KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Tom Palmer, Atlas Network, USA

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 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. 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.

Parth J Shah, Centre for Civil Society, India

Parth is founder president of the Centre for Civil Society. His research and advocacy work have focused on the themes of economic freedom (law, liberty and livelihood campaign), choice and competition in education (fund students, not schools), property rights approach for the environment (terracotta vision of stewardship), and good governance (new public management and the duty to publish). He has published extensively in international and Indian journals, on various topics from currency regulation to education policy. Parth holds a PhD in Economics from Auburn University and taught economics at the University of Michigan before returning to India to start CCS. He has edited several publications including Morality of Markets, Friedman on India, Profiles in Courage: Dissent on Indian Socialism, Do Corporations have Social Responsibility?, and co-edited Law, Liberty, and Livelihood, The Terracotta Reader, and Agenda for Change.

Amit Varma, India Uncut, India

Amit Varma is a writer based in Mumbai, India. He has written for publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Observer and all leading Indian newspapers. He won the Bastiat Prize for Journalism in 2007 and 2015, and was the first person to win it twice. He was a TED Fellow in 2009, and was named one of the 50 Most Powerful People in India by Business Week magazine that year. He is perhaps best known for his blog, India Uncut, which takes an uncompromising libertarian look at a country that desperately needs more freedom.

ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS

Baishali Bomjan, Centre for Civil Society, India

Baishali leads the Centre for Civil Society's development and strategy planning. She has previously led the Centre’s Academy and Communication and PR efforts and has designed and managed international and national conferences, training programs, certificate courses for journalists and edited several publications of the Centre. She also leads Atlas Network’s annual conference of market liberals, the Asia Liberty Forum which brings together over 250 think tank leaders, scholars, activists and students who are advancing liberty in their home country or region. Having worked in the development sector and the print media in Nepal and India, her work profile includes serving as the Director of Nuns Welfare Foundation of Nepal, and Associate Editor of Nepal's leading business and women's magazines. She holds an MSc in Ecology and Ethology from the University of North Bengal, India, Think Tank MBA from Atlas Leadership Academy and is especially interested in project incubation and strategic planning.

Luis Miranda, Centre for Civil Society, India

Luis is Chairman of CORO and Centre for Civil Society. He is Advisor to the Nadathur Group. Luis has been involved in setting up 2 companies - HDFC Bank and IDFC Private Equity. Luis spends his time these days connecting the dots, using his network to help the organisations he is connected with. He is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Chicago Booth and writes a blog for Forbes India. Luis received an MBA from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Rajesh Jain, Free a Billion, India

Rajesh Jain is a serial tech and political entrepreneur. He is the Founder- Managing Director of Mumbai-based Netcore Solutions, India’s leading provider of digital real-time communications and marketing solutions for enterprises via email and mobile. He is the founder of Niti (New Initiatives to Transform India), a key organization that had worked in the 2014 elections campaign of the present Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rajesh is an alumnus of IIT-Bombay and Columbia University (electrical engineering).). Rajesh has also founded Free A Billion (FAB), a not-for-profit that aims to mobilize popular demand for policy reforms that foster individual freedom, freer markets, effective rule of law, and growing prosperity for all.

Cindy Cerquitella, Atlas Leadership Academy, USA

Cindy Cerquitella is Director of Atlas Leadership Academy at Atlas Network. She develops training programs, both online and in person to serve the needs of the Atlas Network. Prior to joining the Atlas Network in 2006, she worked part-time as the Director of Programs, planning events for Americas Future Foundation. She graduated from Hillsdale College, where she received a BA in Political Economy. Prior to attending Hillsdale, Cindy spent four years in Budapest, Hungary where her parents ran an International Christian School.

Li Zhao Schoolland, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, USA

Li Zhao Schoolland is the Founder of TFT Events which has organized successful Austrian Economics Conferences and Summer Camps since 2010 in China, Slovakia, Romania, Indonesia, and Morocco. She is a columnist writing a weekly column in China on Child-rearing and has given talks about individual liberty at numerous international conferences and summer camps in Mongolia, China, USA, Ukraine, Japan, Malaysia, India, and the Republic of Georgia. Through TFT Events, Li has arranged for the Chinese translation and publication of works by Jesus Huerta de Soto, Michael Oliver, Doug Casey, Ken Schoolland, The Acton Institute, and Jeffrey Tucker. She has obtained Masters degrees from the University of Minnesota (Japanese Literature) and Chaminade University of Honolulu (Japanese Business Studies) and currently teaches in Hawaii.

Kris Mauren, Acton Institute, USA

Kris Mauren is co-founder and executive director of Acton Institute, an international educational and public policy organization headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The Institute publishes scholarship and film and organizes educational seminars around the world for current and future religious leaders promoting an understanding of the ethical dimensions of the free market economy. The Institute also works with business leaders to encourage their positive moral defense of a free society characterized by individual liberty and personal moral responsibility. Kris was presented with the Charles G. Koch Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Institute for Humane Studies in 2010, and was the 1999 recipient of the Liberty Executive Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Management.

Praveen Chakravarty, IDFC Institute, India

Praveen Chakravarty is a Visiting Senior Fellow in Political Economy at IDFC Institute.He has spent two decades in the corporate world, largely in financial services across India and the US, retiring as CEO of an Indian investment bank in 2013. Praveen is currently a member of the Primary Markets committee of the Securities & Exchange Board of India, an independent Director in the TVS Group of companies and BSE Institute. He has also co-founded Mumbai Angels, India’s largest angel investing group. He has been an investor and mentor to several successful, innovative startups, and has worked with the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI). Praveen is the Founding Trustee of IndiaSpend, India’s first non-profit data journalism initiative that heralded the data journalism culture in mainstream media.

Sara Sihaloho, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies, Indonesia

Sara Sihaloho is General Manager at the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies. She has supported training and dialogue programs for public policy decision-makers in Indonesia and has extensive experience in promoting international trade during her work as a Trade Officer in a diplomatic mission in Jakarta. She is a foreign language enthusiast and manages her own German language school called Sonne Sprachhaus in southern Jakarta.

Mirsuljan Namazaliev, Central Asian Free Market Institute, Kyrgyzstan

Mirsulzhan is the Co-founder and Managing Director of the Central Asian Free Market Institute, and is a political economist, a media consultant, as well as a civil society activist. He has extensive experience in media, youth, human rights and business spheres. He travels frequently throughout Kyrgyzstan and neighbouring countries to instruct youth on the use of blogs. He is a regular contributor to a popular Central Asian blog neweurasia.net, and leading economic program "Bay Bol" (Get Rich) on the first national channel. Moreover, he has made guest appearances on BBC, RFE/RL, CNN, Al-Jazeera, National Kyrgyz Radio, Kloop.kg and the newspaper Nazar. His comments have been published on the pages of international newspapers such as Le Monde. He is a youth expert for the Soros-Kyrgyzstan Foundation. Mirsulzhan was educated at the Bishkek Humanities University.

D Dhauraj, Centre for Public Policy Research, India

D Dhanuraj serves as Chairman of Centre for Public Policy Research and also is the Managing Director of Civitas Consultancies Pvt. Ltd. He holds a PhD in Science and Humanities from Anna University, Chennai. He holds Post Graduate degrees in Physics, Political Science and a Post Graduate Executive diploma in International Business. A social entrepreneur by profession, Dhanuraj is also a seasoned policy researcher. He has worked with several national and international organisations and government bodies in the development sector. He has been trained by Friedrich Neumann Stiftung (FNSt) at the International Academy for Leadership (IAF), Theodore Heusse Akademie, Germany. He is also trained for Startup Think Tanks by Atlas USA and in Austrian Economics by Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), New York. His area of interest includes urbanization, retail market, education and health. He is a member in Global Urban Transport research team of SMART of Michigan University. He writes regular columns and findings on websites and blogs.

Anthea Haryoko, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies, Indonesia

Anthea is the manager for communications and fundraising at the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS). She joined CIPS when it was founded in 2015. Prior to CIPS, she worked as a communications consultant at a public relations agency, Maverick, and as a communications officer for the Bakrie Group, handling clients and projects in corporate and marketing communications. She graduated with a B.A. in communications from Monash University in Malaysia.

Ken Schoolland, International Society for Individual Liberty, USA

Ken Schoolland is currently an Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii. Schoolland is President of the International Society for Individual Liberty, a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, a Sam Walton Fellow for Enactus, a member of the Board of Scholars for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, and a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Small Business Hawaii Entrepreneurial Education Foundation. He has authored two books: The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey, now published in more than 47 languages, and Shogun’s Ghost: The Dark Side of Japanese Education, in two languages.

Vivek Dehejia, Carleton University, Canada

Vivek Dehejia is Associate Professor of Economics at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada; Resident Fellow in Political Economy at IDFC Institute; and Columnist, Mint. He holds a PhD in Economics (1995) from Columbia University in New York, where his thesis supervisors included the Nobel laureate Robert Mundell and the noted international trade economist Jagdish Bhagwati. He is also co-author of Indianomix: Making Sense of Modern India (Random House India, 2012, republished in paperback 2015.

Christopher Lingle, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala

Christopher Lingle is Visiting Professor of Economics at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala, Adjunct Scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies (Sydney), Research Scholar at the Centre for Civil Society (New Delhi), and Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Globalization Institute (Brussels). His research interests are in the areas of Political Economy and International Economics that focuses on emerging market economies and public policy reform in Europe, East Asia, Latin America and Southern Africa. His work has appeared as chapters in books, the international media, and scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, Foreign Affairs, Journal for Studies in Economics and Econometrics, Kyklos, and Pacific Review. His book on the political economy of Singapore’s development was entitled, Singapore’s Authoritarian Capitalism: Asian Values, Free Market Illusions, and Political Dependency. He is widely credited with anticipating the turmoil in the East Asian economies that began in 1997 (The Rise and Decline of the ‘Asian Century’: False Starts on the Road to the ‘Global Millennium’). He earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Georgia in 1977.

Linda Whetstone, Chairman and CEO, Network for a Free Society, UK

Linda Whetstone is chairman of Network for a Free Society and serves on the boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Istanbul Network for Liberty, and British Dressage, where she chairs the Judges Committee and is a team selector. Previously chairman of International Policy Network and a director of the Mont Pelerin Society, she runs a small business in England with her husband Francis and has written on agricultural and development issues. Her father was the late Sir Antony Fisher, Atlas Network’s founder.

Dan Grossman, Chairman of the Board, Atlas Network, USA

Dan Grossman served as chairman of the Atlas Network board of directors from 2008–2016. He spent his working career as the founder and owner of various private businesses. He was formerly chairman of the Foundation for Economic Education. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a degree in economics, and from Columbia University in New York with an MBA in finance. Grossman resides in Washington, D.C.