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, resource scarcity, and climate change. Their most recent report, for the Brookings Institution on the post-2015 international development agenda, 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 a Senior Non Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he recently co-authored a major report on US economic policy and is currently working on the geopolitics of resource scarcity. He is also currently advising the British Council in Pakistan on a research programme looking at youth and demographics. He splits his time between New York, Pakistan and the UK.

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 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 Research Fellow and Director of National Security and Resilience Studies at the Royal United Services Institute. Prior to RUSI he was 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 an international communications and conflict resolution consultant. 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 Associate Director for Crisis Diplomacy and Peace Operations, Managing Global Order at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. He is responsible for developing CIC’s outreach and profile, in addition to working on peacekeeping, multilateral security arrangements and the relationship between the UN and the EU. Formerly manager of the Europe Programme at The Foreign Policy Centre (London), he is also a Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.  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.

Leo Horn – Phathanothai currently serves as Director for International Cooperation at the World Resources Institute (WRI). Prior to that he had worked in UNDP, the World Bank and DfID. He worked for six years in China where, from 2006-2009 he led a pioneering cross-governmental partnership between the UK and China on sustainable development, initiated by Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Wen Jiabao, and involving 17 government ministries/agencies. In parallel, he co-founded the China Carbon Forum and led it to become a thriving professional association serving as the key interface between the business community and senior Chinese government decision-makers on climate policy reform issues. Leo writes here in a personal capacity and his views do not necessarily reflect those of WRI.

Arjan van Houwelingen is a policy consultant and occasional researcher and writer, focusing on issues related to peace, politics and development. In the 90s he spend most of his time in Central and Eastern Europe researching aid effectiveness for organisations such as the EU, OECD, World Bank and USAID. Subsequently, he joined the UN where he worked on UN reform and the Middle East peace process. Currently, Arjan is based in the UK and, from time-to-time, the Netherlands.

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.

Daniel Korski is a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Yemen as well as in the United States. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Project on National Security Forum.

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 a consultant advising progressive organisations on strategy, advocacy, and organisational development. 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 Head of the Growth, 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 Director of 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.