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.

Naureen Collings


Director, Learning, People and Culture

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.

Tim Dixon



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


Senior Associate, More in Common Germany,

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.

Míriam Juan-Torres González

Juan-Torres González

Senior Researcher,

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


Finance and Operations Associate,

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


Director, Research,

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.

Gesine  Höltmann


Associate, More in Common Germany

Gesine holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance. At More in Common, she is able to combine her academic interests in social cohesion and the future of democracy with the real-world agenda of strengthening resilient societies. In the past, she has worked for the German Council on Foreign Relations, doing research on German Foreign Policy, Franco-German relations and European integration.

Falco Hüsson



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


Research Analyst,

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


Director, More in Common Germany,

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.

Christiana Lang


Senior Associate, More in Common USA,
Washington, D.C.

Christiana brings experience from six countries within ground and headquarters level positions through agencies including the Peace Corps and the United Nations. Selected as a Rotary Peace Fellow, Christiana earned her Master of Social Science from Uppsala University in Sweden, and graduated from the University of Hartford studying Politics, Government and Sociology. She has previously worked within NGO, INGO, IGO, US state and US federal government capacity on the themes of peacebuilding, sustainable development, violence prevention, and equitable social reforms. Christiana is based in Washington D.C.

Mathieu Lefèvre


CEO and Co-founder,

Prior to helping launch More in Common, Mathieu was a co-founder of, 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.

Noelle Malvar


Senior Researcher, More in Common USA,
New York

Noelle holds a masters degree in psychology from New York University and a PhD in applied social psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. Her research centers on intergroup relations and inequality, with a focus on examining effective interventions to foster dialogues between different groups. She was previously a research fellow for the Vera Institute of Justice and the Girl Scouts Research Institute.

Anaïz  Parfait


Director Destin Commun,

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 lAnaïz monitors the strategic direction and team of Destin Commun (More in Common France).

Maïder  Piola-Urtizberea


Associate, Destin Commun,

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.

Armand Suicmez


Communication and institutional relations officer, Destin Commun,

Before joining Destin Commun, Armand was Senior Public Affair Manager in one of the main French employers’ organization where he navigated between the business and politics worlds. Previously, Armand had worked in the private sector as well as for the Embassy of France in Turkey, where he focused on issues related to scientific cooperation and economic relations. He is particularly interested by questions relating to the evolution of the relationship between citizens and the institutions.

Helen  Standley


Senior Executive Assistant,

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


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


Senior Associate, More in Common Germany,

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


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.


Head of Finance,

JD leads More in Common’s finance team. JD is a Chartered Certified Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in large global organisations, working across four continents and interacting regularly with public sector organisations such as DFID, UNHCR, CDC, EU, NORAD and private foundations. JD is experienced navigating complex statutory requirements and appreciates working in a dynamic global environment.

Jazmin Kreimer

Grant Partnerships Associate

Jazmin is an attorney with experience working with private, nonprofit, government, and multilateral organizations on humanitarian, civil rights, and human rights issues. She began her career with the U.S. Department of State managing grant programs and advancing policy to protect and assist refugees in countries across Africa. Most recently, Jazmin worked for International Justice Mission, where she led the development of grant proposals for criminal justice reform projects combating human rights abuses around the world.

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