Our People

Dr Madsen Pirie, President

Dr Madsen Pirie is President of the Adam Smith Institute, and was one of three Scots graduates working in the US who founded the Institute in 1977. Before that, Madsen worked for the House of Representatives in Washington DC, and was Distinguished Visiting Professor Philosophy at Hillsdale College in Michigan.

At the Institute, Madsen was part of the influential team which pioneered privatization and the extension of market choices and incentives. His work in helping to develop the Citizen’s Charter led to his appointment to the Prime Minister’s Advisory Panel from 1991-95.

A graduate of the universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews and Cambridge, Madsen has authored several books including The Book of the Fallacy, Micropolitics, Privatization, How to Win Every Argument, 101 Great Philosophers, Blueprint for a Revolution, and Freedom 101. He also writes children’s science fiction, and with his colleague Dr Eamonn Butler he has co- authored a series of books on IQ, including The Sherlock Holmes IQ Book.

The Institute itself remains at the forefront of a worldwide movement towards competitive free markets and free trade. Madsen’s personal website is http://madsen-pirie.com/.

Dr Eamonn Butler, Director

Dr Eamonn Butler is Director of the Adam Smith Institute, rated one of the world’s leading policy think-tanks. He has degrees in economics, philosophy and psychology, gaining a PhD from the University of St Andrews in 1978.

During the 1970s he worked on pensions and welfare issues for the US House of Representatives, and taught philosophy in Hillsdale College, Michigan, before returning to the UK to help found the Adam Smith Institute.

Eamonn is author of books on the pioneering economists Milton Friedman, F A Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Adam Smith, and co-author of Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls and books on intelligence testing.

He contributes to the leading UK print and broadcast media on current issues, and his recent popular publications The Best Book on the Market, The Rotten State of Britain and The Alternative Manifesto have attracted considerable attention.

He has also contributed articles to national magazines and newspapers on subjects ranging from health policy, economic management, taxation and public spending, transport, pensions, and welfare.

Sam Bowman, Executive Director

Sam Bowman is Executive Director of the Adam Smith Institute, responsible for managing the Institute’s team on a daily basis, working on the ASI’s overall strategy, acting as a media spokesman for the Institute and writing and researching in his spare time.

He is interested in the economics and public policy of immigration, housing and executive compensation, as well as building and advancing a ‘neoliberal agenda’ that uses pragmatic free market policies to improve economic growth and the wellbeing of the poor.

In 2014 he wrote “Quids In: How sterlingization and free banking could help Scotland flourish” which argued that an independent Scotland could use free banking to maximise its financial stability, which was featured by nearly every major news outlet in the UK, including NewsnightBBC NewsThe GuardianThe Scotsman, The Times, The Financial Times and The Telegraph. He is also the author of the influential paper “The Border After Brexit”.

He has written for The TelegraphThe Financial TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe GuardianThe SpectatorCity AMConservativeHomeThe International Business Times and CapX and has appeared on Sky NewsNewsnightBBC NewsBloomberg TVCNBCScotland Tonight and The Today Programme, as well as many others.

He tweets as @s8mb. He likes cooking and pop music, and reviews restaurants at Straight Up London.

Ben Southwood, Head of Research

Ben is Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute, overseeing the ASI’s research papers and strategy. His intellectual interests include monetary regimes, the "deep roots" of economic history, regional inequality, and urbanism.

At the ASI, he wrote on the effect of foreign footballers on the English side, safe standing in football stadia, the national living wage, and the economic burden of corporation tax. He has also had a book review published in the academic journal Intelligence and wrote the entry on business cycles in the forthcoming Encyclopaedia of Social Theory. He writes regularly on the ASI blog.

He has written for City A.M.Conservative HomeTheSpectatorCapXHuffington PostThe Yorkshire PostBBC OnlineThe IBTimes, The Guardian, and appeared on BBC News, the Today ProgrammeSunday Politics ScotlandBBC Scotland 2015,Scotland TonightSky NewsBBC Look NorthCNBCBloomberg TVBBC World News, and many other radio stations and TV programmes.

In his personal life he is obsessed with cooking, music and restaurants.

He tweets as @bswud.

Philip Salter, Director, The Entrepreneurs Network

Philip Salter is Director of The Entrepreneurs Network. He started his career as Programmes Director at the Adam Smith Institute, running the Institute’s events, student activities and researching and representing the Institute on education policy in the media. After three years with the Adam Smith Institute he moved into journalism, becoming Business Features Editor of City A.M., after which he was Editor across EMEA for one of world’s largest insurance brokers. While at City A.M. Philip wrote a weekly column on entrepreneurship and interviewed some of Britain’s leading entrepreneurs. He now writes a regular column for Forbes.

He tweets as @Philip_Salter and @TenThinkTank.

Sophie Jarvis, Programmes Director, The Entrepreneurs Network

Sophie Jarvis is Programmes Director at The Entrepreneurs Network and Head of the Female Founders Forum. She is responsible for coordinating the logistics for The Entrepreneurs Network and conducting research around female entrepreneurship. She writes for City AM about the Leap 100 founders.

Prior to her position at The Entrepreneurs Network, Sophie worked at Lloyd's of London as a trainee underwriter. She studied Classics at the University of Bristol, specialising in female courtesans in 5th Century Athens.

Sophie enjoys drinking tea in the morning sun, rosé in the afternoon sun, and reading about political history. She also co-directs Political City with the ASI's Head of Comms Matt Kilcoyne.

She tweets as @sophiejarvis94.

Matt Kilcoyne , Head of Communications

Matt Kilcoyne is Head of Communications at the Adam Smith Institute. After reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of York, Matt moved to Cardiff as part of the Welsh Financial Services graduate scheme. While working for trade and political risk insurer Atradius he simultaneously studied for an MSc in Financial Services Management.

Matt moved to work in the City of London as an underwriter in 2014 before he joined the Government of Catalonia where he was a trade and investment adviser. He is a Co-director of Political City. His research interests are in trade, Brexit and financial services regulation.

In his personal life Matt is obsessed with promoting/most eating British food.

He tweets as @MRJKilcoyne.

Sam Dumitriu, Head of Projects

Sam Dumitriu is Head of Projects at the Adam Smith Institute. He is responsible for planning the Institute's events programme, managing donor relations, and handling special projects. 

He is interested in the case against capital taxation, and is currently researching a paper making the case for a revenue-neutral move from taxing capital to taxing consumption.

Sam graduated from the University of Manchester in 2015 with a Masters Degree in Philosophy. Before coming to the Adam Smith Institute he worked for WAG TV and the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue.

He tweets @Sam_Dumitriu

Daniel Pryor, Education Manager


Daniel Pryor is Education Manager at the Adam Smith Institute. He is responsible for the ASI’s outreach efforts to schools and universities, as well as other student-based initiatives.

His research interests include immigration, drug law reform, and sex policy. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, he worked in Washington, D.C. as Media Relations Associate for Students For Liberty through the Koch Associate Program. He has written for outlets such as The Times, CapX, The Washington Examiner, Spiked, and the Foundation for Economic Education. He has also appeared on Al-Jazeera TV.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, motorsports, gaming, hiking, and saving the reputation of his home county — Essex.

He tweets as @DanielPryorr