About Us

 

 Systematic. Comparative. Connected.

THE PROBLEMS WE SOLVE

Counterpoint helps decision makers in the public and private sectors make sense of the deep and unpredictable trends that are shaping citizen and consumer behaviour. Our analysis is robust and multidisciplinary, it 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 are the first and only research and advisory group that specialises in decoding the social and cultural drivers of political and economic change. These dynamics shape the world in increasingly unpredictable ways: we investigate the cultural and social blind spots that prevent our clients from confidently planning for the future.

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

OUR TEAM

Catherine Fieschi

Founder and Executive Director

Catherine Fieschi is Counterpoint’s Founder and Executive Director.  A political scientist Catherine believes that rigorous social and cultural analysis 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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Laetitia Le Guillou

Executive Assistant and Project Administrator

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

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Anna Greenburgh

Associate

Our Associate Anna Greenburgh is a regular contributor to the Bridges Project.  With a background in Psychology and Economics, Anna works on applying research from behavioural sciences to issues faced by actors in policy and public spheres.

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Marion Sevrin

Associate

Our Associate Marion Sevrin is a regular contributor to our work in France. With a background in Urban Affairs, Marion focusses on a range of issues (such as immigration, employment and citizen participation) faced by public policy actors in contemporary urban settings.

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Edoardo Zavarella

Associate

As a cultural anthropologist specialised in illuminating the link between global dynamics and local contexts, Edoardo’s work is crucial to Counterpoint.  He contributes most regularly to our work on migration and immigration in Europe.

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Zoë Gorman

Associate

Zoë is involved in researching trends in policy and perception across Europe. She works specifically on Counterpoint’s migration and immigration projects and led on our work on Vegan trends across Europe for Golin/Unilever.

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Sabine Selchow

Associate

Sabine leads on our project on European migration, Europe’s Riddle.  She is interested in the changing nature of global security and the (new) kinds of institutions and governance settings it brings out. This includes a focus on the influential concepts and practices of ‘risk’ and ‘resilience’.

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Joël Gombin

Associate

Joël works with Counterpoint on various aspects of populist mobilisation and politics. A specialist in electoral behaviour, he is a regular contributor to our electoral studyt projects.

A political scientist based at Science Po in Paris and at the Institut d’Études politiques in Aix-en-Provence, his research interests include electoral sociology and the Front national.

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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.

 

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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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Tom Burke

Member of the Advisory Board

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

Member of the Advisory Board

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

Member of the Advisory Board

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

Member of the Advisory Board

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

Member of the Advisory Board

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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