Legatum Institute

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Leadership

Sian Hansen

Sian Hansen
Executive Director

Sian Hansen leads the Legatum Institute in its mission to promote prosperity through individual liberty, free enterprise and entrepreneurship, and character and values. She is responsible for overseeing planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes and services that contribute to this mission and reflect the priorities of the Board of Trustees. 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, a Non-Executive Director on the advisory board for Cerno Capital PLC, and a Non-Executive Director of Pacific Assets Trust. She also sits on the board of the Centre for Entrepreneurs and is a Commissioner of The Women's Refugee Commission (USA). Formerly, she was 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

Anne Applebaum
Director of the Transitions Forum

Anne Applebaum leads the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum, a series of projects that 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 BooksForeign Policy, the New Republic, the Daily Telegraph and many other UK and US publications. She is married to Radek Sikorski, former Foreign Minister of Poland.


Shanker Singham

Shanker Singham
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. 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. A cleared advisor to the United States government on trade issues, 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.


Alexandra Mousavizadeh

Alexandra Mousavizadeh
Director of the Prosperity Index

Alexandra Mousavizadeh directs the development and expansion of the Legatum Institute’s flagship publication, the Legatum Prosperity Index™. Previously, Alexandra was CEO of ARC Ratings an Emerging Market based ratings agency spanning the sovereign, corporate and structured finance ratings segments. Prior to joining ARC Ratings she covered the Africa sovereign ratings portfolio at Moody’s Investors Service preceded by a role as Head of Country Risk Management for EMEA at Morgan Stanley in London. Formerly, she spent 10 years in the Sovereign Risk team at Moody’s based in New York covering Emerging and Frontier Markets. Other prior roles include Visiting Research Scholar at the US think tank, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC. She is also a former council member at the Royal Africa Society and a member of the Advisory Board at the Royal Danish Embassy in London. She is an Economist from the University of Copenhagen.


Lord (James) O’Shaughnessy

Lord (James) O’Shaughnessy
Senior Fellow

Lord O’Shaughnessy is responsible for advising and coordinating research programme across the Legatum Institute. Previously, he was Director of Policy to David Cameron (2010-11) and former Director of Policy and Research to the Conservative Party (2007-10), during which time he authored the party’s 2010 General Election Manifesto. Prior to that, he was Deputy Director of the think tank Policy Exchange where he was responsible for the operation and delivery of  their award-winning research programme. In 2013 Lord O’Shaughnessy set up Floreat Education, a growing chain of Academies and Free Schools in the primary sector. His service to education and public policy was recognised by the Prime Minister in 2015 when he was appointed to the House of Lords.


Peter Pomerantsev

Peter Pomerantsev
Senior Fellow

Peter Pomerantsev leads the Beyond Propaganda programme within the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum. He is also an author and documentary producer. His writing features regularly in the London Review of Books, Atlantic, Financial Times, Foreign Policy and elsewhere, focusing largely, though not exclusively, on 21st century propaganda. Previously, Pomerantsev worked as a consultant on EU and World Bank development projects in the former USSR. His book about working as a TV producer in Putin's Russia, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, was published by Faber in 2015.


Cristina Odone

Cristina Odone
Director of the Centre for Character and Values

Cristina Odone leads the Legatum Institute's Centre for Character & Values. A former Editor of the Catholic Herald and 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.


Hywel Williams

Hywel Williams
Senior Adviser

Hywel Williams leads the Legatum Institute’s The Culture of Prosperity programme. Hywel is also an historian, commentator and broadcaster. His books include The Age of Chivalry: Culture and Power in Medieval Europe 950-1450Emperor of the West: Charlemagne and the Carolingian EmpireSun Kings: A History of KingshipDays that Changed the World: the Fifty Defining Events of World HistoryCassell’s Chronology of World History: Dates, Events and Ideas that Made History; In Our Time: Speeches That Shaped The Modern WorldBritain’s Power Elites: The Rebirth of A Ruling Class; and Guilty Men: Conservative Decline and Fall 1992-1997. His television credits as writer and presenter include documentaries on David Lloyd George, the career of Pope Benedict XV, and an international history of the late twentieth century. His history of the modern coal industry, and a polemical essay, Community and its Myths, were broadcast by S4C in 2015. A Cabinet Adviser to the last Conservative Government, he has been Senior Adviser at the Legatum Institute since 2012. His book Britain: A New History for Our Time will be published in September 2015, and his six-part television history, How Empires Fall, will be broadcast in the spring of 2016.


Christian Caryl

Christian Caryl
Managing Editor, Democracy Lab

Christian Caryl is a Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum and chief 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 joining the Legatum Institute, 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. 


Alanna Putze

Alanna Putze
Senior Programme Director

Alanna Balaban Putze 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 more than 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, 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

Alistair Shawcross

Alistair Shawcross
Research Intern

Alistair is a Research Intern in the Transitions Forum team. His academic interests include the evolution of Islamism and the effect of transnational networks on the state in the Middle East and in particular, Iraq. Since finishing his studies, he has worked as a researcher for the conflict-resolution charity The Next Century Foundation, and as an analyst for the Strategic Communications company, SCL Group. Alongside his work with Legatum, Alistair is a Fellow of Forward Thinking. Alistair holds a BA in History from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Middle East Politics (Distinction) from SOAS, University of London.


Augustine Chipungu

Augustine Chipungu
Research Analyst

Augustine Chipungu works in the Prosperity Index team, with a special focus 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

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.


Emily Redding

Emily Redding
Research Consultant

Emily Redding is a Research Consultant currently looking at UK trade and export policy.  She has previously written a report on CSR in banking for the British Bankers’ Association. Prior to this she ran the Business Forum at Policy Exchange for four years, leading on their engagement with existing corporate donors. Alongside this she wrote and published Board Rules: Improving corporate governance, a report that looked at how to drive up standards of corporate governance among UK companies. She co-authored another Policy Exchange report titled Privatising the Banks: Creating a new generation of shareholders. Emily has a breadth of private sector experience, including four years at KPMG, firstly in Corporation Tax and later in Government Advisory. A qualified Chartered Accountant, she read Law at the University of Bristol.


Fadil Aliriza

Fadil Aliriza
Visiting Senior Fellow

Fadil Aliriza is a Visiting Senior Fellow 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

Fei Xue
Research Assistant

Fei Xue is a Research Assistant 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.


Harriet Maltby

Harriet Maltby
Head of Policy Research, Prosperity Index

Harriet Maltby is Head of Policy Research in the Prosperity Index team. 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.


Ilya Zaslavskiy

Ilya Zaslavskiy
Visiting Senior Fellow

Ilya Zaslavskiy is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute in 2016 writing a research paper on energy reform in Bulgaria and Greece. His consulting and research focuses on strategy and regulatory risks analysis for the oil and gas industry in developing countries in Eurasia. He is also researching the spread of corrupt and corrosive practices from Russia and the other former Soviet states into the US and the EU. Ilya remains an Academy Associate with Chatham House where he was a Robert Bosch fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Programme in 2014. He is now based in the US where he has authored several publications on Russia's energy sector, sanctions and corrosive practices. He holds an MPhil in international relations from the University of Oxford and Executive Master of management in energy from the BI Norwegian Business School.


Laura Bragiel

Laura Bragiel
Research Intern

Laura Bragiel is a Research Intern for The Culture of Prosperity programme. Previously, Laura interned at the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust, a charity that helps vulnerable debtors, and gained first-hand experience of the impact of policy on those not in a position to change it. Having an academic interest in International Development, she travelled in China, Japan and Korea for six months, after graduating with first-class honours in a BA in English Language and Literature from Balliol College, Oxford.


Mary Schutzer-Weissmann

Mary Schutzer-Weissmann
Programme Coordinator

Mary Schutzer-Weissmann coordinates 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.


Communications

Agnes Lewandowska

Agnes Lewandowska
Junior Graphic Designer

Agnes Lewandowska provides design and AV support withing the Communications team. Agnes is Adobe certified and is currently studying graphic design, 3D, HTML and CSS. She graduated in Poland as a Technical Economist.


Chloe Sanham

Chloe Sanham
Head of Events

Chloe Sanham oversees the Institute’s external domestic and international events as part of the Communications team. 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.


Emily Callaghan

Emily Callaghan
Events Manager

Emily Callaghan is Events Manager in the Communications team where she works with the Head of Events, looking after internal and external events at the Legatum Institute. Emily has more than seven years’ experience in the events industry and previously worked as a Events Project Manager at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), organising and running their events in defence and security. Emily has a degree in English Literature from Cardiff University.


Francesco Farruggia

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.


Holly Bigham

Holly Bigham
Communications and Digital Content Manager

Holly Bigham manages the Legatum Institute's digital communications, including websites, newsletters and social media. 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.


Louie Brockbank

Louie Brockbank
Communications and Events Intern

Louie Brockbank is an Intern in the Communications team. He graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford with a BA in History and Politics in June 2015, where he was an academic scholar and an officer in the university Conservative association.


Operations

Chantal Wall

Chantal Wall
HR & Operations Coordinator

Chantal provides support to the Human Resources and Operations managers. In her most recent role, Chantal was Operations Officer at The Brilliant Club, an award-wining educational charity where she supported the management of day-to-day operations through its start-up phase to where it stands now as a 30 strong, £1 million+ turnover business. Whilst working there she has been involved in recruitment, internal training, HR processes / policy creation, maintenance of Employee HR records, health & safety and office / facilities management. Chantal studied Sociology at the University of West of England and plans to study for her Postgraduate Human Resources Management (CIPD) course starting this year.


Emma Jones

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

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.


Jacqueline Finch

Jacqueline Finch
Executive Assistant

Jacqueline Finch is Executive Assistant to Sian Hansen. She has extensive experience as a senior EA within the UK and USA and has worked in various sectors including charity, retail, investment banking and within the US government. She also has a background in mental health/wellbeing counselling and has done volunteer work with various child welfare services.


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.


Mike Hawkes

Mike Hawkes
Technical Support Analyst

Mike Hawkes is the Technical Support Analyst, looking after the Institute’s IT support needs. He is a qualified Microsoft and CompTIA IT technician, and lecturer with 10 years’ experience of teaching in further education. Mike has worked in IT support for over 13 years, working in local authority, further education, and public school IT support departments, and for commercial  IT support providers.


N'Jaimeh Cham

N'Jaimeh Cham
Assistant Office Manager

N'Jaimeh Cham is Assistant Officer Manager. N’Jaimeh’s role is to provide administrative support to the Operations 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.


Olivia Cook

Olivia Cook
Head of Operations

Olivia Cook is responsible for all aspects of the Legatum Institute's internal operations requirements, including building management. Prior to joining the Legatum Institute, Olivia worked as Programme Manager to the Malaria Genetics Research Programme at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, a world-leading charitable research institute based in Cambridge. Olivia has a diverse background; after graduating with a degree in Applied Biology from Cardiff University, she began her career in equity portfolio management at Barclays Global Investors, and has experience in operational management and development for two start-up businesses.