About the Founders
Mathieu Lefèvre, CEO
Mathieu is a co-founder of More in Common and the director of More In Common France. Mathieu is an activist and an entrepreneur. Before co-founding More in Common, Mathieu was a co-founder of Make.org, a European civic tech company. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation, a think tank he founded on the future of cities. He served as a Political Officer in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations for five years, in Afghanistan, Lebanon and New York. Mathieu is a Senior Advisor to Purpose, a board member of Open France (part of the Open Network), of the Accélérateur de la Mobilisation and of Impulsion 75, a non-profit that helps school dropouts from the Paris banlieues. Mathieu is a dual US-French citizen.
Gemma Mortensen, UK Director
Gemma has worked in the media, for government, international organisations, non-profits and within the tech sector. She abandoned sunny California, where she served as Change.org’s first Chief Global Officer overseeing teams in 17 countries, to return home to create More in Common. She is co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Platforms and Systems, a board member of Intelligence Squared and co-founder of The Syria Campaign (with Tim Dixon). She was previously Executive Director of Crisis Action. She believes we are experiencing an unprecedented rate of change that will only intensify.
Tim Dixon, USA and Narrative Research Director
Tim is a social movement builder who was born in Australia, worked for several years in New York and is now based in London, where he co-founded Purpose Europe. He trained as an economist and tech sector lawyer, built a leading Australian educational publishing business that was bought by Pearson in 2004 and worked as chief speechwriter and economic adviser for two Prime Ministers. He has helped start and grow social movement organisations around the world to protect civilians in Syria, engage citizens in the peace process in Colombia, address modern day slavery, promote gun control in the US, reduce inequality, and engage faith communities in social justice. He is on the boards of the International Budget Partnership, the Jo Cox Foundation, Purpose Europe, the Syria Campaign, the Chifley Research Centre and faith-based justice organisation Sojourners.