Prior to founding Counterpoint, she was Director of Research at The British Council and, between 2005 and 2008, the Director of Demos, the leading London-based think tank.
Since September 2019 she has been the Director of the new Global Policy Institute at Queen Mary University of London. She also advises business and political leaders around the world and is a Senior Adviser at the leading Macro Advisory firm Macro Advisory Partners, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Civil Service College in Singapore.
She holds a PhD in Comparative Political Science from McGill University in Canada. She is fluent in several languages and has lived in Italy, Senegal, France, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.