Board of Directors

Kalina Kourdova

Kalina Kourdova is a Senior Analyst at Analysis Group, Inc. She has assisted with designing and implementing innovative solutions to complex business problems in a variety of intellectual property and antitrust matters. Kalina has performed economic analyses for litigation in numerous industries, including high-technology, pharmaceuticals, and Internet-related services. Prior to joining Analysis Group, Kalina earned a B.A. from Vassar College with a major in Economics, During her time at Vassar, she studied abroad in Qingdao, China and Paris, France. Kalina speaks Bulgarian, English, and French.

Astrid Tanghe

Astrid Tanghe is a graduate student in Applied Economics at the George Washington University, focusing on Data Science, and a graduate research assistant at GW’s Economics Department working on international capital flows. She also serves as a board member of the European Horizons chapter at GW. Before starting her graduate studies, Astrid worked seven months for the EU Delegation’s trade department in DC focusing on antitrust, competition, and trade regulation. Astrid is fluent in Dutch, French, English, and Spanish, and has a basic understanding of German.

Paul Kumst

Paul Kumst is part of the boutique consulting team at Good Harbor, advising CEOs, Boards, investors, and senior government leaders on their cyber security risk management. He focuses on conducting cyber risk profiles and preparing table top exercises. Previously, as research assistant for Georgetown’s STIA program, he explored the nexus of security and biotechnology. Further, he has worked at the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative and served as the Vice-President of Georgetown’s European Horizons chapter. Paul holds a MA in Security Studies from the Walsh School of Foreign Service and a BA in Public Management and Governance from Germany’s Zeppelin University.

Álvaro Morales Salto-Weis

Álvaro Morales Salto-Weis is a program assistant with the Global Business & Economics Program at the Atlantic Council, where he executes the core programming on transatlantic economic relations. His research interest include European economic integration, US-European economic relations, Brexit and trade. He has been published on Newsweek, MarketWatch and the World Financial Review and other media outlets. Previously, he interned at the economic and financial affairs section of the EU Delegation to the US, where he briefed senior officials on US-EU financial developments. Álvaro previously worked at the Ideas para el Progreso Think Tank in Madrid, where he focused on the emergence of the digital economy. Alvaro graduated in Law and Economics from Carlos III University in Madrid, and is a registered attorney in Spain, where he is originally from. As an exchange student he spent a year at Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris, where he studied European integration and international economics. Álvaro is fluent in Spanish, English and French, and has a basic understanding of German.

Benedikt Signer 

Benedikt Signer works on natural disaster risk financing and insurance at the World Bank. Previously he worked in the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery on partnerships and strategy where he focused on program strategy, cooperation with donors, and international policy such as engagement with the G20. Prior to GFDRR Benedikt has worked in the Delegation of the European Union in Washington, with a think tank in London as well as for a human rights organization in Guatemala. A dual Swiss-Austrian national Benedikt holds a Master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Relations from the University of Birmingham.

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