Legatum Fellows


Legatum Fellows are drawn from a group of scholars who have been involved in Legatum Institute programmes, and who think creatively about how to help people lead more prosperous lives.

These fellows complement the Legatum Institute’s research and activities, bringing even greater insight and analysis into what drives individual and national flourishing.


Baron Glasman

Maurice Glasman is a Labour life peer in the House of Lords. He is director of the Common Good Foundation. Prior to becoming a peer, Baron Glasman worked for ten years for London Citizens on their Living Wage campaign. Baron Glasman is widely known for establishing "Blue Labour", a conservative form of socialism within the Labour party which encourages a return to community values based on trade unions, the Church and voluntary groups. He is the author of Unnecessary Suffering: Managing Market Utopia which argues that the commodification of of human beings and nature is a nightmare. 

Alden Abbott

Alden F. Abbott became Rumpel Senior Legal Fellow and Deputy Director of the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation in April 2014. He is also a commissioner to the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, established in July 2016. Previously, Alden served as Director of Patent and Antitrust Strategy for BlackBerry, and in a variety of senior government positions, including director of antitrust policy for the Federal Trade Commission; Acting General Counsel of the Commerce Department; Chief Counsel for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration; and senior counsel in the Justice Department. Alden is also an Adjunct Professor at George Mason Law School, a member of the Leadership of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, and a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network. Alden was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University, in 2005, and a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School in 2003. He is active in the Federalist Society. 

Nick Chance

Nick Chance

Nicholas Chance was born in London, but spent most of his early years in Africa and Europe. He was educated at Eton College and commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets, serving  as a platoon commander on active service during the “Confrontation” conflict  in Borneo and Malaysia  during the 1960s. He passed the Civil Service Selection Board for the Foreign Office and subsequently joined the Central and East European Department of the Financial Times. Chance  worked in the international departments and on the Boards of a number of City and industrial companies, and also served as a Magistrate from 1985 until his retirement from the Westminster Bench in 2013. He was appointed Private Secretary to HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Kensington Palace in  1997 and was awarded the CVO (Commander of the Victorian Order) in 2014. He was a Trustee of the William Wilberforce Trust and  Caring for Ex-Offenders Charity, and is on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Statecraft and Hawki Global Security. He works on the Legatum Institute's Cultural Transformation programme.

Graeme Leach

Graeme Leach is Founder & Chief Economist of Macronomics, a macroeconomic, geopolitical and future megatrends research consultancy he launched in 2016.  Graeme is a visiting professor of economic policy, a member of the IEA Shadow Monetary Policy Committee and has a weekly column in the City AM newspaper. Prior to forming macronomics, Graeme was Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute. Between 1997 and 2013 he worked as Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors (IoD), where he was also a main board director. The IoD represents around 35,000 business leaders in the UK and overseas. Graeme represented the IoD in discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and 10 Downing Street.

Tim Montgomerie

Tim Montgomerie previously led the Legatum Institute’s ‘Prosperity for All: Restoring Faith in Capitalism’ programme, launched in January 2015. He 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 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.


Dr. James Mumford

James is an academic and writer who works on the interface of moral and political philosophy. Educated at Oxford and Yale, he has worked in policy, at the Centre for Social Justice and, more recently, as a professor and fellow at the University of Virginia. He is currently writing a book about the way political identity warps how we think about the most momentous moral dilemmas of our moment, both public and personal. 


Andrea Hossó

Andrea is an economist and a finance professional with both public and private sector experience. Since the late 1990s she has worked in the financial sector in London specialising in asset management and private lending. Before that, she was the financial services trade negotiator representing Hungary in the GATT Uruguay Round services negotiations. She also participated in the EU-Hungary pre-accession association agreement and EFTA negotiations. Her expertise and interest include financial services, trade, and structural policies. Her articles and comments on economic and political issues have appeared in the British and Hungarian media. At the Legatum Institute she focuses on post-Brexit financial sector and economic policy issues. 

Victoria Bateman

Victoria Bateman

Victoria Bateman is a Fellow in Economics at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, where she is Director of Studies for the Economics Tripos. She grew up in Manchester, and has degrees from both Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Her research focuses on the question of how the West grew rich and how modern day societies can become more prosperous, bringing together insights from a range of disciplines that help to challenge the standard set of answers provided by economists. Victoria is author of the book Markets and Growth in Early Modern Europe (Pickering and Chatto, 2012), regularly reviews books for the Times Higher Education magazine and has contributed to programmes for Radio 4 on everything from the welfare state to the causes of boom and bust. She is an outspoken critic of mainstream economics and has also sought to challenge traditional attitudes towards women. Victoria is a firm believer that gender equality is essential for economies to successfully prosper. She writes regular articles for CapX and BloombergView and has previously contributed to the Legatum Institute's History of Capitalism series.

Nicholas Boys Smith

Nicholas Boys Smith

Nicholas Boys Smith is the founding Director of Create Streets, a social enterprise encouraging urban homes in terraced streets, not multi-storey buildings. Nicholas has lectured on Create Streets’ findings at Oxford and other Universities as well as presenting them in a wide range of speeches and public events. Nicholas is a member of the Historic England Commission, an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham where he leads their course in Applied Research in Urban Design. Nicholas has been described by the Architects’ Journal as a “leading figure” on issues to do with the built environment. He is a member of both the Government’s Design Review Panel and the Estate Regeneration Panel chaired by Lord Heseltine. Nicholas has led policy reviews on the barriers to street-based estate-regeneration, studies into what people want in the built environment and reviews of links between built form, social outcomes and valuations. Nicholas has previously contributed to the Legatum Institute's Architecture of Prosperity programme, including co-publishing, with the Institute, a research paper in response to the planned redevelopment of the Mount Pleasant site in London.

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Reuben Abraham

Reuben Abraham is CEO and Senior Fellow at the IDFC Institute, a think tank set up by India’s largest infrastructure finance company. IDFC Institute's focus is on the political, economic, and spatial causes and consequences of, and obstacles to, India’s ongoing transformation from a low income, state-led economy to a market-based democracy. He is also a non-resident scholar at the Urbanization Project at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Previously he was on the Faculty and Executive Director of the Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions at the Indian School of Business, where he serves on the Next Generation Leaders Board of the school. In 2012, he was named as one of Wired’s “Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world.” He was selected as a Young Global Leader for 2009 by the World Economic Forum, where he serves on the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals and the advisory board of the Future Urban Development Initiatives. Reuben served as a Legatum Institute Global Fellow in 2013 and authored Learning by Doing: Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries.

David Abulafia

David Abulafia

David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. David's interests embrace the economic, social and political history of the Mediterranean lands in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. His most recent book,The Great Sea (Penguin), explores the history of the Mediterranean from 22,000 BC to AD 2010. In 2011 David received the Mountbatten Literary Award from the Maritime Foundation for this book, and in 2013 he was awarded a British Academy Medal for the ‘landmark academic achievement' which the book represents. He has written many other books including The Discovery of Mankind: Atlantic Encounters in the Age of Columbus; The Western Mediterranean Kingdoms, 1200-1500; The Struggle for Dominion, Mediterranean Encounters, Economic, Religious and Political, 1100-1550 and A Mediterranean Emporium: The Catalan Kingdom of Majorca. David has previously contributed to the Legatum Institute's History of Capitalism series.

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Nicholas Crafts

Nicholas Crafts is Professor of Economic History and Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at Warwick University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. His earlier career included positions at University of California Berkeley, London School of Economics, Oxford, and Stanford. His research interests focus on comparative long-run economic growth and the economic history of the 1930s. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the IMF and a consultant for HM Treasury. His recent publications include The Great Depression of the 1930s: Lessons for Today, co-edited with Peter Fearon. Nicholas has previously contributed to the Legatum Institute's History of Capitalism series

Carol Graham

Carol Graham

Carol Graham is the Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and College Park Professor at the University of Maryland. She has been a Vice President at Brookings and a Special Advisor to the Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank. Graham is the author of numerous books—most recently The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being (Brookings) and Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires (Oxford)—and has published articles in a range of journals including the World Bank Research Observer, Health Affairs, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Health Economics, and the Journal of Socio-Economics. Her work has been reviewed in Science, The New Yorker, and the New York Times, among others, and she received the 2014 Distinguished Research Fellow award for substantial contribution from the International Society of Quality of Life Studies. She has an A.B. from Princeton, an MA from Johns Hopkins, a PhD from Oxford University. Carol is an adviser to the Legatum Prosperity Index™.

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Nataliya Gumenyuk

Nataliya Gumenyuk is a Ukrainian journalist and commentator specialising in foreign affairs. She is currently head of Hromadske.TV—an initiative of Ukrainian journalists to create public broadcasting in Ukraine— and Hromadske International en.hromadske.tv. Since the start of the revolution and the later conflict in Ukraine she has been reporting from the field: Maidan, Crimea, and Donbas. As an independent, international correspondent, she has reported on major political and social events from nearly 50 countries. During the last few years, she has focused on post-Arab Spring developments in the Arab world and is the author of the book Maidan Tahrir. In Search of the Lost Revolution. Nataliya has previously contributed to the Legatum Institute's Beyond Propaganda series.

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Will Hunter

Will Hunter is Founding Director of the London School of Architecture, which from October 2015 offered a new cost-neutral route into the profession. Trained as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Royal College of Art, Will pursued a career in journalism, contributing to Wallpaper*, Architects’ Journal, Building Design, LSN Global and the Financial Times. He is the former Executive Editor of The Architectural Review and founder of Alternative Routes for Architecture (ARFA), a think tank that explores alternative educational models in the architecture profession. His other projects include: editing a book on Peter Salter (AA Publications), creative directing the Guerrilla Tactics conference for the Royal Institute of British Architects, and contributing to FunctionLab, the research arm of Farshid Moussavi Architecture. Will has previously contributed to the Legatum Institute's Architecture of Prosperity series.

Modupe Ladipo

Modupe Ladipo served as the first Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer for Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA) for eight years until January 2016. EFInA is a financial sector development organisation that promotes financial inclusion in Nigeria. It is funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Modupe set up the organisation, and now serves as a Non-Executive Director of EFInA’s Board. She is one of the pioneers of financial inclusion in Nigeria. She has over 25 years of financial services experience, predominantly in investment banking in the UK, covering corporate strategy & development, product development & implementation, mergers & acquisitions, retail and institutional brokerage. She has worked for Tata Consultancy Services, Merrill Lynch, ABN AMRO, the London Stock Exchange and Credit Suisse Financial Products. Modupe was involved in the Legatum Institute's 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit.

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Simon Mayall

Sir Simon Mayall has been a senior adviser for Greenhill & Co, the investment bank, since 2015. Previously, he had a long career in the British Army, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo among other places. In the army, Mayall held the rank of Lieutenant General and between 2011 and 2014 was also Middle East Senior Adviser at the UK Ministry of Defence. While in the army he completed a Defence Fellowship at the University of Oxford, studying Turkish security policy, and held the offices of Deputy Commanding General in the Multi-National Corps (Iraq), Assistant Chief of the General Staff, and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff. In 2010, Mayall was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) and then, in 2014, a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Simon previously spoke at the Legatum Institute on ‘The Art of Peace and War’ as part of The Culture of Prosperity programme.

Anton Shekhovtsov

Anton Shekhovtsov was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute in 2014. His main area of expertise is the European far right and illiberal tendencies in Central and Eastern Europe. Anton is also Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (Ukraine), and General Editor of the Explorations of the Far Right book series at ibidem-Verlag (Germany). He is the author of the Russian language book New Radical Right-Wing Parties in European Democracies (Stuttgart, 2011), and co-editor of The Post-War Anglo-American Far Right (Basingstoke, 2014) and White Power Music (Ilford, 2012). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies and the author of several academic articles. Anton has authored several publications for the Legatum Institute, including Is Transition Reversible? The Case of Central and Eastern Europe.

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U. Srinivasa Rangan

Srinivasa Rangan holds the Luksic Chair Professorship in Strategy and Global Studies at Babson College. His teaching, consulting, and research focus on competition, globalisation, and alliances. His current research deals with the globalisation of emerging market firms, evolution of industries and firm-level strategies and the impact of national business systems on them, and entrepreneurial ecosystems of countries. After serving as a manager in industrial and international finance in India and London, he held research and/or faculty positions at IMD, Harvard Business School, and Tulane University before joining Babson. He is the co-author of three books: Strategic Alliances: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Globalization (HBS Press, 1995); Capital Rising (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); and Thriving in the 21st Century Economy: Transformational Skills for Technical Professionals (ASME Press, 2013). Author of several best-selling case studies, Professor Rangan has also published articles in academic journals, presented papers at academic gatherings, and been a speaker at several practitioner-oriented conferences and forums.

Sharan Tabari

Sharan Tabari

Sharan Tabari is a journalist who was born and raised in Iran. She joined the BBC in 1976 and worked there until March 1979 when she returned to Iran. In October 1979 she was employed as a lecturer at the Faculty of Politics and subsequently the department of Politics and Law of Tehran University, where she worked until 1986. She returned to Britain and re-joined the BBC as a freelancer until 1994 while working elsewhere in the public sector. From 1998-2012 Sharan was the Chief Correspondent in London for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. She served as an elected member of the Council of the City of Westminster from 2001-2010 and served the City as Councillor for two consecutive terms. Sharan studied Political Science and received her MA in Political Behaviour from the University of Essex. She joined the Legatum Institute as a Senior Adviser on 'The Future of Iran' programme in 2012 and remained as such until 2015 when she became a Fellow of the Institute.

Min Zin

Min Zin

Min Zin is a regular contributor to Democracy Lab, previously co-published by the Legatum Institute and Foreign Policy magazine. He also serves as Burma’s country analyst for several research foundations, including Freedom House. He took part in Burma’s democracy movement in 1988 as a high school student activist, and went into hiding in 1989 to avoid arrest by the junta. His underground activist-cum-writer life lasted for nine years until he fled to the Thai-Burma border in August 1997. His writing appears in Foreign Policy, New York Times, Irrawaddy, Bangkok Post, Far Eastern Economic Review, Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.