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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.
In 2011, the combination of a life spent traveling and living abroad, a doctorate in comparative politics and limitless confidence in the possibility of cross-cultural understanding finally led her to found Counterpoint: a research and advisory group that understands the impact of culture on politics and markets.
As a result, Counterpoint's approach is intrinsically comparative and draws on a variety of social science disciplines as well interpretive approaches in order to reveal the social and cultural dynamics that are too often left out of mainstream risk and political analyses.
Catherine holds a PhD in Comparative Politics from McGill University. She is the author of In the Shadow of Democracy: Fascism, Populism and the French Fifth Republic (MUP) and of numerous pamphlets and articles on extremism, populism, citizenship and identity politics. She has advised numerous governments, businesses and foundations on aspects of risk, strategy and policy.
Catherine is founder of the mentoring scheme 50ft Women, a Fellow of the Department of Government at LSE and a trustee of the policy think tank IARS and of The Creative Society. She is a regular contributor to radio and television debates. Catherine grew up in Senegal, Italy, the United States, France and Canada and is fluent in a number of languages. She has lived in the UK for a very long time now.
Filippo Gamba is the director of strategy and development at Counterpoint.
From 2007 to 2012, he worked in Control Risks Group’s political risk department, where he was responsible for the company’s political risk retainer services. Before joining Control Risks, Filippo was a consultant at Oxford Analytica where he worked with public and private sector clients on projects related to global economic, strategic and political trends. He was also responsible for the firm’s geo-political early warning system.
Filippo started his career in Brussels at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and at the External Relations Directorate General of the European Commission. Filippo is currently a senior advisor at Global Resources Corporation, a boutique investment group specialising in energy and national resources.
Filippo was a Fulbright scholar at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies,where he obtained an MA in International Relations specialising in International Economics and American Foreign Policy. He also obtained a Masters in International and European Studies from the University of Bologna, Italy, and a BA in Political Science from the Luiss Guido Carli University, Rome.
She holds a PhD in Government and an Msc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics. During her postgraduate studies she focussed on the underlying dynamics of institutions that affect political behaviour and outcomes, an expertise she has furthered at Counterpoint – Lila has authored, co-authored and commissioned various pieces on the hidden wiring of populism within the Reluctant Radicals project, and often writes short pieces on current events for the Counterpoint website.
As Counterpoint’s head of projects, Lila monitors the financial and operational progress of all the projects developed within the organisation. She draws from previous experience in the Mexican financial sector and from her work at Fundar, a leading research and analysis centre on transparency and accountability in Mexico City. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and fluent in French.
Marley Morris is a researcher at Counterpoint on the Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals project. Marley specialises in populist parties and movements, political narratives, and the social and cultural determinants of instability in Europe.
Marley's reports include 'Recapturing the Reluctant Radical: How to win back Europe's populist vote' and 'Conflicted Politicians: the populist radical right in the European Parliament'. He is also currently managing the 'Rival Political Narratives' project and is leading a series of populism 'self-defence' workshops on how to counter populist rhetoric in Europe.
Prior to his work at Counterpoint, Marley was at the Violence and Extremism programme at Demos, where he contributed to the report 'The New Face of Digital Populism’ and developed a well-being index for a study on ageing across Europe. Marley has a Masters degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University.
Victoria runs the 50ft Women programme at Counterpoint. 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. At Counterpoint, her work focuses on the impact of cultural and structural factors on women's experiences in society, politics and organisations. As a native German speaker who grew up in several different countries, she is particularly interested in how women's experiences differ across cultures.
Reuben Message has worked with Counterpoint since 2011. 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
Reuben is currently a Doctoral candidate in sociology at the London School of Economics. Previously, he has worked as a researcher for the Intercultural and Diversity Studies centre at the University of Cape Town.
Giulio Carini is a researcher at Counterpoint focusing on cognitive linguistics and political psychology, in particular on the Hidden Frames project exploring framing from a cultural perspective: how do a particular culture’s symbols, myths, narratives and metaphors contribute to the frames in which a policy is understood? As part of this research, Giulio analyses the moral codes that operate underneath the everyday discourse on a range of challenging political questions, from human rights to the future of the European Union.
He holds a Juris Doctor from Cornell University Law School and an MA in International Relations Theory from King's College, London. Prior to joining Counterpoint, Giulio was a researcher and investigator for the NGO Global Witness where he authored numerous reports on resource-related conflict and associated human rights abuses and also worked as an attorney for international law firms in New York, London and Milan including in administrative law and regulatory practice.
Lottie Cantle co-ordinates the Bridges project at Counterpoint. She comes to the project having spent time with the cross party campaigning organisation, Liberty, as a Legal Advisor on matters concerning human rights.
For four years, she led advocacy case work in association with local authorities and psychologists in London and the South-East on housing, education and migration related policy. She has worked as a legal researcher in the Family Law Division Courts.
Prior to studying law, Lottie worked on various projects relating to governance in the British Overseas Territories and collaborated with UK geophysicists in offshore cartography projects. She has a Masters from the Centre for Spatial Research at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
- Tom Burke
- Phil Male
- Stephan Roman
- Alex Simmons
- Tuija Talvitie
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.
He was appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to chair an Independent Review of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland from 2006 – 2007. He was a member of the Council of English Nature, the statutory adviser to the British Government on biodiversity from 1999 – 2005. He was Special Adviser to three Secretaries of State for the Environment from 1991-97 after serving as Director of the Green Alliance from 1982-1991.
Previously, he has been an environmental adviser (part time) to BP plc (1997 – 2001) and a member of the OECD’s High Level Panel on the Environment (1996-1998). He has acted as Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, and been a Visiting Fellow at the Cranfield Institute of Management and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Manchester Business School. He also serves on the European Advisory Council of the Carbon Disclosure Project. He is a Patron of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association and a Vice-President of Environmental Protection UK.
Tom Burke has received many honours during his distinguished career, including his appointment to the United Nations Environment Programme’s `Global 500′ roll of honour in 1993. In 1997, he was appointed CBE for services to the environment, and in 2010 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment.
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. He has advanced knowledge of data networking technologies, programming languages and operating systems. Mr. Male has been involved in the development of internet services in the UK since 1990.
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.
Alex 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. Prior to joining Finsbury, Alex worked in Corporate Finance at Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO.
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. Prior to joining CMI, Tuija was the Director of British Council Finland where she led the office’s programme work on climate change, intercultural dialogue, education and research. She was in charge of a major change programme at British Council Finland and played an active role in the strategic leadership team of North and Central Europe.
She was a CMI board member between 2005-2009 and sits on the boards of various think tanks and NGOs. She holds an MA in English Philology and International Politics from the University of Helsinki.
Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is a Finnish non-profit organisation that works to prevent and resolve conflicts and build sustainable peace. It was foundered by Martti Ahtisaari, the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
- Sabine Selchow
- Jeffrey Howard
- Joël Gombin
- Neha Aviral
- Kriti Kapila
- Dana Costache
Dr Sabine Selchow 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). Sabine’s academic background stretches across disciplinary boundaries and brings together the Humanities and the Social Sciences. She studied North American Studies, focusing on literature and culture, and Communication Studies, with a particular focus on public relations and semiotics, at Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany) and Duke University (USA), and holds a PhD in Government from LSE. She has a particular research interest in the nature and political impact of collectively shared and culturally specific notions, such as notions of ‘the global’, ‘the new’, ‘the unknown’, ‘uncertainty’ and ‘risks’. Before embarking on an academic career, Sabine worked for several years in the ‘new media’-sector. She has comprehensive project management and consultancy experience. She is involved in various initiatives and international working groups, such as the working group ‘Cosmopolitan Communities of Risk’, set up by Ulrich Beck at the Center for Advanced Studies in Munich (Germany).
Jeffrey Howard was a researcher at Counterpoint, where he worked on the Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals project. He has a doctorate in political philosophy at Oxford University, his dissertation on the moral relations between liberal and illiberal citizens and societies. Jeff currently teaches political theory to undergraduates at Oxford, and he has previously worked in the Violence and Extremism programme at the think-tank Demos. He holds an MPhil from Oxford and a BA from Harvard.
Joël is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at 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. He collaborates with Counterpoint on the “Rival political narratives” research program.
Neha 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. At work, she is on the Steering Committees of professional networks for women and multicultural employees at the firm, and heavily involved with mentoring, training and developing new talent. She is also a peer counsellor for abuse survivors, a TeachFirst Career Coach and on the Steering Committee of Young Professionals in Human Rights. Neha grew up in India, Bahrain and Canada, where she developed a deep interest in meeting a variety of people and learning from multiple cultures.