About us

Global Dashboard explores global risks and international affairs, bringing together authors who work on foreign policy in think tanks, government, academia and the media. It was set up in 2007 and is edited from the UK by Alex Evans and David Steven.


Alex Evans and David Steven are both Senior Fellows at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC), where they lead CIC’s work on international development, and Agenda 2030. Their most recent report on how the the post-2015 international development agenda should be delivered, is here.

They work extensively on wider foreign policy issues, where their joint publications include a Chatham House report on the future of Britain’s foreign policy and a Brookings paper on ‘the long crisis of globalisation’. All of their publications are available on Global Dashboard here. They also undertake consultancy projects for external clients, both jointly (where their clients have included the UN Secretary-General’s office, the US government and the UK Foreign Office), and individually.

David is a Director of River Path Associates and senior strategic adviser to the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. He is has also advised the British Council in Pakistan on a research programme looking at youth and demographics. He splits his time between New York, the UK and various African and Asian countries.

Alex’s recent work includes helping Gordon Brown with his forthcoming book on the world in 2025, advising Unilever CEO Paul Polman on his membership of the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and acting as lead writer for the UN’s 2011 High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. He is based primarily in Ethiopia, but travels regularly to New York and the UK.

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Alistair Burnett is the Communications and Media Manager at IUCN. He was formerly the Editor of BBC News’ The World Tonight programme. Alistair has worked on many of the BBC’ leading programmes – after beginning his BBC career at World Service, he spent three years at the The World Tonight in the mid 1990s, before moving to the Today programme for a couple of years and then back to the World Service where he became Editor of Newshour, Europe Today and World Update.

Charlie Edwards is a Senior Policy Advisor to the Home Secretary. Previously, he was as Senior Research Fellow and Director of National Security and Resilience Studies at the Royal United Services Institute, and a Research Leader at the RAND Corporation focusing on Defence and Security where he conducted research and analysis on a broad range of subject areas including: the evaluation and implementation of counter-violent extremism programmes in Europe and Africa, UK cyber strategy, European emergency management, and the role of the internet in the process of radicalisation.  He has undertaken fieldwork in Iraq, Somalia, and the wider Horn of Africa region.

Jules Evans is a freelance journalist and writer, who covers two main areas: philosophy and psychology (for publications including The Times, Psychologies, New Statesman and his website Philosophy for Life, and emerging markets (for publications including The Spectator, Economist, Times, Euromoney and Financial News).

Ryan Gawn is Head of International Communications at ActionAid. Formerly with Peace Dividend Trust (Afghanistan) and Save the Children UK, he has conducted track two peace talks in Iraq, and worked on various projects with the UN, FCO and the British Council. He is a Rotary World Peace Fellow, member of the British Council’s Transatlantic Network 2020, Chatham House Council Member, and former Treasurer of the UNA-UK Westminster Branch.

Richard Gowan is the Adjunct Associate Professor at Colombia School of International and Public Affairs, and a non-resident Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. He is the overall editor of the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations, the leading source of data and analysis on military and civilian crisis management missions, which he helped launch in 2006. He has also written on the European Union’s role in state-building, cooperation between the EU and the United Nations and multilateral human rights diplomacy. He has broadcast widely – including the BBC, CNN and the Lehrer NewsHour – and frequently contributes to policy magazines and websites. He has worked with the OSCE Mission to Croatia, and published on the political philosophy of Raymond Aron.

Seth Kaplan is a writer and policy consultant focusing on fragile states, governance, and development. He is the author of Fixing Fragile States: A New Paradigm for Development (Praeger Security International, 2008) and a forthcoming book on poverty and state governance. A Wharton MBA and Palmer scholar, Seth has worked for several large multinationals and founded four companies. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. He lives in New York City.

Casper ter Kuile is the Co-Founder of the UK Youth Climate Coalition and a campaign consultant. He has worked for Avaaz.org38 Degrees and Futerra Sustainability Communications. He writes more about civil society, movement strategy and other delights on his own blog.

Kirsty McNeill is Director or Policy, Advocacy, and Campaigns at Save the Children. She was previously Head of External Affairs in Downing Street, working on a wide range of communications, campaigns and outreach activities for Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Previously she was the European Government Relations Manager for Bono and Bob Geldof’s organisation DATA (now the ONE Campaign). In 2005, she sat on the Coordination Team of Make Poverty History and was a parliamentary candidate, securing the biggest general election swing to Labour in the country.

Claire Melamed is Director of Poverty and Inequality Programme at the Overseas Development Institute(ODI). The programme does research and policy analysis on how economic growth can be more effective in reducing poverty and inequality. She has worked for the UN in Mozambique, taught at SOAS and the Open University, and worked for ten years in NGOs including ActionAid and Christian Aid.

Ben Phillips is Campaigns and Policy Director of ActionAid. Previously, he worked for Oxfam in the UK. He has lived and worked in four continents and 10 cities including New Delhi and Washington DC, as well as with children in poverty in East London. He began his development work at the grassroots, as a teacher and ANC activist living in Mamelodi township, South Africa, in 1994, just after the end of apartheid.

Elizabeth Sellwood is non-resident fellow at the Center on International Cooperation. She is based in Beirut, Lebanon, and has worked for several years in the Middle East region. She was Special Assistant to the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process from 2005-07, and prior to this she worked for the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territory. Between 2001-03 Elizabeth was an adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee in the UK House of Commons. She also worked for Oxfam in the Balkans in the aftermath of the Kosovo war, and in 1995-99 held research positions at Chatham House and Cambridge University.

Andy Sumner is Co-Director of King’s International Development Institute. He an inter-disciplinary Development Economist with research interests in the fields of global poverty, economic development and inequality. His primary regional focus is Southeast Asia and Indonesia in particular. Prior to King’s College London, he was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. He also holds associate positions at SOAS, Oxford University, the New School for Social Research, New York, and the Centre for Global Development, Washington, DC. He is a Vice-President of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and a council member of the Development Studies Association (DSA). In 2011 he was listed in Foreign Policy magazine’s ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’.

Mark Weston is a policy consultant, writer and researcher, specialising in international development. His clients include the Harvard School of Public Health, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, London School of Economics and a number of developing world NGOs. He has recently published a travel book on West Africa, the Ringtone and the Drum.