Our team of specialists provides tailored risk intelligence services of the highest quality. Combining passion for knowledge, local expertise, thorough research, advanced technology and a unique network of contacts, PRINCEPS keeps you steps ahead when it comes to complex challenges for your business.
Co-founder & CEO
Filip Scherf is a Co-founder & CEO of PRINCEPS Advisory. Prior to co-founding PRINCEPS, Filip worked on political risk consultancy assignments in multiple countries and institutions, from Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for Eurasian Studies in New York (US), the RAND Corporation in Cambridge (UK), Eurasia Group in London, and NATO PA in Brussels. Most recently, Filip supported European energy engineering projects in St Petersburg (Russia) and simultaneously contributed as a regional Correspondent to the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Filip holds a Master of Letters degree from St Andrews University in Scotland where he was placed on the Dean's List for academic excellence, and a master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). For his research, Columbia University awarded Filip with the Dasturdaza Dr. Jal Pavry Memorial Award for International Peace and Understanding. Filip was also a Harriman Junior Fellow, a member of the International Fellows Program, and a recipient of the Robert Legvold Fellowship.
Emma is an Intelligence Specialist at PRINCEPS and is responsible for curating the company blog. She is currently entering the final year of her undergraduate degree in Area Studies at the Charles University Institute of International Studies with a specialisation in American Studies. During her studies she published several opinion pieces on the Institute’s blog. One year of her degree was spent abroad at the University of St Andrews in Scotland studying International Relations where she was placed on the Dean’s List for academic excellence.
Before joining PRINCEPS Advisory, Emma successfully completed an internship with Transparency International Czech Republic, working on the open source database “Our Politicians” and the Czech Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index as both a researcher and translator. In 2020 Emma was invited to take advantage of a scholarship and attended the Transparency International School on Integrity.
James is a Research Analyst at PRINCEPS Advisory. He has almost a decade’s worth of private consulting experience in Japan and the USA, as well as research experience in Singapore and Nepal.
In May of 2022, James graduated with a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, where he earned concentrations in both economics and security policy. There, he focused on subjects including combined arms, weapons technology, military-civil relations, and intelligence. During this time, he also led a team to the semi-finals in the Atlantic Council’s international cybersecurity wargame, Cyber 9/12. James has published writing on intelligence, military coups, and maritime security. He currently contributes briefings to the Japan Society’s Business and Policy Forum and is working on a book in contract with Trident Media Group.
Co-founder & CEO
Martin Synkule is a Co-founder & CEO of PRINCEPS Advisory. Previously, Martin briefly freelanced on European political affairs and transnational European funding, leveraging his seven years of experience with European Development Agency in Prague, where served as managing director.
Martin has extensive experience in designing and supervising non-investing projects across EU member states on behalf of private companies, NGOs, and the public sectors, with the total value exceeding 100 mil. EUR.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Durham University and a Master’s degree in European studies from Charles University in Prague. As a part of his academic affiliation with Charles University, Martin leads courses on Current Affairs and British far right in multiple programmes.
Martin is a proud member of Durham and Charles University alumni networks.
Dániel Cséfalvay is a Research Analyst at PRINCEPS Advisory. Before joining PRINCEPS, Dániel interned at Oxford Analytica in New York, Horizon Intelligence, and London Politica where he worked on political risk reports, security forecasts and briefings, and in-depth intelligence analyses.
Dániel graduated from the Central European University with an MA in International Relations, focusing on conflicts and security. He also holds a BA in Political Science from the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts. During his studies, he spent time abroad in the Netherlands, South Carolina, and New York. Dániel is particularly interested in Middle Eastern politics, especially in the Gulf region. Thanks to his studies in Vienna and Bratislava, he also harbours an interest in Central-Eastern European politics.
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With headquarters in Prague, and specialized professionals operating throughout the region, we provide the answers in high-stakes situations within Central and Eastern Europe.