Mazen A. Skaf


Dr. Mazen Skaf, partner and managing director focused on Europe and the Middle East, has extensive experience in strategy, corporate development, and financial risk management.  He has advised clients in a variety of industries including technology and communications, energy, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.   As several of his successful clients in the private sector took on cabinet-level appointments in the public sector, he has had to the opportunity to work with them on transformative policy design in economic development, knowledge-based industries, job creation, efficient resource allocation, and public-private partnerships.

In addition to his consulting practice, Dr. Skaf is an instructor in the Stanford Strategic Decision and Risk Management certificate program, where he delivers courses and seminars in decision analysis, decision quality, corporate strategy and risk management.

Before joining Strategic Decisions Group, Dr. Skaf was a member of the start-up team and a senior director of product marketing at Rapt Technologies, a leader in web media price optimization, which was acquired by Microsoft. Prior to that, he worked at General Motors in the Decision Support Center where he led the development of the product portfolio strategy for the company’s largest division. Most recently, he was the Chief Business Officer of TRACON Pharmaceuticals where he directed overall corporate strategy and business development activities.

Dr. Skaf holds a BS summa cum laude in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas and an MS and PhD in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University. His doctoral dissertation was on the use of financial engineering and real options in the design of negotiated agreements. In 1998, he was elected Fellow of the Stanford Center on Conflict Resolution and Negotiation. In 1999, and his client Donald W. Spillman from Shell Offshore, Inc. received the first INFORMS Decision Analysis Society Practice award for their work in portfolio management.  He is also a Fellow of the Society of Decision Professionals.