The Impact of Good Governance on Wealth and Happiness


Monday, March 7, 2011, 4:10pm to 5:30pm


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Pakistani National CelebrationInternational Findings from the Legatum Prosperity Index
Jiehae Choi, Nathan Gamester, & Ashley Thomas Lenihan
Legatum Institute

About the Seminar
The Legatum Prosperity Index is the only global assessment of national prosperity that defines ’prosperity’ as encompassing both wealth and well being. The most prosperous nations are not simply those with the highest GDP, but also those with happy, healthy, and free citizens. The Index identifies good governance – effective/accountable government, participatory and fair elections with a reliable rule of law – as one of eight key pillars of a prosperous society. Yet good governance alone does not produce prosperity. Representatives from the Legatum Institute will explain why and how countries can leverage good governance into prosperity. By introducing attendees to the interactive Index, the Institute hopes to spur attendees to ask more questions about global prosperity, use the Index for research, and with your questions and comments help make this Index even better.

About the Speakers
Jiehae Choi is a research fellow at the Legatum Institute. Her main responsibilities include managing the production of the Prosperity Index, as well as providing analyses for other Legatum products and activities. Her academic and professional work has focused on development economics, social entrepreneurship, and impact evaluation. Prior to joining Legatum, she managed the North Korea grants portfolio at the National Endowment for Democracy and worked at various nonprofits in South Korea, Cameroon, and Washington, DC. Choi has a master’s degree in international finance and conflict management from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in economics and social anthropology from Harvard.

Nathan Gamester is a research analyst at the Legatum Institute. With a background in politics, he works on issues relating to policy and government including the economy, entrepreneurship, and international business. Gamester is the former senior parliamentary researcher to Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, in the House of Lords. Before joining Legatum, Gamester worked for several campaign organizations providing independent writing, research, and consultancy services. Gamester holds a degree from the University of Brighton in business studies with law.

Dr. Ashley Thomas Lenihan is a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute. Dr. Lenihan’s research interests concentrate at the nexus of international political economy and international security. She is currently writing on government intervention into national security-related cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Her other research interests include international law, war crimes, and nationalism. Dr. Lenihan is also currently a visiting fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics, as well as a senior fellow with the Institute for Law, Science, & Global Security at Georgetown University. She has held numerous academic fellowships, including the William V. O’Brien Fellowship at Georgetown University’s Institute for International Law and Politics in Washington, D.C. from 2005-2007. While at Georgetown, she taught a number of classes including international relations and for the last two years acted as a tutor for General Diplomatic Studies & Practice at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She began her career in London as an investment banking analyst in the European M&A division of Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette, and then moved to Credit Suisse First Boston as an investment banking analyst in their General Industrials Group focused on Aerospace and Defense M&A. She received her Ph.D. in government and her B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown.

This event is co-sponsored by the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America.