Agathon is an agile firm, with a small core staff. We operate by building teams of experts on a project-by-project basis, drawing from our extensive roster of local and international consultants. We are able to look worldwide, leveraging our network to provide expertise in a great many fields. We are also able to look deep into our chosen geographies, seeking out on-the-ground insights through local knowledge.
Agathon aspires not only to provide world class products, but also to innovate, develop, and question the status quo. We want to be leaders as well as doers. Sound appreciation of risk, tenacious grasp of opportunity and pro-developmental policy from governments and companies are constantly-evolving disciplines. We aim to keep ahead of the game.
Seeking the ‘common good’, both for international organisations and for developing-world stakeholders, underpins Agathon’s operations. Indeed, the company’s name is derived from the ancient Greek κοινὸν ἀγαθόν, used by Plato to discuss this concept in his works. Achieving the common good can often be difficult, but we are committed to the journey towards it nonetheless.
Graham is a professional writer and researcher, with extensive experience working on private sector issues in emerging economies. He has gained this experience with commercial investors and international consultancy firms, with NGOs and donor bodies, and as an independent writer and researcher in Europe, Africa and Asia. Previously, he served as a communications officer in the British Army.
Most of Agathon’s work is commercial in confidence, but Graham has written a few pieces independently that are publicly available. For example, a long report on the United States’ economic strategy for Central Asia.
In recent years, Graham has completed research projects covering Afghanistan, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Honduras, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tanzania and Uzbekistan, both as an individual consultant and as a team leader and manager. These projects have included risk analysis and market intelligence, policy analysis for international organisations and private companies, and research and advisory services on the environmental, social and governance landscapes surrounding global commerce.
His first book has also been published – a memoir of military service in Afghanistan.
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Paris is a highly experienced project manager, focused on commercial and social initiatives in the developing world. She leads strategic and operational decision-making at Agathon, identifying and exploiting opportunities, assessing and managing risk, conducting contingency planning and ensuring the financial health of our operations. Paris is responsible for all field project logistics including project programme design and scheduling, venue sourcing, budget management, contract negotiation, subcontractor management, transportation and accommodation. She has guided Agathon International from an Ethiopia-based startup to a respected niche brand, serving an international client base in three distinct global areas of operations.
Previously, Paris managed one of the largest homeless projects in southern England, conceived and led an initiative delivering winter clothes to children in Afghanistan and served as the Financial Officer of the UK charity the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death. She has worked extensively cross-culturally and with disadvantaged social groups in the UK and internationally.
In recent years, Paris has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Hungary and Kyrgyzstan.