Our team

Beth Leslie

Beth Leslie

Editor

Beth is a writer who became interested in economics when she realised it was a great way to both better understand the world around her and to win more pub quizzes. She is the author of What is the Economy?, a fun(ish) guide to economics for people who don’t like economics. She divides her time between being Economy’s Editor, hunting out the world’s most scenic hikes, and spearheading her one-woman mission to discover the best pubs in London.

Clare Birkett

Clare Birkett

Associate Director – Training and Organising

Clare believes that creating community is key to empowering people to create the societal change they want to see. Her job is to lead on Economy’s workshops and courses for adults that support people, especially those furthest from power, to shape the economic decisions that affect them. Clare brings to the role over a decade of experience working across the new economy, international development and environment sectors, in a range of communications and operations roles. Clare is a keen netballer, and also dabbles in some singing, cycling and sewing.

Fatima Iftikhar

Fatima Iftikhar

Associate Director – Communications and Campaigns

Working across policy, higher education, campaigning and community building, Fatima’s interest in economics grew as she grappled to understand how we change systems that are deepening inequality. Leading Economy’s Voice, Conversation and Decision Making work, she believes the answers lie in the knowledge and expertise of marginalised communities that are currently structurally excluded from economic decision making. Alongside work Fatima is an Aziz Foundation Scholar, studying a Masters in Social Policy and Social Research. In her spare time you can find her cooking, crocheting and planning travels across the world.

Jonah Earle

Jonah Earle

Chief Executive | @Jonah_Earle

Jonah worked for the Big Issue after leaving school and then went to university just before the fees went up. There he felt that the economics he was taught wasn’t helping him understand the world and he helped set up the Rethinking Economics student movement. He’s a co-author of a book called The Econocracy: on the perils of leaving economics to the experts and does research on how to build better local economies. He also loves playing football and is a lapsed part-time poet always hoping to make a comeback.

Juliet Michaelson

Juliet Michaelson

Deputy Chief Executive

Juliet is a longstanding champion for economics that makes sense of real people’s lives: she spent eight years promoting measurements of happiness and wellbeing as an ultimate economic indicator. A researcher by training, she has undertaken policy and operations roles in a variety of organisations involved in reimagining what economics is and how it can be done well. Outside work Juliet is reviving her rusty piano playing in-between parenting her two young children (and slightly older cat).

Nayeema Rahman

Nayeema has been interested in economic inequality and disparity since university. After graduating, she is focusing on researching the impacts of economic policy on marginalised communities and engaging these communities in discussions around their finance. In her spare time, she enjoys taking pictures of the sunset and going on long walks to beat her personal record of the most steps walked in a day.

Trustees

Ben Hughes

Ben Hughes

Ben is Chair of Trustees at Economy. He has worked across the charity sector for many years, developing and leading membership associations that work towards social justice. He is now applying his long held interest in the role and independence of civil society, in academic research on the growing gap between have lots and have nots. With economics being at the heart of this, Ben’s motivated by developing an all together different approach –  that’s shaped by, works for and is understood by everyone.

Ken Hayes

Ken Hayes

Ken is a beekeeper and gardener who works at a community charity where he supports people to learn new skills, meet others and get a break from any challenges they might be facing. He became interested in economics when working for the Environment Agency to reduce the impact of environmental regulations on business and has since completed an MSc. in Political Economy. He loves the great outdoors and has an interest in sustainable building technologies, which he experiments with at home.

Matt

Matt Giugni

Matt is a qualified accountant with over 8 years’ experience in providing financial services in both practice and industry settings. After 8 years at PwC Australia, Matt is now the Financial Director at digital growth agency Found. Matt became interested in economics in high school and went on to earn a double degree in Economics and Commerce from the Australian National University. When he’s not playing rugby he enjoys exploring London and travelling Europe… pre-COVID

Mehroosh

Mehroosh Tak

Mehroosh is a lecturer in agribusiness at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. An economist by training, she spends most of her time researching global food systems. Her work sits at the nexus of agriculture, food and nutrition. Mehroosh regularly provides monitoring and evaluation support to international donors, such as the UNICEF and FCDO.

Meena

Meena Bharadwa

Meena has a background in community development and social justice and has been working alongside communities for the last twenty years. She currently based in the West Midlands working for a national charity that supports communities to create a fairer society. Meena is really keen to shift power towards communities and especially those who are facing economic deprivation and those who are furthest away from decision making. Meena has always been interested in economics but in a way that relates to everyday people in their everyday lives.

Rachel

Rachel Rickard Straus

Rachel is a money journalist. She is currently deputy personal finance editor at The Mail on Sunday and was previous editor of Moneywise and presenter of the Big Money Questions show. She specialises and revels in writing and speaking about the economy, personal finance and investing for a mainstream audience.