Abigail Watson is a Research Intern in the Prosperity Index team. Previously, she undertook a BA in Politics at the University of York where she was also Vice Chair Welfare for her college committee. She also did an MA in Contemporary European Studies with a (transatlantic track) at the University of Bath—spending a semester studying at the University of Washington, America, and another at the Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy. She was regional Policy Advocate for ActionAid during its “Live Below the Line” campaign and has been a freelance writer for Here is the City, Brit Politic and Future Foreign Policy. Her academic interests lay in issues surrounding the ageing global population, British race politics, international humanitarian law and memory politics.
Visiting Senior Fellow
Anton Shekhovtsov is Visiting Senior Fellow (2015) for the Transitions Forum. His main area of expertise is the European far right and illiberal tendencies in Central and Eastern Europe. Over the course of his fellowship at the Legatum Institute, Anton will explore the rollback of transitions towards democracy 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 published several academic articles in Journal of Democracy, Russian Politics and Law, Europe-Asia Studies, and Patterns of Prejudice among others.
Augustine Chipungu is the Research Analyst in the Prosperity Index team, focusing on Africa. He began his career as a Research Assistant to a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons, before going into commercial consulting with clients in energy, financial services and agricultural sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. Immediately before joining the Institute, he worked on a number of policy reviews within the UK Department of Health. He holds an LLB Law degree from the University of Essex, and is a Freeman in the City of London.
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.
Emma Bridgeman is a Research Intern for the Transitions Forum and The Culture of Prosperity programmes. Previously, she was Publicity Officer for Oxford-based education charity Jacari, organising and running recruitment events and socials. She has a particular academic interest in the politics of Russia and the former Soviet Union, as well as the rise and fall of radical left-wing politics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Emma holds a BA in History from University College, Oxford.
Visiting Senior Fellow
Fadil Aliriza is a Visiting Senior Fellow (2015) for the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum. Fadil is an accomplished journalist and analyst with a special focus on Tunisia and Libya. His work regularly appears in Democracy Lab, the Legatum Institute’s online partnership with Foreign Policy magazine. In addition, he has contributed to NPR, BBC, The Atlantic Council and The Independent. Previously, Fadil served as Editor of Foreign News at the Hürriyet Daily News in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was based. Over the course of his fellowship at the Legatum Institute, Fadil will research and author a series of papers that analyse how certain state actors in Tunisia are shaping the debate around the country’s democratic transition. Fadil is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Middle East politics at SOAS, University of London.
Fei Xue is a Research Intern 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.
Graeme Leach is Senior Fellow to the Economics of Prosperity programme. He joined the Institute in January 2014. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Stephen Clarke is Programme Manager 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.