Kevin Roland advises Teneo’s global executive clientele on strategic priorities, to include building and executing crisis response and communications, government relations, political and economic risk, and strategic threat mitigation efforts across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and North America.
Mr. Roland is currently based in Dublin, having previously established and led Teneo’s Middle East and Africa office in Dubai. His clients span energy, extractive, industrial, finance, transport, technology, communications, entertainment, hospitality and retail sectors.
Prior to joining Teneo, Mr. Roland served with distinction in the Foreign Service of the United States Department of State, most recently as the acting U.S. Consul General in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he led U.S. efforts in support of Northern Ireland’s political reconciliation and economic diversification. Mr. Roland’s previous front-line diplomatic roles traversed issues of political affairs, trade, investment, energy policy, and counter terrorism, serving postings at U.S. Embassies in Iraq, Egypt, South Africa, Jordan, and Washington, D.C. In Washington, Kevin served as served as Staff Assistant to Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs William J. Burns, traveling extensively to Middle East capitals and international fora and engaging with regional leaderships on the U.S.’ top policy and national security priorities.
Mr. Roland is an Arabic speaker and an alumnus of the Foreign Service Institute’s Advanced Arabic Language Field School in Tunis, Tunisia, and is the recipient of multiple State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Roland worked in finance and banking in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mr. Roland received a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.