The world is watching a disaster unfold in Venezuela. Electricity and phone service are disappearing. The people of Venezuela struggle to buy necessities like food, medicine, and toilet paper. We predicted this would happen when Socialist dictator Hugh Chavez took over, as always happens when the socialists run out of “other people’s money.”

Join Atlas Network on Tuesday, October 3 for the first event in our Global Policy Perspectives event series on The Crisis in Venezuela.

Atlas Network partners have been bravely standing up for the principles of a free society for decades, even when it put them in the crosshairs of the ruling regime. Atlas Network board member Luis Henrique Ball knows the struggle first hand. Born and raised in Venezuela, Luis was educated in America. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University, (where he now sits on its board), he returned to Venezuela, where he served as President of Venezuelan Confederation of Industrialists and the U.S. - Venezuela Business Council.

In 2002, he had to flee the country accused of “Civil Rebellion and Treason” by Hugo Chavez for his role in defending individual liberties. In addition to his many business pursuits he sits on the board of CEDICE Freedom (Atlas Network's primary partner in the country) and is the founder and publisher of the PanAm Post, an online bilingual publication dedicated to news and opinion about the Americas that has been leading the international coverage of the crisis in Venezuela.

Dress is business casual. As a part of our Global Policy Perspectives event series this event is open to the public. Your RSVP is requested to attend.


Luis Henrique Ball was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He attended high School in the United States and is an alumnus of Carnegie-Mellon University of Pittsburgh, Penn., with a bachelor’s degree in managerial economics. He also holds an advanced degree from I.E.S.A. in Caracas. Currently, Ball is chairman and CEO of GrupoCiencia and Allegheny Medical Systems LLC, both companies based in Boca Raton, Fla., that are engaged in distribution of high-tech medical devices in a dozen Latin American countries. He is also the founder, publisher, and owner of PanAm Post, an online bilingual publication dedicated to news and opinion about the Americas.  PanAm Post has been certified by Google and Alexa as one of the top websites of its kind worldwide.