Andrew Mackay CBE
Andrew Mackay has been involved in the stabilisation of fragile and conflict afflicted states throughout his career. His expertise includes; security sector reform, governance, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and the role of influence in complex environments.
Before co-founding Complexas, Andrew was a British Army officer. He left the armed forces as Commander of the 2nd Division. Andrew served on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan.
He was awarded a CBE for his time as Commander of the British and Coalition forces in Helmand in 2008. He is the author of a number of books and papers which address the challenge of understanding politics and communities in complex environments. His work aims to provide methods for successful project implementation through the use of influence and digitisation
For the last four years he has mentored UK and international students at the Blavatnik School of Governance. He is the Co-author of the book: Behavioural Conflict - Why Understanding People and Their Motivations Will Prove Decisive in Future Conflict.
David Wombell is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Complexas. Among other things, he is responsible for business development and delivery. He has travelled extensively in sub-Saharan Africa over the last five years developing a wide network of business, government and institutional contacts. He has been especially active in West Africa over the past year, completing projects in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
Before co-founding Complexas, David held a senior Business Development position at Baobab Investments developing PPPs in East Africa. In particular, David focused on a large integrated rail, port and agriculture project in Mozambique.
In addition to infrastructure, he has experience in the extractive, power and real estate sectors. He holds an MA in International Defence Studies from King's College London and an MBA from the Open University.