Legatum Institute

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Baroness Stroud

Baroness Stroud
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.


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. He is the author of A General Theory of Trade and Competition: Trade Liberalisation and Competitive Markets (Cameron May Publishing, 2007).


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; Chairman of the Centre for Character and Values

Lord O’Shaughnessy is responsible for advising and coordinating research programme across the Legatum Institute. He also chairs the Institute's 'Centre for Character and Values'. 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 and 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.


Giles Dilnot

Giles Dilnot
Director of Communications

Giles Dilnot was appointed Director of Communications in August 2016. Previously, Giles spent 12 years as a reporter and co-presenter for BBC Two's Daily Politics programme, where he presented topical reports and interviews with members of the public as well as co-hosting several editions of the show. He also had presenting slots on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live, and produced several documentaries for BBC Radio 4 including Power of the Whips: The Silent Enforcers. Giles has a BA (Hons) in History.


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.


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.


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.


Giulia Gemelli

Giulia Gemelli
Research Intern

Giulia Gemelli is a Research Intern in the Prosperity Index Team. Previously she was a Research Officer at the London-based think tank The Next Century Foundation, where she researched and analysed socio-political issues and conflicts focusing on the MENA region. She has a strong academic interest in post-conflict peace- and state-building, as well as in the phenomenon of child soldiers and the development of feasible strategies to facilitate the reintegration of children into societies. Giulia holds a MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA and a BA in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs from the University of Bologna (Italy).


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.


Madeleine Bradley

Madeleine Bradley
Research Intern

Madeleine Bradley is a Research Intern in the Prosperity Index Team. Previously, she worked in the tech industry as an Account Executive at the mobile marketing start-up Fiksu and also translated an EU-funded Romanian documentary, Behind the Iron Curtain, which analysed the forced communisation of Romania after 1944. She has a strong interest in European, EU and comparative politics, having lived in Germany, the US, the UK, France and Romania. Madeleine holds a MA from Trinity College, Cambridge University, where she read Classics and later, Politics & International Studies.


Paul Caruana Galizia

Paul Caruana Galizia
Head of Quantitative Research, Prosperity Index

Paul Caruana Galizia is Head of Quantitative Research in the Prosperity Index team. Before joining the Legatum Institute, he was Marie Curie Fellow in economics at the Humboldt-University in Berlin, an Economist at Neptune Investment Management, and an Analyst in Facebook’s Measurement Solutions Team. He holds an MSc and PhD in economic history from the London School of Economics. He has written two books and a number of journal articles mainly in economic history.


Pauline Coste

Pauline Coste
Assistant, Prosperity Index

Pauline Coste is an Assistant to the Prosperity Index team. Pauline has experience across the international development and voluntary sectors spending time in Kenya, Argentina and Colombia. Her interests include human development challenges in developing countries and urban sustainability. Pauline holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, and an MA in Spanish and History from the University of Edinburgh. 


Robert Osborne

Robert Osborne
Research Intern

Robert Osborne is a Research Intern in The Culture of Prosperity programme. Prior to his studies, he worked at Language2Associates where he took on a number of sales and communications-based responsibilities. His academic interests are historical, but wide in scope as holds a BA in International History (First Class Honours) from LSE, University of London.


Thomas Adamson Green

Thomas Adamson Green
Research Intern

Thomas Adamson Green is a Research Intern in The Culture of Prosperity programme. His academic interests include Medieval history and the early American Republic. He specialises in Byzantine political culture of the tenth century, in particular imperial ideology and discourses of power under the Macedonian Emperors. Since finishing his studies, he has worked as a Research Fellow for the think tank Civitas on the European Union. Thomas holds a BA in History from Magdalen College, University of Oxford and an MSt. In Medieval History from Mansfield College, University of Oxford.


Communications

Agnes Lewandowska

Agnes Lewandowska
Junior Graphic Designer

Agnes Lewandowska provides design and AV support within 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.


Connor Smart

Connor Smart
Communications and Events Intern

Connor Smart is a Communications and Events Intern. Since finishing his studies he has focused primarily on defence and military issues and has served in the Army Reserve as well as working on a NATO policy memo with the online think tank AtlanticCommunity.org. He has been involved in local political elections and acted as a campaign co-ordinator in his local constituency. Connor holds an Honours degree in International Relations from the University of Plymouth.


Emily Callaghan

Emily Callaghan
Events Manager

Emily Callaghan is Events Manager in the Communications team. Emily has more than seven years’ experience in the events industry and previously worked as 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.


Freddie Cocker

Freddie Cocker
Communications and Events Intern

Freddie Cocker is Communications and Events Intern. Previously, Freddie worked as a Press and Communications Intern at The British Academy before becoming an Assistant Event Coordinator for the British Academy Soirée. He has also had internships at the House of Lords working for Liberal Democrat Baroness Claire Tyler, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and the children’s charity CARE Pakistan. Freddie graduated with a BA second class honours, upper division in Politics from the University of Sussex.


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.


Lois Ranft

Lois Ranft
Events Executive

Lois Ranft is Events Executive within the Communications team, assisting the Events Manager in looking after internal and external events at Legatum Institute. Lois has a background in educational events and previously worked as an Events Manager for FIX Trading Community, working to deliver their global portfolio of educational and networking events. Lois has a degree in Anthropology from Goldsmiths University.


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
Head of Human Resources

Emma Jones is Head of Human Resources. 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.


Jacqueline Finch

Jacqueline Finch
Executive Assistant

Jacqueline Finch is Executive Assistant to the CEO. 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.


N'Jaimeh Cham

N'Jaimeh Cham
Assistant Office Manager/Receptionist

N'Jaimeh Cham is Assistant Officer Manager/Receptionist. 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.


Terrie McCann

Terrie McCann
Head of Partnerships and Development

Terrie is Head of Partnerships and 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.