Our Team

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Helen Butterworth, Global Project Associate, More in Common

Helen Butterworth is an organiser, 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.

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Naureen Collings, COO, More in Common (*on maternity leave)

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 oversees the organisation's global operations, including its finances, fundraising, and HR policies.

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François-Xavier Demoures, Director, More in Common France

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 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.

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Tim Dixon, Co-founder, More in Common

Tim Dixon 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 Syria Campaign, the Chifley Research Centre and faith-based justice organisation Sojourners.

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Rukmini Giridharadas, Senior Strategist, More in Common USA

Rukmini Giridharadas previously worked at Google, Change.org, and in US military intelligence studying how social media plays a role in war and conflict. She was educated at Brown University and Harvard Business School.

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Miriam Juan-Torres González, Senior Researcher, More in Common

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.

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Stephen Hawkins, Research Director and Senior Associate, More in Common USA. 

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 organisations such the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UNHCR. He received his Masters 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.

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Arisa Kimaram, Research Intern, More in Common

Arisa has just completed her 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.

 
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Laura-Kristine Krause, Director, More in Common Germany

Laura joins More in Common from the Berlin-based think tank Das Progressive Zentrum where she headed the Future of Democracy program and worked on democratic innovations. She was named one of the “40 under 40” of German society and science in 2017 and took part in the recent negotiations of the German coalition agreement.

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Mathieu Lefèvre, CEO and Co-founder, More in Common

Prior to helping launch More in Common, Mathieu was a co-founder of Make.org, a European civic tech company and the Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation, a think tank on the future of cities. In a past life, he served as a Political Officer in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations for five years in Afghanistan, Lebanon and New York and worked at the World Bank. Mathieu is a dual US-French citizen and lives in Paris with his family.

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Binita Mehta-Parmar, Senior Associate, More in Common

Binita is a communications, media and political professional. 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 holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick.

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Gemma Mortensen, Co-founder, More in Common

Gemma has worked in the media, for government, international organisations, non-profits and within the tech sector. Most recently, she served as Change.org’s Chief Global Officer overseeing teams in 17 countries and was previously Executive Director of Crisis Action during which time the organisation received the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and the 2013 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. CNN named her as one of their inspirational women for 2014. 

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Mohammed Naeem, Associate, More in Common USA

Before joining More in Common, Mohammed was an organizer, having played a leadership role in several national mobilizations, including the March from Charlottesville to Washington DC and the Tax March. He sits on the Advisory Board for Mina’s List, is an Alumna of Stony Brook University, and lives in New York City.

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Anaïz Parfait, Acting COO, More in Common

Anaiz Parfait is a seasoned campaigner who has led large scale grassoots campaigns for Greenpeace, Here Now, Global Zero. She was until recently leading CrowdPac in France.

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Maïder Piola-Urtizberea, Junior Associate, More in Common France

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 woking as a community manager.

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Helen Standley, Senior Executive Assistant, More in Common

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.

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Jonathan Spinner, Development Manager, More in Common

Dr. Jonathan H. Spinner has been involved in the American not-for-profit world for over 40 years in executive and fundraising positions with both small agencies and national and international organizations.  He presently serves on the board of CavanKerry Press and holds a doctorate in English Literature from Michigan State University.

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Sarah Wohlfeld, Senior Associate, More in Common Germany

Sarah joins us from the German Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for European Policy Studies where she headed a project supporting capacity building in civil society 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.

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Daniel Yudkin, Senior Associate, More in Common USA

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

Featured Photo: by Craig Z. Rodarte.