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Johan Norberg emerged as one of liberty’s most eloquent advocates when he published In Defense of Global Capitalism with the Swedish institute, Timbro, earning Atlas’s celebrated Fisher Award in 2002. The book has been translated into a dozen languages, and it inspired a British Channel 4 documentary, “Globalisation is Good.” This coming fall, Norberg will host a national public television special, produced by Free to Choose Network, about the effects of economic freedom in South Korea, Chile, Zambia, and Slovakia. Norberg is a senior fellow at the European Centre for International Political Economy and at the Cato Institute which published his most recent book, Financial Fiasco: How America’s Infatuation with Homeownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis.

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Rafael Alfonzo is the president of CEDICE. He is the director of a family run convenience store in Venezuela called Alfonzo Rivas & Co. Rafael is the author of several publications including Education as a Creator of Opportunities.

Daniel Anthony serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Illinois Policy Institute. His professional experiences span both the non-profit and corporate arena. Previously, Daniel worked with Saatchi & Saatchi S – the marketing and sustainability consulting division of top global ideas company Saatchi & Saatchi. He worked in both a client management and planning/strategy capacity to develop marketing and communications strategies around issues of sustainability and corporate stewardship for some of the largest companies and most popular brands including Coca-Cola, General Mills, NBC Universal, Wal-Mart and Frito-Lay. Prior to his work with Saatchi he served as the Director of the National Youth Leadership Forum on Technology, a Washington, DC non-profit that focused on finding solutions to real-world problems through technology innovation.

Azhar Aslam, originally from Pakistan, resides in UK. He has worked as panel advisor to the European Academy for Cosmetic Surgery and was the Academic Secretary of the British Association of Cosmetic Surgeons. But his real passion is Muslim reformation and to setup an intellectual movement throughout the Muslim world that replicates the time when Muslims intellectuals freely debated and discussed ideas. His vision is to set people free of tyranny and rebuild the ruins of Islamic civilization. He wants to awaken the people to the value of liberty and markets unmeddled by governments and for such a socioeconomic order of social justice and freedom to serve as a framework for the global citizen.

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.

Leszek Balcerowicz graduated with distinction from Foreign Trade Faculty in Central School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw (CSPS), now Warsaw School of Economics (WSE), in 1970. In 1974 he gained an MBA at St. John’s University in New York; in 1975 received his Ph.D. in economics at the CSPS. Since October 1992 Leszek Balcerowicz has been a Professor at WSE and Head of Department of International Comparative Studies. He has been a Corresponding Member of the History and Philosophy Class of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2006. Leszek Balcerowicz is considered the architect of Poland’s economic reforms initiated in 1989 – he designed and executed the radical stabilization and transformation of Polish economy since the fall of communism in Poland. In September 1989 Leszek Balcerowicz was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of Finance in the first non-communist government in Poland after the Second World War. He retained his positions in the government until December 1991. From April 1995 to December 2000 he was the President of the Freedom Union, a free market – oriented party and from October 1997 to June 2000 he was Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance In 2001-2007 he was the governor of the Central Bank of Poland. He is currently a professor of Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics and is the founder and Council Chairman of the Civil Development Forum Foundation (FOR)

Luis Ball was born in Caracas Venezuela. He attended high School in the United States and earned a Bachelor’s from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He holds an advanced degree from I.E.S.A. in Caracas. Luis is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GrupoCiencia and Allegheny Medical Systems LLC, Boca Raton, Florida. In 2001, Luis was named Chairman of the Steering Committee to organize the National Strike jointly supported by Venezuela´s Labor Union Federation and the National Chamber of Commerce.

Veronica Baz is the General Director of the Center of Research for Development (CIDAC), where she has developed new strategies to allow public policy proposals to have a greater impact on national decision-makers. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Veronica is author of the book Myths and Realities of Successful Enterprises in Mexico (2008) and co-author of The Power of Competitiveness (2005). Veronica is frequently interviewed by national and international media, including The Financial Times, Forbes, BBC, and Dallas Morning News.

John Blundell is the Distinguished Senior Fellow of the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs, and author of Waging The War Of Ideas and Margaret Thatcher: Portrait Of An Iron Lady. He is a former President of Atlas Network, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the Charles G. Koch Foundation. Between 1993 and 2009, he served as Director General and Ralph Harris Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs, described by Andrew Marr of the BBC as “undoubtedly the most influential think tank in modern British history.”

Karol Boudreaux brings Omidyar Network more than a decade of experience in the international land tenure and property rights space. In her current role, Karol invests in Property Rights in emerging markets. Prior to Omidyar Network, Karol was an Africa land tenure specialist in the land tenure and property rights division of the E3 Bureau at USAID. Karol’s work supported individuals, organizations, and efforts to improve the land tenure and property rights of people around the world. Prior to USAID, Karol conducted academic research that concentrated on property and land tenure systems, natural resource management, and many varieties of entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining USAID, Karol was an instructor at the George Mason University School of Law. In addition, Karol was a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at GMU where she managed a research project on enterprise based solutions to poverty. Karol also served as a member of the working group on property rights of the commission on legal empowerment of the poor. Karol received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Virginia, where she concentrated on international law. She has a bachelor’s degree from Douglass College at Rutgers University.

Tarren Bragdon is president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability, a research and advocacy organization committed to making Florida the most economically vibrant state in America. In 2008, he was named chief executive officer of The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a free market think tank based in Portland, Maine. Under his leadership, the organization grew to become the largest state-based free market think tank on a per capita basis. In September 2010, he received the Thomas Roe Award, given annually by the State Policy Network to the individual with the greatest impact on the nation’s free market movement. From 1996 through 2000, he served in the Maine House of Representatives. Elected at the age of 21, he remains the youngest person ever elected to the Maine House.

Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI. Immediately before joining AEI, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Brooks is the author of 10 books and hundreds of articles on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book, The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise (2012) was a New York Times bestseller. Brooks is a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows and has been published widely in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Brooks has a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College. Before pursuing his work in public policy, Brooks spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

Chris Butler is chief of staff at Americans for Tax Reform, where he manages all of the organization’s day-to-day activities, and sets priorities and policy positions. Since 2008 he has managed the group’s considerable election efforts. Founded by at the request of President Reagan in 1985, ATR has grown far beyond its original marquee project, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Chris has appeared in national media outlets such as FOX News, NPR, Newsday, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. His background prior to his leadership role at ATR was in communications and public relations, including roles with the Colorado state Republican Party, campaigns, and polling. In recent years, he has trained activists in communications and political organizing in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and elsewhere in Europe and Asia.

Eamonn Butler is the director of the Adam Smith Institute, rated one of the world’s leading policy think-tanks. He has degrees in economics, philosophy and psychology, earning a PhD from the University of St Andrews in 1978. During the 1970s he worked on pensions and welfare issues for the US House of Representatives, and taught philosophy in Hillsdale College, Michigan, before returning to the UK to help found the Adam Smith Institute. Eamonn is author of books on the pioneering economists Milton Friedman, F A Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Adam Smith, and co-author of Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls and books on intelligence testing. He contributes to the leading UK print and broadcast media on current issues, and his recent popular publications The Best Book on the Market, The Rotten State of Britain and The Alternative Manifesto have attracted considerable attention. He has also contributed articles to national magazines and newspapers on subjects ranging from health policy, economic management, taxation and public spending, transport, pensions, and welfare.

Alex Chafuen serves as President of Atlas and has previously served as President and CEO from 1991-2009, and was elected to its Board in 2009. He is also the president and founder of the Hispanic American Center of Economic Research and is the author of Faith and Liberty. He serves on the boards of the Chase Foundation, the Acton Institute, and the Fraser Institute. A graduate of the Argentina Catholic University, he was Associate Professor at the Argentine Catholic University, University of Buenos Aires, and The Hispanic American University, CA. He is a Trustee for Grove City College, PA.

Colin Craig is the Prairie Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and has worked there since 2008. He has an MBA and BA (economics) from the University of Manitoba and both public and private sector experience. While pursuing his undergrad degree, Colin worked as an assistant to a provincial cabinet minister in Manitoba and later as a policy researcher. Following graduation, Colin served as a policy advisor in the Minister of Finance’s office in Toronto, Ontario. He later gained significant insight into municipal affairs while employed as the Project Director for the City of Winnipeg’s Economic Opportunity Commission. Colin has also worked in the private sector. He assisted an internet-based vehicle-importing firm with business development and helped a Winnipeg-based market research firm with data analysis.

Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville is a corporate lawyer and has been a partner with the Gide firm, a leading Paris based firm, since 1993. He studied political sciences and law in Paris and in the United States and was also admitted to the New York bar. He is currently active in projects promoting the heritage of Alexis de Tocqueville on democracy and human rights. He is also working on initiatives involving American philanthropy in Europe, in particular joint transatlantic projects in the field of philanthropy.

Dr. Nouh El Harmouzi is the director of Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies located in Rabat, Morocco, and has edited misbahalhurriyya.org, the Atlas Network’s Arabic language platform, for five years. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Paul Cézann University, France and earned his MA in Economics at King Muhammad V of Al-Rabat, Morocco. He served as a university teacher for five years at Paul Cézann University teaching Economic Development Theories and Economic Philosophy and Thought.  Dr. El Harmouzi is also a lecturer in Ibn Toufail University (Morocco). He has collaborated with the Cato Institute and Arabic Lamp of Liberty publishing free market books literature in Arabic.

Sloane Frost graduated from Cornell University in 2008 with a degree in Policy Analysis & Management and concentration in Health Policy. While studying the economics and history of health policy in this country, Sloane became interested in the principles of liberty and individual responsibility that seem to be missing from modern policy initiatives. After serving with City Year, an AmeriCorps program, Sloane saw first hand the negative consequences of an intrusive government public education system. She returned to academia to earn a Masters in Public Policy and certificate in Health Administration and Policy at the University of Chicago in June 2011. Various experiences in the university setting quickly taught Sloane that her fellow students are also deprived of many freedoms on campus, and she became dedicated to the student fight for liberty. In 2007, Sloane co-founded Students For Liberty and now serves as the Chairwoman of the SFL Board of Directors. Sloane is currently a research analyst with Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, NJ.

John Fund is National Affairs Columnist for National Review magazine and a on-air analyst on the Fox News Channel. He is considered a notable expert on American politics and the nexus between politics and economics. He previously served as a columnist and editorial board member for The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including Who’s Counting: Bow Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote At Risk (Encounter Books, 2012); Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy (Encounter Books, 2008) and The Dangers of Regulation Through Litigation (ATRA Press, 2008). He worked as a research analyst for the California Legislature in Sacramento before beginning his journalism career as a reporter for the syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak. Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, called him “the Tom Paine of the modern Congressional reform movement.” He has won awards from the Institute for Justice, The School Choice Alliance and the Warren Brooks award for journalistic excellence from the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Debbi Gibbs is the owner of Just Managing, a music agency, and has worked as an executive director in the broadcasting and entertainment industry for many years. In addition to her own business, Debbi serves on the board of two national non-profits and a corporation that produces High Speed Amphibious vehicles. She holds an Architecture degree, collects contemporary art, and lives in New York with her son.

Peter Goettler was formerly managing director at Barclays Capital, where he served as Head of Investment Banking, Americas, Head of Global Leveraged Finance and Head of Global Loan Syndications. He was also Chief Executive, Latin America for Barclays plc. His primary philan-thropic interests are the freedom movement and multiple sclerosis research and patient services. Goettler Foundation and joins the Atlas Board of Directors this November. He is also a trustee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York City Chapter, where he serves as Board Chair.

Dr. Ingrid A. Gregg is president and a trustee of Earhart Foundation in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She joined the foundation’s staff as program officer in 1998, served as director of its grant program from 2000 to 2003, and assumed her current position in 2004. Dr. Gregg serves as a trustee of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, the Foundation for Economic Education and the Philadelphia Society. She is a director of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Edinburgh. In 2010 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in the United Kingdom.

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. He is also a senior fellow of Atlas Network. From 1999 to 2011, Rainer Heufers represented the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty 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). Since 1984 he has researched economic and social policies involved in China’s transition to a market economy. At the beginning of his professional career he spent some years in the private sector and he worked for the German Foundation for International Development where he conducted seminars and training programs on matters of public administration as well as economic policies for African, Asian and Eastern European government executives.

Keri Hunter serves as the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice’s National Projects Coordinator, where she manages the National School Choice Speakers Bureau, plans events across the country, and runs several grant programs. Keri has worked in the education field since graduating from Indiana University. Previously, Keri ran the largest AmeriCorps program in the state of Indiana helping to provide reading tutors in 19 communities serving 2,000 K-6 children. Keri is passionate about volunteer service, working with several community organizations in Indianapolis.

Matt Kibbe is the President and CEO of FreedomWorks. An economist by training, Kibbe is a well-respected national public policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator. He also serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria. Before joining FreedomWorks, Kibbe’s career spanned the worlds of academia, business, and lawmaking. He served as Chief of Staff and House Budget Committee Associate for U.S. Representative Dan Miller (R-FL); Director of Federal Budget Policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Senior Economist for the Republican National Committee during Lee Atwater’s tenure as Chairman; and Managing Editor of Market Process, an academic economics journal published by the Center for the Study of Market Processes at George Mason University. In 2012 Kibbe authored Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government’s Stranglehold on America, revealing how the centralized bureaucracy of government is eroding our hard-fought freedoms and how the Tea Party movement can return America to the decentralized vision of our Founders.

Dr. Israel Kirzner is among the foremost scholars in the Austrian School of economic thought. He studied at the University of Cape Town, the University of London, and received his PhD studying under Ludwig von Mises at New York University. One of his major areas of research concerns the role of entrepreneurship in economic activity. His major works, such as Competition and Entrepreneurship (1973), Perception, Opportunity and Profit (1979), Discovery and the Capitalist Process (1985), and The Meaning of Market Process (1992), have led many to reconsider the modern theoretical formulation of markets. As the contemporary leader of the Austrian School of Economics, he has worked tirelessly to revitalize a scientific tradition that embodies a deep appreciation for market processes as well as the political, legal, and social framework within which these processes are embedded. Dr. Israel Kirzner is Professor Emeritus of Economics at New York University. He is also an ordained rabbi and a scholar of the Talmud. In Brooklyn, New York, he serves as the rabbi of the congregation once headed by his father.

Barbara Kolm is president of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute in Vienna, Austria and Director of the Austrian Economics Center. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on public policy-related issues, especially on deregulation and competition topics, the Future of Europe and Austrian Economics. Barbara is an Associate Professor of Austrian Economics at the University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro and a member of the Board of Business Consultants of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and a member of the Mont Pélerin Society. She is president of the European Center for Economic Growth.

Joseph Lehman is president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, an independent, nonprofit research and educational institute based in Michigan. Joseph first joined the Mackinac Center in 1995. He later became vice president for communications at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. In 2000 he returned to the Mackinac Center as its executive vice president. He became its president in 2008. Prior to his public policy career, Mr. Lehman was an engineer and project manager for nine years at the Dow Chemical Company. He is an engineering graduate from the University of Illinois and a registered professional engineer.

Wayne A. Leighton is a professor of economics at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) and executive director of the Antigua Forum. As a professor, he has taught courses in economics, political economy, public finance, and management. As executive director of the Antigua Forum, he leads a project at UFM focused on helping highly leveraged political reformers from around the world learn how to advance market-liberal reforms that improve conditions in their countries. Wayne previously spent ten years in senior advisory positions in the U.S. government, at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. At the FCC, he played a key role in crafting rules related to spectrum license auctions, including the 700 MHz band auction, the largest in U.S. history. Prior to government service, he was Executive Vice President of the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. Wayne earned a B.B.A. in marketing and B.S. in economics from Texas A&M University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

Pierre Lemieux is an economist who has published many books on economic and political issues. In addition to his many academic articles (including the article on property rights he coauthored in the Dictionnaire des Sciences Economiques of the Presses Universitaires de France), he has signed several articles in the international financial press and has also chaired several international academic seminars. He holds a M.A. in philosophy from the Université de Sherbrooke and a M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto. He is affiliated with the Department of Management Sciences of the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

Leonard Liggio is the executive vice president of academic affairs at Atlas. Since the 1950s, Leonard Liggio has been one of the greater builders of the classical liberal movement. He has served as a past president of the Mont Pelerin Society, the Philadelphia Society, and the Institute for Humane Studies where he continues as its Distinguished Senior Scholar. He is a trustee of Liberty Fund, among many other institutional affiliations. Since 1994, he has been the Executive Vice President of Atlas. A detailed bio, and collections of Leonard’s contributions to the freedom movement are archived at The Liggio Living Legacy Project (leonardliggio.org).

Brad Lips is the CEO of the Atlas Network, a non-profit that strengthens the freedom movement by connecting and providing services to more than 400 free-market think tanks in 90 countries. He joined Atlas in 1998 believing sound policy ideas are best spread by organizations using sound business practices. Brad received his MBA from Emory University and his BA from Princeton University. Prior to joining Atlas in 1998, he worked on Wall Street at Smith Barney Inc. Earlier in his career, he worked with online businesses and dabbled in music journalism. Brad is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the John Templeton Foundation. He coauthored The Reagan Vision, published by the Goldwater Institute in 2004, and contributed to Freedom Champions, published by Atlas in 2011. More recently, his articles have appeared on American Thinker and RealClearPolitics. He speaks widely on the morality of free enterprise and the international freedom champions connected by the Atlas Network.

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.

Richard Lorenc is the Director of Programs & Alumni Relations at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Founded in 1946, FEE inspires, educates, and connects future leaders with the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society. In this role, Lorenc oversees FEE’s educational programs for high school and college students, including the summer seminar series. Lorenc serves on the board of directors of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, an advocacy group dedicated to limiting federal spending through programs such as the “Reject the Debt” anti-spending pledge. He is also a member of the Leadership Committee of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry. Additionally, he is the former Director of Outreach of the Illinois Policy Institute, and has served as Senior Advisor to America’s Future Foundation, where he expanded leadership development programs for young professional conservatives and libertarians to 12 cities. Recently, he led website development for Truth in Accounting’s State Data Lab, a tool that empowers citizens, journalists, and legislators with information on the true financial conditions of the 50 states.

Ron Manners is the executive director of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation and the managing director of the Mannwest Group. He is Emeritus Chairman of the Australian Mining Hall of Fame Ltd. He is a fellow of both the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and his contributions to industry and Australia have been marked by several awards including being elected as a “Mining Legend” at the 2005 Excellence in Mining & Exploration Conference in Sydney. In 2010 Ron was appointed to the Board of Overseers for Atlas Network, Washington, D.C. In addition to his mining interests, Ron has pursued an interest in economic education, establishing the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation in 1997. He is an active member of the Mont Pelerin Society and is on the coordinating Committee for the Commonwealth Study Conference. Ron is also the author and editor of four books – So I Headed West, Kanowna’s Barrowman – James Balzano, Never a Dull Moment and Heroic Misadventures: Australia; Four Decades – Full Circle – as well as numerous papers and addresses

Emmanuel Martin is the editor of Atlas’s French language platform LibreAfrique.org. He has worked for the French classical liberal think tank Association pour la Liberté Economique et le Progrès Social (ALEPS), and has contributed columns to the website of the think tank www.libres.org. He regularly writes columns for the Institut Economique Molinari and the magazine Société Civile. He is a regular moderator and speaker of the International Akademie fur Fuehrungskraefte of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Germany. Martin’s academic work deals with ‘faked development,’ market dynamics and growth, and the concept of civil society. He received his doctorate in Economics from the Faculté d’Economie Appliquée, Paul Cezanne University in France.

Allan Meltzer is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, the University of Chicago, the University of Rochester, the Yugoslav Institute for Economic Research, the Austrian Institute for Advanced Study, the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, and the City University, London. He has served as a consultant for several congressional committees, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, the US Treasury Department, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the World Bank, foreign governments, and central banks. He has been a member of the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board. In 1988–89, he was an acting member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. From 1986 to 2002, he was an honorary adviser to the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies of the Bank of Japan.

Barun Mitra is the founder and director of the Liberty Institute, a non-profit, independent public policy research and advocacy organisation, based in New Delhi. In 2001, a book, Population: The Ultimate Resource published by the Institute, was awarded the Sir Anthony Fisher Prize. “Empowering India” is an initiative of Liberty Institute, which aims at making democracy more meaningful and participatory. The core objectives are to empower citizens with information about our democratic institutions, to encourage active citizenship, and to facilitate a meaningful dialogue between the citizens and their elected representatives. The initiative, directed by Barun Mitra, was selected for the 2009 Manthan Prize for South Asia, and the World Summit Award in 2011, both in the e-governance category.

Lawrence J. Mone has been President of the Manhattan Institute, one of the nation’s most influential public policy think tanks, since 1995. He joined the Institute in 1982, serving as a public policy specialist, program director and vice president before being named the Institute’s fourth president. Under his leadership the Manhattan Institute has sponsored and disseminated research on such topics as tax and economic policy, education, welfare reform and crime. The Institute has expanded its work with civic leaders in New York and across the country to promote free-market solutions to urban policy problems. And it has broadened its focus on the American justice system, examining issues like employment law and class action suits.

Deroy Murdock, New York political commenter, is a nationally syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a Senior Fellow with Atlas Network, a supporter of about 450 free-market think tanks in 90 countries world-wide. Mr. Murdock’s column — “This Opinion Just In…” — reaches approximately 400 newspapers across America each week, including the New York Post, The Washington Times, The Boston Herald, and The San Francisco Examiner. He is a Fox News Contributor and has been a frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, C-Span, MSNBC, and other TV and radio outlets.

Iain Murray is Vice President for Strategy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He is the author of the best-selling books, The Really Inconvenient Truths and Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats Are Getting Rich Off of You. Iain heads the Center for Economic Freedom at CEI, specializing in financial and employment regulation, and international and trade issues. Iain was previously Senior Fellow in International Policy, where he specialized in international energy and environment policy. Before coming to CEI, Iain was Director of Research at the Statistical Assessment Service. Originally from the UK, Iain worked at the British Department of Transport on private finance and the privatization of British Rail. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s from the University of Oxford and an MBA from the University of London. He has recently been chosen as one of the finalists for the Institute of Economic Affairs €100,000 “Brexit” prize.

James O’Keefe is an investigative journalist and filmmaker. He is president of Project Veritas, a non-profit organization dedicated to training video muckrakers nationwide. James’ investigations expose corruption and malfeasance in major taxpayer-funded institutions, including NPR, ACORN, Planned Parenthood, the U.S. Census Bureau, and elected officials. A recent expose featured the New Jersey teachers union and was hailed by N.J. Governor Chris Christie as “enlightening and enraging.” In addition to his own reporting, James is committed to empowering the next generation of citizen journalists. From student newspaper editors to bloggers to video producers, enterprising young reporters across the country look to James for inspiration, advice, and encouragement.

Olumayowa Okdediran is a committed advocate of liberty. In 2010, he came across the works of Frederic Bastiat, Bruno Leoni and Ludwig von Mises, the compelling arguments especially of Bastiat against protectionism provided Olumayowa with an appetite for the study of the ideas that lead to a free society. In 2010, he co-found the African Liberty Students’ Organization (ALSO) and served as the vice president for strategy at the first ALSO chapter in his school. Olumayowa has been instrumental in the establishment of several ALSO chapters across Africa. In 2011 he became ALSO Outreach Assistant responsible for ALSO’s expansion in English speaking African countries. He currently sits on the international Executive board of Students For Liberty and directs Students For Liberty’s efforts in Africa. He is a contributing author to Atlas and Students For Liberty’s latest book Why Liberty.

James Otteson is an American philosopher. He recently accepted a new position as executive director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism at Wake Forest University. Previously he was a joint professor of philosophy and economics in Yeshiva College at Yeshiva University in New York, and chair of the Philosophy Department. He is also a Senior Scholar at The Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C., a Research Professor in the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom and in the Philosophy Department at the University of Arizona, an adjunct professor of economics at New York University, and a Research Fellow for the Independent Institute in California.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer previously served as Vice President for International Programs at the Cato Institute and Director of the Center for Promotion of Human Rights. He is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and Director of Cato University, the Institute’s educational arm. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: The Theory, History, and Practice of Liberty. He received his BA from St. Johns College, MD, his MA in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, and his doctorate from Oxford University.

Steve Patterson is a freelance video producer living in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been primarily working with the Foundation for Economic Education since 2011, and is the creator of “The Truth About…”educational animation series. Steve graduated with a degree in Political Science from Alfred University in Upstate New York, and enjoys studying chess and the martial arts in his free time.

Daniel S. Peters is president of the Lovett & Ruth Peters Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio. The foundation focuses on improving the quality of K-12 education nationwide. Dan previously spent 17 years at Procter & Gamble where he held a variety of executive positions in advertising, purchasing and research & development. Dan is the former chairman of the Philanthropy Roundtable, a national association of grantmakers in Washington, DC, and co-founder of the Alliance for Charitable Reform, a Washington, DC-based organization advocating common sense reform of the non-profit sector. He currently serves on the boards of Hillsdale College, the Buckeye Institute, and the Philanthropy Roundtable.

Roger Ream joined the Fund for American Studies as executive vice president and was named president and chief operating officer in 1998. Prior to joining TFAS, Ream was a founding staff member and vice president at Citizens for a Sound Economy, an economic policy organization in Washington, D.C. He has also served as special assistant to two members of Congress and on the senior staff of the Foundation for Economic Education. Roger was a founding member of the Frank S. Meyer Society and currently serves as its secretary. He also serves on the boards of the Foundation for Economic Education, the U.S. Air Force Academy Foundation and the International Freedom Educational Foundation. He is past president of the Philadelphia Society and a member of the advisory board of America’s Future Foundation and Talent Market. Ream received his Bachelor’s from Vanderbilt University.

Patrick Reasonover is the President of Taliesin Nexus. Prior to his work with Taliesin Nexus, Patrick was the Director of the Film and Fiction Programs for the Institute for Humane Studies. He is passionate about giving young libertarian filmmakers a structure with the ability to support the growth of these creatives so that they can bring about change in the entertainment industry and broadly shift the culture toward a greater appreciation and desire for libertarian values. As a libertarian filmmaker himself, Patrick believes it is critically important to continue to address the area of talent development for young libertarian and free-market conservative filmmakers trying to break into the entertainment industry.

Armando Regil is the founding president of the Instituto de Pensamiento Estrategico in Mexico. Armando graduated with honors in International Trade from the Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Queretaro. He studied Economics and Public Policy at Georgetown University. Since 2011, Armando has worked as a columnist for the magazine Expansion in Mexico.

Mario Rizzo is a professor in the Department of Economics at New York University. He is the director of the Program on the Foundations of the Market Economy, and the co-director of the Classical Liberal Institute at the NYU Law School. He is the author of Gerald O’Driscoll of The Economics of Time and Ignorance and is completing a book on behavioral economics and new paternalism.

Brooke L. Rollins is the President and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of the nation’s premier free market think tanks. Over the past decade, she has emerged as one of the nation’s most thoughtful and articulate defenders, in both media and policy, of the principles of liberty and limited government. Under Rollins’ leadership, the Foundation has grown from a small policy shop with fewer than a half-dozen employees in San Antonio, Texas, to a major force in the national conservative and liberty movements, with nearly forty employees and a new headquarters under construction just two blocks from the Texas State Capitol in Austin. In that period, the Foundation has driven the state and national conversations on topics such as education, taxes, tort reform, criminal justice, health care, immigration, and beyond. Before joining the Foundation, Rollins served as Governor Rick Perry’s Deputy General Counsel, and later as his Policy Director.

Gonzalo Schwarz manages the Awards and Grants program at Atlas that include the prestigious Fisher Memorial Award and Templeton Freedom Awards. Additionally he manages the Latin American Program. He currently holds an MA in Economics from George Mason University and is looking to pursue other graduate studies. He is originally from Uruguay and has lived in four other countries. In the past he worked in academics and other non-profits. He enjoys participating in academic seminars and was also part of the Koch Foundation Fall internship in 2009.

Parth J. Shah is founder president of the Centre for Civil Society, an independent, nonprofit think tank in New Delhi. Parth taught economics at the University of Michigan before returning to India to start CCS. He has published academic articles in the areas of development economics, welfare economics, business-cycle theory, free or laissez-faire banking, and currency-board systems. He has edited Morality of Markets, Friedman on India, Profiles in Courage: Dissent on Indian Socialism, Do Corporations have Social Responsibility?, and co-edited Law, Liberty, and Livelihood, The Terracotta Reader, and Agenda for Change. He writes regularly in newspapers and magazines. He is also the youngest Indian member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the premier international association of classical liberals.

Zilvinas Silenas joined the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) in 2006, after graduating from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 2005. He became president of LFMI in 2011. His field of analysis at LFMI encompasses energy, transport and competition policies. Zilvinas participated in several high-level working groups of legislation of energy, was a member of working groups of “Sunset” (reform and closing down government agencies), and “Sunrise” (cutting red tape, improving conditions for businesses) commissions for the Lithuanian government. Zilvinas has also worked as a teacher of Economics and an adviser to a CEO of an energy company.

Serena Sileoni is the Deputy director at Istituto Bruno Leoni. Sileoni is a lawyer and journalist, and after having been a professor and research fellow in Public Law at the University of Florence, she is a research fellow in Constitutional Law at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa), one of the most prestigious Italian Universities. She is a legal advisor of the Italian Agency for the evaluation of the academic research (ANVUR). Sileoni graduated with honors in Law and she has a Ph.D in Comparative Public Law. She was an editor at the Liberilibri, a major Italian publisher in liber-tarian issues. She writes opinions in some of the Italian national newspapers, such as Il Foglio and Il Giornale. She has spent periods of research abroad, in France, Spain, and Ireland.

Matthew Sinclair joined the TaxPayers’ Alliance in May 2007 as a Policy Analyst. At the beginning of December 2008 he became Research Director, in November 2010 he became its first Director, and then in August 2012 he became the new Chief Executive. He has produced pioneering studies on public spending, the dynamic effects of tax cuts, the National Health Service, trade unions, crime, big government projects, financial services regulation, taxpayer funded politics and environmental policy. His reports have seen extensive coverage, including numerous front page stories and broadcast reports.

Michael Strong is the co-founder and chief visionary officer of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes Conscious Capitalist solutions to world problems. He frequently speaks and writes on issues related to entrepreneurial and capitalist solutions to world problems. Michael is also the lead author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems. Prior to founding FLOW (the predecessor organization to Conscious Capitalism, Inc.). Michael spent fifteen years in K-12 education, where he founded a charter high school ranked the 36th best public high school in the U.S. He is the author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice and has consulted for hundreds of schools and universities around the world. He was educated at Harvard, St. John’s College, and the University of Chicago.

Mikael “Conny” Svensson is heading up MasterCard’s public affairs activities in Europe. He is based in the European headquarters in Waterloo, Belgium. In his job he works closely with the EU institutions, national government and concerned stakeholders like consumer organizations, merchant organizations, academics and think tanks on policy and regulatory issues. Mikael holds degrees in politics, international relations and EU studies from universities in Sweden, Belgium, France and South Africa. Before joining MasterCard six years ago, Mikael worked on EU policy and regulatory issues in different sectors like food, trade and environment, which includes working for different companies like Mars and BASF.

John Tillman is CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute and has transformed what many wrote off as a blue state into a place ripe for free market reform. John also is the founder of the Great Com-munications Foundation, a national organization dedicated to helping advocates for liberty make the moral case in public policy debates. In 2011, John won the prestigious Roe Award for his leadership, innovation and accomplishments in the world of public policy. This annual award pays tribute to those in the state public policy movement whose achievements have greatly advanced the free market philosophy. John is former president of Americans for Limited Government, a national organization that advocates for property rights, spending limits, term limits and other liberty-based policies in more than 26 states. John also was co-founder of the Sam Adams Alliance, a national nonprofit that encourages grassroots citizen activism.

Nathan Tjirimuje is the Founder of the Chevauchee Foundation. Prior to his work with the Chevauchee Foundation, Nathan started a water demand management solutions company that provides solutions to utilities and their large corporate consumers. He was motivated to found a classical liberal advocacy foundation because of the exposure his job gave him to government corruption and nepotism. He came to the conclusion that the only way out of this morass is to reduce the size of government and in turn open up opportunity for the people.

Juliano Torres has worked for think tanks and political parties for the past three years. He was involved in the creation of three different Brazilian startup groups, while working as the CEO of the Brazilian Students For Liberty and IDEIA. He previously served as the Regional Director in a political party, where he gave numerous lectures to students in Brazilian universities. Juliano serves as an international executive board member of Students For Liberty. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, with specialization in non-profit management.

Magatte Wade was born in Senegal, educated in Germany and France, and launched her entrepreneurial career in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she co-founded Adina World Beverages after working closely with Silicon Valley start-ups. She is a TED Global Africa Fellow and last year started a new company, Tiossan, a contemporary lifestyle products brand that integrates the three cultures that formed her, Dakar, Paris, and San Francisco. She is fluent in, and conducts business in Wolof, the predominant indigenous language of Senegal, French, and English. She delivered this Ted Talk last year at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin. She was also named one of Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa and writes for The Huffington Post, Barron’s, and other publications.

Don Watkins is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute and co-author, along with Yaron Brook, of the national bestseller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government. He is a columnist at Forbes.com and his op-eds have appeared in such venues as The Guardian, USA Today, and Forbes magazine.

Matt Welch is editor in chief of Reason, the libertarian magazine of “Free Minds and Free Markets.” He is co-author, along with Nick Gillespie, of the 2011 book The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America, which Tyler Cowen called “the up-to-date statement of libertarianism.” Welch also wrote the 2007 book McCain: The Myth of a Maverick.

Linda Whetstone is the daughter of Atlas’s founder, the late Sir Antony Fisher. In addition to her role on the Atlas Board of Directors, she serves as Chairman of the Network for a Free Society, and as a member of the Boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Mont Pelerin Society, the Istanbul Network for Liberty and British Dressage. She runs a small business in England with her husband and writes on agricultural and development issues.

Erin Wildermuth is a video fellow for Atlas. Before joining Atlas, Erin worked as a documentation officer for Mercy Corps in Haiti and worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute as their video production manager. She holds a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s from American University. Erin also runs the Youth Advocacy Network, a non-profit devoted to teaching new media skills to young people in Cameroon.

Fred Young is the retired CEO and former owner of Young Radiator Company, a tier one, automotive component supplier. He served on a number of boards in the private and public sectors and had prior work experience at Daimler-Benz in Germany and Cummins Engine Co. in the U.S. He has undergrad and grad degrees in engineering and an MBA, all from Cornell University. He is a sponsor of academic research in astronomy, economics and great ape conservation; a director of the Cato Institute and the Reason Foundation; and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Marty Zupan is president and CEO of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. She joined IHS in 1989 as a vice president to develop new programs, led an expansion of the Institute’s educational programs in the mid-1990s, and in 2001 was appointed president. IHS is today reaching millions of students through in-person and online programs, has more than 3,000 alumni well placed in careers in ideas, and is working with a broad network of scholars to advance the principles and practice of freedom. Before joining IHS, Marty was editor-in-chief of the monthly opinion magazine Reason. She has been published in several academic journals as well as the New York Times Book Review and the op-ed pages of newspapers.

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