Chief Executive Officer
Philippa Stroud is CEO of the Legatum Institute. Previously, she was Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a think tank that she co-founded in 2004. Philippa’s life and career to date have been strongly influenced by her passion to tackle poverty and social breakdown. Prior to the CSJ, she was Special Adviser the Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP (then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) from 2010-15, and also to the Prime Minister from 2012. In these roles, she was responsible for the development of the Social Justice agenda, working on the Government’s key Welfare Reform programme, the introduction of Universal Credit, the creation of Social Investment and the new child poverty measures. Her early career was spent in the voluntary sector including spending time in Hong Kong and Macau working with heroin addicts and ex-members of triad gangs who were undergoing rehabilitation. On her return to the UK she founded and directed a four-stage project that supported people off the streets and into independent living before moving to Birmingham in 2000 where she became Executive Director of the Bridge Project, a voluntary sector project that provided supported accommodation for homeless men and women. Following the 2015 UK General Election, Philippa was ennobled and became Baroness Stroud of Fulham.
Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies
Shanker Singham leads the Legatum Institute’s Economics of Prosperity work which examines how countries can become more productive, and the role free trade—with open, competitive markets—plays in helping people of all incomes increase their prosperity. He is also Chairman of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, which seeks to present a roadmap for the many trade negotiations the UK faces in the wake of the decision to exit the EU. Previously, Shanker was head of market access at Squire Sanders and Managing Director of the Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities project at Babson Global. Currently, he is the CEO of Competere. Shanker has worked with governments and companies around the world on market opening and transition issues, including on the early privatisations of the UK electricity market, the former Soviet Union, the accession of Poland and Hungary to the EU, the transitions in Latin America after the apertura and the WTO accessions of a number of countries, including China and Russia. In 1997, Shanker founded the International Roundtable on Trade and Competition as a way of promoting the notion of free trade, competitive markets and property rights protection around the world. Shanker was a cleared advisor to the United States government on trade issues and he is also Non-Government Adviser to the International Competition Network. Shanker has also been a senior trade and economics adviser to a number of political candidates including Democratic Governors Lawton Chiles and Buddy McKay of Florida as well as Governor Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. He is the author of A General Theory of Trade and Competition: Trade Liberalisation and Competitive Markets (Cameron May Publishing, 2007).
Director of the Centre for Character and Values
Cristina Odone leads the Legatum Institute's 'Centre for Character and Values'. 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 to Question Time, Any Questions, Big Questions, the Today programme, Woman’s Hour, Newsnight, The Jeremy Vine Show, 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. She has interviewed leading political and public figures, including Iain Duncan Smith, Nigel Farage, Lord Heseltine and Bianca Jagger.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.