Pascale C. Siegel is a Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group based in Washington, DC. She brings 20 years of experience in international affairs analysis specializing in socio-political and cross-cultural communications issues. Ms. Siegel joins the Geopolitical Advisory Practice where she helps firms untangle international challenges to evaluate threats, risks, and identify new opportunities.
Ms. Siegel’s professional experience includes:
- Lead a DHS public-private partnership program designed to find ways to foster cross-pollination between the public and private sector in support of counter-terrorism communications efforts.
- Participated in, developed, and led strategic simulations to help clients weigh options and chart the optimal course of action in response to complex security challenges. Topics have included: terrorism and transnational criminal networks, regional stability, Brexit, Libya, Syria, extremist ideologies, the Pope, and the resurgence of nationalisms.
- Led the qualitative analysis of political, security, economic, social, and communications issues in Afghanistan and Iraq to enhance clients’ situational awareness. In support of this effort, she designed research instruments and analyzed the results of individual and focus groups interviews.
- Developed a field and web-based monitoring system of Iraqi Sunni insurgent propaganda and provided analysis of the material collected to deepen client’s understanding of the threats.
- Co-authored two strategic communications campaign concepts designed to counter hostile propaganda in the Middle East and in Afghanistan. One called “Divide and Prosper” sought to turn the target audience into stakeholders and increase buy-in for counter-terrorism efforts throughout the Middle East. The other project “Countering the Taliban Narrative” sought to undermine popular support and tolerance and promote the work of the Afghan National Government.
- Drew NATO information activities and civil-military relations for the Bosnia lessons learned program. She identified lessons and provided recommendations to improve effectiveness that resulted in changes to NATO and U.S. military doctrines.
Ms. Siegel is ABD in political science from the University of Social Sciences in Toulouse, France. She also holds a MA in security studies from the same university. Her undergraduate studies focused on political science, history, and journalism (France).