Bringing Prosperity to Life

The Team

Meet the team behind the Legatum Prosperity Index.

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.

Harriet Maltby
Head of Policy Research

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 free markets, her academic interests also include political philosophy, security and intelligence policy, public sector reform, and the Commonwealth, particularly New Zealand. Harriet was an academic Exhibitioner of Magdalen College, University of Oxford, from which she holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Paul Caruana Galizia
Head of Quantitative Research

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.

Fei Xue

Fei Xue is a Researcher 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 is a Researcher 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).

Madeleine Bradley

Madeleine Bradley is a Researcher in the Prosperity Index Team. Previously, she worked in the tech industry as an Account Executive at the mobile marketing start-up Fiksu, but was always drawn to politics. She 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.

Pauline Coste

Pauline Coste is a Researcher in 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.

Our advisors

Prof. Tim Besley
Professor of Economics and Political Science

Timothy Besley is School Professor of Economics and Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

From September 2006 to August 2009, he served as an external member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee and from 2015 will serve as a Commissioner on the National Infrastructure Commission in the UK. He is also the Gluskin-Granovsky Fellow in the Institutions, Organizations and Growth Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

Professor Besley is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the British Academy, and the European Economic Association. He is also a foreign honorary member of the American Economic Association and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2010 he served as the President of the European Economic Association, he is currently President of the International Economic Association and will serve as President of the Econometric Society in 2018. Professor Besley is a past co-editor of the American Economic Review, and a 2005 winner of the Yrjo Jahnsson Award of the European Economics Association which is granted every other year to an economist aged under 45 who has made a significant contribution to economics in Europe. His research, which mostly has a policy focus, is mainly in the areas of Development Economics, Public Economics and Political Economy.

Prof. Ann Owen
Professor of Economics

Ann Owen is the Henry Platt Bristol Professor of Economics at Hamilton College. She has published widely on long-run growth, income distribution, human capital accumulation, and sustainable consumption choices in journals such as American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management,Journal of Economic Growth, and European Economic Review.

The recipient of a College-wide teaching award, Owen also has an established expertise as an educator, having published several articles on pedagogy in the economics classroom, presented in many venues on economics education, and written textbook supplements that facilitate innovative teaching methods. She also has co-authored several refereed publications with Hamilton undergraduates. Owen teaches courses in monetary policy, economic growth, macroeconomic theory, and economic statistics.

Prior to joining Hamilton College in 1997, Owen was an economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. She earned her PhD in Economics from Brown University in 1995, an MBA from Babson College in 1989, and a BA in Economics from Boston University in 1985. In addition to her work at the Federal Reserve, Owen's experience outside of academe includes product management at a regional Boston-based commercial bank.

Prof. Edmund Malesky
Associate Professor of Political Economy

Edmund Malesky is an Associate Professor of Political Economy at Duke University, who specialises on the political economy of Vietnam. In 2012, Malesky received a state medal from the Government of Vietnam for his role in promoting economic development as the lead researcher for the US-AID's Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index. In 2013, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the board of the Vietnam Education Foundation; a program dedicated identifying talented Vietnamese for doctoral training in the United States. He is a noted specialist in economic development, authoritarian institutions, and comparative political economy in Southeast Asia.

He has published in leading political science and economic journals, including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Politics, and Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. Malesky has been awarded the Harvard Academy Fellowship, the Gabriel Almond Award for best dissertation, the David Lake International Political Economy Society Best Paper Award, and the Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship.

Prof. Daniel W. Drezner
Professor of International Politics

Daniel W. Drezner is Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a contributor to the Washington Post. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation and the US Department of the Treasury.

Drezner has written five books, including All Politics is Global (Princeton, 2007) and Theories of International Politics and Zombies, and edited two others, including Avoiding Trivia (Brookings, 2009). He has published articles in numerous scholarly journals as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. Time magazine named his blog at Foreign Policy, one of the 25 best in 2012. His latest book, The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression, was published by Oxford University Press in June 2014.

Carol Graham
Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow

Carol Graham is the Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and College Park Professor at the University of Maryland. She has been a Vice President at Brookings and a Special Advisor to the Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Graham is the author of numerous books - most recently The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being (Brookings) and Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires (Oxford) - and has published articles in a range of journals including the World Bank Research Observer, Health Affairs, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Health Economics, and the Journal of Socio-Economics. Her work has been reviewed in Science, The New Yorker, and the New York Times, among others, and she received the 2014 Distinguished Research Fellow award for substantial contribution from the International Society of Quality of Life Studies. She has a BA from Princeton, an MA from Johns Hopkins, and a PhD from Oxford University.

And with special thanks

Prof. Angus Deaton
Professor of Economics and International Affairs

Professor Deaton is a Senior Scholar and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University. His current research areas focus on poverty, inequality, health, wellbeing, economic development, and randomised controlled trials. He has also taught at Cambridge University and the University of Bristol in the UK. Professor Deaton is also a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Econometric Society and, in 1978, was the first recipient of the Society's Frisch Medal. In 2009 he served as the President of the American Economic Association, and in 2012, was awarded the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award. In April 2014 Professor Deaton was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society, and in 2015, he became a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Deaton was awarded the 2015 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences (Nobel Prize in Economics). He was later made a Knight Bachelor for his services to economics and international affairs.