Aviva is research director for the Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division in EMEA. She has nearly 40 years of experience as a journalist, researcher and editor covering a variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services, insurance and risk management, transport, logistics, energy and environmental protection.
Charles is currently director of thought leadership research for Asia, where he covers a territory spanning from Australia to India. His team works with many Western multinationals from the Fortune 500 but increasingly with Asian multinationals, governments, SMEs and high-growth technology firms as well.
A native Australian, Charles is currently based in Singapore and has most recently managed the regions technology research practice. Leading a number of projects analysing the implication for business of new technology trends such as Industry 4.0, smart cities, big data, cloud computing, entrepreneurship and the internet of things, for Hitachi, Cisco, Telstra, Microsoft, Wipro, Akamai and the Singapore government. He is a frequent speaker at technology events, recently giving keynote presentations at events in Singapore, Australia, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.
Prior to joining the Economist Group, Charles ran an investor communications consultancy where he managed stakeholder research projects and developed an index which tracked the corporate governance practices of emerging markets companies. Prior to that he founded a firm which manages initial public offerings across Europe, North America and Asia.
Charles holds a masters in business administration, focusing on strategy and organisational change, from the University of Oxford.
Chris Clague is a senior editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division in Asia. He is an expert in international trade and trade policy and has also advised clients throughout the Asian region on the strategic implications of megatrends and political risk. He was a consultant in The EIU’s Tokyo office and was the project leader and editor for the EIU/Nikkei BP publication The World to 2050 (available in Japanese only).
Prior to joining The EIU, he was a senior consultant and Director of China Operations for a boutique consulting firm that worked with governments and MNCs on issues related to international trade, investment, and commodities.
Chris holds an MSc in Asian Politics from the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a certificate in International Trade Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute’s summer academy. He provides regular commentary on trade and the Japanese economy to international media.
Gilda is a managing editor with The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Thought Leadership Division in the Americas. Her area of focus is global talent management and she has edited and managed research projects on topics including C-suite perspectives of the human resources function, values-based diversity, talent strategy, the future of the HR function and HR analytics. She has also recently conducted research on the changing role of marketing and customer-centricity. She has presented her research at a number of conferences and webinars.
Before joining The Economist Group, Gilda was an editor of college textbooks at John Wiley. She holds a BA degree from Barnard College and attended the Juilliard School.
Heidi is the Global Director of Research for The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division. She has developed, implemented and interpreted numerous global research programs in the corporate, not-for-profit and governmental sectors. She specializes in addressing client needs using the full sphere of research approaches (qualitative, quantitative, social listening, traditional media, and secondary/public data). Heidi is best known for her global thought leadership research experience in which she has leveraged corporate, agency and academic collaborations to shed light on a social issue or trend. Prior to joining the Economist Group, she co-authored a number of white papers and journal articles including: Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty (2004, 2005, 2006), Children's Pastimes and Play in Sixteen Nations: Is Free-Play Declining?: American Journal of Play (2009), Huggies Every Little Bottom: Diaper need in the U.S. and Canada (2010), and Social marketing at a critical turning point, Journal of Social Marketing (2012). She received her Bachelors of Arts from New York University.
Irene is Global Editorial Director at the Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division. In her role, she is responsible for leading and growing the Thought Leadership business globally according to the Economist Group’s standards of editorial quality, creativity and independence. She also develops and oversees large global client relationships from an editorial perspective, delivering high quality content. She plays a key role in disseminating and presenting the Economist Group's views and work to clients and other high-level audiences around the world. Previously, Irene was regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), where she provided intellectual and strategic leadership to the regional editorial team within the EIU's Country Analysis division.
Before joining the Economist Group, she was director and senior Economist within the Centre for Global Competitiveness and Performance at the World Economic Forum, where she was also responsible for competitiveness research on Latin America and Iberia. She has written and spoken extensively on issues related to national competitiveness and development, serving as lead author and editor on a number of regional and topical competitiveness papers and reports; notably, she was the editor of the Global Information Technology Report series for six year, one of the flagship publications of the World Economic Forum. Before joining the World Economic Forum, she worked at the headquarters of Sudameris Bank in Paris for a number of years, holding various positions in the international affairs and international trade divisions. Her main research interests are in the fields of development, international trade, economic integration, innovation, ICT, competitiveness, cities and Latin America. Irene holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the Institute for the Studies of the Americas, London University, and a PhD in International Economic and Trade Law from L. Bocconi. She speaks Italian, French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Josselyn is the Americas Editorial Director for thought leadership at The Economist Intelligence Unit. She has worked in thought leadership and quantitative research for more than 15 years. She is an expert in creating engaging content for C-level and other senior executives. Among her areas of interest are organisation, governance, and the effects of technology on the workplace.
Before joining the EIU, she was a Senior Campaign Manager at Booz & Company and a Senior Editor at McKinsey & Company. Through those roles she developed significant expertise in global thought leadership development and programme management. She began her career at The New Yorker. She is based in New York and holds an undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard College.
Kevin is a member of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Thought Leadership team in North America and is based in San Francisco. From 2014-2017, he was based in The Economist’s Singapore office and led multi-year integrated content programmes such as Growth Crossings, a series about the new rules of global trade, and the Producers of Tomorrow, an initiative about the future of manufacturing. Prior to joining the EIU, he spent two years as Vice President, Institutional Marketing at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management company. In that role, he produced and edited white papers, website articles and newsletters aimed at some of Asia’s biggest institutional investors. Kevin also spent 10 years as a journalist covering financial markets, economics and policy for Reuters in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York. As a correspondent and editor, he covered the global financial crisis from Wall Street and its aftermath in Asia, where he led market-moving coverage of the region’s economic policymakers.
Martin is managing editor and global healthcare lead at The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division. He has led major research projects in healthcare, for example on global access to healthcare, heart health, global cancer survivorship, chronic diseases in developing countries, tackling obesity, the policy response to diabetes and value-based healthcare. Moreover, he has overseen research in other areas, such as financial services, economic development and sustainability.
Before joining The EIU's thought leadership team in 2014 he was Europe editor in The EIU's Country Analysis team, covering politics, economics and industry trends in Western Europe. In addition to English and his native German, he also speaks Dutch, French and Italian. Prior to joining The EIU in 2011, Martin worked as a senior economist at the business intelligence provider Dun & Bradstreet.
Martin earned a bachelor of economic and social studies in international relations (First Class Honors) from Aberystwyth University and a master’s degree in EU international relations and diplomacy studies from the College of Europe. He has also studied global health policy, international economics and macroeconomics at the University of London.
Martin is an experienced public speaker. His media experience includes appearances and/or mentions in various outlets, including ABC News, BBC News, Bloomberg, Deutsche Welle TV, Retail Week, Sky News, The Guardian and Voice of America. He has presented EIU research to audiences across the globe, for example in Brussels (on obesity in Europe), in Bucharest (on tuberculosis in Romania) and Belgrade (on modernising healthcare systems in the Balkan countries). He is also experienced in chairing events, for example roundtables on disruption in the healthcare sector and building a new ecosystem of care as well as sessions at The Economist Events' recent conferences on obesity, food and sustainability.
Melanie is an editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit’s thought leadership division in EMEA. Based in Dubai, her primary focus is on the Middle East and African markets. Prior to this, she was a Senior Analyst at MEED Insight, a research and consulting firm serving Middle East and North Africa. At MEED, she developed an expertise in bespoke market studies and financial modelling across a range of sectors spanning construction, finance, power and water, oil and gas, and renewable energy. She held previous posts working at the Office of the Chief Economist at the Dubai International Financial Centre, and at the San Francisco Center for Economic Development. Melanie has an MSc in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St Andrews, with distinction, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Michael is an editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division in Asia. Although Michael has roots in Montreal, he grew up in Palo Alto, California and attended Yale University, where he majored in anthropology. Prior to joining the Economist Group, Michael was a correspondent for Reuters in Taipei, where he covered the technology sector. He has also worked in Beijing and is fluent in Mandarin.
Michael is an editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit’s thought leadership division in the Americas. Based in New York, Michael’s areas of focus are technology and healthcare. He was previously an equity research analyst covering cybersecurity, data networking, cloud computing and IT infrastructure. Michael has also worked on several grants from the National Institutes of Health to research topics including HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases and international human rights law. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including AIDS Care, Global Public Health and the Journal of the International AIDS Society. Michael received his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brown University. He has worked in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Pete is the editorial director at The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division in EMEA; he is also global lead for the tech sector. He specialises in technology and has managed research projects on topics including digital transformation, the hyperconnected economy, the future of work and the evolution of marketing. He has presented this research at a range of conferences and has moderated discussions at a number of The Economist Group's own events.
Before joining The Economist Group in October 2013, Pete was editor of enterprise IT magazine and website Information Age and head of technology research for business-to-business publisher Vitesse Media. He holds a BSc in Experimental Psychology from University College London.
Becca is an editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division in the Americas. She specialises in financial market topics. Prior to joining The Economist Group’s Content Solutions Unit (CSU), Becca worked in a senior editorial role at Wall Street & Technology where she reported on all aspects at the intersection of capital markets, investment management and information technology. She has extensive experience covering big data, data security, mobility, enterprise technology, and the impact of regulations and social media on business strategy.
Becca has also held project management, content marketing, and business development roles at a startup brokerage firm, and regularly reported on the US stock market and trading strategies. She is a graduate of New York University with a dual bachelor’s degree in both economics and environmental studies.
Renée Friedman joined The Economist Group in July 2016 as a Managing editor for EMEA. Her work focuses on thought leadership programmes for the financial services sector.
Prior to joining The Economist Group, Renée worked in a variety of roles: in Economic and Political risk consulting, in finance in the City of London as an Economist, a Macro strategist and a Bond fund manager, in the international and UK domestic policy spheres as an Economist to the Treasury Select Committee at the House of Commons and as Senior Economist and Chief Technical Advisor for the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS, and as an academic, designing and teaching economics courses at universities across London.
Renée has spoken on a variety of panels and events focused on Russia, Ukraine and other emerging market economies including those for BNE Intellinews, IHS Global Insight, the IMF Poverty Reduction Strategy meetings, and for the UNDP. She has also appeared on CNBC.
Renée holds a PhD in Economics from London Business School, a Masters in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Birmingham, and a Bachelors in International Trade and Development from the London School of Economics & Political Science. She is also a Prince 2 certified project manager. In addition to her native English, Renée speaks Russian.
Tom works as a global survey manager for The Economist Intelligence Unit's division since 2015. Prior to this, he worked as a policy adviser for the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the national body for a network of Chambers of Commerce across the UK. He studied International Relations at the University of Limerick, Ireland.