Our Brussels team is also supported by all Positive Money UK staff members and by a group of six professional advisors. Find out who they are below!
POSITIVE MONEY EUROPE’S TEAM
Head of Positive Money Europe
Stan joined Positive Money in August 2015 as international coordinator. After two years leading the QE for People campaign and the International Movement for Monetary Reform, he is now leading Positive Money Europe.
Before joining Positive Money, Stan used to cover the euro crisis as a journalist and ran a blog where he helped spread knowledge about money creation. He has also coordinated the European Citizens’ Initiative for basic income and co-founded the French movement for basic income. Stan holds a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship.
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Social Media and Administrative Support
Mira is mainly focusing on creating visual content for social media and supporting the team in growing our supporter base and online campaigns.
Executive Director, Positive Money UK
Fran has led the UK and international expansion of Positive Money, a non-profit think tank, which campaigns for systemic change of the money and banking system to support a fair, sustainable, and democratic economy. Positive Money Europe launched in 2018, and Positive Money US will hopefully be set up in 2020. Committed to wider financial reform, she is also a Director of Finance Watch, a Senior Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab, and an Advisor to Transparency Taskforce. Fran was also recognised as one of the most ‘Inspirational Women in the City’ 2017 by Brummell Magazine. Fran has an MSci and PhD from Cambridge University in Geophysics. Fran has also worked at various international organisations including the UN, Greenpeace, and BP.
Jack has spent most of his career as a Chartered Accountant in practice. For 25 years he was the Technical and Training partner at UHY Hacker Young in London, with a wide ranging quality and compliance remit. In addition, he was also the Ethics Partner, and in his last two years at UHY he was the Audit Partner for the firm’s leading charity and not-for-profit clients. An environmentalist at heart, Jack was one of the founders of “Sustainable St Albans” and has three times been the Green Party’s parliamentary candidate for St Albans.
Media and communications specialist
Greg is a freelance media and communications specialist. A former Head of Communications at Finance Watch, the Brussels-based NGO working on financial regulation, he advises on media relations and communications strategy. He was a financial journalist for ten years, working for a subsidiary of the Financial Times Group, and before that for PwC as an international tax and trade advisor. He studied law at UCL (LLB) and King’s College London (LLM).
Dr. Sotiria Theodoropoulou is a senior researcher and the head of the European economic, employment and social policies research unit at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Brussels. Her recent research interests have been focusing on the impact of fiscal austerity on economic performance and labour markets in Europe.
She is the editor of the ‘Labour market policies in the era of pervasive austerity’ book. She earned her Ph.D. in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she also taught economic analysis of the EU for several years.
Prior to joining the ETUI she held positions as research associate at Chatham House (London) and an economic policy analyst at the European Policy Centre (Brussels).
For the time being, all current members of the board are also sitting in Positive Money UK’s board. We are aiming to expand and diversify the membership of the Positive Money Europe board in the coming months.
Positive Money Europe’s Advisory Panel give professional and knowledgeable advice to the organisation on a pro bono basis. Our advisors come from diverse backgrounds and hold varied points of view. They don’t always agree, with each other or with us, and we don’t always agree with them either! We view this as a strength, providing us with a wider spectrum of viewpoints and challenging our own ideas and strategy.
Eric Lonergan is a macro hedge fund manager, economist, and writer. His most recent book is Money (2nd ed) published by Routledge.
He first advocated expanding the tools of central banks to including cash transfers to households in the Financial Times in 2002. In December 2008, he advocated the policy as the most efficient way out of recession post-financial crisis, contributing to a growing debate over the need for ‘helicopter money’.
Eric is also a supporter of Big Issue Invest (BII), the investment arm of The Big Issue, and is one of the initial limited partners in BII’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund LP.
In a personal capacity, he makes direct investments in social enterprises. He also supports and advises The Empathy Museum.
Independent Public Affairs consultant
Joost Mulder is an expert in EU advocacy, with a focus on finance and a background in the European Parliament and public affairs consulting.
In 2011, he moved to the NGO world and joined Finance Watch, where he ran successful advocacy campaigns on financial market rules, derivative speculation, and retail investment transparency.
Since 2017, his firm Better Europe Public Affairs is providing independent advice and training to NGOs and governments on finance, EU regulation and advocacy.
Joseph Huber is the professor emeritus and chair of economic sociology at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg.
He has an extensive background in research and academia, having worked as a research associate at the University of St Gallen and was an academic assistant at the Free University of Berlin.
He served as a policy advisor to various governments and companies on matters of industrial ecology during the 1980s and also sat on the advisory board of the Umweltbank (Environmental Bank) in Nuremberg.
More recently he has published books including ‘Sovereign Money. Beyond Reserve Banking’ and submitted academic pieces for the Real World Economic Review.
In 2009, Joseph founded Monetative, a German nonprofit organisation working on money reform.
Antoine Quero is a senior expert on innovative financial instruments at the European Commission, where he has accumulated a long experience on the regulation of the financial sector, the governance of the euro zone and EU investment programmes.
In his book on a progressive reform of the financial system, published by Catarata in Spain, he advocated for a banking reform compatible with the Economic and Monetary Union that would deliver similar benefits to a sovereign money system.
He also defends deeper democratic reforms that would go hand in hand with a monetary reform aiming at aligning money creation with the general interest.
Co-Director of Veblen Institute
Wojtek Kalinowski is co-director of the Veblen Institute for Economic Reforms, a Paris-based think tank promoting policies and social innovations for the ecological transition.
He writes and talks regularly about different aspects of the ecological transition, especially monetary innovations, monetary policies and financial regulation.
He edited “Repensons la monnaie” (Alternatives Economiques, 2016) and is author of “Transition écologique: mode d’emploi’’ (Petits Matins 2013).
He holds several post-grad degrees in social sciences from Uppsala University (Sweden), Université Paris-IV and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France).