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.

Matt Kilcoyne, Deputy Director

Matt Kilcoyne is the Deputy Director of 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 was a Co-director of Political City. His research interests are in trade, Brexit and financial services regulation.

He has authored and contributed to multiple reports for the Institute, including Doing Our Duty and The Neoliberal Manifesto.

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 conducts original policy research and is also responsible for organizing the ASI’s events, as well as running the Institute's education programmes.

His research interests include immigration economics, drug policy, sex work regulation, 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 Guardian, and The Times. He has made appearances on BBC One, Sky News, BBC News, LBC, BBC Radio 4 and more.

He has authored and contributed to multiple reports for the Institute, including 1 Million Years of Life, The Green Light and The Neoliberal Manifesto.

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

He tweets as @DanielPryorr


Matthew Lesh, Head of Research

Matthew Lesh is the Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute. He regularly appears on television and radio, and has written dozens of opinion and feature pieces for print and online publications such as The Spectator, Huffington PostCapXBrexitCentralQuillette, ABCSydney Morning Herald and The Australian.

He is also the author of Democracy in a Divided Australia (2018). Matthew graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours) and completed a Masters in Public Policy and Administration at the London School of Economics where he received the Peter Self Prize for Best Overall Result.

He has authored and contributed to multiple reports for the Institute, including Safeguarding Progress, Ready for Takeoff and The Neoliberal Manifesto.

Before joining the ASI, Matthew was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs (Australia). He has also worked for Australian politicians, in digital communications, and founded a mobile application development start-up.

He tweets as @matthewlesh

Morgan Schondelmeier, Head of Development


Morgan Schondelmeier is Head of Development at the Adam Smith Institute, responsible for managing donor relations. She graduated from the University of Tampa in 2016 with a double major in Government & World Affairs and Economics. While at UT she was an active member in many organisations including the Adam Smith Society, President’s Leadership Fellows, and Alpha Chi Omega. After graduating, she moved to London and achieved a Distinction in her Master’s degree in International Political Economy at King’s College London.

Prior to starting with the Adam Smith Institute, she served as Development Officer at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

She has also contributed to The Neoliberal Manifesto.

Outside of the office she enjoys balancing eating at her favourite restaurants with going to the gym, watching The Chase, and debating the merits of American vs British culture.

She tweets as @morgandelmeier

Charlie Paice, Research Assistant

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Charlie Paice is Research Assistant at the Adam Smith Institute. He is currently on a gap year before studying History and Economics next year at the University of Edinburgh.

Charlie’s economic interests span Brexit, trade, public services, pensions and financial markets.

He enjoys playing sports, coffee and pub quizzes. Charlie is working at the Adam Smith Institute for a year and aims to use his time to learn more about classical liberalism as well as research the impact of market liberalisation on nations’ economic histories.

He tweets as @charliepaice

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.

Sam Dumitriu, Research Director, The Entrepreneurs Network

Sam Dumitriu is Research Director at The Entrepreneurs Network.

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 joining The Entrepreneurs Network, Sam was the Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute and has previously worked for WAG TV and the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue.

He tweets as @Sam_Dumitriu

Annabel Denham, Editor, The Entrepreneurs Network


Annabel Denham is Editor at The Entrepreneurs Network. She joined in 2014 from City A.M., where she was Entrepreneurs Editor and Deputy Business Features Editor. Interviewing a different entrepreneur each week for the paper, she quickly came to realise that too many remain unfamiliar with government schemes designed to help them. And while many were keen to link up with other entrepreneurs, share experiences or offer advice, they lacked the platform to do so.

At The Entrepreneurs Network, Annabel writes and edits research projects – and has a particular interest in female entrepreneurship and enterprise education. She writes a column for the Huffington Post, and contributes to media outlets including RealBusiness, City A.M. and The Yorkshire Post.

Prior to City A.M., Annabel was a researcher for former Member of Parliament Peter Lilley and worked for the Conservative Press Office in the run up to the 2010 general election.