KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Ambassador Dr. Martin Kimani - Kenya

Dr. Kimani is Director of the National Counter Terrorism Center Kenya and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary serving as Kenya’s Permanent Representative and Head of Mission to the United Nations at Nairobi.

Magatte Wade - Founder and CEO of SkinIsSkin.com, Senegal

Magatte Wade is a serial entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and visionary business leader with a passion for creating positive change in Africa. She is the founder and CEO of SkinIsSkin.com, “the lipbalm with a mission,” and is dedicated to reducing rational discrimination while creating jobs and prosperity in her home country of Senegal. Throughout her career, she has created successful high-end retail brands inspired by diverse African traditions. She is a Forbes “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa”, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum at Davos, a TED Global Africa Fellow, and "Leading Woman in Wellness” award winner by the Global Wellness Summit. Wade also serves on the Advisory Board of the Whole Planet Foundation, of Whole Foods Market. She has written for The Guardian, HuffingtonPost.com, and Barron’s, and is a frequent speaker at business conferences and on college campuses, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, MIT, and the Wharton School of Business.

Wade believes that the “cheetah generation,” a new cohort of dynamic African entrepreneurs and professionals identified by Ghanian economist George Ayittey, will create local pathways for change that will shape the future of African prosperity. “Perhaps the most unique challenge we face is that the world has come to perceive that Africans themselves are not capable of creating prosperity—and require charity in order to survive,” she said. “This simply isn’t true. The combination of negative perceptions of Africans, combined with widespread ignorance regarding the need for economic freedom is a toxic combination.”

ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS

Ibrahim Moronfolu Adeniyi - Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Nigeria

Ibrahim Moronfolu Adeniyi is a young African that believes in the ideas of liberty, is an advocate of human rights and is pro-choice, and is a drug policy advocate with an interest in free markets which he regards as the precursor towards a stable economy. 

Lawson Bader - DonorsTrust, United States

Lawson R. Bader is president and CEO of DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund, public charities protecting the intent of donors who value limited government, free enterprise, and personal responsibility. Through their donor-advised fund, DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund have granted over $1 billion to liberty-minded groups in academia, public policy, the arts, civics, medical and scientific research, religion, and education. In addition to his foundation work, Lawson has more than 20 years of experience leading free-market research and advocacy groups, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Prior to joining the “liberty movement” he held numerous positions at SRI International, the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Pierson, Semmes & Finley. He is a current member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council and a former weekly columnist with Human Events. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wheaton College (IL) and The Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves on the governing boards of the Atlas Network, State Policy Network, Oakseed Ministries International and the Antigua Forum.

Evans Badu Boampong - Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation, Ghana

Evans Badu Boampong is the Vice-President and Director of Research at Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation, Ghana (ILAPI) and a graduate with BSC. in Applied Biology from the University for Development Studies, Ghana.  He has lectured Biology and Integrated Science in a number of schools. He lecturers at Dimension College and Brains College all in Accra. Evans is an Examiner with West African Examination Council in Ghana and a secretary to Tema Young Entrepreneurs. He is a graduate of Atlas Leadership Academy, Washington - USA. He is a speaker for several conferences on Entrepreneurship, Freedom, and Health. He is a social commentator and has skills and experience in the areas of leadership, public policy advocacy, health and scientific innovation.

Kofi Bentil - Lex Praxis Incorporated, Ghana

Mr. Kofi Bentil is a Lawyer, a Business Strategy Lecturer, and Consultant. He has lectured in Ashesi University, and the University of Ghana Business School, he holds many corporate training sessions each year in Business Strategy, Services Marketing and Management. Kofi is Senior Vice President and Policy Analyst with Imani Ghana, voted among the top think tanks in Africa and one of the leading Think Tanks in Ghana. Kofi is currently Managing Partner at Lex Praxis Inc. A law firm he founded. He continues to be a consultant with Bentil Consulting Limited. In 2005 he was honored by the World Bank with the Global Development Marketplace Award. In 2009 he was inducted into the Africa Leadership Network, part of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network. Previously, Kofi Managed Marketing and Business Strategy for I.T. Companies and was Business Development Manager for Enterprise Insurance, one of Ghana’s Largest Insurers. His professional interests range across Leadership, Policy and Governance, Law, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, I.CT. Project Management. He holds a B.A. in Geography and Resources Development, an MBA in Marketing and a second MBA in Think Tank Management, a Post Graduate LLB, and the QCL from the Ghana Law School.

Garreth Bloor - The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business, Canada

Garreth Bloor is President of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business, established to accelerate trade and investment between Canada and African markets through world-class networking events on a range of opportunities; including the African Continental Free Trade Agreement. He has collaborated with numerous think tanks, held elected office in South Africa and currently works on 6ix.com, a market-based start-up solution to improving access to investors in capital markets for businesses.

Lara Goldmark - Just Results, United States

Lara Goldmark is CEO of Just Results, a start-up designed to disrupt the international development industry. She was formerly Vice President for Economic Growth for DAI, Director of Private Sector Innovations for FHI 360, and private sector project team leader for the Inter-American Development Bank. Her 29-year career includes residence in Brazil, Morocco, and Costa Rica; short-term work in 20+ countries, and founding two companies prior to Just Results. Lara has taught Master’s courses at the Columbia and Johns Hopkins Universities and published books and articles on microfinance, workforce development, and jobs.

Alexander Hammond - Cato Institute, United Kingdom

Alexander C. R. Hammond is currently a Research Associate at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He is also a Senior Fellow at African Liberty and a contributor for Young Voices. Hammond often writes about economic freedom, African development, and global well-being. His works have been translated into multiple languages and have been featured in: Reason, National Interest, Washington Examiner, Newsweek, CapX, FEE, the Cato Institute website, and more. To keep up with his work you can follow him on Twitter @AlexanderHammo or visit his website: alexandercrhammond.com

Jerry L. Jordan - Association of Private Enterprise Education, United States

Jerry L. Jordan was President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland for eleven years, served as a Member of President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisors in the first 2 years, and also was a Member of the US Gold Commission.  He served as Chief Economist for two commercial banks and as Dean and Professor of economics at the University of New Mexico.  Jordan began his professional career at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, where his last position was Sr. Vice President and Director of Research.  Professionally, he is a Member of the Mont Pelerin Society and a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute.  Also, he is currently President of the Association for Private Enterprise Education and a past President and Director of the National Association of Business Economists.

Agatha Juma - Engage Kenya Limited, Kenya

Agatha is an experienced Public Private Dialogue Practitioner. She had dedicated the last 14 years to advocating for a conducive business environment for the private sector as a consultant for IFC/World Bank Group working on Public Private Dialogue and leading engagement between Private Sector and Government at the Kenya Private Sector Alliance and Kenya Tourism Federation A key part of her work involved communicating private sector positions, constraints and desires to senior government officials to influence policy and legislation that enhances the business environment hence allowing for job creation, investment and overall economic growth. 

In 2015, she co-founded Engage Kenya Limited to provide a platform for ordinary people to Inform. Inspire and Influence by sharing their stories and experiences. The platform was born out of a desire to encourage Africans to speak about their experiences and serve as local and relate-able inspiration and motivation. Through developing and coaching over 150 speakers from a diverse range of socio-economic demographics to give a voice to their thoughts, ideas and experiences for impact, Engage has helped them connect to a combined audience of over 2 million people at live events and online. She is currently spending a bulk of her time and energy on growing Engage and its impact. 


Agatha holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Management (B. Com), a postgraduate diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and certification on Private sector growth from Swedish Institute for Public Administration (SIPU). In September 2018, she successfully completed an Executive Leadership Program in Innovative and Creative Leadership at the THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam.  She is certified by Toastmasters International as a competent communicator.

Linda Kavuka Kiguhi - African Students for Liberty, Kenya

Linda Kavuka Kiguhi is the African Programs Manager at Students For Liberty International (SFL). Linda holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Nairobi and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. Linda was admitted to the Bar in Kenya in 2016 and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She practiced law in Kenya at Muma and Kanjama Advocates between 2015 and 2017 before joining SFL staff. Linda began promoting the ideas of liberty actively in 2013 after joining SFL’s Charter Teams Program, the then volunteer entry program for students outside of US and Europe. She is among the team of young professionals who assisted in growing the student libertarian movement in Africa with her focus in the Eastern African Countries currently with presence in over 20 countries in Africa. Linda has been invited to speak at several Libertarian and Free Market conferences in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, USA, Nigeria and Burundi. Linda has represented Students For Liberty in partner projects including the Fostering Issue Based Political Dialogue Towards 2017 General Elections in Kenya August 2016 to November 2017 on invitation by Liberal Alliance Denmark, representing the youth interest. She was also part of the team that organized and hosted the 10 day Principles of Free Markets Colloquium in Abuja Nigeria, for 90 Fellows brought together by the North East Regional Initiative in April 2018. Linda was featured in the Atlas Networks Freedom Champions Magazine, Winter Edition 2018 as the Alumni in Focus in honor of her work advocating for the ideas of liberty and free markets in Africa.

Edwin N. Kimani - Avikele Services, Kenya

Edwin N. Kimani is a practicing lawyer in East Africa passionate about socio-economic development. He holds an LLM in International Trade and Investment from the University of Nairobi. He is passionate about trade and enterprise in Africa and has spent time advising and publishing articles on various issues regarding African trade and enterprise. He has also engaged communities, government, donors and investors in different capacities and on different assignments.

June Arunga Kimani - Usafi Comfort, Kenya

June Arunga Kimani is an entrepreneur in film production, mobile payments software platforms, and most recently in sanitation. Her new company Usafi Comfort, is currently positioning itself to bring to market, in Kenya and East Africa, affordable, mass-market alternatives to traditional sewer systems, for dwellings located off the sewer infrastructure. In 2007, June became a founding partner of Black Star Line, a Ghana-based technology solution provider in the fields of cell phone-based payments and money transfer with a strong focus on the African market. These efforts, among others, led to her recognition in 2010 as one of the ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’ by Fast Company Magazine. In 2011 she was named by Forbes Magazine as one of its 20 Youngest Powerful Women in Africa. For the last decade, June has combined her business pursuits with public policy advocacy as a strong supporter of policies that promote technologies that positively transform intra-African trade, migration, and secure property rights for wealth creation in Africa. She has contributed to a number of notable television programs including two globally broadcast BBC documentaries: one featuring her Cairo-to-Cape Town journey that covered conflict and business, and another on her fourteen-day road trip across Africa with Jerry Rawlings, former president of Ghana, having an intergenerational dialogue between herself and four African heads of state on why the continent is poor and what can be done to uplift its people in the future. She is a University of Buckingham law graduate.

John Mustapha Kutiyote - Students' Organization for Liberty and Entrepreneurship, South Sudan

John Mustapha Kutiyote is the Executive Director/Founder of Students’ Organization for Liberty and Entrepreneurship. He holds a bachelor degree and a diploma in Business Administration and an advanced certificate in Public Administration and Community Service. He believes that pursuing and advancing a free, peaceful and entrepreneurial society in South Sudan are his purposes in life as a libertarian!

Brad Lips - Atlas Network, United States

Brad Lips is the chief executive officer of Atlas Network, which increases opportunity and prosperity by strengthening a global network of independent civil society organizations that promote individual freedom and remove barriers to human flourishing. In the decade since he became CEO, the budget of Atlas Network has more than doubled and the scope of its programs has extended worldwide. Lips is a member of the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust. He serves on the boards of directors of the American Friends of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Institute of Economic Studies—Europe. As a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, Lips chaired the Organizing Committee of its General Meeting in 2016. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 1998, Lips co-founded an Internet start-up, conducted equity research for Smith Barney, Inc., and worked in a policy research capacity for the Progress & Freedom Foundation. He has spoken on five continents on solutions to poverty, and his work has been published in Regulation, National Review Online, Investor's Business Daily, The Daily Caller, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator, American Thinker, and RealClearPolitics. Lips received his MBA from the Giozueta Business School of Emory University and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. Brad lives with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children in Falls Church, Virginia.  

Leon Louw - Free Market Foundation, South Africa

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 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.

Phumlani Majozi - Free Market Foundation, South Africa

Phumlani is an opinion writer at News24, South Africa’s leading news website, writing on politics and economics. His other writings have been published in the City Press, BizNews, African Liberty and Politicsweb. In June 2018, he became a Senior Fellow at AfricanLiberty.org – where he specializes on African politics and economics. He sits on the board of two organizations: Free Market Foundation South Africa and Organization Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA). He’s also a member of the Council of the South African Institute of Race Relations.

Aimable Manirakiza - Center for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, Burundi

Aimable Manirakiza is Founder and Chief Executive Director of Center for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes; Member of the Executive Committee of SFL in Africa. He is a former student of the Think Tank Navigator and others program at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in the United States and holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and another bachelor's degree in International Relations at the University of Bujumbura. He is currently a Master's candidate in the Faculty of International Business Law at the same university. Aimable began to actively promote the ideas of liberty in 2015 after joining SFL's leadership in Africa as Local Coordinator of the ASFL as well as those of Europe and US and Country Director of SFL Burundi. He is part of the team of young professionals who contributed to the growth of libertarian student movement in Francophone Africa especially in the Great Lakes African region. In 2015, he founded Students For Liberty Burundi and made it a regional non-profit organization by founding Students For Liberty Rwanda, Students For Liberty Democratic Republic of Congo and the Students For Liberty Francophone platform, engaging more than 50 volunteers and affecting more than 2,000 individuals a year. He works as Regional Director of SFL in Francophone Africa especially in Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was nominated as Student of the Year 2017 by Students For Liberty in the United States of America in 2017, an award that Students for Liberty considers to be the "Best SFL Leader Award in the World".

Melissa Mann - Atlas Network, United States

Melissa Mann joined Atlas Network as Director of Partnerships in 2018 and became the Vice President of Communications in 2019. Prior to joining Atlas Network, Melissa spent seventeen years as Director of Development at Reason Foundation, a public policy and media organization that advances a free society by developing, applying, and promoting libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law. She is a 2016 graduate of Atlas Network’s Think Tank MBA program. Melissa received a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College in Los Angeles and did graduate work in public policy and law at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken and Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, both in what was then West Germany. From her home in Los Angeles, Melissa spends her free time reading liberty-themed non-fiction; doing voiceovers for commercials, videogames, and telephone answering systems; and chasing peacocks around her backyard.

Joyce Mbogo - Ladies of Liberty Alliance, Kenya

Joyce Mbogo is the President and Co-founder, Ladies Of Liberty Alliance, Kenya Social Chapter. Ladies of Liberty Alliance (LOLA) is a network of independent, libertarian women leaders who are dedicated to spreading the ideas of individual liberty and free markets. She is also the African Student For Liberty, Regional Coordinator for Leadership and Recruitment, Eastern Africa Region. She holds a degree in History and International Relations from Egerton University, Kenya. Joyce joined the Liberty movement in 2017 after attending SFL event where she met Linda Kavuka and Winfred Nduati among other liberal minds who have been her key mentors in the liberty movement. Since then, she developed interest in classical liberal ideas and became passionate in spreading the ideas of liberty in Kenya and beyond. Mbogo Joyce is a Research Assistant at Trends and Insights For Africa (TIFA), an African based full market research company based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is very curious, adventures and aspires to be a guru in research, a great wife and mother. She is also a football fanatic, Manchester United being her favorite team.

Immaculée Mukazayire - Centre For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, Rwanda

Immaculate Mukazayire is a Rwandan journalist and blogger. She graduated from Mount Kenya University with a Bachelor's degree in Communication (Mass Communication). She was the editor-in-chief of a Christian site Ibyishimo.com. In February 2016, she began her career as a journalist of opinion as a freelancer for Izuba Rirashe, one of the leading Rwandan newspapers of that time. In early 2017, the launch of its own online journal Ubumwe (www.ubumwe.com) deals with social issues, opinions and investigations. As a result, she became one of eight women journalists who own their own newspapers in Rwanda. Also in 2017, she reported online for Redeemed Gospel Church Rwanda services on their website www.abacunguwe.org, every Wednesday and Sunday. Since 2018, she joined the team of the Center for Development and Enterprises Rwanda as a blogger where she defends the principles of a free society on behalf of CDE Rwanda.

Bitange Ndemo - University of Nairobi, Kenya

Bitange Ndemo is a professor at the University of Nairobi's School of Business and Chairman Distributed Ledgers and Artificial Intelligence, Government of Kenya.

Mehmet N'Diaye - Audace Institut Afrique, Côte d'Ivoire

Mehmet N'Diaye is the Chairman & CEO of BlackPearl, an investment banking boutique firm based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. He arranged the financial structuring of the new ecological city project of 40,000 housing units for real estate developer Opes Holding, for a total cost of € 400 Million, which began in September 2019. With BlackPearl, he also co-arranged the raising of more than € 1 Billion, on behalf of the State of Cote d'Ivoire, for projects in infrastructure, education and sanitation.

Mehmet has particular expertise in Structured Finance, Trading, Investment and Economic Intelligence.

Mehmet holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Economic Intelligence (MSIE) from the Ecole de Guerre Economique (EGE) in Paris, an Executive Certificate in Radical Innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, A Certificate in Housing Finance for Sub-Saharan Africa from the University of Cape Town, in partnership with the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania), and a Bachelor of Honors in Mathematics and Actuarial Science, minor in Finance from Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta, USA. United States

Winfred Nduati - African Students for Liberty, Kenya

Winfred Nduati is a young, energetic and enthusiastic lady who currently has a background in event planning and management, youth advocacy, mobilization and public speaking. She joined Students For Liberty in 2016 where she began her libertarian journey as a National Coordinator for Kenya. In 2017, during the general elections, she served as a project assistant under SFL on a project dubbed Issue based Political dialogues where they were successful in reaching out to over 700 youths within the country. This project was in partnership with Kenya Alliance of Manufacturers, Eastern Africa Policy Center and Liberal Alliance in Denmark. In both 2017 and 2018, she was nominated as a global top leader in the Liberty Conference that took place in Washington DC, USA. She currently serves as the regional director for Eastern Africa and one of the co-founders of Ladies of Liberty Alliance, Kenya.

Rejoice Ngwenya - Coalition for Market and Liberal Solutions (COMALISO), Zimbabwe

Rejoice Ngwenya is a founder and director of Coalition for Market and Liberal Solutions (COMALISO) a liberal think that promotes free markets and property rights Zimbabwe. He is a product of Cato University where he studied Philosophy, History, Jurisprudence, and Economics of Liberty; also offers freelance consultancy for the liberal Friedrich Naumann Foundation Zimbabwe who facilitate workshops for non-profit organisations, business associations, policy makers and students on the different tenets of liberal ideology.  He is an activist who writes extensively on matters of freedom and individual rights.

Evancy Exaudy Nkya - Liberty Sparks, Tanzania

He is a young-motivated development practitioner with strong leadership abilities. He has spent years working with African Students for Liberty, Uhuru Initiatives for Policy and Education, business personalities, Organizations and other key development stakeholders. He is currently a Founder and Executive Director of Liberty Sparks and Executive Board Member with African Students for Liberty in Tanzania. He is a risk taker who embraces the core values of equality for all, individual rights, integrity, and growth. In 2017, he was selected as one among the top 50 global leaders with Students for Liberty. He joined the liberty movement following a conference by Students and Young Professional African Liberty Academy (SYPALA) in August 2010, and co-founded the African Liberty Students Organization-University of Dodoma Chapter serving as Secretary-General. He also served as Chairperson for Youths of the United Nations (YUNA) Dodoma chapter in 2011. Evans speaks, trains and organizes various Liberty events in Tanzania and outside. Evans aspires to become a salient international development practitioner advocating for economic, social and environmental well-being for all.

Temba A. Nolutshungu - Free Market Foundation, South Africa

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.

Japheth Omojuwa - Alpha Reach, Nigeria

JJ. Omojuwa is the founder and Chief Strategist at The Alpha Reach, one of Nigeria’s foremost Digital Media companies. He is the author of fast selling book, Digital: The New Code of Wealth, a book that outlines the opportunities in the digital economy and how far Africa has come on that front. Omojuwa is on the board of several companies and organisations, including the Convention on Business Integrity (CBi) founded by Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and the Kashim Ibrahim Fellows, Nigeria’s foremost fellowship programme. A renowned International speaker, he has addressed audiences across all of Africa’s regions, and Europe, North, South and Central America. He is a regular delegate at the Halifax International Security Forum. Omojuwa is often listed amongst Africa’s most influential people by reputable organisations and media houses, including Credit Suisse’s The Bulletin. He is now pursuing an MSc in Behaviour Change at the prestigious University College, London (UCL) having won the Chevening Scholarship for that purpose.

Olumayowa Okediran - African Students for Liberty, Nigeria

Olumayowa Okediran is the Managing Director of African Liberty and Director of International Programs at Students For Liberty. He also serves as the West Africa Policy Fellow at the South African Institute of Race Relations and Founding Partner at the War Room Associates. His views have been translated into 16 languages.

Kwame Owino - Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya), Kenya

Kwame Owino is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya), a think tank that carries out research and public dialogue on public affairs affecting Kenya and the region. Prior to taking the present office in 2010, he was the programme officer responsible for research and policy dialogue on topical issues in Kenya’s economy together with specific work on economic regulation.  During the work at the IEA-Kenya, Kwame Owino has been involved in the two most recent scenario-building projects that the institution initiated and completed. He continues to appreciate the versatility of scenarios thinking in a wide range of areas for both public and private sector. His main research interests include employment, energy, education and regional integration, all areas of public affairs in which the application of futures thinking is gaining currency in Kenya.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer - Atlas Network, United States

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.

Li Zhao Schoolland - Acton Institute, United States

Li Zhao Schoolland is Director of External Relations—Asia Pacific for the Acton Institute and the Founder of TFT Events. She is an independent educator, writer, translator, and event organizer and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Mrs. Schoolland survived 26 years through the horrors of Mao’s regime in China. This motivated her to a lifetime of promoting freedom and liberty globally through the organization of Austrian economics and entrepreneurship conferences and summer camps over two decades in Eastern Europe, Asia/Pacific, and North Africa. She arranges translation and publication of libertarian literature in China and coaches parents in raising liberty-minded youth. 

Manali Shah - Independent Facilitator, India

Manali Shah is an independent facilitator based in Delhi, India. She loves creating spaces for genuine connect. She facilitates a reconnect to purpose and co-creation of strategies to live that purpose more fully. She works with Atlas Network as the lead facilitator for its regional trainings in Asia and Africa. Previously having worked with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Delhi, she now works as a moderator for their 12 day long workshops on education policies and strengthening NGOs. Her journey with the liberal movement began as a college student in 2000 when she attended a student course run by Centre for Civil Society. She joined CCS thereafter for over seven years in running programs, operations, and human resources.

Vale Sloane - Atlas Network, United States

Vale Sloane started at Atlas Network in 2016 as the Institute Relations and Programs Manager. He participated in the Charles Koch Institute's Koch Associate Program in 2016-2017. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Vale attended the University of Sydney where he received his bachelor's of international and global studies (2013) and bachelor's of laws (2015). He worked in Australian politics throughout college and after graduation, including on local and national election campaigns between 2009-2015. Vale has also worked in the private sector as Business Development Manager at an eLearning company prior to joining Atlas Network. He lives in Arlington, Va., and enjoys reading, traveling, and watching Netflix.

John Mugabi Socrates - Action for Liberty and Economic Development, Uganda

John Mugabi Socrates is a committed advocate of a free market and individual liberty in Uganda and Africa atlarge .In 2013 while at Kyambogo University in Uganda,he came across the book titled "Road to Serfdom" by F.Hayek and a CD for ideas of free society which increased my thirsty for deeper understanding of what makes a society free and prosperous. In 2015,he founded Students for Liberty-Uganda  under which 16 chapters were launched in different Universities and Colleges.In 2016,Mugabi launched the first and only libertarian free market think tank in Uganda called Action for Liberty and economic development (ALED).As the director of ALED,he as appeared on many media channels giving free market alternative to socialist policies which put barriers to opportunity and prosperity.He organises conferences, essays, debates ,quiz and policy forums in defense of rule of law,property rights and free market in Uganda.

Roy Spencer - Conscious Capitalism, United States

Roy started his contracting business, Perma-Seal Basement Systems in 1979 with only $1,700 in the bank and an F150 Ford pickup truck. Today, 40 years later, Roy is still running that business that has since grown to over 80 trucks and nearly 200 employees. He credits his success to his early commitment to hard work work, ethical treatment of his clients and employees, and maintaining a long term decision making process. In addition to being the president and visionary of Perma-Seal, Roy serves on the executive board of the Chicagoland and Northern Illinois Better Business Bureau and is chairman of the Chicago chapter of Conscious Capitalism.

Martin van Staden - Free Market Foundation, South Africa

Martin van Staden is the Head of Legal Policy and Research at the Free Market Foundation in South Africa. He is presently pursuing a Master of Laws degree at the University of Pretoria. A passionate writer, Martin is the Editor in Chief of the Being Libertarian group of publications which encompasses BeingLibertarian.com, RationalStandard.com, and Think-Liberty.com. Martin is also the co-author and editor of various books, and most recently had his first solo book, The Constitution and the Rule of Law: An Introduction, published in February 2019. He has presented evidence before the Parliament of South Africa and appeared in multiple local and international media, including Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, and Townhall. Martin served on the African Executive Board of Students For Liberty between August 2015 and August 2018.

Dr. Lyall Swim - Atlas Network, United States

Dr. Lyall Swim is the vice president of training and events at Atlas Network. In his role, Lyall provides leadership for the entire suite of Atlas Network training offerings. For the past 17 years, he has engaged with more than 20,000 adult learners in dozens of organizations around the world. His focus has been to build increased leadership and operational capacity and enable organizations to successfully navigate various forms of change. He is a sought after speaker on ethics, leadership, innovation adoption, and education innovation. As the director of operations for Sutherland Institute, Lyall helped lead a redesign of the organization that enabled the Institute to better leverage the strengths of each staff member and increase the profile and influence of the Institute in Utah. Lyall holds a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in organization leadership from Pepperdine University. He also holds a bachelor’s in communications and an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University. His research and writing on leadership, ethics, education reform, adult learning, and innovation adoption have been published in a range of peer-reviewed journals and various local and national outlets. Above all, Lyall enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three teenage children.

Monia Wakana - Centre For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, Burundi

Founder of the Ladies of Liberty Alliance in Burundi, Rwanda and the DRC, Monia Wakana is a member of the Executive Committee of SFL Africa. Passionate about a free and prosperous society, Monia began to actively promote freedom ideas in 2016 after joining the SFL club of Bujumbura University of Light. She is part of the team that has contributed to the growth of the freedom movement in the Great Lakes region.

Monia represented Students For Liberty as part of partnership projects with Network for A Free Society aimed at removing obstacles to prosperity and opportunities in Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2016. She also represented SFL in 2016 in the book promotion project "The Morality of Capitalism" of Dr. Tom G. Palmer in Burundi.

Currently, she is responsible for events at the Centre For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes.