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. She also sits on the board of the Centre for Entrepreneurs. Sian is a Commissioner of The Women's Refugee Commission (USA) and a trustee of The Prospero World Charitable Trust UK. 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 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, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland.

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.

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.

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 a historian, commentator and author. He has written a number of books, including The Age of Chivalry: Culture and Power in Medieval Europe, 950-1450 (2011); Emperor of the West: Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire (2010); Sun Kings: A History of Magnificent Kingship (2007); and In Our Time: Speeches That Made the Modern World (2008), to name a few.

A regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement and the Spectator, Hywel has also been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Times, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Observer, New Statesman, History Today, and The Tablet. Television credits, as writer and presenter, include a six part history of the late 20th century (S4C, 2009), a profile of Joseph Ratzinger (BBC4, 2005), Promised Land - a six part history of Wales 1945-2005 (ITV), a two part investigation into the life and times of David Lloyd George (S4C 2006), as well documentaries on modern architecture and the legal profession that were broadcast on S4C in 2004 and 2007.

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.

Research & Programmes
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.

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. 

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 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 Outline website, 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.

Jordon Trapp Programme Assistant

Jordon Trapp is a Programme Assistant to the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum and Culture of Prosperity programme. His role is to provide both organisational and research support across these projects and programmes. Prior to joining the Legatum Institute Jordon was an intern at the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative and Wilton Park, executive agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Jordon studied International Relations at the University of Sussex.

Michael Pollitt Research Intern

Michael Pollitt is a Research Intern for the Transitions Forum and The Culture of Prosperity programmes. His role is to provide research for the development of ongoing and upcoming projects in these areas. Prior to joining the Legatum Institute, Michael studied Arabic and Latin at the University of St Andrews, during which time he completed a research internship in Jerusalem with the Forum for the Discussion of Israel and Palestine and worked as a business journalist for Human Resource Management International Digest.

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 Journal, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Jakarta Post, Journal of Palliative Medicine, ConservativeHome, 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 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 IndexTM, 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 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 Insight on Africa: Special Reportthrough the provision of analysis of data on countries and particular topics. Before joining the Legatum 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 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.

Andy Whittaker Head of Digital

Andy Whittaker is the Head of Digital Strategy. He is responsible for developing an innovative digital communications strategy for the Institute, and directing its websites, digital marketing, and social media. He started his career as a management consultant at EY (Ernst and Young). Since then, Andy has created and delivered digital and content strategies for blue-chip organistations including Barclays, eBay and Nomura, including leading the re-launch of He has more than 15 years’ experience in e-commerce and digital environments. Andy has a Masters degree in Automatic Identification.

Asa Fama Senior Front End Developer

Asa Fama is a Senior Front End Developer. He is responsible for implementing the Institute’s technical development and software needs, including its websites. With almost 20 years’ experience in software development, Asa began his career in Italy developing software solutions for the public and private sector. Before joining the Institute, he worked as a front end developer in the financial sector, where he developed desktop and mobile solutions for data visualisation. He has also taught computer science at college and university level.

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.

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.

Hannah Harding Events Assistant

Hannah Harding is an Events Assistant in the communications team. She assists the Events Manager with internal and external events at the Institute. Previously, Hannah worked for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy organising and running various finance events. She has also produced events for several other organisations including INTO University Partnerships and Education First. Hannah has a degree in American Studies from Portsmouth University.

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 online, newsletters and social media as part of the Institute's overall communications strategy and activities. 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.

Lucia Tichá CRM Project Officer

Lucia Tichá is CRM Project Officer in the communications team. She manages the Legatum Institute’s contact management system. She also assists with the Institute’s direct marketing programme. Previously Lucia worked as a part of the marketing, CRM and membership teams within the arts, not-for-profit and education sectors. Lucia has MA degree in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Matthew Otubu Communications and Events Intern

Matthew Otubu is an intern in the communications team. Having previously served as a Member of the UK Youth Parliament, and in his role as an elected Youth Councillor and a Spokesperson for the British Youth Council, Matthew is a frequent delegate to domestic and international youth policy conferences. He is a Youth Commissioner for the National Citizen Service (NCS) Trust, a UNICEF UK Children's Champion, and a Head Event Organiser for the European Youth Parliament UK. Prior to joining the Institute, Matthew interned with Reform Research Trust.

Celia Waring Partnerships & Development Manager

Celia Waring is the Partnerships & Development Manager in the Operations team. Her role is to manage the fundraising initiatives of the Institute, ensuring a broad support base which will allow for growth of programmes and greater financial security for the charity in the years to come. 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 at the St John’s Handicapped Children’s Trust and is a volunteer and fundraiser for Stride Ethiopia, CAFOD and the Stonyhurst Pilgrimage to Lourdes. 

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 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.

Mary Schutzer-Weissmann Project Manager to the Executive Director

Mary Schutzer-Weissmann is Project Manager to the Executive Director in the operations team. She provides project management and executive support to the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the Inner Temple as a fees clerk at 5 King's Bench Walk, managing every aspect of barristers’ finance and payment schemes. Before this she worked for a year as a boarding and Classroom Assistant at Gordonstoun, providing pastoral care to the junior school, French tutoring, and sports coaching. Mary has a degree in English Literature and History from the University of Edinburgh.

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.

Shreya Kukadia Management Accountant

Shreya Kukadia is a Management Accountant 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.

Tanya Panesar Technical Support Analyst

Tanya is the Technical Support Analyst in the IT team. She has five years’ experience in the IT industry specialising in desktop and technical support, and also in technical training. Before joining the Legatum Institute, Tanya held positions in the education, financial, and retail sectors. She is currently completing a qualification in Microsoft Certified IT Professional.

Tom Campbell Building and Office Manager

Tom Campbell is the Building and Office Manager and is responsible for managing the premises and day-to-day operations of the Legatum Institute’s office at 11 Charles Street. Prior to joining the Legatum Institute, Tom worked in the development office at Whitechapel Gallery and as Office Manager at the contemporary-art auction house, Phillips de Pury & Company. Tom’s professional experience also includes positions in the retail and leisure industries. He graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies. While studying, he presented a morning show on a community radio station.