Expert Case Work

Perim Associates have participated as expert witnesses and factual experts on more than 50 cases involving North Africa, the Gulf and the Horn of Africa.   Our expertise has been applied to commercial disputes, matters of Islamic Law and Finance, determinations of state jurisdictions/ sovereignty, and security and terrorism.

East Africa Environmental Risk & Opportunity Summit (Djibouti)

Perim conceived and implemented the 2015 East Africa Environmental Risk & Opportunity Summit, held in Djibouti in partnership with Yale University Institute for Climate and Energy, and Djibouti’s Ministry of Higher Education. The event was attended by more than 30 regional ministers of environment, health and energy, and was cited as a “major step towards regional awareness of climate change”.   We proposed the event, sold it to institutional and private sponsors, put together the private sector invitee list,  and solicited and managed overall content, including web and print.  www.eastafricaecosummit.com

Gulf Foundation Business Case

Perim worked with a Gulf-based organization to craft a proposal and value proposition for a regional foundation, focused on cross-border trade and trade facilitation.  As part of this effort, we the basic value proposition and suggesting specific activities that would facilitate stakeholder buy-in.  The results were collected into a 60-page white paper.  We also recruited high-profile potential sponsors and directors, whose activation value far exceeded our fee.

$20m Medical Infrastructure Project

In 2011-12, Perim Associates (then “Avicenna”) devised a plan to augment emergency medicine capacity in post-Revolution Benghazi.  We initially made contact with Benghazi Medical Center, the largest tertiary care medical center in Libya’s East, and pitched the program to several major U.S. medical centers.  Ultimately we brought a team from Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham & Women’s Hospital (MGH) to Benghazi, and over the course of several months, under difficult conditions, facilitated a 20 m USD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between these institutions to provide long-term emergency medicine training, facilities upgrade and management support.  Former U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens saw the program as a critical piece of U.S. support for post-war Libya and was supported in its early stages by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.  The MOU was signed a day before the attack on the US Mission in Benghazi.  We subsequently have worked with the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) to provide emergency care training and telemedicine support to Libya.  We maintain a deep network of contacts in Libya, and Benghazi in particular.