• Organization TypeDevelopment Consulting
  • Staff26-50
  • Founded2002


Ishtirak was formed in 2002 by Drs. Ethan Chorin and David Gutelius, with the goal of addressing what they saw as a glaring need for highly-informed, tailored, holistic business development support in the region. Over the course of the past 10 years, they have expanded their reach to a number of countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Since its start, Ishtirak has worked for a variety of high-profile multinational companies in the consumer goods, pharmaceutical and transport sectors. About a third of their work is for government agencies and foundations. Their specialty is working across sector lines, to design and implement high-impact projects that are both profitable and sustainable. Business Development & Strategy: Ishtirak offers a range of market-entry and product development services, from market sizing and siting studies, to competitive analysis, to advice on branding, packaging and product placement. Market Research & Business Intelligence: We provide rapid assessments of the market for specific goods and services, perform reliable due diligence on competitors and identify prospective partners and investors. Translation and Local Media Monitoring: Ishtirak’s principals are all Arabic speakers, and speak a range of other regional languages between them. Through our partners, Ishtirak can produce large scale translations as needed. Technology Support: Many of Ishtirak’s engagements have a technolog or data collection component. We have designed interactive applications for a wide variety of clients. Corporate Social Responsibility: Ishtirak excels in creating reputation-enhancing community engagements tailored to local conditions and active concerns.
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Staff at Ishtirak have experience in


  • media affairs / public relations
  • tertiary education
  • telecommunications
  • market research
  • monitoring / evaluation


  • saudi arabia
  • egypt
  • qatar
  • iraq


  • managerial experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

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Company Offices

  • United States (headquarters)
  • 333 Ravenswood Ave. Menlo Park