Ask our Experts is about connecting clients directly with our trusted sources to answer questions about the countries in which they operate in a straightforward, interactive, and personal way.

In providing this service, we draw on more than three decades of consultancy experience.

All of our experts have experienced the dynamics and cultures of the states they cover, often by living and travelling there in difficult circumstances.

As well as being fluent speakers of numerous local languages, they have been chosen due to their high standards of written and spoken English.

Menas’ Ask our Experts service offers clients confidential telephone calls with experienced country experts, allowing them to put their questions directly to our consultant for discussion.

Ask our Experts was developed to meet the needs of clients who require a more thorough insight than is publicly available, but who do not yet require the level of detail provided by our traditional consultancy projects.

It is geared towards those for whom speed, flexibility, and the opportunity to speak directly with our country experts is important.

In a personal and flexible way, our consultants can explain developments in specific countries or sectors, assess their implications, and offer an informed sounding board to test and develop ideas.


Written reports
If preferred, we are happy to arrange a short written report in place of a phone call. While the hour-long calls are priced at a fixed rate, these reports are priced individually depending on their length and detail.

Clients must feel free to ask questions in confidence, and it is an option to not reveal the identities of the callers to our consultants. Our consultants may request anonymity to talk on sensitive matters, but this can be approved or denied in consultation with the client.

Timings and cost
Calls are priced per hour, but the hour can be broken up into, for example, three 20 minute sessions. Please see the table below for details.

Case study: underwriting

One Ask our Experts telephone call served to clarify all of the questions that a leading shipping underwriter held about the status of various ports in Libya.  In an hour-long conversation, one of our Libya authors was able to explain which sites (out of a list of eight ports and eight oil terminals) were operational, and what forces on the ground controlled them.

Case study: security

Worried after a terrorist attack in Turkey, one of the world’s largest banks used an Ask our Experts call as a sounding-board to inform their security teams prior to a wider presentation within the firm. By submitting questions in advance, and asking them spontaneously, the client used the call to cover security threats as well as Turkish political and economic trends.

Case study: investing

An institutional investor used a series of telephone calls from Ask our Experts to inform investment decisions that related to developments surrounding Iran. They valued the personal and flexible approach of the service, which suited the variable timing of their information needs while also being able to provide the advanced level of detail that they required.

Ask our Experts Plus

PM colour logo_CMYKAsk our Experts Plus
encompasses all of the advantages of  Menas’ Ask our Experts service, with the added benefit of legal advice from full service global law firm Pinsent Masons.

As with the standard service, the format takes the form of a confidential phone call with our experienced country expert. In addition, a Pinsent Masons lawyer will take part to provide guidance on the relevant legal issues.

Ask our Experts plus is available for: Angola, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Qatar, Uganda, and United Arab Emirates.

Countries we cover:

  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • DR Congo
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • KRG (Iraq)
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • Uganda
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Please enquire about other countries.

Download the Capability Statement