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Alison M. Nichols

Program Evaluator; Legislative Finance Committee – State of New Mexico; Santa Fe, NM 2017 - present

•       Evaluate state government agencies, organizations and programs for performance, cost-effectiveness, and fiscal management

 

Independent Consultant – Business Strategy & Public Policy  2014 - present

•       Advised the World Bank on effective design of investment incentive policies to promote gender equality in private sector firms and encourage female entrepreneurship

•       Analyzed political spending trends in New Mexico political campaigns for Santa Fe-based non-profit

•       Developed recommendations report on homeownership promotion policy for Santa Fe-based non-profit lender

•       Advised fast-growing agribusiness in Uganda on financing strategy for smallholder farmers in its network; redesigned and simplified lending process flows to decrease turnaround time

 

Senior Associate; McKinsey & Company; San Francisco, CA 2014 – 2016

Summer Associate; McKinsey & Company; Dubai, UAE Summer 2013

•       Served multiple clients across sectors, with focus on financial services, in areas including growth strategy, risk management, cost reduction, and performance management

•       Led team of analysts to build financial models to project balance sheet activity for large U.S. bank undergoing Federal Reserve stress test (Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review); also improved and managed internal quality control activities, working with over 25 client contacts  

•       Developed growth strategy for luxury hotel and casino to generate additional cash flow by identifying target customer segments and strengthening brand positioning, resulting in board decision to focus on non-gaming customers

•       Identified over $50 million in cost savings and efficiencies within sales organization at technology hardware company

 

Africa Analyst; Navanti Group; Washington DC 2012  

•       Led research, analysis, and reporting on political and security developments in North and West Africa for U.S. government clients; selected for special project to travel to Egypt to conduct field research using Arabic language skills  

 

Associate; Good Harbor Consulting LLC; Abu Dhabi, UAE 2009 - 2011

•      Contributed to development and implementation of comprehensive maritime strategy for Middle Eastern client government; organized and led stakeholder engagement workshops for agencies involved in maritime affairs, resulting in increased collaboration and cooperation between agencies

•      Managed company's summer intern program. Led and assisted with multiple internal company initiatives, including developing company’s competitive intelligence capabilities  

 

North Africa Analyst; Oxford Business Group; Oxford, UK                                                     2008 – 2009  

•      Wrote comprehensive business reports on Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, on sectors including telecoms, IT, media, and advertising for international research and consulting group

•      Conducted in-country interviews in Arabic, French, and English with industry leaders and government officials and carried out open source research

 

   


EDUCATION

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; Cambridge, MA May 2014

•       Communications Director for Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard. Led communications strategy, social media outreach efforts, and design of web/print materials

•       Capstone consulting project for Doorways to Dreams, a non-profit financial inclusion fund, to develop business model and strategy for financial technology competitions

Tufts University; Medford, MA       May 2007

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. Focus on the Middle East, minor in Arabic.

 

  


LANGUAGES AND SKILLS

Proficient in Arabic (Modern Standard and Egyptian dialect), French, and Spanish

INTERESTS

  

Adventure travel (70+ countries, including hiking Inca trail in Peru, cycling in New Zealand, and white-water rafting in Uganda); yoga and fitness; learning new languages; sustainability and permaculture (completed 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course)