Our Team

Lucy Hayter

Lucy Hayter, Director of Generation Global

She is passionate about the power of dialogue in transforming the lives of young people to become active, open-minded and global citizens. For more than two decades, Lucy has led international not for profit institutions and programmes, operating in leadership roles at Leonard Cheshire, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, iDE UK and Christian Aid. Lucy has designed and delivered large scale, complex and impactful education, livelihoods and emergency response programmes through partnerships across the world, often with a specific interest in gender, human rights and disability inclusion. Lucy has an MSc. in Development Management from the Open University and a BSc. in Development Studies from Derby University.

Fiona Dwinger

Fiona Dwinger, Special Projects Lead

Fiona leads on the delivery of the USAID-funded program Wahda: Understanding the impact of youth dialogue in Lebanon, which aims to evaluate the efficacy of youth dialogue in supporting identification of bias and increasing tolerance of difference and diversity. Fiona has 10 years’ experience in education and capacity-building programs. Before moving to London, she gained valuable grassroots experience working at a board of education in Hiroshima, Japan. While Fiona’s academic background is in political science and economics, and she has written several articles on these topics, her passion lies in engaging with people from a plethora of different backgrounds, improving cross-cultural communication and project management processes. Fiona holds a MSc in Development Management (Open University).

Lisa Petro

Lisa Petro, Education and Quality Lead

Prior to her tenure with the Institute, Lisa co-founded Know My World, a global education organization that supports educators in developing knowledge and skills for social, emotional, and cultural learning through Virtual Exchange. As a long-standing consultant for Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, Lisa served as a national coordinator for the Multicultural Education Program at PrepaTec and co-designer of the PrepaTec Multicultural Competency Model. Lisa has collaborated and led on the development of global education curricula and programs for organizations and institutions around the world including Nepali Education Support Trust, The Grail International, and One Globe Kids. Lisa holds K-12 teaching certification in New York State and an MPS in Multicultural and Humanistic Education from the State University of New York, New Paltz.

Lorenzo Raffio

Lorenzo Raffio, Digital and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Lead

Lorenzo specialises in leading the development of large-scale digital learning platforms and in monitoring and evaluating the impact of educational activities designed for young people. He is interested in research concerning experiences in education involving innovative technological tools that leverage the power of the internet to create opportunities for dialogue and intercultural exchange. He has a decade of experience building accessible and inclusive digital spaces. He holds a BSc in Economics (La Sapienza University, Rome) and a MSc in International Development and Social Anthropology (Birkbeck College, University of London).

Shruti Sharma

Shruti Sharma, Partnerships, Marketing and Communications Lead

Shruti manages the Generation Global programme across Asia at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. She has a decade of experience working as a management consultant advising governments, funding agencies, not for profit organizations, and corporates across sectors such as energy, power, operations, education, and skill development. Her expertise lies in designing and implementing large scale education solutions, improving efficiency of academic processes, and developing new market expansion strategies. She holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business and a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

Xan Northcott

Xan Northcott, Coordinator

Xan Northcott is passionate about young people receiving the knowledge, skills and resources they need to thrive in the modern world, and previously has worked to support youth political engagement, social entrepreneurship and climate action at non-profits such as Generation Citizen and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, as well as at the United Nations Development Programme. Xan graduated Summa Cum Laude and with Politics Honours from New York University, and joined the Tony Blair Institute in January, 2020. In his spare time, he volunteers to support youth climate action through membership of the Climate Reality Project and YOUNGO, the youth constituency to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.