Our Team


Zalmay Khalilzad, President

From 2007 to 2009, Amb. Khalilzad served as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Prior to that, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq (2005-2007) and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2003 to 2005). He also served as U.S. Special Presidential Envoy to ...

 Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad Amb. Khalilzad sits on the boards of the National Endowment for Democracy, America Abroad Media, the RAND Corporation’s Middle East Studies Center, the Atlantic Council, the American University of Kurdistan, and the American University of Afghanistan. He is also a counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He maintains close ties with high-level leadership throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, and is regularly called upon to provide strategic advice to numerous heads of state. He appears frequently on US and foreign media outlets to share his foreign policy expertise.

Amb. Khalilzad earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the American University of Beirut, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Adam Tiffen, Senior Director

Mr. Tiffen focuses on the company's consulting and advisory activities. Since 2010 he has worked in emerging and frontier markets and counseled international businesses and non-profit organizations on strategic opportunities, market entry, and risk mitigation in the Middle East and Africa. ....

Omar Al-Nidawi, Director for Iraq

Mr. Al-Nidawi works on the company’s consulting engagements with a focus on Iraq, energy, and the Middle East. He is a highly regarded Iraq analyst and...

Jordan Gann, Executive Assistant

Mr. Gann assists with Gryphon Partners’ day to day operations while also overseeing office administration.

Adi Paliti, Accounting Manager

Mr. Paliti joined the Gryphon team starting June 2016.

Senior Advisors

Maj. Gen. David L. Grange

Major General (Ret.) David L. Grange served 30 years in the U.S. Army leading from platoon through division level....