Every year Liberty Forum inspires and rejuvenates the individuals in the worldwide freedom movement. More than anything, there was a palpable connectedness among our partners, our supporters, and various friends and family members. With 58 countries represented, Liberty Forum was jampacked with the energy of the John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition, the emotions of the Lights, Camera, Liberty! Film Festival, the inspiration from the breakout sessions, the countless personal moments between old friends and new, and so much more.

And, as great as the formal program is, the real magic of Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum comes from the attendees, who travel from scores of countries and throughout the United States. It’s an inspiring group that assembles for Liberty Forum, and we invite you to be a part of it.

Click here to read about the top ten moments of Liberty Forum. 

For more information, contact Chelsea Schick at Chelsea.Schick@AtlasNetwork.org or 202-449-8434.


The 2016 Freedom Dinner will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at Capitale in New York City.

Photo: Marc Averette (CC BY 3.0)


       Wednesday    Saturday, September 24, 2016
8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
  Location: Versailles Foyer (Second Level)
9:00 a.m. Speed Networking
  Location: Versailles Ballroom (Second Level)
  An Atlas Network tradition! Begin Liberty Forum meeting new friends in the freedom movement in a fast-paced "speed dating" format.  
  Moderator: Lisa Hazlett Roberts, Atlas Network (United States)
9:45 a.m.  State of the Worldwide Freedom Movement
  Location: Versailles Ballroom (Second Level)
  Atlas Network strengthens a worldwide freedom movement of more than 450 partners in 95 countries. Learn about these partners' accomplishments and how network effects create a movement that is even greater than the sum of its partners.
10:15 a.m. John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition
  Location: Versailles Ballroom (Second Level)
  You will be the judge for our annual John Blundell Elevator Pitch competition! Over 20 participants from Think Tank MBA -- the premiere training program within our suite of Atlas Leadership Academy course offerings -- will each have just sixty seconds to persuade you of the importance of their work to promote liberty. At stake are serious bragging rights as well as special cash prizes for top winners, in the name of Atlas Network's late board member John Blundell. 
  Moderator: Cindy Cerquitella, Atlas Network (United States)
11:00 a.m. Breakout: The Direction of Freedom in Latin America
  Location: Brickell Ballroom (Lobby Level)
  The model of 21st Century Socialism that Hugo Chavez championed is in flames in Venezuela.  At the same time, Chile -- long held up as an example of economic freedom -- has seen backsliding. Which way are key countries in Latin America headed and how can Atlas Network partners turn the tide in the direction of freedom?  
  Moderator: Rodolfo Milani, Dominick & Dominick (United States)
  • Gabriel Calzada, Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala)
  • Jose Pinera, Cato Institute (United States)
  • Leonardo Brito, Bastiat Society of Venezuela (Venezuela)
  • Rodrigo Constantino, Instituto Liberal (Brazil)
  Breakout: The Direction of Freedom in Europe
  Location: Bayfront B (Lobby Level)
  The European project is being stressed by economic and political tensions. To what extent is Euro-skepticism healthy, and to what extent has it been hijacked by illiberal forces? How will Brexit play out in the months ahead and what will be the ripple effects of Britain’s example?  
  Moderator: Zilvinas Silenas, Lithuania Free Market Institute (Lithuania)
  • Michael Iakovidis, Greek Liberties Monitor (Greece)
  • Maryan Zablotskyy, Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation (Ukraine)
  • Pierre Bessard, Liberales Institut (Switzerland)
  • Eamonn Butler, Adam Smith Institute (United Kingdom)
12:30 p.m. Lights, Camera, Liberty! Luncheon & Film Festival
  Location: Versailles Ballroom (Second Level)
  Knowing how target audiences consume and interpret information is key to our movement's success. Thanks to Atlas Network's Lights, Camera, Liberty! program, partners all over the world are working together to tell powerful stories through video and film. Check out the best videos of 2016 at the Lights, Camera, Liberty! Luncheon & Film Festival.
  Moderators: Matt Warner, Atlas Network (United States)
2:00 p.m. -  
  6:00 p.m. Unconference, Sponsored by EdChoice
  Location: Bayfront A (Lobby Level)
  You are invited to be a part of an exciting feature of Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum program - called "Unconference" - which brings a workshop atmosphere to the traditional policy conference. Rather than listening to lectures, attendees and presenters work together with the help of trained facilitators to take think tank projects to new levels of ambition and effectiveness.  
  You can help shape new and exciting projects being presented by:
  • Robert Enlow, EdChoice
  • Patrick Mardini, LIMS
  • Jared Meyer, Manhattan Institute
  • Nicki Neily, Franklin Center
  • Ayesha Bilal, PRIME
  • Maryan Zablotskyy, UEFF
  • Cindy Cerquitella, Atlas Network
  • Paul McCarthy, Mannkal Foundation
  • Roberto Gomides, Instituto Liberal
  • Scott Hodge, Tax Foundation
2:15 p.m. Breakout: New Zealand - A Policy Reform Case Study
  Location: Brickell Ballroom (Lobby Level)
  How did New Zealand transform itself from a bankrupt basket-case to an exemplar of economic freedom? This is the subject of a new Free To Choose Network documentary, “Trailblazers: The New Zealand Story” and a case study by Bill Freeza for UFM/Antigua Forum, “New Zealand’s Far Reaching Reforms.”  In this special session, you will learn from those who were leading actors in New Zealand’s transformation, and you will meet with up-and-coming Kiwis who aim to protect and extend this legacy.
  Moderator: Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Atlas Network (United States)
  • Sir Roger Douglas, New Zealand Minister of Finance (1984-88)
  • Ruth Richardson, New Zealand Minister of Finance (1990-93)
  • Alan Gibbs, Gibbs Institute (New Zealand)
  • David Seymour, New Zealand Parliament 
  Breakout: Ask Freedom's Funders
  Location: Bayfront B (Lobby Level)
  This Atlas Leadership Academy session provides an opportunity to learn directly from those who invest in the worldwide freedom movement. No pitches allowed, but bring your questions to refine how you can successfully present your work to win support from top foundations!
  Moderator: Michel Kelly-Gagnon, Montreal Economic Institute (Canada)
  • Daniel Green, John Templeton Foundation (United States)
  • Lawson Bader, DonorsTrust (United States)
  • Eveline Mumenthaler, Rising Tide Foundation (Switzerland)
3:45 p.m. Breakout: Victories for Liberty
  Location: Brickell Ballroom (Lobby Level)
  An Atlas Network program sponsored by John Templeton Foundation has our team working with institutes around the world to advance concrete reforms that will bring upticks in measurements of economic freedom. This session offers a progress report on this work, with inspiring examples from around the world. 
  Moderator: Alex Chafuen, Atlas Network (United States)
  • José Ignacio Beteta, Contribuyentes por Respeto (Peru)
  • Manogya Sharma, Samriddhi Foundation (Nepal)
  • Zilvinas Silenas, Lithuanian Free Market Institute (Lithuania)
  Breakout: Better Branding for the Freedom Movement
  Location: Bayfront B (Lobby Level)
  You're a think tank, not a brand, right? Wrong.
  This session will show why branding is fundamental to every business and every organisation – and why some brands are much more valuable than the products they actually make.
And it’ll reveal the things you can do to identify, create and build your own brand – without paying agency prices!
  • Glynn Brailsford, Institute of Economic Affairs (United Kingdom)
  • Daniel Anthony, Atlas Network (United States)
5:00 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m. Atlas Club Briefing with John Stossel (by invitation only)
  Location: Trainon (Second Level)
6:00 p.m. General Reception
  Location: Versailles Foyer (Second Level)
7:00 p.m. Liggio Lecture Dinner
  Location: Versailles Ballroom (Second Level)
  Atlas Network annually honors the legacy of its late Executive Vice President Leonard Liggio with a special lecture by one of the liberty movement’s thought leaders. This year’s after-dinner lecture will be given by Professor Larry White (George Mason University).  Prior to dinner, we bestow a special Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award on Bob Chitester, founding president of Free To Choose Network.
  Sunday, September 25, 2016
9:00 a.m. Breakfast Program: Self-Control or State Control? You Decide
  Location: Versailles Ballroom (Second Level)
  • Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Atlas Network (United States)
10:30 a.m. Breakout: The Direction of Freedom in the U.S.A.
  Location: Brickell Ballroom (Lobby Level)
  Election seasons tend to be dispiriting to those who see politicians’ promises as threats to their wallets and their freedoms. Do freedom’s champions in the U.S. have reasons for optimism if we look beyond November’s elections?  How might the freedom movement win more converts among new and young audiences?
  Moderator: John Stossel, Fox Business Network (United States)
  • Matt Kibbe, FreeThePeople (United States)
  • Jennifer Grossman, Atlas Society (United States)
12:00 p.m. Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award Luncheon / Announcement of the Templeton Freedom Award Finalists
  Location: Versailles Ballroom (Second Level)
  You won’t want to miss the grand finale to Liberty Forum! Incoming Atlas Network Board Chair Linda Whetstone will announce the winner of the 2016 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award. In addition, we will announce the finalists for the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award and preview the festivities that will take place at Atlas Network’s gala Freedom Dinner (New York City, November 10).  There will also be a debriefing on the results achieved during Un-Conference, and recognition of graduates and award winners within the Atlas Leadership Academy.
  Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips, Atlas Network
  Fisher Award Announcement: Linda Whetstone, Atlas Network


Lawrence H. White is Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He specializes in the theory and history of banking and money, and is best known for his work on free banking. He received his A.B. from Harvard and his M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He previously taught at New York University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Professor White is the author of The Clash of Economic Ideas (Cambridge, forthcoming); The Theory of Monetary Institutions (Basil Blackwell, 1999); Free Banking in Britain (2nd ed., Institute of Economic Affairs, 1995; 1st ed. Cambridge, 1984), and Competition and Currency (NYU, 1989). He is the editor of F. A. Hayek, The Pure Theory of Capital (Chicago, 2007); The History of Gold and Silver (3 vols., Pickering and Chatto, 2000); Free Banking (3 vols., Edward Elgar, 1993); The Crisis in American Banking (NYU, 1993); William Leggett, Democratick Editorials (Liberty Press, 1984); and other volumes. His articles on monetary theory and banking history have appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, and other leading professional journals.

Daniel Anthony is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the Atlas Network. He joined the team in 2014. He received his MBA in International Business from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School and his BA in Foreign Languages from Illinois State University. Prior to joining the Atlas Network, Daniel worked with one of the U.S.’s leading state-based, free-market think tanks, the Illinois Policy Institute. During his time there he oversaw all marketing and communications, playing a key role in winning a Templeton Freedom Award and an SPNovation Award. Prior to that, he worked as manager of client strategy and brand activation for Saatchi & Saatchi S, the sustainability division of the global ideas firm Saatchi & Saatchi. While with Saatchi, he worked with Walmart, General Mills, Procter & Gamble and NBCUniversal. Daniel has appeared on various media outlets, including Univision, FOX Chicago News, NBC Chicago and WGN Radio, focusing on topics such as government transparency and marketing and communications analysis. Daniel grew up living in Mexico and Singapore. 

Lawson Bader is President and CEO of DonorsTrust, a donor-advised fund/community foundation that works with donors and charities to promote limited government, free enterprise and personal responsibility.  Since its founding in 2000, DonorsTrust has granted over $700 million to liberty minded groups in academia and public policy.  In addition to his foundation work, Lawson has over twenty year’s experience leading free-market research and advocacy groups including the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.  He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Wheaton College (IL), and a masters in public policy from The Johns Hopkins University. Lawson is an avid reader of U.S. Civil War history, and will teach anybody about the joys of single malt whisky or wearing a kilt.

Pierre Bessard is president and executive trustee of the Liberal Institute, Switzerland's independent free-market think tank founded in 1979 and headquartered in Zurich, which he joined in 2007 and helped expand since then with a new team. In recent years the Institute opened additional offices in Geneva and Lugano, and a multilingual library of liberty in the political capital, Bern; it operates in French, German, and Italian. Pierre serves on the scientific committee of the Cercle de philosophie politique Benjamin Constant and the Center for Tax Competition. He is also a board member of several Swiss organizations promoting a free society. After schools in Lausanne, London, and Berlin, Pierre studied economics and finance in New York and Shanghai. He is the editor and author of several books on Swiss liberalism and current affairs, and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Jose Ignacio Beteta is executive director at Contribuyentes por Respeto, a non profit organization that promotes public policies based on the principles of Economic and Social Freedom, Public Administration Master with precedent Graduate Studies on Public and Social Policies (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). University Professor with nine years of teaching experience, expert in the design and evaluation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects and strategies, for Peruvian and Latin American institutions, community communications and community relations programs for public and private stakeholders.

Glynn Brailsford is Director of Creative, Marketing and Development at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. His ieaTV film Sin Taxes won the 2015 Reason Video Prize in New York. Glynn was formerly CEO of Los Angeles-based PROMAX&BDA, a not-for-profit association for marketing and design executives in television. Before that, he was a multi-award winning Creative Director in the UK – working for Channel 5, Discovery, Nickelodeon and ITV, where he launched some of Britain’s most successful TV shows. He started out in print journalism before moving into radio and then TV, where he produced programs in news, sport, entertainment and politics.

Owen Brennan is a writer, producer, and founder of Madison McQueen, a California-based creative agency dedicated to bringing Hollywood production value to the war of ideas. His philosophy of storytelling has not only helped non-profit organizations communicate more effectively, he’s also helped candidates win elections. His firm also produced the #1 Super Bowl ad in 2012 (Doritos, Sling Baby) and the #2 Super Bowl ad in 2014 (Doritos, Cowboy Kid).

Earlier in his career he produced the #1 program in cable news, The O’Reilly Factor, and launched Joe Scarborough’s first program on MSNBC. Owen wrote speeches for Mayor Rudy Giuliani during the renaissance of New York City and through the attacks of September 11th. The branding he helped create for the Institute for Justice – I am IJ – is still central to the public interest law firm’s brand identity more than a 15 years after it was created.

Most recently his agency turned a small media and production budget into hundreds of millions of dollars of earned media for Senator Ted Cruz's presidential campaign. Madison McQueen’s ads for the campaign were also revealed to be the most effective advertising of the election cycle and they were the first political ads to be in YouTube’s monthly list of the Top 10 most viewed ads.

Leonardo Brito is a businessman from Venezuela. He is the founder and director of The Bastiat Society of Venezuela. Leo also serves as member of the board in opposition political movement: GENTE (Generacion Independiente). Brito attended APEE 2015 as a speaker with the topic: Doing Business in Anti-business countries.

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, gaining 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.

Dr. Gabriel Calzada is the president of Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM), the world's only libertarian university. Calzada is the founder and former president of the Instituto Juan de Mariana, a libertarian think tank based in Spain. He has been an Associate Professor of Economics at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain since 2004, where he received his doctorate in economics. He has been Vice-Director of the scholarly Procesos de Mercado and a Rowley Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and is also a Fellow at the Centre for the New Europe. He is a member of the Mont Perelin Society. Universidad Francisco Marroquin, based in Guatemala City, seeks to teach and disseminate the ethical, legal and economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons. 

On many occasions, Calzada has been invited to testify before Congress and the Senate on energy policy and the environment. He frequently appears on television broadcasts and has written for publications including Libertad Digital, the Spanish HeraldExpanses, Mises Daily, The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Procesos de Mercados, El MundoEpoca, La Ilustracion Liberal, Canarias Liberal and Washington Times.

Cindy Cerquitella is the Director of Atlas Leadership Academy. She joined Atlas Network in 2006. She graduated from Hillsdale College, where she received a BA in Political Economy. Prior to attending Hillsdale, Cindy spent four years in Budapest, Hungary where her parents ran an International Christian School. Cindy is the director of the Atlas Leadership Academy, a new program launched in 2012. She develops training programs, both online and in person to serve the needs of the Atlas Network. Previously, she worked part-time as the Director of Programs, planning events for Americas Future Foundation.

Alejandro A. Chafuen (Alex), PH.D.  Dr. 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 Sir Antony Fisher. He is a trustee of Grove City College, and member of its Governance and Development Committees. He has been a member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 1980 and a member of its membership committee. 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. 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 advisors of The Philanthropic Enterprise, and was 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. He is a regular contributor to Forbes.com writing a column “Intellectual Entrepreneurs” focusing on think tanks and policy scholars. He received the Global Leadership Award (2010) from the Leadership Institute (US), 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 Alex for 25 years of service.

Bob Chitester is the founder and president of Free To Choose Network, a 501-c-3 public foundation. Chitester is also president and CEO of Chitester Creative Associates, Inc., which founded The Idea Channel®. 

With David and Janet Friedman, Chitester is a partner of Free To Choose Enterprise, and manages licensing and sales of Free To Choose. Free To Choose is the award-winning PBS TV series hosted by Milton Friedman, and also the name of Friedman's best-selling book based on the series. Chitester conceived the project and was executive producer of the series. 

Bob was formerly president and CEO of the Erie, Pennsylvania PBS and NPR stations (WQLN and WQLN-FM). He received BA and MA degrees from the University of Michigan, and the Honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Allegheny College.

He and his wife, Carol Lovell, have four children and eight grandchildren.

Rodrigo Constantino is president of Instituto Liberal and a founding member of the Instituto Millenium, both of which are Atlas Network partners based in Brazil. Constantino has operated in the financial sector since 1997 and is a graduate in economics from Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-RJ), as well as holding an MBA in finance from Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais (IBMEC). Constantine was a columnist for Veja, and is a columnist for leading Brazilian media like the newspapers Valor Econômico and O Globo. He won the Libertas Award at the XXII Fórum da Liberdade in 2009, and has published several books, including Privatize Já and Esquerda Caviar.

Roger Douglas, as Minister of Finance in New Zealand, won an international reputation as the strategist and driving force responsible for the reform of the country's economy, from 1984 to 1988. Sir Roger entered Parliament in 1969.   He first became a Cabinet Minister in 1973, in the term of the Third Labour Government 1972-1975.  He held the portfolios of Broadcasting and Post Office and later Housing.

In 1982, Sir Roger was Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry and associate Shadow Minister of Overseas Trade.   He became Shadow Minister of Finance in 1983, and Minister of Finance from July 1984 when the Fourth Labour Government was voted into office. His period as Finance Minister saw major deregulation of New Zealand finance markets, the floating of the New Zealand dollar, the corporatisation of State trading departments and the adoption of privatisation policies, and dramatic reforms of the taxation system.

Alan Gibbs (born 1939) is a New Zealand-born businessman, entrepreneur and art collector. After a successful business career in New Zealand, which made him one of that country's wealthiest individuals, he relocated to London in 1999. He retains strong links to New Zealand through his development of Gibbs Farm, one of the world's leading sculpture parks. He is founder of Gibbs Amphibians, based in Detroit, Michigan, Nuneaton, UK, and Auckland, New Zealand, which pioneers high-speed amphibious vehicle technologies.

Stephanie Giovanetti Lips joined Atlas Network in 2007 and currently serves as Atlas Network’s Director of Outreach. Additionally, Stephanie oversees Atlas Network’s flagship events, which include Freedom Dinner, Liberty Forum and the Think Tank MBA. She previously served as Atlas Network’s Director of Communications and Events. Before joining Atlas Network, Stephanie served as a meeting and event planner for a variety of for profit and nonprofit organizations. Currently, she serves on several community boards. Mother of two and originally from New York, she earned her BA degree from Marymount University in Virginia.

Daniel Austin Green is Director of Individual Freedom and Free Markets at the John Templeton Foundation, where he has been since 2011. At JTF he oversees grantmaking in individual, religious, and economic freedom around the world. He led the growth of the program from $5.5 million in 2011 grant payout to a peak of over $21 million in 2015. Cumulatively, he has been responsible for more than $116.6 million in grants during his tenure. Beginning in January 2017, he will be Program Director for the Templeton Religion Trust in Nassau, Bahamas.

From 2006 until his move to Philadelphia and Templeton, he was Resident Scholar and then Fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc., a private operating foundation based in Indianapolis, where he worked with the foundation’s educational conference program. Liberty Fund’s conferences are interdisciplinary discussions on a wide range of topics implicating individual liberty and responsibility, including philosophy, history, economics, law, political theory, religion, and fine arts. His publications on topics concerning corporate governance and intellectual property law and theory have appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, Gonzaga Law Review, Chapman Law Review, and Texas Wesleyan Law Review.

Jennifer Grossman has dedicated her career to help people lead healthier, freer lives. As CEO of The Atlas Society (TAS), she leads the 25-year-old philosophy think tank in promoting the moral foundations of a free society.  With a focus on personal ethics, TAS prioritizes student outreach with creative educational programs, ranging from a viral Draw My Life series, to the Atlas Art Contest, to campus screenings of Atlas Shrugged and online introductory courses on Objectivism.

Previously she helped launch a new lifestyle site for Laura Ingraham.  As one of the founding editors of LifeZette she originated content on medicine, fitness, and diet. As Senior Vice President at Dole Food Company, she was hired by Chairman David H. Murdock in 2003 to bring the Dole Nutrition Institute to life. During her tenure, she published a wealth of educational materials, launched websites and social media platforms, oversaw laboratory operations, managed a diverse team of researchers, marketers and scientists, and created a variety of programs.

Grossman served as speechwriter to President George H.W. Bush (1989-1992), and was invited to join President George W. Bush Jr.’s administration in the same capacity. She also served as senior writer to the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform, led by the late Jack Kemp. Grossman has also written speeches and articles for top CEOs and entrepreneurs - chief among them, the late Ted Forstmann, whom she helped launch the Children’s Scholarship Fund, which has awarded over $200 million in education assistance.

Grossman served as Director of Education Policy at the Cato Institute from 1996-1999. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Los Angeles Times, Weekly Standard, National Review, Washington Times, and the Women’s Quarterly among many others. In addition to commentary on MSNBC, CNN and CNBC, she has frequently appeared on Larry King Live, Hannity & Colmes, the O’Reilly Factor and Politically Incorrect.

Lisa Hazlett Roberts is driven by a desire to help organizations make a lasting impact in the communities they serve. Prior to launching her firm to exclusively support the liberty network, Lisa founded the Montana Policy Institute and served on staff at the Buckeye Institute, the Institute for Humane Studies and Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and the Tax Foundation. Lisa has worked closely with many State Policy Network member think tanks and currently supports the Atlas Network's events in Florida. Since 2012, Lisa has served as Executive Director for Friends of UFM in the U.S. to support the mission of Universidad Francisco Marroquin.

Michael Iakovidis is co-founder and marketing director of Greek Liberties Monitor (GLM). He initially worked as a civil engineer for nine years in major projects such as the Athens and Thessaloniki Metro, then became a business owner in Greece (MSP GROUP- provider of health and safety products). In December 2014, in partnership with Dimitris Pefanis, he established Greek Liberties Monitor in order to promote public discourse in regards to freedom and liberties within Greece.

Currently active in European liberal/libertarian affairs, he was one of the coordinators of the individual members of ALDE for Greece (2013-2015), and firmly believes that financial freedom and free markets being established in Greece are crucial for the propagation of liberties in Greece, as well as the betterment and growth of Greek society and economy.

As co-founder and marketing director of the GLM (www.liberties.gr ) Michael has been the project manager of a number of prominent projects, including the Greek Crisis Success Stories, the Greek Tax Calculator, the production of a number of economic bulletins and papers, both in Greece and abroad.

Matt Kibbe is President and Chief Community Organizer at Free the People, an educational organization turning Millenials onto the values of liberty. He is also President at AlternativePAC, a political organization supporting Libertarian Gary Johnson for President. AltPAC’s “Dead Abe Lincoln” ad is the most viral political ad in the history of the Universe. Kibbe is also a senior editor at Conservative Review. In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, where he served as President for 11 years. He also served as Senior Advisor to a Rand Paul superPAC. Kibbe has worked as chief of staff for a U.S. Congressman, an economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and at the Republican National Committee.

Michel Kelly-Gagnon was the head of the Montreal Economic Institute from 1999 to 2006, after which he was president of the Quebec Employers Council from  2006 to December 2008. Early in his career he practiced law and then went into business. He was one of six people from Quebec honoured in Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ 2008 awards. Mr. Kelly-Gagnon serves on several boards of directors, including that of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the John Dobson Foundation, which funds all (11) existing free-market organizations in Canada as well as a few international ones, including Atlas. He is back at the helm of the MEI since January 2009."

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 to Freedom Champions, published by Atlas Network in 2011. More recently, his articles have appeared in American ThinkerRealClearPoliticsNational Review Online, ForbesFox NewsAmerican Spectator and The Daily Caller. He speaks widely on the morality of free enterprise and the international freedom champions connected by the Atlas Network.

Rodolfo Milani is a Senior Managing Director at Dominick & Dominick, one of the oldest financial institutions in the United States, which was acquired by Wunderlich Inc. in 2015. The firm provides investment advice to companies, family offices and high net worth clients throughout Latin America and the United States. Rodolfo has more than thirty-seven years’ experience in the industry, and previously held senior positions at Merrill Lynch International, Kidder Peabody & Co., Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse as well. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at investment conferences around the world, including FreedomFest. He received his BA from University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Rodolfo is a lifelong political activist and is involved with several liberty promoting organizations, including serving as an advisory board member of Friends of UFM and as a Trustee of the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research (HACER). He is a member of the Inter-American Institute for Democracy; and of the Mont Pelerin Society. He is the founder with Americans for Tax Reform, of the Miami Center/Right Meeting; the coordinator of Cato Club Miami, a Cato Institute regional outreach project; and a Member of the Miami Board of Advisors for the James Madison Institute. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Churchill Society of South Florida, a group which promotes the study of history. 

Eveline Mumenthaler serves as Director of the Rising Tide Foundation, an entrepreneurial, private foundation focused on empowering individuals to maximize their potential and live a life of greater freedom, opportunity and well-being. Prior to her appointment at Rising Tide Foundation, she has held several leading positions in academia, non-profit management and research administration. She was the Director of Research at Gateway for Cancer Research based in Illinois, where she reinvented and managed their research funding program. Earlier, she held the position of Intellectual Property Manager and was a Technology Transfer Expert at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Eveline received her graduate degree from the California State University Long Beach and her undergraduate degree in chemistry and neuroscience from the University of Southern California. She also holds a joint MBA from UCLA and the National University of Singapore.

Dr. Tom Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at 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, as well as 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 TimesDie Welt, CaixingAl 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.

José Piñera is co-chairman of Cato’s Project on Social Security Choice and founder and president of the International Center for Pension Reform. Formerly Chile’s secretary of labor and social security, he was the architect of the country’s successful reform of its pension system. As secretary of labor, Piñera also designed the labor laws that introduced flexibility to the Chilean labor market and, as secretary of mining, he was responsible for the constitutional law that established private property rights in Chilean mines. Piñera now advises governments throughout the world on the establishment of personal account retirement systems. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York TimesForeign AffairsWired, and several other publications. Piñera received an MA and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Ruth Richardson the politician has a well-known profile nationally and internationally. As New Zealand's Minister of Finance from 1990 to 1993 she was the principal architect of New Zealand's second wave of reform, complementing the first wave of reforms initiated in the mid-1980s by New Zealand's other well-known Minister of Finance, Sir Roger Douglas. Her institutional framework for the conduct of fiscal policy, the Fiscal Responsibility Act 1994, is widely regarded as setting international best practice, and is a cornerstone of New Zealand's economic framework.

In the years since Ruth left Parliament in 1994, she has had an extensive international practice as a public policy consultant. She has advised widely on strategies designed to achieve the practice of good governance and the development of high quality policy frameworks.

David Seymour MP is the leader of the ACT Party, and the Member for Epsom.   ACT has a confidence and supply agreement with the National Party, and thus he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education and Minister of Regulatory Reform by Prime Minister John Key on 29 September 2014. Mr Seymour is an engineering and philosophy graduate from the University of Auckland.   After starting his career as an engineer David lived in Canada for five years, where he worked for public policy think tanks, the Manning Foundation and the Frontier Centre.   Between stints in Canada he was Ministerial Advisor to Hon. John Banks MP, where he assisted the Minister in introducing Partnership Schools to New Zealand. He has been a member of ACT since 2001.

Manogya Sharma is the Operations Manager at Samriddhi Foundation where he has developed and executed several flagship programs for the last 8 years. These initiatives have helped The Foundation reach out to students, young activists, journalists, parliamentarians, politicians and bureaucrats. This role is fundamental in the success of Samriddhi to help liberalize Nepal and achieve a free and prosperous society. He holds degrees in Business Administration and Political Science which allow him to better execute his role. His previous experiences range from non-profit organizations to commercial houses. These include leadership positions at youth led organizations to development and expansion of FMCG products.

Žilvinas Šilėnas joined LFMI in 2006, becoming president in 2012. His areas of expertise include energy, infrastructure, and competition. Žilvinas comments regularly on economic policy in media and hosts a radio talk show on national radio. He is a co-author of a widely recognized economics textbook for high schools. Žilvinas has been voted 9th most influential opinion leader in Lithuania and enlisted among top 100 most influential people in Lithuania.

Previously Žilvinas taught economics and served as an elected politician and an adviser to an energy company.

Ž. Šilėnas holds MA in financial economics from the ISM University of Management and Economics, Lithuania and BA in economics from Weslean University, USA.

John Stossel joined Fox Business Network (FBN) in 2009. He is the host of "Stossel", a weekly program highlighting current consumer issues with a libertarian viewpoint. Stossel also appears regularly on Fox News Channel (FNC) providing signature analysis. 

Prior to joining FBN, Stossel co-anchored ABC’s primetime newsmagazine show, "20/20." There, he contributed in-depth special reports and recurring segments on a variety of consumer topics, from pop culture to government and business. His "John Stossel specials" asked tough questions facing Americans today: "Sick in America" delved into the debate between private vs. government health care; "Stupid in America" exposed the government school monopoly; "John Stossel Goes to Washington" revealed government growth under both parties, while "Hype" exposed media distortions.

Matt Warner is Vice President of Programs and Institute Relations and works with the programs and institute relations teams to strategically and effectively deliver Atlas Network's many services designed to strengthen pro-liberty think tanks throughout the world. Prior to joining Atlas Network, Matt served in several policy and leadership positions at free-market organizations including the James Madison Institute in Florida and the American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington, D.C. His work has been published in the Washington Times, Forbes.com, Budget & Tax News, as well as many daily and weekly newspapers throughout the U.S. He has testified before several state legislative bodies on issues related to expanding liberty for individuals, particularly in educational choice and energy policy. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University.

Maryan Zablotskyy is the head and co-founder of the Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation. He has a Masters in finance from the Lyiv Business Academy and PhD in finance from the Ukrainian National Science Academy. He is an expert in macroeconomics, monetary, economic, and agricultural policy. He took part in the development of a number of legislation proposals, six of which became laws. Some of those laws terminated 29 different permission procedures for businesses, improve land rights protection and boost international trade.


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