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Working For A Better World

Prama, LLC is a US-based company that works with international partners to help improve security sector governance in accordance with international law and democratic values; and seeks impactful, niche solutions to assist populations that have been affected by humanitarian emergencies.

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Who we are and what we do

Prama, LLC contributes to improvements in security sector governance in accordance with international law and democratic values, and develops niche humanitarian assistance and disaster response solutions. We possess decades of experience in Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and have close contact with experts who serve in the United States Government, the United Nations, the World Bank, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the Asian Development Bank. Prama, LLC seeks likeminded partners who are interested in the creation of sustainable solutions that assist governments and affected populations globally.

Ron Sargent

Ron Sargent

Owner, and Prama LLC Senior Advisor

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Ron Sargent retired from the U.S. Army in 2018 after more than three decades of active duty service. Over the last 18 years of his career, he served in several assignments focused primarily on the Southeast Asia region. The highlights of those years include postings as: Defense Cooperation Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Timor-Leste; Military Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies; Deputy Director of the NATO Training Mission’s Security Assistance Office in Kabul; Southeast Asia and Oceania Division Chief at the U.S. Pacific Command Joint Intelligence Operations Center; and the Army Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia. He was also an exchange officer with the Malaysian Armed Forces.

His professional efforts centered on infantry and logistics operations; assistance to a former guerrilla force as it transitioned to become a professional, conventional military; negotiations between a government and armed opposition entities; bilateral and multilateral training initiatives; counterterrorism operations involving U.S. and partner- nation special operations forces; intelligence operations; humanitarian assistance to affected populations; and extensive engagement with senior political leaders, the international diplomatic community, NGOs, and international/regional organizations. He has also designed and executed training on policy themes ranging from security cooperation, comprehensive crisis management, humanitarian assistance, and security responses to terrorism.

Ron speaks Malaysian and Indonesian and possesses a postgraduate diploma in Strategic and Defence Studies from the University of Malaya; a MA in International Affairs/Southeast Asian Studies from Ohio University; and a MS in National Security Strategy from the U.S. National Defense University. He is currently a doctoral candidate with Vanderbilt University.

Natacha Meden

Natacha Meden

Security Sector Governance Advisor

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Natacha has spent over twenty years working on and in countries emerging from conflict, supporting the implementation of peace agreements and the reform of security sector institutions. She supported early reconstruction efforts as a member of the World Bank Resident Mission in Timor-Leste during the post-consultation transition to full independence. While serving on the Secretariat of the World Bank administered Multi- country Demobilization and Reintegration Program (Africa – Great Lakes), she was involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programs. As a United Nations Security Sector Reform (SSR) Officer, she provided technical inputs to cease-fire negotiations (Burundi) and advised on governance aspects of security institutions reform and development (Burundi, Timor- Leste, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia). She also contributed to the policy dialogue on donor assistance to SSR in countries emerging from conflict.

Natacha’s current work draws on her previous experience and on the evolution of associated policies and practices to fuel the development of capacity in donor institutions engaged in SSR in fragile and transitional environments. She designed SSR practitioner-centered training material, facilitated courses and contributed to the development of governance related guidance for the International Security Sector Advisory Team of the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF-ISSAT). This led her to collaborate with the Advising Support Program of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and for two years, she was the Program’s lead instructor (08/2014-06/2016), designing and conducting executive level courses, contributing in particular to the pre-deployment training of the Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDA) of the US Department of Defense.

Natacha currently serves as the MoDA program’s Strategic Advisor Course lead instructor. She speaks French, English and Portuguese fluently, some Indonesian/ Malaysian, and holds graduate degrees from the University of Montpellier, France.

Maarten van Driel

Maarten van Driel

Director, Global Operations for Prama LLC

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With over twenty years of private sector and non-profit experience including in large organizations such as Philips Electronics and the United Nations, Maarten is passionate about finding practical solutions to complex problems. His direct involvement in humanitarian assistance, including in both Asia and the Middle East, provides him with vast experience in dealing with humanitarian crises and developmental challenges. 

Having served eight years in the private sector in The Netherlands, Maarten designed a new sales and distribution system for Philips. Afterwards, following Timor-Leste’s independence in 2002, Maarten became the Dili International Airport’s Director of Operations and oversaw general aviation services for both the UN and private carriers. From 2004 to 2006 Maarten worked with UNICEF in New York and managed global staff training and professional development programs. He returned to Timor-Leste in 2006 as part of the UN’s spearhead in response to the national crisis there and subsequently initiated the World Food Programme’s emergency operations, which included the establishment of the country’s first food processing factory. During the Syrian Refugee Crisis in 2011, Maarten worked in support of both the International Labour Organization and the UN Development Programme while based in Lebanon. During this time, he designed a unique refugee employment program for the Lebanese and Jordanian Governments in collaboration with the UN and acquired the necessary funding for operations to commence. His expertise in public-private partnerships was key to this outcome. In 2018 he returned to Europe and continues to use his expertise to assist people and populations in need.

Most recently Maarten has been integral in assisting Prama to develop a more refined global vision and to work with international partners who share in the ethos of “Working for a Better World.” His diverse operational and managerial experience, combined with his appreciation for working closely with local stakeholders, enables Prama to develop and expand its operations with a mind on helping those most in need.

Maarten is fluent in English, Dutch and German, and holds a Master’s in Business Administration.

Our Top Priorities

 

Security sector governance support

Nearly two decades of practical expertise in Africa and Asia.

Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of former combatants

First- hand operational experience under the authority of UN Security Council mandates and other international initiatives.

Training defense advisors

We design and execute training for both senior executives and practitioners.

Humanitarian assistance

Experienced in training first responders and policymakers, and in developing responsive solutions.

Water purification & filtration equipment

For both off-the-shelf and customized solutions, we’ve partnered with highly-skilled engineers who create customized solutions for both public and private requirement owners.

Additional Core Competencies

 

Diplomacy and Cross-Cultural Communications

Decades of comprehensive experience living and working in Europe, Africa, Asia and conflict zones as diplomats and in support of international organizations.

Defense Intelligence and Intelligence Analysis

Timely support to global defense enterprises.

Empowering Populations in Need

Experience working with civil society leaders who seek comprehensive, community-related solutions to security challenges.

Security Cooperation & Assistance

We can assist partners interested in entering
into relevant markets, particularly in Asia.

Special Operations

Experience in facilitating SOF activities between partnered nations.

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