About Us

 

 Systematic. Comparative. Connected.

THE PROBLEM WE SOLVE

Counterpoint helps decision makers in the public and private sector make sense of the deep and unpredictable trends that are shaping citizen and consumer behaviour. We generate robust, multidisciplinary analysis that leverages a rich understanding of human behaviour in complex cultural and social contexts. We provide businesses, governments, and NGOs with the knowledge and connections they need to make difficult long-term decisions in the face of new forms of social and cultural risk.

OUR APPROACH

We investigate the cultural and social blind spots that prevent our clients from confidently planning for the future: To do this we reveal the ‘hidden wiring’ of societies. Deep social, cultural and political dynamics shape the world in increasingly unpredictable ways: we are the first and only consultancy that specialises in decoding the political, social and cultural dynamics that shape the context in which our clients operate.

We interpret our findings through a set of multidisciplinary lenses:  Our team uses cutting edge social science research and its extensive network of relationships across the globe to make sense of how the world’s most challenging dynamics affect our clients. We turn these insights into strategic recommendations.  

We generate cultural intelligence: We craft and convene culturally relevant and socially targeted conversations. We work with leaders and their teams to develop their capacity to engage in complex cultural, social and political contexts and ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of strategies.

OUR TEAM

Catherine Fieschi

Founder and Executive Director

Catherine Fieschi is the Founder and Executive Director of Counterpoint, a London-based global cultural strategy consultancy. As a political scientist Catherine believes that rigorous social and cultural analyses can help leaders make better decisions, in both the public and private sectors. She advises business and political leaders around the world and serves regularly on government task-forces.

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Ulrike Grassinger

Director, Projects

Ulrike Grassinger has strategic oversight of all Counterpoint projects and manages quality assurance and timeliness. A social-psychologist by background, Ulrike brings together insights on human behaviour, sentiment and choice with her experience in managing large-scale consultancy projects for business and political leaders. She regularly facilitates high-level workshops to advise decision-makers on how to make use of these insights.

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Romain Beaucher

Director, Development

Romain Beaucher is Counterpoint’s Director of Development. His role is to ensure that Counterpoint’s tools and expertise are available to visionary public and private sector clients, allowing them to choose from a suite of products, processes and approaches that range from in depth research to the deployment of the CUSP tool for cultural and social risk assessment. Romain also leads Counterpoint’s French projects, developing relationships across government and corporate sectors.

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Jennifer Martin

Senior Analyst, Strategy & Content Development

Jennifer Martin is responsible for content development initiatives at Counterpoint. Her role is to scope and define new product and revenue streams and to coordinate development and content operations.

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Clara Bougon

Junior Analyst

Clara Bougon is a Junior Analyst at Counterpoint. She contributes to the overall development of the firm in Paris, delivering cultural strategy projects and working on Counterpoint offers, in particular towards corporate clients.

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Edoardo Zavarella

Senior Analyst

Edoardo Zavarella is a Senior Analyst at Counterpoint. As a cultural anthropologist specialised in illuminating the link between global dynamics and local contexts, Edoardo applies his analytical skills to the management of complexity in both public and private sector organisations.

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Laetitia Le Guillou

Executive Assistant and Project Administrator

Laetitia Le Guillou manages the smooth running of the administration for Counterpoint, supporting our Directors and teams in London and Paris as well as our diverse project administration work.

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Camille Peugny

Associate

Camille Peugny is a Counterpoint associate.  A sociologist specialising in social mobility, he joined the team in 2015.

 

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Joël Gombin

Associate

Joël works with Counterpoint on various aspects of populist mobilisation and politics.

He is currently working with us on our participation tools and on the use of big data in civil society engagement.  A political scientist based at Science Po in Paris and at the Université de Picardie-Jules Verne in Amiens (France). His research interests include electoral sociology and the Front national. He graduated from the Institut d’Études politiques in Aix-en-Provence and also studied at the University of Durham.

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Jeffrey Howard

Associate

Jeffrey Howard  is a Lecturer in Political Philosophy at University College London.  His work centres on the ethics and politics of preventing injustice – both criminal wrongdoing by individuals, and the enactment of unjust policies by democratic legislatures. At Counterpoint, he worked on the Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals project.  He has a doctorate  in political philosophy from Oxford University and a BA from Harvard. Jeff worked on our Reluctant Radicals programme.

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Kriti Kapila

Associate

Kriti Kapila is involved in our projects relating to cultural dynamics and narrative development.  She is a lecturer in Anthropology and Law at Kings India Institute and specialises in socio-cultural research. As part of her applied research work, she led the research for a major behavioural change strategy for a government health department and also for a social study into the behavioural patterns of young people for a French Ministry department.

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Sabine Selchow

Associate

Sabine Selchow has been involved in elaborating our theory of cultural risk.  As a close associate of the late Ulrich Beck, she helped us develop our concepts and operationalise them.  She is lecturer and researcher in the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, Department of International Development at the London School of Economics (LSE). She is member of LSE’s Global Civil Society research programme and is in charge of the ‘Culture/s’-component in the ‘Security in Transition’-programme, funded by the European Research Council (2011-2016).

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Esfandyar Batmanghelidj

Associate

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj (or Yar!) was involved in Counterpoint from its very start.  We continue to work with him on business and cultural risk.  He is a Founding Partner of the Europe-Iran Forum, a unique business event designed to foster ties between European and Iranian business leaders. He is a Senior Research Associate at Iran Tobacco Research Group, a research partnership seeking to develop public health strategies for smoking cessation in Iran.

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Filippo Addarii

Associate

Filippo Addarii contributes to Counterpoint’s European outlook and in particular issues to do with civil society engagement, innovation and risk.  he is the Director of International Strategy and Head of EuropeLab at The Young Foundation (UK) and senior research associate at the Global Climate Forum, the Berlin-based research centre for sustainable development.

 

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Tom Burke

Advisor

Tom Burke is a Founding Director of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism and currently Environmental Policy Adviser (part time) to Rio Tinto plc.  He is also a Visiting Professor at Imperial and University Colleges, London and a Senior Business Advisor to the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change.

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Phil Male

Advisor

Phil Male is the executive chairman of UK2 Group, a leading international provider of domain name registration and web-site hosting services. Phil previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Chief Operating Officer of Thus Group plc and Technical Director of Demon Internet Limited.

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Stephan Roman

Advisor

Stephan Roman is currently the British Council’s regional director for South Asia. He has worked for the British Council since 1978, having served as regional director for both North America and Western Europe. He has worked in the Middle East, Africa, South-East Asia and the Balkans. He has written extensively on issues of cultural relations.

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Alex Simmons

Advisor

Alex Simmons has been in the financial communications industry for more than six years and leads a range of  Smithfield’s listed and private clients including WS Atkins and Rothschild Investment Bank. He has also had responsibility for a number of M&A and capital raising and restructuring transactions. He joined Smithfield in 2009 from Finsbury where he worked for four years in the financial services team acting for and advising FTSE100 companies on their strategic communications.

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Tuija Talvitie

Advisor

Tuija Talvitie has been CMI’s Executive Director since November 2009. Tuija has over twenty years’ experience in international leadership, cultural relations and social development. Her ambition is to make CMI a leading conflict resolution organisation. She emphasises multi-stakeholder approaches, innovation and ethical leadership.

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OUR SERVICES

Strategic advice to manage new forms of cultural and social risks

Decoding cultures and making sense of context

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Interpreting public behaviour and emotions

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Crafting the right conversations

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