Joel manages communications and growth at BeyondMe, a movement of young professionals who donate time, skills and money to a range of charities working in London. Prior to BeyondMe, Joel co-ordinated volunteers for the UK’s toughest schools’ debating competition, Debating Matters, and worked to establish the competition in Israel. As an associate fellow of the Academy of Ideas, Joel is a regular convener and chair of debates at Europe’s premier ideas festival, the Battle of Ideas, and has written on a range of issues across civic life, education, politics, international affairs and the arts. In 2016 he co-founded Invoke Democracy Now!, a campaign group working for democratic renewal after Brexit. Joel graduated with a BA in Politics from SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and once survived driving from London to Ghana in a Ford Fiesta.