Joel Cohen
communications manager, BeyondMe, associate fellow, Academy of Ideas

Joel manages communications at BeyondMe, a movement of professionals, businesses and charities coming together to make a meaningful impact on the world. Prior to this, Joel co-ordinated volunteer judges for the UK’s toughest schools’ debating competition, Debating Matters, and was instrumental in setting up 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. 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.