Team

  • Julian Leuthold FOUNDER/CEO

    Julian Leuthold developed the idea for Geoskope following a semester of graduate study at India’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. In considering how difficult it is to learn the hidden logic in countries’ behaviors and problems, he reflected on his time in Delhi: experts try very hard to engage the public while organizations spend enormous amounts of time and money to understand foreign countries, and yet there is a dysfunction in their communication and interaction. Companies and other kinds of organizations have difficulty in learning about countries fast enough to be effective and efficient, and the experts who can help them are difficult to reach and hard to identify by most kinds of organizations. He concluded that when it comes to understanding foreign countries, there is no replacing direct experience and that experience should be directed by qualified people with a great deal of knowledge. This is what Geoskope has been built to accomplish.

    Julian is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a degree in International Relations and Business. His specialization has been in South Asian security, economics, and politics. He has consulted for financial and analytic firms. Prior to his time at USC, he worked in the entertainment and online media industry as the Southern California director of a diversified event, media, and marketing firm assisting Fortune 100 companies.

    Twitter: @julianleuthold

  • David J. Karl Senior Director, Knowledge Capital

    David J. Karl is president of the Asia Strategy Initiative, an analysis and advisory firm focused on the intersection of politics and economics, and heads its practice on South Asia. He previously served as director of studies at the Pacific Council on International Policy and was project director of the Joint Task Force on Enhancing India-U.S. Cooperation in the Global Innovation Economy that was organized by the Pacific Council and the Federation of Indian Chambers & Industry. He also has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and Occidental College, an elite liberal arts institution in Los Angeles.

    Dr. Karl comments frequently on politics and economics in South Asia on his blog site, Chanakya’s Notebook. He received his doctorate in international relations at the University of Southern California, writing his dissertation on the India-Pakistan strategic rivalry, and took his masters degree in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

    Twitter: @davidjkarl

  • Matthew R. Cohen General Counsel

    Matthew R. Cohen has two decades of experience on both U.S. coasts in the areas of commercial and real estate law, international business, and governmental affairs. He earlier served in the Office of the Florida Attorney General and also as an Assistant District Attorney and an Assistant County Attorney in Florida. He also worked as an international commercial lawyer […]

  • Nichol Bradford Senior Advisor, Strategy & Operations

    Nichol Bradford is fascinated by human potential, and has always been interested in how technology can help individuals expand beyond their perceived limits to develop and transform themselves to the highest She spent the last decade exploring these ideas in the online game industry, serving as a senior executive with responsibility for strategy, operations and marketing […]

  • Pamela K. Starr Senior Advisor, Mexico/LatAm

    Pamela K. Starr is Director of the US-Mexico Network @ USC, as well as an associate professor of public diplomacy and international relations. Prior to USC, she was the senior analyst for Mexico at Eurasia Group, a leading political risk and advisory firm. She was a professor of Latin American political economy for eight years at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), a private university in Mexico City.

    Dr Starr is a widely published author on Mexico and Latin America, with chapters and articles in The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics, Foreign Affairs, and Current History, as well as monographs published by the Pacific Council and the Council on Foreign Relations.

    She has advised the US Secretary of State, the US Ambassador to Mexico and other high-level officials from the Mexican and the US executive branches, as well as US mayors and members of Congress, and the staff of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the US and Mexican Senates. She has also worked as a consultant to investment banks and securities firms.

    She received her PhD from the University of Southern California.

  • Samir Kumar Associate, South Asia

    Samir is a South Asia Associate at Geoskope. He focuses on India’s business environment and political economy by producing bespoke analytical products and the weekly newsletter, India Lens. Samir graduated with distinction from the University of Southern California with degrees in international relations and economics and conducted research on the impact of historical memories on […]

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