Diplomatic Council Advisory & Professional Services (DCAPS)

The Diplomatic Council is launching DC Advisory & Professional Services (DCAPS), a management consulting practice. With support from the global network of the Diplomatic Council whose members are dignitaries, C-level executives, ambassadors and politicians, DCAPS will offer very unique capabilities to clients. Our management consulting services focus on solving complex challenges through on-demand, agile and multi-disciplinary teams. The Diplomatic Council has the unique advantage of its global network of members to fuel the growth of DCAPS through unparalleled client relationships, business development opportunities, investment opportunities, and high caliber of expertise across numerous domain areas. In addition to working with clients to offer management consulting services, the formation of DCAPS offers clients and Diplomatic Council members access to 300-500 million Euro available investment funds for qualified business ventures. DCAPS leaders and  representatives of the investment funds will all be present at the DC gala on February 2, 2018.

DCAPS will serve clients across industries and geographies to offer the following services:

  • Operations
  • Go-to-market Strategy
  • Customer Engagement
  • Change Management & Transformation
  • Information Technology & Digital
  • Finance & Investment Management
  • Sales & Distribution
  • Human Capital Management
  • Executive Search
  • Mergers & Acquisition
  • Legal & Tax
  • Speaking Engagements & Training Workshops

Global Leadership Team

The DC Advisory & Professional Services leadership teamis made up of Ashwin Jayaram as the Head of Americas, Andreas Neumann as the Head of Europe, Irene Ho as the Head of Asia, and Andreas Dripke as DCAPS Chairman. All four leaders will be present at the DC Gala on February 2, 2018 in Frankfurt.

Ashwin Jayaram is a Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Insomniac Design, a global digital agency headquartered in Washington D.C. His reputation and experience as a business leader will be integral to DCAPS. Andreas Neumann is the Chairman of the Board of the German American Business Association and an accomplished attorney in Munich. His expertise in the field of corporate, commercial, and insurance industry will be instrumental in developing valuable relationships for DCAPS. Irene Ho is the founder of The Luxury Network Singapore and has since grown her network to almost 60 premium brands. Her experience in corporate finance, cross-border business development, and mergers & acquisitions brings invaluable expertise to DCAPS.

Ashwin Jayaram

Ashwin Jayaram is a Partner and Chief Strategy Officer of Insomniac Design responsible for driving digital strategy and execution for global brands and clients. Ashwin is a business executive with expertise and experience leading large-scale technology and digital transformation projects across industries. In addition to overseeing the firm’s growth and expansion in domestic and international markets, Ashwin oversees digital projects including strategy consulting, global campaigns, web and mobile projects, data visualization, and open data initiatives. With broad experience in providing strategic counsel and advice, he leads client management, consulting, strategic communications, project management, and technology and organizational growth strategy initiatives. His previous work spans a number of Fortune 500 companies including Dell, Intel, Cendant, and Lucent Technologies. Ashwin received a Masters degree from Cornell University and a Bachelors degree from The University of Toronto. Ashwin has extensive experience consulting with Fortune 100, Fortune 500, private, government, and NGOs to uncover innovative and practical solutions for driving sustainable competitive advantage and build progressive organizations.

Ashwin also serves as the Charter Member of the US Diplomatic Council, a global Think Tank in consultative status with the United Nations. Ashwin is one of the Founding Board members of Capital Tech Coalition in Washington D.C., formed to give voice to the tech community on political issues affecting businesses. In 2018, Ashwin was appointed by the Diplomatic Council as the Head of Americas for Diplomatic Council Advisory & Professional Services (DCAPS), a management consulting firm. Ashwin has published papers on a variety of topics, has been interviewed by several publications, speaks at conferences and universities, and is a chapter contributor and editor for two books. Having lived in five countries and traveled to over twenty-five countries, Ashwin has a global background and an acute sense of cultural diversity.

Speaking Engagements

” Talk at the Brand USA Chief Marketing Officer Roundtable, Marriott Marquis, 2016
” BBC Future Media Interview, 2015
” Talk at Dell Headquarters – Career Pathing, 2015
” Guest Lecture – ‘Barriers to entrepreneurship’, Georgetown University, 2015
” Distinguished Guest at Collaborate Conference, Washington D.C., 2015
” Interview for Business Communications podcast – Through the Noise, 2014
” Guest Lecture – ‘Leadership in Business’, Georgetown University, 2015
” Talk at NIH Drupal Government Conference – ‘Driving Decisions through Technology’, 2013
” Judge at Enactus World Cup, 2012
” Talk at Capital Camp Conference – ‘Driving Business Strategy through Innovation and Design’, 2012
” Talk at International Open Data Conference – ‘Using Open Data Technology to fight corruption’, 2012


” ‘A Guide to the Latest Trends, Strategies, Benchmarks and Technology Options’, 2011
” ‘Secrets of High Potential Employee Development’, Amex Open Forum, 2011
” Chapter Editor & Contributor – ‘HR for Nonprofits’, August, 2011
” ‘Creating a Great Workplace Culture’, CEO Update, 2010
” ‘Building organizational capability & Agility’, 2010
” ‘Do I get it before you get it?’ – Transformation of the HR Function, IHRIM Journal, 2011
” ‘An apple is an apple is an apple. Does Benchmarking really have value?, IHRIM Journal, 2010
” ‘Should America switch from Employment At-Will to Worker’s Compensation Model?’, 2007
” ‘Business Strategy & HR – A Corporate Restructure Case Study’, Cornell University, 2006

Andreas Neumann

Andreas Neumann is an accomplished attorney based out of Munich, Germany. studied economy and law in Germany, Spain and France. Prior to founding his own law firm, Andreas worked as corporate lawyer Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz and has worked with multinational companies in the technology and the insurance industry.

Throughout his legal career, Andreas has focused his efforts in helping companies from various jurisdictions enter the European market. He is a member of different supervisory boards and has supported New Energy, GmbH, a well known company in the renewable energy industry from its founding to its successful building of solar farms in Germany, Italy and the UK.

Andreas also serves as the Chairman of the German American Business Association. Andreas is the Head of the Diplomatic Council´s Mission in Munich and in 2018, was appointed as the European head of the DC Advisory and Professional Services (DCAPS).

Irene Ho

Irene Ho founded and launched The Luxury Network Singapore in 2013 and has since grown her network to almost 60 premium brands. Some of her members include One 15 Luxury Yachting, Berkeley Group, Etihad Airways, FJ Benjamin, Penfolds, Porsche, Singapore Polo Club, Singapore Turf Club, Singapore Yacht Show, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Balvenie, William Grant & Sons and W Singapore Sentosa Cove. Prior to founding The Luxury Network Singapore, Irene Ho worked in Corporate Finance and has experience in cross-border business development, financial due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, valuations and assurance.

She was the IPO Manager at Deloitte Singapore prior to her move to Australia in 2009 to undertake a Masters Degree in Financial Analysis from the University of New South Wales and upon graduation worked for PKF Corporate Finance in Brisbane, Australia. Irene Ho was the President of the Singapore Business Council of Australia Inc in Brisbane from 2012 to 2013. She is a Chartered Certified Accountant and since 2014 sits on the Management Committee of Australia Alumni Singapore, a non-profit organization established since 1955 with the President of Singapore and Australia High Commissioner to Singapore as Patrons.

In 2017, Irene Ho was named Head of DC Mission Singapore and in 2018 she was appointed as the Asia Head for the newly established management consulting practice, the Diplomatic Council Advisory and Professional Services (DCAPS).

Social Responsibility

The Diplomatic Council has obtained its United Nations consultative status with its vision that a thriving economy is a key factor to promoting peace. In line with the Diplomatic Council’s code of honour, 3% of DCAPS’ revenues will be donated to the Diplomatic Council Foundation for charitable purposes. “DCAPS has the potential to serve as a strong economic motor for social good” says DC Secretary General Hang Nguyen.