Founder & CEO


Marshall Comins is the founder and CEO of Volksstratege.

Marshall has provided strategic consulting, communications and crisis management advice to high-profile political, government and corporate clients across Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa.

A new media expert, he has developed innovative digital tools for clients in a host of languages and locations across Europe and Africa, from news platforms to apps.

Marshall’s communications specialties include crisis and reputation management, media relations, government relations and digital communications campaigns. His clients have included state, business, media, technology, entertainment and sports figures. Marshall has arranged coverage of his clients in international media such as CNN, BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and USA Today, and in regional media, including Voice of America (Nigeria), Handelsblatt (Germany), AllAfrica.com (Pan-Africa), Forbes Russia, Vedomosti and Kommersant (Russia).

Marshall’s experience in the energy industry is significant and includes creating and executing a strategy campaign for Russia’s first large-scale waste-oil refinery project. He has also worked with Ukraine’s largest private natural gas company and assisted two Eurasian diversified energy giants in developing multiyear media strategies targeted at the domestic audience and international markets. He is also currently serving as a senior advisor for global affairs at Global Petroleum Group.

Always up for a challenge, Marshall frequently seeks out non-profile projects. One such initiative included managing the career transition of a UFC legend and former American mixed-martial-artist from the ring to politics in Russia. The project ran for 1.5 years and proved enormously successful in that country, regionally and across the world. The client became an integral part of Russia’s media and political scene and more visible than perhaps any other foreigner in domestic politics since the country’s independence in 1991, leading processions with prominent figures on Red Square and rising to the status of a national superstar. The campaign was covered in-depth by national, regional and top-tier international media.

A core part of Marshall’s appeal as a media strategist is that he has knowledge of and experience in policy and communications in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as traditional Western markets. Western clients seek his thoughts about strategies in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, while regional clients ask for his guidance at home and abroad. While working with one such client, a shipping magnate and former governor, Marshall supported an editorial team to launch Nigeria’s first and most popular broadsheet, and also forged for that publication a partnership with one of the world’s most respected newspapers.

Marshall has spent over 15 years in Eastern Europe. In 2014, he was chosen for the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI) Next Generation Leaders Network at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., which unites future leaders in the transatlantic space. He also served as a senior advisor to the Ambassador of Zimbabwe in Russia, and was appointed the deputy chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Russian Softball Federation. He is the executive director of global communications at the Romanian Baseball Federation.

Marshall helped found the political consulting firm Washington East West Political Strategies in the U.S. capital. He is the executive vice president of global affairs at Stone Strategic Solutions, an international defense technologies company, and the founder and CEO of H5 Strategies, a global crisis management and public affairs firm based in Romania. He has a master’s degree in international relations (with a concentration in strategic studies) and international economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

MA, International Relations (Strategic Studies) and International Economics

Key Appointments, Affiliations and Activities (Past and Present)

Senior Advisor for Global Affairs, Global Petroleum Group (Grenada)

Senior Advisor, Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the Russian Federation

Senior Advisor for International Affairs, H.E. Orji Uzor Kalu, Former Governor and Presidential Candidate, Forbes-Listed Entrepreneur, Founder of SLOK Nigeria Ltd.

Executive Vice President of Global Affairs, Stone Strategic Solutions

Founder and CEO, H5 Strategies

Member, Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI) Next Generation Leaders Network, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Washington East West Political Strategies

Executive Director of Global Communications, Romanian Baseball Federation

Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Russian Softball Federation

Connect with Marshall on LinkedIn.


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With over a decade of experience creating impactful narratives about Africa, Mfonobong Nsehe is one of the most recognized communications professionals on the continent.

He began his media career covering African news for Ananova, a Web-oriented news and information service owned by the mobile telecommunications operator, Orange SA. He later worked as a journalist for Business Daily, Kenya’s leading business newspaper.

Mfonobong was also the pioneer managing editor of Ventures Africa and built it into one of the continent’s most influential business news companies before leaving to focus on the private sector.

A Forbes Magazine contributor covering African wealth and entrepreneurship, Mfonobong conceptualized and initiated the Forbes annual ranking of Africa’s richest people. Over the years, he has traveled to more than 25 African countries interviewing over 250 African billionaires and ultra-high net-worth individuals (UHNWIs). In the process, he has built extensive relationships with leading captains of industry and government functionaries throughout the continent.

Mfonobong also works as an African wealth intelligence consultant and travels extensively across Africa advising a clientele of private banks, hedge funds and family offices, providing unparalleled insight into the UHNWI community. He has worked with some of the world’s foremost risk management companies on due diligence and corporate investigations assignments in South Africa, Madagascar, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique and Morocco.

A Nigerian national, Mfonobong has a bachelor’s degree in communications with honors from Daystar University in Kenya. He divides his time between Nairobi, Abuja and Antananarivo.


Daystar University

B.A. Honors, Communications

Key Appointments, Affiliations and Activities (Past and Present)

Contributor, Initiator and Driving Force of Africa’s Wealthiest List, Forbes Magazine 

CEO, Hodderway Group

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Emmanuel Onwe is a lawyer, activist, newspaper columnist, and former member of the Nigerian Senate. He most recently served as the Commissioner for Information in Nigeria’s Ebonyi State. 

Onwe was born in Ebonyi State. He received his early education at Our Lady of Fatima (later renamed the Community Primary School) in Ikwo and the Presbyterian Secondary School, Abakaliki in Anambra State.

Onwe studied law on a scholarship at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he earned his bachelor’s degree. After his graduation, he entered University College London, where he embarked on postgraduate studies in law.

Onwe trained as a barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law in London. He was admitted to the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 1999 and called to the English Bar. While at the Inns of Court School of Law, Onwe received the Sir Thomas More Award. He later undertook his pupillage at Two Garden Court Chambers, Middle Temple, London.

Onwe has worked for the non-governmental organisations, Y-Care International, Friends of the Earth and Amnesty International. At Y-Care International, he worked chiefly on mobilising and delivering relief materials for the victims of the Rwanda Genocide in 1995.

At Amnesty International, he worked in the campaigns department and took a special interest in the organisation’s campaigns on issues such as the death penalty and in the 1991–1992 campaign against the Maoist guerrilla insurgent organisation Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) in Peru.

During this period, Onwe attended the historic World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, Austria in June 1993. The conference gave rise to the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action on Human Rights. As a prelude to the conference, Onwe wrote an essay published in the New Internationalist in June 1993, which extolled the principle of universality and indivisibility over the concept of the cultural relativity and peculiarity of human rights.

Onwe was a founding member of the Civil Liberties Organization’s UK Section alongside Dr. Amazu Anthony Asouzu. After joining the British Labour Party in 1992, he worked on the election campaigns of MPs Bernie Grant and Paul Boateng between 1992 and 2005. Both Grant and Baoteng were long-serving members in the British Parliament.

Onwe has a PhD in law from University College London. 


London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

BA, Political Science

University College London

PhD, Law

Key Appointments, Affiliations and Activities (Past and Present)

Senator, Ebonyi Central, Ebonyi State

Information Commissioner, Ebonyi State 

Barrister, Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Recipient, Sir Thomas More Award

Founding Member, UK Section, Civil Liberties Organization

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