Alex Bleasdale is a Programme Assistant 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.
Anthony Demetriou is a Research Intern on Prosperity Index, team. His role is to support the organisation of the 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit and to assist in the development of the Prosperity Index. Before joining the Institute he was Research Coordinator at Research Uganda where he designed and led research projects investigating water and sanitation as well as the commercialisation of agriculture in Kanungu District, south-western Uganda. He holds a BA in Politics from the University of Nottingham and his academic interests include international political economy, development studies and political theory.
Visiting Senior Fellow
Anton Shekhovtsov is Visiting Senior Fellow (2015) for the Transitions Forum. His main area of expertise is the European far right and illiberal tendencies in Central and Eastern Europe. Over the course of his fellowship at the Legatum Institute, Anton will explore the rollback of transitions towards democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. Anton is also Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (Ukraine), and General Editor of the Explorations of the Far Right book series at ibidem-Verlag (Germany). He is the author of the Russian language book New Radical Right-Wing Parties in European Democracies (Stuttgart, 2011), and co-editor of The Post-War Anglo-American Far Right (Basingstoke, 2014) and White Power Music (Ilford, 2012). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies, and published several academic articles in Journal of Democracy, Russian Politics and Law, Europe-Asia Studies, and Patterns of Prejudice among others.
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.
Visiting Senior Fellow
Fadil Aliriza is a Visiting Senior Fellow (2015) 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.
Graeme Leach is Senior Fellow to the Economics of Prosperity programme. He joined the Institute in January 2014. Previously, he was Chief Economist & Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors (IoD), which he joined in 1997. The IoD represents more than 35,000 company directors in the UK and overseas, making the case for enterprise and a free market economy. Graeme was also an Executive Director on the IoD Board from 2011. At the Legatum Institute, he will also continue as a Visiting Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Lincoln, and as a member of the IEA Shadow Monetary Policy Committee.
During his time at the IoD, Graeme was a frequent media commentator on the economic outlook and economic policy issues. He was also a very active conference speaker on the UK, EU and global economies, having addressed events in over 20 countries over recent years. Prior to joining the IoD, Graeme was an Economics Director and Managing Editor of futures publications at the Henley Centre (1994-1997), analysing future economic and social change. Graeme also worked as Economic Adviser to the Scottish Provident Investment Group in the early 1990s, having started his career at the Henley Centre (1988-1991), working as an economic analyst and subsequently Chief UK Economist. He is a graduate of University College Cardiff.
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.
Mary Schutzer-Weissmann is the Programme Coordinator for 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.
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, and The 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.
Stephen Clarke is Programme Manager 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.