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Meet the Team
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Ben Freeman

Executive Director

Ben graduated from the University of Manchester in 2020 with a BA in History and American Studies. Ben was previously a Campus Coordinator, and a Campus Director of The Pinsker Centre, and has been a firm advocate for intellectual tolerance on university campuses, having been elected as a delegate to the National Union of Students, and the World Union of Jewish Students. Ben was cited in the Jewish News' ''twenty five under 25'' list, where he was described as playing ''an instrumental role in standing up to antisemitism on campus.''

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Jonathan Hunter


Jonathan graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in History and an MSt in Modern Jewish Studies. He has nearly a decade of experience of non-profit management and campus organising, having previously been the Campus Director of an educational charity, a member of the National Council of the Union of Jewish Students and an organiser of the IHPS Lecture Series convened by Baroness Ruth Deech at the University of Oxford. Jonathan has been published in the Huffington Post, the Jerusalem Post, Fathom Journal, and the Jewish Chronicle.

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Marina Barats
Education Director

Marina graduated from the University of Bristol in 2022 with First Class Honours in BSc Economics and Politics and is currently completing an MA in International Political Economy at King's College London. During her undergraduate degree, Marina served as President of Bristol International Affairs Society, as Events Officer at Bristol Investment Fund and was selected to participate in several European Jewish Association Conferences. In 2020, Marina joined the Pinsker Centre as a Policy Fellow.

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Mackenzie France
Director of Strategy

Mackenzie graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in History and Politics. During his undergraduate studies, Mackenzie helped organise numerous Pinsker Centre events at Cambridge after becoming a Pinsker Centre Policy Fellow in 2022. Mackenzie's keen interest in foreign policy is evident through their contributions to publications like The Centre for Commonwealth Affairs and Blue Beyond on topics such as Israel's security, containing Russia and China, and the direction of UK foreign policy. After completing the Fellowship programme, Mackenzie continued working with the Pinsker Centre and was appointed Director of Strategy in 2023.

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