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.
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).
Michel Kelly-Gagnon was the president of the Montreal Economic Institute from 1999 to 2006. He was president of the Quebec Employers Council until January 2009. Early in his career he practiced law with Colas & Associates in Montreal.He was one of six people from Quebec honoured in Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ 2008 awards. In 2010, the Canadian Minister of Industry appointed Mr. Kelly-Gagnon to the Board of Directors of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, an independent corporation which supports world-class research and technology development. He is also actively involved in the board of directors of the Fondation Universitaire Pierre Arbour and the John W. Dobson Foundation. He’s been back at the helm of the Montreal Economic Institute since January 2009. He was a degree in law from the Université de Montréal. Mr. Kelly-Gagnon is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Casey Lartigue, Jr., joined the Atlas Network as a Fellow in December 2013. He lives in South Korea where he is the Director for International Relations for the newly established Freedom Factory Co. Ltd. In addition, he is the International Adviser to the Mulmangcho School (for adolescent North Korean refugees) in Yeoju, South Korea. He is the co-director of the English Matching Program for North Korean adults at the Mulmangcho Human Rights Center and a columnist with the Korea Times. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association in Washington, D.C.
He was previously a policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom in Washington, D.C. and hosted the Casey Lartigue Show on XM Radio 169 The Power. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Black Alliance for Educational Options and a former member of the Young Executive Network of the Washington Scholarship Fund. He is co-editor of the book Educational Freedom in Urban America. Lartigue received a bachelor’s degree from the Harvard University Extension School and a master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
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.
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.