Nusbacher Associates


Our diverse network of associates includes people from many different backgrounds and disciplines. Their common element: brilliance.

David Key MSc

David facilitates corporate clients working through uncertainty and specialises in strategic resilience.

He has 30 years of leadership experience in corporate, consultancy and military contexts; with 20 years of deep subject matter experience in crisis management, business resilience and risk management. He has lived and worked in over 20 countries, often in dynamic risk environments, across a range of industries including extractives, finance, manufacturing,energy and transport.

He has recently been engaged by clients managing supply chain risk in the context of BREXIT and pandemic threats. Previously he has facilitated the corporate response to political instability, cyber-attack, kidnap, environmental incident and reputation attack by pressure groups. He is comfortable working with executives under pressure.

Before joining Nusbacher & Associates Ltd, David led on resilience at BG Group PLC and headed the crisis management practice at Control Risks Ltd. He holds a master’s in corporate risk, is a professionally trained facilitator and executive coach and previously served as an army officer.

Emilia Skirmuntt BSc MSc

Emilia is a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford where she works on the genome and virus evolution, including the co-evolution of viruses and their hosts.  She is also interested in zoonotic viral diseases, their epidemiology and immunology standing behind their success or failure during infection, particularly in bats, who are known to be one of the major sources of viral infections spread amongst humans and other animals.  Before starting her doctoral work, she practised privately as a bio-analyst in London.

Emilia holds two Master’s degrees:  one in Biomedical sciences (University of Westminster) where she worked on tropical viral diseases, and second in Forensic Medical Sciences (Bart’s and the London School of Medicne and Dentistry) where she worked on a project in toxicology.  She completed BSc in Animal Breeding and Genetics in 2005 at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.  

Dana Cushing USMC (Retd.)

Dana Cushing is a U.S. Marine who served in Iraq and the Horn of Africa before her retirement for combat-related injuries in 2006. She holds degrees in Intelligence Operations Studies and Mediæval Studies. Her second book, A German Third Crusader’s Chronicle of his Voyage and the Almohad Siege of Silves, 1189 AD / Muwahid Xelb, 585 AH: De Itinere Navali, was released in October 2013. Cushing is known internationally for her innovative blending of military and academic proficiencies to effect problem-solving research.

Jennifer McGowan MA PhD

Jennifer took her AB cum laude from Princeton University, and her MA and PhD from the University of Wales. She has taught many subjects, ranging from Comparative Literature to Heritage Studies, to both undergraduates and postgraduates at various universities in the UK, including the University of Warwick. Scholar, linguist, and erstwhile marine scientist, she is also a published author, poet, journalist, and singer/songwriter, and enjoys putting one word in front of another.

Jack Nusbacher BA MD

Jack Nusbacher has been National Director of the Canadian Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service; and has directed large metropolitan blood banks in Rochester (New York), Pittsburgh and Toronto; and has been chief of blood services at major regional hospitals.  He has been Medical Director at Kamada Ltd, an Israeli plasma fractionation company, and Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs for GammaCan, an Israeli-American immunotherapy startup.  He is an expert in American and European pharmaceutical and biologics regulation with experience working with the FDA and EMEA.  He is an accomplished author and grant writer, and was a member of the editorial board of the journal Transfusion for 20 years.  He is currently nurturing medical technology startups in Israel.  He has been Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester, the University of Pittsburgh and Tel-Aviv University.


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