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

With the rise of Bitcoin and the continuing discussion of the gold standard as solutions to our current monetary woes, the Sound Money Project of the Atlas Network is organizing a reception and panel discussion on alternatives to the current monetary system. 


Dan Oliver graduated from Columbia Law School with honors in 2001 and practiced law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He left Simpson Thacher to obtain an MBA from INSEAD in 2005. After co-founding two venture compnaies, Mr. Oliver joined Bearing Capital, LLC, a private equity firm in Buenos Aires focused on Latin American commodities investments. Mr. Oliver founded Myrmikan Capital in 2009, an investment firm specializing in micro- capitalized gold mining companies. Mr. Oliver is currently a Director of the Committee for Monetary Research & Education and a National Review Institute Fellow. 

Francis Pouliot is the Public Affairs Director at the Bitcoin Foundation Canada, a non-profit corporation whose mission is to protect, promote and standardize Bitcoin in Canada. He also works at the Bitcoin Embassy, a non-profit that seeks to accelerate and facilitate the adoption of Bitcoin. Francis Pouliot graduated from King's College London in 2012, obtaining an M.A. in Public Policy with distinction. He also holds a bachelor of International Studies from the University of Montreal. 

Prior to getting involved in Bitcoin, Francis was active in promoting principles of economic freedom and individual liberties. He has interned at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London and the Fraser Institute in Canada and until recently was a policy analyst at the Montreal Economic Instiute. 

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.
In 2008 White received the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Association for Private Enterprise Education. He has been Visiting Professor at Queen's University Belfast, Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Visiting Research Fellow and lecturer at the American Institute for Economic Research, visiting lecturer at the Swiss National Bank, and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He co- edits a book series for Routledge, Foundations of the Market Economy. He is a co-editor of Econ Journal Watch, and hosts bi-monthly podcasts for EJW Audio. He is a member of the board of associate editors of the Review of Austrian Economics and a member of the editorial board of the Cato Journal. He is a contributing editor to the Foundation for Economic Education's magazine The Freeman and lectures at the Foundation's annual seminar in Advanced Austrian Economics. He is an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute and a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Gonzalo Schwarz (moderator) manages the Awards and Grants program at the Atlas Network that include the prestigious Fisher Memorial Award and Templeton Freedom Awards.  Additionally he manages the Latin American Program. He currently holds an MA in Economics from George Mason University and is looking to pursue other graduate studies. He is originally from Uruguay and has lived in four other countries throughout his life. In the past he worked in academics and other non profits. He enjoys participating in academic seminars and was also part of the Koch Foundation Fall internship in 2009. His main hobbies are sports, reading and spending time with his family.