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Melanie Berry

Melanie Berry

Melanie Berry is a Vice President at The Asia Group, where she focuses on the company’s Japan portfolio. She advises clients on the intersection of business and politics in Japan, geopolitics and the impact on global and Japanese corporate strategy, sales campaigns in aerospace defense, and market and regulatory trends in an array of industries, […]

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Don Felbaum

Don Felbaum

Donald Felbaum is a Senior Advisor at The Asia Group. Donald brings over 25 years of experience working in-country in the Philippines in tech-related sectors, including telecoms, IT-Enabled Services (ITES), and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). He has supported successful companies in over twenty-five markets around the world, advising on start-up strategies, mergers and acquisitions,

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Nirut Kunnawat

Nirut Kunnawat

Nirut Kunnawat is a Senior Advisor for The Asia Group in Thailand. He has extensive experience working in both in the senior ranks of government and in the private sector. Nirut most notably served as Deputy Secretary-General to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in a role in which he was responsible for advising on critical topics

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John Lichtefeld

John Lichtefeld

John Lichtefeld is a Principal at The Asia Group, where he oversees the firm’s growing Southeast Asia practice and supports clients and projects in Mainland Southeast Asia. In this capacity, he manages a team of professional consultants responsible for developing and supporting the implementation of sophisticated investment and government relations strategies to help clients navigate

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Alex Melillo

Alexandra Melillo

Alexandra Melillo is a Senior Associate at The Asia Group, where she supports the firm’s Japan portfolio. Alex provides clients with detailed research and analysis on market and regulatory trends in key industries in Japan, focusing on the Japanese pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, as well as manufacturing and the digital economy. Alex also supports clients

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Junko Nagahama

Junko Nagahama is a Senior Associate with The Asia Group’s Tokyo office. She draws on her strong professional background in international relations and her deep understanding of Japan’s political and economic landscape to help multinational and Japanese organizations develop strategies to navigate the changing domestic and global environment. Before joining TAG, Junko worked as an

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Hung Nguyen

Hung Nguyen

Hung Nguyen is the Vice President & Vietnam Country Managing Director at The Asia Group, where he supports clients active in the tourism, financial services, automobiles, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and energy sectors in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. In this capacity, he provides strategic insights into key drivers of political and economic policies, develops strategies for market

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Nirav Patel

Nirav Patel

Nirav S. Patel is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of The Asia Group. He is responsible for the firm’s corporate strategy and management of a diverse portfolio of industry-leading corporate clients. Nirav is an entrepreneur with significant experience at the intersection of business and policy. He has founded, invested in, and successfully exited from

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Basant Sanghera

Basant S. Sanghera

Basant S. Sanghera is a Principal at The Asia Group. Basant brings extensive experience spearheading diplomatic initiatives to strengthen the U.S.-India strategic and commercial partnership. Prior to joining TAG, Basant served at the Department of State for 12 years as a South Asia policy expert. Basant helped develop and coordinate the U.S. Government’s strategic engagement

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Tokuko Shironitta

Tokuko Shironitta

Tokuko Shironitta joined The Asia Group in September 2022 as the Japan Country Director to reinforce and expand TAG’s industry leading Japan practice. Leveraging her deep experience in government, think tanks and consulting, Tokuko will help global and Japanese corporates develop business strategies to seize opportunities and address market access challenges. Under her leadership, The

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