Fellows and Senior Fellows
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Sam Bowman, Senior Fellow
Sam Bowman leads on disruption, startups and open data at Fingleton Associates, a regulatory risk advisory firm.
Before joining Fingleton Associates he was Executive Director of the Adam Smith Institute, responsible for strategy and overall management, and focused on labour market economics. In his final year at the Institute, it was ranked second globally among domestic economic policy think tanks by a University of Pennsylvania study.
He is also a co-founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Network, an entrepreneurship think tank, and the author of influential papers on labour market, monetary and migration policy.
Sam holds degrees in economics and history from University College Cork and SOAS, University of London, and was the winner of the 2009 John B O’Brien prize for economic history.
Anton Howes, Fellow
Anton Howes is the Director of UK Liberty League and a PhD student at King’s College London, studying the British Industrial Revolution’s implications for explaining the sources of modern economic growth – a subject on which he blogs at Capitalism’s Cradle. He co-wrote ‘School Vouchers for England’, a joint publication between the ASI and the Centre for Market Reform of Education, at which he is a Research Consultant.
Anton holds a BA in War Studies and History from King’s College London, and tweets as @antonhowes.
Christopher Snowdon, Fellow
Christopher Snowdon is an author and freelance journalist, writing principally as a vocal opponent of government intervention in matters such as smoking, alcohol, and obesity. He is a research fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, and blogs at Velvet Glove, Iron Fist. His bibliography includes The Art of Suppression: Pleasure, Panic and Prohibition since 1800 (2011), The Spirit Level Delusion: Fact-checking the Left’s New Theory of Everything (2010), and Velvet Glove, Iron Fist: A History of Anti-Smoking (2009).
With the Adam Smith Institute, he has written The Wages of Sin Taxes (2012) and, with John C. Duffy, The Minimal Evidence for Minimum Pricing (2012). He tweets as @cjsnowdon.
Dominique Lazanski, Senior Fellow
Dominique is a digital policy and strategy freelance consultant and works on digital policy for the TaxPayers’ Alliance. She has spent over 13 years in the Internet industry with many of those years working in Silicon Valley. She has a long held interest in public policy and participatory government. She has written and spoken on digital issues over the years from a free market and entrepreneurial perspective. She holds degrees from Cornell University and the London School of Economics and is working on her Phd.
Dr Helen Evans, Fellow
Dr Helen Evans RGN is a senior nurse with nearly twenty years’ experience in the National Health Service, as well as the director of Nurses for Reform. Her career has seen her work in some of Britain’s leading hospitals including Senior Infection Control Nurse, Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust; Infection Control Nurse, the Royal London Hospitals NHS Trust; Operating Theatre Sister, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital.
Helen trained at Whipps Cross Hospital in London’s East End, holds a degree in Health Management from Anglia Ruskin University and was awarded her Ph.D in Health Economics at Brunel University she has also been a guest lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University.
In addition to running NFR, Helen is a health policy consultant who has worked with a range of British and European think tanks including the Stockholm Network and the Centre for the New Europe. She is also a director and Senior Health Policy Consultant with Farsight Strategic Political Intelligence Ltd (Farsight SPI).
Dr Tim Evans, Senior Fellow
Dr. Tim Evans has worked for the Adam Smith Institute as Consultant Director from 2008-2012 and in the late 1980s as Press Officer and Senior Policy Consultant. Tim has a PhD from the London School of Economics.
From 1991-1992, Tim was the Chief Economic and Political Adviser to the Slovak Prime Minister – Dr. Jan Carnogursky – and was Head of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit. Between 1993 and early 2002, he was the Executive Director of Public Affairs at the Independent Healthcare Association in London where he oversaw the political affairs and public relations of the UK’s independent health and social care providers. And from 2002 to 2005, Tim was President and Director-General of the Centre for the New Europe.
Tim is also CEO of the Cobden Centre, Chairman of the Economic Policy Centre, Chairman of Global Health Futures Ltd, Managing Director of Farsight SPI Ltd, and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Eben Wilson, Senior Fellow
Eben Wilson is the Director of Taxpayer Scotland, an advocacy group which brings the voice of the Scots taxpayer to Holyrood and Westminster, to campaign for lower taxes and limited government. Among his work for the Adam Smith Institute was Digital Dirigisme, in which he argued against government intervention in the emerging digital economy.
Formerly Editorial Director of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, Eben has an MA (Hons) in Economics from St Andrews University. He trained at the Tom Hopkinson School of Journalism and worked in radio and television broadcasting as an economics and technology journalist for twenty years before migrating to exploit commercial opportunities in convergent digital media. He now runs an internet services and telematics company specialising in data gathering in the field and industrial e-procurement.
Gabriel Stein, Senior Fellow
Gabriel Stein is a Special Advisor to Oxford Economics and Chief Economic Advisor to OMFIF (the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum). He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China in Beijing. On 1st June 2013 he was appointed Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at Royal Holloway University of London.
Gabriel has written extensively on topics such as the problems of monetary unions, demographics and pensions issues, broad money and credit flows and on sectoral financial balances. In 2005 he predicted that central bankers would lose their semi-divine status through failure to control asset-price bubbles. With the Adam Smith Institute, he has calculated UK Tax Freedom Day on a number of occasions.
James Bartholomew, Fellow
James Bartholomew is a British author and journalist who has written for the Financial Times, the Far Eastern Economic Review, The Telegraph, the Daily Express, The Spectator, and the Daily Mail. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs
He is the author of seminal work on British benefits The Welfare State We’re In (2004), which won the Institute of Economic Affairs’ 2005 Arthur Seldon Award for Excellence, as well as the Atlas Foundation’s 2007 Sir Anthony Fisher Memorial Award. He tweets as @JGBartholomew.
Jamie Whyte, Senior Fellow
A former leader of the New Zealand free market party ACT New Zealand, Jamie Whyte is also a classical liberal philosopher and writer. He is the author of Bad Thoughts: A Guide to Clear Thinking (2004), A Load of Blair (2005), Free Thoughts (2012) and Quack Policy (2013) and has also written columns for publications including The Times, City A.M., Standpoint, Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has also been a foreign exchange trader, a management consultant, and a philosophy lecturer at Cambridge.
Jamie won the Institute for Economic Affairs’ Arthur Seldon Memorial Award for Excellence for Quack Policy in 2014, and the Reason Foundation’s Bastiat Prize for journalism in 2006 (jointly with Financial Times‘ Tim Harford).
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Auckland, and studied for an MPhil and a DPhil at St. John’s College, Cambridge.
JP Floru, Senior Fellow
Former parliamentary Liaison and head of Programmes for the Adam Smith Institute JP Floru is a prolific writer, speaker and blogger whose articles have been published in The Daily Telegraph, City A.M. and at ConservativeHome.com. He is a Westminster City Councillor and has been selected as the Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark in the 2015 General Election.
During his time at the Adam Smith Institute, JP established Freedom Week, a student conference jointly organised with the Institute of Economic Affairs, which will enters its 10th year in 2015. JP is the author of What the Immigrant Saw (2011) and Heavens on Earth: How to Create Mass Prosperity (2013). He tweets as @jpfloru.
Keith Boyfield, Senior Fellow
Keith Boyfield is a well known economist, educated at the London School of Economics, specialising in economic, competition and development policy. He heads up a City consulting firm, Keith Boyfield Associates Ltd. He has written over seventy studies for several leading think-tanks. Keith is the Africa Editor of the Journal of World Economics, and has served as Chief Economist and Chairman of Leriba Limited (a pan-African research consultancy). He has written for a wide spectrum of newspapers, magazines and journals worldwide and he is a member of the Editorial Board of Economic Affairs, the IEA’s quarterly journal.
Keith has advised and acted as consultant to a range of range of multinational companies, trade associations and non-profits including Aon, the BBC, BNFL plc, the Commonwealth Business Council, The Crown Estate, J P Morgan, and KPMG. His consultancy work has focused on the agri-business, energy, mining, financial services, media, property and aviation, shipping and transport sectors. He has also co-chaired a number of major international conferences and summer schools in Baku, Dublin, Ireland, and Washington DC.
Lars Christensen, Senior Fellow
Lars Christensen is Chief Analyst and Head of Emerging Markets Research at Danske Bank, based in Copenhagen. He has worked there since 2001, before which he was an economic policy analyst at the Danish Ministry of Economic Affairs. He has a masters degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen. He wrote Milton Friedman: A Pragmatic Revolutionary in Danish in 2002 and has contributed to numerous other books as well as news media including The Telegraph, Bloomberg, Reuters, the Financial Times, City A.M., and Dow Jones. In 2006 he co-authored a report “Geyser Crisis” which forecasted a major economic crisis in Iceland.
His blog The Market Monetarist has since it was started in 2011 become one of the leading international blogs on monetary policy, and coined the name of a new and highly-influential eponymous neo-monetarist school of macroeconomics. Many other economists, particularly those who also blog, including David Beckworth and Scott Sumner, have adopted the name market monetarism to describe their theories. Lars is also the founder of the Global Monetary Policy Network, an informal network of individuals with an interest in monetary policy issues.
Miles Saltiel, Senior Fellow
Miles Saltiel is the CEO of the Fourth Phoenix Company which provides policy, research and associated services to banks, industry and others. His recent publications include Seeing the wood for the trees, which evaluated the Forestry Commission’s place in modern Britain; The revenue and growth effects of Britain’s high taxes, (with Peter Young), which presented cross-country and cross-period analyses of tax reform; Bank regulation: can we trust the Vickers report? (with Tim Ambler), which analysed the report of the Independent Banking Commission and made counter-proposals; On borrowed time, which argued for the reform of “age-related” expenditures to relieve otherwise insupportable fiscal pressure; and No reason to flinch, which argued against insulating the NHS from reform by comparing it to equivalent regimes internationally.
Miles read PPE at Oxford and wrote his MA dissertation on Japanese business and government at Sussex. In 1979, he joined GEC-Marconi, working in corporate finance and recoveries, to become no. 2 in Marconi Projects. In 1986 he went into investment banking, joining the WestLB Group in 1996 as Head of Equity Research, Emerging Markets. In 1998, he assumed responsibility for London-based Tech Research, and in 2000 was voted one of the UK’s top 50 in the New Economy, in 2002 becoming the senior tech banker at the WestLB group.
Nigel Hawkins, Senior Fellow
Nigel Hawkins is an investment analyst who specializes primarily in the electricity, gas, water and telecoms sector; he also covers several other sectors. He has worked in the City since 1988, notably for Hoare Govett (now RBS), Yamaichi and Williams de Broe (now Evolution). Prior to joining the City, he worked for six years in politics, including three years as Political Correspondence Secretary to Lady Thatcher at 10 Downing Street. In 1987, he stood in the general election as Conservative Party candidate in Sedgefield against Tony Blair.
Hawkins was awarded a degree in law, economics and politics from the University of Buckingham. He has written a number of publications for the Adam Smith Institute, including High Speed Fail (2011), Privatisation Revisited (2010), and Privatisation – Reviving the Momentum (2008).
Preston Byrne, Fellow
Preston Byrne is a banking and securities lawyer in the City of London, specialising in securitisation and derivatives. He advises the ASI on legal aspects of its policy proposals and writes on a range of subjects including housing and planning law, the security state, freedom of expression and cryptocurrency.
Preston often contributes to or is quoted by mainstream news media. In 2013, he was the lead author of Burning Down the House, the ASI’s paper opposing the Conservatives’ Help to Buy mortgage subsidy programme, which was covered by hundreds of national and international media outlets including Forbes, the Financial Times, City A.M., Reuters, the Telegraph, the New Statesman, Sky News, Deutsche Welle, and the BBC. More recently, he provided a contributing interview in the bookGreat Chain of Numbers: A Guide to Smart Contracts, Smart Property and Trustless Asset Management. He holds a M.A. in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews and a LL.B. from the College of Law.
Prof. Anthony J. Evans, Senior Fellow
Anthony J. Evans is Associate Professor of Economics at ESCP Europe Business School. His research interests are in corporate entrepreneurship, monetary theory, and transitional markets. He has published in a range of academic and trade journals and is the co-author of The Neoliberal Revolution in Eastern Europe (Edward Elgar, 2009). He has conducted policy research for the Conservative Party and European Investment Fund, as well as managing consultancy projects for several corporate sponsors. He teaches Executive MBA classes across Europe and has written a number of teaching cases. His work has been covered by most broadsheet newspapers and he has appeared on Newsnight and the BBC World Service. In April 2011 he joined the IEA’s Shadow Monetary Policy Committee.
Anthony received his MA and PhD in Economics from George Mason University, USA, and a BA (Hons) from the University of Liverpool, UK.
He tweets as @anthonyjevans.
Prof. Deepak Lal, Senior Fellow
Deepak Lal is the James S. Coleman Professor Emeritus of International Development Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, professor emeritus of political economy at University College London, and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in the United States. He was a member of the Indian Foreign Service (1963-66) and has served as a consultant to the Indian Planning Commission, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, various UN agencies, South Korea, and Sri Lanka. From 1984 to 1987 he was research administrator at the World Bank. Lal is the author of a number of books, including The Poverty of Development Economics; The Hindu Equilibrium; Against Dirigisme; The Political Economy of Poverty, Equity and Growth; Unintended Consequences: The Impact of Factor Endowments, Culture, and Politics on Long-Run Economic Performance; and Reviving the Invisible Hand: The Case for Classical Liberalism in the 21st Century.
Prof. Kevin Dowd, Senior Fellow
Kevin Dowd is professor of finance and economics at Durham University and a partner in Cobden Partners in London. Dowd’s main subject of research is private money and free banking, and he is the author of a number of books on the subject, including New Private Monies – A Bit-Part Player? (2014) and Money and the Market (2001).
He holds a BA (first class honours) in economics from the University of Sheffield, an MA in economics from the University of Western Ontario, and a PhD in macroeconomics from the University of Sheffield. He has held previous positions with the Ontario Economic Council in Toronto, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Nottingham.
Roland Smith, Fellow
Roland Smith brings an approach to Brexit that is internationalist and rooted in the classical liberal tradition. He has tracked the European Union and its inter-relationship with the United Kingdom since Margaret Thatcher's last year in Downing Street and has an array of connections across the British Brexit movement. He blogs on the subject and has been prolific on Twitter since 2009. He tweets as @rolandmcs. His first article for the Adam Smith Institute, 'The Liberal Case for Leave', generated great interest across the British political spectrum. He has also written for Civitas, Conservatives for Liberty, and the European Foundation.
Outside UK and European politics, when not digging on an archaeological site, Roland is a Senior Programme Manager in the Technology Sector, specialising in internet infrastructure and business/technology change projects.
Tim Ambler, Senior Fellow
Tim Ambler is now retired from London Business School where he was a member of the marketing faculty teaching and researching the measurement of advertising and marketing performance, including especially neuroscientific techniques in order to get behind the rationality which screens out respondents’ real brain processes. He also published, usually with Francis Chittenden, researches into the development of EU and UK government regulations. Books include The Sage Handbook of Advertising (2007, co-edited with Gerard Tellis), Marketing and the Bottom Line (2000, 2003), and Doing Business in China (2000, 2003, 2008, with Morgen Witzel). A Fellow of The Marketing Society and the Australian Marketing Institute and previously Joint Managing Director of IDV, now part of Diageo plc, he was involved in the launch of Baileys, Malibu and Archers and the development of Smirnoff vodka worldwide.
Since retirement he has taken up music composition, primarily vocal. Some choirs, notably Westminster Cathedral and the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music have been kind enough to perform a number of anthems.
Tim Worstall, Senior Fellow
Tim Worstall is the author of Chasing Rainbows: Economic Myths, Environmental Facts. He blogs at TimWorstall.com, the Adam Smith Institute blog and at Forbes. He has written for The Times, Daily Telegraph, Express, Independent, City AM, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer and online for the Social Affairs Unit, Spectator, The Guardian, The Register and Techcentralstation. He’s also ghosted pieces for several UK politicians in many of the UK papers, including the Daily Sport. On top of that, he is, strangely, one of the world experts on the rare earth material Scandium.
Tom Clougherty, Senior Fellow
Tom Clougherty was executive director of the Adam Smith Institute until Summer 2012. He previously worked as the Institute’s policy director, and before that was Research Director at the Globalisation Institute – a think tank focused on trade and development issues. Tom is interested in all things free market and libertarian, but is particularly enthusiastic about the Austrian school of economics.
In his spare time, Tom enjoys eating, drinking, and watching cricket. He has a degree in law from the University of Cambridge.
Vuk Vukovic, Fellow
Vuk Vukovic is a lecturer at the Department of Economics, Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM), where he teaches Political economy, Principles of Economics, International Economics and Public Finance. He is a co-founder and vice president of the Adriatic Economic Association.
He holds a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics, in the field of political economy. He received his BA in economics from the University of Zagreb, from which he graduated magna cum laude. During his studies he attended summer schools at the University of California at Berkeley and at Harvard University. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, Clare College during the summer of 2013.
He has published at top academic journals, and is working on a number of forthcoming publications, in addition to writing articles, blogs, and op-eds for several newspapers and think tanks. He blogs at http://im-an-economist.blogspot.com.