Thursday, February 18, 2016
17:00           Registration
             
18:00           Welcome & Opening Address
           

Welcome by Tricia Yeoh, Institute for Democracy & Economic Affairs, Malaysia
Opening Address by Baishali Bomjan, Centre for Civil Society, India
Keynote Address: "Asia Liberty Rising" by Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Atlas Network, U.S.

19:00           Networking Activity (Quiz)
            Hosted by Baishali Bomjan, Centre for Civil Society & Tricia Yeoh, IDEAS
             
20:00           Dinner
             
22:00           Close
Friday, February 19, 2016
8:30           Registration
             
9:00           Speed Networking
            A great Liberty Forum tradition! In a "speed dating" format, you will quickly meet new freedom champions and hear new perspectives. A great way to expand your contacts and experience the diversity of Atlas Network's worldwide partners.
Hosted by Azrul Mohd Khalib, Institute for Democracy & Economic Affairs, Malaysia
             
10:00           Welcome and Keynote Address
            Welcome by Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Institute for Democracy & Economic Affairs, Malaysia
Opening address by Siegfried Herzog, FNF, Southeast Asia
             
10:20           Panel Discussion — Faces of Freedom in Asia
            Wonderful things are happening in Asia; there are reasons to be hopeful about the liberty movement in our hemisphere. In this special panel, we'll introduce you to some of the best and brightest of Atlas Network's partners and let them tell you their stories face to face.
Chaired by Rainer Heufers, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies, Indonesia
           
  • Baladevan Rangaraju, India Institute, India
  • Dhananath Fernando, Advocata Institute, Sri Lanka
  • Noor Amin Ahmad, LEAD, Malaysia
  • Basanta Adhikari, Bikalpa, Nepal
  • Rishi Kochhar, Amritsar Policy Group, India
  • Xiong Yue, Babel Institute, China
12:45           Lunch
13:15          
Documentary Screening: Poverty, Inc.
Hosted by Kris Mauren, Acton Institute, U.S.
             
14:30           Concurrent Breakout Sessions
            1. TPP, TTIP, RCEP, AEC, and other trade deals: are they really good for developing countries?
Chaired by Julian Morris, Reason Foundation, U.S.
           
  • Razeen Sally, LKYSPP, Singapore
  • Sethaput Suthiward-Narueput, Thailand Future Foundation
  • Vivek Dehejia, IDFC Institute, India
            2. Using Networks for Leveraging Influence — successful collaborations with new partners
Chaired by Siegfried Herzog, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Southeast Asia
           
  • Robin Sitoula, Samriddhi — The Prosperity Foundation, Nepal
  • Parth J. Shah, Centre for Civil Society, India
  • Lorenzo Montanari, International Property Rights Index, U.S.
            3. Enterprise Solutions to Poverty: From Thought to Action
Chaired by Jonathan Moody, PovertyCure, U.S.
           
  • Kris Mauren, Acton Institute, US
  • Ate Ruth, Center for Community Transformation (CCT) Group of Ministries, Philippines
  • Jon Borde, Hands of Freedom, India
16:00           Break
             
16:30           Concurrent Breakout Sessions
            1. The Role of Internet: Challenges to Liberty Online
Chaired by Ruben Dieckhoff, FNF, Southeast Asia
           
  • Premesh Chandran, Malaysiakini, Malaysia
  • Syed S. Kazi, Digital Empowerment Foundation, India
  • Andy Budiman, Serikat Jurnalisuntuk Keberagaman (SEJUK)
            2. Liberty in the Muslim World
Chaired by Wan Saiful Wan Jan, IDEAS, Malaysia
           
  • Maszlee Malik, Istanbul Network
  • Farouk Musa, Islamic Renaissance Front
  • Ali Salman, PRIME, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Iskan, Suarakebebasan.org, Indonesia
            3. Scaling Liberty Through Academia
Chaired by Daniel Green, Templeton Foundation, U.S.
           
  • Ken Schoolland, International Society for Individual Liberty, U.S.
  • Madhusudan Raj, Veer Narmad South Guarat University, India
  • Baishail Bomjan, Centre for Civil Society, India
  • Kim Chung Ho, Freedom Factory Ltd., South Korea
             
18:00           Break
             
20:00           Freedom Dinner
            Hosted by Baishali Bomjan, Centre for Civil Society, India
           
  • Peace, Love, Liberty!
  • Freedom Toast by Parth J. Shah, Centre for Civil Society, India
  • Regional Liberty Awards hosted by Stephanie Giovanetti, Atlas Network, U.S.
    The 2016 Regional Liberty Awards recognize think tank within the Atlas Network that have made important contributions to improving the landscape for enterprise and entrepreneurship in their regions.
  • Dinner at 21:00
22:30           Close
Saturday, February 20, 2016
8:30           Registration
             
8:45           Documentary Screening: India Awakes
            India Awakes is an uplifting and joyous new public television documentary, produced by Free To Choose Network, depicting how previously marginalized populations are benefiting from free-market reforms. Watch the trailer here.
            Hosted by Barun Mitra, Liberty Institute, India
             
10:00           Break
             
10:15           Panel Discussion: Political Changes across Asia — Are We Better or Worse Off?
            Chaired by: TBD
           
  • Rajesh Jain, Free A Billion, India
  • Dato' Steven CM Wong, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia
  • Kriengsak Chareonwongsak, Institute of Future Studies for Development, Thailand
  • Rohan Samarajiva, LirneAsia, Sri Lanka
11:45           Break
             
12:00           Concurrent Breakout Sessions
            1. The Chinese Financial Crises and Their Impact on Asia
Chaired by Cris Lingle, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala
           
  • Dr. Carmelo Ferlito, IDEAS Senior Fellow
  • Andrew Shuen, Lion Rock Institute, Hong Kong
  • Li Weisen, Fudan University, China
  • Mao Shoulong, Renmin University, China
            2. Measuring Policy Change: Why Indices Matter?
Chaired by Ron Manners, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation
           
  • Tricia Yeoh, Institute for Democracy & Economic Affairs, Malaysia
  • Manoj Mathew, Centre for Civil Society, India
  • Arpita Nepal, Samriddhi — The Prosperity Foundation, Nepal
  • Ali Salman, Policy Research Institute for Market Economy, Pakistan
            3. Private School Revolution in Asia
Chaired by Terry Kibbe, Rising Tide Foundation, U.S.
           
  • Ekta Sodha, Sodha Schools, India
  • Muhammad Adi Rahman, CIPS, Indonesia
  • Rohan Joshi, National Independent Schools Alliance, India
13:30           Lunch & Elevator Pitch Competition
            Twenty graduates from the Think Tank Start-up Training will each deliver a one-minute pitch to the audience. The winner, decided by audience voting, will receive USD $500 prize money.
            Hosted by Cindy Cerquitella, Atlas Network, U.S.
             
15:00           Concurrent Breakout Sessions
            1. Protecting Yourself Against Daylight Robbery — Current Challenges to Property Rights
            Chaired by: TBD
           
  • Barun Mitra, Liberty Institute, India
  • Kriengsak Chareonwongsak, Institute of Future Studies for Development, Thailand
  • Julian Morris, Reason Foundation, U.S.
  • Lorenzo Montanari, international Property Rights Index, U.S.
            2. The Rhetoric of Liberty — Shaping Opinions & Changing Mindsets in Challenging Environments
            Chaired by Eamonn Butler, Adam Smith Institute, UK
           
  • Khalid Ramizy, Silk Road Online Radio & TV, Afghanistan
  • Li Schoolland, TFT Events, China
  • Muhammad Ikhsan, Suarakebebasan.org, Indonesia
            3. Building Evidence for Policy Change — Paper Presentations from Liberating Asian Enterprise Grant
Chaired by Laura Liu, Atlas Network, U.S.
           
  • Tamanna Patel, Pubic Procurement in FTAs: The Challenges for Malaysia, IDEAS, Malaysia
  • Akash Shrestha, Cost of Firing, Samriddhi — The Prosperity Foundation, Nepal
  • Dr. D. Dhanuraj, Liberalizing Liquor Trade in India, Centre for Public Policy Research, India
             
16:30           Break
             
16:15           Mentors Roundtable and “Un-Conference”
            "Mentors Roundtable" is a chance for in-person mentorship opportunities unlike any other. Leaders of our movement will each host a table on his or her area of expertise and answer your questions. Delegates have to sign up in advance for spaces. A sign-up sheet will be available at the registration desk.
            "Un-Conference" brings a workshop atmosphere to the traditional policy conference. Rather than listening to lectures, attendees and presenters work together with the help of a trained facilitator to take think tank projects to new levels of ambition and effectiveness.
18:30           Break
             
19:00           Registration
             
20:00           IDEAS 6th Anniversary Celebration & Dinner
           
  • Welcoming Remarks from IDEAS President
  • Short video produced by IDEAS
  • Presentation of Annual Report by Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Institute for Democracy & Economic Affairs, Malaysia
  • Speech by a Malaysian guest of honor about Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, former Prime Minister of Malaysia
  • Cultural show (dance & music)
23:00           Close