Our team includes senior experts in public and private international law, business structuring and streamlining, education, surveying, cadastre development, land reform and corporate governance as well as public-private partnership development, public sector restructuring and local sustainable economic development with a pro-poor perspective.


We can provide clients with fresh approaches emphasizing results, not reports and papers that frequently replicate previous studies and recommendations. Simple stated - we are concise and keep our eye on the target and your goals.


We connect with leaders in IT to add significant value to our services and any consultant we field is multi-lingual and comfortable in a variety of social, political and economic environments, whether in private or donor funded projects.


Our business model emphasizes value for money and commits to a low overhead so that more time can be spent on work in the field. We partner with clients to optimize customer experience and reduce costs to produce tangible results.


The bottom line?


We want to help you implement sustainable programs, streamline processes and produce measurable results.


Key Team Members


Richard A. Shepard

Mr. Shepard has over 35 years’ experience as an attorney and executive with multi-national corporations including International Paper and Shimizu Development Corporation in New York and with USAID, MCC and World Bank development interventions. From 1994 he has provided advice and led teams in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia and Turkmenistan. Between 2003 and 2005 Mr. Shepard was Of Counsel to an international law firm in Ukraine and London specializing in providing services to investors in Ukraine. He has been retained by the World Bank in Kosovo and Russia and the governments of the FYR of Macedonia and Georgia, providing high level legal, governance and re-structuring advice. From 2006 until 2009 Mr. Shepard was also the Director of Legal Affairs for the Aga Khan Foundation’s University of Central Asia dealing with the central and local governments of the Republics of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic and most recently as the Legislative/Land Policy Advisor in Tajikistan. His experience extends to World Bank and MCC programs in Tanzania, Uganda, Lesotho and Ghana as well as with the private sector in Qatar. He holds a BA degree from Drew University, a JD from New York Law School, studied Russian at Leningrad Polytechnic Institute and Turkish at the Shafak Language Center in Dushanbe.


Mick Mullay, Management Advisor

Mick Mullay is Vice President – Eastern Europe and Central Asia for the Echo Group, a consulting firm specializing in business education and training, SME development, and Public Private Partnership development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He is a senior-level manager with over 20 years of international experience leading projects and providing short-term advisory and training assistance. He has consulted and trained multiple businesses and government leaders and worked closely with over 50 education institutions in establishing management and small business support programs. Mr. Mullay has played a key role in establishing NGOs and education associations and worked with national ministries and agencies tasked with improving legislation and policies and the delivery of public services. During these efforts, he has created strategy and guided stakeholder communication programs that helped establish partnerships between governments, education institutions and international businesses such as Microsoft, Chevron, Citibank, Kraft Foods, KPMG, and others. Mr. Mullay is experienced in managing multiple offices and cross-border projects while fulfilling reporting and procurement requirements of the World Bank, the Environmental Protection Agency, US Agency for International Development, the US State Department, and other donor agencies.


Brian Mau, Management and Local Development Advisor

 Brian Mau is a management generalist with more than twenty years’ experience in both the USA and Central Asia. Over the past eight years, Mr. Mau has worked for several of the largest international development organizations and companies. He currently manages a $150M stabilization program in Afghanistan with Creative Associates through USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives. He recently served as the Acting Head of the Economic and Environmental Department at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) office in Tajikistan. In 2011, he completed programs in Afghanistan to train and mentor instructors for the World Bank-funded National Institute of Management and Administration (NIMA) and managed a grant making team for a USAID-funded community outreach and capacity building project in twelve provinces. Prior to these assignments, Mr. Mau was a USAID Foreign Service Officer, serving on military bases in Afghanistan to coordinate aid and capacity building for the new government. Prior to his work in Afghanistan, Mr. Mau was a Visiting Lecturer in Political Science for the OSCE Academy and an Assistant Professor for the MBA Faculty at American University – Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Between 2005 and 2009, he was the Associate Director and Manager of Planning and Reporting for the Aga Khan Foundation, where Mr. Mau created and managed an implementation plan to launch new professional and vocational schools in five remote sites of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. He also managed university-wide recruitment, long-range planning, and reporting to donors, governments, the media, and top management. From 1999-2004, Mr. Mau was a project management consultant for several foundations, nonprofit organizations, and civic organizations in Northern California.


Sustainable Rural Development International Limited, UK

Vesselka Consulting Ltd., is a founding Member of Sustainable Rural Development International Limited (SRDI), a Private Company Limited by Guarantee registered in the UK under The Companies Act 2006. SRDI is an NGO, non-profit company and its major program is The Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program. Richard Shepard, Director of Vesselka Consulting is a Director of SRDI.

Directors, and also consultants for Vesselka, are as follows:




Latif Jina

Latif Jina is a global leader in international development with 14 years of demonstrated achievements working with international agencies, government and the private sector in strategy, management, financing and assessment. Mr. Jina possesses a vast background of skills and experience in institutional development, WATSAN, environment, and education. He holds an MA degree in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in Civil Engineering from McGill University.

He is currently the Managing Director of el.advisory, in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates specializing in institutional development, academics, financial modeling, and donor relations for the University of Central Asia (UCA), a program of the Aga Khan Foundation.


Dr. Paul Dezendorf

 Dr. Dezendorf’s background includes over 16 years of university teaching and staff work at the University of North Carolina, Western Carolina University and Winthrop College, among others. As a Fulbright scholar he was engaged in 19 grant-funded assignments in Russia, Armenia, Kyrgyz Republic, Grand Turks & Caicos Islands, and Slovenia. Dr. Dezendorf has published fifteen journal articles, eight book chapters/case study publications; four teaching material, and forty-eight national and international presentations.

In the private sector, he has over 10 years general management and divisional staff experience with major cable television companies and was responsible for starting up or turning around cable systems in markets including Boston, Hartford, St. Louis, New York State, and locations in North and South Carolina. In the public sector, among other positions, he was the Coordinator of State and Local Planning for the State of New Jersey Public Utilities Commission.

He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy and Master of Social Work with a concentration in Planning, Administration and Community Development from the University of South Carolina, an MBA from the Graduate School of Business Administration, Rutgers University and a BA from Drew University.