The DEAL Team & DEAL's Advisory Team

Meet the members of the DEAL Team and DEAL's Advisory Team

Andrew Fanning

Research & Data Analysis Lead

Andrew leads DEAL's work on applied research, data analysis and iteratively improving our methodologies, especially for downscaling the Doughnut to places.

His research in ecological economics has been published in leading journals, such as Nature Sustainability and The Lancet Planetary Health. He led the development of a National Doughnuts Data Explorer where people can explore the results of a major study that quantifies the sustainability of national resource use associated with meeting human needs in more than 150 countries (URL:

He is also a Visiting Research Fellow in the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds, and holds a Masters in Development Economics from Dalhousie University (Canada) and a PhD from the University of Cadiz (Spain). 

Carlota Sanz

Co-founder, Strategy & Enterprise Lead

Carlota Sanz leads the development of DEAL's emerging strategy. She combines her corporate experience with her passion for regenerative economics to design DEAL in a way that is future-fit. She also leads the early days of DEAL's work with Business and Enterprise.
Carlota was co-director of Economy for the Common Good UK and continues to be a member of ECG's Knowledge Hub, which continually refines ECG's standards for business accreditation and transformation.  
For over 10 years, she worked as a management consultant in the financial sector in Spain , for KPMG, Deloitte, Santander and Metro Bank, based in Spain and the UK.
She studied Business and Economics at Carlos III University in Madrid and she has studied grass-roots business transformation, and narratives of new economics, at Schumacher College. 

Dana Pop

Finance Administration Lead

Dana runs DEAL's day-to-day bookkeeping as well as managing other financial administration such as invoicing and payments. 
Prior to this, she was a Project Controller at Oxford University Press within the Schoolbooks Design team, where she was responsible for the day-to-day project management of a number of publishing lists.

She graduated from Oxford Brookes in 2015, obtaining a BA (Hons) in International Business Management. Dana is also a keen amateur photographer and lover of nature, exercise and cooking.

Over the last few years, Dana has been volunteering with the Oxford for Romania charity which aims to offer an eye-opening learning experience for Romanian high school students with great academic potential and limited financial means. 

Erinch Sahan

Business & Enterprise Lead

Erinch leads DEAL’s work on business and enterprise. For over 10 years, he has focused on the transformation of the business world to make it is regenerative and distributive by design – exploring governance and ownership models that embed social and ecological priorities.

Erinch’s background spans business, government, social enterprise and NGOs. Most recently, he was the chief executive of the World Fair Trade Organization, a global network and verifier of social enterprises and cooperatives that practice Fair Trade. Previously, he spent 7 years at Oxfam leading campaign and advocacy initiatives, and founding Oxfam’s Future of Business Initiative. He has also worked at Procter & Gamble as a market strategy manager, established a furniture business and worked for Australia's aid programme.

Erinch speaks and writes regularly on cooperatives, social enterprises and other enterprise alternatives to profit primacy. He has lectured extensively on sustainable business and holds degrees in finance and law, and an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University. 

Hallina Popko

Executive Assistant

Hallina supports DEAL’s daily organizational operations and works with the co-founders to streamline processes to enable DEAL's continuous growth and increase their capacity to bring the Doughnut to everyone.

She brings over 25 years of experience as a creative project manager professional working across industries with a passion to manage complex projects and execute online and in-person events. 

Her experience spans the globe, and as a former Pan Am Purser and In-flight Instructor she is attuned and competent to work across cultures in a collaborative, flexible and adaptable manner. 

Karn Spydar Lee Bianco

Digital Platform Lead

Karn leads the design, development and management of DEAL's website and Community Platform.
His professional background is in game development as a programmer, collaborating across many different disciplines to deliver projects at various scales. He is interested in using play to help people explore important and complex topics.
He is also a freelance writer covering the games industry, technology and climate change. He is involved in the fossil fuel divestment movement as an active campaigner, combining the need for climate action with tangible steps towards a more regenerative economic system.
Karn helped found the game workers branch of the IWGB - the UK's first trade union dedicated to empowering and improving the rights of workers in the games industry.

Kate Raworth

Co-founder and Conceptual Lead

Kate provides conceptual leadership on Doughnut Economics, within the team and in the emerging community of practitioners and presents DEAL's ideas and work internationally.

She is an economist and the author of the international best-seller Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist which has been translated into 20 languages.
Over the past 25 years she has worked with Oxfam, UNDP, and in the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Zanzibar. She currently teaches at Oxford University and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. 

Leonora Grcheva

Cities & Regions Lead

Leonora has joined DEAL to lead our engagement with cities, municipalities and other place-based administrations that are interested in putting Doughnut Economics into practice in their own context.

Leonora is an urban planner, researcher and participation practitioner. She has over a decade of experience facilitating engagement with communities, cities and regions globally through her work as an urban planning consultant for UN-Habitat, a city leadership associate for University College London, and a community engagement consultant for built environment projects in the UK.

She studied architecture in her home-country Macedonia, holds a Masters in Human Settlement from KU Leuven (Belgium), and a PhD in Urbanism from the IUAV University of Venice (Italy). 

Rob Shorter

Communities & Art Lead

Rob leads DEAL's work with people and organisations working at the household, street and neighbourhood scale as well as networks working at the city, regional and national scale.

Rob is most interested in the ways in which everyone can contribute to reimagining the Economy, and works with others to create playful and accessible methods that invite new audiences to engage in the ideas and possibilities of Doughnut Economics.


Rob studied Economics for Transition at Schumacher College, and prior to this, worked for the Co-operative Group for 10 years in Strategy and Insight, exploring, amongst other things, the role of the Co-op in society in the 21st century. 

DEAL's Advisory Team

Martin Kalungu-Banda

Martin works with business, government, and civil society leaders globally. Martin is an organisation and leadership development consultant, a facilitator of innovation and change. He is a core faculty member of the Presencing Institute and has led collaborative innovation on diverse issues.

He is also the author of several books including ‘Leading Like Madiba: Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela’ , ‘It’s How We End That Matters: Leadership Lessons from an African President’ , and ‘Driftology: How to Access Life’s Greatest Opportunities by flying on the wings of others’. 

Risalat Khan

Risalat is an activist and intrapreneur addressing the climate crisis, biodiversity collapse, and other existential challenges. He is a senior campaigner for the global civic movement Avaaz that helped spearhead the largest global climate marches before the Paris Agreement, spanning over 2,000 cities. Risalat also consults with mission-driven organizations on building effective and loving team cultures. 

Risalat has expressed his voice on sustainability issues by writing for Dhaka Tribune and the World Economic Forum's Agenda, and speaking on panels and interviews at Davos, CHOGM, and Columbia University. 

Angelique Orr

Angelique has been campaigning for change since she was about 8 years old - and throughout her career spanning more than 2 decades as a leader of global campaigns in various NGOs such as Oxfam, Refugee Action, and Save the Children.  She’s led campaigns on social justice issues ranging from climate change and economic justice to refugee and child rights.

She believes passionately in the power of people to bring about change, and thrives supporting people around the world in their organising, campaigning and activism.  Angelique is currently Global Campaigns Director at Save the Children International.  She lives in East Sussex where you’ll often find her chasing her children or nurturing her vegetable plot. 

Ruurd Priester

Ruurd is a systems thinker/doer, a social entrepreneur and researcher, with many years in digital design, marketing, innovation and strategy. He is Co-Founder and strategist of Groundforce Studio, which developed the Doughnut Economics Action Lab website and platform. Ruurd is Co-Founder and Acting Chair of the Amsterdam Donut Coalitie, Co-Founder and strategist of Climate Cleanup, and a Research Fellow at the Amsterdam University of Applied Science – where he is also leading the sustainability program re-set. Ruurd's favourite motto is from Charles Eames: 'eventually everything connects'. 

Imandeep (Immy) Kaur

Immy is Co-Founder and Director at CIVIC SQUARE. She is passionate about building fairer, more equal and just cities. She is a bold and ambitious activist focused on creating large scale systemic change with citizens at the heart of the work, bridging the space between complex systems science and bold experimental practice in the heart of the city. Immy was Co-Founder of Impact Hub Birmingham, she is a member of Project 00, [zero zero] and of Dark Matter Laboratories. She was also licensee, curator and producer of TEDxBrum between 2012 - 2017. 

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