Mr Stephen Anderson – Executive Director

Stephen Anderson has 25 years leadership experience of business management in financial services, with a history of much improving organizational performance. He was brought into Equitable Life PLC at the height of the crisis as the Chief Operating Officer and improved operational capability and capacity at a very difficult time. He then undertook various turnaround type assignments within the not for profit sector, before joining the Academy of Social Sciences as Executive Director in 2008. An Economics graduate, with a further three years of postgraduate research experience, Stephen has pursued lifelong learning, gaining further occupational qualifications in banking, business management and organizational psychology.He also gained a certificate in ministry studies. He is also a trustee of a grant awarding ecclesiastical charity with substantial historic assets. Contact Stephen on [email protected]

Alessandro Lanuto – Communications Manager

Born and raised in New York, Alessandro completed his BA in Politics, History, and Italian in Rome, Italy, before receiving an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology from UCL in 2013. Alessandro has previously worked as a social media analyst and, most recently, as a Campaigns Manager for the Liberal Democrats.

Dr Ashley Thomas Lenihan – Senior Policy Adviser

Ashley is a Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics, a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Law, Science, & Global Security at Georgetown University, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has undertaken a variety of consultancy work in the international policy arena over the last five years. Her research and writing is focused on the international political economy of security, and the relationship between evidence and policy. She was previously a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, where she served as the Director of the Legatum Prosperity Index, and began her career as an investment banking analyst with Credit Suisse First Boston in London. She has her Ph.D. in Government, and her B.S. in Foreign Service, from Georgetown University. Contact Ashley on [email protected]

Jordene Sewell – Membership Officer

Jordene joined the Academy of Social Sciences in January 2016 to provide administrative support to the office and assist with membership queries. She is also the Editorial Assistant for our journal, Contemporary Social Science. Prior to this, she was Assistant Project Coordinator for the New Creative Markets programme at SPACE. Contact Jordene on [email protected]

Michaela Des Forges – Policy Officer

Michaela is an experienced policy professional with particular expertise working on challenging social policy issues. She has a track record of delivering high quality policy advice and analysis and working with others to achieve change. Michaela recently joined the Academy and its Campaign from New Zealand where she was a consultant for a leading consultancy firm advising the government on a variety of policy issues. Prior to this, she was a senior policy analyst at the Ministry of Social Development, where she led legislative changes to New Zealand’s care and protection system, worked on homelessness policy, and spent eighteen months as the private secretary for the Minister for Social Housing. Michaela has a Masters in Human Geography and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Public Policy from Victoria University Wellington.

Andrew Muckle – Senior Operations Manager

Andrew is the Senior Operations Manager at The Academy and is responsible for both the day-to-day and long term planning of operational activities, member engagement and strategic projects. Prior to joining he worked for over 11 years in membership for both The Magistrates' Association and the RICS.