Nick Martlew is an adviser to Open Briefing. Nick is the strategy director of Digital Action, which builds coalitions to strengthen democratic rights in a digital age. He previously worked with Crisis Action for five years, including four as its UK Director. During this time, he led campaigns that helped secure asset freezes on war criminals, ceasefires in conflicts, and humanitarian access for hundreds of thousands of people trapped in war. Based on this experience, he wrote Creative Coalitions, a handbook for strategic conveners building campaign coalitions. Nick has previously led on campaigns with Oxfam, Save the Children, and consortia of NGOs working in Africa and the Middle East.
Livia Constantinescu is an adviser to Open Briefing. Livia has been a finance professional for the past 15 years. She is currently a senior portfolio manager with the Pictet Group, where she is head of the London discretionary portfolio management team. Previously, she was an investment strategist at J.P. Morgan and started her career as a merger arbitrage and special situations equity analyst. Livia completed the executive finance programme at Columbia Business School and holds a master’s in finance from London Business School as well as the first CFA UK qualification in ESG investing.
Amy Blackwell is an adviser to Open Briefing. Amy leads her own advisory firm, which designs bespoke strategies for families and foundations to achieve social impact, provides professional development for private client advisers, and advises organisations on effective donor management. Amy has chaired multiple boards for education charities and is currently a trustee for the global children’s charity Right to Play UK. She also advises the Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF) American Donor Fund. Amy returned to university and earned a master’s degree from LSE in 2017 with a dissertation focussed on the unintended consequences for the not-for-profit sector of counter-terrorism finance legislation.
Alfred Malmros is an adviser to Open Briefing. Alfred is a marketing and technology executive with extensive brand, communications and product management experience. During six years at Google, he was the chief marketing officer at Jigsaw, head of marketing at Google Ideas and the strategy lead at Google Creative Lab. He led the transformation of Google Ideas into Jigsaw, which focuses on digital security for activists and journalists in repressive societies, and launched and scaled a dozen products, including Project Shield and Security Planner. Alfred is the recipient of over 30 technology and marketing industry awards and is fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Chris Cushing is an adviser to Open Briefing. Chris has nearly 30 years’ experience in leading humanitarian action, human security strategies and high-level diplomatic initiatives for international aid organisations, the Red Cross, the United Nations, governments, academia and the private sector in over 50 countries. He has directed emergency humanitarian operations in 17 wars and two disasters. Among numerous senior roles, Chris was the director of innovation at the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation, the humanitarian director of Plan International UK and the interim president and CEO of the Forum for Democratic Global Governance. Between 2004 and 2013, he was the executive director and principle research fellow of the Centre for International Cooperation and Security in the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. Chris is a former officer in the Canadian Armed Forces.