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The Institute of Economic Affairs, the UK’s leading free-market think tank, today announces a raft of new appointments for 2014.

In 2013, the IEA has appeared on media over 2,500 times, has seen its esteemed research gain even greater traction with over 170,000 downloads of publications, has widened its education outreach programme to thousands of young people and goes live with its new online free-market audio-visual platform ieaTV this evening (11 December 2013).

New appointments:

Ryan Bourne has been appointed Head of Public Policy at the IEA. Ryan currently works at the Centre for Policy Studies as the head of economic research and will take up his role in early 2014.

Commenting on his appointment, Ryan Bourne said:

“I’m delighted to be joining an excellent IEA team in the new year. At a time when the concept of free-market economics faces its greatest intellectual and political challenge for three decades, it’s essential for think tanks like the IEA to be firing on all cylinders in advocating liberty. I look forward to working with the team to make the case for market solutions to the deep problems facing both the domestic and global economy in this challenging climate.”

Stephanie Lis becomes the IEA’s Head of Communications, leading the Institute’s relationship with the media, politicians and policy advisers. She will replace Ruth Porter, who leaves to join Policy Exchange as Head of Economic and Social Policy.

Commenting on her appointment, Stephanie Lis said:

“It is just over a year until the next election so it is crucial that we keep making the case for free markets to politicians of all stripes. I am very excited to be taking on this new challenge, ensuring that our core values are communicated to journalists, politicians and the public too.”

Christiana Hambro becomes the IEA’s Head of External Relations. She will lead the IEA’s work in building a free market network amongst students, across the EU and the wider world and in civil society.

Commenting on her appointment, Christiana Hambro said:

“I’m hugely excited to be taking on this new role. The IEA has made significant gains in our international outreach and our education programmes are thriving.  I’m looking forward to building on this excellent work to ensure that the benefits of free-markets are known by as many people as possible.”

Diego Zuluaga has been appointed as the IEA’s International Officer. Originally from Bilbao, he speaks four languages. He will work with Christiana Hambro in expanding and building the free market network across the European Union and beyond.

“I’m enormously excited to take on a permanent role. I very much look forward to continuing and expanding the IEA’s work abroad, promoting free-market values beyond the UK’s borders and learning from the experience of other countries.”

After 19 years of service at the IEA, Rebecca Connorton is retiring as the Institute’s Events Manager. She will act as a senior consultant to the Chief Operating Officer in 2014.

In addition to the above confirmed appointments, the IEA is now recruiting further staff – including a Communications Officer, a Student Officer, an Events Manager and additional senior operational staff.

Commenting on these appointments, Mark Littlewood, Director General, said:

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to oversee the IEA’s growth in the last four years. We are delighted to welcome Ryan Bourne from our good friends at the CPS, who have been a huge part of a remarkable free market think tank renaissance in Britain.

“We are also able to unveil a wider, broader, savvy, street-smart team to take the free market message to every corner of the UK with enormous professionalism and drive.

“In Ryan, Stephanie, Christiana and Diego we have recruited the great young stars of free market-advocacy. They have already contributed an enormous amount to promoting the case for limited government, less state intervention and greater personal freedom, but the impact they will make in the months and years to come will, I know, be even greater. These appointments strengthen our already fantastic team.”

Notes to Editors:

A full list of current IEA staff is available here.

For media enquiries please contact Stephanie Lis: 020 7799 8909, [email protected]

Ryan Bourne joins the IEA from the Centre for Policy Studies where he spent three years as Head of Economic Research. Prior to this he worked for a year at the economic consultancy firm Frontier Economics. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a double first in Economics in 2008, and remained at the University to obtain an MPhil qualification in the same subject a year later.

Stephanie Lis joined the IEA in July 2012 as Communications Officer. She previously worked as Campaign Manager at The Freedom Association. She studied history at the University of Nottingham and then went on to obtain an MSc in History and International Relations from the London School of Economics. She has previously worked at YouGov and has also been a delegate at European Youth Parliament sessions.

Christiana Hambro joined the IEA as the External Relations Manager in August 2012. She previously worked at the Henry Jackson Society, where she ran over 100 events a year. Prior to that, she worked for The Freedom Association as Development Manager. In this role, she helped establish an extensive student network across the UK and, as part of this, organised the inaugural Freedom Forum, a residential and political conference for 100 students. Christiana has a BA in Politics from the University of York.

Diego Zuluaga is originally from Bilbao. Diego obtained his B.A. in Economics and History from McGill University in Montreal. During his time in Canada, he was the economics editor at Life.Liberty.Economics., an online publication, and a monetary policy columnist at the Prince Arthur Herald. Prior to joining the IEA in September 2013, he worked as a Development Analyst for Maryland-based TSL Marketing.

The mission of the Institute of Economic Affairs is to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems.

The IEA is a registered educational charity and independent of all political parties