Legatum Institute

People

Leadership

Baroness Stroud

Baroness Stroud
Chief Executive Officer

Philippa Stroud is CEO of the Legatum Institute. Previously, she was Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a think tank that she co-founded in 2004. Philippa’s life and career to date have been strongly influenced by her passion to tackle poverty and social breakdown. Prior to the CSJ, she was Special Adviser the Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP (then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) from 2010-15, and also to the Prime Minister from 2012. In these roles, she was responsible for the development of the Social Justice agenda, working on the Government’s key Welfare Reform programme, the introduction of Universal Credit, the creation of Social Investment and the new child poverty measures. Her early career was spent in the voluntary sector including spending time in Hong Kong and Macau working with heroin addicts and ex-members of triad gangs who were undergoing rehabilitation. On her return to the UK she founded and directed a four-stage project that supported people off the streets and into independent living before moving to Birmingham in 2000 where she became Executive Director of the Bridge Project, a voluntary sector project that provided supported accommodation for homeless men and women. Following the 2015 UK General Election, Philippa was ennobled and became Baroness Stroud of Fulham.


Shanker Singham

Shanker Singham
Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies

Shanker Singham leads the Legatum Institute’s Economics of Prosperity work which examines how countries can become more productive, and the role free trade—with open, competitive markets—plays in helping people of all incomes increase their prosperity. He is also Chairman of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, which seeks to present a roadmap for the many trade negotiations the UK faces in the wake of the decision to exit the EU. Previously, Shanker was head of market access at Squire Sanders and Managing Director of the Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities project at Babson Global. Currently, he is the CEO of Competere. Shanker has worked with governments and companies around the world on market opening and transition issues, including on the early privatisations of the UK electricity market, the former Soviet Union, the accession of Poland and Hungary to the EU, the transitions in Latin America after the apertura and the WTO accessions of a number of countries, including China and Russia. In 1997, Shanker founded the International Roundtable on Trade and Competition as a way of promoting the notion of free trade, competitive markets and property rights protection around the world. A cleared advisor to the United States government on trade issues, he is also Non-Government Adviser to the International Competition Network. Shanker has also been a senior trade and economics adviser to a number of political candidates including Democratic Governors Lawton Chiles and Buddy McKay of Florida as well as Governor Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. He is the author of A General Theory of Trade and Competition: Trade Liberalisation and Competitive Markets (Cameron May Publishing, 2007).


Alexandra Mousavizadeh

Alexandra Mousavizadeh
Director of the Prosperity Index

Alexandra Mousavizadeh directs the development and expansion of the Legatum Institute’s flagship publication, the Legatum Prosperity Index™. Previously, Alexandra was CEO of ARC Ratings an Emerging Market based ratings agency spanning the sovereign, corporate and structured finance ratings segments. Prior to joining ARC Ratings she covered the Africa sovereign ratings portfolio at Moody’s Investors Service preceded by a role as Head of Country Risk Management for EMEA at Morgan Stanley in London. Formerly, she spent 10 years in the Sovereign Risk team at Moody’s based in New York covering Emerging and Frontier Markets. Other prior roles include Visiting Research Scholar at the US think tank, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC. She is also a former council member at the Royal Africa Society and a member of the Advisory Board at the Royal Danish Embassy in London. She is an Economist from the University of Copenhagen.


Cristina Odone

Cristina Odone
Director of the Centre for Character and Values

Cristina Odone leads the Legatum Institute's 'Centre for Character and Values'. A former Editor of the Catholic Herald and Deputy Editor of the New Statesman, Cristina has been a 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, 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. She has interviewed leading political and public figures, including Iain Duncan Smith, Nigel Farage, Lord Heseltine and Bianca Jagger.


Matthew Elliott

Matthew Elliott
Senior Fellow

Matthew's work at the Legatum Institute is focusing on a UK-US trade deal and researching the rise of Populism abroad. Having been Chief Executive of Vote Leave, the official Brexit campaign in the 2016 EU referendum, Matthew is now one of the UK's foremost political campaigners. He also led NOtoAV and won the 2011 referendum on the Alternative Vote. As a policy entrepreneur, he has founded and run numerous award winning campaigns, starting with the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA), where he won the Atlas Templeton Freedom Award for ‘The Single Income Tax’. At Business for Britain (BfB), the precursor to Vote Leave, he oversaw the publication of ‘Change, or Go: How Britain would gain influence and prosper outside an unreformed EU’, which became a key blueprint for Brexit and was serialised in the Daily Telegraph. Matthew has been described by the Financial Times as “one of the most formidable political strategists in Westminster”, and by the New European as "an unsung titan of the Brexit cause". He has written four books, numerous op-eds, appears regularly on TV and radio, and is a frequent speaker both in the UK and overseas.

 


Danny Kruger

Danny Kruger
Senior Fellow

Danny Kruger worked for eight years until 2016 as a charity Chief Executive, founding and leading two organisations working respectively with prisoners and ex-offenders (Only Connect) and with children and young people (West London Zone). He now chairs these charities, as well as sitting on the boards of the Young Foundation and the social business Catch 22. Prior to his charity work he was chief speechwriter to David Cameron, chief leader writer at The Daily Telegraph, and director of research at the Centre for Policy Studies. He has an M.A. in history from Edinburgh University and a D.Phil from Oxford University. He is the author of On Fraternity: Politics beyond Liberty and Equality (Civitas, 2007).

 


Giles Dilnot

Giles Dilnot
Director of Communications

Giles Dilnot was appointed Director of Communications in August 2016. Previously, Giles worked for 21 years at the BBC and spent the last 12 years as a reporter and co-presenter for BBC Two's Daily Politics programme, where he presented topical reports and interviews with politicians and members of the public as well as co-hosting several editions of the show. He also had presenting slots on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live, and produced several documentaries for BBC Radio 4 including Power of the Whips: The Silent Enforcers. Giles has a degree in History from Cambridge 


Nathan Gamester

Nathan Gamester
Chief of Staff

Nathan Gamester is the Legatum Institute’s Chief of Staff. Prior to taking up this role, Nathan was the Chief Operating Officer for the Centre for Social Justice. Before that, Nathan spent 6 years at the Legatum Institute where he led the production of the Institute's signature publication, the Legatum Prosperity Index™. Nathan is also the Executive Director of the Atlantic Partnership, a non-partisan charity that promotes a strong relationship between the transatlantic nations. Nathan has worked in the House of Lords as a speechwriter and researcher and has authored many Legatum Institute reports and policy papers. His writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine, the Harvard Business Review, and Foreign Policy Magazine. Nathan is the former Senior Parliamentary Researcher to Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff and has worked for several campaign organisations providing independent writing, research and consultancy services. Nathan holds a degree in Business Studies with Law from the University of Brighton.


Research & Programmes

Molly Kiniry

Molly Kiniry
Consultant

Molly Kiniry is a consultant to the Legatum Institute's Economics of Prosperity programme, and Chief of Staff to the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. Previously, she worked with Babson Global, the International Roundtable on Trade and Competition, and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Molly graduated with honours from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Law (PPEL) and French. She has published and presented papers in both English and French, specialising as an undergraduate in Sub-Saharan economic development.


Victoria Hewson

Victoria Hewson
Senior Counsel, Special Trade Commission

Victoria Hewson is a Senior Associate at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, currently seconded to act as counsel to the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. In practice, she advises banks and financial institutions on technology, outsourcing and fintech. She has an LLB from University College London. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked for Procter & Gamble in Frankfurt and Newcastle upon Tyne on finance and employee services projects.


Alice Brooks

Alice Brooks
Counsel, Special Trade Commission

Alice Brooks is a newly-qualified lawyer at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, currently seconded to act as counsel to the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. In practice, she has experience in the real estate, technology, restructuring and energy sectors. Alice graduated from University of Birmingham with a bachelor of arts in History with American and Canadian Studies and went on to complete a graduate diploma in law at the University of Law in London.  

 


Harriet Maltby

Harriet Maltby
Head of Policy Research, Prosperity Index

Harriet Maltby is Head of Policy Research in the Prosperity Index team. 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.


Fei Xue

Fei Xue
Research Assistant

Fei Xue is a Research Assistant in the Prosperity Index team. Previously he worked for a state-owned petroleum company in China. His academic interests include politics in developing countries, particularly Chinese politics, and comparative democratic studies. Fei holds a MSc in Comparative Politics from London School of Economics and Political Science and a MSc in Public Policy from University College London.


Paul Caruana Galizia

Paul Caruana Galizia
Head of Quantitative Research, Prosperity Index

Paul Caruana Galizia is Head of Quantitative Research in the Prosperity Index team. Before joining the Legatum Institute, he was Marie Curie Fellow in economics at the Humboldt-University in Berlin, an Economist at Neptune Investment Management, and an Analyst in Facebook’s Measurement Solutions Team. He holds an MSc and PhD in economic history from the London School of Economics. He has written two books and a number of journal articles mainly in economic history.


Matt Smith

Matt Smith
Director and Co-founder of the Centre for Entrepreneurs

Matt is co-founder & director of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, and co-founder and secretary of the European Startup Network. Previously, Matt co-founded NACUE – the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs – and founded the consultancy firm Entelligence. He's an advisor to the Enterprise Research Centre, a member of the Social Angels Movement and a judge for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

 

 


Maximilian Yoshioka

Maximilian Yoshioka
Lead Researcher, Centre for Entrepreneurs

Maximilian is responsible for authoring and disseminating the Centre’s flagship reports.

Before joining the Centre, Maximilian held a research role at think-tank the RSA where his work covered a range of political, economic and social issues. He co-authored reports on social isolation and the link between capital ownership and entrepreneurship, and helped build a comprehensive index ranking the UK’s local authorities on the strength of their heritage.

Maximilian has an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London and BAs in Philosophy and International Relations from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

 

 


Michael Patrikalakis

Michael Patrikalakis
Research Assistant, Centre for Entrepreneurs

Michael holds a BA in International Politics from King’s College London. His interest in economic policy and innovation led him to join the Centre for Entrepreneurs in 2016.

While at King’s, Michael was on the committee of King’s Think Tank, the largest student-led think tank in Europe. In its Business and Economics Policy Centre he led the organisation of events, which included a panel discussion between lawmakers and business leaders about London’s prospects as a global tech hub.

Outside of entrepreneurship, Michael is passionate about international political economy and geopolitics, and has worked as an English language tutor in Athens.

 

 


Fundraising

Terrie McCann

Terrie McCann
Head of Partnerships and Development

Terrie is Head of Partnerships and Development. Her role is to head up the Institute’s fundraising efforts, managing a team to build partnerships and relationships with supporters, including individuals, corporations and foundations. Terrie has been in fundraising for 15 years, with recent roles as Development Manager at Sadler’s Wells and Senior Director at CSS Fundraising, where she worked with clients such as Christian Aid, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the Natural History Museum. Terrie holds an MA in History from Jesus College, Cambridge.

 


Izabela Joshi

Izabela Joshi
Corporate Partnerships Manager

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.


Communications

Amelia Abplanalp

Amelia Abplanalp
Communications Manager

Amelia is Communications Manager at the Legatum Institute a role she filled at the Centre for Social Justice. She grew up in New Zealand where she worked as a Research and Communications Advisor for the former Prime Minister, John Key and then as Private Secretary to New Zealand's Speaker of the House. Upon moving to London, Amelia worked at the Institute of Economic Affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics & History from the University of Auckland. Amelia is passionate about ending human trafficking and being involved in the local community. To this end, she volunteers her time with an anti-trafficking charity and also sits on the boards of two charities. 


Events

Emily Callaghan

Emily Callaghan
Events Manager

Emily Callaghan is Events Manager in the Communications team. Emily has more than seven years’ experience in the events industry and previously worked as 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.


Lois Ranft

Lois Ranft
Events and Projects Manager (Economics of Prosperity)

Lois Ranft is Events and Projects Manager (Economics of Prosperity), assisting the Director of Economic Policy in looking after internal and external events at Legatum Institute. Lois has a background in educational events and previously worked as an Events Manager for FIX Trading Community, working to deliver their global portfolio of educational and networking events. Lois holds a BA in Anthropology from Goldsmiths University.


Operations

Jacqueline Finch

Jacqueline Finch
Executive Assistant

Jacqueline Finch is Executive Assistant to the CEO. She has extensive experience as a senior EA within the UK and USA and has worked in various sectors including charity, retail, investment banking and within the US government. She also has a background in mental health/wellbeing counselling and has done volunteer work with various child welfare services.


Olivia Cook

Olivia Cook
Head of Operations

Olivia Cook is responsible for all aspects of the Legatum Institute's internal operations requirements, including building management. Prior to joining the Legatum 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.