Niall Ferguson

Managing Director

Niall is one of the world's leading historians and an influential commentator on contemporary politics and economics. He has published fifteen books, including The Ascent of MoneyKissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist, and most recently, The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook. His many prizes and awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013).

Pierpaolo Barbieri

Executive Director

Pierpaolo holds an AB magna cum laude from Harvard University and an MPhil from Cambridge. He is currently senior associate at the Applied History Project at the Harvard Kennedy School and was Lt. Charles Henry Fiske III Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is also the founder of Ualá, a financial inclusion project in Argentina. His first book, Hitler's Shadow Empire: The Nazis and the Spanish Civil War has been published in the U.S., UK, Italy, Spain, Argentina and China. He is fluent in Italian, Spanish and French.

Jason Rockett

Director of Research

Jason served in the U.S. Army before studying History at Harvard. For the last ten years he has worked as Niall Ferguson's research coordinator. He is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and Russian. He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Director (Europe)

Dimitris holds an AB in economics from Harvard University and a Master's in Modern Languages (German) from the University of Oxford. He specializes in European macro- and energy economics. Prior to joining Greenmantle, he worked as an economist for FTI Consulting. He is fluent in German, Greek and French.

Kathryn salam

Director of Operations

Kathryn holds an MA in political science from New York University and an AB in international relations from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining Greenmantle, she served as the web editor for


Director (Latin America)

Daniel holds a B.A. Cum Laude from Carleton College, a J.D. from the University of Chicago, and an M.P.P. from Harvard University with a concentration in international trade and finance. He is on the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he teaches Latin American Business, and is a member of the Comparative Constitutions Project. A weekly columnist for the Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional, he is also a regular contributor to various news and academic outlets. He is fluent in Spanish.


Director (Eurasia)

Chris Miller is Assistant Professor of International History at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He also serves as Eurasia Director at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the author of two books: Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia (2018) and The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy (2016). He regularly publishes in publications such He received his PhD and MA from Yale University and his AB from Harvard University.


Director (FX and Financial Institutions)

Paul holds a BSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and an AM from Harvard, where he is a PhD candidate. His academic research focuses on the history of the International Financial System, as well as FX and money markets. In 2016-7, he is a visiting scholar at the Bank of England, and he has previous work experience at the German Bundestag, Goldman Sachs, and a global macro hedge fund. He is fluent in German.

sean xu

Director (China)

Sean is William C. Bark National Fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford University and Associate Professor at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing. He also serves as a Research Fellow at the Center for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Sean received his BA, MA, and PhD in economics from the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, and he was a visiting research fellow at Fairbank Center at Harvard University. He is fluent in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.


Senior Advisor (Latin America)

Cecilia holds a degree in political science form Argentina's University of San Andrés, a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a Masters in the Science of the Law (JSM) from Stanford University. She has experience working in international arbitration and administrative law, both for the public and private sectors. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French. 


Research Analyst

Alice holds an AB in history and economics from Harvard University with a focus on China and the EU. She was research assistant to Ambassador Nicholas Burns, former U.S. Under Secretary of State, at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center and undergraduate research fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Her senior thesis on Cold War Sino-French relations won the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize. She is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin), French and German.


Research Analyst

Catherine holds a BA in Politics (PPS) from Trinity College, Cambridge and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics. While at LSE she served as the Research Director of the LSE SU Emerging Markets Forum. Prior to joining Greenmantle, Catherine worked at an African investment fund and the United Nations. She is fluent in Spanish.


Research Analyst

Eyck is a Henry Scholar at St. Edmund's College, Cambridge. He is the author of The Emperor's New Brand: One Belt One Road and the Globalization of Chinese Power (forthcoming, 2020). He has worked as a researcher to Graham Allison at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; to Niall Ferguson at the Hoover Institution, Stanford; and to Paul Haenle and Shi Zhiqin at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Tsinghua University. Eyck holds an AB in East Asian History with highest honors and an AM in Asian Studies from Harvard University. He is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and Spanish.


Research Analyst

Gil is based in New York and Washington D.C. He researches the trade and tech wars (including U.S.-China, U.S.-EU, U.S.-Japan, and USMCA negotiations), U.S. sanctions policy, U.S. elections, infrastructure, health care, tax and deficit projections, and GSEs. Prior to Greenmantle, he was research assistant to David Daokui Li, Mansfield Freeman Professor of Economics at Tsinghua University, on a forthcoming project, and has work experience at Lazard Frères & Co and the Manhattan Institute. He holds an A.B. in history with high honors from Harvard University. 


Research Analyst

Nicholas holds a BA with Highest Distinction in History from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar. His research focused on the economic history of Africa and Latin America. His senior thesis, investigating export-led growth in South Africa and Brazil, won the Bernard Peyton Chamberlain Memorial Prize in World History. He is fluent in Spanish and Italian.

Stephanie petrella

Research Analyst

Stephanie holds a BA in political science and Russian from the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as a research associate at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and publishes a daily news brief on Russia’s political economy. Stephanie previously worked in the Reconnecting Asia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She speaks Russian.

Joseph de Weck

Senior Advisor (Europe)

Joseph holds a BSc from the London School of Economics and a MA from Sciences Po Paris and the University of St Gallen. He has a background in financial and trade diplomacy. In the Swiss Foreign Ministry, Joseph coordinated Switzerland’s financial services policy in relation to the EU. Following the UK’s EU-referendum in 2016, he has worked as Secretary to the Swiss government’s Brexit task force. Joseph has also been a reporter with Bloomberg News in Frankfurt and Berlin covering the ECB and German politics. He is fluent in German and French.



Benjamin holds a BA in European Studies from King’s College London, an International Program diploma from Sciences Po Paris, and an LLB from the University of Law in London. He practiced law at a City law firm for six years, in London, Tokyo and Paris, where he specialized in energy and infrastructure projects. Benjamin has also worked as an advisor on political campaigns in France. He is fluent in French. 


Executive Assistant and Gathering Coordinator

Ursula holds a B.A from Venezuela’s Universidad Metropolitana. She has over a decade of experience in logistics, event planning and executive support. She is fluent in German and Spanish.


Operations and Research Assistant

Andrey holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Political Science from Florida State University. He has legal and administrative experience in criminal defense practice at the state and federal levels. He is fluent in Spanish.