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 Dumitriu, Head of Research

Sam Dumitriu is Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute. He is responsible for the Institute's research output.

His interests include emerging technologies, corporate tax reform and the gig economy.

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

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/mostly eating British food.

He tweets as @MRJKilcoyne.

Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes


Daniel Pryor is Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute. He is responsible for organizing the ASI’s events, running the Institute's education programmes, and managing donor relations.

His research interests include immigration, drug law reform, sex policy, and lifestyle freedom. 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 Telegraph, The GuardianThe Times, CapX, The Washington Examiner, Spiked, and the Foundation for Economic Education. He has made appearances on Sky News, Al-Jazeera TV, LBC, TalkRadio, and BBC Radio.

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

He tweets as @DanielPryorr

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, is a media spokesperson for the Adam Smith Institute and appears regularly on Talk Radio to do the papers review with a variety of their presenters. 

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.