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.
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 Books, Foreign 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.
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 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.
Hywel Williams is a Senior Advisor at the Legatum Institute. He leads the Legatum Institute’s The Culture of Prosperity programme. Hywel is also an historian, commentator and broadcaster. 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.