PRINCIPALS OF SEASPIRE ADVISORS
Jafer Hasnain // Gene Krinn // Mark Nichols
Mr. Mark Nichols has an extensive background in European affairs, energy, infrastructure, commodities, emerging markets and national security. During the Clinton Administration, Mr. Nichols was Senior Advisor at the State Department in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Europe. Nowadays, he is President of Seven Summits, LLC, a strategic advisory firm in Washington DC. He also serves as a Principal at SeaSpire Advisors, a merchant banking firm located in Chicago.
During the Clinton Administration, Mr. Nichols was Senior Advisor at the State Department in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Europe. He worked on the NATO 50th Anniversary Summit, the Sarajevo Summit and the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe, a multi-billion dollar program with the EU to rebuild the infrastructure of the region after the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. During President Clinton’s first term, Mr. Nichols managed humanitarian assistance programs in the Caucuses and Central Asia at USAID in the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia’s Office of Emergency and Humanitarian Assistance.
During his tenure at Wesley K. Clark & Associates, Mr. Nichols represented clients in the energy and defense sectors, including an electric vehicle manufacturer, an interoperability defense communications firm, a biometrics firm and a cyber security company. He also set up and ran the firm’s commodities division in the energy and food sectors and created a partnership with a New York-based investment banking firm focused on Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Wesley K. Clark & Associates, Mr. Nichols was Vice President and Treasurer of General Clark’s 2004 presidential campaign.
Mr. Nichols holds a Masters’ degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in European History from Bard College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Stimson Center in Washington DC, a prominent national security think tank. Previously, he served on a number of non-profit boards, including as Trustee of Lyon College, the Arkansas Zoological Foundation and City Year Little Rock.