Mr Singham will start work at the IEA later this month

Shanker Singham to leave the Legatum Institute for new role at the IEA

Commenting on Shanker’s departure, Philippa Stroud, CEO of the Legatum Institute, said:

“Since arriving at the Legatum Institute in early 2016, Shanker has done more than anyone to put the crucial issue of trade on the political agenda. He has been instrumental in educating the public on the importance of free trade, and its transformative impact on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.  

“We wish him all the very best for the future with Mark Littlewood and our friends at the IEA as he continues his important work on the UK’s future trading relationships after Brexit, which is fundamental to the people and prosperity of our nations. I am immensely proud of the work of Shanker and his team in illustrating how trade can provide a pathway from poverty to prosperity, for individuals, communities and nations around the world.

“Shanker’s talents and energy will be sorely missed by all of us at LI. But I look forward to continuing our work on international trade as part of our vibrant research programme addressing the key challenges of our generation, from safeguarding refugees and victims of trafficking to re-imagining international development.”

Shanker Singham, commenting on his departure, said:

“I am sorry to be leaving so many friends and colleagues at the Legatum Institute. During my time there we have made great progress towards helping the public understand why trade is so important to improve the quality of life of people all over the world.

“I look forward to continuing this work at the IEA, making the case for a new and independent British trade policy after Brexit, one that can catalyse a resurgence in free trade across the globe.”


Mr Singham will start work at the IEA later this month. The Legatum Institute’s work on international trade and anti-competitive practices, including the Special Trade Commission, will continue under new stewardship, to be announced shortly.