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Allison Nour

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Research Associate

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Allison Nour joined The Cohen Group with eight years of professional experience in Washington, DC and the Middle East. She has held a number of defense and foreign policy-focused positions, including at the Council on Foreign Relations and in the US Senate.

Ms. Nour came to The Cohen Group after completing graduate school at Princeton University, where her research centered on politics and security in the Gulf states. While at Princeton, she worked in the office of US Senator Kay Hagan, supporting the Senator's work on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Ms. Nour spent three years at the Council on Foreign Relations prior to graduate school, managing in-depth research on trends in US foreign policy, the Arab Uprisings, and US-Russia relations. Before that, as a project assistant at the National Democratic Institute, Ms. Nour worked on the Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria team. She also spent three years in Egypt working as an educator and teacher trainer in British and American schools.

Ms. Nour holds a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She is a 2006 graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor's degree in Arabic and Political Science. Ms. Nour has also studied at the American University in Cairo. She is fluent in Arabic and has a working proficiency in Spanish.



Melanie Kaplan

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Research Associate

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Prior to joining The Cohen Group, Melanie Kaplan worked at the Group of Fifty, a network of Latin American CEOs. She researched best practices in technology, entrepreneurship and innovation for leading companies in the energy, mining, finance and media sectors.

Ms. Kaplan received a Master's degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 2013. While pursuing her graduate degree, she worked at the Council of the Americas (COA), China-Brazil Business Council (CEBC), the US Department of State, and the Albright Stonebridge Group. At COA, Ms. Kaplan developed assessments of the energy markets in Mexico and Canada and examined US-Mexico trade relations. Ms. Kaplan also supported the China-Brazil Business Council, in Rio de Janeiro, where she identified tariff and non-tariff trade barriers ahead of a Brazilian Government bi-lateral trade summit with China. At the State Department, in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Ms. Kaplan analyzed China-Mexico trade for a sub-regional dialogue, and helped implement the US-Mexico Gender Memorandum.

Ms. Kaplan received a Bachelor's degree from Wellesley College, where she majored in Latin American Studies and minored in Economics. Melanie studied abroad at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, interned in the US House of Representatives, and also worked at the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA) in the Office of Advisory Committees.

She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.





Janet Blair-Fleetwood

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Vice President

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Ms. Blair-Fleetwood joined The Cohen Group as a Vice President in 2015 after more than 10 years in private sector consulting and almost 20 years in Federal Government service.

Janet worked at IBM for the past 10 years, focusing on Federal Government clients. She led client management and project implementation across a variety of IBM clients including the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Department of Energy, the United States Coast Guard, and the Department of Defense. Janet has managed small and large projects applying capabilities such as business process improvement, process reengineering, financial management modernization, project management organization principles, and supply chain improvements.

Prior to her consulting experience, Ms. Blair-Fleetwood served in the Senior Executive Service at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). As the Deputy Chief Operating Officer (COO) she led cross-cutting activities and integrated facility planning, force protection, financial management and human development activities. Prior to the Deputy COO role, Ms. Blair-Fleetwood served as the NGA's Chief Financial Officer, leading development of the Agency's long-term and short-term budgets. She also led the Agency's efforts developing financial statements and identification of the roadmap toward a clean audit opinion. Ms. Blair-Fleetwood also served as the Comptroller, Deputy Comptroller, and Chief of Program/Budget for NGA and legacy organizations. She received the Distinguished and Meritorious Service Awards for her contributions to NGA.

From 1989 to 1996, Ms. Blair-Fleetwood was a Senior Budget Analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Comptroller. She analyzed budgetary documentation from the Services and Defense Agencies and identified any funding to reapply to higher priority programs as well as unfunded requirements. Program budgets she reviewed included Army Aircraft, Navy and Air Force Missiles, Special Operations, Department-wide Science and Technology, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and Defense Agencies Research and Development and Procurement budgets.

Ms. Blair-Fleetwood started her career in the Federal Government as a Presidential Management Intern in Naval Sea Systems Command.

Ms. Blair-Fleetwood received her BS in Business Administration, Management from the University of Hawaii and her MPA in Public Administration from California State University, Stanislaus.



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.



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