The Team 2018-08-17T12:11:31+00:00

THE TEAM

Our Team Members

Linda Zeilina
Linda ZeilinaHead of London office & Senior Fellow | Technology & Sustainability

Since the UK’s Brexit referendum, Linda has worked extensively on the UK’s and EU’s future relationship scenarios and their impact, focusing her efforts on behind-the-scenes advocacy and awareness raising amongst key decision makers and stakeholders. Her recent work has touched on globalisation, populism and tacking wide-spread misinformation or fake news.

Previously, Linda has worked as an adviser and speechwriter for a number of prominent policymakers in Europe, and for several years she actively participated in the European Youth Parliament network in a variety of roles. During her studies at the London School of Economics she led a variety of Europe-related student initiatives.

Born in Latvia, Linda showed passion for the EU before Latvia’s EU accession in 2004 by running an organisation advising Latvian pupils on education opportunities in the EU, as well as giving interviews about Latvian accession to media outlets such as the CNN. Linda is currently a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, and is alumna of University of Glasgow and the London School of Economics.

Alberto Gallo
Alberto GalloHead of Finance and Governance Programme

His track record includes foreseeing the financial crisis of 2008, as well as the European crisis of 2010, the subsequent central bank driven recovery, and the following rise in inequality and global populism.

Alberto is active in the financial policy debate as an advisor to central banks and regulators on macro financial stability, and as a frequent contributor to the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the World Economic Forum, and a Bloomberg View columnist. He is also a guest faculty at his alma mater, Bocconi University.

Jon Worth
Jon WorthHead of 'Future of Europe' Programme

He consults politicians, governments, EU institutions, trade associations and NGOs about online communications and social media. He is one the best known bloggers about the EU, and commentators about the EU on Twitter (@jonworth).

He is a member of the Europe Policy Group of World Economic Forum and the Advisory Board of Transparency International EU.

He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Merton College, Oxford, and a MA in European Politics and Administration from the College of Europe, Bruges. He speaks English, French and German.

Carl Björkman
Carl BjörkmanSenior Fellow | International Development

He has an MA in International Relations and a postgraduate MLitt in Management, Economics and Politics from the University of St. Andrews, as well as an Executive Master in Global Leadership from INSEAD, Columbia University, London Business School and Wharton. He serves on the board of several non-profit organisations, including Social Credits and garagErasmus.

Arvinn Gadgil
Arvinn GadgilSenior Fellow | International Development

Current board engagements include The Nansen Foundation (Nansen Academy and Nansen Peace Centre), The Rainforest Foundation, Program Board of Urban Ecological Planning at Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Supervisory Board of the Bank of Northern Norway. In addition he has been on the Advisory Board of Global Financial Integrity, Board of Human Rights Development Initiative, Board of Slum Dwellers International, Board of International Council of Voluntary Agencies and more. He also served as a member of African Union’s High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows, and has been a Governor of the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and an alternate Governor for the World Bank Group. He holds an MSc Development Studies from London School of Economics, and a BSc Economics from University of Warwick.

Asgeir B Torfason
Asgeir B TorfasonSenior Fellow | International Development

Asgeir’s current research focuses on central banks, bank management, accountability, and financial regulation. His previous research focused on real estate, asset values and long-term investment, a field where he has extensive practical experience after being responsible for the Nordic countries as Vice President for a Real Estate Investment Trust. Previous to this, Asgeir worked in the energy industry and university management. He has an MBA from Norwegian Business School in Oslo and a degree in Philosophy and Economics from University of Iceland.

Tariq Krim
Tariq KrimHead of Technology and Society Programme

…, by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader,and most recently was honoured by the President of France as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. As a former journalist for La Tribune, Tariq has been a keen observer of the Web since its genesis. He holds a degree in Physics from the University of Paris VII and a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from ENST (Telecom Paris).

Kevin Noone
Kevin NooneChief Scientific Advisor

He has a broad background spanning Chemical Engineering, Oceanography, Meteorology, and Atmospheric Physics. After his PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington, he has been on the faculty at both Stockholm University in Sweden and the University of Rhode Island in the U.S. He works in the areas of global sustainability and Earth System science.

Kevin is Chair of the Transdisciplinary Advisory Board for the European Joint Programming Initiative on Climate, Vice-Chair of the NORGLOBAL program board of the Norwegian Research Council, and is Vice-Chair of the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange Advisory Board.

Kevin is active in linking science with stakeholders and the general public. He works with communities, corporations, NGOs, military and security agencies, faith-based groups and other stakeholders in the area of sustainability and strategic planning for the Anthropocene.

Adrien Tenne
Adrien TenneFellow, Finance and Governance

He focused on macroeconomics and global financial regulation analysis. Afterwards, he joined the French Government Shareholding Agency (Agence des Participations de l’État). There, he worked within the Finance and Service department, following in particular the orderly resolution plan of the bank Dexia, as approved by the European Commission.He also participated in the development of Bpifrance, which oversees public sector financing and capital investment activities in French companies.

Adrien’s focus is on financial regulation, European integration and international macroeconomics. He has already worked with Re-Define while studying at the London School of Economics on subjects such as sovereign debt and the consultation on MiFID II.

Dr Ulrich Volz
Dr Ulrich VolzHead of International Development Programme

He has already worked with Re-Define while studying at the London School of Economics, on subjects such as sovereign debt and the consultation on MiFID II. After graduating from the Ecole Polytechnique and the London School of Economics in Finance and Economics, Adrien TENNE started working in the Directerate General of the Treasury at the French Ministry of Finance. He focused on macroeconomics and global financial regulation analysis. He then joined the French Government Shareholding Agency (Agence des Participations de l’État). There, he worked within the Finance and Service department, following in particular the orderly resolution plan of the bank Dexia, as approved by the European Commission.

Dr Ulrika Stavlöt
Dr Ulrika StavlötHead of Sustainable Economy Programme

Before joining FORES she worked as a senior researcher at the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies, where she mainly was involved in projects related to EMU and the financial and economic crisis. She has also been participating in a project for the OECD Development Centre, covering policy coherence of aid and trade in Uganda. At FORES Ulrika is working on various topics related to climate finance, investments, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Catherine Howarth
Catherine HowarthSenior Visiting Fellow

She was a Member Nominated Trustee of The Pensions Trust (the multi-employer pension scheme for the UK’s not-for-profit sector) for five years until Spring 2013. She served for four years on The Pensions Trust’s Investment Committee.

Catherine holds a First Class BA in Modern History from Oxford University and an MSc in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics. In June 2011 Catherine was named a ‘Rising Star of Corporate Governance’ by Yale University’s Millstein Center. In 2013, Pensions Insight featured her as one of the 50 most influential people in pensions, and in May 2011 Investment and Pensions Europe called her one of the ‘top ten women in pensions’. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.

Heidi Taksdal Skjeseth
Heidi Taksdal SkjesethVisiting Fellow

She was a Fellow at the Reuters Institute of Journalism at Oxford University in 2017, where she wrote a research paper on the media coverage of Donald Trump. She holds an MA in journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York, where she focused on politics and wrote about the geopolitics of oil and gas. She also holds an MA in International Politics from Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she wrote her thesis on tax havens.  She speaks Norwegian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Michele Wucker
Michele Wucker Senior Visiting Fellow

. She has been honoured as a 2009 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow. In 2015, she founded Gray Rhino & Company to help leaders and organisations to identify and strategise responses to risks that are neglected despite – or sometimes because of – their size. Her previous positions include Vice President for Studies at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; President of the World Policy Institute, which she re-launched in 2007; and Latin America Bureau Chief at International Financing Review. Her writing has appeared in publications around the world including CNN.com, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. She has been interviewed by s variety of media, including National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox News.

Frances Coppola
Frances CoppolaSenior Visiting Fellow | Finance and Governance

She is also in demand as a speaker on a range of topics including Brexit, the Eurozone, banking and finance, housing, macroeconomics, technology and the future of work. 

Frances is also a professional singer and teacher, and an Associate of the Royal College of Music. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Visiting Fellow at Sheffield University’s Faculty of Law.