Our Team Members
Linda is the Director of the RE-DEFINE London office, where she oversees the strategic development of the think tank. She also supervises its work on sustainability and digitalisation, looking at the interplay between technology and society. She has published policy papers and reports on sustainable investing and European governance and is a frequent speaker and moderator at conferences. Linda’s day-to-day work focuses on sustainability, ESG integration and digitalisation strategies, advising policymakers and other stakeholders on a number of key issues. Linda's work also touches on energy security and the national security dimensions affected by climate change risks.
Currently, Linda is the Think Visegrad Fellow at the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy in Prague, where she examines the nexus between energy security and climate finance. Since the UK’s Brexit referendum, Linda has also worked on the future UK and EU relationship scenarios and their impact, focusing her efforts on behind-the-scenes advocacy and the plugging of knowledge gaps amongst key decision makers and stakeholders. Her recent work has touched on globalisation and disinformation.
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 was involved in a range of EU-related initiatives such as 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 an alumna of the University of Glasgow, McGill University and the London School of Economics.
Ariana is responsible for the efficient day to day running of the London office, overseeing all think tank activities and coordinating events. She carries out background research for projects and provides briefings to research and consulting teams. Ariana also liaises with partner organisations and clients, and oversees the management of Re-Define’s social media platforms and their content. In addition, Ariana supervises the organisation of team meetings and facilitates effective communication between team members and freelancers.
Ariana is currently studying for an MA in International Politics and Human Rights at City, University of London. Prior to joining Re-Define, Ariana lived in Milan, where she had a number of different roles in the fashion industry. Ariana holds a degree in Business Administration.
Alberto is a macro fund manager, economist and writer. Over the years, he has highlighted ways to improve our financial system, to make it more equal and sustainable, and to prevent future crises. Alberto became an expert on financial crises, working as a macro economist in the US during the Lehman collapse and in Europe throughout the Eurozone crisis. In 2016, he left macroeconomic research to launch a global fund designed to navigate bond markets as the era of monetary stimulus ends.
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 is a Berlin-based self-employed consultant, teacher and writer. His focus is on the party political and power dynamics of EU politics (particularly Brexit), and online communications in EU politics. He is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, where he runs courses about Negotiation and Decision-Making in the European Union and Online Communications in EU Policymaking. He also runs workshops for the Graduate Institute (Geneva), the University of Maastricht and Quadriga Hochschule (Berlin).
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 Joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in October 2017 as Head of Nordics. He was previously with the World Economic Forum, where he was Director and Head of International Organisations and Government Affairs. Prior to that, he worked for Bloomberg, Waterberry Development Organisation, the United Nations, and the European Commission. Carl comes from an international background, having grown up in Africa and worked in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Europe, and speaks English, French, Italian and Swedish.
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 is at present a career diplomat in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Currently he focusses on fiscal engagement, domestic resource mobilization and illicit financial flows. Arvinn has served as Deputy Minister for International Development, Junior Minister for International Development and Junior Minister for Environment in the Norwegian government. He has also been a Senior Director of Norwegian Refugee Council
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 is an Assistant Professor in Finance and Accounting at the School of Business at the University of Iceland where he teaches Business Ethics and Economics of Money and Banking. Asgeir received his PhD from Gothenburg University in 2014, was a post-doc researcher at Gothenburg Research Institute in Sweden 2015-2017 and has been a member of the Fiscal Council in Iceland since 2016
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.
A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Tariq has a passion for building highly disruptive new products. He is founder and CEO of Jolicloud, a pioneer in personal cloud computing. Prior to Jolicloud, Tariq founded Netvibes, the personal start page used by millions around the world. A thought leader and regular speaker at global technology and media conferences, he was recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of the world’s “Top Innovators Under 35 (2008)”...
…, 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 is Professor of Chemical Meteorology at the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES) at Stockholm University. He was founding Director of the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences from 2010-2014. From 2004-2008 he was the Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP).
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.
Since 2017, Adrien is a fixed income portfolio manager at the Banque de France, part of the managing team of the foreign exchange reserves of the European Central Bank (ECB). After graduating from the Ecole Polytechnique and the London School of Economics in Finance and Economics, Adrien Tenne started working in the Directorate General of the Treasury at the French Ministry of Finance.
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.
He also participated in the development of Bpifrance, which oversees public sector financing and capital investment activities in French companies. Since 2017, he is a fixed income portfolio manager at the Banque de France, part of the managing team of the foreign exchange reserves of the European Central Bank. Adrien’s works focus 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. 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.
Ulrika Stavlöt is research director at Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (FORES). Ulrika has a Ph.D. in Economics from the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) at Stockholm University and a B.Sc. in environmental and natural resource economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Her PhD thesis addressed the consumption of culture and the circumstances under which public support for culture is warranted.
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 is the CEO of ShareAction. She joined ShareAction in July 2008, having previously been the founder and lead organiser of West London Citizens. Earlier in her career she was Senior Researcher at the New Policy Institute. Catherine is a board member of Green Alliance and of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian, serving on the Scott Trust’s investment committee.
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 is a political reporter for Dagsavisen, a leading Norwegian daily. She was a US correspondent from 2010 to 2016, where she covered the 2012 and the 2016 presidential campaigns, as well as issues including inequality, race and culture in the US, and diplomacy and international affairs. She has broad international experience, and has reported from over 40 countries. She has been active in PEN America, has been a contributor to Samtiden and has taught journalism at Scandinavian College of New York.
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 is a global thought leader with nearly three decades of experience in media and non-profit management and content. She is the author of The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore. She also is the author of Lockout: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right, and Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola
. 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 spent many years working for various banks as a project manager, business analyst and systems specialist. She turned to writing in 2010 and now writes professionally for a range of publications. She is a Forbes contributor and the author of the widely-read Coppola Comment finance & economics blog. Her writing has appeared in the FT, the Independent, Open Democracy, Co-Op News and the independent blogsite Pieria. She is a frequent commentator on matters economic and financial on TV, radio and online news media, and has a strong social media presence.
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.