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Mr. Ball was born in Caracas Venezuela. He attended high School in the United States and is an alumnus (B.S. in Managerial Economics) of Carnegie-Mellon University of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and holds an advanced degree from I.E.S.A. in Caracas.

Currently Mr. Ball is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GrupoCiencia and Allegheny Medical Systems LLC, Boca Raton, Florida based companies that are engaged in distribution of high-tech medical devices in a dozen Latin American countries. He is also the Founder, Publisher and Owner of, an online bi-lingual publication dedicated to news and opinion about the Americas.  The PanAm Post has been certified by Google and as one of the top websites of its kind worldwide.

Mr. Ball is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh and of the Saint Andrews School in Boca Raton, Florida.  He is also a long time member of the Latin American Business Council (CEAL). Mr. Ball also serves on the Board of Advisers of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in Washington DC and on the Business Advisory Council of the Fundación Internacional para La Libertad (FIL), chaired by Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. Mr. Ball is also a Director of Telares de Palo Grande, a textile company listed in the Caracas exchange. He is a member of the World’s Presidents Organization (WPO) and was a member for 20 years of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He served on the Board of Trustees of Choate Rosemary Hall, the prestigious secondary school in Connecticut, from 2006 to 2012.

Mr. Ball was until recently a regular columnist of Venezuela’s leading daily newspaper, El Universal, and his articles occasionally appeared at various newspapers in several Latin American countries.

During 1996-1999 Mr. Ball was also one of the four private sector members of the Tripartite Commission, with the Venezuelan government and the Labor Unions, that reformed the country’s labor and Social Security legislation along reforms inspired by Chile. Mr. Ball chaired the healthcare sub-committee. This legislation was later annulled by the Chavez Government.

Mr. Ball was amongst Venezuela’s most vocal public critics of the new Venezuelan Constitution proposed (and now in force) by Hugo Chávez in 1999. At the time, Venezuela’s leading daily newspaper “El Universal” described Mr. Ball as the “mastermind” of the campaign against the approval of the new constitution in the referendum of December 15, 1999.

During the fall of 2001, Mr. Ball was named Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the first national work stoppage organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce jointly with the Federation of  Trades Unions to protest against the autocratic tendencies of Hugo Chavez. In 2004 Mr. Ball was formally accused of “Civil Rebellion” and “Treason” by the National Prosecutor in Venezuela

Mr. Ball is past President of the U. S. - Venezuela Business Council – CEVEU - (2001-2003), of the Latin American Industrial Association (AILA) 1999-2000,  and of the Venezuelan Federation of Industrialists (CONINDUSTRIA) 1997-1999. He was also Vice-President of the Venezuelan Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FEDECAMARAS) during the period 1995-1997, President of the Caracas Industrialists Chamber (1990 –1995), Vice-President of CEDICE, a Venezuelan free market think tank (1991-2001), and member of the Board of Directors of various corporations, including Venezuela’s largest insurance company. He was also a member of the Joint Japan – Venezuela Economic Committee (JAVEC).

Mr. Ball was also for many years a supporter of various institutions run by the Catholic Church in Venezuela, serving as Board Member of the Museum at the 435 year-old Cathedral of Caracas and of the Foundation for Ecclesiastic Education. He has also served in the Advisory Boards of various institutions of higher education in Venezuela, including the Institute for Advanced Management Studies (IESA) in Caracas, Mr. Ball was also Chairman (1997 – 2000) of the Advisory Board of the Foundation for Industrial Education (FUNDEI) in Venezuela.


Scott Barbee is the owner and president of Aegis Financial Corporation in McLean, Virginia, and has managed its mutual funds there since 1998. Mr. Barbee is a director of the Donald & Paula Smith Family Foundation. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. degree in Economics from Rice University. He also holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Mr. Browne is a private investor and independent consultant with experience in Latin America, Europe and the United States. He is a Director of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He received a degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Alex Chafuen serves as president of Atlas Network and has previously served as president and CEO from 1991-2009, and was elected to its board in 2009. He joined Atlas Network in 1985 and worked alongside its founder, Sir Antony Fisher. He is a trustee of Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and he's been a member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 1980. A graduate of the Argentina Catholic University, he was a professor at the Argentine Catholic University, University of Buenos Aires, and The Hispanic American University, CA. Dr. Chafuen serves on several boards including the Chase Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, the Fraser Institute (Canada), and is Honorary Active Member and member of the Member’s Committee of the John Templeton Foundation, the World Charity Foundation, and The Templeton Religion Trust. He is member of the board of advisers of The Philanthropic Enterprise, and was a member of the founding committee of Donors Trust. He is also the president and founder of the Hispanic American Center of Economic Research and is the author of Faith and Liberty. Dr. Chafuen is a regular contributor to, writing a column called “Intellectual Entrepreneurs” which focuses on think tanks and policy scholars. He received the Global Leadership Award from the Leadership Institute, the Bow Group (U.K.), the World Congress of Families/Howard Center for Family, and recently received the 2014 Walter Judd Freedom Award. His book Faith and Liberty about the Christian roots of free-market economics has been published in several editions in seven countries. In 2010, Atlas Network recognized Dr. Chafuen for 25 years of service.

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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 philanthropic interests are the freedom movement and multiple sclerosis research and patient services. He is also a trustee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York City Chapter, where he serves as Board Chair.


Mr. Grossman is the Chairman of the Board for Atlas Network. He spent his working career as the founder and owner of various private businesses. He was formerly the Chairman of the Foundation for Economic Education, Irvington, NY. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH, with a degree in Economics, and from Columbia University in New York, NY with an MBA in finance. Mr. Grossman resides in Washington, D.C.


Nikolaos (Nikos) Monoyios is a Private Investor and co-owner of Eagle Valley Ranch LLC in Salmon, Idaho. He has over 35 years of investment management experience. Nikos retired as Senior Vice President and Head of the Main Street Team of mutual funds at Oppenheimer Funds Inc. in June of 2008. He was named to Barron’s Top 100 Fund Managers list for five consecutive years (2003-2007). Prior to his tenure at Oppenheimer Funds, Nikos was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Guardian Investor Services, the investment management subsidiary of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, from 1979 to 1998.

Nikos is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Princeton University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1972. He also holds an M.B.A. in Finance and an M.A. in Economics from Columbia University.


Gerry Ohrstrom is a private investor in New York City and former chairman of the Ohrstrom Foundation, which was founded by his grandfather in 1953. In recent years Gerry has spent much of his time in the nonprofit sector. Prior to that, he worked in manufacturing, investment banking, and private equity. He is or has been a director of various corporations and nonprofit organizations, including the Reason Foundation, the Santa Fe Institute, the Property and Environment Research Center, Africa Fighting Malaria, the International Policy Network, the Gruter Institute, the Intelligence Squared debate series, the Booker T. Washington Learning Center, the Museum of the Rockies and the Yellowstone Park Foundation. He has been Co-Chairman of the President’s Council at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and is a member of the New York Academy of Science.


Mr. Pearson worked for nearly three decades for the Koch family as manager of various Koch Foundations and for Koch Industries in various corporate positions including Director of Public Affairs. He is involved in real estate development and investment as a principal in Industrial Development Investors, LLC. Mr. Pearson has served as an officer or director of various non-profit organizations, including the Institute for Humane Studies, the Cato Institute, and the Kansas Policy Institute.


Mrs. Rich is the President of Center for Independent Thought, a non-profit organization whose current projects include Stossel in the Classroom, the annual Thomas Szasz Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of Civil Liberties, and the Roy A. Childs Jr. Fund for Independent Scholars. She headed Laissez Faire Books for 23 years until her retirement in 2005.


Mr. Scull has extensive international experience, having worked in Asia as Vice President of Philip Morris; in South America, as Chairman of the Board of United Distillers Venezuela & Chairman of the Board of Abal Hermanos in Uruguay; and in Central America, as Managing Director of Tabacalera El Salvador. He has a journalism degree from the U.C.A.B. University in Venezuela and a M.A. from the Escuela Contemporanea de Humanidades in Madrid. He also completed an Advanced Management Program in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.


Kathryn Washburn is on the Board of Directors of the Niskanen Center, which is named after her late husband, William Niskanen. Before retiring, she was Director of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior and retains a strong interest in foreign affairs, including property rights in developing countries. She is active in several charitable boards and historic preservation on the eastern shore of Maryland where she resides in the summer, including Coastal Hospice and is President of Princess Anne Main Street. She has a B.A. from UCLA and M.A. from George Washington University. She lives in Santa Barbara, California during the winter. 


Mrs. Whetstone is Chairman of Network for a Free Society and serves on the Boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Istanbul Network for Liberty and British Dressage where she chairs the Judges Committee and is a team selector. Previously Chairman of International Policy Network and a Director of the Mont Pelerin Society she runs a small business in England with her husband Francis and has written on agricultural and development issues. Her father was the late Sir Antony Fisher, Atlas Network's founder.


Curt Winsor entered the career U.S. Foreign Service in 1967. In 1972, he became Special Assistant to US Senator Bob Dole, Chairman of the Republican National Committee. He was a Washington representative of the Chase Manhattan Bank from 1973 -1979 and he served as U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica under President Ronald Reagan from 1983 - 1985. Winsor built and owned the American Chemical Services Co. of West Virginia until its sale in 2012. He is a trustee of the W. H. Donner Foundation and a Governor of the Donner Canadian Foundation of Toronto. He is also a trustee of Africare and of the Hudson Institute. He received his B.A. from Brown University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the School of International Service at American University.


Board Member Emeritus - Mr. Sumner is emeritus member of the board and has been a part of Atlas Network since its founding. He started as treasurer and has been a director for more than a quarter century, serving as chairman of the board for 20 of those years. He is a director emeritus of the Institute for Humane Studies, and a trustee emeritus of the University of San Francisco. He is also a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the Philadelphia Society.