I am the head of The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative. Previously, I have held various senior editorial roles at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), including managing editor, global health lead and Europe editor. I have led major research projects, for example on
- food sustainability
- sustainable infrastructure
- access to healthcare
- global cancer preparedness
- heart health
- global cancer survivorship
- youth health
- chronic diseases in developing countries
- tackling obesity
- the policy response to diabetes
- value-based healthcare
Before joining the EIU’s thought leadership team I was Europe editor in the EIU’s Country Analysis department, covering politics, economics and industry trends in Western Europe. I earned a bachelor of economic and social studies in international relations (First Class Honours) from Aberystwyth University and a master’s degree in EU international relations and diplomacy studies from the College of Europe. I have also studied global health policy, macroeconomics and international economics at the University of London.
I am a regular speaker at global conferences and events. For example, I have recently presented on topics such as global trends in self-care (at the India Pharma Summit in Bangalore), heart health (at the World Health Assembly in Geneva) and obesity in Europe (at the European Parliament in Brussels). I am also experienced in chairing events, for example sessions at The Economist Events’ recent conferences on obesity, food, materials and sustainability as well as numerous roundtables on issues such as
In addition to English and my native German, I also speak Dutch, French and Italian.