Our bloggers

Learn a bit more about the team behind our blog:

Tina Schneidermann, COO

Tina’s first interaction with the Hot Spots Movement was booking Lynda for a series of speaking engagements and she subsequently decided to exercise her common sense and natural, ingrained ability to focus on the bottom line as Hot Spots COO. Tina’s role is to inject a strong dose of business sense to the mass of creativity within the team and to match its capability and potential to real market needs. Her approach to life is to get excited about making things happen – from the most cerebral activities to the most mundane (ironing!) – it’s the variety that matters.

Emma Birchall, Head of Research, Future of Work

Emma joined the team in 2013, lured by the opportunity to conduct cutting edge research that’s both academic and applied. Emma’s work on FoW involves reviewing literature and making contact with research teams to distil the latest in thought into something accessible to business users. She’s also actively involved in the FoWLab jams, getting to grips with client requirements and developing provocations. In her spare time, Emma provides mentoring and workshops for Future First, a charity aimed at raising ambitions and levels of achievement in young people.

Haniah Shaukat, Head of Research and Analysis

Haniah’s expertise lies in identifying pertinent talent challenges faced by global organisations and in helping our members translate our research into action. Haniah is highly networked and works closely with thought leaders and leading practitioners from around the world when planning workshops and delivering bespoke research projects.

Haniah’s first role at Hot Spots Movemement was to support Professor Lynda Gratton as a Lead Researcher for her book, The Key – How Corporations Succeed by Solving the World’s Toughest Problems. Haniah has a strong interest in the political economy of development, and her previous experience includes working in the development sector in South Asia.

Haniah holds a postgraduate degree in Development Economics from SOAS – University of London, and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science. Outside of work, Haniah takes a keen interest in the development of education in Pakistan where she mentors and works closely with children at various schools.

Harriet Molyneaux, Digital Engagement

Harriet derives great enjoyment from successfully delivering complex global projects, with a focus on simplifying them for clients to enable achieving their goals.  As head of digital engagement, she focuses on building collaborative crowd-sourced solutions. Harriet has deep expertise in supporting organisations with tuning in to their Employee Voice and purposefully applying enterprise social media. In addition to this she works on strategic development and marketing of our Jams. Her previous experience includes advising on the core sustainability policy for a global luxury shopping chain, directing the world’s largest insurance telematics conference and speaking on radio shows about microfinance in West Africa. She studied Philosophy and Italian Literature at The University of Edinburgh followed by International Relations at King’s College London.

David Takacs, Digital Support Manager

David Takacs is responsible for coordinating the digital elements of our Jam projects and works closely with Harriet. His main responsibilities include information security, coordinating our virtual team of facilitators and overseeing the development and configuration of our bespoke Jam platforms. David also works on the visual design of our client events. His previous experience includes market research and policy analysis at a Hungarian think tank, and advising high-ranking NATO officers at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Belgium.

Raphael Korine, Researcher

Raphael joined the Hot Spots Movement Research team after completing a Psychology Degree at the University of Exeter, with a focus on Organisational Psychology and Statistics. He previously worked as a freelancer for Hot Spots Movement, whilst attending University.

With his analytic mind-set and background in psychology, Raphael is involved in both qualitative and quantitative research at Hot Spots Movement, whilst also facilitating our Jam platforms and contributing to the team’s social media. Raphael speaks four languages – English, Japanese, German and French – and is passionate about using his academic background to help businesses unleash their full potential and overcome their challenges for the future.

Anna Gurun, Researcher

Anna has joined Hot Spots Movement as a Researcher. She previously worked for The British Council and as a freelance researcher in Britain and France. With extensive research experience on cross-cultural networks and social groups, Anna is passionate about using academic insight to help businesses solve the challenges of the future.

She has a PhD in Social History and is fluent in French.

John Furness, Project Manager – Digital Engagement

John works extensively with clients to help them overcome the most complex organisational challenges through harnessing the power of their employees’ collective voice. Marketing, developing and producing Hot Spots Movement’s Jam platforms, our bespoke crowd-sourcing tool, John ensures organisations gain actionable results using their collaborative intelligence.

Previously, John provided Business Intelligence to the nuclear power industry and was responsible for coordinating the world’s largest Advanced Reactor conference and whitepaper series, as well as helping to develop the UK Government’s strategy on the matter. John read Psychology at the University of Birmingham.

Melissa Forbes, Head of Admin and Community Management

Melissa joined Hot Spots Movement as our Head of Admin and Community Management after completing a Psychology degree from The University of Nottingham and subsequently working as the Office Manager for a Top 10 London property agency.

With her analytic and methodical mindset, Melissa enjoys being behind the logistics of a company’s successes and running operations. She has fulfilled voluntary roles in research-based charities such as a Teacher for ‘Real Action’ and a Befriender for ‘Age UK’, developing strong interpersonal skills and furthering her interest in applied psychology.

Hannah De Waal, Researcher

The latest addition to our team, Hannah researches and analyses the forces that are shaping the future of work. Her role includes outlining the economic and societal implications of these trends, along with taking part in future-oriented bespoke projects.

Hannah enjoys applying insights from academia to the business world. She is passionate about communicating cutting-edge scientific research with a broad audience; seeking to encourage a wider understanding of human thought and behaviour. She imagines the future workplace as a creative physical and digital space amongst diverse cultures and backgrounds – accompanied by yoga breaks, Super Mario Galaxy and unlimited banana bread.

Hannah recently graduated from the University of Exeter, studying Psychology with a focus on Neuroscience, Brain Plasticity and Mindfulness.

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