Team

More in Common has teams in four of the largest western democracies: France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. We also have a small global team who work across those four countries on priority projects. Our team is deeply committed to our mission and brings insights from a diverse range of life experiences, professional backgrounds and interests.

Country Directors lead our work in each of our four countries, developing and implementing context-specific initiatives consistent with our overall strategy and mission. They are supported by directors with global responsibilities for learning, research and initiatives as well as support functions such as administration and finance.

Helen Butterworth

Helen
Butterworth

Global Project Associate,
London

Helen Butterworth is an organizer, researcher and administrator with over a decade of experience in a wide variety of sectors. She brings experience from the cultural and creative industries, publishing, academia and the not for profit sector.

Naureen Collings

Naureen
Collings

Director, Learning Strategy,
Paris

Naureen began her career at Google in business development and strategic partnerships before joining the New Cities Foundation as its Director of Research. At More in Common, Naureen is driving the organization's efforts to become a world-class learning organization. She is also in charge of More in Common's team development and culture.

François-Xavier  Demoures

François-Xavier
Demoures

Director, More in Common France,
Paris

François-Xavier was previously Head of Policy Studies at the French Socialist Party until September 2017, responsible for designing a new political narrative for the left wing in France. Previously, he served as a speechwriter and political advisor for the French Minister of Culture and the President of Ile-de-France (Paris) Region.

Tim Dixon

Tim
Dixon

Co-founder,
London

Tim Dixon is a social entrepreneur who has started businesses and nonprofits in the US, the UK and Australia, where he was born. He trained as an economist, worked as a tech sector lawyer for law firm Baker & McKenzie from 1999 to 2004 and built a leading educational publishing business that was acquired by Pearson Australia in 2004. From 2004 to 2010 he worked in senior political roles, including as economic adviser and chief speechwriter for two Prime Ministers. He has lived and worked between New York and London for the past decade, co-founding social change agency Purpose Europe in 2013 and helping to start social movement organizations around the issue of modern day slavery, the Syrian crisis, the Colombian peace process, economic inequality, gun control and civic participation. Tim serves on the boards of organizations in the US, UK and Australia.

Jérémie Gagné

Jérémie
Gagné

Senior Associate, More in Common Germany,
Berlin

Jérémie is a political researcher with expertise in conducting quantitative and qualitative surveys for political parties, foundations, and trade unions in Germany. Having worked for the Bertelsmann Foundation, he most recently was head of political analysis at Policy Matters, a polling firm based in Berlin. Jérémie has specialized in issues of political participation, voter disaffection and right-wing populism. He studied political science at the Free University of Berlin and European Affairs at Sciences Po Paris.

Miriam  Juan-Torres González

Miriam
Juan-Torres González

Senior Researcher,
London

A multidisciplinary researcher, Míriam has conducted field studies in West Africa and worked for UNHCR in Ghana and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia. She is a qualified lawyer in Spain, where she worked in public law for the firm Baker & McKenzie and obtained a Master’s Degree in international relations from Yale University.

Rubeena  Hassam

Rubeena
Hassam

Finance and Operations Associate,
London

Rubeena comes to More in Common from sharedserviceslink, a small events company, from which she brings 5 years of operations experience working in a startup environment. She has also travelled extensively in North America.

Stephen  Hawkins

Stephen
Hawkins

Director, Research,
Denver

Since 2016, Stephen has led More in Common’s studies on polarization and division in the United States and across Europe. Stephen has a background in measuring and advising on public opinion for political candidates, Fortune 100 companies such as Microsoft and Ford, and public sector organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UNHCR. He received his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is curious about how beliefs and ideology shape people’s experience of the world.

Falco Hüsson

Falco
Hüsson

Associate, More in Common Germany,
Berlin

Falco studied political science and economics in Heidelberg, Istanbul and Darmstadt. He gained practical experience in political foundations, a strategy consultancy and in the German Bundestag. At the German federal election campaign 2017 he was employed as an event manager at the social democrats. Prior to his studies, he completed an apprenticeship as a Computer Science Expert.

Arisa  Kimaram

Arisa
Kimaram

Research Assistant,
London

Arisa joined More in Common having recently completed a Master’s Degree in Transnational Studies at UCL, with her dissertation focusing on the relationship between right-wing populism and gender in the UK and France. She has been assisting More in Common’s research studies in the US and Europe. 

Laura-Kristine Krause

Laura-Kristine
Krause

Director, More in Common Germany,
Berlin

Laura joined More in Common from the Berlin-based think tank Das Progressive Zentrum where she headed the Future of Democracy program and built up the Democracy Lab for democratic innovations. Laura holds a Master’s Degree from the Free University of Berlin and was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Washington. She published on institutional reform, digital democracy, and women in politics. Laura has twice been named one of “40 under 40” in Germany and took part in the 2018 negotiations to form the German coalition government.

Mathieu Lefèvre

Mathieu
Lefèvre

CEO and Co-founder,
Paris

Prior to helping launch More in Common, Mathieu was a co-founder of Make.org, one of the largest new civic tech companies in Europe and for several years was the Executive Director of New Cities, a think tank he helped launch on the future of global cities. Mathieu served as a Political Officer in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations for five years based in Southern Afghanistan, Lebanon and at the UN Security Council in New York. He also worked in the area of governance at the World Bank and has advised a number of political campaigns in France and the US. Mathieu is a graduate of the Kennedy School at Harvard and of the LSE. He is a dual US-French citizen and lives in Paris with his family.

Sharee McKenzie Taylor

Sharee
McKenzie Taylor

Director, Development and Strategic Engagement,
Washington DC

Sharee is a former attorney who has worked in finance, corporate leadership and nonprofits. Prior to joining More in Common, she was the National Director of Strategic Partnerships at International Justice Mission, a global anti-slavery organization. Sharee has also worked as a Senior Director with Young Presidents Organization, an organization that connects over 25,000 CEOs globally. Sharee began her legal career in mergers and acquisitions and private equity with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York. She has also worked as an advisor to a number of political campaigns. Born in Jamaica and raised in Canada, Sharee attended the University of Toronto before earning a JD at Boston College Law School.   

Binita Mehta-Parmar

Binita
Mehta-Parmar

Senior Associate,
London

Binita is a communications, media and political professional, with a background in public relations and public affairs. Outside of work, Binita is a Conservative Party campaigner, political commentator and Director of Modern Britain, a think tank that aims to develop and promote ideas and policies that will improve the lives of Britain’s Black and Minority Ethnic communities. Binita is a proud Watfordian and holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick.

Lucie  Monges

Lucie
Monges

Associate, More in Common France,
Paris

A recent graduate from ESCP Europe Business School, Lucie has several years of experience in the communication and marketing field. She started her career at Ipsos, an international research institute, where she was working as a global qualitative researcher. She also has experience in branding strategy and graphic design, acquired through freelance work. At More in Common, she is coordinating and analyzing quantitative and qualitative research in France.

Mohammed  Naeem

Mohammed
Naeem

Associate, More in Common USA,
New York

Mohammed grew up in Queens, New York and trained in medical research before becoming an organizer. He has led several movement building initiatives across issues including racial and economic justice and bridge-building between diverse groups. Mohammed is an alumna of Stony Brook University and lives in New York.

Anaïz  Parfait

Anaïz
Parfait

Director, Initiatives,
Paris

Deeply convinced about the need of a fairer society, Anaïz has devoted her career to social and environmental change. Prior to joining More in Common, Anaïz has spent over a decade bringing great people with different skills and backgrounds together to manage online and offline campaigns, communication strategies, build large scale grassroots movements and design eye-catching public interventions for non-profits and start-ups. After overseeing the organization's global operations, including its finances, fundraising, and HR policies, Anaïz now leads partnership​s and pilots globally at More in Common.

Maïder  Piola-Urtizberea

Maïder
Piola-Urtizberea

Junior Associate, More in Common France,
Paris

A recent graduate of Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Maïder started her career as a campaign assistant working at Amnesty International on migration and countries in crisis. She completed this experience with SINGA, a grassroots non-profit, working to match refugees and locals, as a community manager.

Mutaf  Rifat

Mutaf
Rifat

Director, Finance,
London

Mutaf is qualified from the Association of Certified Charted Accountants (ACCA) and Institutes of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) with over 8 years of senior level finance experience in the not-for-profit sector. Previously he was Head of Finance at Girl Effect, an initiative setup by the Nike Foundation to support young girls using technology and media in over 60 countries. Prior to that he was at Restless Development, a youth-led development agency focusing on social change amongst young people in 11 countries. He holds an MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Helen  Standley

Helen
Standley

Senior Executive Assistant,
London

Helen comes to More in Common with over 15 years senior administrative, events and project management experience in the non-profit sector. She has provided executive support to Directors at Crisis Action, Save the Children UK and Cancer Research UK. Helen is an organizer and is passionate about good process that enables efficiency and effectiveness in the workplace.

Dan  Vallone

Dan
Vallone

Director, More in Common USA,
New York

Prior to joining More in Common, Dan worked on education policy and innovation at the state and national level. Previously, Dan served six years active duty as an Army infantry officer, with one tour in Afghanistan. Dan graduated from West Point and earned an MA in Contemporary China from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on a Fulbright Scholarship and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Dan lives in New York City. 

Sarah  Wohlfeld

Sarah
Wohlfeld

Senior Associate, More in Common Germany,
Berlin

Sarah joined More in Common after working with the German Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for European Policy Studies on a civil society capacity-building project in the Western Balkans. Previously, Sarah worked as Project Coordinator at the Political Platform of the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance and was as Program Officer responsible for the Diplomatenkolleg, a private-public partnership project in the German Federal Foreign Office aiming to provide foreign diplomats with insights into German culture, history and society. Sarah holds an MA in sociology, political science, and media sciences from the University of Trier and studied in Prague.

Daniel  Yudkin

Daniel
Yudkin

Associate Director, More in Common USA,
New York

Dr Yudkin is a postdoctoral researcher in social decision-making at Yale University, investigating how transformative experiences change people's values and behaviors. He obtained his PhD from New York University and was a Fellow at Harvard University. His research centers on how people assess and influence their surroundings, including how group membership influences moral judgement.

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