesses working in foreign countries, she is skilled at persuading government policy makers and other stakeholders to take meetings and listen with an open mind to client concerns, and guiding conversations toward favorable outcomes.

Robin's experience includes work in political risk analysis; economic reconstruction and development efforts in post-conflict societies; business advocacy; and international education. She has particularly deep knowledge of and networks in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, and close ties to international development agencies, multilateral banks, and think tanks. She is a strong manager with team building skills in multicultural environments, as well as an accomplished public speaker and teacher. Robin has worked with more than 20 foreign governments and speaks conversational French and Urdu.

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Education

University of Maryland, M.A., 1973

Cambridge University, Graduate Diploma, 1970

University of Washington, B.A., 1969

Practice & Expertise

  • Host Country Relations
  • Overseas Contracting
  • Government Relations
  • Crisis Management
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Education

University of Maryland, M.A., 1973

Cambridge University, Graduate Diploma, 1970

University of Washington, B.A., 1969

Recognition & Affiliations

  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • American Academy of Diplomacy
  • U.S.-Tunisian Friendship Association
  • Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
  • American International Contractors Incorporated (Special Projects)
  • National Security Education Program, Board Chair
  • United States Institute of Peace
  • The i-Care Foundation
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Education

University of Maryland, M.A., 1973

Cambridge University, Graduate Diploma, 1970

University of Washington, B.A., 1969

Insights

  • 17 years on, is Afghanistan making progress toward peace? PBS News Hour (September 11, 2018). Co-Authors: Robin Raphael, Nick Schifrin, and Barnett Rubin.
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    Education

    University of Maryland, M.A., 1973

    Cambridge University, Graduate Diploma, 1970

    University of Washington, B.A., 1969

    Meet the Rest of the Team

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    • Former DOJ Trial Attorney and agency General Counsel
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    Bob Rhoad

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    • "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers® in Civil Litigation
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    • Suspension & debarment; internal investigations; civil and criminal fraud litigation
    • Air Force Debarring Official for 16 years
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    • Congressional and legislative advocate
    • Federal program expert (DOD, Energy, Army Corps Civil Works, Transportation)
    • Risk management and opportunity assessments
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    • Bid Protests and Claims
    • Former Partner and Founding Member of Crowell and Moring
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    • Suspension & debarment, claims, investigations, development of risk management and compliance programs
    • Develops innovative solutions to complex problems
    • Brings clarity to the maze of government issues
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    • Government and internal investigations; False Claims Act; Health Care Fraud
    • Former DOJ Trial Attorney in Civil Fraud Section
    • Significant experience with False Claims Act litigation, including jury trial and appellate experience
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    • Bid protests, claims, False Claims Act, and investigations
    • Former clerk for a U.S. District Judge and Trial Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
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    Annie Kim

    Investigator and Special Counsel
    • Investigations, false claims, suspension & debarment
    • Former USAID and Energy OIG agent with extensive experience conducting criminal, civil, and administrative investigations
    • 5 years spent leading investigations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Near East
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    • e-Discovery solutions and litigation support
    • Project management
    • 6 years in private practice
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    Adrian Wigston

    Investigator and Cost Accountant
    • Incurred cost audits, indirect cost rates, bid proposals, sub-recipient and sub-contract Management, cost-share contributions for cooperative agreements.
    • Former DCAA auditor and OIG auditor (Energy & Veterans Affairs) with extensive experience conducting incurred cost and performance audits.
    • CAS covered and non-major contractors. Award management for cooperative agreements with non-profit, education, and research and development award recipients.