Our Team

Emad Tinawi

Executive Director

Emad Tinawi is the Founder of Engage AI. He has extensive experience in social and economic development. For over 30 years, in various roles, including as a Senior Partner in the Government Consulting Practice of PWC in Dubai, the Director for Thought Leadership of PWC Middle East Public Sector Institute, and as Managing Partner for the Middle East and North Africa at the Monitor Group, he has worked with senior government leaders on economic growth and social fairness. He led projects for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and other governmental institutions. He was a senior advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the Middle East, and a member of the Advisory Panel for the World Bank on Middle East North Africa.

David A. Carle

Director of Data Innovation

David A. Carle is a technology leader with more than 25 years of financial and technical innovation creating growth and competitive advantage solutions for financial services companies (AIG, Goldman Sachs, Bridgewater, SunGard and Broadridge), hedge funds and start-ups through globalization, scalable technology and comprehensive planning. Mr. Carle creates enterprise technology, operations, compliance and risk management solutions for capital markets, derivatives, foreign exchange, precious and base metals and energy product domains. He is also an expert data strategist, turning structured and unstructured information into actionable results, driving risk management and monetization.

James W. Newton, Esq.

Director of Rule of Law

James W. Newton, Esq. is a specialist in economic development and rule of law. Mr. Newton has more than two decades of experience managing international development projects, practising law, and as a professor. 

Arthur S. Westneat III, Ph.D.

Senior Development Economist

Art Westneat is a Ph.D. political economist with a multi-decade career working on African economic issues. He has a substantial background in academic teaching, field research, economic analysis, and writing. His Ph.D. is a jointly conferred degree in public policy and political science; his M.S. is in agricultural economics; his B.A. is in economics. He has extensive training in statistics and econometrics and was an award-winning statistics instructor at Indiana University.

Ryan T. White, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor on Data Sciences

Ryan T. White, Ph.D. is a mathematician, researcher, and consultant with expertise in machine learning and probability theory along with private-sector experience in algorithm development and data science. Dr. White is an Assistant Professor of mathematics at Florida Institute of Technology, where he leads an active academic research program centered on stochastic analysis and related algorithms, heads private-sector contracts in machine learning, participates in numerous scientific and engineering research projects, is authoring two textbooks, and teaches machine learning, neural networks, probability, and statistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Nexus FrontierTech

Technology Partner

Nexus is an Artificial Intelligence research and software company. Founded in 2015, Nexus was created with the vision of democratizing AI to bridge the gap between developers and business professionals and raise awareness of the benefits of AI in solving everyday business problems. Nexus AI-powered platforms can accurately read, extract and validate all types of real-world data, helping businesses move quickly and efficiently through the data value chain so that they can serve their customers better. Nexus clients tend to be businesses which have voluminous and complex data processing needs, necessitating a great deal of manual operation. With over 100 researchers, practitioners and business leaders across London, Tokyo, Singapore and Hanoi, Nexus has partnered with global enterprises to co-create intelligent systems, establishing a proven track record to implement automation in real-world conditions without disruption.


Technology Partner

For more than a decade, Primus has helped clients to increase their potential and ultimately, their efficiency. By understanding business needs and the requirements of specific industries, Primus has successfully transformed the operations of leading entities, both private and public. Primus increases its clients’ competitiveness by transforming its clients’ operations through understanding their needs and the competitive requirements of the industries in which they operate and designing an ICT implementation and change management adoption path which takes into consideration clients’ evolving/developing ability to proactively utilize Primus design and implemented ICT solutions. Primus has the expertise and means to create a complete solution tailored for your organization. From groundwork consulting and planning, to integration and management of your technology solutions, we have the understanding and experience to respond to your unique challenges and opportunities.