Washington, DC - Nov. 15, 2018 - Souktel Inc., a leading provider of custom digital solutions solutions for emerging markets, announced today the launch of a new strategic partnership with the Georgetown Strategy Group, a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm that works with the private sector, communities, and governments to promote trade & investment in the Middle East and Africa.
Through this partnership, the firms will work jointly to expand into new markets across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia--building on Souktel’s decade-long track record of digital solution delivery, to add new private sector business lines in 2019.
With the launch of the new partnership, Georgetown Strategy Group’s Managing Director Dave Harden assumes the role of CEO for Souktel Inc. and will lead both companies. Souktel’s founding CEO Jacob Korenblum concludes his 10-year tenure as Chief Executive, and moves to a Senior Advisor and Board Director role.
Harden previously served as a Minister Counselor in the US Senior Foreign Service, most recently in the role of Assistant Administrator for the USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance—leading a bureau focused on global crisis response and political transition with an annual budget of $4.8 billion and close to 1,200 staff. Prior to his Presidential nomination and Senate confirmation, Harden served 17 years overseas in the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia. He was the USAID Mission Director to the West Bank and Gaza and also spent nearly two years as the Deputy Mission Director at the USAID Mission to Iraq. Additionally, Harden served for three years as Senior Advisor to President Obama’s Special Envoy for Middle East Peace. In September 2011, Harden helped reopen the U.S. embassy in Tripoli and established the first USAID presence in Libya.
“It’s an exciting time in Souktel’s history, as the company is poised for accelerated growth,” said Harden. “Its model, reach, and technical capabilities will help prepare emerging markets for the challenges of the mid-21st century, while improving the lives for the world’s most vulnerable. As we look ahead to 2019, we will expand Souktel’s global reach, build out our data analytics business lines further, and grow our engagement with the commercial sector--while deepening our partnerships with our aid and development clients.”
Korenblum added: “I’m honored to welcome Dave Harden as Souktel’s new CEO. After 10 years building the company’s aid sector practice internationally, I look forward to moving into a North America-based role, and working closely with Dave to drive the next phase of Souktel’s growth.”