Our Team

Katy Ho
CEO / Co-Founder
Katy Ho is the Co-founder of Future Foreign Policy and currently works for DODs Parliamentary Communications in Westminster in Events. She graduated from the London School of Economics in International Relations and a Masters in International Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
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Philip Young
CEO / Co-Founder
Philip Young is the Co-founder of Future Foreign Policy and is currently working in digital transformations in the Public and Private sector. He has experience as a campaign organiser during the 2010 general election. He graduated from Royal Holloway University with an undergraduate in History and MSc in International Relations. He was recently named in Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30 for Europe in Policy.
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Jason Naselli
Jason Naselli is Editor-in-Chief of Future Foreign Policy. Jason has edited a number of publications focused on international affairs, Western foreign policy and transatlantic relations, and has worked in politics in the US, UK and Germany. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the University of Essex and a BA in Politics and Journalism from New York University.
Abigail Watson
Head of Communications & Outreach
Abigail is a Research Officer at the Remote Control project, a policy unit analysing the rise of "remote warfare" in the West's counter-terrorism. By this we refer to intervention that stops short of "boots on the ground" and tends to be more covert than conventional intervention - such as Special Forces and the use of drones. Abigail has an MA (with distinction) in European and American politics and experience in advertising, database building, social media and intensive research in many areas of politics - from the British political system, to the EU, to development, to Africa, to Islam to South East Asia and international aid.
Marie-Claire Tonna
Academic Outreach Manager
Marie Claire has a degree in Social Anthropology and an MSc. in Science and Technology Policy and Management. She has worked as an internationalisation policy manager and delegate, representing Malta's position on science and technology and has project managed several EU research and innovation projects. She is currently an EU programmes manager, carrying out business development within Europe to secure EU funding opportunities.
Hawar Shawki
Events Manager
Howie K. Shawki is a Master's graduate of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is currently working as a Senior Conference Producer for International Research Networks and Heads the Sustainability, Banking and Foreign Direct Investment Portfolios. He has interned as Parliamentary aide to former Liberal Democrat MP John Leech and has also worked at the Kurdistan Regional Government's UK Representation office.


Claire Yorke
Claire Yorke is a doctoral student in the Department of War Studies at London. Her work focuses on the role of complexity in the development of strategy and more effective foreign policy. Prior to this, Claire worked for 4 years as the Manager of the International Security Research Department at Chatham House. Claire is currently co-organiser of Women in International Security UK (WIIS UK) connecting women from across international affairs, security and defence.
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Rachel Staley
Rachel Staley is a Program Manager for British American Security Information Council (BASIC) International based in their London office. Since 2011, Rachel has managed the operations of the office and assisted in developing programs on non-proliferation and disarmament in the Middle East. Rachel holds an MA with Distinction in Non-Proliferation and International Security from King’s College London and a BA with Honours in International Affairs and Anthropology from Northeastern University.
Ross Gillam
Ross Gillam is the Chair of the Future Foreign Policy Volunteer Board and has been a contributor the website for a number of years. He specialised in Sub-Saharan Africa and UK foreign policy and is particularly interested in UK-Africa trade and investment, and African democratisation. Ross works in Corporate communications, financial communications, public affairs and social media.
Alistair Paul
Alistair's background is in music and law. Alistair studied law at the University of York before training as a solicitor at leading global law firm DLA Piper. Alistair now practises as a planning lawyer. Prior to entering the legal profession, Alistair spent four years in the music industry as a member of Elliot Minor, achieving a top 10 album and releasing a number of songs that went on to chart in the Official Top 40 UK Singles Chart.