About us

The team


is the Founder and CEO of Long Street Advisors, working with clients to enable meaningful digitisation. He has worked in 86 countries advising tech companies, telcos, governments and international organisations.

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Mohammad Chowdhury


Anna was formerly a barrister specialising in employment law and appointed a Counsel to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Anna was Head of Policy for the Future of Work Commission and is a Fellow of IPR and RSA.

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Anna Thomas

Co-Founder and Director

Sir Christopher Pissarides is the Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. Chris was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on labour market frictions and technology

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Sir Christopher Pissarides

Co-Founder and Co-Chair

Naomi Climer is an engineer and leader who was the first female President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and was formerly President of Sony Media Cloud Services

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Naomi Climer CBE

Co-Founder and Co-Chair

Daniela is CEO of Snowball, a diversified, multi-asset investment vehicle that aims to create positive outcomes for people and planet whilst generating sound financial returns. 

Daniela Barone Soares


Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring girls and young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics roles.

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Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE


Graeme Nuttall OBE is a partner at Fieldfisher. He was the Government's independent adviser on employee ownership and authored 'Sharing Success: The Nuttall Review of Employee Ownership'.

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Graeme Nuttall OBE


Martha is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Lodestone Communications. Martha has worked on numerous national political campaigns and set up RegistHERtoVote, which engages and amplifies the voices of women in politics.

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Martha Dalton



Claddagh has worked in policy and communications across a range of fields. Her work focuses on legislative and policy activity relevant to IFOW's workstreams.

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Claddagh NicLochlainn


Abby joined IFOW in 2019. Formerly Head of Research, as Director of Praxis her work now focuses on ensuring our research programmes inform and deliver on strategic impact objectives.

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Dr Abigail Gilbert

Director of Praxis

Caroline has worked in senior operational and project management roles across a range of sectors including digital, manufacturing, charity and business services.

Caroline Fry

Caroline Fry

Head of Operations and Resources

Kester has huge experience in writing and publishing, as well as advocacy and communications in the education and trades union sectors.

Kester Brewin

Senior Communications Manager

Magdalena focuses on job quality, capabilities, working age and wellbeing research. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge.

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Magdalena Soffia

Postdoctoral researcher

Bertha holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sheffield, and researches various topics of inequality, social mobility and labour economics.

Bertha Rohenkohl

Dr Bertha Rohenkohl

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research fellows

Chioma is undertaking academic research exploring AI and workplace productivity. Chi founded and designed the Aggromerce platform, and formerly did freelance for Twitter and She Code Africa.

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Chioma Chidubem Nwankwo

Research Fellow

Gwendolin Barnard used to work as a researcher at IFOW and is now undertaking a PhD at the University of Graz. They hold an MSc in Data and Society from the LSE and focus on issues of algorithmic accountability.

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Gwendolin Barnard

Research Fellow

Professor Binns is an Associate Professor of Human Centred Computing, working between computer science, law, and philosophy, focusing on data protection, machine learning, and the regulation of and by technology.

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Professor Reuben Binns

Senior Research Fellow

Josh has a PhD from Oxford University and is a researcher at the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics. His research looks at the impacts of globalisation and technology on the labour market.

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Dr Josh de Lyon

Research Fellow

Hitesh is a barrister at Devereux Chambers, London, and a Guest Lecturer at UCL Laws. His research focuses on the question of work relationship status in English Law, and the organisation of rights to work relationships

Dr Hitesh Dhorajiwala

Research Fellow

Huw is Assistant Professor of Employment Relations at University College Dublin. His research focuses on international employment relations and the transnational politics of the future of work.

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Dr Huw Thomas

Research Fellow

Dr Winter's work focuses on gender, technology and the future of work.

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Dr M Winter

Postdoctoral researcher at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia

Phoebe is Professor of Management and the Futures of Work at the University of Essex, and international policy adviser on workers' rights and the use of technology at work.

Professor Phoebe Moore

Professor Phoebe V Moore

Senior Research Fellow

Jiyuan is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Imperial College London, focusing on the relationship between work and wellbeing. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Southampton.

Jiyuan Zheng

Research Fellow

Hong is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Warwick Business School, focusing on understanding decisions which impact the use of automation technologies at the firm level.

Hong Yu Lui

Hong Yu Liu

Research Fellow

Abigail is Professor of the Future of Work and Director of Research at Newcastle University Business School. Her research interests focus on work and inequalities, digital work and workplace change.

Abigail Marks

Abigail Marks

Research Fellow

Cassandra is a lecturer in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations at the Alliance Manchester Business School. Her research focuses on the adoption of new technologies in manufacturing.

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Dr Cassandra Bowkett

Research Fellow

Professor Philip McCann is Chair of Urban and Regional Economics at Alliance Manchester Business School. He specialises in spatial economics and economic geography.

Professor Philip McCann

Research Fellow

Rui is a researcher at Centre for Economic Performance and Guest Lecturer at the London School of Economics. He holds a PhD in Economics from UCL and his research spans various topics of labour economics

Dr Rui Costa

Dr Rui Costa

Research Fellow

Eric Kind is Managing Director of AWO, a new data rights agency. He is a legal and public policy expert in technology, society and human rights.

Eric Kind

Eric Kind

Research Fellow

David Leslie is the Director of Ethics and Responsible Innovation Research at The Alan Turing Institute. He has previously taught at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values

David Leslie

Dr David Leslie

Senior Research Fellow

Celestin is a postdoctoral fellow at the LSE exploring how stigmatisation impedes relations between individuals and groups, particularly in unemployment and manages an action-research employment project at Black Thrive.

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Dr Celestin Okoroji

Research Fellow

Professor Jolene Skordis is a health and development economist. She is Deputy Director of UCL’s Institute for Global Health and Director of UCL’s Centre for Global Health Economics.

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Professor Jolene Skordis

Senior Research Fellow

Jonathan is a clinician and academic in the Centre for Mathematics of Precision Healthcare at Imperial College London. His work applies network analysis to examine how health data may be used to address health inequality

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Dr Jonathan M. Clarke

Research Fellow

Sam holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University where he also taught economics. He is a trustee of a social mobility charity in York and has previously worked in global health and social policy roles.

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Sam Atwell

Research Fellow

Josh is a Harvard-Kennedy Scholar and a PhD candidate in Government at Harvard University. His research explores the politics and ethics of machine learning.

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Dr Josh Simons

Research Fellow

Professor James Hayton is a researcher at Warwick Business School. He was previously Dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University.

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Professor James Hayton

Senior Research Fellow

Lu Gram has over 9 years of experience working in global health and development. Lu has published widely and consulted for the World Health Organization, Save the Children, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Dr Lu Gram

Research Fellow

Dr Harry Pitts is in the Work, Employment, Organisation and Public Policy group at University of Bristol School of Management. He researches, teaches and writes about the politics of work futures.

Dr Frederick Harry Pitts

Research Fellow

Vicente is a Fellow in Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He did his PhD at the University of Edinburgh on the future of work agenda in global institutions (ILO, OECD, World Bank).

Vicente Silva

Research Fellow

Jeremias Adams-Prassl is a Professor of Law at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is particularly interested in the future of work and innovation. He leads a five year research project on Algorithms at Work.

Professor Jeremias Adams-Prassl

Senior Research Fellow

Umar is an Assistant Professor at Warwick Business School. His research focuses on the intersection between Sustainable Development Goals, such as Reducing Inequalities, and a growing financialization of economies.

Assistant Professor Umar Boodoo

Research Fellow

Dr Eleni Papagiannaki is a Lecturer in Economics at Birmingham City University (Business School). She researches, teaches and writes about the economics of labour, working time, income inequality and the future of work.

Dr Eleni Papagiannaki

Research Fellow

Professor Lilian Edwards is a frequent speaker on issues of Internet law, intellectual property and artificial intelligence. She is the Professor of Law, Innovation and Society at Newcastle University

Professor Lilian Edwards

Senior Research Fellow

Gemma is a PhD researcher in Science and Technology Studies at UCL, a science & technology writer and author, and co-host of the Radical Science podcast.

Gemma Milne

Research Fellow

Nyasha was formerly a fast stream civil servant with experience of agile policy development. Nyasha graduated from Harvard as a Kennedy Scholar with a Masters in Public Policy in 2017.

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Nyasha Weinberg

Research Fellow

Barry is a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Director of Research at Policy Network. He has previously worked at both the Irish and European Parliaments.

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Barry Colfer

Research Fellow

Katherine is an Economics PhD student at Oxford University. Her research focuses on the impact of technologies on labour markets and global supply chains. Katherine previously worked in Economics Consulting with PwC

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Katherine Stapleton

Research Fellow

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