Core team

Kim AndreassonKim Andreasson

Kim Andreasson is a Managing Director of DAKA advisory. He has more than 10 years of consulting experience and takes the editorial lead in managing projects, writing reports and giving presentations.

Having published from 1993 onwards, Kim serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Information Technology and Politics and is an elected member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Pacific Council of International Policy and is a John C. Whitehead Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association. Kim is a recipient of the Wallenberg Foundation Award and the Sweden-America Foundation Fellowship. He received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude with Honors, from New York University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

Prior to co-founding DAKA advisory, Kim was an Associate Director, on an interim basis, at The Economist Group and a Senior Editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit’s New York office where he co-edited the annual report on the Digital Economy Rankings.

Diane AlarconDiane Alarcon

Diane Alarcon is a Managing Director of DAKA advisory. She brings more than 10 years of experience in finance and banking and leads the company’s efforts in on-the-ground research, data analysis and presentations.

With professional experience across five continents, Diane understands how to ask probing questions and work across different languages and cultures. Prior to co-founding DAKA, Diane worked for Apollo Global Management in its finance and investor relations departments. At Apollo, Diane developed metrics for evaluating and understanding the performance of different business units and created new financial disclosures to improve transparency for investors in Apollo. Previously Diane was an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, where she specialized in structured credit and securitization of new assets in emerging markets. Her work included many “first-of-their-kind” deals, which required educating rating agencies and investors alike.

Diane received her undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford University. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she specialized in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Diane is a recipient of the Robert Toigo Foundation MBA Fellowship in recognition of leadership in finance industry.