Mario Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian novelist, playwright, essayist and literary critic, who received Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010. From Feast of the Goat’s study of tyranny’s corruption to The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta’s satire of Peruvian rebels, Vargas Llosa has committed his life to depicting the realities of tyranny — so as to end it.
Judy Shelton is an economist with expertise in global finance and monetary issues. She is co-Director of the Sound Money Project at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Author of Fixing the Dollar Now: Why US Money Lost Its Integrity and How We Can Restore It (2011), The Coming Soviet Crash (1989), Money Meltdown (1994) and “A Guide to Sound Money” (2010), her international economics articles have been published by The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Nihon Keizai Shimbun and El Economista. Dr. Shelton holds a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Utah.
Dr. George Ayittey was a Distinguished Economist at American University, in Washington, DC. (USA) where he taught Development Economics and Africa’s Economic Crisis at both undergraduate and graduate levels from 1990 to 2008. Prior to joining American University, he taught at Wayne State College in Nebraska and Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. In recognition of his scholarship on Africa, he was made a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in California in 1988 and a Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation in 1989. Dr. Ayittey has written several highly-acclaimed books including Africa Betrayed which won the 1993 H.L. Mencken Award for “Best Book for 1992.” He has written numerous articles on Africa and the Third World.
Bettina is the former deputy director of Libertad y Desarrollo, a leading Latin American free-market think tank based in Santiago, Chile. She was also the former Chief of the Monetary Area of the Research Department of the Central Bank in Chile. She has a Master of Arts in Economic/Public Policy from the Universidad Catolica de Chile.
Rainer Heufers is the founder and Managing Director of Siap Solutions Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based consulting firm that provides strategic counseling, public policy consulting, leadership training, and other services to international think tanks, political parties, corporations, and government agencies.
After more than a decade of research on the social and economic transformation of the People’s Republic of China, Rainer Heufers represented the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty from 1999 to 2011 in several Asian nations, including Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia. He also supported the development of a network of free market think tanks from around Asia: the Economic Freedom Network Asia (EFN Asia).
Laura Liu is the adjunct Fellow for the Atlas Freedom to Trade Global Initiative and FreedomtoTrade.org. Before joining Atlas, she worked as a policy analyst for International Monetary Fund and the Energy Research Institute, NDRC. She also worked for Reuters News Agency and the Bank of China where she was exposed to a variety of policy issues related to international trade and finance. In addition to that, she was the China program intern for the Cato Institute in 2009. Laura received her Bachelor of Arts of International Affairs and English Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University, and her Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in International Trade and Finance from Harvard Kennedy School.
Mr. Murdock, a New York-based senior fellow with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, is a columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution (Stanford University) on War, Revolution and Peace.
Tanja Štumberger joined Atlas in January 2012. Her work focuses on the Atlas Network in Europe. In addition, Tanja is both teaching fellow of the AIPES in Czech Republic, and executive director of the Liberty Seminars in Slovenia. Between 2006 and 2011, she was a research associate and manager of global external relations at the Cato Institute, the leading libertarian think tank in the world. As an undergraduate, Tanja Štumberger studied Applied Economics at University of Maribor, Slovenia, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. She did her graduate studies in American Political Thought at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Georgetown University, USA..
Ted attended George Mason University from where he graduated summa cum laude with a major in Economics and minors in Legal Studies and History in 2011. He is currently pursuing his MA in Economics, also at GMU. He is responsible for maintaining the Sound Money website.