Alex Bleasdale is a Research Intern for the Transitions Forum and The Culture of Prosperity. Her academic interests include the politics of Russia and the former Soviet Union, the politics of the Middle East and International Relations in the Cold War. She was previously an intern in the Exeter College Development Office, assisting the Communications Officer and Events Manager with publications and event planning. Alex graduated from the University of Oxford (Exeter College) with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
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.
Managing Editor, Democracy Lab
Christian Caryl joined Legatum in October 2011. He is a Senior Fellow and the 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 coming to Legatum 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.
Constance Dijkstra is a Research Intern for the Transitions Forum and The Culture of Prosperity. Prior to joining the Legatum Institute, she interned at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) where she assisted the conference unit and helped to research a paper on Pakistan’s economic challenges. She also completed a six month internship at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), where she assisted the Government Relations and Political Affairs Branch. She has a BA in politics and international relations from Royal Holloway, University of London and is currently studying a masters in conflict studies at the London School of Economics.
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.
Joana Alfaiate is a Research Analyst in the Prosperity Index team. She contributes to the production of the Legatum Prosperity Index™ through providing analysis of data on countries as well as data analysis pieces, looking with special interest at Latin American countries. Prior to joining, Joana was a casework and research intern for two London legal NGOs, having researched EU law, international law, development and human rights. She has also worked as a freelance researcher on these subjects and contributed to The World Outlinewebsite, with articles focusing on Southern Europe and the financial crisis. Joana has an undergraduate degree in Law from the University of Lisbon (LLB) and a Masters in Law (LLM) in International Economic Law and Development from Birkbeck, University of London. In October 2013, Joana commenced as a PhD student also at Birkbeck, focusing on WTO’s decisions on trade-environment issues.
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, andThe 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.
Novella Bottini is an Econometrician in the Prosperity Index team. She plays a key role in providing econometric analysis for developing the Legatum Prosperity Index™, both in improving the current methodology of the Index and in actively contributing to the development of a new Index methodology. Prior to joining the Institute in March 2013, Novella worked as a Research Assistant with the LSE Growth Commission. Prior to that, she was a Consultant at OECD, Paris. Novella has studied in both Italy and the UK; gaining her Economics degree at Bocconi University, Milan; her Masters in Development Economics at University of Sussex; and her PhD in Economics at the University of Pavia.
Solène Dengler is a Research Analyst in the Prosperity Index team. She contributes to the production of the Legatum Prosperity Index™ and participated in the production of the Legatum Institute’s 2013 Insight on Africa: Special Report through the provision of analysis of data on countries and particular topics. Before joining the Legatum Institute, she pursued a Msc Environment and Development at the LSE and wrote her dissertation about trade relations and food security in Tanzania. Her main academic interests are global political economy, African development and sustainable agriculture. After having studied Economics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, she worked as an intern at UNESCO where she focused on how to foster the sustainability and social inclusion benefits of sport and physical education.
Stephen Clarke is a Research Analyst 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.