Vision

ACT aims to be the most effective management consulting firm in the international development community. We provide superior expertise and support to all aspects of development projects. We believe in meaningful work that enhances people's lives and promotes lasting change in the development landscape. We pride ourselves on achieving sustainable results, offering high quality service, and maintaining a reputation for responsiveness and professionalism.

Values

Integrity

We ACT with the highest professional and ethical standards.

Innovation

We ACT in pursuit of innovation that creates value for our clients.

Teamwork

We ACT in collaboration with our clients to maximize results.

Founding Partners

Theresa Weber

Ms. Weber has over 30 years of international business, development, and project management experience. She is a private sector development expert who has developed, managed and assessed projects on small and medium business development, e-commerce, trade and investment, defense conversion, public administration and education in 20 countries. Ms. Weber's donor experience includes the US Agency for Intrnational Development, US Department of State, US Department of Defense and United Nations Development Program. An entrepreneur who has started businesses in the US, Middle East and Asia; she served for 8 years as Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has also served on Boards of companies and non-profit organizations. Ms. Weber holds an MA from the University of London, England, a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, USA and a Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University, USA. She has also studied at the University of Stirling, Scotland and Central School of Planning and Statistics, Poland. She speaks English and Russian.

Gina Volynsky

Ms. Volynsky has over 25 years of international management experience, working in both the private and public sectors. She has managed, evaluated and designed international projects in 15 countries for different organizations including Deloitte and Touche, the World Bank Group, US Agency for International Development and United Nations Development Program. Her fields of expertise include: trade and investment, competitiveness, SME development, private-public dialogue, and micro-credit. Ms. Volynsky is a proven leader who has grown programs by identifying the best people and achieving sustainable results in the most cost and time effective manner. Ms. Volynsky holds an MBA from the University of Colorado, USA, a BA from the University of Ottawa, Canada and a diploma in International Business and Marketing from St. Mary's University, Halifax, Canada. She speaks five languages: English, Russian, French, Hebrew and Italian.

Jody Thomas Uyanik

Ms. Uyanik has over 30 years of international development and management experience. She is a project manager, development specialist and trainer who has worked in 17 countries on: strategic planning, entrepreneurship training, micro-finance, monitoring and evaluation, municipal development, NGO development, and democracy and governance. Experienced in the design and delivery of programming, curriculum and training materials in various country and corporate contexts, Ms. Uyanik has a strong background in project design, management and evaluation. She also has experience in setting up and managing her own retail import business. Ms. Uyanik holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, USA, a BA from the University of Massachusetts, USA and has studied at the Universite de Friborg, Switzerland. A native English speaker, she is proficient in Russian and French, and has working knowledge of Turkish and Spanish.

Partners

Grace Grifferty

Ms. Grifferty has over 10 years of experience in public health, immunology-oncology laboratory research and finance in the US, Middle East and Africa. She has worked in the medical field at biotech companies, hospitals and academic institutions including Harvard Medical School, Dana Farber Cancer Center and Imperial College London Diabetes Center. Her finance experience includes working at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Ms. Grifferty has also designed and conducted research on a World Health Organization sponsored project in Kenya. Her hands-on laboratory research combined with her financial and project development skills give her a unique perspective as a global health expert. Ms. Grifferty has attended medical conferences in the US and Europe and her research has been presented at various conferences including the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference. She holds a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from Northeastern University, USA. She speaks English and French.

Stephen Lauzon

Mr. Lauzon has over 25 years of international business development experience. He has owned and managed small businesses in the import-export, hospitality, human resources, and real estate markets in Eastern Europe and North America. In Russia, he helped establish a highly successful business support center, which provides SMEs with technical assistance and training on a variety of business issues including trade, financing, management, and business plan development. Mr. Lauzon also joined the management of Russia's largest market research firm to develop its internal and B2B operations. In Canada, he helped lead a manufacturing firm in turning-around its operations and entering new international markets. Mr. Lauzon was also responsible for all domestic and international marketing activities of 10 industrial divisions of a large holding company. He is adept at passing on operational business skills, providing pragmatic international trade development expertise and general sales and marketing skills. He holds an MBA and speaks English.

Regina Weber

Ms. Weber has over 25 years of experience in consulting, direct practice, managed care, and program development in the behavioral healthcare field as a licensed clinical social worker. She has experience working with for-profit and not-for profit organizations and has managed multi-million dollar insurer plans in the US on both regional and national levels. Dedicated to improving performance, Ms. Weber developed a new integrated care database which was used as the national model for the largest privately owned managed care company in the US. She has also administered integrated care programs for both public and private entities, conducted trainings and worked in multi-cultural settings in the US and Asia. Ms. Weber holds an MS in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work, USA, a BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University, USA and a Master’s Certificate in Health Management and Policy from Benedictine University, USA. A native English speaker, she also has a diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Consultants

Team

ACT maintains the highest level of quality in its work by ensuring that its consultants are the best in the business. Our professional team is comprised of 30 international development experts. Hailing from three continents - North America, Europe and Asia - our team of consultants has the depth and range of experience to deliver sustainable results.

In order to maintain our high standards, consultants are added to our database by invitation only. We do not accept unsolicited resumes.

Name and Logo

Alexandria

  • The name Alexandria combines the best of the modern and ancient worlds. Our company was founded in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington DC, USA. Our logo is a modern version of the famous lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt, which was one of the seven wonders of the world. The three flames represent the three founding partners of Alexandria Consulting Team.

Alexandria is the feminine form of Alexander, meaning "defender of mankind."

Consulting

  • Our work spans many different practice areas and geographic locations. We are committed to providing superior consulting services.

"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people." --Eleanor Roosevelt

Team

  • Team work is an integral part of the management philosophy of ACT. We are not a "group" or "firm" but a "team" of true professionals.

"Upon the conduct of each, depends the fate of all." -- Alexander the Great