Atlas Network's 2018 Asia Liberty Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia, was co-hosted by the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies.

More than 200 people from 30 countries gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia from February 10-11 for Asia Liberty Forum 2018. Hosted by Atlas Network with local co-host the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS), the conference featured several thought-provoking breakout sessions examining the trajectory of liberty, property rights, and technology in the region and speeches by prominent business, think tank, and civil society leaders. Atlas Network would like to thank the support of the Smith Family Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, the Freda Utley Foundation, and other generous supporters for making Asia Liberty Forum 2018 possible.

The winner of the 2018 Elevator Pitch competition, where participants of the training are given just 60 seconds to persuade the audience of the importance of their work, was Ma Junjie, acting director and project researcher at Unirule Institute of Economics (China) He won $250 for his winning pitch. The winner of the 2018 Think Tank Shark Tank – Asia competition was Dhananath Fernando, chief operating officer at Advocata Institute (Sri Lanka), for his Removing Protectionism Taxes in Construction Industry project pitch. Fernando won $10,000 in seed funding for his organization’s project. The winner of the 2018 $3,000 Asia Liberty Award was Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization for its Silk Road Station project. Accepting the award was Khalid Ramizy, general director of AELSO.

Read more about the 2018 Asia Liberty Forum here. And save the date for #AsiaLF19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka in February 2019, where it will be co-hosted by Advocata Institute.

The Asia Liberty Forum brings together friends of the freedom movement across Asia to discuss challenges facing the region and to learn from one another how to most effectively advance free-market reforms.

Atlas Network's Asia Liberty Forum 2018 is co-hosted by Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) in Indonesia and will take place at the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta hotel. 

You will learn from distinguished speakers and participate in interactive sessions to strengthen civil society efforts to move public policy in the direction of greater freedom. At the closing dinner, Atlas Network will announce the winners of its Regional Liberty Awards, which celebrate the most successful projects by Atlas Network partners.    

Asia Liberty Forum will include two full days of programming on Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11. Registration opens at 8:00 on Saturday, February 10.

Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #AsiaLF18. 

Major sponsorship for Atlas Network's Regional Liberty Forums generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation.

If you have any questions about the event, contact Sherry Romello at You may also contact Sara Sihaloho who is based in Indonesia at


Asia Liberty Forum will take place at the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta hotel.

Mandarin Oriental Jakarta Address: Jalan M.H. Thamrin, ID-JK 10310, Indonesia

Mandarin Oriental Jakarta Phone Number:  +62 21 29938888

Make your hotel reservation at the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta:

The discounted rate at the at the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta starts from $155 for a Superior room with single/double occupancy. To make your reservation please click here and use ALF18 as the special promo code.

Distance from Jakarta international airport to the hotel is around 32 km and we suggest you arrange an airport pick-up by the hotel using a premium taxi for $32. In a decent traffic condition the traveling time is about 45 minutes, but may vary.

Dress code

Dress is business casual for the Asia Liberty Forum conference. Dress for the Asia Freedom Dinner on Sunday, February 11 is black tie optional or cocktail attire, traditional dress encouraged.