KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Tim Modise

Tim Modise is a veteran South African journalist who has been active in broadcast media since the early 1990s, when Apartheid was coming to an end. Modise has worked for various radio and television stations across different formats, from music to current affairs and talk shows. He covered the transition from Apartheid to constitutional democracy extensively, having interviewed every South African president since F.W. De Klerk. In addition to broadcast media, Modise has been a political analyst, Chairman of Proudly South Africa, and Chief Communications Officer of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Modise continues to be active in South African public affairs through his company, FGPMedia, and hosts his own radio show on @touchhdonline. Modise has received numerous awards for communication and broadcasting, as well as for reconciliation from the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and for human rights from the Jaime Brunet Foundation in Spain.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer
Dr. Tom G. 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. On Nov. 10, 2016, Dr. Tom G. Palmer was named the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty at Atlas Network. 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 Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al 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), Peace, Love & Liberty (2014), and Self-Control or State Control? You Decide (2016). 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.

ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS

Francis Antonie
Francis Antonie is the director of the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF). Founded in 1993, HSF’s mission is to promote liberal constitutional democracy through broadening public debate and research. The HSF consistently promotes the liberal democratic values that informed Helen Suzman's work throughout her public life. Francis is a graduate of Wits, Leicester and Exeter Universities. He was awarded the Helen Suzman Chevening Fellowship by the UK Foreign Office in 1994. From 1996 to 2006 he was senior economist at Standard Bank; thereafter he was director of the Graduate School of Public and Development Management at Wits University. Francis is the founding managing director of Strauss & Co.

Chris Becker

Chris Becker is an Economist and Head of Africa Research at Investec Bank Limited. He produces research for institutional investor clients, while also playing an integral part in Investec Bank’s Africa business and country risk management processes. Becker’s economic research is widely read and he is a frequent commentator in global financial media. Utilising the Austrian theory of economics, he in January 2014 predicted an imminent economic crisis in sub-Saharan Africa, publishing this research in the Gloom, Boom and Doom report, Zerohedge.com, and Mises.org. He is a founding member of the Mises Institute South Africa and is an academic advisor to Akademia. Becker holds a bachelor of arts degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Stellenbosch.

John Kane-Berman

John Kane-Berman studied at St John's, Wits, and Oxford. He spent 10 years in journalism before joining the South African Institute of Race Relations as its CEO in 1983. Recently retired from that job, he is now involved in research and policy work as a consultant to the Institute. His memoirs, Between Two Fires –  Holding the Liberal Centre in South African Politics, are now available. He writes a weekly column for PoliticsWeb.

Ann Bernstein

Ann Bernstein is Executive Director of the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), an independent think tank and South Africa’s leading development policy centre, with a special focus on growth, unemployment, education and the role of business. Between 1994 and 2001, Ann was first a member of the Transition Team, then on the Board of the Development Bank of Southern Africa; in 2005, she was a Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC; in 2008/2009 she was an invited faculty member at the World Economic Forum in Davos; in 2013, a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC. Ann won the 2012 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for her book, The Case for Business in Developing Economies.

Elisa Bishop
Elisa Bishop is Director of Institute Relations and Programs at Atlas Network. She manages the grants and awards programs of the Atlas Network, including the prestigious Templeton Freedom Award and the Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Reform program. Originally from Brazil, Elisa joined Atlas Network in 2010 as a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow. She was the winner of the VI Donald Stewart Jr. Award presented by Instituto Liberal (Atlas Network’s partner in Rio de Janeiro) in 2009 and worked closely with Atlas Network’s Portuguese language platform, OrdemLivre.org, organizing annual freedom lecture tours and the first Brazilian liberty summer seminar in 2012. Elisa received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria.

Garreth Bloor

Garreth Bloor is founder of a venture capital firm, Glenheim, and the former Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Development in the City of Cape Town, where he oversaw a massive overhaul of the legislative regime on city planning matters, serving a term of office from 2011 to 2016. Though he turned down a seat in Parliament and has returned to the private sector, he remains a member of the official opposition nationally, the Democratic Alliance, and was named an Aspen Ideas Fellow this year. Garreth is a co-founder of Ineng (the Independent Entrepreneurship Group), a non-partisan advocacy group working with SMMEs and has previously addressed audiences of the World Economic Forum, Council on Foreign Relations and Association of Private Enterprise Education, among others.

Jayne Boccaleone
Jayne Boccaleone, following a successful international corporate career, set up three small businesses in South Africa: two were successful, one failed. She brings first-hand knowledge of what entrepreneurship demands and why many don’t succeed. During her time at Business Day newspaper, she co-managed and contributed to the “Real Business” SME supplement, which focused on helping start-up companies get off the ground.  Jayne owns two media agencies: J&C Communications and Independent Voice. She has an MA in Economics & Finance and an MBA from British universities.

Gareth Cliff

Gareth Cliff is Founder and President of CliffCentral.com, host of “The Gareth Cliff Show” and former South African Idols judge. On 1 May 2014, Gareth took the giant leap from traditional terrestrial radio to the future of internet and mobile with the aim of creating the pre-eminent “infotainment” online content hub. Recently Gareth established #Invest – a way of democratizing the stock exchange and making it possible for ordinary people to invest from as little as R100. Gareth has won numerous awards and presented a 2015 TEDx Talk at London Business School on mobile technology and the changes it is bringing to Africa.

Franklin Cudjoe

Franklin Cudjoe is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, a think tank of global repute dedicated to the promotion of the institutions of a free society across Africa. IMANI has been consistently ranked among the top 10 think tanks in Africa and among the top 100 worldwide.  IMANI is the most influential think tank in Ghana and ranked second in Sub-Saharan Africa for 2015.

Franklin is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Buckingham University (UK), an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, Atlas Network’s Think Tank MBA program, and the Montreal Economic Institute’s Think Tank Training Programme. He has a B.Sc. in Land Economy from KNUST. In 2010, Franklin was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He was named a fellow of the Africa Leadership Network in 2012, and the only named Think Tank Leader in “Top 50 Africans” List of the respected Africa Report Magazine in 2012. He is a member of the 2015 Class of the Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (ALIWA), an initiative of the Aspen Institute.

Franklin currently sits on the Danish International Development Agency’s sounding board for the private sector, advising on Danish private sector support to Ghana.  Franklin has made several appearances in both print and broadcast media. He has shared insightful perspectives about Africa development issues on the BBC, CBC, Swiss and Swedish National TV, Austrian National Radio and varied local Ghanaian media. He has also been published (sometimes quoted) in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, London Daily Telegraph, Ghanaian Daily Graphic, San Francisco Chronicle, Ottawa Citizen, South African Star and Business Day.

Cudjoe is one of nine African think tank leaders and Commissioners of “The Zimbabwe Papers”, a blueprint which examines the causes of Zimbabwe’s social and economic problems and offers urgent and practical reform that will enable the country to become a thriving, peaceful and prosperous country.

He is a co-author of Fighting the Diseases of Poverty, The Reality of Water Provision in Urban Africa, The Water Revolution: Practical Solutions to Water Scarcity, and Hobbled Trade: Trade Barriers within Africa. Franklin is a co-author of The State of Education in Ghana.

Eustace Davie

Eustace Davie is a Director at the Free Market Foundation and the author of Jobs for the Jobless: Special Exemption Certificates for the Unemployed and Unchain the Child: Abolish Compulsory Schooling Laws. He authored several chapters in the FMF’s books Nationalisation and Jobs Jobs Jobs. Eustace also authors many of the Foundation’s weekly feature articles and is regularly published in local and international media on labor, money, health care and economic issues.

Gisèle Dutheuil

Founding member and director of Audace Institut Afrique, Cote d’Ivoire, a lawyer by training, she subsequently, has an atypical career combining various training in communication, tropical and parasitic diseases, computer graphics, Think Tanks management, public speaking and coaching.

Truly activist with an innovative and independent spirit, she has a bottom-up development vision. Through Audace Institut Afrique, she works at promoting concrete proposals about government relocation at the most closer level of people. She also works actively for the promotion of a responsible freedom, individual rights, democracy, and peace. In addition, she is an analysis and policy papers author.

Ghalib Galant
Ghalib Galant is a Trustee at Accountability Now, an NGO that is devoted to ensuring that the rule of law is upheld and enforced for the good of all by making sure that governments, parastatals, and the private sector are held to account. His work at the intersection of human rights and conflict transformation has seen him intervene at both grassroots and institutional levels in a wide range of contexts. He has worked extensively with national human rights institutions on the continent and internationally on strengthening their institutional capacity to deliver on their mandate. Ghalib is also Facilitation Director of SynergyWORKS, an emerging consultancy specialising in conflict transformation, labour law and human rights advocacy.

Walter (Wally) Gardiner

Walter (Wally) Gardiner, a Wits graduate, had a 40-year career in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, during which he served in Senior and Executive capacities in major companies including Tiger Oats Ltd, Mercedes Benz SA (Pty) Ltd, and Fluor SA (Pty) Ltd. During the stressful years of the 1980’s, as Chairman of the Border Chamber of Industries Industrial Relations Committee, Wally served on a contact group with the Department of Manpower and a Cabinet committee on labour where the seeds of reform to labour relations were sown and strongly motivated. Now retired, Wally serves on the Executive Committee of the Free Market Foundation.

Mike Hull
Mike Hull is a consulting structural engineer in practice in the greater Johannesburg area.  His company Hull Consulting Engineers takes on small to medium sized projects and is considered a specialist in roof structures.  Mike has a master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Pretoria.  Hull Consulting in addition to providing engineering solutions, also offers software testing and business analysis staff on contract to various clients.  More recently, Mike has partnered with Liezl, his wife, to develop web applications in the quality management and software testing space. Mike has been a member of the Free Market Foundation for many years and actively supports all programmes aimed at encouraging a free, liberal and open society where individuals and businesses can flourish, without excessive state intervention.

Ayanda Khumalo

Ayanda Khumalo has extensive experience in financial management, auditing, and corporate finance, with an interest in models of economic development for the developing world. He is a chartered accountant and has held executive positions in various commercial and professional entities. He became a member of the Executive Committee of the Free Market Foundation in 2002 and is Chairman of the non-executive Board.

Matt Kibbe
Matt Kibbe is President and Chief Community Organizer at Free the People, an educational organization turning Millenials on to the values of liberty. He is also President of AlternativePAC, a political organization supporting Liberty candidates for federal office including  Gary Johnson for President in 2016. 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.

Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is most recently the author of the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto (HarperCollins 2014).  He appears frequently on national media, including FOX News, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and CSPAN. 

Terry Kibbe
Terry is a fundraiser and venture philanthropist focused on investments in medical innovation and the liberty movement. In addition to supporting Free the People, she is the President of Curated Innovation, a 501c(3). Based in Cambridge MA, Curated Innovation is focused on delivering breakthrough products that save or greatly improve lives. In 2015-16, she was a fundraiser for Concerned American Voters, a SuperPAC supporting Rand Paul for President. Terry served as Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Rising Tide Foundation in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and as an Advisor to the Global Philanthropic Trust in the Cayman Islands.

She brings 18 years of experience as a fundraiser, having raised millions in operating capital for various nonprofit and political causes, including FreedomWorks, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Cato Institute. She spent the first decade of her career as an engineer working on defense technology. She also worked on Capitol Hill as a top aide to Congressman Christopher Cox. In early 2007, Terry formed Dagny, LLC, offering strategic management services to philanthropic charities and non-profit organizations. Terry is a graduate of Grove City College, where she received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering.

Donatien Kouakou ADOU

Multi-program researcher - Pole anti-corruption, Donatien Kouakou ADOU graduated from the International University of Grand Bassam (Ivory Coast) with a BA in political science and a minor in economics, pending integration for a Ph.D. program at the University of Missouri-Columbia starting in fall 2017.

He founded the political science club in his University in order to organize debates and stimulate a collective reflection on the future of Africa.

After hearing about libertarian ideas through the independent think tank Audace Institut Afrique that promotes bottom-up development and freedom in Cote d’Ivoire, he became an active member right away. Within Audace Institut Afrique, he is a member of the scientific committee as well as a fundraiser and intervenes transversely across several programs, including the rural land (Property rights) problematic in Cote d’Ivoire. He works especially on the issue of corruption through the various programs of the institute, his studies and his personal commitment to building a more responsible governance in Africa.

Unathi Kwaza
Unathi Kwaza is an SMME owner in Khayelitsha, South Africa's second largest historic township. Unathi has built a company over the years and leads the Independent Entrepreneurship Group's (Ineng) grassroots work among entrepreneurs and SMME owners, determined to realise a free enterprise economy and the rule of law. As an Ineng spokesperson, Unathi has participated in workshops with government officials and entrepreneurs in the Western Cape and Gauteng provinces and has been featured in a variety of media outlets for her work championing the removal of red tape and barriers to an inclusive growing economy.

Peter Bismark Kwofie
Peter Bismark Kwofie is a professionally trained teacher from the Presbyterian college of Education, a college founded in 1848 in the eastern part of Ghana by the British during the colonization. He is a graduate from the University of Education Winneba, with a Bachelor's of Education. Kwofie taught in the public schools for four years and later took the risk and opted out to be an entrepreneur. In October 2012, he started BISMANN REMEDIAL COLLEGE in Tema to assist high school graduates who could not pass their mathematics and science examinations. He believed the public school system is static with no innovation and does not have a proper way assisting such students. He has employed over 30 people to date. He also served as the academic head of Smart View International School where he supervises, monitor progress, and offer workshops and training for staffs to meet modern education.

Kwofie was the HIV/AIDS coordinator from 2009-2012 when he was in the public school and is now currently the Assistant Marketing Manager of Builders of Today Associates (BOTAGHANA), a renewable energy company. From the experience gathered over the years, he has lectured entrepreneurship on a number of youth conference platforms. He is currently lecturing about entrepreneurship at the Harbour City Radio College and is also a visiting lecturer at the Builders of Today Professional College in Tema.

Peter Kwofie led a team to Sierra Leone for a two-day cross-border Free Market conference to create and educate the youths and students on economic freedom and entrepreneurship in November 2016. His effort has yielded the setting up of two pro-Liberty and free market organizations and others starting up businesses in Freetown through online coaching.

He is a regular policy analyst on Rainbow Radio in Accra, Eastern FM and Radio one in the Eastern part of the country using Libertarianism and its economic principles to buttress his submissions.  Kwofie is a co-founder of Tema Young Entrepreneurs (TYE), Young Women for Economics and Policy Advocacy (YWEPA) in SIERRA LEON and the Executive Director and president of the INSTITUTE FOR LIBERTY AND POLICY INNOVATION (ILAPI-GHANA).

Brad Lips
Brad Lips has served as Atlas Network's Chief Executive Officer since 2009, after previously acting as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 1998, Lips conducted equity research for Smith Barney Inc. and policy research for the Progress & Freedom Foundation. He co-founded an Internet startup (subsequently sold to DoubleDutch), after spending his first years out of college at an online service provider while writing for music magazines. Lips is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and chaired the Organizing Committee of its 2016 General Meeting in Miami. He is a member of the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust. His articles have appeared in The Daily Caller, National Review Online, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator, American Thinker, and RealClearPolitics. Lips speaks widely on free enterprise as a solution to poverty, and on the international freedom champions connected by Atlas Network. 

Leon Louw

Leon Louw is a well known South African personality who, for over a generation, has been active in diverse aspects of public life. He is credited with having had a significant impact on the course of events in South Africa, especially regarding the extensive economic reforms that took place during the last two decades of apartheid, and the inclusion of the property rights clause in the constitution. With his wife, Frances Kendall, he was nominated thrice for the Nobel Peace Prize for proposals made in their book South Africa: The Solution. Leon is the Executive Director of the Free Market Foundation.

Terry Markman

Terry Markman is a long standing member of the Free Market Foundation’s executive committee. He has been closely involved in many major FMF initiatives and programs including Project Transition which developed policies for the new constitution, Transport policy, The Liberty School which he started, The Energy Policy Unit and the Khaya Lam (My Home) Land Reform Project.

Johanna McDowell
Johanna McDowell is a member of the Board of the Free Market Foundation and the Managing Director of the Independent Agency Search and Selection Company. She has been a radio host and public speaker, with a great deal of expertise in marketing, advertising, branding, and public relations. Johanna has a High National Diploma in Business and Marketing from Twickenham College of Technology, a Diploma in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing, and a Retail Principals Diploma from the City and Guilds of London Institute, all from the United Kingdom. She was Chairwoman of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) World Congress in 2015.

Aboagye T. Mintah
Aboagye T. Mintah is a business development consultant with wide expertise in fundraising. He was until recently head of business development at IMANI Center for Policy and Education, a Ghana-based think tank and research institute dedicated to the promotion of the institutions of a free society throughout Africa. Aboagye played a key role in helping to shape the organization’s strategic business and fundraising focus. Aboagye currently applies his experience and and expertise of business development and fundraising acquired over the years to help other organizations develop a more robust fundraising system that helps them achieve their mission. He is a graduate of the Central University College Business School (Ghana) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing, where he also served as the vice president of the Central University Marketing Students Association from 2006-2007. Aboagye has also completed the second level of the Financial Securities Course offered by the Ghana Stock Exchange hence his deep understanding and passion for the African securities and financial markets.

Andrew M. Mwenda
Andrew M. Mwenda is an African journalist and entrepreneur. Currently he is the Managing Director of Independent Publications Limited, the publishers of The Independent, East Africa’s leading current affairs newsmagazine. He has also invested in schools, is involved in microfinance, mobile money and strategic communications. On top of sitting on the boards of some multi-national corporations in Africa, Mwenda also sits on the Presidential Advisory Committee of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

Mwenda obtained his undergraduate degree in journalism from Makerere University and his masters’ degree in development studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He has been a visiting fellow at Yale University, University of Oxford’s Said School of Business, a John Knight Fellow at Stanford Universityand a visiting fellow at the University of Leiden’s Africa Study Centre.

Mwenda has written and continues to write opinions and commentaries for Al Jezeera and CNN websites, for the New York Times, Foreign Policy and other international newspapers in Europe on top of producing radio and television documentaries for BBC. He has also authored and co-authored articles for international academic journals like Africa Affairs, Journal of Modern African Studies, Review of African Political Economy, Journal of Commonwealth Studies, Journal for Contemporary African Studies and the Journal of Democracy on top of publishing chapters in several books among others.

​Temba A Nolutshungu

Temba A Nolutshungu is a Director of the Free Market Foundation. As one of the pioneers of the black consciousness movement his inevitable collision with the apartheid state saw him traverse the ideological spectrum from an inveterate communist to an advocate of classical liberalism. Temba ascribes this metamorphosis to the fact that the apartheid state was omnipotent, dictating the lives of blacks from cradle to grave. Having been detained twice under the Terrorism Act, his resolve to be instrumental in limiting the power of government was strengthened by his immersion in the writings of Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell.  

Olumayowa Okediran

Olumayowa Okediran is a Nigerian socio-economic and political commentator, nonprofit consultant, and entrepreneur. Olumayowa’s articles and views on politics and economics have appeared in many prominent international newspapers, and his articles have been translated into French, Spanish and Portuguese. In 2013 he founded African Students For Liberty and is currently the African Programs Manager for Students For Liberty. He has spoken at dozens of universities and conferences around the world and is a co-author of the book Why Liberty: Your Life, Your Choices, Your Future. Olumayowa is a graduate of the Atlas Network Think Tank MBA.

Joshua Japeth Omojuwa
Joshua Japeth Omojuwa -- JJ. Omojuwa is the Chief Executive Officer, The Alpha Reach, a Digital Media Company operating from Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria. He is the editor of Africanliberty.org and has been at the forefront of promoting free market principles and human rights in Africa since 2011. He is a Nigerian Thought Leader and former lecturer (on Africa: Democratic prospects and challenges) at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. Japheth J Omojuwa was named on a list of Africa’s top “50 Movers and Shakers” by Switzerland’s Credit Suisse in 2015. He has been seen, read or heard on France 24, DW, Aljazeera, CNN, World Economic Forum, BBC etc.

As a speaker, JJ has participated in various economic, civil society and media development panels as well as at universities across several continents in several countries some of which include: London School of Economics, London, New York University, New York, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin etc. He was a delegate at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+ 20 in Brazil. He was a delegate at the Open Forum Conference at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre on the invitation of the Open Society in South Africa and has led panels organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Germany Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ, The African-German Foundation, The Association of African Ambassadors in Germany, West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI), amongst other local and international organisations. He was one of the speakers at the 2016 Antigua Forum in Central America. In August 2016, he participated in the United States Government’s flagship exchange programme, the International Visitors Leadership programme.

He serves on the Communication team of the African Union’s Democratic Governance Trends. He was a delegate at the Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy in 2013 and was on the inaugural panel on Africa at the Halifax International Security Forum, Halifax, Canada 2014. The Halifax Forum is considered the “Davos of International Security.” He is now a regular at the Halifax International Security Forum. He participated as a panelist at a side event during the 2013 United Nations General Assembly in New York where he spoke on the need to use data and facts as tools in activism and policy making in Africa. He tweets via @Omojuwa.

Piet le Roux

Piet le Roux is Academic Director at Akademia, a private higher education institute in South Africa. His involvements span education, research, economics, media and politics. He currently serves as member of council at the South African Institute of Race Relations; previous offices include member of council at Stellenbosch and member of the board of the Federation of Afrikaans Cultural Organisations. Before working at Akademia, Le Roux headed up research, news, and content at Solidarity, a trade union in South Africa. He frequently appears in the media as columnist, op-ed writer and studio guest. He studied economics at Stellenbosch University and at UNISA. He is a member of the Free Market Foundation and Ludwig von Mises Institute of South Africa. He is interested in blockchain and related technologies for their potential in non-state monetary and social coordination.

Rex van Schalkwyk

Rex van Schalkwyk is a former judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa and is the chairman of the Free Market Foundation’s Rule of Law Board of Advisers. Through various interventions, the Board seeks to influence the nature and content of laws and regulations, as well as the understanding of the essential meaning of the rule of law. Rex is the author of three books. The first is a novel. The second, One miracle is not enough, published in 1998, deals with the failures then already evident in the South African democracy. The third, titled, Panic for democracy, published in 2009, deals with the equivalent failures evident for many years (for those who cared to look) in the democracy of the United States.

Bright Simons
Bright Simons is the President of mPedigree, where he pioneered a system that allows consumers to instantly check whether products they buy are counterfeits or not by sending a free text message.

He is honorary director of development research at IMANI; a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Councils (on Data and development), Young Global Leaders, and Technology Pioneers Communities; a TED and Ashoka fellow; and a Brain Trust member of the Evian Group at IMD. He is a recipient of numerous awards, ranging from an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Award, Marie Curie and Commonwealth Vision Grants to a PPARC Scholarship in Gamma Ray Astronomy. Bright is consulted on innovation strategy by international organizations such as the World Bank, UNECA, USAID, and the Commonwealth; and is a member of the United Nations taskforce on innovative models in healthcare and the Lancet Commission on Sub-Saharan Africa. He has appeared on prime time BBC shows, been cited by the Economist magazine, and been profiled by MIT's Tech Review's as one of the world's most impressive visionaries under age 35.

Last year, Fortune Magazine named Bright in their 50 World’s Greatest Leaders list among other industry players like Apple & Amazon CEOs, Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos respectively and also Pope Francis.

Martin van Staden

Martin van Staden is a lawyer working as the Legal Researcher for the Free Market Foundation. He has served on the African Executive Board of Students For Liberty since 2015 and is currently its Academic Programmes Director for Southern Africa. Being a passionate writer, he is a Young Voices Advocate and the Editor in Chief of two online classical liberal publications, Being Libertarian and Rational Standard. Martin co-authored an FMF monograph on South African telecommunications policy and was a contributor to and editor of the Rational Standard book, Fallism: One Year of Rational Commentary. He has been interviewed on television and radio about public policy, law, and economics in South Africa.

David Steward
David Steward is Founding Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the FW de Klerk Foundation. The FW de Klerk Foundation supports and promotes the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the rule of law through the activities of the Centre for Constitutional Rights, promotes unity in diversity by working for cordial inter-community relations and national unity, and supports charities that care for disabled and disadvantaged children. David is former Ambassador to the United Nations and Chief of Staff to FW de Klerk while he was President.

Nathan Tjirimuje
Nathan Tjirimuje is the Founder of the Chevauchee Foundation. Prior to his work with the Chevauchee Foundation, Nathan started a water demand management solutions company that provides solutions to utilities and their large corporate consumers. He was motivated to found a classical liberal advocacy foundation because of the exposure his job gave him to government corruption and nepotism. He came to the conclusion that the only way out of this morass is to reduce the size of government and in turn open up opportunity for the people.