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Judging Panel

Richard Koch is a former management consultant, entrepreneur, and writer of several books on how to apply the Pareto principle (80/20 rule) in all walks of life. Richard has also used his concepts to make a fortune from several private equity investments made personally. Richard’s investments have included Filofax, Plymouth Gin, the Great Little Trading Company and Betfair. Previously he had been a consultant at Boston Consulting Group and later a partner at Bain and Company, before leaving to start management consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting with Jim Lawrence and Iain Evans.

Dominic Raab MP* Prior to entering politics, Dominic worked as a lawyer, first at City law firm LinkLaters, and later at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he held various roles including heading the FCO’s war crimes team in The Hague. Dominic was first elected as MP for Esher and Walton in May 2010, winning 59% of the vote. Dominic served as Minister for Human Rights at the Ministry of Justice from 2015 to 2016. In June 2017, he was appointed Courts Minister, and then Minister of State for Housing in January 2018. In July 2018, Dominic was appointed Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. He resigned on 15 November 2018.
*Dominic first became involved in the Breakthrough Prize as a judge in February 2019, months prior to the announcement of his candidacy in the Conservative Party leadership contest. His support of this project is entirely separate and unrelated to his leadership campaign. The IEA is a registered educational charity, independent of all political parties and does not endorse any single candidate.

Mark Littlewood is the Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the IEA’s Ralph Harris Fellow. Since his appointment in 2009, Mark has been instrumental in expanding the IEA’s reach, both inside and outside Britain. He was recently ranked number 45 on the right-wing power list.
Mark is recognised as a powerful spokesman for free markets and features as a regular guest on flagship political programs such as BBC Question Time, Newsnight and the Today Program. He writes a regular column for The Times and features in many other print and broadcast media such as The Telegraph, City AM and Any Questions.

Kate Andrews Kate is Associate Director at the IEA. Kate regularly features across the national media, including appearances on BBC’s Any Questions and BBC’s Question Time. She has written for the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Spectator Coffee House, and writes a weekly column on Fridays for City AM. She joined in February 2016 as the IEA’s News Editor, overseeing the IEA’s digital platforms. Kate previously worked as Head of Communications at the Adam Smith Institute, where she handled media and donor relations.


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