Legatum Institute

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Leadership

Sian Hansen

Sian Hansen
Executive Director

Sian Hansen is the Executive Director. She is leading the Legatum Institute to fulfil its mission in promoting prosperity through individual liberty, free enterprise and entrepreneurship, character and values. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes and services that contribute to that mission and reflect the priorities of the Board. Previously Sian spent seven years as the Managing Director of the UK think tank Policy Exchange; an educational charity promoting research and discourse on public policy. Sian is a Non-Executive Director of the JP Morgan Income and Capital Trust plc. and is a Non Executive Director on the Advisory Board for Cerno Capital PLC.  She also sits on the board of the Centre for Entrepreneurs and is a Commissioner of The Women's Refugee Commission (USA). She was formerly Head of Sales for Asian Equities at Société Générale. Prior to this she was an equity analyst and broker with Enskilda Securities in Europe.


Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum
Director of the Transitions Forum

Anne Applebaum leads the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum, a series of projects which examine the challenges and opportunities of radical political and economic change. She is also a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate, and the author of several books, including Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction as well as other awards. Her most recent book, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1946, won the 2013 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature and was nominated for a national book award in the US.

Since 1989, her journalism has frequently focused on the politics of transition in Russia, central Europe and other former communist states, but she has also written extensively about British, American and European politics and international relations.

She is a former member of the Washington Post editorial board, a former deputy editor of the Spectator magazine, a former political editor of the Evening Standard and a former Warsaw correspondent of The Economist. Her work also appears regularly in the New York Review of BooksForeign Policy, the New Republic, the Daily Telegraph and many other UK and US publications. She is married to Radek Sikorski, Marshal of the Sejm (Speaker of the House) in Poland.


Cristina Odone

Cristina Odone
Director of Communications

Cristina Odone is Director of Communications. She leads on all strategic communications, including promoting the Legatum Institute’s public profile in Britain and overseas. She also coordinates the Institute’s presence in mainstream and social media with its programme of public events, charitable and civic engagement, and its signature publication, the annual Legatum Prosperity Index™.

A former Editor of the Catholic Herald and Deputy Editor of the New Statesman, Cristina has been a columnist and commentator for the Daily Telegraph since 2008. As a broadcaster, she contributes regularly to Question Time, Any Questions, Big Questions, the Today programme, Woman’s Hour, Newsnight, The Jeremy Vine Show and The Adam Boulton programme on Sky News as well as other local and international outlets. As a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies since 2005, she has published pamphlets on faith schools, euthanasia and working women. She is the author of five books, most recently No God Zone, a best-selling Amazon Kindle Single. Her widely-read Daily Telegraph blog provides a daily commentary on issues ranging from welfare reform to religious tolerance. She has interviewed leading political and public figures, including Iain Duncan Smith, Nigel Farrage, Lord Heseltine and Bianca Jagger.


Hywel Williams

Hywel Williams
Senior Adviser

Hywel Williams is a Senior Advisor at the Legatum Institute. He leads the Legatum Institute’s Culture of Prosperity programme. Hywel is also an historian, commentator and broadcaster. He leads the Legatum Institute's The Culture of Prosperity programme. His books include The Age of Chivalry: Culture and Power in Medieval Europe 950-1450; Emperor of the West: Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire; Sun Kings: A History of Kingship; Days that Changed the World: the Fifty Defining Events of World History; Cassell’s Chronology of World History: Dates,Events and Ideas that Made History; In Our Time: Speeches That Shaped The Modern World; Britain’s Power Elites: The Rebirth of A Ruling Class; and Guilty Men: Conservative Decline and Fall 1992-1997.

His television credits as writer and presenter include documentaries on David Lloyd George ,the career of Pope Benedict XV, an international history of the late twentieth century, and a history of Wales after 1945. His history of the coal industry in twentieth century Britain will be broadcast by S4C in January 2015.

A Cabinet Adviser to the last Conservative Government, he has been Senior Adviser at the Legatum Institute since 2012 and his book Britain: A New History for Our Time will be published in September 2015.


Graeme Leach

Graeme Leach
Director of Economics & Prosperity Studies

Graeme Leach joined the Legatum Institute as Director of Economics & Prosperity Studies in January 2014. He oversees the Legatum Institute’s annual publication, the Legatum Prosperity Index™, as well as leading the Institute’s Economics of Prosperity programme. Previously, he was Chief Economist & Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors (IoD), which he joined in 1997. The IoD represents more than 35,000 company directors in the UK and overseas, making the case for enterprise and a free market economy. Graeme was also an Executive Director on the IoD Board from 2011. At the Legatum Institute, he will also continue as a Visiting Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Lincoln, and as a member of the IEA Shadow Monetary Policy Committee.

During his time at the IoD, Graeme was a frequent media commentator on the economic outlook and economic policy issues. He was also a very active conference speaker on the UK, EU and global economies, having addressed events in over 20 countries over recent years. Prior to joining the IoD, Graeme was an Economics Director and Managing Editor of futures publications at the Henley Centre (1994-1997), analysing future economic and social change. Graeme also worked as Economic Adviser to the Scottish Provident Investment Group in the early 1990s, having started his career at the Henley Centre (1988-1991), working as an economic analyst and subsequently Chief UK Economist. He is a graduate of University College Cardiff.


Tim Montgomerie

Tim Montgomerie
Senior Fellow

Tim Montgomerie is Senior Fellow. He leads the Legatum Institute’s ‘Vision of Capitalism’ programme, launched in January 2015. Montgomerie is a weekly columnist for The Times and writes regularly for other publications including the CapX website. In 2005 he founded ConservativeHome.com and edited it until 2013. His forthcoming book, The Good Right, explores the future of international conservatism and builds on the work of the Centre for Social Justice, the think tank he established with Iain Duncan Smith in 2004. He began his career at the Bank of England and worked for the Conservative Christian Fellowship from 1998 to 2003.


Peter Pomerantsev

Peter Pomerantsev
Senior Fellow

Peter Pomerantsev is a Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum. He is also an author and documentary producer. His writing  features regularly in the London Review of Books, Atlantic,Financial Times, Foreign Policy and elsewhere, focusing largely, though not exclusively, on 21st century propaganda. Previously, Pomerantsev worked as a consultant on EU and World Bank development projects in the former USSR. His book about working as a TV producer in Putin's Russia, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, is published by Faber in 2015.


Alanna Putze

Alanna Putze
Senior Programme Director

Alanna Balaban Putze is a Senior Programme Director. She is responsible for the development and management of a number of Legatum Institute programmes in the Transitions Forum and the Culture of Prosperity. She has worked in foreign policy and communications for over ten years, with experience managing international projects both at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC and at the Aspen Institute Berlin in Germany. She also served as a European Policy advisor at the US Department of Defense, where she managed political-military relations with Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and the Black sea region. Most recently Alanna served as a consultant in London, overseeing global thought leadership campaigns for government and corporate clients. She is also co-producer of a short dance film, Solo Finale, which will be released in 2014. Alanna holds a Master’s in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and an undergraduate degree in Russian and International Relations from Georgetown University.


Christian Caryl

Christian Caryl
Managing Editor, Democracy Lab

Christian Caryl joined Legatum in October 2011. He is a Senior Fellow and the editor of Democracy Lab, a Legatum Institute website published in partnership with Foreign Policy magazine. Democracy Lab follows transitions from authoritarianism to democracy around the world. Before coming to Legatum Christian worked for a year as Washington bureau chief for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. From 2000 to 2009 he was a foreign correspondent for Newsweek, running the magazine's bureaus in Moscow and Tokyo. He has reported from some 50 countries and his assignments have ranged from Japanese cuisine to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. His first journalistic assignment was covering the collapse of communist East Germany and the fall of the Berlin Wall. He has lived in Germany for thirteen years, Russia for seven, Japan for five, Kazakhstan for one, and Hong Kong for four months. He is the author of the book Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century (Basic Books) which was shortlisted for the 2013 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature. Christian has a degree in comparative literature at Yale College and a graduate year at the University of Constance in Germany. 


Research & Programmes

Alex Bleasdale

Alex Bleasdale
Programme Assistant

Alex Bleasdale is a Programme Assistant for the Transitions Forum and The Culture of Prosperity. Her academic interests include the politics of Russia and the former Soviet Union, the politics of the Middle East and International Relations in the Cold War. She was previously an intern in the Exeter College Development Office, assisting the Communications Officer and Events Manager with publications and event planning. Alex graduated from the University of Oxford (Exeter College) with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.


Anthony Demetriou

Anthony Demetriou
Research Intern

Anthony Demetriou is a Research Intern on Prosperity Index, team. His role is to support the organisation of the 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit and to assist in the development of the Prosperity Index. Before joining the Institute he was Research Coordinator at Research Uganda where he designed and led research projects investigating water and sanitation as well as the commercialisation of agriculture in Kanungu District, south-western Uganda. He holds a BA in Politics from the University of Nottingham and his academic interests include international political economy, development studies and political theory.


Chloe de Preneuf

Chloe de Preneuf
Programme Coordinator for Transitions Forum

Chloé de Préneuf is the Programme Coordinator for the Transitions Forum. Her role is to provide research and coordination support for the Transitions Forum team. She also manages the Transitions Forum case studies and associated projects. Chloe specialises in the Middle East and North Africa region and keeps a close eye on Libya, having travelled there frequently for the Legatum Institute's Libya Media Initiative. Prior to joining the Institute in September 2011, Chloe spent a year improving her Arabic at the French Institute for the Near East in Damascus, Syria. Previously, she worked for the French Mission to the United Nations in New York, first as Assistant Attaché for Humanitarian Affairs and Human Rights, then as Assistant to the Spokesperson and Press Counsellor. She also worked in change management at the National Société Générale Bank in Cairo, Egypt. Chloé holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal and a Master’s degree in International Security from Sciences Po in Paris.


Harriet Maltby

Harriet Maltby
Government and Economics Researcher

Harriet Maltby is a Government and Economics Researcher for the Economics of Prosperity programme. Before joining the Legatum Institute, she worked as a Senior Parliamentary Researcher and Office Manager for a Member of Parliament, authoring a report on market failure and financial exclusion in the short-term lending market.  Aside from the operations of markets, her academic interests also include political philosophy, public sector reform, and the politics of both the United States and the MENA region.  Harriet was an academic Exhibitioner of Magdalen College, University of Oxford, from which she holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.


Joana Alfaiate

Joana Alfaiate
Research Analyst

Joana Alfaiate is a Research Analyst in the Prosperity Index team. She contributes to the production of the Legatum Prosperity Index™ through providing analysis of data on countries as well as data analysis pieces, looking with special interest at Latin American countries. Prior to joining, Joana was a casework and research intern for two London legal NGOs, having researched EU law, international law, development and human rights. She has also worked as a freelance researcher on these subjects and contributed to The World Outlinewebsite, with articles focusing on Southern Europe and the financial crisis. Joana has an undergraduate degree in Law from the University of Lisbon (LLB) and a Masters in Law (LLM) in International Economic Law and Development from Birkbeck, University of London. In October 2013, Joana commenced as a PhD student also at Birkbeck, focusing on WTO’s decisions on trade-environment issues.


Mary Schutzer-Weissmann

Mary Schutzer-Weissmann
Programme Coordinator

Mary Schutzer-Weissmann is the Programme Coordinator for The Culture of Prosperity programme. She provides research, development and coordination support. Her interests range from cultural and political history, particularly in  Europe during the Early Modern period, to educational issues in Britain and abroad. Previously at the Institute, Mary worked on project management and executive support to the Executive Director. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the Inner Temple as a fees clerk at 5 King's Bench Walk, and as a boarding and Classroom Assistant at Gordonstoun School. Mary has a degree in English Literature and History from the University of Edinburgh.


Nathan Gamester

Nathan Gamester
Programme Director, Prosperity Index

Nathan Gamester is the Programme Director for the Prosperity Index team. He leads the production of the Institute's signature publication, the Legatum Prosperity Index™, managing all aspects of the publication from analysing data to authoring report content. Having previously worked in Parliament, Nathan also works on issues relating to policy and government as well as the economy, entrepreneurship, and wellbeing. He has authored many Legatum Institute reports and policy papers and his writing has been published in numerous outlets including the Wall Street JournalForbesHarvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Jakarta PostJournal of Palliative MedicineConservativeHome, and The Diplomat. Nathan is the former Senior Parliamentary Researcher to Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, in the House of Lords. Before joining the Legatum Institute, he worked for several campaign organisations providing independent writing, research and consultancy services. Nathan holds a degree from the University of Brighton in Business Studies with Law.


Novella Bottini

Novella Bottini
Econometrician

Novella Bottini is an Econometrician in the Prosperity Index team. She plays a key role in providing econometric analysis for developing the Legatum Prosperity Index™, both in improving the current methodology of the Index and in actively contributing to the development of a new Index methodology. Prior to joining the Institute in March 2013, Novella worked as a Research Assistant with the LSE Growth Commission. Prior to that, she was a Consultant at OECD, Paris.  Novella has studied in both Italy and the UK; gaining her Economics degree at Bocconi University, Milan; her Masters in Development Economics at University of Sussex; and her PhD in Economics at the University of Pavia.


Solène Dengler

Solène Dengler
Research Analyst

Solène Dengler is a Research Analyst in the Prosperity Index team. She contributes to the production of the Legatum Prosperity Index™ and participated in the production of the Legatum Institute’s 2013 and 2014 special reports on prosperity in Africa, through the provision of analysis of data on countries and particular topics. Before joining the Institute, she pursued a Msc Environment and Development at the LSE and wrote her dissertation about trade relations and food security in Tanzania. Her main academic interests are global political economy, African development and sustainable agriculture. After having studied Economics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, she worked as an intern at UNESCO where she focused on how to foster the sustainability and social inclusion benefits of sport and physical education.


Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke
Research Analyst

Stephen Clarke is a Research Analyst in the Prosperity Index team. He contributes to the production of the Legatum Prosperity Index™. His academic interests are international political economy, global regulatory policy, finance and US public policy. Before joining the Legatum Institute, Stephen spent a year completing an MSc in Public Policy with a dissertation examining internet censorship across different countries. He has also worked for the think tank Civitas, where he authored a book on the banking systems of Germany, Switzerland and the UK. Stephen holds an MSc in Public Policy from University College London and a BA in Modern History and Politics from the University of Oxford.


Communications

Agnes Lewandowska

Agnes Lewandowska
Junior Graphic Designer

Agnes Lewandowska is Junior Graphic Designer in the Communications team. She provides technical and digital support to the Institute's communication outreach. Agnes, who is Adobe certified, is currently studying graphic design, 3D, HTML and CSS. She graduated in Poland as a Technical Economist.


Chloe Sanham

Chloe Sanham
Events Manager

Chloe Sanham is Events Manager in the communications team. She manages the Institute’s internal and external events, as well as acting as the primary gatekeeper and manager for the Institute’s contact management system. Previously Chloe worked for British fashion designer Caroline Charles organising and running various fashion events in London and at stores around the country, as well as maintaining the company website. Chloe has a degree in English Literature and Spanish from Cardiff University.


Emily Callaghan

Emily Callaghan
Events Executive

Emily Callaghan is Events Executive in the Communications team. She works with the Events Manager looking after the internal and external events at the Institute. Emily has more than seven years’ experience in the events industry and previously worked as a Events Project Manager at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), organising and running their events in defence and security. Emily has a degree in English Literature from Cardiff University.


Francesco Farruggia

Francesco Farruggia
Senior .Net Developer

Francesco Farruggia is a Senior Developer. He is responsible for implementing the Institute’s technical development and software needs, including its websites. He started his career developing solutions for the public sector (mainly educational) and has worked for private and public sector customers including the Department for Education in Italy. In the UK he has developed technical solutions for large-scale organisations including Talk Talk, Wella, McLaren and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Before joining the Institute, Francesco worked as Software Architect for one of the biggest media streaming companies in the UK. He has a degree in electronic engineering and almost 20 years’ experience in software architecture development.


Holly Bigham

Holly Bigham
Communications and Digital Content Manager

Holly Bigham is the Communications and Digital Content Manager in the communications team. She manages the Legatum Institute's digital communications, including websites, newsletters and social media. Holly has a background in communications and marketing and previously worked for the UK government’s public health website. Prior to that she worked in the public affairs department of a large membership-based organisation in Adelaide, Australia. She has a certificate in Business Administration, specialising in marketing.


Nikolaos Dimou

Nikolaos Dimou
Communications Assistant

Nikolaos Dimou is a Communications Assistant in the Communications team. Prior to joining the Legatum Institute, he interned at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters. He has varied work experience which includes volunteering at his Local Youth Community, holding journalist roles in newspapers and websites, to running campaigns for candidates for local and national elections in Greece. Previously, he founded and ran an online newspaper in Greece, using social media to successfully increase its popularity. He has a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from Aristotle University, Greece and an MA in Political Communication from City University.


Operations

Celia Waring

Celia Waring
Partnerships & Development Manager

Celia Waring is the Partnerships & Development Manager. Her role is to manage all fundraising initiatives of the Institute, ensuring a broad support base which will allow for growth of programmes and future sustainability of the charity. Prior to joining, Celia worked for an international development charity where she was the Corporate Partnerships Manager. Celia came to fundraising having spent the first few years of her career as an Account Manager for an advertising firm in the West End. Celia is on the Executive Committee of the St John’s Handicapped Children’s Trust and is a volunteer and fundraiser for CAFOD and the Stonyhurst Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Celia is also a governor of the Rosary RC Primary School, Camden.


Jack Blakiston Houston

Jack Blakiston Houston
Fundraising Officer (Maternity Cover)

Jack Blakiston Houston is the Fundraising Officer. His role is to manage the Institute’s relationships with the private sector, including Business Forum members, corporate sponsors and partners. Jack is part-time as he is currently studying for an MSc at Henley Business School. Prior to this he was a Regional Business Coordinator for the British Council, based in Nairobi, for two years. From 2010-2012 he was Managing Director of Chorizo Express Ltd, a family-run mobile catering business. He has interned at the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change and in the Northern Ireland Civil Service. He has a BA in English Literature and Ancient History from Cardiff University. 


Izabela Joshi

Izabela Joshi
Corporate Partnerships Manager (On Maternity Leave)

Izabela Joshi is Corporate Partnerships Manager. Her role is to manage the Institute’s relationships with the private sector, including Business Forum members, corporate sponsors and partners. Prior to joining, Izabela spent 10 years’ in international sales within the fashion and retail sector, working for brands such as Chantelle Paris. Her experience has included opening and developing new markets, designing new retail strategies and building brand awareness across Europe. Izabela graduated in International Sales at La Sorbonne University in Paris and has a MSc in NGOs and Development Management at the University of East London.


Emma Jones

Emma Jones
Human Resources Manager

Emma Jones is the Human Resources Manager. Her role is to drive the Institute’s HR strategy through the provision of HR advice and support for the Institute and its employees, while assuring full compliance with statutory policies and procedures. She is also responsible for developing policies and systems, performance reviews, staff training and development needs as well as employee wellbeing. Emma has more than 15 years’ experience in Human Resources, ranging from stand-alone positions in small organisations, to being part of a larger team in an international HR function. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked for a membership organisation in their HR department, providing support and advice to 250 employees across four sites.


Jack Havin

Jack Havin
Café Manager

Jack Havin is the Café Manager at Legatum Institute’s Charles Street offices. He is responsible for delivering an exceptional hospitality service to guests of the Institute. Jack has been in the catering industry for the past 18 years. He was trained in France before spending many years working for Marco Pierre White in London. Prior to that, he spent six years in South Africa where he owned a deli/restaurant with his wife.


N'Jaimeh Cham

N'Jaimeh Cham
Assistant Office Manager

N'Jaimeh Cham is Assistant Officer Manager. N’Jaimeh’s role is to provide administrative support to the Building and Office Manager, as well as providing a welcoming reception environment for guests visiting the Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, N'Jaimeh spent five years as an Administrator–Receptionist in the corporate banking industry. She started her career as a Team Assistant working in Further Education. N’Jaimeh studied the BTEC National Certificate in Care and also accomplished a year’s voluntary work with the elderly and children with special needs.


Olivia Cook

Olivia Cook
Building and Office Manager

Olivia Cook is Building and Office Manager of the Legatum Institute’s office at 11 Charles Street. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the premises. Prior to joining the Institute, Olivia worked as Programme Manager to the Malaria Genetics Research Programme at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, a world-leading charitable research institute based in Cambridge. Olivia has a diverse background; after graduating with a degree in Applied Biology from Cardiff University, she began her career in equity portfolio management at Barclays Global Investors, and has experience in operational management and development for two start-up businesses.


Stuart Rayner

Stuart Rayner
Head of Finance & Operations

Stuart Rayner is Head of Finance & Operations. Stuart plays a crucial role in overseeing and developing the Institute’s systems for financial and operational management, helping to maintain and develop business growth. With more than 20 years financial leadership experience, he has worked in a variety of senior finance positions throughout his career, including Barclays Bank and most recently for the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute, a world-leading charitable research Institute based in Cambridge. His wide-reaching financial career has included successfully negotiating amendments to a global, multi-billion Euro research funding programme, designing and implementing ERP and management information systems and providing financial management to many eminent scientists, including Nobel Prize winners.


Shreya Kukadia

Shreya Kukadia
Finance Manager

Shreya Kukadia is Finance Manager in the operations team. Her role is to provide financial support to the Institute and its operations, focusing primarily on financial and budgetary controls, and management reporting. Shreya has more than seven years’ experience in finance, ranging from dynamic entrepreneurial businesses to being part of an international finance team. Prior to joining the Institute she worked as a Finance Manager for a global communications agency and a financial accountant for a luxury online ecommerce business. Shreya graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in Economics.