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).

Trustees

Mehroosh

Dr Mehroosh Tak

Mehroosh is an applied economist researching on how to make global food systems sustainable and nutritious. She is passionate about making economics language accessible to the public and diversifying the discipline.

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 Rickard Straus

Rachel is a journalist who likes to get people thinking and talking about how the economy affects their lives. She is a Londoner, keen swimmer and likes every type of dumpling.

Ben Hughes

Ben Hughes

Ben is Chair of Trustees at Economy. He lives in Hackney and has worked in community development for many years. Ben is involved in projects that aim to develop Dalston’s local economy and has a keen interest in making the economy more relevant, effective and interesting. This is what drew Ben to being a trustee at Economy, as a way of connecting with all the ideas and people that make Economy great!

Oh, and he’s a keen cyclist, frequently found trying to persuade others to join him on 2 wheel adventures…

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. Economics wasn’t an option at school so it was only later on that Ken developed an interest in how the economy works. Ken says that “being a Trustee at Economy is great for my professional development and an opportunity to learn from the team and the other Trustees”. Beyond work, Ken loves the outdoors and always has a DIY project on the go.

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