Our in-house team...
Ali Norrish | Campaigns Researcher
Ali was an English student but realised economics is a humongous story we tell to make sense of the world that seriously needs more imagination. Thinks economics needs more everyday humans who do irrational stuff they don't get paid for. Those are the best bits. Living proof that you can talk about basically nothing but economics for years and your friends will still love you anyway.
Antonia Jennings | Head of Engagement
Antonia leads our outreach and engagement strategy with stakeholders, partners, trusts & foundations and philanthropists. Previously, she was a researcher at The Climate Group. She has an MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics, a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. In between making economics fun and putting a stop to climate change, Antonia enjoys music, her bike and cooking – not at the same time.
Clare Birkett | Operations Manager
Clare is a part time musician, part time activist, part time operations manager, single-handedly keeping the Economy's finances in check. She studied Environment & Development at SOAS and is passionate about puns, people, and planet.
Dan Lapedus | Network Coordinator
Dan just graduated from his masters and is now working for Rethinking Economics and Economy. He didn’t choose the economics life, the economics life chose him.
Ellie Clayton | Editor
Ellie Clayton is editor at Economy. She’s a recovering business journalist, long-suffering Arsenal fan, not-very-good footballer and really likes eggs.
Jason Nguyen | Social Media Producer
Jason Nguyen was a student studying a range of subjects – economics wasn’t one of them. Now he’s traveling the world, via social media, trying to understand what economics actually is, and make it more accessible.
Joe Richards | Co-Director & Campaigns Manager
Joe Richards went to uni without really knowing what university was. Graduating in a media production degree, he spent the best part of his twenties making TV programmes for MTV and working at his family business. When 'the economy' went all wrong in 2008, Joe decided not wait any longer and got political. He studied economics, joined Rethinking Economics in frustration, and co-founded Economy with a belief that a wider debate around economics will lead to a better world for everyone.
Saman Sadeghi Afgeh | Multimedia Content Producer
Under the tempestuous sky of Bagno a Ripoli, Saman came to life on a cheap hospital bed. He’s now a multimedia content producer at Economy. He makes videos, takes pictures and sometimes writes very, very long articles.
Tree Watson | Crash Course Creator
Tree Watson was an economics student at the University of Manchester but since graduating knowing less about the economy than when she started, now spends her time hanging around in pubs and at music festivals trying to convince people that economics can be fun. Economy contributor and Crash Course content producer.
Victoria Waldersee |Co-Director & Commissioning Editor
Victoria is a German–Cypriot hiding under a pretty convincing British accent. She studied Chinese & Economics, hoping to find out how the world works and maybe tell people in Mandarin. Instead, she learnt lots of models and maths, so she joined Rethinking Economics to try and change economics education – before realizing that it was probably just as vital to change economics outside of lecture halls too.
...and our trusty trustees
Ann Don Bosco currently leads on the strategy for some of the government's biggest behaviour change campaigns on behalf of Public Health England including Change4Life and Talk to FRANK. Prior to this she consulted for a wide range of organisations including the Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola and Telefonica, helping them to align business success with social impact. She has also set up her own social enterprise, Talk to me, and has a wealth of experience in communications, marketing and strategy.
Aoife O'Leary is a lawyer who uses her skills to advocate for the environment. Having campaigned for years to get planes and ships to pay for the pollution they admit, she was constantly told that it was all about the economy when trying to persuade policy-makers to do something (anything!) for the climate. So she took up economics on the side, was disappointed by what she found but then was delighted to discover Rethinking Economics (which she is also a trustee of) and Economy.
Ben Hughes has worked across the non-profit sector for many years, developing and leading membership associations that work towards social justice. Recent policy changes to the way civil society is viewed combined with a growing gap between rich and poor has drawn Ben into the world of economics - and to developing an all together different approach, that's inclusive, makes sense, is fun (!) and that works for all.
Chuck Baker started working in non-profit communications in 2004. She spent five years working in film development before becoming a consultant on film and education communications.
Joe Earle is one of the founders of the Post-Crash Economics Society at the University of Manchester. He is also a trustee of Rethinking Economics and a co-author of The Econocracy: the perils of leaving economics to the experts. Joe is a freelance researcher, organiser and commentator.
Louise Russell-Prywata is a charity sector professional with over 10 years' experience in campaign and organisation development, community engagement and fundraising. Louise is Head of Development at the anti-corruption campaign group Transparency International UK. Prior to this, she co-founded the successful youth media outlet Reprezent FM, and worked as a fundraiser and for local and national non-profits. When she's not reading about economics and talking about why it matters, Louise enjoys cooking and running (slowly).
Marja Koolschijn joined Cardano 6 months after inception in 2000, where she was responsible for marketing activities and communication for many years, and still has an advisory role. Marja joined Cardano Insights in 2015, the Educational part of Cardano. She is one of the executive producers of the documentary Boom Bust Boom.
Rachel Rickard Straus is a money journalist. She is currently personal finance and assistant editor at This is Money, Mail Online's Money channel and presenter of the Big Money Questions show. She writes about the economy, always asking and answering the question 'what does it mean for you?'
Theo Kocken is professor of Risk Management at the VU University Amsterdam, founder of the Anglo-Dutch risk management firm Cardano and chairman of the Cardano Development Foundation. Together with Monty Python’s Terry Jones, he produced the documentary Boom Bust Boom.
Will Horwitz is Chair of Trustees at Economy. He is a civil servant currently based in the Ministry of Justice. He has previously worked for Department for Work and Pension and HMRC. He was a student organizer with the Rethinking Economics movement while studying for an MA in Political Economy, and has also worked in the charity sector for several years in policy and campaigning roles in Oxford and London.