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Leadership

Baroness Stroud

Baroness Stroud
Chief Executive Officer

Philippa Stroud is CEO of the Legatum Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, she was Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a think tank she co-founded in 2004. Between 2010 and 2015, Philippa served as Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In this post she played a key role in devising and implementing the government's social justice agenda, advising the Prime Minister on the the introduction of Universal Credit and other key reforms, including measures to increase social investment and alleviate child poverty. Philippa's early career was spent in the voluntary sector, working to rehabilitate drug addicts and former triad gang members in Hong Kong and Macau. In Britain, she has founded and run numerous social justice projects, including serving as Executive Director of the Bridge Project, a voluntary sector project that provided supported accommodation for homeless men and women. Philippa was made a life peer in 2015 in recognition of her work tackling poverty and social breakdown.  


Shanker Singham

Shanker Singham
Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies

Shanker Singham leads the Legatum Institute’s work on the Economics of Prosperity and is Chairman of our Special Trade Commission. He is a leading expert on international trade, and a regular commentator on the UK's future trade relationships after Brexit. He has advised governments and companies around the world on trade initiatives, including the accession of Poland and Hungary to the EU and of China and Russia to the WTO. Shanker has served as a trade advisor to the United States government and to a host of US political candidates, including working with Mitt Romney on his 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns. Prior to joining the Legatum Institute, he was head of market access at Squire Sanders and Managing Director of the Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities project at Babson Global. He is the author of A General Theory of Trade and Competition: Trade Liberalisation and Competitive Markets (Cameron May Publishing, 2007).


Matthew Elliott

Matthew Elliott
Senior Fellow

Matthew's work at the Legatum Institute is focusing on a UK-US trade deal and researching the rise of Populism abroad. Having been Chief Executive of Vote Leave, the official Brexit campaign in the 2016 EU referendum, Matthew is now one of the UK's foremost political campaigners. He also led NOtoAV and won the 2011 referendum on the Alternative Vote. As a policy entrepreneur, he has founded and run numerous award winning campaigns, starting with the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA), where he won the Atlas Templeton Freedom Award for ‘The Single Income Tax’. At Business for Britain (BfB), the precursor to Vote Leave, he oversaw the publication of ‘Change, or Go: How Britain would gain influence and prosper outside an unreformed EU’, which became a key blueprint for Brexit and was serialised in the Daily Telegraph. Matthew has been described by the Financial Times as “one of the most formidable political strategists in Westminster”, and by the New European as "an unsung titan of the Brexit cause". He has written four books, numerous op-eds, appears regularly on TV and radio, and is a frequent speaker both in the UK and overseas.


Danny Kruger

Danny Kruger
Senior Fellow

Danny Kruger worked for eight years until 2016 as a charity Chief Executive, founding and leading two organisations working respectively with prisoners and ex-offenders (Only Connect) and with children and young people (West London Zone). He now chairs these charities, as well as sitting on the boards of the Young Foundation and the social business Catch 22. Prior to his charity work he was chief speechwriter to David Cameron, chief leader writer at The Daily Telegraph, and director of research at the Centre for Policy Studies. He has an M.A. in history from Edinburgh University and a D.Phil from Oxford University. He is the author of On Fraternity: Politics beyond Liberty and Equality (Civitas, 2007).


Cristina Odone

Cristina Odone
Director of the Centre for Cultural Transformation

Cristina Odone leads the Legatum Institute's Centre for Cultural Transformation. A former Deputy Editor of the New Statesman, Cristina has been a commentator for the Daily Telegraph since 2008. As a broadcaster, she contributes regularly a wide variety of national and international news programme, including Question Time, Any Questions, the Today programme, Woman’s Hour, Newsnight, The Jeremy Vine Show and Sky News. 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.


Stephen Brien

Stephen Brien
Senior Fellow

Stephen’s work at the Legatum Institute focuses on the socio-economic drivers of prosperity. He is also building the Institute’s Centre for Metrics, which will host the Prosperity Index, and other UK and international social and economic metrics.Since 2015, Stephen has been a Senior Advisor to the Saudi Minister for Economy and Planning. He has been a Director at Social Finance; and he also advised the UK Department for Work and Pensions from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining DWP, Stephen spent 15 years at Oliver Wyman, where he was a Partner, and served a term as the head of its London Office. He is a board member of the Centre for Social Justice and also of Social Finance Digital Labs, and a member of the UK Social Metrics Commission. He is the author of Dynamic Benefits (the blueprint for Universal Credit) and Outcome-based Government.


Nathan Gamester

Nathan Gamester
Chief Operating Officer

Nathan Gamester is the Legatum Institute’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to taking up this role, Nathan was the Chief Operating Officer for the Centre for Social Justice. Before that, Nathan spent 6 years at the Legatum Institute where he led the production of the Institute's signature publication, the Legatum Prosperity Index™. Nathan is also the Executive Director of the Atlantic Partnership, a non-partisan charity that promotes a strong relationship between the transatlantic nations. Nathan has worked in the House of Lords as a speechwriter and researcher and has authored many Legatum Institute reports and policy papers. His writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine, the Harvard Business Review, and Foreign Policy Magazine. Nathan is the former Senior Parliamentary Researcher to Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff and has worked for several campaign organisations providing independent writing, research and consultancy services. Nathan holds a degree in Business Studies with Law from the University of Brighton.


Terrie McCann

Terrie McCann
Head of Business Development

Terrie is Head of Business Development. Her role is to head up the Institute’s fundraising efforts, managing a team to build partnerships and relationships with supporters, including individuals, corporations and foundations. Terrie has been in fundraising for 15 years, with recent roles as Development Manager at Sadler’s Wells and Senior Director at CSS Fundraising, where she worked with clients such as Christian Aid, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the Natural History Museum. Terrie holds an MA in History from Jesus College, Cambridge.


Alastair Masser

Alastair Masser
Director of Communications

Alastair oversees all aspects of the Legatum Institute’s communications, including broadcast, print, online and social media. Prior to joining us, Alastair spent almost a decade in politics and communications, serving latterly as a Special Adviser in two posts under David Cameron. As well as working in politics, Alastair has devised and implemented communications strategies for a range of clients including foreign governments, international charities and FTSE 500 corporations. He is an alumnus of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) and was awarded an MA (Distinction) in War Studies from King's College London in 2007. He is undertaking a part-time PhD at the same institution, examining UK-Nigerian development and security cooperation during the coalition government. Alastair is an Associate of the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC) and has taught at the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Services Command Staff College (JSCSC) at Shrivenham.


The Team

Victoria Hewson

Victoria Hewson
Senior Counsel, Special Trade Commission

Victoria Hewson is a Senior Associate at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, currently seconded to act as counsel to the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. In practice, she advises banks and financial institutions on technology, outsourcing and fintech. She has an LLB from University College London. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked for Procter & Gamble in Frankfurt and Newcastle upon Tyne on finance and employee services projects.


Rushmila Alam

Rushmila Alam
Economist, Special Trade Commission

Rushmila Alam is an Assistant Director at Deloitte LLP, currently seconded to the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. Rushmila has wide experience of undertaking economic analysis of public policy issues for both government and private sector clients. Rushmila has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and an LLB from the University of New South Wales, Australia.


Alice Brooks

Alice Brooks
Counsel, Special Trade Commission

Alice Brooks is a newly-qualified lawyer at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, currently seconded to act as counsel to the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. In practice, she has experience in the real estate, technology, restructuring and energy sectors. Alice graduated from University of Birmingham with a bachelor of arts in History with American and Canadian Studies and went on to complete a graduate diploma in law at the University of Law in London. 


Molly Kiniry

Molly Kiniry
Programme & Research Manager, International Development

Molly Kiniry is helping set up our new International Development programme. Prior to that, she was on our Economics of Prosperity team where she co-authored a number of publications on trade, competition and property rights. Previously, she worked with Babson Global, the International Roundtable on Trade and Competition, and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Molly graduated with honours from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Law (PPEL) and French. She has published and presented papers in both English and French, specialising as an undergraduate in Sub-Saharan economic development.


Izabela Joshi

Izabela Joshi
Corporate Partnerships Manager

Izabela Joshi is Corporate Partnerships Manager. Her role is to manage the Institute’s relationships with the private sector, including Business Forum members, corporate sponsors and partners. Prior to joining, Izabela spent 10 years’ in international sales within the fashion and retail sector, working for brands such as Chantelle Paris. Her experience has included opening and developing new markets, designing new retail strategies and building brand awareness across Europe. Izabela graduated in International Sales at La Sorbonne University in Paris and has a MSc in NGOs and Development Management at the University of East London.


Amelia Campbell

Amelia Campbell
Communications Manager

Amelia is Communications Manager at the Legatum Institute. Previously, she worked at the Centre for Social Justice, as well as at the Institute of Economic Affairs. She grew up in New Zealand where she worked as an research and communications advisor in the office of former Prime Minister, John Key, before serving as Private Secretary to New Zealand's Speaker of the House. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics & History from the University of Auckland. Amelia is passionate about ending human trafficking and being involved in the local community. To this end, she volunteers her time with an anti-trafficking charity and also sits on the boards of two charities.


Daniel Herring

Daniel Herring
Research Assistant, Prosperity Index

Daniel is an analyst in the Prosperity Index team. He grew up in New Zealand where he worked in the New Zealand Treasury on improving investment management practices in government agencies. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland.


Grace Forrest

Grace Forrest
Researcher

Grace is a Researcher at the Legatum Institute, specialising in modern slavery. She is a founding director of the Walk Free Foundation (an international Human Rights organisation) and works as a communications strategist on the Global Slavery Index. She has spent extensive time on the ground working with survivors and documenting modern slavery throughout South East Asia and the Middle East. Her current research examines refugee communities’ vulnerability to modern slavery and forced labour in Lebanon), a project supported by The Freedom Fund, of which she is on the counsel of advocates. Grace has represented Walk Free Foundation at a variety of platforms, including at the Vatican and United Nations, and is an Ambassador for the Humanitarian Group and The Freedom Hub as well as a member of the advisory board of Freedom United. Grace holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, majoring in International Relations & Political Science and Social Justice and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Strategic Communications at the University of Western Australia.


Matt Smith

Matt Smith
Director and Co-founder of the Centre for Entrepreneurs

Matt is co-founder & director of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, and co-founder and secretary of the European Startup Network. Previously, Matt co-founded NACUE – the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs – and founded the consultancy firm Entelligence. He's an advisor to the Enterprise Research Centre, a member of the Social Angels Movement and a judge for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.


Michael Patrikalakis

Michael Patrikalakis
Research Assistant, Centre for Entrepreneurs

Michael holds a BA in International Politics from King’s College London. His interest in economic policy and innovation led him to join the Centre for Entrepreneurs in 2016. While at King’s, Michael was on the committee of King’s Think Tank, the largest student-led think tank in Europe. In its Business and Economics Policy Centre he led the organisation of events, which included a panel discussion between lawmakers and business leaders about London’s prospects as a global tech hub. Outside of entrepreneurship, Michael is passionate about international political economy and geopolitics, and has worked as an English language tutor in Athens.