The Balanced Economy Project was founded in the UK in 2021. We are dedicated to tackling monopolies and excessive concentrations of economic and financial power. We focus on countries outside the United States.

Team

Michelle Meagher

Co-founder

I’m a recovering competition lawyer who has worked in private practice, for regulators, and for international institutions. Senior Policy Fellow at UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society. My first book, Competition is Killing Us, is out now.

Nicholas Shaxson

Co-founder

I write on international finance, corruption and power. I have written for the Financial Times, New York Times, Guardian, Economist, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Times, Foreign Affairs, IMF, and many others. I am author of Treasure Islands, a book about tax havens, and The Finance Curse, about oversized financial centres.

Our supporters

We are grateful for significant pro bono support from Catriona MacLay, an experienced former CEO and founder of a successful UK charity; John Christensen, the main founder of the Tax Justice Network (and a co-founder of the Balanced Economy Project;) and Vivek Kotecha, a forensic accountant and investigator. 

We are grateful for pro bono support from many others behind the scenes, and we are currently building a stable of Senior Advisers.

Our funding

We are fundraising to build the Balanced Economy Project. We do not accept corporate funding.
As of March 2022, our confirmed sources of funding are, beyond small individual funders:

Joffe Charitable Trust

Friends Provident Foundation

Tax Justice Network

SOMO

Balanced Economy Project has also benefited from significant pro bono contributions in the start-up phase from Michelle Meagher and Nicholas Shaxson, our two main co-founders.