About Us

To carry out our research and deliver our services, we engage some of the world’s most talented thinkers, analysts and experts.  We put together unrivalled expertise across a range of global issues and disciplines.

OUR MISSION

Counterpoint offers a new kind of strategic advice designed to tackle emerging forms of cultural and social risks and their impact on politics, policy, markets and security.

Our mission is to help public and private sector organisations to be effective in the face of rapid and complex change. We do this by placing cultural and social dynamics at the heart of our analysis and delivering comprehensive, strategic advice tailored to a new and demanding world  to our clients and funders.

OUR VALUES

We know that ideas travel in new ways but we also know that they have a historical and social logic; We know that people’s behaviour can seem puzzling, but we also know that it is always the result of a complex mix of factors that can be analysed and explained.

We can all make sense of the changes around us. You just need the right tools. With the help of these tools we can maintain an open and cosmopolitan outlook, and contribute to generous and resilient societies. We help our clients and funders be effective and efficient, but we also help them shape a better world.

Catherine Fieschi

Director

Catherine Fieschi is the director of Counterpoint. After ten years as an academic she moved in to the policy world: first as director of the London-based think tank Demos and then at the helm of the think tank of the British Council.

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Lila Caballero

Head of Projects

Lila Caballero is head of projects at Counterpoint and the project manager and senior researcher on the Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals project. As head of projects she monitors the finances and delivery of all Counterpoint’s projects, drawing from over five years of experience on research projects in Mexico and the UK, and a brief career in the Mexican financial sector.

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Marley Morris

Senior Researcher

Marley Morris is a researcher and consultant at Counterpoint on the Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals project. Marley focuses on populist parties and movements, political narratives, and the social and cultural determinants of instability in Europe.

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Ulrike Grassinger

Senior Researcher and Project Lead

Ulrike Grassinger leads the Bridges Project at Counterpoint. Bridges brings top researchers into dialogue with policy-makers, politicians and activists in order to address the policy dilemmas of today’s open and diverse societies.

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Romain Beaucher

Strategy, Paris Office

An interest in social and cultural issues in combination with a background in consultancy, policy making, and politics, led Romain to join Counterpoint in 2014.

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Solveig Veerkamp

Communications

Solveig Veerkamp works with Lila Caballero on the reluctant radicals project and supports the organisation’s social media communication strategy. She is interested in the social amplification of risk, particularly through digital media.

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Neha Aviral

Associate

Neha Aviral works with Counterpoint on 50ft Women and on entrepreneurship. She is an Associate at BlackRock Asset Management. She graduated with a BA(cum laude, Hons) in Government and International Relations from Cornell University, and spent a year studying History and Politics at St Peter’s College, Oxford.

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Dana Costache

Associate

Dana Costache is involved in continuously updating Counterpoint’s cultural dynamics assessment tools.  She is a change leadership and strategic communications specialist with 15 years of experience Europe and the United States. She has also been honored as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, in March 2013.

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Joël Gombin

Associate

Joël worked with Counterpoint on  the “Rival political narratives” research program; He is currently working with us on our participation tools and on the use of big data in civil society engagement.  He is a political scientist based at Scince 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. Joel

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Jeffrey Howard

Associate

Jeffrey Howard  is a Lecturer in Political Philosophy at Essex University.  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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Reuben Message

Associate

Reuben worked at Counterpoint until 2012.  He has contributed to a number of Counterpoint initiatives, including the UK-India  project, as well as helping to develop the Counterpoint offer and other aspects of organisational development. Previously, he has worked as a researcher for the Intercultural and Diversity Studies centre at the University of Cape Town.

Reuben is currently a Doctoral candidate in sociology at the London School of Economics and continues to contribute to a number of Counterpoint projects.

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Sabine Selchow

Associate

Sabine Selchow has been involved in elaborating our theory of cultural risk.  As a close assocaite 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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Victoria Zeeb

Associate

Victoria Zeeb is a doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at UCL. Until October 2014, she led Counterpoint’s 50ft Women project. She has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Durham University and an MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics.

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Lou Kintar

Associate

What are people’s real concerns? What is the best way to address them while remaining committed to progressive open societies? These are the questions that interest Lou Kintar, and led her to Counterpoint where she is involved in a number of our projects with the French government.

 

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Tom Burke

Advisor

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

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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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Strategic advice to manage new forms of cultural and social risks

Decoding cultures and making sense of context

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Interpreting behaviour and emotions

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Designing Belonging: A Counterpoint + 27e Région debate

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Bridges Retreat 2015

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