The Competitive Enterprise Institute's Annual Dinner and Reception brings together an audience of policy professionals, distinguished scholars, congressional staff, and supporters to celebrate CEI's effective advocacy for freedom. The dinner is often cited as one of Washington's most enjoyable events.

Reception is at 6:00pm and dinner is at 7:15pm. The Marriott Marquis hotel is just steps away from Mt. Vernon Sq. metro station.

Each year since 2001, CEI honors free-market economist and professor Julian Simon by presenting the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award to an individual whose work supports the vision that mankind is the ultimate resource. The 2018 Julian Simon Awardee is economist, author and humanitarian Hernando De Soto.

Hernando de Soto is the founder and president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD) in Lima, Peru, which The Economist called one of the most important think tanks in the world. For 30 years, de Soto and ILD have helped design and implement legal reform programs to empower the poor in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and former Soviet nations by granting them access to the same property and business rights that are available to the majority of people in the developed world.

As an effective advocate for the poor and as an advisor to world leaders, de Soto has received numerous accolades for his work. He was listed as one of 15 innovators "who will reinvent your future" in Forbes magazine’s 85th anniversary edition, and Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2004. That same year, President Bill Clinton referred to him as “the world’s most important living economist” in his speech at the 2004 World Economic Forum at Davos.

Read more about the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award here.

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