Atlas Network's 2020 Latin America Liberty Forum Online, #ForoLibertad20, is co-hosted by México Evalúa and will take place online Wednesday - Thursday, May 27-28, 2020 in the Eastern Time zone. All sessions will be conducted in Spanish.
Attendance at Latin America Liberty Forum Online is limited, and staff of Atlas Network partner organizations from Latin America are given preference to attend. We ask attendees from other regions to be appreciative that the conversation is focused on current affairs in Latin America and is to the benefit of our partners in Latin America.
From your computer, you'll hear from great speakers, participate in breakout sessions, and make new friends in a collaborative online setting. We know that you're facing huge new challenges in light of this current public health crisis, and we have so much to learn from one another about how we can advance free-market reforms while fighting against new government growth. Atlas Network will announce the winner of its Regional Liberty Award, which celebrates the most successful projects by Atlas Network partners.
Major sponsorship for Atlas Network's Regional Liberty Forums generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation, Smith Family Foundation, Freda Utley Foundation, Templeton Religion Trust, Rainbow@Atlas, Thomas W. Smith Foundation, and Sarah Scaife Foundation.
How to join:
Register for Latin America Liberty Forum Online by following this link. Please register by midday Tuesday, May 25, 2020 to prevent a delay in receiving the instructions to join the conference.
If you have already registered for Latin America Liberty Forum Online, instructions to join will be sent to you by email from Chelsea.Schick@AtlasNetwork.org. If you do not receive the session links in your inbox by Monday, May 25, please check your spam folder and please add Chelsea.Schick@AtlasNetwork.org to your contacts. If that doesn't work, please email Brittany.Gunkler@AtlasNetwork.org.
All times are listed in Eastern Time.
Wednesday, May 27
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Challenges and Opportunities for Freedom in the Wake of COVID-19
We convene for the 2020 Latin America Liberty Forum Online in the midst of what is not just a Health Crisis -- but a Freedom Crisis as well. The global pandemic has changed the public policy landscape in dramatic ways. How can the liberty movement answer the new challenges? Are the new opportunities to push for deregulation, transparency, and fiscal responsibility? Join us for an interactive discussion exploring what challenges exist in different countries and brainstorm ways to address these concerns.
Presenters: Dr. Roberto Salinas León (Atlas Network, Mexico) • Rómulo López (Atlas Network, United States) • Gabriela Calderón de Burgos (ElCato.org, Ecuador) • Manuel Molano (Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad, Mexico) • Ignacio Munyo (Centro de Economía, Sociedad y Empresa, Uruguay)
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Powerful Pivots During A Pandemic
Atlas Network’s partners are refocusing their efforts to provide policy solutions to the COVID-19 crisis that prioritize health and safety while respecting human freedom and dignity. Learn about three innovative projects that have been launched in recent months by partners of Atlas Network. After their presentations, we invite you to select a project to discuss in further detail. Let’s all help scale up what is working, and consider how we might implement similar work in our own communities.
Facilitator: Gonzalo Schwarz (Archbridge Institute, United States)
Presenters: Guillermo Peña Panting (Fundación Eléutera, Honduras) • Alejandro Bongiovanni (Fundación Libertad, Argentina) • Fernanda Ballesteros (México Evalúa, Mexico)
1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Reviving Liberalism for the 2020's
Co-sponsored by Fundación Internacional para la Libertad
“This should be Latin American liberalism’s hour.” So proclaimed the Bello column in The Economist on April 16. For too long our movement has been mischaracterized by our enemies as protecting privileges when our movement is, in fact, about ending cronyism and insisting on dignity and opportunity for everyone. Can we seize the present moment and reset the narrative as we work to constructively engage the specific challenges of COVID-19? This is the broad question that Roberto Salinas Leon will explore in an interview with Álvaro Vargas Llosa (Fundación Internacional para la Libertad) during the closing session of Day One.
A special announcement on the new Mario Vargas Llosa Chair by Gerardo Bongiovanni (Fundación Internacional para la Libertad)
Presenters: Dr. Roberto Salinas León (Atlas Network, Mexico) • Álvaro Vargas Llosa (Fundación Internacional para la Libertad, Peru)
Closing Remarks by Edna Jaime, Executive Director of México Evalúa (Mexico)
Thursday, May 28
9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Future of Liberty in the Americas: Special Remarks by María Corina Machado (Venezuela)
Liberalism in the Face of Widespread Uncertainty
Fear creates a breeding ground for autocracy. During a pandemic, as economies crumble, in the midst of a cacophony of information and disinformation, citizens are particularly vulnerable to demagogues who promise results in exchange for more power. How can our liberal community be more effective in warning about these new roads to serfdom? How can we demonstrate that freedom is the ingredient that brings innovation and resilience to our societies?
Speakers: Rómulo López (Atlas Network, United States) • Ricardo Gomes (Red Liberal de América Latina, Brazil) • Gonzalo Schwarz (Archbridge Institute, United States) • Axel Kaiser (Fundación para el Progreso, Chile)
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Prosperity Solutions in a post-COVID World
The economic response to COVID has created serious hardship for many. Not all government policy aimed at alleviating that pain is advisable, particularly if it has lasting unintended consequences. During this session we will hear three examples of how think tanks have helped to steer the policy response to the economic challenges in a healthy and promising direction and what issues remain to be resolved.
Speakers: Matt Warner (Atlas Network, United States) • Mónika Melo Guerrero (Instituto OMG, Dominican Republic) • José Beteta (Peruvian Taxpayers Association, Perú) • Agustín Etchebarne (Fundación Libertad y Progreso, Argentina)
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Liberal Democracy in Crisis (Concurrent Breakout Session)
In his keynote talk at last year’s Latin America Liberty Forum, Manuel Hinds warned of a “weakening commitment to liberal democracy” throughout the region. The sudden shock of the pandemic, and the economic catastrophes in the region's most vulnerable societies, has fueled a full-fledged onslaught against human freedom, amid a wave of authoritarianism that is threatening the freedoms that underpin an open society. What are our partners and allies doing to challenge the emergence of this pernicious rise in autocracies and to offer a positive road back to liberal democracies?
Speakers: Antonella Marty (Atlas Network, Argentina) • Jhanisse Vaca Daza (Human Rights Foundation, Bolivia) • Félix Maradiaga (Fundación Libertad, Nicaragua) • Rocío Marina Guijarro (CEDICE Libertad, Venezuela)
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Shifting the Currents of Culture toward Liberty (Concurrent Breakout Session)
One of the great challenges facing the voices of liberty is the development of new narratives and meta-narratives to embrace spaces in everyday culture about how freedom spurs innovation, progress and empowers everyday citizens with dignity. The time is now for channeling imagination, creativity and storytelling in new media, in literature and the arts, in convincing icons of culture to seize the day in becoming champions of freedom. This session will focus on projects and proposals that are attempting to secure different cultural venues to strengthen the reach of the ideas of liberty, especially among millennial generations, championing the freedom to express, communicate and contribute to the conversation of humankind.
Presenters: Ricardo Neumann (Fundación para el Progreso, Chile) • José Torra (Caminos de la Libertad, Mexico) • Dr. Gabriel Calzada (UFM, Spain) • Laided Salazar (Exiled Venezuelan; member of Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad, Spain)
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Latin America Liberty Awards Announcement and Special Closing Message by Juan José Daboub (El Salvador)
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Meet and Greet: Engage and Exchange with the Center for Latin America
Join us for an open conversation on the new ideas, popular narratives and "out of the box" proposals that can help strengthen the Freedom Movement in Latin America as a real and actionable alternative. We want to take seriously Bello's call to action that "this should be liberalism's hour."
- Nicolás Ibáñez, President of the Board of Fundación para el Progreso will "set the stage" with introductory remarks
- Luis E. Loria from IDEAS Labs in Costa Rica will be presenting an innovative proposal called RISK Unit, a platform can help our partners pivot our efforts in a more focused manner, throughout the region
- Armando Regil of Lead4 will present a broad-based leadership initiative devoted to consolidating a regional movement on behalf of liberty in the Americas, which kicked off in a very successful high profile meeting in Washington DC, in November 2019.
All three will lead us into discussion of new and innovative efforts to generate a shift in the “Overton window” and an opportunity to transform the ideas of liberty into proactive and measurable outcomes—and, of course, how we can draw from the growing human capital assembled in Atlas's Network, both in the region and throughout the world, to strengthen this enterprise.
Roberto Salinas-León will act as moderator.
Speakers: Nicolás Ibáñez (President of the Board, Fundación para el Progreso) • Armando Regil (Director, Lead4, Mexico) • Luis Loria (IDEAS Lab, Costa Rica)
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Fernanda Ballesteros, México Evalúa (México)
Desde México Evalúa, Fernanda impulsa proyectos relacionados con la transparencia y competencia económica en mercados regulados. Ha encabezado proyectos como el Índice de Transparencia Corporativa de las Empresas Productivas del Estado, así como la Alianza por la Competencia. Anteriormente, trabajó en la Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica en el área de Planeación y Vinculación, así como en la Dirección de Mercados Regulados.
Ha sido asesora legal y política en temas relacionados con la transparencia y la rendición de cuentas en el Instituto Federal de Acceso a la Información y en la Secretaría de Gobernación.
Es abogada por el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México ITAM con maestría en Administración Pública por la Universidad de Columbia en Nueva York y especialidad en Economía del Derecho de Competencia Económica por Kings College of London. Ha sido profesora de asignatura de la Licenciatura de Derecho en el Tec de Monterrey y en el ITAM, así como asistente de investigación en la Escuela de Políticas Públicas de la Universidad de Columbia.
José Beteta (Peruvian Taxpayers Association, Perú)
José has a Masters in Public Administration, is a historian, and a Social Entrepreneur who specializes in the direction of non-profit organizations and think tanks in Latin America, as well as the design, communication, and the promotion of public policy reforms. He also has 14 years of experience in fundraising, leading teams, and institutions which plan sustainable research & development projects, in partnership with both, private and public sectors.
Alejandro Bongiovanni, Fundación Libertad (Argentina)
Alejandro Bongiovanni is Director of Public Policy at Fundación Libertad and Secretary of the Federal Network of Public Policies in Argentina. He is a Lawyer from the National University of Rosario, Master in Law and Economics from Torcuato Di Tella University and Master in Economics and Political Science from ESEADE University.
Gerardo Bongiovanni, Fundación Libertad de Rosario (Argentina)
- Fundador y Presidente de la Fundación Libertad de Rosario, Argentina
- Presidente de la Red Federal de Políticas Públicas (que nuclea a dieciocho think tanks del interior de Argentina).
- Director General de la Fundación Internacional para la Libertad, presidida por Mario Vargas Llosa.
- Miembro del consejo de administración de ESEADE - escuela superior de economía y administración de empresas (Buenos Aires)
- Miembro del consejo directivo de la Fundación Carlos Pellegrini (Buenos Aires), de la Fundación Ciudad de Rosario y del foro regional rosario.
- Presidente de la fundación pensar Argentina, entre 2005-2010.
- Miembro y ex vicepresidente de la Mont Pelerin Society.
- Ex miembro del consejo directivo de RELIAL (Red Liberal de América Latina).
- Presidente de libremente, Editora de ON 24.
- Coautor de “El Estallido del Populismo”.
- Conductor de los programas radiales y televisivos a fondo (Telefe Rosario y LT8 Radio Rosario).
Gabriela Calderon de Burgos, El Cato (Ecuador)
Gabriela Calderón de Burgos es editora de ElCato.org, investigadora del Cato Institute y columnista de El Universo (Ecuador). Se graduó en el 2004 con un título de Ciencias Políticas con concentración en Relaciones Internacionales de la York College of Pennsylvania y en 2007 obtuvo su maestría en Comercio y Política Internacional de George Mason University. Desde enero del 2006 ha escrito para El Universo (Ecuador) y sus artículos han sido reproducidos en otros periódicos de Latinoamérica y España como El Tiempo (Colombia), La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador), Libertad Digital (España), El Deber (Bolivia), El Universal (Venezuela), La Nación (Argentina), El Diario de Hoy (El Salvador), entre otros. Es autora del libro Entre el instinto y la razón (Cato Institute / Paradiso Editores, 2014) y autora del capítulo sobre Ecuador del libro El estallido del populismo (Editorial Planeta).
Dr. Gabriel Calzada (UFM, Spain)
Dr. Juan José Daboub (The Daboub Partnership, El Salvador)
Juan José Daboub, Ph.D., is Chairman and CEO of The Daboub Partnership, Vice-Chairman of Dorado Group, and Founding CEO of the Global Adaptation Institute, a Foundation dedicated to adaptation to climate change.
He is the Former Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Climate Change (2012-2014). He has taught at Princeton University and is a member of several Boards of Directors and/or Advisory Boards of industries and non-for-profit Organizations in USA, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
As Managing Director of the World Bank, from 2006 to 2010, Dr. Daboub oversaw operations in 110 countries in Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America. He was also responsible for the oversight of the Human Development and Sustainable Development Networks, the Information Systems Group, the World Bank Institute, the Department of Institutional Integrity and the Arab World Initiative.
Prior to the World Bank, Dr. Daboub lead the expansion of his family owned businesses throughout Central America and worked with non-for-profits organizations on public policies to promote liberty, stability and growth throughout Latin America.
From 1999 to 2004, Dr. Daboub served concurrently as El Salvador’s Minister of Finance and as Chief of Staff to the President. In these high profile dual roles, Dr. Daboub helped to navigate his native country through several regional economic challenges including securing and sustaining El Salvador’s investment grade rating, “dollarizing” the economy, and completing a Free Trade Agreement with the United States. In 2000 and 2001, the Index of Economic Freedom ranked El Salvador above Chile, South Korea, Spain and Germany, as published by the Wall Street Journal. During this period, he also oversaw the emergency reconstruction of El Salvador after two major earthquakes in 2001.
Dr. Daboub’s leadership began in the private sector, where he founded and led a snacks manufacturing company, a packaging materials industry, a distribution company, and a consulting firm for nearly a decade before joining the Board of CEL, El Salvador’s electric utility, and presiding over El Salvador’s electric distribution companies.
Subsequently, he was named President of ANTEL, the state-owned telecommunications company, which he re-structured and privatized through a competitive and transparent process that also de-monopolized that strategic sector and increased the access to telecommunications to the people of El Salvador by over 1000%.
He held high Government positions in El Salvador for 12 years (1992-2004), working for three different Administrations without belonging to any political party, then or now.
Dr. Daboub holds a Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is married and has four children.
Jhanisse Vaca Daza, Human Rights Foundation (Bolivia)
Agustín Etchebarne, Libertad y Progreso (Argentina)
Agustín Etchebarne (General Director of Libertad y Progreso) is an economist specialized in economic development, strategic marketing and international markets. He was an economics professor at the University of Buenos Aires and ESEADE and currently teaches at the University of Belgrano. He is a member of Red Liberal de Latinoamerica (RELIAL) and the Ethics and Political Economy Institute of the Nation Academy of Political and Moral Sciences. He was a founder of Delphos Investment and C&E Consulting. Etchebarne also served as president of the Republic Investment Management, fund manager at Fondos Aleph and executive at Techint and Medsystem. He was president and founder of Ciudadanos por el Cambio, executive director of Democracia Directa and founder and director of Foro Republicano.
Ricardo Gomes, Red Liberal de América Latina (Brazil)
Ricardo Gomes is President of RELIAL - Liberal Network of Latin America, organization that gathers libertarian think tanks and political parties from the region. He is a city Councilor and former Secretary of Economic Development of Porto Alegre, Brazil. Gomes holds a Law degree from the Ponthifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) and a Specialist degree in Labor Law from the same University. For more than a decade he was managing partner of a distinguished Law Firm in Porto Alegre. Gomes is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 2013. He was President of the Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies (IEE), entity that organizes the Liberty Forum in Porto Alegre, the most important libertarian event in Latin America, gathering around 6,000 attendees in two days. He is a member of the board of several institutions, in Brazil and abroad.
Rocío Marina Guijarro, CEDICE Libertad (Venezuela)
Rocío has a degree in Philosophy, a master's in business administration (MBA), is an alumni of Atlas Network's Think Tank MBA program, and is an Intellectual Entrepreneur. Additionally, she is the General Manager of CEDICE Libertad, an esteemed think tank in Venezuela. She has completed postgraduate courses at the Central American Institute of Business Administration INCAE in Costa Rica. And has completed the Advanced Management Program of the Institute of Higher Studies of Administration IESA -Venezuela.
Rocio is the founder and formerly the president of the Liberal Network of Latin America RELIAL (2016-2018) and member of the current board of directors. Founder and member of the executive committee of the Fundación Internacional para la Libertad chaired by Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. Founding member of the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy RedLat. Member of the Mont Pelerin Society. Founder and member of the board of directors of Transparency Venezuela (chapter of Transparency International).
Nicolás Ibáñez, Drake Enterprises
Nicolás Ibáñez is Director and Member of the Investment Committee of Drake Enterprises. He is also Director of Drake Private Trust Company Limited and Drake Foundation.
He holds a bachelor’s degree on Commercial Engineering from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and served as member of Advisory Committee of David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
He is member of the board of directors of UAI, Fundación Adolfo Ibáñez, Drake Enterprises A.G., among others.
Edna Jaime, México Evalúa (México)
Edna Jaime has been working in Mexican civil society organizations for more than 25 years where she has promoted public policy transformations. She is the founder and general director of México Evalúa, a think tank dedicated to analyzing and evaluating public policies related to public expenditure, security, justice and the fight against corruption.
She is part of the Paris Peace Forum Executive Committee and heads the Tecnológico de Monterrey School of Social Sciences and Government’s Council, as well as the Board of Directors of Youth Build México. Moreoever, she is a global fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C and an associate at Comexi (Mexican Council on Foreign Relations). She is also part of Data Cívica (Civic Data)’s Executive Council and of the Transparency Commission of the Nuevo León Council for Strategic Planning.
In 2019, she was awarded the Medal of the Upper Chamber by the French Senate, for her contribution to strengthening the relationship between Mexico and France, and in 2011, she received the ITAM’s “Professional Merit” award. From a young age she began her career in research centers in Mexico. She started as a researcher at the Development Research Center (CIDAC), a pioneer think tank in the country, which she would later lead.
In the field of public policy analysis and recommendations, she has promoted important transformations such as the creation of the National Anti-Corruption System, as well as the drafting and revision of the relevant laws related to accountability in the country. As a recognition for her work, she was elected by the Mexican Senate as a member of the Selection Commission of the National Anti-Corruption System’s Citizen Participation Committee, over which she presided until October 2018.
She studied her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the ITAM (Mexico’s Autonomous Technological Institute). She is a columnist for the newspaper El Financiero and a regular contributor to El Financiero Bloomberg TV channel and to the radio news program "Leonardo Curzio en Formula".
Among her main published works are El acertijo de la legitimidad (The riddle of legitimacy), in collaboration with Luis Rubio, Rendición de cuentas y combate a la corrupción: retos y desafíos (Accountability and the fight against corruption: tests and challenges) and Mexico Under Fox. In addition. she has participated in numerous collective works under the seals of CIDAC and México Evalúa.
Axel Kaiser, Fundación para el Progreso (Chile)
Axel Kaiser is a lawyer with a Master of Arts and a PhD from Heidelberg University, Germany. He is the co founder and executive director Fundación para el Progreso in Santiago de Chile and the director of the Friedrich Hayek Chair at the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. He is an opinion columnist and a best selling author.
Rómulo López, Atlas Network (United States)
Rómulo López is the Director of Finance at Atlas Network. Rómulo is an economist from Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala and holds a M.A. in business from ITESM Monterrey (Mexico). Originally from Guayaquil, he is a proud husband and father. A technology enthusiast, Rómulo has held several positions at Atlas Network since 2001. Rómulo is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Félix Maradiaga (Fundación Libertad, Nicaragua)
Félix Maradiaga is a Nicaraguan academic and social entrepreneur, currently recognized as one of the main opposition voices to the Daniel Ortega regime. He is currently Chairman of “Fundación Libertad” (a free-market think-and-do tank) and has previously led several civil and academic organizations. He is also member of the political council of “National Unity”, the main umbrella and opposition group against the dictatorship in Nicaragua.
He is a widely published author on Central American Affairs and holds master’s degrees in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and in Renewable Energy Engineering from the University of Barcelona. Félix is a member of the World Economic Forum and the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In 2016, Forbes Magazine named him one of Central America’s most influential people.
Antonella Marty, Atlas Network (Argentina)
Antonella is the Associate Director of the Center for Latin America at Atlas Network. She is researcher and author of three books: The Intellectual Populist Dictatorship (2015), What Every Socialist in the 21st Century Should Know (2018) and Capitalism: an antidote against poverty (2019).
Formerly, Antonella worked at the Argentinian Parliament as a public policy advisor for the party bloc Propuesta Republicana (PRO). She has been a researcher at Fundación Libertad (Rosario, Argentina). She has a Degree in International Relations.
Mónika Melo Guerrero (Instituto OMG, Dominican Republic)
Graduated magna cum laude from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), Santo Domingo in 1994, she obtained a Master in Corporate Law and Economic Legislation from the same university in 1998. In addition, she has completed various postgraduate courses, among them “Emerging Telecommunications Technologies” offered by TPG Technologies (1999), “Telecommunications Regulation” by the International Telecommunication Union (2000), “Mergers and Acquisitions” by Euromoney in New York (2004), as well as “Academic Course on International Trademark Law” offered by The John Marshall Law School of Chicago (2005). She also completed postgraduate studies in Strategic Planning and Entertainment Law in 2010. Ms. Melo specializes in regulatory law with concentration in social security, securities, financial regulation, electricity and telecommunications, as well as intellectual property, licensing, geographical indications and entertainment law. She has collaborated on the review and modification of various related preliminary law drafts such as the new cinema law, the commercial restructuring law, regulation fort the securities market and for competition, among others, and has also written publications related to these topics. She is a member of the Asocación Dominicana de la Propiedad Intelectual (ADOPI) and the International Trademark Association (INTA), and has been appointed member of INTA’s Geographical Indications Subcommittee of the Related Rights Committee for 2010-2013 and recently appointed as member of the Development of Rights Subcommittee of the Emerging Issues Committee for 2014-2015. She is also an active member of the Legal Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and has extensive knowledge of French.
Manuel Molano, Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (Mexico)
Manuel has worked at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (known in Spanish as IMCO) since 2006. In 2019 he became general director.
He holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a Master ́s Degree from Imperial College of London and School of African and Asian Studies, SOAS. He has been an entrepreneur, public servant and researcher. He is part of the advisory board of HR Ratings, a Mexican financial ratings agency. He has served in the board of CFE-SSB, the largest subsidiary of Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission. He currently participates in the board of Laureate International Universities, and México Unido Contra la Delincuencia (MUCD), an NGO that works in crime issues.
Luis Loria, IDEAS Lab (Costa Rica)
Mr. Loria completed doctoral studies (Dr. Cand.) at the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar. While at Harvard, he collaborated on projects related to the practice of leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and knowledge-management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He is the Founder and President of IDEAS Labs, in Costa Rica. Since 2001, he is also the President of Strategic Advantage Consulting Group.
Mr. Loria accumulates more than twenty years of experience as a senior consultant to both public and private sector leaders, including top-level government authorities, in more than a dozen Latin American countries.
He has collaborated with public and private entities and NGOs in topics related with Public Policies, Applied Economics, Investment Promotion, Competitiveness and Innovation. A native of Costa Rica, Mr. Loria has lectured in graduate programs of Business and Economics throughout Latin America.
He has written case studies, articles, and book chapters on his areas of expertise. Additionally, he participates actively on public forums and debates on fiscal and monetary policy, conditional cash transfers, entrepreneurship, innovation, and competitiveness, open innovation, and collective intelligence.
María Corina Machado (Venezuela)
María Corina Machado (Caracas, 1967) is a politician and one of the bravest opposition leaders of Venezuela. In 2018, the BBC recognized her as one of the most influential women of the year and in 2019 she received the Freedom Prize from the Liberal International, for her fight for freedom and human rights, among other awards. She is a former member of the National Assembly of Venezuela, elected in 2010 with 85.82% of the votes, becoming the most voted MP that year. The regime expelled her from Parliament in 2014, after receiving several physical and verbal attacks, not allowing her to finish her term as MP. Since 2014 she is banned from leaving the country. She is also co-founder of Súmate, a civil association committed to promoting civil and electoral rights in Venezuela.
Twitter: @MariaCorinaYa / Instagram: @mariacorinamachado.
Ignacio Munyo, Centro de Economía, Sociedad y Empresa (Uruguay)
Ricardo Neumann, Fundación para el Progreso (Chile)
Guillermo Peña, Fundación Eléutera (Honduras)
Guillermo Peña is Chairman and Founder of Fundación Eléutera, based in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. His academic background is in Political Science and Economics, focused on Public Choice and risk assessment for investment in Central America. Privately, he advises companies entering or expanding in the Central American region, and structures new investment projects. He is also the managing partner for Blackbeard Media Group, a digital marketing and strategy agency founded in 2016.
Armando Regil Velasco, Lead4 (Mexico)
Armando is Founder, President and CEO of i2Co: School of Transformative Leadership; whose mission is to inspire and accelerate leaders through transformational learning experiences. i2Co School aims to bring game changing innovation processes that lead to creative solutions for civil society, business and governments to help achieve systemic change and more citizen centered outcomes. In 2019 Armando was appointed CEO of LEAD4, a global organization that accelerates EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP, fuels INNOVATION, defends LIBERTY and advances DEMOCRACY. This organization is endorsed by Álvaro Uribe Vélez, President of Colombia 2002 – 2010 and a group of global leaders committed to these causes. Since 2008, Armando is Founder & President of Instituto de Pensamiento Estratégico Ágora A.C. IPEA (Agora Institute for Strategic Thinking), the first Mexican “think” and “do” tank that identifies, trains and connects young leaders with decision makers empowering them to become agents of change. In 2012 he founded Un millón de jóvenes por México (One million youth for Mexico), the largest Mexican youth independent network. In 2016 Armando founded ELEGIR: Observatorio de Libertad Económica y Política (ELEGIR: Observatory of Economic and Political Freedom).
Laided Salazar, Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad (Spain)
Laided Salazar es odóntologo, egresada de la Universidad Central en Caracas, asimilada a las Fuerzas Aéreas Venezolanas con grado de capitana. Es exiliada en España desde 2019 tras haber sido detenida y condenada a más de 8 años de prisión por su presunta implicación en el golpe Jericó o golpe Azul por intentar derrocar el regimen dictatorial de Nicolás Maduro. Su "crimen" fue el cuestionar la represión de los estudiantes y la intrumentalización de las fuerzas armadas por parte del regimen socialista tiránico en los acontecimientos de 2014.
Laided estuvo presa en condiciones inhumanas, sufrió torturas, fue sometida a vejaciones, a la inducción a la desnustrición y al confinamiento en solitario. Ella junto con cientos de otros casos de violación de los Derechos Humanos y de lesa Humanidad, conforman la mayor causa penal internacional contra un regimen totalitario ante el Tribunal Penal Internacional.
Su vida se vió amenazada durante el cautiverio y su caso saltó a la opinión pública internacional, lo que obligó al regimen otorgarle la medida humanitaria mediante arresto domiciliario. En el verano de 2018, Laided consigue huir junto a su hijo, cruzando el río con la frontera entre Venezuela y Colombia. Debido a la continuada persecución por las fuerzas colombianas leales al regimen de Maduro, el ELN, su situación corría peligro lo que les llevó a tener que cambiar de domicilio y ciudad varias veces. En estas condiciones, en el otoño de 2019 la Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad, la fundación libertaria española, se hace eco de su situación y consigue traerles sanos y salvos a España el día de navidad 2019.
Junto a otras mujeres exiliadas, Laided participó en el documental de Fundalib Venezuela. El Exilio Femenino, finalista en los Premios de Cine Independiente de Miami. Su compromiso con la Libertad Humana y una Venezuela Libre la han llevado a pagar un alto precio que no dudaría en volver a pagarlo si ello supondría el fin de la dictadura comunista en su país y en el mundo.
En estos momentos, su caso de asilo político sigue el curso de la enrevesada burocracia del Estado español, empeorado ahora por la crisis sanitaria.
Dr. Roberto Salinas León, Atlas Network (Mexico)
The Director for the Center for Latin America at Atlas Network, Dr. Roberto Salinas León is well-positioned to elevate the work of Atlas Network and its partners in Latin America. He is currently President of the Mexico Business Forum, as well as the President of Alamos Alliance, which was described glowingly in Forbes in 2013 as “one of Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman’s favorite retreats,” with Roberto Salinas León noted as “a major driving force of efforts for free markets.”
Roberto Salinas León holds a B.A. in political economy, history and philosophy from Hillsdale College, Michigan; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Purdue University, Indiana.
He has been an Adjunct Professor and Visiting Professor of Political Economy at the Escuela Libre de Derecho (1989-2002), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1989-1992) and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, in Mexico City (since 2004). He was also a Visiting Professor of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, in Guatemala (1997).
He is currently Senior Debate Fellow and Debate Lecturer at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, and an Adjunct Scholar of the Cato Institute. He has organized a number of the most important policy and academic forums in the past 25 years in Mexico, including the annual Mexico roundtable of The Economist Group, which he directed from 1997 until 2009.
He has published more than 2,000 editorials (English and Spanish) on public policy topics, including op-ed pieces in The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Commerce, Investor’s Business Daily, Barrons, and others. He was a weekly editorial columnist in El Economista, from 1993 to 2011 and now published occasional op-ed’s in different media outlets. He is an occasional commentator for CNN, CNN Latinamerica, CNCB, BBC, and others; and is a weekly commentator on economics and global finance in AND 40, in Mexico City.
He has delivered over 900 lectures in Mexico and the U.S., Canada, several countries in Central and South America, and throughout Europe and Asia. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on three occasions – on NAFTA and free trade, structural reform in Mexico, and monetary and exchange rate policy.
Gonzalo Schwarz, Archbridge Institute (United States)
Gonzalo is the President & CEO of the Archbridge Institute, a think tank working to lift barriers to human flourishing, focusing exclusively on social mobility, inequality and poverty reduction. Growing up around the world in Uruguay, Israel, Ecuador, and Bolivia, Gonzalo saw poverty firsthand and wondered how to get individuals on the path to prosperity. After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics at the Catholic University of Bolivia and his master’s in economics from George Mason University, he began his life’s work of reducing poverty. While forming the idea to start the Archbridge Institute, Gonzalo Schwarz was working as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Atlas Network. During his six years at Atlas, he managed key projects including the Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Reform program, the Templeton Freedom Award and the Latin American program. He also participated as an instructor in various Atlas Network training programs and is currently a Latin American Fellow with Atlas Network's Center for Latin America.
José Torra (Caminos de la Libertad, Mexico)
José Torra is a mexican economist and head of research at Caminos de la Libertad, a Grupo Salinas foundation. He is coauthor of The Fraser Institute's Economic Freedom of North America report and of Arizona State University's Doing Business of North America. He co-hosts Libertad Aquí y Ahora, one of the most downloaded podcasts on the ideas of liberty. He is also the author of the book, Jonestown: Religión y Socialismo, published by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
Álvaro Vargas Llosa, Fundación Internacional para la Libertad (Peru)
Álvaro Vargas Llosa is an award-winning writer and author focusing on developing countries and international affairs. His most recent book is “Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America.”
Mr. Vargas Llosa leads the Council of Business Advisors at the Foundation for International Freedom and is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute. He currently writes regular columns for publications in the United States, Spain and Latin America.
In 2007 he was nominated as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos. In 2010, he obtained the Templeton Award for Lessons from the Poor. Foreign Policy magazine nominated him one of the top 50 public intellectuals in the Spanish-speaking world in 2012
Mr. Vargas Llosa received his BSC degree in International History at the London School of Economics and a Master´s degree in value investing and theory of the economic cycle at Omma in Spain. He has lectured widely on world economic and political issues.
Matt Warner, Atlas Network (United States)
Matt Warner is president of Atlas Network. Under the direction of the CEO, he is responsible for strategy, programming, and personnel management. Matt also leads the development of a research agenda to further demonstrate the invaluable role of think tanks in achieving freedom around the world. Matt is the editor of Poverty and Freedom: Case Studies on Global Economic Development and coined the term "the outsider's dilemma" to describe the challenge of helping low-income countries develop without inadvertently and perversely getting in the way of their most viable paths to prosperity. Matt writes, speaks, and consults internationally on the topics of economics, institution building, nonprofit management, measurement, and impact philanthropy. His work has appeared in Cato Journal, Forbes, The Hill, Harvard's Education Next, Real Clear Markets, Foundation for Economic Education, EconTalk, and Washington Times, among others. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 2010, Matt served in various policy leadership positions at nonprofit think tanks with a focus on energy, education, and property rights. Matt has a master's degree in economics from George Mason University and is certified by Georgetown University in organizational development consulting. He is also a 2019-2020 Penn Kemble Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy, a member of American Enterprise Institute's Leadership Network and a recipient of America's Future Foundation's 2019 Buckley Award.
Matt and his wife Chrissy, an attorney, live in Vienna, Virginia with their four children.