Corporate HQ Office (Arlington, VA, USA)
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Wood is an international expert in risk management and founded Pax Mondial with the vision of offering new and more practical approaches to support post-conflict and emerging market reconstruction and development. Paul brings a wealth of experience to clients, having operated more than five years as a Director within the international risk management sector, with particular focus on the Middle East.
Paul was Director and Country Manager for Kroll Security International in Iraq for three years before becoming Managing Director of International Operations. Prior to joining Kroll, Paul was Chief of Staff of a strategic communications and media development team with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Iraq.
Paul began his career as an officer in the British Army serving in The Parachute Regiment before working for five years as a stockbroker with Collins Stewart. Paul is a Fellow of the Securities Institute and holds an Honors Degree in International Politics from Newcastle University.
Director, Business Development
Business Management Analyst
As Manager of Business Development for the Pax Mondial Group, Naveed Bandali manages all aspects of the business development process, which includes capture management, proposal/bid management, opportunity/contract tracking, and client relationship management. He previously served as Senior Analyst of Pax Mondial’s Information Operations Division, supporting the management and development of the Division’s information & analysis, training, risk & threat consultancy, and embedded analyst services. He started his career with Pax Mondial in the London office, where he provided risk reporting and threat analysis services for clients operating in Central & South Asia, Africa, and parts of the Middle East.
From 2009-2012, Naveed served as Contributing Editor of the Journal of International Peace Operations (JIPO). Prior to joining the Pax Mondial team, he worked as Development Associate and Special Assistant to the President at the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA), a non-profit trade association based in Washington, DC. And Naveed previously worked as Editorial & Research Assistant in the DC headquarters of Devex (The Development Executive Group), the largest provider of business intelligence and recruitment services to the international development community.
Naveed holds a Master of Arts in International Studies & Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (with a Philosophy minor) from the University of Alberta, where he earned a Certificate in Peace and Post-Conflict Studies and a Certificate in Globalization and Governance. Naveed is fluent in French.
Senior Analyst, Information Operations
Joe Raimondi is Senior Analyst, Information Operations, overseeing and managing the company’s informational products. His responsibilities extend through all aspects of these products’ creation – from initial intelligence collection to database management, writing, editing, design and subsequent distribution. Joe works from both the corporate headquarters in the DC area and the Kabul, Afghanistan office.
Before coming to Pax Mondial, Joe served for six months as an Editorial Intern with Riskline ApS, a global consulting firm in the travel security sector. Between 2006–2009, he served in multiple capacities in the financial services sector, with Wells Fargo and the Bank of New York Mellon. Joe received a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics in 2012, where he focused on qualitative-quantitative approaches to insurgencies and civil wars. He completed his undergraduate degree in International Relations at the University of Richmond and also studied at Charles University/CERGE-EI in Prague, Czech Republic.
Richard A. “Doc” Clinchy
VP & Managing Director, Pax Mondial Medical Services
Richard A. “Doc” Clinchy has over 55 years prehospital emergency care experience. Starting as a firefighter in New York State, his emergency medical services (EMS) career has taken him to many parts of the world and he has shared EMS education and experiences with providers on every continentof the world other than Antarctica. He has worked as an EMT, paramedic, firefighter, flight medic, hyperbaric technologist, and public safety officer,as well as both a part-time and full-time EMS educator. He is the Vice President & Managing Director of Pax Mondial Medical Services as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Emergency Medical Resources, LLC. Richard is still active in the world of prehospital care as Paramedic, Training Officer and Planning Team Leader with FL1 DMAT and the Region 1 State Medical Response Team. He was part of the medical response to Ground Zero following9/11. Clinchy is a board member of the National EMS Museum Foundation, co-chair of The Emerald Coast Healthcare Coalition, and vice president ofFlorida One DMAT, Inc. He is a US Navy veteran, Fellow of the Explorers Club, Life Member of the Navy League, Instructor Emeritus of the NationalAssociation of Underwater Instructors, member of the National Association of EMS Physicians, member of the Wilderness Medical Society, member ofthe Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, life member and former board member of the Special Operations Medical Association, life member ofThe Camp Fire Club of America, a Colonel in the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and is a Knight Chevalier of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (Knights Templar), as well as a Knight Chevalier of the Order of St. George.
Afghanistan HQ Office (Kabul, Afghanistan)
Country Operations Manager
Kenya HQ Office (Karen, Nairobi, Kenya)
Director, East Africa Operations
Steve Foster has extensive operational and management experience following a successful career in maritime and land security in the military and with commercial organizations in Africa, the Middle East, and the UK. From 1983 to 2007, Steve served in the Royal Navy (RN) where his naval career included a variety of Operational and Training management roles, two shore commands and a number of staff appointments. In October 2001, he deployed to Dubai as part of the RN’s reassurance mission to the maritime industry following the 9/11 terror attacks to set up the UKMTO Dubai operation which he subsequently commanded until leaving the RN in 2007. From 2008 to 2013 he held a series of senior positions with KK Security in Africa (Southern Sudan, Uganda, and Kenya) where he was responsible for business development and growth across a large commercial, government, and NGO client base including the US Embassy, British High Commission, World Food Program, and other UN Agencies. In 2013, he joined Securewest International, a UK-based maritime security company, where he set up their Risk Management and Land Security Division in addition to providing support for Maritime Security. Steve has an MSc in Security & Risk Management from Leicester University and is a qualified marine surveyor with a Diploma in Marine Surveying from Lloyds Maritime Academy.
Managing Director, Mondial K9 Services
Following a service career with British Commando and Airborne forces, Nick has subsequently accumulated 19 years of continuous mine action and ERW risk management experience spanning the NGO, UN, and commercial sectors. While maintaining an Africa-focus, he has accumulated a working knowledge of some 15 post-conflict countries and regions including Afghanistan, Angola, Mozambique, Somalia, Lebanon, and the Caucasus. This extensive experience ranges across field based technical appointments, project management, regional representative, independent consultant, and latterly company director-level responsibilities that have resulted in a wide-ranging and balanced understanding of mine action and related risk management matters. Latterly, Nick’s focus has been upon the design and implementation of tailored, avoidance-based ERW risk management solutions for major resource development companies. He graduated from Exeter University with an Honours Degree in Geography, and has lived in Africa since 1995. He has been based in Kenya with his family for the past decade.
Director, Construction & Facilities Management Services
South Africa Office (Pretoria, South Africa)
Operations Director, Mondial K9 Services
Advisory Board Members
Bio coming soon
Shane Le Prevost
Shane Le Prevost is the founder and CEO of the Investment Bank Liberum Capital and was formerly the CEO of Collins Stewart (CI) Limited. Mr. Le Prevost brings a vast array of commercial experience to Pax Mondial and a global network of contacts and resources.
A former British Army officer, James Cole has spent more than 20 years in the real estate business, originally for the international groups, Jones Lang LaSalle and Cushman & Wakefield and latterly as an investor and developer with the Akeler Group, where he rose to be CEO. In 1996, he sold the Akeler business to Macquarie Goodman, an Australian investor and developer, and since then has advised and invested in various established and fledgling businesses. He has lived in Hong Kong, San Francisco, Lisbon, Paris and currently resides in London. His entrepreneurial ventures continue to take him around the world and his depth of knowledge of international business greatly aides the management team.
James Stephenson is a retired senior Foreign Service Officer with 28 years of experience in rebuilding states at war or states recovering from war or conflict. Mr. Stephenson was USAID Mission Director in Lebanon and in Serbia and Montenegro prior to assuming the high-profile Mission Director role for USAID in Iraq. He has also served in Egypt, Grenada and El Salvador. A decorated Vietnam War Veteran, Mr. Stephenson is a recognized expert on post-conflict transition, civilian-military cooperation and counter-insurgency. In addition to his role with Pax Mondial he is currently a senior adviser for a US development firm.
Ambassador Michael Ussery
Ambassador Michael Ussery has led major investments, humanitarian initiatives, and political projects in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, East Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa since 1992. He has served as an advisor to eight countries and to more than 70 major corporations and non-profit organizations, working in 35 countries. He is also a founder of eight companies and four non-profit organizations.
Amb. Ussery served at the US Department of State from 1981 to 1992, and was appointed US Ambassador to Morocco in 1988. During the Gulf War, Amb. Ussery directed the emergency evacuation of 600 Americans and led Embassy Rabat through the intense challenges posed by the war. Other US Department of State positions he has held include Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs; Chairman of the 12-agency Libya Task Force during the U.S.-Libya confrontation; White House Liaison; and Director for Congress and the Media in the International Organizations Bureau.
In the field of education, Amb. Ussery was President of the Coordinating Council for International Universities from 2003-2006, planning the American University of Afghanistan. Today, he serves as the Chairman and President of the Council for American Universities Abroad.
Amb. Ussery began his career as a professional campaign consultant and in 1979 became Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Carroll Campbell. He graduated with a BA degree from Newberry College.
Phil Raveling retired in 2014 after 25 years in the US Intelligence Community. He served multiple overseas assignments in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia, as well as in domestic assignments in the US. From 2009-2011, he led the Intelligence Community’s inter-agency Financial Intelligence Organization that was the center of excellence in the US Government for financial and counter-threat finance intelligence operations. He has broad experience in all phases of intelligence leadership, operations, collection, and reporting with special concentration on key transnational issues such as counterterrorism, war zones, counter-threat finance, counterintelligence, and European and Middle East regional issues. Phil holds a Master’s degree from American University and an Undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University. He speaks fluent French, Italian, and Turkish.