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Gabriela Mallory

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Research Associate

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Prior to joining The Cohen Group, Gabriela Mallory worked at Frontier Strategy Group, where she advised executives on key strategic decisions such as distribution management, market entry and expansion, and corporate strategy in South America. Ms. Mallory was also responsible for conducting detailed 10-year forecasts of key macroeconomic indicators for the region, and produced in-depth market analysis of economic, political, and business trends affecting multinationals in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Peru.

Ms. Mallory's previous work experience includes positions in corporate affairs at an oil company in Bogotá, Colombia, at the Economist Intelligence Unit, and as an advisor to the President of the Republic of Liberia. Mallory began her career as a Staff Consultant at AECOM, where she managed multimillion dollar international economic development projects and conducted business development efforts.

Ms. Mallory holds an MSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Tufts University. She has also studied at the University of Cape Town and at New York University in Paris. A native of Ecuador, Ms. Mallory is a native Spanish speaker. She is also proficient in French and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.


Ian McDonnell

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Research Associate

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Ian McDonnell joined The Cohen Group in June 2015 after graduating from the School of Policy and International Affairs at the University of Maine with an MA in Global Policy and concentration on international trade and commerce.

While at the University of Maine, Ian interned with Mercy Corps, a leading international development organization engaged in areas of extreme conflict and crisis. He helped compile extensive research reports looking into the factors impacting poverty and instability among some of the world's most fragile states. The report was commission to be used as an internal strategy document for senior leadership.

Ian received his undergraduate education from Colby College, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Economics. At Colby, he was a member of multiple student organizations and worked as a tutor and Teacher's Assistant for Multi and Single-Variable Calculus. He culminated his economics studies with a regression analysis of the effect that high school laptop programs in Maine had on SAT scores.

Previously Ian worked with The Cohen Group as a summer intern in 2014, and continued to provide research support to the firm throughout his last year of graduate school.



Michael Zorger

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Michael Zorger joined The Cohen Group in January 2013. Previously, Mr. Zorger served as Manager of Global Strategies at the US Grains Council (USGC), an export market development trade association. At the Council, Mr. Zorger was responsible for managing Executive priority initiatives in China, South and East Asia, including conducting the first in-country market assessments of Sri Lanka and Nepal. He was also responsible for incorporating the organization's then-new trade policy focus into the annual export strategy guiding worldwide programming.

In addition to his time at the Council, Mr. Zorger also spent time working in the office of Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. He previously worked at the US Department of Agriculture's Rural Development agency supporting the Under Secretary on high-level China trade and priority rural economic opportunity initiatives, and with Senator John D. "Jay" Rockefeller, working in the press office conducting research and drafting talking points, press releases and speeches for the Senator.

A native of West Virginia, Michael graduated magna cum laude from University of Pennsylvania where he majored in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, concentrating in political science and earning Honors distinction.

Shouqing Zhang

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Senior Director

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Prior to joining The Cohen Group, Shouqing Zhang served as the Vice President for Government and Public Affairs for the energy company British Petroleum (BP) China Holdings Ltd. where he was instrumental in improving relations between BP and the Chinese government. In this position, he led a team that played a critical role in facilitating central government approval of one thousand gas stations in two key provinces and implemented a comprehensive communications strategy to effectively manage crises, large and small.

From 2001-2003, Mr. Zhang was the Director of Corporate and Government Affairs in the Beijing office of global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, where he participated in the development of complex legislative and regulatory initiatives. In two years, he established one of the most successful government affairs teams in China's pharmaceutical industry.

Mr. Zhang previously worked as a business consultant in Washington, DC and served for over a decade in China's Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (now the Ministry of Commerce), culminating in a three-year tour at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC from 1995 to 1998. While in government service, Mr. Zhang assisted in the management of bilateral trade relations between China and the United States and helped formulate trade policy. His broad knowledge of Chinese and Western business practices, along with his understanding of the Chinese government structure and decision-making processes, have proven extremely beneficial to US and Chinese businesses alike.

Mr. Zhang received his MBA from the University of Hawaii as a degree fellow of the East-West Center in Honolulu, HI and holds a BA from the Foreign Language Department of Jilin University in China.


William Zarit Joins The Cohen Group as a Senior Counselor

August 4, 2015

The Cohen Group announces that William Zarit, former Minister for Commercial Affairs at the US Embassy in Beijing, has become a Senior Counselor with the firm...


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