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.
Director of the Transitions Forum
Anne Applebaum leads the Legatum Institute’sTransitions 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 andSlate, 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 theSpectator 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.
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.
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 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.
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.