About Us

Who We Are

Navanti recruits people that have found a purpose in making a positive impact in the world.

We are linguists, on-the-ground researchers, and analysts dedicated to delivering real-time insight into the economic, political, and security trends shaping our world.

Why We Are Different

We make complex datasets accessible, using geospatial frameworks, perspectives from local contacts and expert analysis.

Our unique primary data, near real-time analytics, and technology-enabled cost effective solutions set us apart.

Where Clients Benefit

Through primary data analysis, we help teams in government, the private sector, and civil society shape actionable understanding of local dynamics.

Our suite of scalable solutions help clients operate, with cultural sensitivity, across Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Customers / Partners / Target Markets

Our People

Fred Payne

Fred joined Navanti in 2016. He is a PMI certified Project Management Professional, holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a Bachelors from The George Washington University.

His mantra is Purpose, Process, and People. He can be reached at info@navantigroup.com.

Mike Pedersen

Mike joined Navanti in 2014. He holds a Bachelors in Political Science from Florida Gulf Coast University and possess over 11 years of experience in the federal government contracting industry, corporate operations, staffing/recruiting, and cleared solutions. He is an expert in strategic workforce planning and development, talent acquisition, talent retention, resource management, human resources, and personnel security.

He can be reached at info@navantigroup.com.

Ryan Craig
Chief of Staff

Ryan joined Navanti in 2015. He holds a Bachelors in History and master’s degrees in History, Political Science, and International Studies with a focus on the Middle East. Ryan has over ten years of experience in research, analysis, and training with a background and passion for tribes in Syria and Iraq. During his time at Navanti, Ryan has worked on various teams and has developed companywide processes and standards. He can be reached at info@navantigroup.com.


Mohammed Al-Basha

Basha joined Navanti in 2015. A distinguished Alumni of the Near East South Asia Center, holds a Masters from the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. He is an internationally networked Middle East subject matter expert with over 15 years of experience in analytical writing, food security, project management, and communications.

He can be reached at info@navantigroup.com.

John Arterbury
Project manager, Africa and Europe

John is a security analyst with a professional focus on armed conflict in Yemen and Syria. His particular interests include armed group fragmentation, the nexus between crime and insurgency, and the evolution of unorthodox ideologies.

Passionate about the effects of forced migration, he formerly managed an employment program for refugees and asylum seekers in Texas. He also worked as a researcher and journalist in Southeast Asia, focusing on security and refugee issues in Myanmar and Thailand. John holds a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University, where he served as a Global Futures Initiative Fellow, and has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Houston.

He can be reached at info@navantigroup.com.


Christa Waegemann
Independent Author

Christa Waegemann, based in Berlin, works on a USAID funded project that focuses on strengthening and improving local governance and civil society in Syria. Previously, Christa was the Program Development and Portfolio Manager at a German NGO managing programs in Jordan, Palestine and Egypt. During 2016-2017, Christa was the Country Director for an Iraqi and subsequently a French NGO in Iraq during the war against ISIS, implementing emergency aid and development projects through-out the north Kurdish region and southern central region. She has a Master’s Degree from the Hertie School of Governance in Public Policy and wrote her thesis on Iranian proxy militias/political parties in Iraq.

She can be reached at info@navantigroup.com.

Join The Team

Navanti recruits multi-talented people, who possess a curiosity about the world and a desire to make a positive difference. We celebrate diversity and promote multi-disciplined approaches. At Navanti, recruits join high-performance teams, enjoy unique career developing opportunities, and work on solving some of the most challenging problems of our time.

Interested in applying for a position, but don’t see one that fits right now?

Send your resume for future consideration to careers@navantigroup.com


Do really interesting work
Help to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems from international development, public health, security, and risk management.

Have a voice
We eschew traditional hierarchies because they stunt potential. We believe everyone has unique value to add regardless of age or title. We celebrate great ideas that can help our clients meet their objectives, and so we have institutionalized the practice of idea-sharing and development at all levels.

We honor drive and excellence
Our meritocratic system provides great rewards to those who excel and drive the business.

Be creative
We encourage fresh thinking because that’s what drives innovation in our field.