The giStrat team consists of experienced leaders from government, business, and philanthropy
CEO + Founding Partner
Jerry White is a founding partner and CEO of giStrat. He previously served three years as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, launching the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. Responsible for strategic planning and partnerships, White introduced advanced analytics and agent-based modeling as a way to develop data-driven strategies for conflict diplomacy.
Amir Bagherpour, PhD
Chief Analytics Officer + Founding Partner
Dr. Amir Bagherpour is a founding partner and Chief Analytics Officer of giStrat. He is an expert in the application of quantitative methods to social science with a particular emphasis on game theory and international relations. He is also a non-resident scholar at the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Dr. Bagherpour served as the Director of Data Analytics in the Office of the Secretary of State.
Senior Analyst + Economic Advisor
Tony Frangieh is a Senior Analyst and Economic Advisor at giStrat. He was Head of Equity Research at Beirut-based BLOM Bank where he published stock recommendations and was recognized within Bloomberg as a top-ranking analyst on the Middle East. Previously, he served as a Portfolio Manager at BLOM overseeing multiple investment funds that offer exposure to emerging and frontier markets.
Tony is a seasoned management consultant, with his latest project involving the overhaul of Deutsche Bank’s risk and performance reporting capabilities. Tony has taught in the Masters in Finance program at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He holds an MBA from UC Irvine and is a CFA Charterholder. He regularly volunteers as an Industry mentor for the CFA Institute’s Research Challenge, advising university students on the practical application of investment valuation methods.
Jesse Emge, PhD
Dr. Jesse Emge is an Associate Analyst for giStrat. He is currently Manager of Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification for a major utility company, with a focus on examining the effectiveness of energy efficiency interventions. Previously Dr. Emge worked as an Evaluator for Southern California Edison, examining how behavior affects energy usage. Dr. Emge has also worked for Habitat for Humanity, Chase Bank, and Wells Fargo.
Ali Fisunoglu, PhD
Dr. Ali Fisunoglu is an Associate Analyst at giStrat. He is currently an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Ozyegin University. Fisunoglu uses his expertise in econometrics, game theory, formal modeling, and computational analysis to produce peer-reviewed research in variety of topics including potential consequences of reversing the European Union integration and economic and demographic consequences of major wars and determinants of postwar recovery.
Nicholas Cain, PhD
Associate Analyst + Energy Advisor
Dr. Nicholas Cain is an Associate Analyst and Energy Advisor for giStrat. He is a co-founder of the award-winning social-impact technology company Atma Connect, and an energy analyst who has worked for Southern California Edison and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
Constantin Sauvage is an Operations Coordinator at giStrat. He has Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern University in International Affairs with a focus in International Security Studies, Arabic, and History. Sauvage was also a student at the AMIDEAST Institute in Amman, Jordan.
His senior thesis was on the impact of violent civilian deaths in Iraq and its effects on governance. His other areas of research include the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, nuclear weapons, and security in the post-Cold War era. Prior to this position Sauvage worked at Data Quest, Ltd. as a field investigator, where he conducted undercover target interactions and integrity inspections. Sauvage speaks French and English natively, and is brushing up on his Arabic. He is a self-taught Python programmer.
Alex O’Donnell is a Market Researcher at giStrat. He has a Bachelors of Arts from New York University in International Relations with a concentration in the MENA region. His senior thesis was on the impact of military financial aid on information networks, using the ongoing Afghanistan crisis as a case study.
O’Donnell’s other areas of study include American foreign policy, the Palestinian-Israeli Crisis and post-Soviet Russian foreign policy. He has studied at the NYU Abu Dhabi campus and the NYU Berlin campus where he specialized in Emirati Law and EU policy respectively. O’Donnell is analytically proficient on R, State, Tableau, and other key analyst tools. Prior to this position, he worked as a Trademark Analyst for Ladas and Parry LLP, where he reviewed newly filed trademarks and helped to prepare reports to clients on said trademarks. He speaks English natively, is approaching fluency in Italian, and is brushing up on his Arabic language skills.
Business + Finance Assistant
Erik Zhao is a Business and Finance Assistant at giStrat. He is a student at Georgetown University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting with a minor in Computer Science.
Between classes Zhao works as the head of finance for Georgetown Bubble, an entirely student-run startup which prepares, markets, and sells its highly popular bubble tea to university students and faculty, as well as to the larger community around Georgetown. Zhao is a senior consultant with Hilltop Consultants, a student-run management consulting group that works to provide innovative, implementable business solutions for nonprofits and sustainable businesses in the D-M-V area, with past clients including the American Red Cross and Teach For America. Zhao is passionate about public speaking and is a member of the mock trial team at Georgetown. Zhao previously held a summer internship with Kamala Harris’ successful U.S. Senate bid in 2016, focusing on synthesizing opposition research and preparing press releases for the campaign. He is a native English-speaker intent on learning Mandarin and French.