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Gisela Stuart and Sir Oliver Letwin to join the Legatum Institute as fellows

Gisela Stuart joins the Institute as Chair of our Effective Government programme, which examines what the UK can learn from the most successful models of government in operation around the world, in order to improve the outcomes of key public services, from health and social care to education.

Sir Oliver Letwin joins the Institute to lead The World Ahead, an exciting new initiative which examines how the rise of India and China during the course of the twenty-first century can transform the lives of billions, ending widespread poverty and fostering a new era of stability and prosperity.

Commenting on the appointments, the Legatum Institute’s CEO, Baroness Philippa Stroud, said:

“We are delighted that Gisela and Oliver will be joining us as Fellows. They will both bring considerable wisdom and experience from across the political spectrum, which will no doubt prove invaluable to their work understanding the impact of two of the most salient policy challenges of our generation. Their appointment at the same time represents a significant step forward in our work addressing the major issues of our age.”

Commenting on her appointment, Gisela Stuart said:

“Whilst the challenges facing modern governments are numerous, the need to provide effective public services is common to each and every one of them. Understanding how and why some nations succeed whilst others fail in delivering key services like education and welfare can help inform our own approaches to policymaking, helping us make government more effective for the population it serves.”

Commenting on his appointment, Sir Oliver Letwin said:

“This is an exciting time to be joining the Legatum Institute, who are doing more than anyone else to identify the issues that will shape global prosperity in the decades ahead. The rise of India and China will reshape the world as we know it, and it is essential that we consider how it will impact the economic and social wellbeing of people around the world.”



Rt Hon Gisela Stuart served as the Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston for 20 years between 1997 and 2017. She served as a health minister during Tony Blair’s first term as Prime Minister before serving on a variety of Parliamentary Committees including Foreign Affairs, Defence and Intelligence and Security.

Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for West Dorset since 1997. Between 2010 and 2016 he played a key role in the coalition and Conservative governments led by David Cameron, serving as Minister for Government Policy and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

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