Thank you to those who attended the event! You can read about the event below and view the pictures in the gallery on the right.



Atlas Network is coming to San Francisco! Join us on Tuesday, September 9 at the Marines' Memorial Club and Hotel for a day-long forum featuring legendary chess champion and human rights advocate Garry Kasparov. This event is cosponsored with the Pacific Research Institute and The Independent Institute.

On Monday, September 8, our Atlas Club Members and sponsors are invited to join us for a VIP reception featuring John Fund at Carolands Chateau. You can find more information about the VIP reception at the bottom of the page or by clicking here. 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

11:30 a.m. Registration Opens, Marines' Memorial Club and Hotel

12:00 p.m. Luncheon featuring Garry Kasparov

1:45 p.m. Session: The ‘Berlin Walls’ that Confront Americans Today
    - Deroy Murdock (Moderator), Atlas Network
    - Naomi Brockwell, NYC Bitcoin Center
    - John Fund, National Review and Fox News
    - Sally Pipes, Pacific Research Institute

3:15 p.m. Session: Fighting for Freedom in Difficult Countries
    - Dr. Tom Palmer (Moderator), Atlas Network
    - Robin Sitoula,  Samriddhi: The Prosperity Foundation, Nepal
    - Marek Tatala, Civil Development Forum, Poland    
    - Armando Regil, Instituto de Pensamiento Estrategico, Mexico

4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Happy Hour Reception


Garry Kasparov is the 2014 Atlas Templeton Leadership Fellow, and our keynote speaker at the Atlas Experience in San Francisco. Garry Kasparov first gained international fame as the youngest world chess champion in history in 1985 at the age of 22. After retiring from professional chess in 2005, he rapidly became a vital part of the Russian pro-democracy movement against the repressive regime of Vladimir Putin. He formed the United Civil Front, of which he is still the chairman, and co-led the Other Russia coalition that focused on uniting the Russian opposition to Putin under the banner of free and fair elections. He now does extensive traveling and writing to spread human rights worldwide.

Naomi Brockwell is an actress, film producer and opera singer originally from Western Australia. Naomi is the Program Officer at the Moving Picture Institute, CEO and founder of Rainsworth Productions, media liaison officer for the Principality of Hutt River, contributor for Reason TV, and host of the IHS Learn Liberty online academy. Naomi is a policy associate at the New York Bitcoin Center, on the advisory council for Mannkal’s Foundation of Economic Education, and host of an Austrian Economics reading group in New York with the economics editor of Barron’s, Gene Epstein. Naomi is also the creator and host of “”, an online education platform that teaches people about monetary policy and cryptocurrency. Check out her website to see her latest music video about Bitcoin. Naomi has a BA in acting, BA in classical music, minor in business, advanced diploma in musical theatre, and a Certificate I in musical theatre.

John Fund is a senior editor of The American Spectator and a former columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He is also a Fox News Political Analyst and National Review columnist. Mr. Fund began his career in journalism after a stint as a policy analyst in the California State Legislature. He worked for syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak as their investigative reporter before joining the Wall Street Journal, where he has been deputy editorial features editor and a member of the Editorial Board. He is the author of three books: Cleaning House: America’s Campaign for Term Limits, Regulation Through Litigation, and Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy.

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 Network 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 Network 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 toFreedom Champions, published by Atlas in 2011. More recently, his articles have appeared in American Thinker, RealClearPolitics, National Review Online, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator and The Daily Caller. He speaks widely on the morality of free enterprise and the international freedom champions connected by the Atlas Network.

Deroy Murdock is a New York-based senior fellow with Atlas Network’s Media Programs, a Fox News contributor, and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace (Stanford University).

Dr. Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Network, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), and Peace, Love & Liberty (2014). Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

Sally C. Pipes is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979.  In November 2010, she was named the Taube Fellow in Health Care Studies.  Prior to becoming president of PRI in 1991, she was assistant director of the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada. She served as one of Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s four health care advisors in his bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2008.  She appeared in Michael Moore’s movie “Sicko” and has participated in prominent debates and public forums, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the House Oversight Committee,  the California and Oregon legislatures, appeared on popular television programs including a debate with former Vermont Governor Howard Dean on CNBC, participated in talk radio shows nationwide, and had 180 opeds published on health care issues in 2012.

Robin Sitoula is the founder and executive director of Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation in Nepal. He has more than twelve years of experience in policy advocacy for economic freedom and prosperity. Besides working at Samriddhi, he runs private enterprises namely in the sector of management consulting and research and analytics as a vocation. As Executive Director of Samriddhi, he has designed and implemented several research, educational and advocacy programs in areas of entrepreneurship, economic growth, business environment, and freedom & democracy and built a reliable team that resulted to an award-winning institute. He has worked with eight major political youth organizations of Nepal for several years and established one of the largest collaborative leadership programs amongst contesting parties in Nepal. In his prior work as secretary general and Director at Youth Initiative, he was able to expand the organization’s scope of work and out reach from the capital centric to ten strategic locations covering the whole country with programs on democracy, civic participation and leadership. During 2005 and 2006, he extensively traveled South Asia to identify and help build capacities of youth organizations in the region to be able to better promote democracy and freedom. He has been a fellow at Atlas Network since 2006. He graduated in Investments and Financial Management from the Tribhuwan University in Nepal.

Marek Tatala is a Board Member and economist at the Civil Development Forum (FOR Foundation) in Warsaw, Poland. He also serves as a research assistant of Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz, Founder and Council Chairman of the FOR Foundation. His work focuses on public finance, pension system, local governance, political economics, and the right to access public information. He received his BSc in economics and politics from the University of Bristol in England and MA in economics from the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland. He is also a graduate of the CPPR-ACE Winter School in Public Policy Research Methods in Kochi, India. During his studies he served as the Vice-President of the Law and Economics Students’ Association (Warsaw) and President of the Polish Society (Bristol). He is planning to continue his studies as a PhD student at the Warsaw School of Economics with research focused on institutional and political economics.


In order to receive the discounted room rate at the Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel, make your reservation by visiting this page or call 1-800-562-7463 and ask for the Atlas Experience Meeting 2014 group rate. The discounted rate for a standard room is $249 and the rate for a deluxe room is $279.

Hotel address: 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Front desk phone number: (415) 673-6672
Hotel website:

VIP Reception at Carolands Chateau

Monday, September 8, 2014

6:00 p.m.-8:45 p.m.

Carolands Chateau Address: 565 Remillard Drive, Hillsborough, CA 94010

Shuttle transportation from from the Marines Memorial Club and Hotel will depart at 4:30 p.m.

Atlas Club Members and sponsors are invited to join Atlas Network for a VIP Reception at Carolands Chateau on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. featuring Fox News Political Analyst and National Review columnist John Fund. In commemoration of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Fund will speak to the theme of “Fighting for Freedom: 25 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall,” addressing the barriers to freedom that we face in the United States and abroad. The program will also include brief remarks by Atlas Network CEO Brad Lips and Robin Sitoula, a brave example of Atlas Network's international parnter.  Sitoula founded the think tank, Samriddhi, to promote free-market ideas during the dark days of Nepal's civil war and Maoist take-over.  His organization persevered and is now advising Nepal's new government on economic and constitutional reforms.

Tickets for the VIP Reception are available for Atlas Club Members (Atlas Network’s $1,000 and above giving club) and with Gold and Platinum level sponsorship of the Tuesday, September 9 luncheon at the Marines Memorial Club and Hotel. Atlas Club Members are invited to bring one guest.

Transportation between the Carolands Chateau and the Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel will be provided. Complimentary Valet Parking will be provided at the event and please note, that as a courtesy its neighbors, Carolands Foundation requires guests to use complimentary Valet Parking. No cars should be parked outside the gates on either side of the building.

Guests are also asked to refrain from wearing narrow or spiked heels that may damage antique floors. Additionally, smoking is not allowed in the Chateau or on its grounds.